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10-09-2009 @ 1:56PM
@Lagavulin: It doesn't have to be about whether reading is good or bad. I like reading novels, and do take time to read quest dialogues, but that doesn't mean that they are the most engaging form of interactive fiction I have ever encountered. A good novel can feel far more immersive than even a great video game, so this isn't about any dislike of text on my part.I remember being blown away by the first levels of Warcraft III, running around with Arthas fighting orcs as schoolteachers asked us to find lost kids. It felt very immersive. For the medium of an MMORPG is a dialogue of quest text is the best way to convey a story? I don't think it is - active, voice-acted NPCs and an interactive environment do more for me than quest dialogues, which often feel arbitrarily compartmentalized and disconnected to the actual action of the game. That isn't to say that a detailed text quest description doesn't have its place, as the two are in no way mutually exclusive.
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