Do We Always Need a Happy Ending?

Paul talks about games that don’t have a traditional happy ending.

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PixelNinja1612d ago (Edited 1612d ago )

I believe video games that have happy endings never have a lasting effect. When you've watched a film with a sad ending you will remember it more as it leaves a more emotional impact.
I believe in video games developers need to try more to get an ending where it's just not:

A good example of a modern video game with a happy ending that has a emotional impact is Halo 4 (stay with me lol). Throughout the entire game 343 touched upon the character of Master Chief struggling to come to terms with reaching out beyond being a soldier, when the John had to say goodbye to Cortana he asked her for objectives like the player needs, "How do we get out of here?". But since she was leaving he finally cracks, breaks away from the players OBJECTIVES resulting in him finally reaching out to his friendbefore she leaves. He finally falls into humanity stating "She said that to me once about being a machine.".
The player won but at what cost? You won, humanity is safe yet the main character is more occupied with the lost his friend. A subtle happy-unhappy ending. You won, but the protagonist didn't.
The list for games that touch upon emotion impacting endings is certainly now longer in films as film makers are clearly to scared to have a sad ending. Luckily for us gamers we've seen the GAMER OVER screen one to many times; we have been raised by a genre that can shatter the conventions of the film industry without losing us, the fanbase.

TekoIie1612d ago (Edited 1612d ago )

He didnt have a happy ending either... Or did he? Do Christians believe it was a happy ending for Jesus?

ShinMaster1612d ago

Just an expression. Halo used to be like a saturday morning cartoon.
I haven't played Halo 4 yet, so may it is as dramatic as previous Halo ads led to believe. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt

ShinMaster1612d ago (Edited 1612d ago )

Some not-happy endings I thought of:
Shadow of the Colossus
Metal Gear Solid 3
Silent Hill 2
Red Dead Redemption
Link's Awakening
Heavy Rain
The Walking Dead

Honorable Mentions:
Space Invaders
The Oregon Trail... lol

SKYVVLKR1612d ago

An ending should never be forced to be happy, sad, or whatever. It should be consistent and cohesive with the rest of the writing. The Last Of Us is a really good example of how an ending should be executed.

serratos271612d ago

What I liked about TLoU's ending is how mixed it was. For Joel the story ends on a good note. But was it the same for Ellie? Probably bitter sweet on her end. Leaves you thinking.

SKYVVLKR1612d ago

If an ending has you thinking, then you know it's done right.

TheOneEyedHound1612d ago

No look at MGS3 one of the best endings ever and many more like SotC.

pyramidshead1612d ago (Edited 1612d ago )

Depends how much they're charging.

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