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Character Development and Storytelling for Games, Second Edition by Lee Sheldon

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HISTORY

MMOs have many other unique qualities as well as persistence. It will be helpful to know a little about their development over the years to understand how this happened—and why storytelling is a far greater challenge than in single-player games.

Once upon a time, the majority opinion was that storytelling and gameplay would never mix. We still hear it today, although more often it’s the variation that demands the two be segregated. Yet we have been steadily filling our magician’s trunk with tricks and gadgets that enable us to tell stories every bit as compelling as those found in any other medium. If you run across someone who says it can’t be done these days, translate that into him saying that he can’t do it, and move on. If you meet ...

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