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Posted 21 June 2000 - 05:31 PM
Original post by Landfish
Semi-linear plots DO allow the player to change the story. They do NOT allow the player to change the outcome! I feel they are an extremely powerful tool, when applied properly (meaning not obviously)
Paul: You *must* be a programmer to make a declarative statement such as this:
"Multiple/dynamic stories are possible. Think of the random maping system of diablo. All the maps are playable and none of them cause problems/conflictions with the overall gaming experience. If a dynamic storyboard was designed in principle the same way then it would work!"
Theoretically, a computer could write a story by combining modualr plot points. The story, of course would be crap.
A human being has a lot of "junk data" in his brain... poetic symbolism, metaphor, archetypal themes, sub-concious themes. These things can not be randomly created, because they simply don''t work that way. To create a computer that could write a touching or signifigant story would be creating Artificial Sentience.
Also, it is a mark of a well written story that everything is brought together in a cohesive manner, from minute one to the end. How would you reccommend this in the modular format you reccommend?
I''m not saying it can''t be done. I''m saying it''s not worth doing. Please, don''t try to replace writers with computers. It is as hard a job as any, and you need passion to do it right. You need to know something about yourself and others, stuff you can''t put in a program. You would sooner try to create a program to write software by combining componants of other pieces of software.
Posted 21 June 2000 - 11:47 PM
Posted 22 June 2000 - 12:14 AM
Original post by MadKeithV
I''ve just had a ridiculously simplyfying thought, that was quite sobering to myself, and I hope it has the same effect on you guys:
We expect our players to have fun.
It''s that simple. No more, no less.
Give me one more medicated peaceful moment..
~ (V)^/) /<é!t/-/ ~
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