John Yorke

Angel Station

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John is a story expert with extensive experience at the BBC and Channel 4 where he has created some of the most memorable characters in continuing drama from Shameless, Life on Mars, EastEnders to Wolf Hall. He has worked in film, documentaries and TV, as well as extensively with brands, businesses and video game developers for over 20 years. During that time, John studied all the different theories of how stories work from folk tales to Hollywood and beyond, presenting his findings in Into The Woods: a five act journey into story, The UK's best-selling book on story structure.

John Yorke is speaking at the following session/s

Relatable Characters, Depth and Agency: How to Make Players Care About Your Story?

Wednesday 11th July: 15.00 - 15.45 : Room 6

Do you want players to care deeply about your story? Then you need great characters that grow and change like Walter White or Daenerys Targaryen. Your story can only ever be as strong as your protagonist is memorable.

But how do you write meaningful character arcs that aren't destroyed on a whim by player's agency? How can you preserve your story's integrity when players are in control of the character's fate? Some people say it's impossible and,indeed in most games, characters don't change. This session will show you that it's not only possible, it's essential to engage players on a deep personal level.

Join 'Heavy Rain' Lead Game Designer Caroline Marchal and BBC Drama Producer John Yorke to understand how to create characters that empower players for maximum emotional impact. 


  • Attendees will understand how to develop successful three-dimensional characters that work for any game genre. They will learn design and narrative techniques to give players true control over their character's fate through choice and create the most compelling, immersive and memorable experience.

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