Hello and welcome to another Side-Quest episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone! This week, we’re talking about player identification with characters in video games. Did you die recently? Or was it the character who died?
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What does it mean to identify with a character? What characters do we identify with? Is there any way to actually quantify identification other than self-report surveys? What’s the benefit of encouraging or discouraging identification with a character. How does this play out with named characters versus silent protagonists versus avatars?
The Actual Discussion
We talk about why people like characters in games, and what we think causes identification versus just attachment. Despite thinking about it, we can’t really identify characters that we identify with. We also talk about how certain games have tried to play with the identification urge. Lots of cool stuff in this one.
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