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Al Dente Determinism and Player Choice In Games

VGR: At their best, games are a unique art form that offers a narrative unlike any other form of media. Agency of the consumer (that is, the ability of the consumer to effect the story) is something that is wholly unique to gaming (choose your own adventure books notwithstanding). Films and television shows are passively viewed and books are passively read. The story is going to be the story regardless of what the consumer wants. However, many games (especially RPGs) have given players the chance to make their own stories, promising complex decisions that produce unique outcomes for every player.

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