Writing Interactive Stories for Video Games & Other Formatss

Michael McIntyre, Prof Mac and all things writing

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36 Videos (6h 26m)
    • Introduction

      4:31
    • Introduction

      14:30
    • Brief history

      11:53
    • Ja watch movie

      2:23
    • Journal Activity interactivity

      2:41
    • Where are we going now

      2:49
    • Hero's journey

      9:24
    • Graphic organizers 2

      16:47
    • Story structure

      8:10
    • 12 stage mythic story part 1

      15:13
    • 12 stage mythic story part 2

      12:14
    • Conflict

      14:05
    • Conflict 2

      12:11
    • Journal Your story

      14:31
    • Interactivity 1

      19:54
    • Interactivity 2

      9:36
    • Interactivity 3

      12:40
    • Character

      12:02
    • Hero archetypes

      29:40
    • Character archetypal hero 1

      15:35
    • Character archetypal hero 2

      14:05
    • Journal activity character backstory

      9:29
    • Journal Activity – building a character

      11:30
    • Journal activity bad guy

      6:00
    • Ja other characters

      4:23
    • Characters other archetypal 2a

      10:35
    • Chracters other archetypal 1

      13:01
    • Journal Activity reflection backstory

      4:53
    • Character backstory

      6:07
    • Journal Activity – building a character worksheet

      15:17
    • Journal Activity using the character worksheet

      3:51
    • Setting

      12:36
    • Journal Activity setting thought experiment

      7:09
    • Journal Activity setting

      7:37
    • Graduate Degree in Interactive Story Structure

      8:06
    • Final stage highest level

      10:57

About This Class

The student will be able to write a video-game type story interactive story script at the end of this course. 

A recent release of a popular video game sold more than $1 billion in one day! Video games represent a new form of story telling in which the story creators and the story's audience collaborate to create a totally new form of fiction -- Interactive Fiction! 

In this course, you will learn how to create stories for video games, an exciting, new form story telling. We will explore traditional modes of story structure and character building, as well as learn what makes Interactive Fiction different and special and learn how to incorporate interactive elements into your stories. This course is appropriate for beginning and advanced writers who want to acquire skills in this lucrative new field, and for artists and programmers who wish to learn the story-telling elements of the games they are already creating. 

Nearly 6 hours of original content; 12 hours of additional entertaining, informative, and inspirational material; and focused exercises that will guide you to the creation of your own project. 

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Michael McIntyre

Prof Mac and all things writing

My name is Michael McIntyre. I have taught at the college level for about 20 years, mostly writing- and literature related courses: literature, film, and also “freshman” composition, advanced composition and research, creative writing, and professional writing. I also teach more generalist humanities courses such as art history, music appreciation, media studies, and study-skills courses. One of my favorite courses to teach is mythology.

I hold a Doctorate at the University of Southern California, a Master’s Degree from California State University at San Francisco, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley. In a “previous lifetime” (or so it seems), I spent some years banging my head against the walls of the film industry. In this time, I wrote several screenplays (the titles of none of which would you recognize) and some other things, including a novel or two.

For several years after that (after I had married and decided I should get “practical”), I ran my own business -- a property management and maintenance company in Southern California. The funny thing about that is, as much trouble as I had running the business, I discovered I was real good at teaching other people how to do their jobs. When I realized that, I started transitioning (I think that’s what they call it these days) into my teaching career. The business collapsing in the early 90s facilitated this career change.

And like most people, I have a life outside of work. I enjoy spending time with my family – I’m married with three children, a couple of whom still live at home.  My wife and I enjoy taking walks in the woods around where we live. I read on all different subjects, including my passion the Gaelic language and Scotland, literature, culture, commentary on world events, and whatever else comes across my desk. I watch films (I’m trying to discipline myself to only watch when I’m on my exercise machine -- both as a strategy to limit my guilty pleasure and to get myself to lose some weight … too much time sitting at the desk!), and -- as strange as this might sound – until a few years ago, I did amateur wrestling a few times a week (the real thing -- as in high school, college, or Olympic-style – not the fake stuff you see on TV). Weak knees and a crammed schedule put a stop to that, however. Now, I just huff and puff doing peddling the aforementioned stationary bicycle and take long walks with Mrs. Mac.