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Theo Moore Questions... Morphology? Longevity? Incept dates?

I love the Bioshock series (guess it's a series now that there are two of them), I really do. I've completed them both, and am tempted to start the first one over and do through them to get the other ending (won't tell you which one I got the first time).

After I'd completed the second one, I began to analyze why I like them so much. Is it the first-person shooter? Nah, I like FPS but that's not really a big deal. They made some updates to the game play for Bioshock 2 (some pretty cool ones, too), but nothing that is a real game changer to the degrees I'd like or dislike it.

No, there's something else.

It's the story. I LOVE the story. I know there's been tons of things written about how the games we play today are all about the story and blah blah, but here's my post on it. I figure I'm entitled.

As I thought about how much I liked the story, how it is told, how it progresses without actually interrupting gameplay (few cutscenes), I realized that all through this great, compelling, interesting game was a rich, detailed story revealed to us as we moved along. The game is less like a pure game and more like a movie with interesting activities associated with it. More than ever, it seems to me that a video game is more than just a game and is an alternative form of cinema.

I began to think of some of the other games that have impressed me lately (COD: MW4 or Gears of War, for example), and realized again, it's the story that moves me to play and keep me interested. Even L4D2 has an interesting premise, although it's remarkably light on story. But, then again, I realized I was never as deeply entrenched in the L4D2 story as I play it mostly online while talking with my team. Brutal Legend is an odd game, but it's the story there that kept me playing.

I began to think back to all of the games I've played in my life and realized that it has always been the story that drives me play…for example, I liked the Ultima series much more than the old D&D gold box games. The gold box games were great for their time, but there was little story, really. The Legend of Zelda series had great stories for their time, too.

I think it's excellent that over all this time, as the technology has advanced it is still the story that drives me to play.

Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2010 11:54 AM | Back to top

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