Significantly, the aspect of computer-mediated storytelling that has received probably the most comment is the potential for freedom that it offers the audience, though perhaps freedom is the wrong word. An essential part of story is structure, which will form the borders of a realm of action. However, a sense of empowerment can be imparted to the audience as they are given choices, such as the selection of their characters and the paths those characters will take. In this way themes concerning taking the initiative to act freely can be explored. Another theme that may be investigated is how much more choice we have available to us when we are open to collaborating with others, such as can be enacted within an open narrative, or between an artistic creator and a programming creator. Ultimately through broader experience with and understanding of computers, creators are in a good position to give people better choices for quality enrichment and quality enjoyment.
Copyright © 1996, 1999 Katherine Phelps