Though a protagonist’s eyes, we experience new worlds.
Playing a video game for the first time, the main character provides a means, through which we experience the world of the game. If the game is fun, dramatic, action-packed, the protagonist should generally reflect that. And of course, some protagonists do this job far better than others, bringing far more to the table than most.
These protagonists are my favorites in all of gaming. Their individual personalities, the ways in which they let the player experience the game, their general design, all combine to create memorable characters that stand as some of the best of the video game medium–at least, in my eyes.
Having said that–here’s my personal top ten protagonists of gaming!
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Final boss battles are often what push video games into greatness.
I’m a firm believer in the idea that the ending of a story is imperative to its quality. If the video game in question is beautifully executed up until the end, then you just get that sour taste in your mouth, that it could have been so much better. Luckily, many great video games are able to deliver, and some decent ones are remembered much more fondly thanks to their final bosses.
From my experience, final bosses don’t have to change the gameplay very much, but rather, they serve as the climax of the story. They are the ultimate test of your fundamentals, a simple showdown that serves to wrap up the story in a satisfying, powerful way.
They’re the final glimpse you have of a game, the last takeaway- and boy, some of them are pretty damn good.
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Alright, we’re continuing with my personal top ten stories of all time, moving into the top 5!
Now, in my top five, you guys are going to see some of the stories that have influenced me most- influenced my taste in all other future stories, and oftentimes provide standards that I apply to all others. I say I have to have been influenced by these stories, but they almost certainly have to have merit to them. These are the cream of the crop, and these next two in particular, I believe have some very, very genuine literary quality.
So, that said, here’s my fifth and fourth favorite stories of all time!
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The ability of a video game to pull off a good, old-fashioned plot twist is an indicator that it’s gonna be something pretty memorable.
I mean. Plot twists are a common thing nowdays, but oftentimes, you don’t get the best ones. You think to yourself, “Psh, I knew that would happen,” or, “Well, what was the point of that?” However, there are some great ones out there- and video games certainly have the potential to blow your mind with the plot twists they have.
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Hey. Before we get into this, Happy New Year guys. Hope it’s a good one for you!
It is my sincere belief that all forms of media have the potential to be art. That’s the whole point of this blog- a tribute to the stories that other forms of media have been able to share. This includes, as you might guess from the title, video games.
In the history of video games, we’ve gone from bouncing a ball across two paddles, to the creation of immersive, powerful stories with expansive universes. They’ve come a long way, to the point where video games are known to have the potential to stir emotion, contain symbolism, and create engaging characters. Video games have become a means of expression and storytelling, and while some are expressly meant for entertainment, others were created with deeper meaning behind them. For my final post of the year, I’ll be talking about my thoughts on the most artistic video games around.
Judging by a combination of level of complexity, thematic depth, and emotional impact, I’ll go through the titles that I feel deserve to be designated as pieces of art, unique from other video games. It’s all my opinion of course, and art is almost entirely subjective, so, again, this will not be a definitive list by any means, just a thought on some of the games that have become something more than just a game! That being said, let’s get into it!
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