Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Building a better RPG: Let's make babies!

10:20 AM on 08.09.2007 // Leigh Alexander

Heard on Kotaku about this strategy RPG from Idea Factory/RED called Record of Agarest War. At first tender romantic blush, it's a strategy RPG -- but it turns out you can propagate your heroic DNA with the game's heroines to create a successor, whose stats will be a combination of yours and hers. depending on which babymomma you choose.

At first, it's something to tee-hee about, especially when you hear you get a "special movie" once you've captured one of the ladies' hearts and get to the breeding. But think about it for a sec, willya?

Hit the jump -- Mama wants to have a special talk with you. 

I write about hentai games, and in so doing, I often hear a lot of people rationalizing or pre-emptively defending their enjoyment of them by saying they're not sex games. They're deep, emotional story games, and the fact that they show sex, which happens among lovers in real life, only deepens the emotional connection and story realism blah blah blah. I joke that playing H-games for the story is like reading Playboy for the articles. Playboy's reputed to have the finest editorials in the biz, but even if that's true, it always comes across like a snicker-worthy cop-out. While it's true that H-games do treat issues that are a little more visceral or taboo than mainstream games, like drug abuse, suicide, incest and so forth, you'd really be hard-pressed to call them realistic, with their willing, nubile teen sex queens and sexy stepmothers eager to bestow their wealth and their Triple-E boob-hugs.

But maybe there is something to be said for all those caught-fappings who say they like H-games because they're stories that don't shy away from sex. Nearly every RPG, even the ones that are little more than a profusion of stats that'd make an Asperger's sufferer blush, features attractive women and some kind of romantic tension, even if it's flimsy. The character usually has a token love interest, if not more than one, and yet, the genre has been disappointingly lacking in treating these relationships beyond 2D cartoon sketches.

I'm thinking in particular right now of textbook jRPGs Final Fantasy VII through X-2 -- there's a clear love connection going on in all of those games, and while we get cutscenes that depict the characters gazing mooningly at each other or leaping in anguish to one another's salvation, we never quite get that sense of sincere relationship development throughout the story. It's always a little ambiguous -- especially in FFVII. C'mon, Cloud. Tifa or Aeris? The game seems to encourage you to pick, but you're really offered very little decisive reward or character development in either case. (SPOILER: AERIS DIES).

I always say that the thing that most defines an RPG is not a turn-based battle system, a party system, random encounters or the inclusion of a world map (though these are all key). The core element is character growth -- start out a kid with a stick, end up a man summoning a God to do your bidding. It's a sort of fantasy metaphor for adolescence -- and isn't falling in love part of that? And isn't having kids often a part of becoming an adult?

RPGs have treated some pretty visceral topics, too -- loss of self, madness, murder, abuse, and on and on. Why should it subject us to melodrama, yet gloss over sex?

I certainly don't claim that they should show all-out hentai scenes in T-for-teen RPGs. But I think that having children -- the option, at least, to weigh your character romance that seriously-- is such a complex component of what makes us human that videogames' avoidance of that life stage in general feels like a glaring hole in the evolution of characterization, and is long overdue.

Think of the interesting variable it could provide in Western MMOs, if characters could reproduce. What would it be like for you to see a monster go after your character's child? How would the burden of raising a hero-junior affect your own quest? Could you be a single parent? How full would the in-world orphanages be?

Wouldn't it make you feel a little more real, more connected, in a way that would have nothing to do with whether they showed sex or not? 

Leigh Alexander,
 Follow Blog + disclosure

This blog submitted to our editor via our Community Blogs, and then it made it to the home page! You can follow community members and vote up their blogs - support each other so we can promote a more diverse and deep content mix on our home page.

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Black Friday pick ups so far are Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Titan Souls and tomorrow Devil Survivor 2 Break Record ($29.99 at GameStop).
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
This thanksgiving, give thanks for the fact that your family wasnt 1 of the 3 to have picked out a wasp filled turkey, buying a meal and becoming a meal. Next year, may not bring such.....dissapointing results.
Nekrosys avatarNekrosys
So I'm pretty sure you all should be giving thanks to Nekro. For he is the one true perfect being. Be thankful that your lives have been blessed by the addition of a Nekro. For that is the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django
Happy Thanksgiving Dtoid! Here's hoping you didn't fall off a chair while hanging Christmas lights and bash your shin and foot into the concrete like I did!
Sr Churros avatarSr Churros
Listening to Pokémon SoulSilver OST while doing some college work. Suddenly I feel a great amount of guilty taking over me for loosing my PokéWalker 2 years ago... :(
OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
Ok you thanksgiving motherfuckers. 5 favourite Arcade games (as in coin-op) No order necessary. Go!
Lawman avatarLawman
Happy Turkeygeddon everyone! I'd like to spend it playing something, but I'm too busy drinking instead. Alcohol is better. Alcohol mixed with games is best, but unfortunately, I'm a little too lost to the world for that right now!
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I've got to try Pocket God vs. Desert Ashes. Mostly because I loved pocket god when it came out. Great memories
ikiryou avatarikiryou
I intended to say something important and relevant to how pretty Atelier Shallie Plus looks on the Vita but then I got this annoying sudden nosebleed [img][/img]
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Time for Thanksgiving dinner, then more Shantae! [img][/img]
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
So Macy's parade had that performance from "The Wiz" which made me realize I'd much rather have seen "The Wizard" where everyone is dancing around wearing power gloves. Come on Nintendo, THE TIME IS NOW!
GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
Happy #Darksiders2 day-I mean Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
Shinta avatarShinta
Transformers Devastation PS4 - $24. The Order 1886 $10. Digital flash sale on PSN. I think I'm going to have to bite on both these. And I hate digital if I can avoid it ...
SpielerDad avatarSpielerDad
Remember folks, don't forget to smoke cigarettes in between courses during thanksgiving to help in digestion.
Jiraya avatarJiraya
For friends in UK that want a 3DS XL - 99.99 pounds [url][/url]
Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
Playing New Vegas again because reasons, it occurs to me that it'd be nice if Old World Blues gave me the option to move the Brotherhood of Steel to the Big MT instead of wiping them out for Mr. House.
ShadeOfLight avatarShadeOfLight
Near heart attack as for a minute it seemed like the A button of my 3DS was busted. It's fine now though, I think we'll live.
Barry Kelly avatarBarry Kelly
There's now a £4/$5 Raspberry Pi. So cheap it's a cover extra on the latest Mag Pi. Based on the original chipset, it's single core but clocked at 1Ghz so it's quite a bit faster and oh so tiny. I can't wait to see what folks build with it.
Atleastimhousebroken avatarAtleastimhousebroken
After a lifetime of not spending a single cent on FTP games, I finally broke and dropped €1 in the Nintendo Badge Arcade. I just had to have all the Luigi badges asap. I feel dirty. Plus side, my 3ds will be covered in Luigi.
Jiraya avatarJiraya
The postman just brought me gifts i bought for myself ... [img][/img] [img][/img]
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -