On top of being innovative and addictive from start to finish, one of the things that I loved about Portal was that it was devilishly clever to boot. This didn’t just stop at its gameplay, but carried over to its script, which was genuinely funny. As much as I can’t wait to see more of Aperture and its insane puzzles, one of the things that I’m dying for in Portal 2 is the sidesplitting humor that came from the writers at Valve.
Oddly enough, it’s not that often that we get to play funny games these days. That might sound strange, but it becomes more noticeable when you play games that actually make you laugh. Games like RDR: Undead Nightmare or Secret of Monkey Island. So why aren’t more games funny? One of the great legends of game comedy himself, Tim Schafer, has an idea.
Here’s a quote of his from a recent interview:
There are a lot of funny people in the games industry, and [they seem to] think of the funny thing, and then say: ‘No, I can’t do that. Let’s cut that out because someone might be bothered by that.’
I think if people censored themselves less there’d be a lot more funny stuff out there.
He’s implying that if people only censored themselves less, games would be a lot funnier. While I see what he’s saying, I doubt this is the actual reason that we don’t find more genuine humor in video games. I see very few examples of the game industry censoring itself in such a way. Just look at Black Ops and Grand Theft Auto IV to see that not much gets held back in terms of what may or may not offend gamers.
I think what it comes down to is the level of writing across the board. Like I said before, you don’t always notice quality writing until you play a game that hits it perfectly on the head. Really clever games like Uncharted 2, Mass Effect 2 or Portal cement the impact of awesome characters unleashed by solid writing.
What do you guys think? What are some of the funniest games you’ve played and do you agree with Schafer? Go!
Source – MSN UK