There are many unfaltering constants in the video games industry that will likely never alter; Call of Duty will always be favoured above any other game, that exhibits any correlation with imagination or ingenuity. Gamers will delusional believe that Playstation will always be better than X-Box (or vice versa if you’re an equally narrow-minded X-Box gamer), and some games will never master the intricate art of story telling. The passion and intensity of 2 opposing characters, focused purely on the others destruction, or the graceful fluidity of speech. Of course when a titles main intention is to act as an entertaining distraction from life, by tempting you into a chaotic world where satisfaction is administered, by savagely beating pedestrians with elaborate oversized, dildo’s (at least I hope there oversized?), it can be a little tricky to then enact dramatic scenes from a Pride and Prejudice, “Oh Mr Darcy? Whatever do you hope to accomplish with that bright pink, behemoth?!”. But there is one particular genre that I believe would benefit from a narrative, Sports games.
Games such as FIFA 12, after extended periods of play can become a repetitive burden to progress any further than 2 seasons on career mode. But I have discovered to my surprise, that fabricating a story for my player or manager, really influences my experience. Integrating absurd scenarios to the circumstances just adds an extra incentive. Adding an imaginary sense of depth, to an otherwise one-dimensional experience enables you to become more involved with the game. It’s an absurd notion I know, but one that has seen me triumph over great meandering obstacles. You can create your characters own biopic, for instance; a footballer looking to prove himself in Real Madrid’s first team, or an inexperienced manager in his first managerial job, you can be as imaginative as you feel, the only limitation, is your creativity. It could be significant with other titles too, boxing, tennis, baseball etc, just try it.
Are their games that you believe could benefit from more intuitive stories? Let me know your thoughts.