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Dr. Sandy Louchart

Narrative Serious Game Mechanics (NSGM) – Insights into the narrative-pedagogical mechanism; Gala Serious Game Mechanics Workshops

Narratives are used to construct and deconstruct the time and space of events. In games, as in real life, narratives add layers of meaning and engage players by enhancing or clarifying content. From an educational perspective, narratives are a semiotic conduit for evoking critical thinking skills and promoting knowledge discovery/acquisition. While narrative is central to Serious Games (SG), the relationships between gameplay, narrative and pedagogy in SG design remain unclear, and narrative’s elemental influence on learning outcomes is not fully understood yet. This paper presents a purpose- processing methodology that aims to support the mapping of SG design patterns and pedagogical practices, allowing designers to create more meaningful SGs. In the case of narrative, the intention is to establish whether Narrative Serious Game Mechanics (NSGM) can provide players with opportunities for reasoning and reflective analysis that may even transcend the game-based learning environment.

Short CV

Dr. Sandy Louchart is a lecturer in Human Computer Interaction and Interaction Design in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) at Heriot-Watt University. He specialises in Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Characters, Interactive Narratives and the design of Autonomous Synthetic Characters and their affect-based action/selection mechanisms to simulate characterisation within an interactive drama scenario. His work has been published internationally in Intelligent Agents, Virtual Reality, Game and Interactive Storytelling Journals and Conferences. He is a current member of the GaLA (Game and Learning Alliance) EU Network of Excellence and his carrying out active research in the Serious Game domain.


Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, Scotland, UK