- the real Janaka
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Haters are going to hate.
Praisers are going to praise.
The Bungie Forums are what keeps my mind sharp and my fingers active, between writing my own movie scripts, drawing, and studying industrial design. At the moment I'm working on miniatures for a short movie that I'll hopefully be able to film once I've saved up for a camera... That's me, with the mug, trying to have a conversation with Konoko.
A selfcontained game is always the best in my book..
Depends on what type of game it is of course, but I prefere when the complexity of the game mirrors the complexity of the story; the more complex the gameplay is, the more complex the story is allowed to be. Not arbitrerily forced though, more like a guideline.
Deus Ex for instance, is a fairly complex game, and has a fairly complex story. The game has a pace that is in harmony with how many story elements one is expected to understand. Metal Gear Solid however, is a simple game, and has a more complex story than Deus Ex, but it solves it by having hour long cinematics (no offence MGS, I love you for other reasons).
Halo is a pretty straightforward action-adventure game, and has had a story that isn't a lot more complex than that. For every game that came out though, one needed to read a book, more or less, and it has increased with time. At the moment it's up to four books; if one is to fully understand Halo 4. I wouldn't say it's a bad thing, but not a direction I support. The level of commitment one is required to have at the moment is not exactly what the IP premissed. It's not a big deal for a fiction enthousiast, but I guess it might be too much for the average gamer (and I think it's too much for the story), that's what I've gotten the impression of anyway. But then again, no one seemed to grasp what happened in Halo 2 either...
Microsoft might spend the most on developing and marketing the games, but it's certainly not primerily a gaming series anymore, and hasn't been in a while, it's more of a fiction told through variuos pieces of media. It's like 50% game, 50% books and stuff.
[Edited on 01.06.2013 1:34 PM PST]