| 22:25:35 22 September 2009
On forum: 04/15/2007
on game connections
[Just to be clear: the following, i assure you, is based on the fact that i find "the big picture" enjoyable enough to pick on details.]
I'll try to be a bit constructive now; it will be partially general musing (about all fanfiction) but it concerns this story specifically as well.
I've only started to discover the "Stories" section in last few months and only gone through 3 or 4 projects in this time.
There's one nagging thought about story-game connections that applies to every single piece i've read here.
- Describing landscapes, scenery, important locations, etc using the ingame geography - excellent, it really helps to explore those places in one's mind.
- the "background" charachters such as traders, squad leaders and so on taking a role int he story (and often reflecting the steps in the beginning of a new game) - fine; creates a nice point of reference and sort of brings the 'What-cinderella-does-on-her-day-off" kind of dimension to the story, as well as the game).
- mutants, gadgets, gear, items - describing them as seen in the games and adding one's own twists to it - super, it all helps to dig in to the story.
All of the above works well and helps the story along.
for some reason, when any of you (no exception, i've had the same reaction in all the stories i've otherwise enjoyed) brings up the protagonist of either game it feels like a cold shower (not as in "refreshing" but as in "turnoff" ). If the story already was about one of the protagonists or his friends, i wouldn't mind, it would be a different kind of story then.
But if here we've got a unique piece with its own characters and its own logic, pace, goals and so on... (basically, a piece of writing that is already great in its own merit) then each time a game's main character's name pops up, i go, like - "WHY?".
It feels so unnecesary.
(Hope it was constructive)
(ED: fixed the unintentional smug smiley)
Agreed with the good points, I do the same thing in my stories (especially with the twists on characters and mutants).
I understand where you're coming from on the protagonist issue. I myself am working to make stories that not only the Stalker community understands, but a normal reader with no idea of what the game is can read and understand. So in that regard, when a name like Marked One or Scar is thrown in like they're Jesus I get a little irked myself. I think snorkbait used it well in that it does set a time-frame and it was a little detail that a normal reader would just pass up as another name whereas a Stalker player would catch the reference.
With that said, another good read. But if I may; fuck those military fucks! They can shove their alliance up their ass! "D
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