Tag: story

NEWS: “13 Minutes Ago”, a game about Basque terrorism

Alain Xalabarde publishes his latest serious game, an interactive story with over 13 different endings, dealing with the harsh reality of Basque terrorism. The first session of the game may be played in less than 13 minutes, although one can only experience each minute of the story through the eyes of one character. Players are therefore encouraged to replay in… Read more →

REVIEW: Portal

Now, I know this game has been out since, like… forever, and I know it has been discussed to death. But as you may have noticed, I prefer to rate good games, not necessarily new games. Having said that, Portal is the game that every aspiring game designer should play. It is a master piece in game design, from beginning… Read more →

ARTICLE: The 3 Pillars of Talented Writers

It sometimes strikes me as odd when I read a book or watch a movie and find that I have enjoyed it even though the arching story wasn’t particularly interesting. On the other hand, I sometimes dislike a piece despite it being beautifully written. I’ve come to realize that the reason for this is that there are three overlaying major strengths to every… Read more →

ARTICLE: Do Abstract Games Have a Story?

Many abstract games don’t seem to have a story. And while there may not be characters involved, there is still a story arch, a trip that the player goes through when playing. This story arch is filled with moments of tension, excitement, success, failure, meditation, etc. A game without an interesting trip lacks engagement. Stories have specific structures: beginning, middle… Read more →

NEWS: Alain Xalabarde publishes his latest book ‘Human Gods’

Alain Xalabarde’s novella is finally out on paperback and kindle, a decade after it was first written. You may purchase now it on Amazon or find further info on the official site www.xalabarde.com/humangods Human Gods is an intriguing reflection on religion, exploring its origins and controversial interpretations. Seen from the eyes of a teenager and written in a cinematic manner,… Read more →