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In Defense of Destiny's Story

Posted by Ta-metru_defender in TMD's Creatively Named Blog, Sep 20 2014 · 0 views

Essays, Not Rants! 131: In Defense of Destiny’s Story

I talk about video games a lot on this blog, because I love them and play a lot of them. I also write about storytelling because it’s kinda my thing. Now, there’s a lot to say about video game narrative, which, honestly, can apply to narrative in general. Games are special because narrative — or even story of any sort — isn’t necessary for a good game (See: Pacman, or better yet,Pong).

But, contrary to what game designers like Jonathan Blow think, games can tell excellent stories. Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is an emotional story that rivals great film and has found its way into many of my papers for school. Bungie too has told great stories through the Halo games. No, they may not on the same level as The Last of Us, but the original trilogy did tell a solid story, ODSThad great characters, and Reach was genuinely sad at times. All of these games are very linear and have a very traditional narrative. Which is great.

Destiny, on the other hand, is very loosely linear. There are story missions for you to do, but there’s no urgency with which you have to do them, and thus you can spend plenty of time exploring the world at large and taking on side missions. Story information itself is dispersed through the occasional story-focused cutscene and through bits of dialogue with your companion, the AI Ghost. This all to say, there’s very little in the way of explicit storytelling.

The game’s gotten a lot of flak for this. Here’s this grand expansive world with hints of incredible backstory, but where’s the actual story? Where’s the character development? Where’re the big arcs and twists? The story, apparently, feels too nebulous to be worthwhile. Granted, the gameplay more than makes up for it, but the way its critics see it, a weak story is Destiny’s greatest flaw.

But Destiny’s story isn’t weak, it’s open. Modern Warfare 2 had a woefully weak story, with underdeveloped characters and a plot that made very little sense. Sure, it was spelled out for you, but there really wasn’t much there. See, a lot of Destiny is conveyed through spatial and environmental storytelling. The very world of Destiny: the ancient ruins on Venus, the decaying colony on the Moon, the colonyships in Old Russia’s Cosmodrome; they all harken to something older and greater than what we see now. Mentions of the fall, of the Hive taking over the Moon, all this hint at something big. This is what Destiny does: the incredible world building does much of the heavy narrative lifting. Those scraps of story which, combined with the Grimoire accessed online or through the companion app, paint a great world for the player to inhabit. In there you go on these missions and carry out the main story, with lots of empty spaces in between.

These empty spaces is where you come in. Destiny wants you to use your imagination. There’s so much empty space in the story it’s easy to fill it up with your own ideas as to what happened. It’s like playing with your toys again, where you’re given the character and a little bit of story and let lose to make up how it plays out. This is the strength of Destiny’s story: Your imagination. Yes, it’s drastically different from a lot of modern — or even adult — storytelling, but it’s this open-endedness that sets Destiny apart. Here the player is free to create their own story. The nature of fireteams, the backstory of your Guardian, even some of the relations between characters, it’s all up to you.

This is what I’m loving as I play through Destiny, the freedom to wander through the world. I’m still not yet done with the game (almost finished the last mission on Venus) due to not only real life commitments, but also plain getting distracted by every Patrol mission and Strike in Destiny. But unlike Assassin’s Creed 4 where spending hours sidetrack hurt the plot’s pacing and any emotional attachment; Destiny’s side-missions and even competitive multiplayer feel like an addition to the overall narrative arch. It’s as if Bungie’s opening up a big sandbox and inviting you to play.


For more on spatial and environmental storytelling, read Henry Jenkins’ Game Design as Narrative Architecture. If you have a PS3 and want to play Destiny with someone cool, let me know.

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Smashing Impressions

Posted by farmstink buttlass in incredibly silly and just a little bit rude, Sep 20 2014 · 15 views

So I downloaded the smash demo yesterday. I'm not much of a gamer, so I hadn't been paying much attention to this game, but I thought I might as well, so I did. I've had very little experience with the SSB series--I've only played some Melee, and a very long time ago at that. (not to mention a very different system). So I'm pretty terrible. And it's crazy fun. Now I really want to get it, but I doubt I would be able to afford it around its release....sigh....

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Feeling out of touch

Posted by ~X-Clone~ in This blog has no title, Sep 20 2014 · 60 views

So everyone's like "Omg Mask of Creation. i hope we finally get to see Artakha!!"

And I'm like "Ummm . . Who's Artakha??"

And then I look it up on BS01 and finally remember.

:bored:

Still excited for 2015 though.

