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International Journal of Computer Games Technology
Volume 2010, Article ID 512563, 12 pages
Research Article

Affect and Metaphor Sensing in Virtual Drama

1School of Computing, Teesside University, Middlesbrough TS1 3BA, UK
2School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

Received 24 March 2010; Revised 28 July 2010; Accepted 13 September 2010

Academic Editor: Abdennour El Rhalibi

Copyright © 2010 Li Zhang and John Barnden. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We report our developments on metaphor and affect sensing for several metaphorical language phenomena including affects as external entities metaphor, food metaphor, animal metaphor, size metaphor, and anger metaphor. The metaphor and affect sensing component has been embedded in a conversational intelligent agent interacting with human users under loose scenarios. Evaluation for the detection of several metaphorical language phenomena and affect is provided. Our paper contributes to the journal themes on believable virtual characters in real-time narrative environment, narrative in digital games and storytelling and educational gaming with social software.