Tag Archives: Narrative

Who’s Afraid of the Holodeck?

My talk at the University of  Utrecht in May 2017, Who’s Afraid of the Holodeck? Facing the Future of Digital Narrative without Ludoparanoia


from HKU Interactive Design Channel

Janet Murray Talk on May 21, 2017, co-organized by University of Utrecht focus area game research and HKU University of the Arts Utrecht Professorship Interactive Narrative Design. Introduction by Rene Glas (UU) and Hartmut Koenitz (HKU).


And here are the slides

PDF Who’s Afraid of the Holodeck jhm



My 2003 DiGRA Keynote

The world’s first  Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) conference was held in Utrecht in 2003.    Joost Raessens has just unearthed the videos and posted them online. Here is my keynote from that meeting, “What Are Games Made Of? ”

2003 DiGRA jhm


Games as human drama

A coda to my Last Word on Ludology v Narratology:

In this moment from the popular British sit-com Gavin and Stacey (BBC 2007-2010) — available now in the US on several streaming services including youtube and very worth watching — Nessa, a jaded woman of the world who now works in a small Welsh video arcade, explains why she is never bored watching customers play videogames:


Return to the Holodeck

In the 14 years since the publication of Hamlet on the Holodeck, there has been a rich and diverse expressive practice at the intersection of storytelling and interactivity.  This talk, which I gave as part of Georgia Tech’s GVU Brown Bag series in October 2011, surveys some representative examples of computational narrative forms and identifies  promising areas for innovation.