Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wait didn't I fight this androgynies bad guy last Thursday?



A friend of mine sent me this charming rpg chart ^(click it for a larger and more readable version). I'm sure it has made the rounds around the internet for a while but this is the first time it has passed by my eyes. It got me thinking how I used to play Japanese role playing games for their story, but how I now look at the story more as an annoyance in the way of my grinding. The more of them I play the more apparent it becomes that the developers are just pulling some random story clich├ęs and character stereotypes out of some communal hat all rpg developers seem to be passing around. Putting them together in a more or less coherent way and calling it a day.

There is this completionist nature to me that forces me to carefully read all game dialog and make sure that I talk to ever last villager but I wouldn't say that I really enjoy it. What keeps me coming back to this silly genre which hasn't evolved for the past decade or two is that it allows me to turn off my brain, hit attack over and over again and slowly watch my characters grew in strength. There is something both relaxing and oddly satisfying in this highly repetitive exorcise.

When I come upon a town or other plot point I don't find it intriguing that the story is about to progress, instead I get almost annoyed that I have to turn my brain back on and put my leveling on hold to be spoon fed a story that is so predictable and stereotypical that I really could have done without it.

This isn't a call for less formulaic and more original storytelling in role playing games. I just want less of it, much less. Give me a short setup, some silly reason why the androgynies bad guy wants to destroy the world and then let me level up my party without interruptions.

7 comments:

__ender__ said...

Hah, I want to make a poster of that chart. Classic stuff, there.
I know how you feel about the completionist nature.. I honestly think that's the main reason I just can't get into games like Fable, Morrowind, whatever. Within five minutes I'm overwhelmed.

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