Citing Journey and The Last of Us as examples, Ragnar Tørnquist, the creative behind Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey and The Secret World, has challenged George Lucas’s recent assertion that gaming is yet to produce decent, empathetic storytelling because it’s all about sport.
Tørnquist tackled Lucas’s comments in a Rezzed panel on the subject of storytelling in games, as reported by Eurogamer.
“Games are where storytelling is being experimented on the most. Take Journey, one of the best games I’ve ever played – it tells an amazing story through pictures and sound that you just wouldn’t see in a TV show,” he said.
“It reminds me of a few weeks ago when George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were having a conversation about games. Lucas said that ‘the second you get the controller something turns off in the heart, and it becomes a sport’.
“It made me so angry because I’m currently playing The Last of Us. I’m not going to spoil anything – but the beginning of the game sets up this great emotional connection. The controller turns on and your heart does not turn off. You feel desperate.”
Visit Eurogamer for a more complete report and to watch the whole panel, which also featured DayZ developer Dean Hall, Obsidian Entertainment’s Chris Avellone, Splash Damage’s Ed Stern and Will Porter of Project Zomboid.