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Many players finish a game in multiple sessions, what can be done to ensure they still can keep track of the story even they haven't played the game for weeks.

Tom Allins, Blogger

August 27, 2009

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[This is a report from my original gameranting article]

 I have been on holiday the past couple of weeks.  One great advantage of holidays is that I have plenty of uninterrupted time to play games.  Since the average game only lasts 10 to 12 hours I managed to finish 3 games: mirror's edge, call to juarez and Kane and Lynch.

What struck me while playing these games, was how good I could follow the story line through the cut scenes.  Normally I only have one hour of play per day with often days without playing any game, so now I could really see how the story worked.

Most players have only a limited time to play and with long pauses between game sessions its sometimes hard to pick up the storyline.  As a result some dramatic punches might get lost on the player.  Televisions shows with weekly broadcast solved this by airing short "previously on ..." segments.  Perhaps a similar approach for games could be applied just for each level.  If the player wants it, he then can watch a short clip on the previous cut scenes to bring him back up on speed with the story.

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