General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Jorge Oter Gonzalez

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

A hard tackle from Víctor Manuel Navarro to Remesal
Nataliya Kolesova Kolesova 
Joan Jordi Miralles Broto 

Teaching languages

  • Spanish
  • Catalan

The materials can be provided in Catalan as well as in Spanish or English.


Specific skills
  • E4_Design, plan, edit, program and market interactive multimedia applications

  • E10_Apply processes, methods and techniques to develop creativity and innovation in audiovisual production, multimedia development and video game programming


Guió Interactiu focuses the learning of the degree on audiovisual narrative forms of expression linked to interactivity in all its forms.

The subject is part of the subject of multimedia and animation, but also includes other subjects of basic training such as history (focusing specifically on video games with a significant narrative load) and communication (audiovisual script, in terms of writing and creativity).

In this sense, on the one hand the contents approach the history of the video game industry, its current ecosystem and its narrative potential. In addition, the student will learn to design and write eminently narrative video games, through the theoretical knowledge, the writing of documents specific to the industry, as well as other formats such as interactive cinema, visual novel, text game, escape rooms or the VR experiences.


0. Introduction to the subject.


1. Formats of the interactive narrative

  1. Video games. Genders. Graphic adventure, RPG, other. 
  2. Visual novel 
  3. Interactive fiction 
  4. applied game Newsgames, advergames, serious games. 
  5. VR experiences
  6. Interactive documentary 
  7. Interactive cinema 
  8. Analog formats. TTRPGs, escape rooms, gamebooks 

 2. Interactivity and fun. 

  1. Philosophy of the playful. What is a game? Why do we play?
  2. Hypertextuality and cybertextuality (dynamic model)

3. Professional profiles. The video game and non-digital game ecosystem. The roles of the narrative designer and the Game Writer.


4. Structure and directed freedom

  1. Ludonarrative structure and progression. elements
  2. Hypertext structure and dynamic structure
  3. Types of ramifications
  4. Non-linear dialogues

5. MDE. Mechanics, dynamics and game experience.

  1. Mechanics and dynamics 
  2. Experiences and pleasures 
  3. Obstacles and challenges. Hypertextual obstacles. Escape room and puzzle elements. Uncertainty and action challenges.

6. Character and avatar

  1. The player and the avatar 
  2. Avatar elements 
  3. Dynamic characters

Evaluation system

A1. practice Video Game Analysis 10%

A2. practice Creation of a GDD 30%

A3. practice GDD Pitching 10%

A4. theory Reading papers 10%

A5. theory Final exam 40%       


- The subject consists of a theoretical part and a practical one. It is necessary to pass both the theoretical part and the practical part in order to pass the subject.
- It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the practice sessions to be able to enjoy the continuous assessment. A maximum of two excused absences will be accepted.
- If the average grade of the practical activities is lower than 5 out of 10, the practical part of the subject is suspended and, therefore, the student will have to recover this part of the subject.
- An activity not delivered or delivered late and without justification (court summons or medical matter) counts as a 0.
- A final exam with a grade lower than 5 out of 10, regardless of the rest of the grades for the activities, implies that the student will have to retake the theoretical part of the subject.
- You must take the final exam. In case of not doing so, the student will have a NP and will not be able to opt for recovery.
- Three of the five activities with NP imply that the course has not been followed and result in a global NP. In this case, the student will have a NP and will not be able to opt for recovery.
- The identification of plagiarism is considered a serious circumstance that may lead to a failing grade in the subject. In case of detection of plagiarism, the coordination of the degree will be informed so that the corresponding disciplinary measures can be taken. 



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Planells, Antonio José (2016). "Video Games and Fiction Worlds." Chair Editions. Madrid.


Navarro Remesal, Víctor (2019) "Cine Ludens. 50 dialogues between play and cinema". Editorial UOC. Barcelona.

Gifreu, Arnau (2013). “The interactive documentary. Evolution, characterization and development perspectives ”. UOC. Barcelona.

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