Common Traits, Trends and Tropes In Video Games

Damsels In Distress: Speaking of Character motivation, here’s another one, Damsel in Distress! The young princess or young lady that is the apple of the main characters eye who just happens to be snatched up by the bad guy. It’s up to you to save her! This has been going on since the very beginning of video games and is the easiest of all motivations to write for a game that’s not heavy on story. You’ll see this in platformers more often than not, being an easy motivation as to why your little pudgy plumber needs to get from point A to point B.  What better way to motivate you than having you need to save someones life? I don’t want Princess Peach to hang out with Bowser unless we are going Karting, Playing party games or any of our favorite sports. He just doesn’t seem like a good guy for her to be hanging around with that spiked Collar. He’s probably a bad influence. 

Published Jul. 19th 2014

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