A Mysterious and Secretive Player Character?

Discussion in 'Game Design' started by Canislupus54, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. Canislupus54

    Canislupus54 New Member

    Oct 21, 2017
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    I want some advice on writing for a game. I'm currently planning a game, and I have the gameplay more or less figured out, but I'm deciding between two narratives. The main issue in question is the nature of the player character. In one of the ideas, the player character is mysterious, even to the player. To be clear, she doesn't have amnesia, though she pretends to at first. She instead actively keeps her history a secret, including from the player. What I'm wondering here is, would that be satisfying? I can't think of a game where the player character's backstory is known and important, but kept a secret from the player. So basically, I want to know if you think the player would feel cheated or misled in a bad way by this sort of twist. If so, why, and do you think anything could be done to mitigate that feeling?

    Thank you for any advice you can provide.
  2. R014nd

    R014nd New Member

    Jan 15, 2019
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    Would this mean, either as a plot point or on a meta level, that the player character is 'possessed' by the player, instead of just having the same personality as the player like normally in games? Or just that the player can't ask the PC about her past because this never happens in games :confused:

    In any case, it sounds like a cool idea, I don't think players would feel cheated.

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