Telling Stories

Nicky Reads: A Visit From The Goon Squad

Oh dang, I realized, I haven't read a novel in six months. After high school, I stopped reading fiction. And for the next several years, I would only read non-fiction. That way, it didn't feel like a waste of time, coz I was "learning" something. How productive! Honestly, the only…


The Story In A Story

The story-within-a-story. It's a technique I've noticed quite a lot, and unintentionally used in making my own interactive story, Coming Out Simulator. There's the surface-level "cool" factor, (programmers love self-recursion!) but it's only now that I realize the function that this technique serves. Coz without it, it's just a confusing…


All The Graphics In The World Won't Save You

“Fiction is an ancient virtual reality technology.” ~ Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal Higher resolution. Lower latency. More polygons, more pixels, more motion controls, more, more, more. I'm from game development. There's a lot of focus there on improving graphical fidelity, frame rates, and photorealism. And now with the rise of…


Miguel Sabido

Meet Miguel Sabido. The greatest storyteller you've never heard of. Over in Tanzania during 1993, there were weird, widespread, deadly misconceptions about HIV and AIDS. Such myths included the idea that mosquitos transmitted HIV, or that condoms caused AIDS. And what saved them... was a soap opera. This soap opera…