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Submitted by APCMice 1148d ago | opinion piece

Video Game Storytelling Isn’t Bad, It’s Just Different

Some critics argue that video game narratives are poor, in comparison to books and movies; however, maybe video games simply offer a different kind of story experience? (Industry)

Bimkoblerutso  +   1148d ago
Interesting article, and I definitely agree. People need to get over the fact that narrative is more than just dialog-driven exposition.

I mean, Bioshock, for instance, delivers more narrative JUST THROUGH IT'S ENVIRONMENT than a standard novel probably could in it's entirety.
Sketchy_Galore  +   1148d ago
It's still pretty bad in most cases but I don't think that's anything to do with the limitations of the medium, I just think it's due to people accepting cheesy cliched characters and plots from games (but of course the movie industry is probably about the same right now).

There are many games that use the medium to tell an interesting and moving story in only the way they can (the Half-life and Portal series' are usually my go to examples) but there are still far too many cheeseball gruff voiced heroes and pant-teasing innuendo spewing heroines for my liking.
wishingW3L  +   1148d ago
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Bimkoblerutso  +   1148d ago
While I agree with you, I don't think a medium should be marginalized simply for it's tropes. The ratio of well-written movies to generic, mainstream blockbuster flicks is easily right on par with that of the video game industry.

If we're going to compare the narrative merits of each medium, then we have to take into account the ENTIRE medium. The indie scene, for example, has been a boon for creative storytelling in the industry these last few years. You get games like Amnesia, Braid, Dear Esther, Limbo and Resonance, all unique credits to their respective narrative genre, that are seemingly overlooked for their inability to appeal the mass hordes of people that like seeing things get shot in the face.
urwifeminder  +   1148d ago
I just skip the story in most games i have finished heaps and not taken any notice of what was going on ,some are cool but not many.
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ShaunCameron  +   1148d ago
Same here. I pay attention more to the dialogue than the story. I'm trying to anticipate what I have to do next.
wastedcells  +   1148d ago
How you view this topic depends on the person. Some people get nothing from reading a book, some find movies boring and so on. There are a lot of people who find playing through a story to be the best way for them to appreciate it. Gaming has its place.

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