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|Session Name:||Love/Hate Relationships: New Approaches to Game Romances|
|Track / Format:||Game Narrative Summit|
|Overview:||Romantic relationships between lead characters are a staple of role-playing games, dating sims and other titles; for some players, they're the most memorable part of the story. For over a decade, we've explored the basic model of building affinity between characters, and the results are getting predictable. In this talk, Chris Dahlen will explore new models that introduce more surprise, tension and challenge, taking lessons especially from romantic comedy films.|