Can You Really Say More With Silence: Part 3 – A Sudden Change in Heart

I hadn’t initially intended on writing this at all, in fact this whole thing about silent protagonists in video games was only ever intended to be a single part, but it kept ballooning in size to the point there I felt I had to break it into parts.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about; In Part 1: I talk about how the Legend of Zelda and Metroid both took different approaches as time and technology grew, and in Part 2: I spoke about how the trend feels really dated when it pops up in modern, story driven RPGS.

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Wooderon Games of the Year 2018: 4 Most Disappointing Games I Didn’t Play

There was a time in my life when universally negative word of mouth, very divisive opinions and general bad reviews felt like a challenge. Everyone else said this game was bad, I needed to see for myself, so I could justifiably also complain about how bad they were. That’s because, on almost every occasion, the consensus were accurate and I ended up wasting my time on a game I didn’t like.

Wooderon Games of the Year 2018: 4 Most Disappointing Games I didn’t Play
I realise this is misspelled. It’s not like I had six months since making this to notice it either… Oh well…

This past 12 months, in my 30th year of life, the message finally seemed to sink in. It must have anyway, because I didn’t end up playing a single game that I would deem disappointing that came out in 2018. That isn’t to say that there were some white hot trash fires released this year, I just avoided them. Which isn’t to say there weren’t games that massively bummed me out.

I don’t take any pleasure from games being bad, even more so when they were games I had been looking forward to. And while I might not have that first experience, I have spent hours reading and listening to people talking about these games. I also don’t care anymore. So if anyone reading this takes exception to the fact that I’m complaining about games I didn’t play then feel free to go away, or give me crap for it. Personally, I’ll be a lot happier in the knowledge that my time was spent on only marginally bad games rather than these.

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