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Opinion: Heileen & The Art Of Game Storytelling

Emily Short @ Gamasutra: "Heileen is a "visual novel" in Ren'Py, produced by Tycoon Games (whose collaboration on Summer Session I wrote about in an earlier column). Unlike Summer Session, Heileen has no resource-management element or structured gameplay, only a sequence of dialogue and action choices for the main character, which (as in dating sims in general) determine how she winds up relating to the characters around her.

I've noticed that authors of choose-your-own-whatever-style works often seem to think that their job is simply to put in decision points now and then in some otherwise fairly standard (or, indeed, substandard) story, and the results will be entertaining and replayable."

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