MMORPG devs know that we — the uncoolest of all peoples — desperately want to feel cool in our video game. And so we get things like eye patches, dual wielding, bellies without any stretch marks, and NPCs who call us “hero” as if they didn’t know about the way we spent the last weekend on the couch surfing Netflix and trying to snarf down a lethal amount of pizza pockets.
We may groan at tropes like these, or at the appearance of giant spiders and Yet Another Dragon Threat, but the truth is that these tropes still exist in part because we like them. Well, not me, I couldn’t care less if all dragons disappeared from MMOs tomorrow, but somebody out there still gets a thrill when they hear Falco roar.
While we may deride lazy devs for putting these things in our games, we also secretly (or not-so-secretly) like some of them. What tropes do you still kinda like in your games? And how many pizza pockets did you manage to consume?