This Winter quarter at UCSC, my final winter quarter :(, I took Interactive Storytelling with Michael Mateas (that genius dude behind Façade). It was a brilliant class! Mateas had just come back from sabbatical and was rather perky the whole quarter. We had a chance to break down the do-games-really-need-stories debate in a very academic way, that is to say we determined the two sides are both highly subjective so therefore the debate will never cease. Games are rather expressive but we can probably agree they aren’t expressive enough. So instead of getting caught up in an endless debate, let’s make new and interesting things and make games a better medium overall! (If only you could have been to some of Professor Mateas’ inspiring lectures).