Irrelevant on further examination of the rest of the thread.
I cared a heck of a lot about those characters, and that kept me going long after I was sick of the grinding.
I think of [the Internet] as a grisly raw steak laid out on a porcelain benchtop in the sun, covered in chocolate hazelnut sauce. In the background plays Stardustís Music Sounds Better With You. Thereís lots of fog. --tomeoftom
Walking Dead is amazing at creating realistic characters. It's also amazing at creating an environment where the player makes connections with these characters. The final episode just came out, so anyone who considers themselves a fan of RPG, or story and character games, really ought to check it out.
Mass Effect on the other hand is a bit clumsier when it deals with it's characters. But one thing I especially liked, and made me think, was Shepard's relationship with EDI in Mass Effect 3. I felt like such a bastard after I initially told her that her existence was to essentially do what humans told her to do, but then changed my mind and realised that she was alive as much as Shepard was.