Fox News exercised its subtle vocabulary on February 8 by asking the question: “Is Bulletstorm the Worst Video Game in the World?” The body of the story describes how players are “rewarded” for the violent acts they commit in the first-person shooter, which is due out on February 22 and is being published by EA. Fox even brought in an author and a psychiatrist, Carole Lieberman, who condemned Bulletstorm for glorifying sexually violent acts...read more
Posts Tagged "Storytelling"
Storytelling in video games has been going through a long period of maturation. Though there is a bit of a ways go to before games can consistently sell plots that are as engaging as the average work of literature, there’s no doubt that our favorite pastime is capable of drawing out our emotions. We’ve come a long way from chasing after princesses who are stashed away by giant turtle kings. So when news got around about video games being eligible for...read more
In October 2010, Georgia-based Hi-Rez Studios purchased the Tribes franchise from InstantAction. This article is the second in a multipart series analyzing why the company made its decision and how it plans to incorporate this externally created game. Part I examined some of the reasons behind the acquisition. Part III, after The new Tribes game is released, will address how reality met intentions. Buying something as involved as a video game IP that has gone...read more
Interactive fiction and adventure gaming fans should be sure to check out the latest episode of Game Theory with Scott Steinberg. Our new documentary film “Interactive Fiction: The Art of Video Game Storytelling” (seen here) reveals what’s next for virtual narrative. The movie, featuring today’s top writers and game designers, provides an in-depth look at the past, present and future of video game storytelling. In the film, the field’s...read more
Maybe it’s just the over-optimism speaking, but 2011 promises to be a year full of fun, wonder, and really cool games. Sure, this current generation of consoles is starting to feel like a pack of house guests that have hung around too long and subsequently become too familiar and tiresome… but with age comes experience. Developers know that they have to hang out with the Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 for a little bit longer, and they’re set to...read more