POSTPONED - Understanding Interactivity



  • Chris will talk about interactivity in computer software. In particular, he will focus on interactive games and the emerging field of interactive storytelling.

    Due to a family emergency, there will be no meeting of the Emerging Technology Group this month. We apologize for the late notice.

    Note that the emerging technology group will meet on November 12, to hear Peter Norvig talk about Trends in Programming Languages.


    Chris Crawford (bio)

    About the Presenter

    Chris Crawford

    Chris Crawford started out writing games for the Atari Home Computer System in the early 1980's. After writing such classics as Eastern Front (1941) and Legionairre, he founded the Games Research Group. While there, he wrote The Art of Computer Game Design and created Excalibur, a game about the Arthurian legends.

    He continued to design and create games throughout the 1980s and early 1990s (Balance of Power, Patton Versus Rommel, Trust & Betrayal, Guns & Butter, Balance of the Planet, and Patton Strikes Back). Along the way he also wrote two more books about game design (most recently _Understanding Interactivity_), founded The Journal of Computer Game Design, and started the Computer Game Developer's Conference.

    His current project, now nine years in the making, is a technology for interactive storytelling and a development environment that permits nontechnical artists to control the technology.

    Event Logistics


    Mountain View Community Center
    201 South Rengstorff Avenue, Room 2
    Mountain View, CA


    7:00-7:30pm registration/networking/open forum/pizza
    7:30pm Guest speaker


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum Members
    No charge for SDForum members and students with ID
    No registration required