« We rely on story telling to understand our world. Stories provide the ideal context for a message and an avenue for engagement. Today, video gaming is a modern way of telling stories. Understanding how individuals engage in interactive narrative and virtual storytelling has implications for understanding media’s popularity and for the development of useful educational interactive media.
Researchers in the field of positive psychology have utilized investigative methods that provide insight into people’s daily-lived experiences. This has generated a great deal of information on people’s daily actions, thoughts, and feelings including “Flow” states—a term that has been coined to define the experience of becoming engaged in activities that bring challenge to a set of skills. With increasingly sophisticated graphics and story lines, game designers are reaching a larger gaming audience. Research tools, such as Experiential Sampling Methodology (ESM) allow researchers to better measure how story influences the level of engagement in education and media. »
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