Saturday Morning Gaming: On Silent Protagonists


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  1. Jaybird

    Just now, I found the captain of the Ishimura and there was a somewhat intense cutscene. In the middle of this cutscene, Isaac yells “WTF!” (the whole words, though).

    Nothing is added to this scene by Isaac yelling an obscenity. If anything, it takes away any impetus for me to let out a low “WTF” (the whole words, though) of my own at a later point in the cutscene.

    They’re inadvertently keeping me from interacting with the game more deeply by including someone whose job it is to make the subtext text.Report

  2. Jaybird

    One horrible thing that I am remembering as I play:

    There are creatures that can turn the various corpses littering the landscape into zombies. It doesn’t matter that they’ve been dead for a while, they’re still moist clay for these necromorph makers.

    So one of the things you can do, preventively, is mutilate any corpses you come across beforehand. Just give them two or three good stomps.

    Which is, seriously, awful.Report

  3. Burt Likko

    I’m remembering a number of jokes in Portal 2 about the protagonist never talking despite the fact that at least two NPCs were quite chatty.Report

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