I have been hit by a dry-spell when it comes to games recently. No matter what  I do, I start playing a game, than lose interest in it a second later. Its starting to really bother me, even Bulletstorm, which was one of the funniest things I have played in a long time, could hold my interest for more than a few hours.

Seriously. This is the game that has a robot dinosaur named "Waggleton P. Tallylicker"

So to try to mend this, I have decided to look into what I like about a game, and maybe even get some opinions from others.

Writing:

Writing is by far the biggest thing I like in a game. It is what sucks me in immediately, and while I can overlook say, a game’s plot not making too much sense, *cough* Mass Effect 2 *cough* its harder to ignore bad dialog writing. If a game has good dialog, everything else falls into place. In the game Saints Row 2, some of the funniest dialog is actually from random dialog shouted out at you in the street.

Actually I am not gonna let Mass Effect 2 off the hook,we need to reel it in, because there is something fishy about it… I’m sorry that was awful. Mass Effect 2 has, without a doubt, some of the best dialog and characters (among other things) going for it. The plot, meanwhile, hurts me.  I would go into a rant about it, but frankly, I don’t have to. Someone else who is a better writer already did it for me here.

And you know what is interesting? Despite how much the plot hurts me, and can cause me to rant for hours, it’s still one of my favorite games of all time.

My god why isn't this a movie yet.

That is the power good dialog writing holds for me. You make your characters likable, and I will put up with just about anything else for their sake. That reminds me…

Characters:

Quick, off the top of your head, who is this:

OK, that was easy. Who’s this?:

OK still pretty easy. Now who’s this?

For those who didn’t get the last one, that’s John Marston, of Red Dead Redemption. For everyone else: Good job, you have proven that game characters matter.

I could do this all day, there are countless characters: Big Daddies from Bio-shock, Black-Mage from final fantasy, Marcus from Gears of War. All of these are almost instantly recognizable. Hell, just look at this poster, how many can you name? A good character can absolutely make a game, and a lack of character…well…Fable 3. Actually…Fable in general.

Stay tuned, we will cover…uh. Everything else later, but this post is running rampant.

5 Comments

  • Tom

    Hey, just letting you know about the link thing…

    I don’t know exactly what you’re using to write these posts, but I’m fairly confident that you are using some sort of link tag to make your links. If I’m correct, you’re link in the post probably looks something like:

    http://blahblah.com

    But there is another way to use these tags, and this is (in my experience) a fairly universal change:

    Click here!

    This will make the text “Click here!” the link, and the user never has to see the ugly looking URL.

    • I basically just copy-paste the links in, but I think most HTML code will work. But uh, yeah that second way is exactly what I want to do. How do I do that? I hate people seeing the ugly URL, I think it breaks the flow of my post.

  • Tom

    Sonuva… okay, so it didn’t like me showing you examples, lol.

    How about…

    [url]http://blahblah.com[/url]

    …for the first example, and…

    [url=”http://blahblah.com”]Click here![/url]

  • Tom

    Woops, last comment… worked too well, I suppose.

    Anyways, for the first example, imagine it as…

    [url]http://www.blahblah.com[/url]

    And for the second example:

    [url=”http://www.blahblah.com”] Click here! [/url]

    • So I just now checked my comments, and noticed two spam ones: Both from you being helpful XP I will keep that in mind in the future! Thanks for the help, I accidentally discovered the answer myself but I DO really appreciate the help.

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