I like it's as just sort of a goof, but I also like it as an opportunity to explore that kind of writing free from the massive constraints of having to build questlines and plot modalities into a whole game first.
Like with Fallout or TOW or Dishonored or other games that have used this epilogue style, every vignette tends to be binary, maybe ternary (you sided with faction X! or with faction Y! or killed them all!), because every one of those has to tie into a bunch of setup.
Freed from that need to do a ton of set up work, you could generate far more, and more subtle, variations on any given narrative proposition. A dozen different things could be imagined to have happened to Dirtberg; it only exists here as a town constructed in the mind of the reader based on the epilogue, so anything goes.
Related idea that I have no actual enthusiasm for but which would probably really work well: Automatic Kojima Cutscene Generator, which just reels together stock footage automatically with GPT-2 text trained on doomy texts about nuclear war superimposed.
@joshmillard that's how the fallout 3 ending cutscene works and nobody can change my mind on this
@joshmillard I wonder if you could do something with that in reverse. Like start with an RNG epilogue, then put the player in a position of trying to thread a narrative that gets them that result. Sort of like interactive fiction where the lose condition is temporal disunion.
@shoeberto That would be a really interesting design premise for a game, yeah! But also sounds way more complicated to sort out a way to execute, so hopefully someone else will do it and I can just play it after.
@joshmillard oh yeah, it's interesting to think about... less so to implement.
@Ranjit We'll see! I like the idea but I'm currently in that sweet spot of both "I like an idea" and "I haven't had to do any writing yet". I'll let it roll around in my head today.
So when I heard about NaNoGenMo a couple of years back, I immediately envisioned something like a roguelike game where everything is procedurally generated and then played through. The resulting novel is the narration of this playthrough.
So that's what this reminded me of.
Also: extruded fantasy fiction product.
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