IGN: Top 10 Overused Plot Devices

Whether you like it or not, story telling has become an extremely common element in modern videogames, across all different genres. Whether you're walking through the abandoned hallways of a derelict space craft or strolling through a field, contemplating how to defeat the world-ending villain, chances are you've experienced a videogame story before.

If you stop to consider just how many games have been released over the years, you can imagine that some plot devices have been used more often than others, while some have become staples for the medium. Then, of course, there are others that are used so much you know them by heart. IGN has assembled a list of the most overused plot devices that developers might want to start steering away from, if they truly want to innovate the industry.

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