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21. Re: Quote of the Day Feb 19, 2011, 19:53 Jerykk
If it's easier to list games that have good stories than stories that stemmed from gameplay, then I don't know how you could argue that games are better suited for the latter when the former has created a more lasting and memorable experience for more people.

If the story is told through a linear, non-interactive manner, then it has nothing to do with gameplay, the defining element of games. Such stories are better told in linear, non-interactive mediums where the author doesn't have to worry about providing the player with engaging activities or preventing the player from deviating from the intended experience.

KOTOR had a great story, for example. The primary details of the story are fixed, and aren't changeable. The gameplay serves to bring you into that story, make you a part of it, and when it's revealed that you were Darth Revan all along it has impact because your actions throughout the game gave you a personal stake in the story; it's not that the main character was Darth Revan, it's that YOU were. It's a strong story with effective story mechanics and it wouldn't have been possible to get the same effect if it were an open ended experience. I don't remember a damn thing about the gameplay, or what lightsabers did or how I barely won a fight... but I remember when I found out who I was, and I remember my relationship with the other characters long after playing through that game. That's storytelling.

I think you just mistakenly agreed with me. The parts you remember the most are the parts that are borrowed from other mediums. Gameplay is the only thing unique to games and the gameplay in KOTOR wasn't that memorable. It definitely wasn't enough to tell an interesting story, so Bioware relied on more traditional forms of linear storytelling instead. You could have taken the story in KOTOR and put it in a book or made a movie and it probably would have been better for it.

I have to disagree with you on the Revan twist somehow being meaningful. As a player, I had no memories of being Revan and I had no choice in the matter. Revan, as a character, didn't really mean anything to me as a result. The fact that I controlled the protagonist didn't change this. The twist would have been just as effective in a linear, non-interactive medium, perhaps even more so.
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