Friday, February 25, 2011

Virtual reality needs real writers

So why do so few writers from other mediums take on gaming? And why is most of the writing in computer games – as even the ardent gameheads in the Game Theory Online film say openly – so bad? Part of the problem is clearly to do with priorities. As the game writer and former critic Rhianna Pratchett says in the film: "Story is often the last thing thought about and the first thing pulled apart." So much effort goes into making spectacular worlds, tackling the technical logistics and ensuring the playing experience is enjoyable that decent plot and dialogue fall by the wayside. - Virtual reality needs real writers, The Guardian

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