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Storytelling in games: How it should be done

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Good story, poor storytelling. Don’t worry, I’ll teach you the difference.

Games can now tell a story on par with your average film. Okay, that’s not saying much, but the medium has certainly come a long way since its humble roots. There is now a focus on delivering not only fun gameplay but also a deep and layered story. Sometimes the gameplay drives the game, its fun mechanics enticing gamers to play “just one more level.” Other times the story drives the game, its complex characters and plot drawing players in to play “until the next cutscene.”

Film writers are now getting in on the action. David S. Goyer, famous for helping write the Dark Knight trilogy and the latest Superman film Man of Steel, helped give the Call of Duty series a decent story in the two Black Ops installments. Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta is one of several people who brought the world of the Walking Dead to the video game world. And the list of screenwriters-turned-video game writers keeps growing.

This isn’t necessarily a good thing. Let me tell you more

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Top five games I want for the new Xbox

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Be there or be square. And I’m square just by saying that.

Things are about to get real in one week. So real, in fact, that it will make The Real Housewives of [insert city here] look partially staged and slightly exaggerated. That’s how real things are about to get.

But now it’s time for this article to get real. So, without further ado (and much less ado than last week’s article), here are the top five games I want for the new Xbox.

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