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Discussion in 'UO Developer Feed' started by UODevTracker, Aug 6, 2010.
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Personally, I find my leaning toward games with story more than anything else.
What is great about the Ultima Series and franchise IS exactly that.
As far as I know there were very few titles (from back in the day as they say) that allowed themselves to create a story wrapped with game trappings ... not game with story dolloped (sp?) on for good measure.
As far as UO is concerned, I can say it's more and more difficult to develop fiction adapting for every cycle of live event and still staying within the Ultima lore ... not simple the Ultima Online scope of that lore.
I read the history now and then, and I have cheated in the past and asked players offline to send me threads ... or read blogs about things of the past.
There are many ways to trip up ... it's almost like hearing a record skip when "feeling", purpose, and history don't sync up.
Then again there are those who just wanna show up and kill stuff. Well you can do that ... but you will rarely find me playing a "twitch" game ...
that's a salient point ... HAVE to subscribe to lore ... or I guess canon would be a better term (as mentioned above).
Taking a story or legacy and making it your own is a fine line you walk when dealing with any community.
There are some who thought the new Fallout was a sacrilege. That adapting a classic and not being TRULY faithful (what does that mean anyway? Isn't it all perception?) to the originals was something the new Fallout team missed the mark on?
But I definitely see the point of "Story and World" v. Game. That's a great input. *scribbles a note*
I believe that even in adapting a strategy for war or your life ... or in these terms based on the mythos of a game/product, it's important to know and respect its roots.
We tried actually incorporating this with fan fiction ... let's just say it did not go well. While I know there do exist some great writers in the UO community, we did not always get the best entries.
HOWEVER ... saying this I can tell you the EM applications and writing therein, that I have seen are amazingly good.
This is something to consider, though.