What is a Convention in Interactive Narrative Design?

  • Hartmut KoenitzEmail author
  • Christian Roth
  • Teun Dubbelman
  • Noam Knoller
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10690)


This paper reports on an aspect of a long-term project to create a body of evidence-based interactive narrative design methods. In this context, we discuss aspects of formal design descriptions as a basis for a quantitative approach to verify the effects of design choices on the experience of audiences. Specifically, we discuss the notion of ‘design conventions’ by acknowledging earlier usages of the term and the related discourse in video game studies.


Interactive digital narrative Interactive narrative design User study Design conventions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hartmut Koenitz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christian Roth
    • 1
  • Teun Dubbelman
    • 1
  • Noam Knoller
    • 1
  1. 1.HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, Professorship Interactive Narrative DesignUtrechtThe Netherlands

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