Tag Archives: Gameplay Mechanics

Things That are Rubbish

I’ve spent most of the last few weeks writing about Bloodbowl, so and as such it’s merely friends and twitter followers that have been subjected to my occasional outbursts of anger, it’s time to change that. Sometimes a good rant helps clear the blood, but you don’t want to do it too often or you just seem bitter and twisted So what I’m going to do, right now, is rage furiously and unfairly at all the things I think are crap in games, from the general to the insanely specific. It’s not really thought through in depth, so feel free…

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…