Id Software's new Doom should wash away a current trend whereby games have become obsessed with psychology. Nobody cares why Lara Croft is shooting guns and raiding tombs – gamers just want to enjoy her doing it. Nobody cares about Nathan Drake's history, or his brother, or what's really going on behind his eyes – gamers want to indulge in a few hours of action and jokes.
Recently, games that contain characters who have psychological malaise at their root have been conflated with games that are "well-written". Games celebrated for their narrative, such as Telltale's The Walking Dead, The Last of Us, and Far Cry 3 all contain characters who cry, complain, and introspect.