“Prom Week” is an innovative social simulation game from the Expressive Intelligence Studio at UC Santa Cruz. Unlike other social games like The Sims, Prom Week’s goal (as with its spiritual and technological predecessor, Façade) is to merge rich character specificity with a highly dynamic story space: a playable system with a coherent narrative. Driven by over 5,000 social considerations and 900 “story instantiations,” Prom Week allows for emergent behavior in a highly authored narrative space.
Aaron served as Lead Writer on Prom Week, supervising a writing team that produced six thousand lines of dialogue and nearly two thousand character state changes. Prom Week was a 2012 IGF (Independent Games Festival) nominee for Technical Excellence.