Designing for fearful experiences within an interactive narrative

University essay from Malmö universitet/Fakulteten för kultur och samhälle (KS)

Abstract: This thesis is focusing on the emotion of fear in conjunction with an interactive narrative experience. It analyses the emotional scope fear entails as well as discusses different narrative formats and interactivity in terms of agency. Through extensive research on the topic at hand, multiple prototypes is developed focusing on expressing different variations of fear while experimenting with the narrative structure and interactive elements available through the software Twine. Based on this, conclusions were made on the complexity of designing for an emotion and the difficulty in reaching more intense feelings of fear. There was also a struggle of balancing interactivity with narrative while also designing for a frightening experience. Lastly, final conclusions were made on the prototypes abilities to produce frightening responses, which ultimately showed signs towards lesser feelings of fear, such as nervousness, anxiety and trepidation.

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