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  • Blog Post: What Makes A Game Ending Memorable?

    Memory is a tricky thing. Some memories we look back on more fondly than we should. On occasion, we might have had a lot of fun at the time, but in retrospect we may regret that memory. In video games, it usually takes an exceptional game to stand out. It helps even more if that game’s ending was... 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: Editorial: The Difference Between Story And Fiction

    I’m a big fan of rich fictional backdrops to a video game. Even when those features aren’t necessarily central to the potential of the action or gameplay, I find myself hungering to know more about the world behind the game – the role-playing gamer and fantasy novel-reader in me enjoys... 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: The Storyline Of Batman: Arkham Origins

    With this year's upcoming release of Batman: Arkham Origins, the new team at Warner Bros. Games Montreal is winding back the clock on the Arkham series and investigating Batman's early years in Gotham. Guided by Geoff Johns and the rest of DC Comics, the new game is being written by Dooma Wendschuch... More
  • Blog Post: Capturing The Animations And Combat For The Witcher 3

    While visiting the studio for this month's cover story, CD Projekt RED was eager to show off its new in-house motion capture studio. While the main actors and cutscenes are recorded elsewhere, lead animator Tomasz Zawada is taking advantage of the new space and equipment to ensure that The Witcher... More
  • Blog Post: The Story Of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    CD Projekt RED has been lauded for the studio's implementation of a mature and gripping storyline throughout The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Despite the new open-world structure for the third and final game in the trilogy, the writers behind The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are hoping... 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: Secret Ingredients: How Insomniac Crafted The Story Of Fuse

    Leaving the world of Ratchet and Clank behind, creative director Brian Allgeier and senior writer TJ Fixman were tasked with creating a universe to house Insomniac's new game, Fuse. The tone of the game has shifted through the last couple of years, but the team at Insomniac is now confident that... More
  • Blog Post: Storytelling In Gears Of War: What Epic Has Learned From Pixar And Its Past

    There's no doubt that the Gears of War series is incredibly popular, people rave about the combat design and technical achievements that the series has to offer. It's fair to say that one of the less heralded aspects thus far in the series has been the storytelling. We spoke to the director of... More
  • Blog Post: Max Payne: The Story So Far

    For those of you gearing up to play Rockstar’s upcoming crime thriller Max Payne 3, we’ve prepared this primer on the plots of the first two games and a look into what's coming up in the third. Whether you’re new to the series or a veteran looking for a refresher, this is everything... More
  • Blog Post: Larger Than Life: Designing Fall of Cybertron's Set Piece Moments

    Two competing storytelling philosophies exist in video games. One states that a game should be filled with a series of scripted cutscenes that narrate an overarching plot. The other believes a game should never take control away from a player, thereby creating a kind of simulated fiction where the player... More
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