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Healthtalk Online
Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. You can watch or listen to videos of the interviews, read about people's experiences and find reliable information about conditions, treatment choices and support. The information on healthtalkonline is based on qualitative research into patient experiences, led by experts at the University of Oxford. These personal stories of health and illness will enable patients, families and healthcare professionals to benefit from the experiences of others.

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Systematic Storytelling: Interactivity, Agency and Non-linear Narratives
In this lecture we go over the fundamentals of interactive game narratives. Defining what we mean by narrative, and placing games in context with other ergodic literature. We look at non-linear structures, agency, and the narrative paradox. Concluding with a set of mechanisms that games designers use to manage agency in their narrative games.

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The Poetics of Game Narratives
In this final week we will look at the tensions between ludology and narratology in games design, in effect how the agency of games has been reconciled with the dramatic requirements (and lack of agency) in narrative. I will argue that there are two broad approaches, the mainstream method of concentrating in the Fabula, and a method pioneered by many indie games of fusing narrative and play. We will look in more detail at what this might mean in terms of thematic cohesion, diegetic choices, and mechanics and metaphor. Finally we look at Spec Ops: The Line, as a rare example of a AAA title that takes this fusion approach. Looking at how the game uses many of the techniques we have explored.

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