Stephen King hates adverbs.
“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.”
- Stephen King
His reasoning isn't complex. In his book, On Writing, he suggests that if you feel the need to add the word ‘firmly’ to the phrase “He closes the door firmly”, you haven’t done a responsible job setting up the scene. If your character is furious, emotionally destroyed, or fleeing a monster, the ‘firmly’ should be implied. You don’t need it. Context means the difference between shutting a door politely and slamming it. Simply put, King is accusing adverbs of being shortcuts to better writing.
Video games technically can’t have traditional adverbs. Game dialogue trees only give the bare words, often with some voice acting. If the sentence is inquisitive, maniac, or coy, the intended reception is up to the context of the situation, although word choice and delivery play their parts. It’s a different medium than books, of course, but games manage to find a way to use shortcuts anyway and no one is better at than Bioware.Read More