Will Video Game Stories Ever Get Better?

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"One of the biggest topics in gaming over the past few years is the evolution of how video games are becoming more like movies. Some see this as a positive because it shows the evolution and progression of gaming, while others see it as a negative, saying that it represents a culture that is trying to change itself into something it isn’t. I think this is wrong. Games aren’t becoming more like movies, they’re just adapting elements from a successful medium to improve themselves, and there’s nothing wrong with that."

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PaleMoonDeath1299d ago

Only with the developers willing to tell a story, from indie games to the big ones, there are plenty of hardcore story tellers that will only get better with hardware enchancements.

I already prefer the way video-games tell stories than how movies do, I get much more personally invested when I take the role of the characters in the story, and The Last of Us showed us that people are interested in the story telling aspect of games, and I'd happily support a healthy future of story based games.

ATi_Elite1299d ago

Video Games stories are already better than Movies and Books imho.

15 minutes into a movie and you already know how its gonna end and Books use way too many adjectives and waste time describing the scene down to the dust in the carpet to fill pages and make the book longer.

Video games on the other hand give you a great story by letting experience the full range of emotion from the main characters perspective.

Being the main character you never feel out of focus and are always right in the thick of things that movies and books can't do.

and this will only get pushed further along with VR.

Wni01299d ago

"Books use way too many adjectives and waste time describing the scene down to the dust in the carpet to fill pages and make the book longer."

Not all books suffer from that, in fact I'd say those are in the minority. "15 mins in and you know the end," is also an unfortunate argument, you are most likely watching the wrong films. Yes, Rom Coms usually follow the same structure, as do straight up action or save the world movies, but you can say the exact same thing about videogames... Ever hear of the Heros Journey?

Your tone can be mirrored back,

"Videogames waste to much time going through repetitve gameplay sequences which have no bearing towards the plot, no character developement, the only story gets jammed down your throat via rushed cutscene or walkable cutscene."

Two of the best videogame stories last generation were probably TLoU and Red Dead, and those are not even "great" movie comparisons, let alone a Stalker, for TLoU or a There Will Be Blood for Red Dead. They are just pretty good.

Videogames have a long way to go. I will say The Walking Dead videogame has sections better than the show, but I dont think its as good as the comics.

ginsunuva1299d ago

TLOU is the prime of video game stories. You can't pick the best one and say all video game stories are like it.

PaleMoonDeath1299d ago

Metal Gear Solid, Bioshock, Uncharted, Metro, Tomb Raider (reboot), Batman Arkham series, Zelda, Assassins Creed, Portal, Half Life, so on and so forth all do pretty well with story right?

I wasn't saying all games are like TLOU, just picking a recent example dude, story based games are here to stay.

nippletwister1299d ago

Games aren't evolving by adapting elements from the movie medium if adopting those elements also ends up in gameplay being dumbed down and reduced, assuming the product is marketed as a proper game and not a cinematic experience. They are called "games" for a reason. Gameplay comes first and foremost, the rest follows depending on the depth, passion and talent of the developer.
That's the problem, and this is why the term "becoming like movies" exists. When gameplay is treated as just a lazy addition or a secondary focus that might as well not exist in a game when it is a linear movie by majority, then you call that "a game becoming a movie".
There is a difference between a game adopting elements from a medium, and movies adopting gameplay elements.

Roccetarius1299d ago

Pretty much this. If gameplay is being benched because of a 'cinematic experience', then i may just as well watch it instead of playing it myself.

wheresmymonkey1299d ago

THat's highly subjective. There are some rather brilliant Videogame stories out there already. But i think Graham Lineham said it best. Things won't improve untill gams writers start basing their stories on literature instead of films.

Some of the best games of the last few years were based on books.

skydragoonity1299d ago (Edited 1299d ago )

The last of us answers the question which is : Yes

tablecloth1299d ago

TLOU doesn't have a great story, but rather a great journey.

I'll probably get a lot of disagrees but doesn't mean I don't like TLOU. The chemistry is what made it great. Story wise it's almost the same as any infected/zombie type of story. And imo, it nailed that part.

Like the movie Taken, it does nothing new but the execution on what it focused on was superb.

iamnsuperman1299d ago (Edited 1299d ago )

But what you describe is a story. The getting from A to B was merely a plot device and a setting. What you have said makes no sense. The story is the whole package. The relationship between the two main characters and how they interact in that harsh world.

Take A Thousand Splendid Suns. The story isn't just about women in Afghanistan (that is a context). It is much more than that which is why it is a good story

360ICE1299d ago

In addition to what iamnsuperman said, one has to appreciate the events that unfold, particularly near the end of the Last of Us. It seems obvious to me that it has a little more going for it event-wise than your average zombie-flick.

Clown_Syndr0me1299d ago

I agree, the story wasnt that good but the characters and enviroments were.

tablecloth1299d ago

You are right, perhaps I should have worded it better.

The story is simple, yet the execution is done superb. It's not groundbreaking and doesn't need it to be, but it isn't a "grand" story.

It isn't really complicated and there lies my problem probably. I see complicated stories have more of a grandness to them. Doesn't mean I dislike more simpler stories, but I don't see them as great ones. Rather if done right, they feel a lot more "real" as to thought-provoking.

TLOU felt like a great game as opposed to MGS 2 for example which ( personal opinion ) thought of it as a great game.

Sorry if I didn't explain it right or still haven't, please feel free to correct me.

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chrissx1299d ago

Some of the video games I've played have way better stories than all the blow ups I see from hollywood. There's def still more great stories to come from games

DerrickCole1299d ago (Edited 1299d ago )

Completely agree. There are some amazing video game stories that even Hollywood tried to make into movies. Bioshock, red dead redemption, any GTA game, hell there are many games that had terrible gameplay but I kept playing just for the story.

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