NO ONE IS GOING TO READ THAT! – Misconceptions about narrative

Playing Narratives 15.09.2022.
Time 6 PM
Language English
Location Zoom
Price Free

NO ONE IS GOING TO READ THAT! – Misconceptions about narrative

One of the most accomplished Serbian narrative and game designers, working directly for Ubisoft's Ivory Tower studio in Lyon, France, will share his knowledge with the participants of Playing Narratives. What an opportunity not to be missed!

As the name of the program implies itself, Playing Narratives is focused on the narrative and creative development of game concepts, and is running now in its second year. Thus, the participants have an opportunity to dwell into different aspects of narrative design, and they have been doing that in 2021 and 2022 through lectures and workshops with the likes of Mladen Levnaić and Dušan Žica, as well as the French experts Cindy Asselin de Beauville, Fibre Tigre or Remy Boicherot.

Armed with his unfortunate insight into the grueling, and oft-misunderstood, duties of a Narrative Designer, Matt Vidaković will attempt to summarize and explain all the many misconceptions and faulty ideas about narrative in games, narrative design and the job of a Narrative Designer in general.

All of this will the the topic of the lecture and Q&A titled NO ONE IS GOING TO READ THAT! – Misconceptions about narrative, which Matt will deliver for the 30+ participants of this year’s program, who are coming from across the Balkan region, and which will be an ideal opener for the second phase of their project work, leading up to the final event scheduled for November 25th, when 8 teams will present their pitches to an international jury.

This program is for Playing Narratives participants only, and is not open to the public. Thank you for your understanding.

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Program Playing Narrartives: Ideas to games is supported by the Franco-German Cultural Fund, which was established in 2003 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Elysee Agreement. The general sponsor is Unreal Engine (i.e. companies Epic Games & 3Lateral), while the distinguished sponsor is the French company  Ubisoft Belgrade. This year, the Niš-based Webelinx Games also joined the program as a sponsor, while additional support in the realization will be provided by French and Goethe institutes from the entire region, as well as SGA colleagues from Slovenia GamesMAGDA and RGDA.

Mateja Vidaković,
Lead Narrative Designer, Ubisoft Ivory Tower
About the lecturer

Mateja (Matt) Vidakovic is a narrative & game designer, currently Lead Narrative Designer at Ubisoft Ivory Tower (Lyon, France). He specializes in narrative ubiquity and the synergy of narrative with all other aspects of game design.

Born in Belgrade, he studied in the Netherlands and worked in media before shifting into game development. In his spare time, he writes pretentious short stories, plays the drums, and attempts to come to terms with growing old.