NetworkING: using Character Relationships for Interactive Narrative Generation

Porteous, J, Charles, F and Cavazza, M 2013, 'NetworkING: using Character Relationships for Interactive Narrative Generation', in Takayuki Ito, Catholijn Jonker, Maria Gini, Onn Shehory (ed.) Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2013), Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States, 6-10 May 2013, pp. 595-602.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title NetworkING: using Character Relationships for Interactive Narrative Generation
Author(s) Porteous, J
Charles, F
Cavazza, M
Year 2013
Conference name AAMAS 2013
Conference location Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Conference dates 6-10 May 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2013)
Editor(s) Takayuki Ito, Catholijn Jonker, Maria Gini, Onn Shehory
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
Place of publication New York, United States
Start page 595
End page 602
Total pages 8
Abstract In this work, we revisit the duality between character and plot in Interactive Storytelling, and demonstrate the important role of social relationships between virtual characters in the generation of narrative: an aspect that has hitherto been overlooked as a generation mechanism. We argue that the structure of social relationships between characters can be used as a powerful mechanism to determine a narrative, putting less emphasis on the details of plot structure. This enables character relationships in the network and the situations which naturally arise from character interactions to act as key drivers for narrative generation. The mechanism is fully implemented in a demonstration system which allows the exploration of the impact of changes in the social network on narrative diversity using a baseline set of narrative actions typical of the popular medical drama genre. Experimental results confirm our expectation that changes in the relationships between virtual agents in a social network can yield significant qualitative difference in system-generated narratives. This constitutes a new mechanism for narrative generation somehow closer to how modern dramas are shaped in specific genres, where situations and relationships are determinant.
Subjects Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Interactive Storytelling
Narrative Modeling
Planning
Copyright notice Copyright © 2013 by the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems All rights reserved.
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