100°
Submitted by lightwarrior179 488d ago | opinion piece

Emergent: The True Form of Narration in Games

Video-games have often been derided by experts of other mediums for suffering from a “younger brother” complex where the elements of the medium have evolved primarily through the tools of other well-established artistic mediums.

Defending our beloved passion might be the first thought that comes into our mind, but if you look at such criticism strictly from a narrative point of view – something which has often been the chief driving force of so many video games, then the medium in general has always been reliant on tools from other mediums – either through walls of text from literature or perhaps the most popular device for narration – cutscenes from films. It perhaps does speak volumes for our medium on exactly how reliant we have been on elements that had been “inspired” from older mediums and appropriately adapted for our own purpose. (Crusader Kings 2, Dark Souls, Dishonored, EVE Online, PC, PS2, PS3, Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne, Xbox 360, XCOM: Enemy Unknown)

rezzah  +   488d ago
What game is that picture from? Looks like El Shadai.
Donnieboi  +   488d ago
Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne. SMT games and Persona are the new kings of JRpg's. To hell with Squeenix.
Whitefox789  +   488d ago
Wouldn't say their now kings; they were kings alongside Squaresoft's Final Fantasy and Enix's Dragon Quest; the only thing that's changed is Squaresoft and Enix became one and now they have both fallen off their respective thrones.

It's funny how a lot of people said the SMT series and the Persona series has Pokemon elements in it; when they did it first back in 1992!
Donnieboi  +   488d ago
@whitefox: yeah Atlus was always king, but Square always had the high budgets. But no amount of money can make up for stale, cliche stories and characters (square).
Ginn  +   488d ago
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne/Lucifer's Call
Kratoscar2008  +   488d ago
Demi-Fiend is just plain badass, SMT 3 is the greatest RPG ever along Digital Devil Saga.

Great Opinion piece, kudos to the autor.
#2 (Edited 488d ago ) | Agree(4) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
Remember
New stories
10°

Cyberith Virtualizer steps onto Kickstarter

12m ago - Oculus Rift just found its new BFF. A new interview with Cyberith's Tuncay Cakmak takes a look at... | Tech
40°

Final Fantasy Type-0 Fan Translation Takedown Is Justified

13m ago - CCC Says: "It's official. Square Enix has done the expected. The people behind the unofficial, Fi... | PS4
30°

UK Charts: Mario Kart 8 Moves Up to Third Place

15m ago - The latest UK sales charts have been released and Mario Kart 8 has once again placed in the top f... | Wii U
30°

Theorycrafting: The hidden clues in Media Molecule’s "glitched" PS4 video

15m ago - GameZone's Matt Liebl: "So today, Media Molecule released a video of their new PS4 project. Sort... | PS4
Ad

Murdered: Soul Suspect Review

Now - Drew takes on some paranormal investigation. | Promoted post
30°

New Zombie MMO - Lifeless - Gets Alpha Release Date

16m ago - RDGSoft AB recently revealed details surrounding the upcoming alpha release and pre-order program... | PC
Related content from friends