Gamasutra - Rebuttal: Why Writers Matter
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March 27th, 2008, 15:54
The *original* articles "designers over writers", as I call it,
reminds me of a concept I once had (and still hold in part):
Picture Over Word.
Whifch means that a picture is universal and doesn't need a thing like "translation". Pictures can be - if well made - perceived in seconds, minutes, intuitively.
Words need somewhat *more* intellectual involvement, relatively heavy processing through things like "reading", "deciphering", "thinking" about the thing just perceived.
It's as if you would place a traffic sign on the street: The sign alone transports the information much faster and without much hassle at all,
meanwhile a driver would have to activate his or her "reading skills" within seconds, read everything, arragnge words, sentences and meaning within the brain, and then distill the meaning of the "wordy sign" in his or her head.
Summary: Icons are *much* faster to process than sentences.
Pictures over words.
From *this* point of view, the writer *always* loses.
There is a big, big,
BUT texts can contain much more suble information. They can contain much more information at all. In general. The contents of a book cannot be hold in a single picture - at least without omitting details, just because of sheer space. Thus, painting is always kind of an reduction of details. An reduction to the rather "core" of a meaning. Of a story.
Plus, you can't paint treatises. At least not in the same way as it is being made in a written treatise.
So now, pictures are in my opinion still much, much more universal. They can be understood by a much, much greater audience.
But they can't transport details, subtleties in the same way as texts are able to.
As a result, the sheer intellectual demand is greater with texts, because if the way it needs to be processed. The people need more education to fully understand (especially complex) texts.
Finally, this means both have their own niches.
There is no "case against the writer", and I think that this is wrong, but both have their own fields where they excel.
I would rather thnk before I place my money on either of them: I would think about in which field each one is used before I place my money.
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