So here's an item for discussion, can a games story alone make it a bad game? I was watching the indie game documentary when the guys from super meat boy said the call of duty game was crappy. I found myself disagreeing with him. I'm not saying the COD games are ground breaking, or that their are not real complaints about the game to be made but I've always though of them as competent. I've never ran across any bugs or anything that stopped me from having fun. The COD game are to video games what eating a taco and not getting diarrhea or food poisoning is to taco bell.The games are bare bones competency. And it got me thinking about wither a bad story alone can ruin a otherwise good game. On one hand the plot of a game is central to how we experience it. Take away the story and all Mario is is a fat plumber on shrooms(is that grammatical right? using two is's?) a big reason the last of us was so good was because of the story that took us along as Joel and Ellie tried to survive a harsh world full of not-zombies. But on the flip side there are many games with little or no story at all that are basically all gameplay like minecraft, Team Fortress 2, League of Legends, and tetris to name a few.
So can a bad story make a otherwise good game bad?