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Dead Space Producer: Gears Of War Has "Literally The Worst Writing In Games"

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Jonathan Lester
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Dead Space Producer: Gears Of War Has "Literally The Worst Writing In Games"

"It Contains Atrocious, Offensive Violations Of Story Basics"

To illustrate how not to write a videogame storyline, Dead Space story producer Chuck Beaver delivered a damning indictment of the Gears Of War franchise, claiming that it represents "literally the worst writing" on the market.

When asked whether a bad story can "ruin a game" on the EA Blog, Beaver suggested that it's down to individual player's tastes - using Gears Of War as an example. He reckons that players enjoyed the experience despite an "offensive violation" of basic storytelling techniques, so in essence, a game can be good enough to overcome a poor storyline.

Story can only ruin a game for those people who care about story, so it's a conditional answer. For instance, Gears of War. It contains atrocious, offensive violations of story basics. Yet it doesn't seem to ruin it for many, many people. It's literally the worst writing in games, but seems to have no ill effects.

In contrast, Beaver cited Valve puzzler Portal, which "succeeds at least as much on its writing as its masterful platformer level design."

Despite the inflammatory nature of this quote, I'd highly suggest checking out the article in full, which gives an interesting and measured insight into behind-the-scenes development.

How important is storyline for you? Do you agree with Chuck Beaver? Let us know in the comments. [via NowGamer]

Add a comment6 comments
udoh  Apr. 20, 2012 at 12:53

Would be nice if the EA "spin man" here , could give some facts as to his claim about the story issues in Gears of War, instead of just slagging it off. It's so easy to just say something is " the worst writing in games" without giving any evidence to back this up. Some attempt at self promotion from EA to try and deflect away from Mass Effect maybe?

DG64  Apr. 20, 2012 at 13:18

For someone who seems to know so much about writing, it appears that Chuck Beaver doesn't know what "literally" means.

Cwiiis  Apr. 20, 2012 at 13:36

For someone who seems to know so much about writing, it appears that Chuck Beaver doesn't know what "literally" means.


I'd say he knows exactly what 'literally' means... I'm hard-pressed to think of a game with worse writing than Gears... (still enjoy the game in spite of it)

Richsterrich  Apr. 20, 2012 at 13:39

EA trolling the gaming industry - nothing new there then, lol!

DivideByZero  Apr. 20, 2012 at 17:08

I am with him, GoW (not God of War) has a very boring story and I was not one for the gameplay either.

Epic make amazing engines but their story has always been an after thought, which is fine with things like Unreal Tournament but less so in this case.

Anarchist  Apr. 20, 2012 at 19:27

What a troll...

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