Narrative construction as a kind of play is highly underrated in the design of interactive media. I began to uncover evidence of this during my dissertation research. That quest led to my first book, Computers as Theatre . I learned more about the powers of narrative construction from the research on gender and play that I conducted between 1992 and 1996 at Interval Research. In academic taxonomies of play, "constructive play" is most often framed as play that utilizes objects (real or virtual) to construct other objects, mechanisms, or environments. When defined in this way, constructive play is predominately…
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