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Now, the notion that story doesn’t matter is worst with the industry old-timers. [/quote:2e6193aed3]

1) Some games are story driven, and need strong stories (Zelda, Final Fantasy)
2) Some games are not at all story driven, and thus don’t need stories. (UT, CS, Chess)
3) Many games fall between 1&2.

Time and again I see articles/posts denying the validity of games that fall ‘too much’ into either 1 or 2.

If a game is in category 2, story really doesn’t matter.

Noone cares _why_ the White Queen wants to kill the Black King.
Why do people from one camp so often attack the legitimacy of the other? Are they scared? Perhaps it’s like the White Queen.