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Submitted by AbsoluteZelda 801d ago | article

Silent Protagonist: Link Has Character Growth?

For some time, a video game debate has been waged about silent protagonists. Many carry on the argument that the hero of a story needs to have defined reactions to help frame the story. The voice and verbal reactions of the character provide context and also create a sense of character development, as well as an emotional hook to keep players entwined in the world painted before them. The people who support a silent protagonist often champion the idea that character silence lets the player project their own personalities and perceptions into the character. Our adventurous pal, Link, often gets dragged into this argument, being one of the most prominent silent protagonists in gaming over the last three decades. But does silence in a protagonist prohibit character development? To examine this idea of character development, let’s analyze some of the plots and scenes from a previous incarnation of the Zelda series, The Wind Waker. (3DS, Nintendo DS, The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Wii, Wii U)

ElectricKaibutsu  +   801d ago
Interesting! I guess Link does have some subtle character development. Talking about silent protagonists with character development, I always think of Gordon Freeman in Half Life 2.
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   800d ago
Great read and I totally agree with you.

Skyward Sword did much of the same- I'm not calling for a talking Link or a completely voice acted Zelda.

Skyward Sword was almost perfect. They gave enough changes every time you went to Skyloft to make it feel like a living world.

They could amp it up a bit more, and I hope that they do, but then you start to get into the territory where you could miss-out on events if you don't keep going back to Skyloft (town).

But whatever, when the Next Zelda comes I'll buy 1st and judge later.

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