A Mind Forever Voyaging: A History of Storytelling in Video Games

A Mind Forever Voyaging: A History of Storytelling in Video Games

by Dylan Holmes

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Overview

An engaging and entertaining read for veteran gamers and curious newcomers alike, A Mind
Forever Voyaging
traces the evolution of interactive video games by examining 13 landmark titles that challenged convention and captured players' imaginations worldwide. Alternative gaming blogger Dylan Holmes focuses on games that tell stories in innovative and fascinating ways and examines the opportunities-and challenges-presented when players are given the ability to direct how a story plays out. From the text-based adventure of Planetfall and the interactive cinema of Heavy Rain to the one-act play of Façade and the simulated world of
Shenmue, Holmes showcases the diversity of video game stories that have emerged in the last
30 years. Along the way, he addresses such questions as:

•How did the introduction of moral choices in video games change the playing field?

•What film techniques have enhanced (or detracted from!) the gaming experience?

•Can video games aspire to be art? [Hint: Yes!]

•What are the benefits, pitfalls, and unintended consequences of players' "right to choose"?

•Will the robot Floyd make you cry?

Critical analysis, historical perspective, and a gently opinionated personal touch make A Mind
Forever Voyaging
an enlightening read that captures the best that video games have to offer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480005754
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/07/2012
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 685,803
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Dylan Holmes is a technical writer and independent journalist living in Seattle, Washington. His interests include gaming (video and otherwise), film, and discovering the perfect iced tea/lemonade ratio for Arnold Palmers. His writing can be found on the alternative gaming blog Nightmare Mode and at www.augmented-vision.net.

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