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Submitted by lightwarrior179 860d 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  +   860d ago
What game is that picture from? Looks like El Shadai.
Donnieboi  +   860d ago
Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne. SMT games and Persona are the new kings of JRpg's. To hell with Squeenix.
Whitefox789  +   860d 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  +   860d 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  +   860d ago
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne/Lucifer's Call
Kratoscar2008  +   860d 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.
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