Episodic Content: The Future of Storytelling in Games?

Electronic Arts' TJ Galda suggests that developers should aspire to make games that feel like TV rather than movies at D.I.C.E. 2012.

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Electronic Arts' TJ Galda closed out the D.I.C.E. 2012 presentation with a presentation on the future of storytelling in games. While many gamers and developers strive to combine the artistry of movies and the interactivity of games, Galda said that has already been achieved with titles like EA's own Fight Night Champion. Galda then proposed that developers take cues from the world of television and pursue episodic content. While he acknowledged that some companies have tried this unsuccessfully in the past, Galda said the problems they encountered could be overcome with a little planning.

The D.I.C.E. Summit (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) is a once yearly conference dedicated to exploring approaches to the creative process and artistic expression as they uniquely apply to the development of interactive entertainment. It is organized by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and hosts the annual Interactive Achievement Awards, which celebrate the best games of the past year, as voted by AIAS members. Comedian Jay Mohr will return to host the awards show, which takes place on February 9.

For more, check out GameSpot's coverage page, which will feature full video of every panel and keynote address from the 2012 D.I.C.E. Summit.

Discussion

3 comments
MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Oh yes....just what I'd want to see episodic AA games.... Picture Fallout 3 as an episodic game.... They'd probably price it by character level $20 each for levels 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20 then another $10 each for the "DLC packs" do you think Fallout 3 would have been as good that way?? how about KOTOR or Halo???

real_shengar
real_shengar

Yeah episodic content for story Blizzard ACTIVISION already did that with their Stacraft II It wouldn't be problem actually if each of episodes feeol as epic as each Star Wars Episodes wouldn;t you agree guys?

Martyr77
Martyr77

Of course EA is going to say that! Why milk us once? Let's add DLC! Why milk us a couple of times? Let's make it episodic content! The day I have to pay for "levels" of a game is the day I am done.