Category Archives: narrative

Why are video games so long?

If I had to guess, I’d say about 60% of video games are too long. Your typical game takes anywhere from 20-30 hours to complete, which can stretch out over weeks and even months for the average player. This is, obviously, … Continue reading

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The two paradoxes of Persona 4

At its core, Persona 4 is a game about interpersonal relationships and identity. Particularly how the bonds forged through friendship can triumph over personal strife—such insecurities, anxieties, and self-doubt—and allow one to find their true self. There’s plenty to be explored there later, … Continue reading

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Video game writing never changes

In the opening essay of his book, Extra Lives, Tom Bissell writes how he, and many other players, accept bad writing in games that they would not tolerate in other media. His theory is a poorly developed protagonist or convoluted plot in a game … Continue reading

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