New Avenues in Game Dialogue


The LabLabLab’s purpose is to explore new avenues for conversations with non-playing-characters (NPC) in digital games. Current angles of research are:

  • Natural-Language Interaction (free text input, chatbots)
  • Procedural generation of dialogue (using context-free grammars)
  • Considering characters as “subjective interfaces”

It’s main output is games experimenting with new technologies and designs for NPC conversations and research papers documenting the process and results.

The LabLabLab is a FRQSC-funded project led by Jonathan Lessard at Montreal’s Concordia University. It operates within the Technoculture, Art and Games research center.