Karlson, I respect your position, and I'm happy you enjoy the games more even because you know the works of the author who inspired them It's also a sign that the designers did a great job while creating the narrative parts of this game, so, kudos to the FFG guys (and all those who helped with this) for the good quality final product.
About good and bad... allow me to make an example. Let's consider The Call of Cthulhu, part 3. We read that:
Johansen had returned with yellow hair turned white after a perfunctory and inconclusive questioning at Sydney, and had thereafter sold his cottage in West Street and sailed with his wife to his old home in Oslo.
From this sentence we learn two things:
a) the mariner and his wife had a house in Sidney. Not a rental house, but an actual house they bought to live there together. This implies some sort of stability, the intention of staying there for a long time.
b) they left to return to their "old home" in Oslo. Old implies in this case "a place they don't return to from quite a long time", and not "an old building". Hope we agree on this point.
Still, only two paragraphs later in the story, we read:
A sad-faced woman in black answered my summons, and I was stung th disappointment when she told me in halting English that Gustaf Johansen was no more.
How is it possible that the wife had a halting English after living in Sidney? It's an internal contraddiction. My English is still rather good, and I lived in the US only for ten months, and more than 10 years ago. This lady, who lived in Sidney and only recently returned to the "old home" in Norway has a halting English. How can her knowledge of English be so bad?
And this is just an example. Another way to see whether an author is good or not is the way adverbs / adjectives are used. Authors who are uncertain of their real skills tend to abuse of adverbs and adjectives (Stephen King once said, talking about JK Rowling: "there's no adverb she doesn't like!"), so that the extra written words help transmitting an emotion that the narrative should transmit alone. And so on.
Just talking about possible ways to look at things. As said, I enjoy some of the stories myself, and I respect all points of view. See my comment just as a reflection, and nothing more
Edited by Julia, 25 February 2014 - 07:47 PM.