This is most likely going to be a strange blog. Not only will it incorporate things like Top 10 Lists and review of movies and games and such, but there will also be variety of posts commenting on my contrary opinions. But first, in order to introduce you to my views of video games and its role as an artistic medium, I will discuss my top 10 protagonists in video games.
Now, these 10 protagonists are not based on what, say, IGN or Empire ranks their top 100 lists, based on popular opinion or historical significance. If it was, this would just be another Mario, Link, Master Chief list that you have seen millions of times before. Rather, this is a list of characters I enjoyed playing as and who properly used the confines of the video game medium to deliver interesting, moving, or just plain fun experiences for the player.
So what, in my opinion, makes a good character? In other words, what are the limits of this list? Who is allowed and who is not? Well, the first thing I did was limit it in the following ways:
1) No silent protagonists. This gets rid of Mario, Link, Gordon Freeman, etc. It's not that I don't like those characters, it's just that I feel that they could be replaced with a raccoon and it would make about as much sense. The games would not feel different with or without them. I will probably do an article about how much I hate Silent Protagonists. They're just empty vessels, but lack the ability to shape the character to your own desires. Speaking of which...
2) No customizable characters. In other words, no Commander Shepherd or Dovakiin. These are better than silent protagonists, due to the ability to actually shape your character to reflect your own whims, but the fact of the matter is, the character will always just be YOU. And while I love that once in a while, I don't think the story is truly an emotional expression. An established character is always more interesting. It's like choosing between a choose-your-own adventure novel and a regular novel. The choose-your-own adventure novel may be the best written book around, but you can't study the main character in the same way that you could a novel. To me, studying internal motivations of a character will always be a more entertaining and most artistically valuable experience than the customizable character.
3) Finally, of course, this is based on games I have played. And while I try to play as many games as I can, my time is always limited by school and other activities. In addition, I have not become as obsessed with video games until the past few years. So, unfortunately, I have not played earlier gems like Deus Ex or Baldur's Gate. I definitely want to get to these games, but until then, I have to judge on what I have done up until this point. If you would like to make suggestions based on this list, go ahead! I want to play everything that I can, and if you have ideas for what I might enjoy, I would appreciate it.
So, with that in mind, let us begin a three post countdown of MY favorite protagonists.
10) Sam Fisher
|Look at all the fucks he gives.|
(Courtesy of the Splinter Cell Wiki)
|I'm gonna pathos the shit out of your face!|
|So you have to ask your self: do I feel lucky? Well...do ya? PUNK?|
|Shut the fuck up, I'm trying to put the right shading your lip.|
|God, I really hope my racist, douchebag partner likes me.|
|Doesn't get more badass than a magnum with a talking skull for a barrel.|
|Florescent lightsabers: more dangerous than incandescent lightsabers, yet more energy efficient!|
|Videogames are totally mature, Mom.|
|This is what girls are looking for in their dream man. And no, I don't know where to find a purple leather jacket.|