Event type: Colloquium
Sponsored by: Pitt-Johnstown Humanities Division
Featured speaker: Dr. Paul Lucas
Comments: Communication Professor Dr. Paul Lucas will present a colloquium titled: "The Video Game Soap Opera: Storytelling and Plot Development in Video Games." Lucas will argue that Browne's (1987) and Fiske's (1995) depictions of soap opera conventions are now characteristics vital to video games: in particular, serial form which resists narrative closure, having multiple characters and plots, and emphasizing dialogue, problem-solving, and even intimate conversation. In doing so, Lucas will explain how the video game medium fulfills a storytelling (Fisher, 1989) role and now seeks to connect with gamers via their inclination to respond to strong and engaging storylines. The interactivity of story development in video games makes their storytelling capacity even more powerful.