Reservoir hill and audiences for online interactive drama
Hardy, A., Hight, C. & Michelle, C. (2011). Reservoir hill and audiences for online interactive drama. Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 8(2), 616-643.
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This paper analyses the interactive experiences constructed for users of the New Zealand online interactive drama Reservoir Hill (2009, 2010), focusing both on the nature and levels of engagement which the series provided to users and the difficulties of audience research into this kind of media content. The series itself provided tightly prescribed forms of interactivity across multiple platforms, allowing forms of engagement that were greatly appreciated by its audience overall but actively explored only by a small proportion of users. The responses from members of the Reservoir Hill audience suggests that online users themselves are still learning the nature of, and constraints on, their engagements with various forms of online interactive media. This paper also engages with issue of how interactivity itself is defined, the difficulties of both connecting with audience members and securing timely access to online data, and the challenges of undertaking collaborative research with media producers in order to gain access to user data.
This article has been published in the journal: Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies. Used with permission.