Virtual Babyz: Believable Agents with Narrative Intelligence

Andrew Stern

This paper describes the interactive narrative experiences in Babyz, an interactive entertainment product for the PC currently in development at PF Magic / Mindscape in San Francisco, to be released in October 1999. Babyz are believable agents designed and implemented in the tradition of Dogz and Catz, Your Virtual Petz. As virtual human characters, Babyz are more intelligent, expressive and communicative than their Petz predecessors, allowing for both broader and deeper narrative possibilities. Babyz are designed with behaviors to support entertaining short-term narrative experiences, as well as long-term emotional relationships and narratives.

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