Industry Insights: From The Industry Side
Condensation of All Game Fictionby lizard
April 18, 2002
lizard's backstory I should probably stay out of this, for the simple reason that I tend to hate in-game fiction of more than a paragraph or two in length. A pithy quote or a single paragraph at the start of a chapter adds mood; more than that, and I feel like it's padding. I especially hate it when vital game-world information is contained in the fiction, since I tend to skip the fiction entirely until the third or fourth reading.
Thus, I can only give you advice on what NOT to do, via the following "Condensation of All Game Fiction".
Yes, I know many people on this list write it, and are good at it. I know the customers expect it, and like it. I know a lot of people who write it are proud of it. None of this changes my opinion. It doesn't matter how well-played a football game is, how skilled and dedicated the players are, how much time and effort they put into training and practic, how complex and intricate the strategies are -- if you don't like football, you don't like football, and that is that.