Saturday, June 13, 2009

Story Games

I'm sure that anyone whose ever played a video game realizes that some games have more than just repetitive gameplay. Some games actually have stories. Unfortunately a majority of them are bad, but there are some shining examples. The game Mass Effect is one of these. As far as gameplay goes, Mass Effect is mostly about conversation and story with some gunplay thrown inbetween. Mass Effect has a damn good story. The entire universe of the game is indepth and highly detailed. Some people don't understand this though, which brings me to the purpose of this blog.

My niece hates Mass Effect. She doesn't understand that Mass Effect is like a book. She whines and complains her way through important story parts of the game without paying attention. Because of this she ends up with a mediocre shooter instead of a massively awesome epic story. In a game like Mass Effect it's important to pay attention to the dialog and the journal entries and the data disks, otherwise you miss the narrative hook. THE NARRATIVE HOOK! That's the part that draws you into the story and makes the game world your world. That's how you play a game.

The moral of this story is to play games right damn it! It's acceptable to just run around shoot things in some World War II game because we all know how that ended. However, when you sit down to Mass Effect if you ever do, remember my words. Pay attention to the story and listen closely, you'll have a much better experience.


Ugh. If someone can show me how to make images less pixely I'll be really happy.

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