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Video games have reached what I like to think of as a renaissance, writing wise. Writers are getting smarter, narratives are becoming more finely structured. Games are becoming smarter, and they're becoming smarter because the writing in the general entertainment world has been rising on the intelligence curve for the past decade. The audience is smarter, and so the writers compensate, creating better experiences for all.
Characters have rich, fleshed out back stories that some professional book writers would envy. Villains are no longer one-dimensional. Heroes are no longer straight-and-narrow good buys. Stories are no longer simple go-here-do-that quest adventures.
Characters are becoming a driving force behind certain games; the player character is drawing a gamer into the story, into the world, into the game itself. This person, this creation of a team of writers, is becoming the face, the presence, the representation of a game. Characters are pushing games forward, and it's truly a joy to behold and play.
Then again, there are elements of this excellent writing and characterization that are starting to wear thin.!--EndFragment-->!--[endif]-->!--StartFragment-->!--[if>More >>
I'm taking a break from the typical rant this week to give you folks a hands-on rundown of the title. I hesitate to call this a review because, even after sinking more than a dozen hours into Rusty Hearts, I'm still only just scratching the surface of what the game has to offer.More >>
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When it comes to video games, the real world is usually cast to the side, ignored, and left in the corner as if it were in trouble. Usually, in-game, the real world (or some variation thereupon) is in trouble, but as gamers, we like to be able to escape, and pretend that the real world doesn't exist for a short time. It's partly why I like games so much. Games keep me from going mad every single time I step outside.
When real world elements pop up in video games, it can be jarring, but it can also be a pleasant shift into something new and interesting. It can bring an assurance to a certain type of gamer that using your brain when you game is not at all discouraged. Bringing your interests and hobbies outside of gaming to your personal experience is one of the best ways to get more out of your games.
Consider your interests. Are you science person? A philosophy enthusiast? Perhaps you love poetry and literature. Are you a history buff? Trust me, there are elements of your non-gaming interests littered throughout this current console generation. You might have to dig a bit, but you will find them, and you'll gain so much more.!--EndFragment-->!--StartFragment-->More >>