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Submitted by nrvalleytime 658d ago | opinion piece

Should Video Games be more like TV?

"It’s no secret that art is shifting towards a serial nature. One look at the current spectrum of pop culture ─ what with Walter White’s meth formula being more popular than international relations ─ will tell you that consumers revere serialized storytelling. Think about it: Arrested Development, lauded by many, was once removed from the artistic atmosphere. In 2013, it made its comeback on the internet, using a paid service supplemental to the TV package that most people already have, and yet it was still watched by many. People are willing to shell out extra bucks for continuity, and both TV and comic books have been taking advantage of this for years. So isn’t it about time video games start, as well?" (Culture, The Last Of Us, The Walking Dead: Episode 1 "A New Day")

DaveyB  +   658d ago
That's an easy one!

'No'
nrvalleytime  +   658d ago
I don't think the article says "all" games should be serialized, but that it's a new medium for story-telling that games should exploit for their benefit. The Walking Dead is a great example of how to do it correctly, but I realize that not all games could even approach that level of intimate story-telling.

I suppose it's not just the story itself, but also the people developing the story. I wouldn't want someone like George Martin to serialize a story (it would take forever to finish), but an author like Neil Gaiman could do it well. Off the top of my head, only a few videogame writers might be able to do it well.
Chapter11  +   658d ago
I think TWD perfectly illustrates the problem. Its by far one of the best games I've ever played, yet the episodic nature held it back. Every episode was delayed, and I don't think making it episodic produced any benefits.
Braid  +   658d ago
If we're talking about episodic games like Telltale's Walking Dead which is divided into seasons and episodes, or TV-ish crime dramas like L.A. Noire or even thrillers like Alan Wake (and the upcoming Quantum Break) yeah, I'd love to see more games like that. I'm a sucker for movies and games so that's the perfect combination for me. Movie tie-ins however, are not usually how we expect them to be in terms of overall quality. Official movie games suffer the same fate in most instances.

Speaking of which, I'd love to see what Del Toro's Insane would look like. Too bad it got canceled.
mydyingparadiselost  +   658d ago
I don't want to see episodic games, there's too much of a chance for games to get cancelled halfway through. A game like Beyond Good and Evil might have only made it halfway before being canned, and I think many could agree the last thing the industry needs is more incomplete games. I could see some potential for indie games, or maybe as episodic DLC but not for regular releases
InTheLab  +   658d ago
No. What happens if the game underperforms halfway through the season? What if someone pulls a Sarah Conner Cronicles and ends too soon, leaving fans wondering wtf will happen next....for ever.

With a full $60, I get everything I need from the game without waiting or worrying about a loss of funds or some other calamity.

Also, I couldn't imaging getting to winter in the Last of Us, and reading a "coming next month" notice at the end. ND would have a riot on their hands.

And comics are a bad example. A ton of people simply wait for TPs. I do it all the time for series that can wait like the many offshoots of Xmen or Avengers, or Justice League Dark...
WeAreLegion  +   658d ago
No. I don't see them as a tv show. Maybe a movie...

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