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Submitted by Emilio_Estevez 1244d ago | opinion piece

Does Literature Have a Place in Video Games?


With the arrival of Spec Ops: The Line it seems as good a time as any to examine the ways in which literature and video games mingle. No, this isn’t an article debating whether the writing talent of the Yager Development staff could come up with a better title that Shooter: The Bland, but rather the ways in which video games differ from the literary counterparts that inspired them. (American McGee's Alice, BioWare, Culture, Industry, Metro 2033, Naughty Dog, PC, PS3, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Spec Ops: The Line, The Witcher, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Xbox 360)

sonicsidewinder  +   1243d ago
Well yeah. You ever read the books in the Infinity Engine games?

What about the Elder Scrolls games? Deecent book reading.
StayStatic  +   1243d ago
The Witcher 2 was the first game that convinced to buy one of the books because of the depth of the world and shows how literature can shape a world inside a game.

Really depends on the game though as if it has a place , I mean some games really don't need such depth and are intended to be purely action and such depth would just get in the way.

I think it really is a case by case basis.
sandman224  +   1243d ago
Nope. Who wants to read
123_321  +   1243d ago
People who can read.
sandman224  +   1243d ago
You're so smart.
JBSleek  +   1243d ago
As a dramatic writer I am bias but I say why not. Writing is an art form and it brings depth into the game if done well.

But it shouldn't be thrown into everygame but for RPG I see no reason to not have them in there.
goldwyncq  +   1243d ago
Unlike movies, video games aren't limited by time and could fully reproduce and imitate literature. One good example is the RPG genre.
Shadonic  +   1243d ago
it does

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