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Are Game Stories Limited by Technology?

For a long time, the stories to be found within games were perfunctory offerings, if not entirely negligible in terms of the experience. We were saving princesses and girlfriends, defeating monsters and generally acting out the role of fantasy heroes on the occasions that context was given for our actions. Over time, these narratives have become more complex through the inclusion of subplots and a stronger focus on characterisation but changes have been slow to come to the overarching story formulas of those early days. Back then it was understandable, video games were games, aimed at a younger audience while the technology was simply not powerful enough to really explore the questions of sociology or human nature. That isn’t the case so much any more.

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ATi_Elite1439d ago (Edited 1439d ago )

The better the Game Engine Technology the better the gameplay immersion and story possibilities.

As Game Engines advances we get more immersive games like STALKER and Heavy Rain! More exotic gameplay like Portal and Flower!

The advancements in Engine Tech allows more detail and variations in story and gameplay.

Calm Down Sunshine1439d ago

Stories are limited by imagination alone.

doogiebear1439d ago

Yeah. Books do a great job, and they dont have any visuals. A text adventure could do just as well too.

Summons751439d ago

That's very true but a book can tell a story as well as a writer can tell. If they have to little description, something could get lost in translation to the reader. If there is to much than the reader can lose interest. Games they just need the little bit of edge to make you want more so you want to keep playing while having a visual style that appeals to all people.

It's more challenging to write a game story because of all the possibilities that a player can do vs a movie or tv show where it's all just straight forward.

NeoTribe1439d ago

Very true. Anyone heard of startropics for reg nintendo? Good example.

HmongAmerican1439d ago

Game like Uncharted can do both. It just take a talent developer to use the tech to it fullest.