@sparky_buzzsaw: really? I haven’t played that game, but “it was all a dream!” And ‘he was crazy the whole time!” Are the worst plot twists in my mind. I suppose they can still be done well, but they so rarely are.
For me, the best plot twist I’ve played in a while is in The Wolf Among Us.
The way a plot twist works is that the teller gives the audience information that allows the audience to make ASSUMPTIONS about the story. Then, later, the teller gives more information that forces the audience to realize that they f’d up by making assumptions and the blame lies in them.
Often, storytellers will have the reveal of new information happen at the end of the second act. This new information is what prpopels the hero toward his final confrontation in the third act. This is probably the most cliche and easy plot twist to create.
The much more rare twist comes at the end of the film. The end-twist happens after the entire story is revealed and forces the audience to reconsider the entire story, often with no explanation. This can leave the audience thinking, WTF?!
That is such an amazing note to end on.
The Wolf Among Us does that perfectly, in my mind. It tells a whole, satisfying story that you feel wraps up nice;y. Then, bam. WTF?!?
@frytup: “definitely can’t blame anyone for wanting to jump out of the social media treadmill”
I’ve been spending time lately thinking about whether there is any actual level of “famous” that I would enjoy despite wanting to be famous. I don’t WANT to be... but deep down I sorta want to be. Or I think I want to be. But I have no idea why. And almost every aspect of it sounds like it would be miserable.
This obviously needs to be locked. Ryan’s death isn’t a mystery. There are no open questions for The people who knew Ryan or people who follow the site. If you want to know more, research the site. But this is inappropriate for the site and the people here who actually knew him.
The OP question has a lot to unpack which isn’t being unpacked.
ARE videogames a “medium”? Because calling videogames a “medium”, to me, is incredibly wrong and a huge chunk of the problem. “Games”, in no other context, are considered a “medium” and they are only considered a medium in the case of videogames due to a fault in our construction of language that we refuse to fix.
Not everything to make with a computer and play with a controller should be considered a “game”.
So to answer the OP question, I absolutely think a preoccupation with “cinema” (literally meaning like-a-movie) is bad for GAMES. But I think that many people call things ‘games’ which should more accurately be called something like “interactive media.”
@frytup: I feel like I have this argument with everyone whenever Oscar Isaaics is brought up to play Snake, but the idea that a 6’2” wrestler is hiding under beds, in lockers, and climbing through vents is comical and absurd. Snake is a small guy.