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The Curse of the Protagonist?


I�m not so bold as to proclaim that all the main characters I�ve named (and more) are automatically lame. But I want to try to understand why I constantly feel this way -- why I�m constantly more invested in the stories behind the second, or third, or fourth or fifth banana than in the first. I can come up with a few reasons. Maybe it�s because I�m a little brother; as Yahtzee suggested, there�s a sense of camaraderie and appeal. Maybe it�s because I�m usually playing the 2P role; in the case of Abyss, I used Guy while my brother used Luke, so it�s only natural I�d connect with the former. Maybe it�s because I put so much stock into ALL characters, and see what they contribute to the game -- like a jigsaw puzzle, or a rock band. Maybe it�s all in my head. Maybe I�m the one who�s cursed.

Or maybe it�s them. Maybe the main character is bland, and too closely-knit to certain stereotypes. Maybe their need to be comparatively normal and safe and functionally-sound limits their potential and impact. Maybe they�re annoying, or mopey, or needlessly angry, or stupid, or just plain boring. Who�s to say, really? And rightly so; one man�s hero is another man�s hemorrhoid.

And that�s where you all come in. Let me know what you think in the comments. What do you think of game protagonists? In general, are they good or bad? Ever find yourself wishing that one of the other cast members had the leading role? Why? Why not? Do you think there�s some problem that side characters don�t have? I want to hear it, whatever you have to say, whatever you may feel.

As for me�well, I think I need to go see a gypsy or an exorcist or something.

*I don't...I don't actually know anything about drinks or alcohol or...or rocks.

- Thanks for reading! And remember -- if you want to see more content from me, anytime, anywhere, be sure to check out my blog. Give it a read, so we can all become heroes! http://cross-up.blogspot.com/

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About Voltechone of us since 10:40 PM on 02.06.2012

Long-time gamer, aspiring writer, and frequent bearer of an afro. As an eternal optimist, I like to both look on the bright side of things and see the better parts of games; as a result, I love a game with a good story and awesome characters...and anything that lets me punch the heresy out of my enemies.

I'm a big fan of Atlus' games, and I've enjoyed my fair share of fighters and RPGs. Just...please, keep Final Fantasy XIII out of my sight. It never ends well for anyone involved.

You can check out some of my game musinga/stories/random stuff at my other blog, Cross-Up. I've also got a TV Tropes thingamajig, and a web serial novel, too. Maybe my stuff here and there will be the start of things to come. Hopefully good things, but things all the same.

Be a hero. Check 'em out.

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I Hraet You -- the over-the-top web serial novel...of love, maybe