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How Important Is Story Development in Video Game Design?

Learn how important story development is in game design from gaming industry expert Anthony Castoro in this Howcast video.


Story is important to some games, not all games. If you're a big fan of, say, Bejeweled Blitz, not a lot of story, Tetris, not a lot of story, great game, really successful. The question - How important is story? - really depends on the type of game you are making. The most important thing to a game is - Is it fun? We'll get to fun in a minute but story adds to fun, story adds to immersion. If you're making an RPG or a story driven game or a virtual reality then story can be exceptionally important. One of the biggest and, you would think, easiest questions is - What makes the game fun? - but it is actually one of the more difficult questions because what is fun? To really know the answer to that question requires a little bit of insight into psychology and many years of wondering the question as a professional game designer. What is fun?

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