Scent of a Gamer

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Emergent narrative in Humankind

A video about the forthcoming Civ-like game Humankind caught my attention:

The narrator doesn’t use this phrase explicitly but this video is about the narrative that emerges from playing a game. This is different from a game with a pre-written story that you play through. Emergent narrative springs from playing the game, and happens largely in the mind of the player, or a streamer and their audience.

Small units might take on special significance, or recurring foes may appear over the game, but none of this is planned as such, and the stories build themselves through the act of playing or observing the game.

I have to say a lot of my painting time has been disappearing into Civ V recently, as I play through a few games, the latest being the tale of a long war between the Iroquois and the Roman Empire, which saw Rome finally humbled beneath the heel of my righteous forest warriors.

It looks like Humankind may offer many more moments. The game isn’t released yet, but I will be keeping an eye out for it.

2 comments on “Emergent narrative in Humankind

  1. Kuribo
    June 6, 2021

    I haven’t heard of this one but I enjoy Civilization too so I’ll be keeping my eyes on it now. Thanks for sharing this, Dave.

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  2. maenoferren22
    June 6, 2021

    Looks a bit interesting…Yeah I know about games and painting time… mine has disappeared into Kingdom Come Deliverance

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