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|Session Name:||Game Narrative Summit: Respecting Player Fantasies in Dating Sims|
|Track / Format:||Game Narrative Summit|
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|Overview:||In this talk, Betty Robertson, BAFTA-nominee and Senior Narrative Designer at Survios, explains the ins and outs of player fantasy and expectations in the Dating Sim genre. The talk highlights player types, romance styles, and the importance of character design matching player expectationsincorporating experiences from time working on, and consulting on titles from Lovelink to Boyfriend Dungeon to Romancelvania.Betty takes time to weigh in on popular romance archetypes and tropes, and player reactions to subverting these expectations. Fun facts and hard truths about writing for romance games will be paired with anecdotes about player reactions, and the dev disappointment that comes from designing a character that flops. This tell-all talk provides a guide to navigating the rough waters of in-game romance.|