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Games, Life, and Storytelling


My love of games helped turn me into a writer.

Games and Life

Image courtesy of Dave Edmonds ~ http://www.freeimages.com/profile/bluehor

And, I can’t help but feel that, long ago, our ancestors couldn’t tell the difference between a game and a story.

Also, games have been very successfully used to teach life skills.

So, I was excited today when my email held an article from Publishing Perspectives about goings on between writers and gamers at The London Book Fair.

The excitement was increased when I saw another article on Publishing Perspectives called Using the “World Itself as a Storytelling Canvas”.

That article was about Corey King, co-founder of ZenFri, which “creates and distributes cutting edge art & entertainment across a wide range of digital and traditional mediums.”

Corey had been on a panel at the Frankfurt Book Fair that discussed “Augmented Reality Storytelling: It’s the End of the Story as We Know It”.

ZenFri is best known for a reality-bending game played on iOS devices and called Clandestine Anomaly—a game that “…incorporates the actual neighborhood of each individual into the gameplay. Hailed at conferences around the world…as ‘the most ambitious augmented reality game ever attempted’, Corey’s mission is to define the narrative and gameplay conventions for what he sees as an emerging storytelling medium, one where the world itself is the canvas.”

Pulling myself back from the vivid fantasy of playing a game out on the streets, I want to talk about a venture that merges The Game with The Story—I featured it here two days ago, I’m already involved in it, and I’ll be inviting a few of my readers to join me

If you have the Spirit of gaming or writing in your blood, do read this past post—Storium — The Online Storytelling Game.

For those of you who tend to not take links out of blog posts, I’ll share three telling quotes from that post:

Is fiction just a game authors play with readers?”

when you’re writing, it can sometimes seem like you’re in a game with your characters and you’re not sure who’s going to win…”

If you want to write your best you need to be your best; and, if well-selected games can help you be your best, what are you waiting for?”

I’m currently creating a game over at Storium—I’ll be the Narrator—nine other folks will be the Main Characters (maybe you’ll be one of them?)—and, we’ll all write a story by playing a game, ok?

Stay tuned for Updates

“I think that most of us, anyway, read these stories that we know are not ‘true’ because we’re hungry for another kind of truth: the mythic truth about human nature in general, the particular truth about those life-communities that define our own identity, and the most specific truth of all: our own self-story. Fiction, because it is not about someone who lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself.”

~~ Orson Scott Card, “Ender’s Game”

Check out this video about Storium:

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9 responses to “Games, Life, and Storytelling

  1. juliecround April 17, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Seeing your chess pieces reminded me that, as a child, I used them as people and made up stories about them (Mostly violent – it was just after the war!)
    As for games – I refuse to play any on line except Crambo – which is really a word puzzle so I suppose it doesn’t count!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Julie,

      Glad you got a bit of the meaning implied in the image I used :-)

      And, I wonder, were you able to watch the short video about Storium?

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      • juliecround April 18, 2014 at 7:56 am

        Sorry, I didn’t. I’m so busy organising my book launch I’m not spending much time on line.

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        • Alexander M Zoltai April 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

          Well, Julie, when your book launch is over, do watch the video.

          This game is like no other—certainly enough ripeness to interest any writer :-)

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  2. penpusherpen April 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Games, Alexander, role playing imagination blossoming, it all leads to storytellers heaven, the road leads wherever it will, (with a little help from us :D ) xx

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 17, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Ah, Pen,

      the road leads wherever it will, is the exact state of mind I enter every Friday as I write the next Fantasy Short :-)

      Also, I’m hoping to declare on Monday that the game I’m creating over at Storium is open for players

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