Monday, January 17, 2011

Plinkett's Reviews - Avoiding The Plot Holes

Today's post is going to be quick. I'm not particularly proud of it, but, well, I spent my weekend working on other things and didn't have much time for getting ready for this week. Some of that is important stuff (New semester starting, working on my WIP, etc), but some of it was just silly fluff. Anyhow, that is neither here nor there. Over the weekend, a friend pointed out to me that Red Letter Media has released their review of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

Now, if you haven't watched any of Plinkett's reviews on Red Letter Media, and you like movies or story telling, you should really give them a shot. Yes, they go too far with their attempts at humor sometimes, but generally they have good, in depth critiques of the movies they're talking about. More importantly though, they point out a lot of the plot holes in movies they're watching, along with a few other fun bits of psychology. Even with movies full of them (like the Star Wars prequels), they've managed to find a few new ones to look at.

So, why am I pointing these out? I mean, your game isn't a movie, right? Well, a couple of reasons. One, I think they're interesting, and figure at least some of you will be interested in it as well - assuming you don't know about it already. Two, by seeing some of the glaring, and not so glaring, plot holes in movies - many of which may be being used as inspiration for your games at times - you'll be less likely to have the same issues. Essentially, having them shown to you, gives you examples of what to look for in your own plots when you write them. Avoiding those plot holes will then make for a more enjoyable game for everyone. Especially when your players ask you why things happen a certain way, and you tell them straight out (after it is done being relevant of course).

So, if you haven't seen the reviews before. Go check some out, and hopefully you'll enjoy them (I'm a particular fan of the Avatar review). If you have seen them before, or after you've watched them, did you enjoy them? More importantly, did you take anything from them that you can use?

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