Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Most Well-Written Video Games of the 90′s

I started playing video games in the good old days of the NES. And after I performed the usual ritual voodoo to get the cart to work (you had to blow on it, tap it three times, and sacrifice a squirrel) I was usually treated to writing that consisted of “Thank You, Mario, but our Princess is in another castle” and “A winner is you!”

However, as the 90’s became a reality, and not just the setting for post apocalyptic movies, the writing for video games took a great quantum leap forward. We now had interesting characters, fantastic plots, and a desire to see how the story ended.

Today I’m going to talk about five of the finest examples of video game writing of the 90’s. Clearly this isn’t an exhaustive list, and I’m sure to revisit it,  but I think it will highlight many if the literary strengths of the video game genre and help you make the case (to those who still don’t get it) that video games can be just as literary as any other form of media.

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