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Master Class: How Games Tell Stories with Nick Fortugno
Registration is open until June 20, 2026
Nick Fortugno
This three-hour, live, online master class with a top game designer explored games that tell stories to show how game mechanics are storytelling tools and how interactivity can be used to create narrative experiences in almost any medium. You will be led through an analysis of the storytelling techniques of several popular games, and participate in an exercise that reveals how game mechanics can be used to create aesthetics and stories.

This three-hour, live, online master class with a top game designer explored games that tell stories to show how game mechanics are storytelling tools and how interactivity can be used to create narrative experiences in almost any medium. You will be led through an analysis of the storytelling techniques of several popular games, and participate in an exercise that reveals how game mechanics can be used to create aesthetics and stories.

The class will focus on what traditional screenwriters can learn from game designers and writers, including:

- Where story innovation is happening in games

- How player choice can be narrative

- How to create, and more importantly test, narrative play

- The theory underlying effective narrative game design


Entrepreneur
Nick Fortugno is an entrepreneur, interactive narrative designer and game designer based in New York City. He is founder and principal of Playmatics, an interactive development company. Playmatics has created a variety of digital and real-world experiences for organizations including Pro Publica, Red Bull, AMC (such as the CableFAX award-winning Breaking Bad: The Interrogation), Disney, American Museum of Natural History, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Red Cross/Red Crescent. Nick is a Lead Artist on the Frankenstein A.I. project (featured at the Sundance New Frontier Festival in 2018), and has worked extensively on interactive narrative projects in a variety of formats. more...

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