Editor’s Note: One of our most active Auro beta testers, Fabian Fischer (aka “Nachtfischer”), had written this great piece for his German-language site. We’ve been talking a lot about story in games on our forum, and I decided it would be great if Fabian could translate and update this article for my site, and that’s just what he did. I think it pretty much nails why authored story and interactivity don’t go well together. Enjoy!
A while back, Mr. Burgun wrote about this issue. Nevertheless, since there is still a frequent and passionate debate on the matter, so I thought it would not hurt to approach it from a slightly different point of view and throw some new arguments into the mix.
Story in the context of this article describes an authored, linear (not necessarily chronologically linear) sequence of fictional events.
Game specifically means a contest of ambiguous decision-making; most readers of this site should be familiar with this.