Can I presume you’re interested in games and stories?
Or do I have to convince you why this is important?
Either way here goes…
1 – A Story In A Game Is Sooooo Powerful
The actions a player takes in a game binds them to the story and characters in a way that other media cannot. This is way beyond linear stories in books, films and on TV. Interacting with a game immerses the player deep down. It can feel like events happening on-screen are in real life. There is a conscious and palpable reality to it.
2 – Games Are THE Modern Format For Authored Stories
Theatre, books, films, TV…. >>> Games
Stories are mercurial, they find their way onto all new formats and if the audience stick with the format, stories stick too. Some games don’t have a story, that is true, but most do, or at least a premise on which the player enters the game… You can’t pretend they don’t!
3 – It’s A Big Business
Games are the biggest entertainment business on the planet. Hands down. It’s been like this since 2008.
It’s also interesting to note, that due to games being technology based, the games industry subsumes most other new and incoming technologies like social, VR and mobile. Making it the leading entertainment business now, and for the foreseeable future.
4 – It’s A Different Set Of Rules
“You can’t tell a good story in a game!”
This is patently not true.
But it’s not like creating stories for any other medium.
With so many variables, options, branching paths, user types and levels of engagement – it’s not like a story that someone is going to experience in a linear way from beginning, though middle to the end.
Everyone has an opinion about this. And there are many ways to skin the proverbial cat. To be continued…
5 – I Love The Nuances Of A Personalised Story
This goes hand in hand with point 1 (A Story In A Game Is So Powerful). My experiences playing certain games are very memorable. I remember the way I felt playing them. Like music can make you feel like it’s yours. These stories are like that too.
Of all the reasons, this is the one I am interested in most.
What makes one game story more involving than another…?
How does it make you feel?
(It’s good to ask questions to which there aren’t any correct answers)
If you have any thoughts on this please comment. I’d love to know what you think. I’m keen to find out where the current conflict is!