Better Game Characters by Design
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Talk Slides and Extras about Character Design
from Katherine

Future Character Design:
Out of the Lab and into Your Game

2006 Game Developers Conference Talk Slides
 

Perform or Else! Why (and how) to include
extroverted play design in your game

2005 Game Developers Conference Talk Slides
Also available online: accompanying video presentation.
 

10 Tricks from Psychology for Making Better Characters
2004 Game Developers Conference Talk Slides
Selected for inclusion in the Best of Conference DVD (1 of only 10 talks on the DVD)

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Kudos to Games with Great Characters

Here's a regularly updated list of great things being done with characters in the game world. Check back often.

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Others Doing Innovative Work on Characters & Related Topics:

Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern at interactivestory.net
These two visionaries have pushed the boundaries of what's possible in AI-based interaction with characters.
www.interactivestory.net
 

Christiaan Moleman
A recent graduate now immersed in the world of professional game development, with forward-thinking ideas about adaptive animation in games.
www.ninjadodo.net/ianim/
 

Nicole Lazzaro
A professional user experience researcher who has devoted tremendous time and energy to innovating ways to test player experience.
www.xeodesign.com/about.html
 

Steve Swink
A game designer and educator who is working hard to innovate ways to talk about some fundamental qualities of the game-play experience, which he calls 'principles of virtual sensation'.
www.steveswink.com/principles-of-virtual-sensation