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Posts tagged “Ragnar Tornquist”

Player Interaction Versus Story In MMOs?

This article by Secret World lead Ragnar Tornquist, in which he argues that there's still room for stories that aren't generated by player interaction, is a bit awkward. I can't help thinking that it's a defence against exactly the kind of criticisms I usually make of MMOs - that the effort put into their stories and quests would be better spent on providing players with…

Speaking Out: On Voice Direction

As a fan of narrative-led games, there's one subject that I've never taken for granted: voice direction. Which led me to wonder why so many games companies apparently do. Why do so many games have perfectly decent actors struggling with scripts, lines delivered with completely incorrect intonations, and conversations between characters which couldn't sound more disjointed? Something as simple as this can change the tone…

The Secret World: Teaser, Ragnar Speaks

Where do you go after Conan The Barbarian? To a contemporary conspiratorial supernatural setting with a cute girl and a horrific monster, of course! "A world where magic is real and monsters roam..." Funcom's next MMO is The Secret World, and it is revealed in a whirl of internet magic beyond the jump. Not revealed by us, of course, because we're too wee, but by…

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