I registered here to make this post. I'm not sure if jumping straight in with a question like this is acceptable around these parts but I'll have to take the risk. Please forgive me if this is an egregious overstep.
I'm someone who makes games and thinks about them a great deal. One of the other things I am doing is recording a podcast with some friends. We're talking about death in our next episode.
In that vein I would love to hear some stories from the RPS hive mind about affecting game deaths. This is a mechanic which is thoroughly entrenched in our medium - our characters deal death and they often die themselves. Once they died so we would spend some more money, now they die as part of the complex and interleaved mechanical structures which provide incentive for our continued efforts. Do we ever feel for their deaths? When has the death of a character in a game affected you emotionally?
Warning - Mass Effect related spoilers ahoy
Double Warning - as has been rightly pointed out this whole place is crawling with spoilers for dozens of games. If you are plot-sensitive run awaaaaay
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