This week’s best reading
Two excellent pieces of writing I’ve read this week, thought I’d share them with you.
Firstly, Rockpapershotgun (which you should already be reading, as it’s the finest gaming publication on this here internet) does a fantastic series of articles called “Gaming Made Me”, where folk share their stories about the game that first truly ignited their passion for games, that opened their eyes to gaming’s potential as a medium.
In the latest article, writer Patricia Hernandez writes about playing Fallout 2 for the first time. It’s a wonderful piece of writing, showing that games definitely are an art form, that they can have cultural and personal relevance beyond just being entertaining. And also perfectly demonstrating why RPGs are my personal favourite genre of games.
Give it a read here.
The second is an article written by Jonas Kyratzes for Nightmare Mode on mature storytelling in games. It’s an excellent critique covering a range of different viewpoints on the subject of what storytelling in games should be, and what it’s currently lacking. I’ve called Jonas a whiny idiot for some of his opinions in the past, but this is an excellent read. Credit where it is due.
Check it out on Nighmare Mode (itself a lovely site) here.