We Need to Have a Conversation About Your Tone – Extra Punctuation

We Need to Have a Conversation About Your Video Game Tone Extra Punctuation Yahtzee Croshaw Sonic Frontiers God of War Ragnarok games
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This week on Extra Punctuation, Yahtzee examines the tonal issues of many current AAA video games, including the tone of a game like God of War Ragnarok and Sonic Frontiers.

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Games industry, your mother and I are worried. We need to have a conversation about your tone. And I’m not talking about that purple eyeshadow you’ve been wearing to school. I feel like I’ve reviewed an awful lot of games with tone issues lately so it’s probably time to highlight the problem.

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Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.