I don't really remember, it's quite a long time since I played Skyrim. Some developers want to provide you a world where you can be anything, well most of them still force you to be the lone hero.
While I didn't find their implementation great it was okay, I guess. It was better than some of the "romance" options that are provided by other games.
It's the same with the player characters friends, they could be so much more, but often they are just there making an occasional appearance or dying whenever the developers needed some extra dragic moment.
I did like what Valve was doing in Half-Life 2. While Alyx is cute'n all she seemed more like a good friend. They didn't try to force something.
Okay she could be a bit more involved, besides some passages here and there and some sniper cover, but overall they did a great job.
I found the voice-actor to play a big role
Yes, most people underestimate the audio part of games, but it's just an important part of games as it's of movies.
That's why I like to play the games in english and not german, sometimes they just choose the wrong voice and the whole expirience is ruined. Not often, generally the synchronization quality in germany s quite high, but it does happen.
I am asking because…is this happening to the Western civilization?
I guess you can find all kind of crazy stuff all over the world. But I wouldn't say it's common, probably not even in korea.
For most people it's just part of the game. Just like some people play to collect all archievments, while I don't really give a... thought.
I liked the movie "Lars and the Real Girl" which is a kind of funny view on the whole subject (not video game related).