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No Bfa Plays this weekend

Posted by Bfahome in You're attacked by a Repair Nektann, Sep 20 2014 · 27 views

I have caught THE ILLNESS and my head feels like it's on its way to detonation. Also lack of energy in general!

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Orange (and accompanying MOC)

Posted by Five O'Clock P~M in The Piraka Blog, Sep 20 2014 · 33 views

So I'm a POBZPC now. That's pretty cool!

Anywho, I've been working on this fellow on and off for a month or two, and I thought his color scheme kinda matched the occasion. What do you all think?

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What Bionicle Needs to Bring With It Out of the Past

Posted by Virus #0579 in Letters From the Void, Sep 20 2014 · 106 views

-Mega Man Star Force, or a sequel series

-The World Ends With You

-Interesting episodes/chapters of Bleach

-Danny Phantom

-Older Pokemon in the form of more Mega Evolutions. We do not have enough.

-Slizers

-RoboRiders

-Final Fantasy V, preferably in remake form

-Simplicity in life, no responsibilities, free time to actually play with Bionicle, and the like

-GALIDOR

If I don't get all these things then I will be very disappointed I mean if we're opening the portal to the past we need to make the most of it.

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After many months

Posted by Vivian James in Terrible Joke inc., Sep 20 2014 · 61 views

I finally began learning how to draw. Basically started with Loomis and then may learn Hampton with it. Though the things that scare me are perspective and proportions. But I 'll worry about those later.

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I Made a Mosaic!

Posted by xccj in Team J.A.F., Sep 20 2014 · 38 views

Topic Here

Reiterating what I said there: it's not the best mosaic, but I made it relatively quickly with what I had on hand. (And I've officially used the last of my baseplates. I mean, seriously, I sent 4 of them to BrickFair and then made the lenticular cheese slope mosaic, I was lucky I had a spare to begin with.)

It's going to be at BrickCon. Not as exciting as previous Bionicle group mosaics we've put up, but nobody really seemed interested in collaborative projects this year, so I've got nothing else to contribute. (Generally I think most of BZP wrote off BrickCon, but at this point I don't care, it'll be fun to hang out with the usual crowd without any excess drama.)

(Although I realize that I don't have any ACTUAL new Bionicle MOCs built for the con, mostly mosaics and black light stuff.)

Also, I think I might have timed this just right when I posted it to Facebook this morning, right as all the members were geeking out over the announcement. Got more like on that then I normally get on... well, anything anywhere. My evil marketing scheme played off. Muhaha.

:music:

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Look what I found on the Wayback Machine

Posted by Wrinkledlion X in Mighty Morphin Flower Arrangers, Sep 20 2014 · 98 views

Look what I found on the Wayback Machine beautiful

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Old Comic Script

Posted by Sharnak the Bohrok Lord in The Bohrok Blog, Sep 19 2014 · 35 views

This was I a ditched script I wrote a few years ago. The breaks indicate when a comic would and where a new one would begin. I write long, continuous stories which I then break up, not as individual serials.

(marked with spoilers to condense text)
Spoiler


This script was scrapped due to a variety of reasons.
1. Sharnak came across as too insane and violent than I wanded and I wan not satisfied Ansark's portrayal. Ansark's new characterization is that he's what Sharnak could become, not his total opposite.
2. Writer's block. I had no idea how to continue the story where I left off.
3. Lack of time to begin artwork.

If I return to comics expect element of this scene to carry over but played seriously.

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Recent Events

Posted by Bambi in The Small Horse, Sep 19 2014 · 85 views
non-pony

I hope...

It's a reboot, not a continuation.

That there's NO VEHICLES. NOTHING LIKE 2008.

That's pretty much all I can think of.

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What next?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz in Through the Eyes of Madness, Sep 19 2014 · 110 views
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"The hunter is nothing without the hunted."

With the campaign to bring back Bionicle just about over, one would think that an addict like me would be all but lost in what do do with my life other than just buying Bionicle sets like anyone else.

Actually, my campaign will continue, albeit much quieter. My aim now will be to keep Bionicle back until at least mid-2016, which would see Bionicle back for a year and a half, bridging the gap between its initial ending in 2010 and the end of its 10th anniversary in 2011.

In addition, I have other goals I can now fully focus on: (However these may be considered political; I will understand if the admins wish to remove the second half of this entry)

While other Bionicle fans turned to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, I rediscovered my childhood love of trains, and that reshaped my future. I've even gone as far as to design a brand new railway line for my local area. Although said railway line started out as a personal project, I've gone as far as to propose it to the powers that be in hopes of making it a reality, because I realise it can work VERY well!

