Throughout the past decade, gaming has always left room for creativity and innovation. From the first MS DOS based RPGs, developers have sought new ways to engage with their audience. Even in modern times where game development often adheres to particular preset archetypes, there are still companies striving to reinvigorate the gaming experience.Is this trend deemed to slow down in the future?
Great storytelling has also been a sort of hidden gem among many games. It isn’t as easy to sell as huge explosions, big star football players and fast cars, but it nevertheless has sky rocketed games that use it well to critical acclaim. Rockstar is a great example of this. Grand Theft Auto had always been a success because of its sandbox world, complete player liberation and being the first to allow people to exercise their chaotic murderous side. With Grand Theft Auto, you really are watching a movie with you writing the plot each time you pick up the controller.
Undoubtedly it is for this reason that Rockstar continued to invest into creative story driven development, later releasing L.A Noire. This influence can also be clearly seen in GTA V, which for the second time in the series instills a greater sense of storyline and purpose.
These stories aren’t easy to craft.
They require not only a special skill set but also a unique development team united in a common goal. There are few companies that possess this trait (the creators of Battlefield not being one of them), and often the dollar sign trumps creative integrity, instead for more sales. That said it is our heartfelt hope that the industry grows to cater for games made magical by the stories they tell, and not just for storytelling to become a byproduct of context.
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