Posts Tagged "Storytelling"

Video Game Storytelling: History and Origins

Video Game Storytelling: History and Origins

Heavy Rain for the PlayStation 3 is an important adventure game and monument to virtual storytelling; it demonstrates how developers can go about making realistic, mature video games (maybe too realistic, according to this thoughtful write-up by Chris Lepine of The Artful Gamer). But maybe Heavy Rain goes beyond “important.” According to its creator, David Cage, Heavy Rain is more than a definitive title in the interactive storytelling genre: It is the...

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The Price of Making Mature Games

The Price of Making Mature Games

David Cage, the creator of the PlayStation 3 drama hit Heavy Rain, rocked the industry recently when he dished out a simple plea to developers in a speech: “Make games for adults. Seriously. It’s going to change your life.” He elaborated: “We should be, in our industry, on par not with b-[movies], not with popcorn movies. We should be on par with the best movies out there, in matter of storytelling and characterization and emotion, etc.,...

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Video Game Stereotypes: East vs. West

Video Game Stereotypes: East vs. West

Most of us who have an interest in the games industry have taken to casually labeling games and the studios of their birth as “East” or “West.” This system of classification doesn’t just identify what side of the Atlantic the game was developed on, however: We also use it to describe a title’s artwork, gameplay traits, and even its genre. For instance, a “JRPG” doesn’t simply refer to a role-playing game that...

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Dead Island Trailer: A Video Too Far?

Dead Island Trailer: A Video Too Far?

Oh, video games. They just want to show us a good time, but lately, they can’t seem to help but upset the apple cart. Typically, any controversy relating to video games pits the mainstream media against gamers. But the most recent disturbance has actually erected a partition between brothers and sisters at (virtual) arms. Not long ago, we were united in our cause to tell off Fox News for stripping Bulletstorm of all context and using it to deepen the fears of...

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Carole Lieberman vs. Bulletstorm

Carole Lieberman vs. Bulletstorm

Everybody who plays video games on a regular basis has been informed at least once–usually by the media–that they indulge in a pastime that glorifies violence and automatically makes them more aggressive than the average non-gamer. This revelation usually confuses said gamers, most of whom have never fought in a war, never hope to see a war, and don’t even like needles. So when Fox News published an editorial about Bulletstorm that was seeded with...

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