Side-Quest 89. Take It Slow, Or Fast

Hello and welcome to another Side-Quest episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone! We’re talking about Madelyn’s choice of topic, which happens to be pacing in games. How do games manage pacing with the chaotic force known as the player? Chaotically.

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The Topic

Are games too long??? Just kidding. But what makes for good pacing in a game, and how does that often differ from pacing in a movie or TV show? What does a developer need to consider when handing the reigns over to a player? When does bad pacing actually bother us and why does it not for other games?

The Actual Discussion

Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza 6

We talk about games that we think have perfect pacing and games that don’t. Among those games that don’t, we talk about why those pacing issues either did or did not bother us. We talk about side-quest bloat, and why more and more games seem to be leaning towards open world mechanics. Also, we talk about the chaotic entity known as the player. All fear them.

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