There’s a huge world out there waiting to be tapped into, yet not a lot of people have truly recognized how to utilize it as for writers. If anyone knows me well enough, they’ll know about my love of video games. I grew up with classics such as Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, and even Final Fantasy. How does this apply to me as a writer? I’ve always played games for their stories, which is why I can’t stand games such as Call of Duty and Halo. They honestly have almost nothing for me. They’re mostly multi-player games created to pull people in, yet their stories have very little to offer.
Now, you’re talking to someone who loves a good science fiction story, so when I first saw Halo I was excited to see something that was quickly taking off. I was not amused at the use of sci-fi cliches throughout the game. It wasn’t anything new or exciting. It was a cheap game that took advantage of a custom engine.
Anyway, back to my point. There have been hundreds maybe even thousands of games with wonderful storylines. Case in point; Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It takes one of the most iconic platform characters and puts him into his first complex story. It has everything that a good story should have, and it’s the perfect example of how even early gaming could have complex stories without losing any gameplay. Even compared to the games of today, Mario RPG Legend Of The Seven Stars still has one of the best stories in all of gaming.
Now, go look at modern and classic video games, look into their stories, and study how everything goes in them. You’ll be surprised at how many great ideas you’ll get by just watching or playing a video game.