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Romance Games: Unpopular Genre or Untapped Market?

Heidi McDonald  |  Game Designer, Schell Games


Location: Congress Saal 3

Format: Lecture
Track: Design
Vault Recording: Video


Heidi McDonald, author of the ICING Model for narrative romance, builds on her work in the area of NPC romance. McDonald examines why romance games as a genre have historically failed in Western culture, and using her survey data and the ICING Model as a road map, postulates about how romance games could actually become successful as a game genre in the future.

Takeaway

Just because romance games have not been successful historically does not mean it will stay this way. If we understand why they've failed before, and pay attention to specific conditions which might make romance games successful as a genre, there may be opportunity in the near future for narrative designers.

Intended Audience

This talk is intended for game designers interested in narrative design, narrative designers, and anyone interested in romance in games.