SXO wrote on Feb 10, 2016, 08:33:
The ones he wrote, such as HK-47 and Morrigan. If you read the first two Dragon Age novels (which he wrote), you would see there's a huge discrepancy between the quality of the storytelling in the books versus that of the games.
I've read an excerpt from his first Dragon Age novel out of morbid curiosity and it was one of the worst pieces of genre fiction I have ever read, and it's not like genre fiction sets much of a high bar to begin with. On the other hand, I give a wide-berth to the world of fan-fiction, so I'm sure by that standard, Gaider is a fucking genius in comparison. But given that he WAS solely responsible for the abominable (at least if the first chapter of the first book is indicative of his "talents" as a writer) Dragon Age tie-in novels (gee, who could have guessed that a marketing prop for a video game would be terribly written?), I think it's fully justifiable to refer to him as a hack.
The only reason he has any credibility at all is because he works in an industry where the audience generally either doesn't read, or only reads bad genre fiction, occasionally stumbling into the rare work of sci-fi/fantasy, like Dune or Lord of the Rings, which transcends it genre into something actually worth reading. And Gaider is definitely no Tolkien or Herbert; he barely even rises to the level of bad imitator of R.A. Salvatore or Kevin J Anderson, a rather ignominious benchmark.
I suppose such scorn for Gaider is a bit overblown, but I dislike him because he represents the kind of game developer that continues to ensure that gaming is a pastime for children and adolescents, or adults who just want to feel like a kid again for an afternoon. There's nothing wrong with getting in touch with your inner child, but I'd love to see gaming grow up someday, and no, pretentious indie pseudo-games aren't really a step in the right direction. But as long as we have developers of limited artistic maturity, like David Gaider, heading up game development, then we can't expect much from games as an "art form" any time soon.