Editors Jeff Cork and Kimberley Wallace discuss video game romances, warts and all.
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Are you kidding, it's the best way. Don't you guys remember Final Fantasy games? What kind of question is that? Can romance be portrayed well in games?
I think they need to come up with new control schemes if they want to make it interactive. You would have to be able to control your eyes and face and head, and voice inflection and timing, but the controls in many games are geared for fight or flight gameplay, or "puzzle-solving" (pushing crates). Intimacy would probably work better with touch screens at least. They don't mention visual novels, but there's been romantic VNs for a long time now. Probably text adventures before that. ?
If romance can be portrayed well through a series of static pictures and speech bubbles then yes, it can absolutely be portrayed well in games.
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