The answer would depend on who you are asking. Well, according to some game developers, they do. I ran across an article talking about this topic and I thought I’d share excerpts with you:
For years I’ve heard from gamers and game developers who relish the stories in “Final Fantasy” games or in the adventures made by Canadian developer BioWare. But at the Game Developers Conference last month, I heard something else. I heard game developers grump about the state of storytelling in video games.
I heard Dave Jones, president of development studio Real Time Worlds and one of the original architects of the “Grand Theft Auto” series, telling an audience: “I like to leave story to books and movies.”
I met with Denis Dyack, the ever-outspoken president of Silicon Knights to talk about the ambitious and heavily story-driven action game “Too Human,” which his company will be releasing on the Xbox 360 this year. And he trashed game stories too. He said the current quality of game stories is “just not acceptable.”
Here’s what he told GameFile (it’s classic Dyack, the kind of commentary that has won him legions of fans and detractors): “I think stories like [the ones in the books] ‘Hyperion’ or ‘Altered Carbon’ or very serious science fiction — we need to get stories to that level in the video game industry. … Bubblegum stories are OK, but there’s no reason we can’t aspire to do more for those who want to do more. Certainly there’s room for everything. If ‘Too Human’ can say anything, it’s that it can be done, and we should at least attempt to try.”
Author Stephen Totilo ends:
So what was the greatest story a video game ever told? A “GTA” game? “Mass Effect”? “Planescape: Torment”? Was the greatest gaming story ever told even a great one? Or should developers not bother trying to tell a great one? At GDC, the answer wasn’t clear. But the restlessness was evident. Games don’t tell great stories yet, the game makers told me, and maybe they never will.
Sad but true.