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Ok, gotta quick poll I need you all to answer for me. If you were playing an RPG, and suddenly the story took a turn for the worse. Your chacter is faced with a life or death situation. For the sake of clarity, the story is linear and the only way to beat the game is for your character to sacrifice him/herself for the planet, world, cause he/she is fighting for, WOULD YOU STILL PLAY? Please answer the poll without flaming and without inputting too much more than your own 2 cents. question: Would you continue playing a game if you found out that the only way to save the world and beat the game was for your character to sacrifice their life? Neo-Toshi Software

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You bet. Anyone ever play Chrono Trigger? The main character dies in that, although he can be brought back later. But who knows that when they first play the game?


"If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." - Albert Einstein

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Planescape Torment. My fav. way to finish the game was by committing harakiri.

Then again, the entire *purpose* of the game was to die... ^_^

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What''re you asking? If someone will stop playing a game once it''s done? Obviously the player is going to stop playing when the game is over and the story shows that the main character has died. What does this have to do with his liking how the game ends though?
Sorry, I guess I don''t understand.

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You mean, would my desire to keep my character alive outweigh my desire to save the virtual world (therefore causing me to not kill myself and stop progressing through the game)?

I dunno. I guess it would depend on the emotional attachment I make to the world - which would be affected by how detailed / involved it was. In other words, if it were worth saving. A badly rendered, static, uncolonised and uncharacterised environment is a lot harder to feel guilty about.

Or, if I were to die in a really cool way - like, skydiving into an erupting volcano (to appease the volcano god, of course), or like near the end of the film Tron (I know he doesn''t actually die, but you get the idea).

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Kylotan, you are the only one so far that has hit the mark on what I was afraid of. But, Kylotan and whoever might also want to say something along those lines, what if it happened towards the end, on the verge of the story''s climax?

I think, as long as the emotional connection between the player is strong enough, it will be wonderous in its effects, but will it make other people shy away, or not want to finish? Even if it happens towards the very end?

Neo-Toshi Software

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