Jonathan Lessard is a designer, researcher and professor of game design at Concordia University. He’s been making weird games for almost twenty years and is now leading the LabLabLab research lab on interactive conversations with virtual characters.

Jonathan Lessard sessions

Branching off branching: new avenues in game dialogue

Dialogue trees are still a staple of narrative driven games. While they offer advantages such as simplicity of implementation and strict authorial control, they are also very limiting in terms of meaningful player input and emergent behaviors. LabLabLab has been exploring alternatives to dialogue trees by making a series of playable games since 2013. In […]