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A bit provoked by the release of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, I was wondering what regulars of this forum think of other genres that feature narrative. Mind you, some of us haven''t gotten out copy of MGS2 yet, so don''t discuss the plot of it here. :: Inmate2993 :: William C. Bubel "Please refrain from bothering Booster."

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I haven''t played MGS2, but I know that it boasts a fairly well-designed storyline. This is an interesting cultural statement about Asian vs. North American gaming. Asians tend to appreciate more complex storylines in their games and other pop-culture material than we do in North America.

Personally, I have always been an advocate for improving the quality of story-telling in games. Note that I''m not suggesting that every type of game needs a story, just that those genres and styles that support a well-structured narrative could benefit from using established literary techniques and skilled writers.

If I had to pick one genre or style of game I think could benefit from this, it would have to be this hybrid first-person action-adventure game with strong role-playing elements, something similar to what Deus Ex introduced. While not without flaws, this game did a good job of using narrative elements and presented a complex and engaging storyline.


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