Unfortunately, those same powers that be would rather build roads than railway lines, and I've become one of many people in my state fighting them in order to stop a particularly expensive road and have its money spent on railway lines statewide.

In addition, I need a job. I've been job-seeking for a year now, and with a looming jobs crisis (especially in my age group), I am a VERY long way from getting one, and there's also the chance that I may NEVER get a job! I am hoping to use the aforementioned railway line design as a portfolio in order to get a job as a transport planner, and the proposal as a way to sell myself and my natural creative skills.

So despite Bionicle coming back, I am still very busy. Its return simply means I now have more time to focus on my other goal(s).

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The Return

Posted by Haku340 in All That I'm Hearing From You..., Sep 19 2014 · 31 views
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So in the light of the recent announcement of the return of BIONICLE, I decided to hop back on over to this place. ###### it has been a long time. Last time I was here was when the forum was still in its original visual appearance, before all of the old threads were deleted. For those of you that don't know me, I was a fairly active member of the Comics and Completely off Topic sections of the forum, and a pretty devoted fan of BIONICLE, though with a limited budget.
The last time I actually made a post here was before I had finished my first year of secondary school (or middle school for you Americans). Of course, being a student of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (which is horrible, 0/10, would not reccommend), I will never be able to spend as much time here as I used to, but I'd be super glad to get back on board with some of the community shenanigans that go on around here.
For those of you that know me for my Comics, other than what is on my Majhost, all the files are gone but I still have all my notes and story ideas if any of you are interested. I might get back into making them some day, because I really did enjoy making them, but for now this is just a place to kill time and enjoy one of my old favourite things to do.
It's good to be back. Now let's go recover all those lost files, shall we?

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Life

Posted by Calvirick in Calvirick's Blog, Sep 19 2014 · 45 views
life

Hipster photo of Nick and Kongu

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Bring Back Bionicle 2017

Posted by The Dandy Automaton in The Junk Heap, Sep 19 2014 · 95 views

So yippee, Bionicle's back, my landlord will never see rent money, and my grades are bound to divebomb into a McDonald's deep fat fryer. But how long will it last? HOW LONG?

That's why I'm staying on top of things with Bring Back Bionicle 2017 because you can never be too careful.

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LIVESTREEEEAM

Posted by Zatth in Zatth Blag, Sep 19 2014 · 31 views

HEY Y'ALL GUESS WHAT BLACK SIX OTHER BZP STAFFIES AND MYSELF ARE DOING A LIVESTREAM ON NINJAGO (TV AND MOVIE) AND YOU SHOULD JOIN BECAUSE IT FEATURES MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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This is not an entry about Bionicle's return

Posted by Smooth Jazz in The Swimming Beard Knows, Sep 19 2014 · 57 views

Probably the only one in the blogs right now. :P

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Just realized...

Posted by I AM MELON LORD! in Making the training more realistic ♫♪, Sep 19 2014 · 94 views

Bionice will be a zombie theme next year. Should they return, all of the characters we grew to know and love will be zombies.

Zombie Tahu, Zombie Lewa, Zombie Matoro, etc.

This pleases me...

MUAHAHAHAHA!

~Melon Lord


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Celebrating

Posted by Pomegranate in Hundreds of Crimson Seeds, Sep 19 2014 · 35 views

I just got my package in the mail (thanks again Reya!) so I'm gonna be celebrating the 2015 announcement by building the Bohrok, Bohrok-Kal, and Toa Nuva :D

This is a very happy day ^^

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something about bonkles pt. 2

Posted by Cyrix in ♫ Don't Go to Sleep with a Frown in Your Pocket ♫, Sep 19 2014 · 49 views
gregf, bionicle, aaaaaahhhh, :D and 1 more...

I never thought I would see this day come! And if it ever did happen I didn't think it would mean this much to me but it does. BIONICLE is back, at least for the time being, and I am incredibly hyped.

The fact that we're bringing back something akin to the quest for the Masks of Power is nice. Going back to the roots of BIONICLE is probably a good idea, but I still sincerely hope that this is a reboot and not a continuation, mainly because the latter would be too confusing to incoming fans (among several other reasons).

"Happy and nervous too -- the return is a big deal, and you really want it to succeed, because you only get one chance to bring something like this back."
-Greg Farshtey on BIONICLE's return, LEGO Forum

Totally feel on that one.

EDIT: actually kinda interesting reading some of his replies on this stuff, 10/10 would recommend



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