The builder of Façade, an "interactive story world," Michael Mateas offers both a poetics and a neo-Aristotelian project (for interactive drama and games).
Animals and invaders populate the space of Janet Murray's counter-response.
Narrativists vs. ludologists, material vs. formal constraints: Michael Mateas replies by identifying actors' roles in each division.
Literature scholars eager to understand gaming have made early inroads. Markku Eskelinen sets up serious checkpoints.
Ian Bogost, the co-designer of The Howard Dean for Iowa Game (along with First Person contributor Gonzalo Frasca), deconstructs section three.