One of the reasons I love computer games is because I truly believe they are the next form in story telling. First there were cave paintings, then oral stories, next came the printing press and after that the moving picture. Now we have games.
Games bring a level of interactivity that other story-telling forms lack. I, and you probably, have chosen FPS games because they balance action and story. I enjoy the physical challenge of running and shooting but I prefer it to be part of a story, otherwise I would simply play a multiplayer FPS!
I have always thought of games as the main story and mods as side stories. I never really thought much about maps until it occurred to me that maps could be the gaming version of poems.
Most poems never really go into details about things, they just give you a glimpse of something deeper. Perhaps maps do the same. Well, good maps that is! A room full of enemies doesn’t really offer anything deeper, but a couple of maps in a well-built environment could just spark ones imagination.
What do you think?