Jul 122011

by Mark Pajor (follow on Twitter @mpajor)

For over a decade now, BioWare has been one of the leading RPG developers in the industry. Games like Baldur’s Gate, Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect have each been reported to sell millions of copies. Since Bioware is bringing their hallmark feature of deep, interactive story to the MMO world in Star Wars: The Old Republic, it’s no wonder that the company’s own fans are one of the major populations TOR wants to pull in. The question remains, though: Can a subscription-based, massively multiplayer game draw much attention from BioWare’s singleplayer fans? Continue reading »

Jul 062011

By Adam Jarvis

[Editor’s note: Welcome to Adam Jarvis, one of our new Staff Writers.  His debut column takes a look at the progression of choice in video games.]

In the early stages of the gaming industry, meaningful decisions affecting narrative were nonexistent. Most games, start to finish, were a straight line with little deviation. There would be the occasional choice between two paths that led to the same spot or a nail biting decision on what sequence to press some buttons, but nothing that ever affected the story you were living.

As the industry and technology has grown, so too has the scope of games. Chrono Trigger, released on the SNES in 1995, offered a myriad of different endings. This is the first game that I can remember having my choices alter the outcome of the story. It was a beautiful thing and one of the many reasons that game is held in such high regard.

More “Evolution of Choice” and Comments after the jump: Continue reading »

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