Interactive entertainment, including novel forms
of edutainment and serious games, promises to be a great and important
market in the future. By providing access to social and human themes
through stories, Interactive Digital Storytelling, which can take
various forms, contains opportunities for massively enhancing the
possibilities of interactive entertainment, computer games and digital
applications. It also provides chances and challenges for redefining the
experience of narrative through interactive simulations of
computer-generated story worlds.
Interactive Digital Storytelling is a huge step
forward in games and learning. This can be seen through its ability to
enrich virtual characters with intelligent behaviour, to allow
collaboration of humans and machines in the creative process, and to
combine narrative knowledge and user activity in interactive artefacts.
In order to create novel applications, in which users play a significant
role together with digital characters and other autonomous elements,
new concepts for Human-Computer Interaction have to be developed.
Knowledge for interface design and technology has to be garnered and
integrated. Interactive Digital Storytelling involves concepts from many
aspects of Computer Science, above all from Artificial Intelligence,
with topics such as narrative intelligence, automatic dialogue- and
drama management, robotics and smart graphics. In order to process
stories in real time, traditional storytelling needs to be formalized
into computable models, by drawing from narratological studies, and by
taking into account the characteristics of programming. Consequently,
due to its technological complexity, it is currently hardly accessible
for creators and end-users. There is a need for new authoring concepts
and tools supporting the creation of dynamic story models, allowing for
rich and meaningful interaction with the content. Finally, there is a
need for theoretical foundations considering the integration of so far
disjunctive approaches and cultures.
On the past 7 years, two European conference series
have been addressing these problems, serving as annual meeting points
for scientists, researchers and developers from diverse disciplines:
year 2008 is an opportunity for consolidation: The organizers of both
lines have decided to integrate them and constitute a joint
international series of annual conferences, addressing all the topical
research issues in conjunction with the themes of the previous
In the future, all information of the new conference series will be available at www.icids.org.
The first venue is the 1st Joint International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling – “Interactive Storytelling '08”.
It is held in Erfurt, Germany, and is organized by
the Erfurt University of Applied Sciences (FH Erfurt), supported
by several partners from the 'Kindermedienland' Thuringia.