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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Grand List Of Console Role Playing Game Clichés


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The Grand list is a list of almost 200 RPG cliches, and while you might think that the ideas and observations would start to run out, they are all very well done. They made me laugh in the library, which brought me questioning looks in my direction. Don't read this if you're looking for a laugh.

The Higher The Hair, The Closer To God (Cloud Rule)
The more outrageous his hairstyle, the more important a male character is to the story.

Silly Squall, bringing a sword to a gunfight...
No matter what timeframe the game is set in -- past, present, or future -- the main hero and his antagonist will both use a sword for a weapon. (Therefore, you can identify your antagonist pretty easily right from the start of the game just by looking for the other guy who uses a sword.) These swords will be far more powerful than any gun and often capable of distance attacks.

Just Nod Your Head And Smile
And no matter how big that big-ass sword is, you won't stand out in a crowd. Nobody ever crosses the street to avoid you or seems to be especially shocked or alarmed when a heavily armed gang bursts into their house during dinner, rummages through their posessions, and demands to know if they've seen a black-caped man. People can get used to anything, apparently.


If you like this list of RPG Cliches, the webcomic RPG World, which is featured as a picture in this post, is a comic that focuses on the silliness of console RPGs. The main character is an innocent person who understands the cliches of RPGs while everyone else around him seems flabbergasted by the logic of the world around them.

Link (via Grumpy Gamer)