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Extra Punctuation: Sidequests Good and Bad

Today's topic is sidequesting. What exactly is a sidequest, and what is its purpose? Generally speaking, it's something you can do in a game that's optional. But that's a troublesome definition because some games, like Saint's Row 2, require you to do a certain amount of side missions to continue with the main plot threads. Okay then, so they're missions that in themselves don't directly advance events. Except you could argue that the experience points, money or items a side quest might provide represents advancement of a kind - GAH

by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw,

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