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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…