This is more of an interface choice than directly a storytelling one. Yet, it too can enhance the tone and overall character of how the audience experiences a title. In allowing the audience to select their own metaphor, they can choose that metaphor which is most meaningful to them and therefore easier to navigate with. Easy navigation means the story experience has a greater opportunity to be a seamless one with a real sense of flow, whereby the audience is less aware of the fact that they are sitting in front of a computer. I have not seen this used within a narrative environment, but I have experienced it with Power Chords [How97], music composition software. With Power Chords the audience can compose a piece of music using a score, guitar frets or drum notation, which ever makes the most sense. It also creates its own implicit story whereby the users imagine themselves playing different sorts of instruments in order to generate greater ease in creating.
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