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War Changes Everything

By the time you’re reading this the war that has consumed Team Fortress 2 for the last week will be coming to a close, as I’m writing this there’s no clear winner or loser, but one thing is certain, it has been a truly epic encounter. Unless you’ve been living in a cave with only dial up access for the last week, you’ve probably noticed that Valve have been working on one of their irregular updates to the venerable online shooter. Each time they’ve tried to outdo themselves with the build up, but this one has really blown the doors…

Empty shell protagonists

Games are quite unique in that often the protagonist is literally just a camera and a floating gun. Doomguy, point man, and corporal marine sergeant are all from big titles yet have literally no personality. They don’t even have a name. They are blank slates, empty casing, carcasses I suppose; and too often than not, they make for bad games. Games that while they might be fun, you just don’t engage with in any emotional way. Critically though, there are exceptions, and these are important. Generally speaking, when you pick up a book or watch a film, you are invited…