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  • Blog Post: Embracing Chaos: Far Cry 4's New Approach To Narrative

    The team at Ubisoft Montreal is very proud of Far Cry 3 ( with good reason ), but the lead developers of Far Cry 4 are focused on improving this game's narrative. Far Cry 3 fell into controversy surrounding racial tropes and a significant disconnect between the player's experience and the motivations... More
  • Blog Post: Telling The Story Without Cutscenes In Infamous Second Son

    Sucker Punch’s Infamous Second Son does an excellent job of developing its characters and delivering narrative outside of its cutscenes. Delsin Rowe’s story is one that lives inside of an interactive medium, and though many of its important beats are displayed without the player’s interaction... More
  • Blog Post: The Best RPG Writing

    Writing a narrative for a lengthy RPG is tricky. Not only do writers have to consider character development, realistic dialogue, and story progression, but they also have to make sure it complements the long-form gameplay. Storytelling has always been hit or miss for the role-playing genre, but writers... More
  • Blog Post: Stop Making Me Kick Puppies To Shoot Lightning

    We’ve all been there: The game is paused, the choice menu stares you in the face. Do you return the lost pet to the grieving old lady, hold out for a better reward, or punt the puppy across the street for sociopathic kicks? If you want to build the most powerful antihero you can, you better warm... More
  • Blog Post: Character Building

    Due to the recent release of Skyrim’s Dragonborn DLC, I’ve been spending a lot of time in Bethesda’s massive world again. After playing for an unhealthy amount of time, I realized that I wasn’t paying too much attention to the developer’s story. However, I was still following... More
  • Blog Post: Gameplay Over Narrative: Placing Story On The Back Burner

    Video games have become host to some of the most in-depth universes created in recent years, sporting fully fleshed out histories, detailed lore, and famous characters to boot. Major franchises use these elements in an attempt to create cohesive stories, tying separate installments together. Undoubtedly... More
  • Blog Post: Lights, Camera, Action Button

    No, this article isn’t about how L.A. Noire’s expressive facial animations and multilayered story have blurred the line between film and game. Rockstar’s 1940s saga makes an appearance in this article, but it’s only to stress that video games are becoming more and more similar... More
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