Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Game Narratives Matter

So I started this blog thinking that game narratives don’t get proper attention. I have this feeling that, even though many games take narratives seriously, game stories are often neglected or misperceived - not only by developers, but by reviewers and game critics as well.

I also think that what is considered as a good narrative in this industry is deeply misguided. This issue is extremely important to me because misunderstanding how narratives work prevents true advancement in how games tell stories.

But more than anything game stories interest me, which is why I want to focus on them in a way I don’t see happening on popular websites and magazines. So what I aim to do is look at certain game stories. Look at their style - what they get right and what they get wrong, and any interesting techniques they use to tell a story - regardless of whether it's good or bad. I want to explore what makes video game narratives unique.

Because game narratives matter.