I started a new blog in celebration of my love for Destiny, a video game. Stress-free, totally for fun, which I need in my life. It also helps me develop my storytelling skills because I’ve been writing the blogs from the fictional characters POV.
…and yes, my Playstation Network name is JCEvidence. I came up with that name over ten years ago; I want to change it to something..normal, but Sony is not budging. I can’t…not without losing all of the progress in any PlayStation game I’ve played.
Anyway, the video game has very little story in it, though it has the potential for so many storylines. I believe the creators of Destiny got rid of the original writer (or he left the creative team), so there are still unanswered questions from the original storyline told over six months ago.
The fourth storyline will be out next month, but they are horrible at tying up loose ends from the previous three storylines we now have. So, I decided to make up my own story. Not to say it’s great writing, but I’d like to see where it goes. I have no outline; as I play the game, the story comes to mind. I share it on the blog.
It’s called “Exos of Destiny.”
What do you mean: What’s an Exo? Isn’t it obvious? To tell you the truth, the game’s storyline doesn’t tell you what an Exo is either. It’s not very forthcoming on telling players anything. And if you want to know a vast amount of backstory, you have to go to the website for the game. There’s so much to read, it’s ridiculous.
“Well, you can find out what’s going on in the video game through the website, Eric. What’s the problem?”
Well, here’s the problem. I’ll put it like this. I’m seriously thinking about going to the movies tonight to see “Mission Impossible.” Now…say the movie starts, the audience is excited; there’s sound, a little dialogue, but not enough to put all the pieces together. The crowd can’t figure out what’s going on.
Then, the movie attendants start passing out books telling us: “If you want to know more about the story, read the book. Or…you can also go to the website and read the backstory.”
Books are not evil. Books are good. But when I want to watch a movie, I want them to tell me the story in the movie. In the same way, video games, especially these days, are cinematic. Like giant virtual stories and as a player, you are in the story…fighting bad guys, saving the world, rescuing the lady friend. All in a days work.
If you don’t know what’s going on and/or huge gaps are left in the storyline, it takes away from the awesome experience. Like one character…during a cinematic, you try to get out of her some information, she answers:
“I don’t even have time to explain why I don’t have time to explain.”
………….Clever line. Yet, it turns out to be lazy writing because you don’t see her again until you’ve beaten the final bad guy and the first storyline is ending. She gives you a pulse rifle weapon, says something about the fight not being over…then, she disappears again. Haven’t seen her since. Two storylines written after this, a new storyline out next month…still, no sight of her. Not a name. Origin. Alias. Nothing.
And who is the ultimate enemy of the game…The Darkness. Where do my powers come from? The Light…given to me by The Traveler. At this point, The Traveler is an unconscious enormous sphere hovering in the Earth’s atmosphere. It’s never said a word. But there are whispers that The Traveler, not The Darkness, is really the evil culprit.
And what is The Darkness? I…don’t know. Any place too far away from a source of light? (shrug). It’s gonna take time to put together all the images I want to include. But I have enough pages setup, so you all can get a solid idea of how the game and characters look. -ecj