MMORPGs as interactive entertainment


Stargrace has a recent post talking about game and movie crossovers. The topic interested me particularly because of the interactive role we get to play as protagonist:

The appeal of most video games is the chance to be the hero yourself and directly influence the action. Often games will echo the kind of scenes you are familiar with from a typical action film, sci-fi space adventure or war movie, but they allow you to play the lead role.

If you’ve played many of the games in this genre you’re used to your character being portrayed as a leading character – in Guild Wars 2 we are ‘the Commander’ of a vast allied army and in World of Warcraft we’ve progressed to being the leader of a class order. Not that all of the MMORPGs give you a leading role, Lord of the Rings Online is careful to portray your…

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