It is a profound book, reflecting the two professors' wide and deep readings in literature and philosophy. I recommend this book to students of product design and user experience.
I am not going to summarize the whole book, which will take a lot of time. I am just sharing my own understanding of the core concepts of the book.
- Plot= "resonant coherence"
- Plot (as I understand it) = each part in its place + nothing extra and nothing lacking + wholeness + integration, or working together + a sense of progress towards a goal
You should compare this to another good book "Interactive Storytelling for Video Games"
The second book too is profound, in its own charming way. Just the last few paragraphs about "diversity" will give you enough encouragement to "focus on what you do best," instead of reading tea leaves as to which types of games or story or technology will dominate in the future. Do we hear echoes of Fire And Motion by Joel Spolsky?