I agree with ur counselor. Story to me is one of the least important aspect of the game. The most being gameplay and fun factor. That's why I find almost every triple A title to be boring and have no replayability, they invest in the marketable story and forget to make the gameplay solid.
A game with great gameplay but a shitty story will still be amazing, and looking back at all my favourite games last 10 years, I dont see that many with a story that caught my attention.. An exception would be the walking dead season 1.