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Games have gotten lengthier bits of exposition over the past several years, and Jeffrey Kaplan thinks that methods should be used that are unique to the gaming medium.

by David Radd on Friday, March 27, 2009
GDC: 'Stop Writing Books in Our Games,' says Blizzard Developer

Speaking during a presentation at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), the now former World of Warcraft director Jeffrey Kaplan talked about Blizzard's flagship title during the "The Cruise Director of Azeroth" lecture. He spoke at length about the problems in certain World of Warcraft quests, and how Blizzard has subtlety tried to address them over time.

During the presentation, Kaplan noted that one of the major issues in many games is over-use of exposition. He did not exclude Blizzard from making this game storytelling sin.

"Basically, and I'm speaking to the Blizzard guys in the back: we need to stop writing a f***ing book in our game, because nobody wants to read it," he explained. "We need to deliver our story in a way that is uniquely video game. We need to engage our players in sort of an inspiring experience, and the sooner we accept that we are not Shakespeare, Scorsese, Tolstoy or the Beatles, the better off we are."

In a concession to the art of video game development, he added, "If it makes us feel better, Shakespeare couldn't 3D model his way out of a paper bag."[/QUOTE]
And so games were made less context rich and soon were forgotten because a new game came out to replace it....

PS:Waiting on feeman to come and join in on the expotive hate.... :D


Ah modern gaming its like modern film only the watering down of fiction and characters is replaced with shallow and watered down mechanics, gimmicks and shiny-er "people".
Incoherence is my friend and grammar my bane, which is the fulcrum of suffering I place upon others!:ZippyDSMlee

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