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Graduate Essays

Essay 1: Semiotic Requirements for Procedural Narrative in a Multiplayer Environment

Traditionally, procedural narrative is approached as a distinct narrative genre, emerging from 'choose your own adventure' books, composed of strict branding paths taking you to deterministic destinations. However, since any narrative can be reduced to a series of events and 'paths not taken', it seems to me that procedural narrative is more of a genre than a form. A sort of metadata for a narrative, a score...For more information about this piece, click here.

Essay 2: Crafting a Virtual Identity: Studying the Relationship Between Role-Players and Game Lore in World of Warcraft

This research will be a study of the lore of the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft and its role in the establishment of 'tribal' player affiliations and the formation of character identity. The purpose of this research will be to investigate how players integrate existing game narratives into their own experience, and to study emergent narrative play within a static world...For more information about this piece, click here.

Independent Essays

Essay 1: Absurdism in Narrative Game Design

A paper in process on the role of postmodern theatrical traditions in narrative game design, focusing on questions of meaning and identity...For more information about this piece, click here.

Undergraduate Essays

Essay 1: Intelligent Tutoring Systems

A literature review on technological pedagogical tools created for an independent research project...For more information about this piece, click here.

Essay 2: Issues of Multimedia Authoring

A precursor to the previous essay, this essay was written for one of my first Multimedia Theory classes...For more information about this piece, click here.

Essay 3: Ethics Final

An essay on the cultural criticism of science, and it's role in understanding and utilizing scientific information, using the race to develop nuclear capacity during WWII as a case study...For more information about this piece, click here.