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|Session Name:||Emergent Storytelling Techniques in 'The Sims'|
|Company Name(s):||Maxis EA|
|Track / Format:||Design|
|Overview:||'The Sims' has always been a leading example of a game that provides players with unique opportunities both to tell their own stories and to experience and be surprised by emergent stories that they may never have expected or imagined. This talk will examine the various techniques employed across all four generations of 'The Sims' to empower player-driven and emergent storytelling. Special attention will be paid to specific techniques, algorithms, examples, and case studies that demonstrate the delicate balance between guided, structured narrative, player empowerment, and emergent as well as AI-driven stories.|