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Playing a Role, or Does the Role Play You? #2 @ eToychest
by Dhruin, 2006-07-27 00:30:00eToychest continues their ruminations on roleplaying in the RPG genre with Playing a Role, or Does the Role Play You? (Part 2):
A commonly held distinction is that the Asian-influenced RPG features a pre-determined protagonist, while the Western style leans towards a customized character. The former offers an ability to let the gamer play a greater role in the plot of the game, but the latter is where we can find actual personal involvement and emotional attachment. Sure, on the average customization boils down to a handful of numbers with no inherent meaning, but those are our numbers, and it does imbue the title with a sense of personal investment.
Wouldn't it be great if we had both?