Video Game Story Lost In The Shuffle
Video game story is a very crucial part of a game, and one that is often times over looked. Video game story is often times neglected by players altogether, often times not on purpose. With everything that goes into video games today it is easy to see how the story gets lost in the mix.
Now this is not to assign blame, but fact of the matter is today that games need to appeal to the gamers who buy them. Many games today offer players such a wow factor that it’s often times not the story that this wow factor is focused on.
Video game story is not always a necessity for all games to be enjoyable. For instance Tetris is a game that many players consider to be quite enjoyable, but the game has no story what so ever. Tetris does not suffer from lack of a good story in any shape or form, in fact I could argue that Tetris has thrived despite not having a story.
Other games make an attempt at having a story while never really fleshing it out. A good example of this is almost any Mario game ever, there are a few exceptions here, but most games in the franchise use the same story element. Bowser has taken someone usually Princess Peach and Mario has to get her back. The game’s story usually doesn’t get any deeper than that, and like Tetris this usually works in the games favor.
However video game story can help set a game apart from the competition. This held true back in the days of the Genesis and SNES, those games had to focus their wow factor into other areas. Such as story even lousy games attempted to put an emphasis on the story.
A great example of this is a game for the SNES called Chrono Trigger, which was developed by Squaresoft now known as Square Enix. Chrono Trigger was released in North America and Japan in 1995. The game had quite a few things going for it chief amongst them was a great, and compelling story that kept the player engaged. Which was a good thing considering that the game had multiple endings, which meant that you were going to have to sit through the game’s story multiple times.
Time travel was a big part of Chrono Trigger, and this was reflected in the game’s story. The developers used the time travel mechanic to help flesh out the game’s world as well as it’s story. Events that happened in an earlier time period would often times be referenced in a future time. The developers put such an emphasis on story that even the side quest have a story line reason behind them. This is one of many reasons that to this day many gamers still hold Chrono Trigger in such high regard.
Video game story still exists even in today’s video game world of fancy graphics, and online multiplayer. Role playing games for instance still rely heavily on story in their games. It’s worth noting that the designing of video games is a collaborative process, and the video game writer is just one part of the design team.
While not every game puts the focus on story that’s alright because today’s video game market is diverse. Not every game can be a story driven game, games today have the ability to offer the players more than just a good story. That’s not to say that story should be dropped from the equation altogether.
Quite the opposite in fact, some games will continue to rely heavily on story. Regardless of hardware and software advances fighting games, and shooters for instance. Can continue to benefit from hardware and software advancements that will allow them to bolster their online capabilities. However video game story will most likely remain apart of role-playing games because story is such a cornerstone of the genre.
In fact video game story is one of the constants that won’t change with improvements to technology. Due to the simple fact that a good story is not based on what hardware you are running, or what engine you used to design your game. Great story comes from great writers who are a part of the design team for that very reason.
So the next time you play a game pay just a little bit more attention to the story. It may give you a new appreciation for the game, or it may help you see the game in a new light. Regardless a great video game story can only enhance you gaming experience.
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