Foreseeing meaningful choices

Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera, Justus Robertson, Stephen G. Ware, Brent Harrison, David L. Roberts, R. Michael Young

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Abstract

A choice positively contributes to a player's sense of agency when it leads to meaningfully different content. We shed light on what a player may consider meaningfully different by developing a formalism for interactive stories in terms of the change in situational content across choices. We hypothesized that a player will feel a higher sense of agency when making a choice if they foresee the available actions lead to meaningfully different states. We experimentally tested our formalism's ability to characterize choices that elicit a higher sense of agency and present evidence that supports our claim. Study participants (n = 88) played a choose-your-ownadventure game and reported a higher sense of agency when faced with choices that differed in situational content over choices that didn't, despite these choices differing in non-situational ways. We contend our findings are a step toward principled approaches to the design of interactive stories that target specific cognitive and affective states.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment, AIIDE 2014
Pages9-15
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781577356813
StatePublished - 2014
Event10th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment, AIIDE 2014 - Raleigh, United States
Duration: Oct 3 2014Oct 7 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 10th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment, AIIDE 2014

Conference

Conference10th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment, AIIDE 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityRaleigh
Period10/3/1410/7/14

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2014, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (www.aaai.org). All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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