Nathan Drake & Video Game Character Morality

Select/Start Games writes: "I came across a rather interesting thread on elitist forum Neogaf where the original poster posited the nature of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune's protagonist, Nathan Drake, and how a seemingly "everyman" guy could proceed to literally mow down hundreds of enemies during his 9 hour gaming adventure, with nary a second thought. The easy answer is, "well, it's a video game, stupid!" But there are bigger and more important issues that can be addressed. Morality and character development in video games is more conflicting in this medium than in any other because of it's interactive nature. This conflict is not easily resolved. Below, are my thoughts on where this medium is at in it's growth, and the quandary game developers must consider when designing their games."

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James Bond5362d ago

well, it’s a video game, stupid!

Bodyboarder_VGamer5362d ago (Edited 5362d ago )


The pieces were Nathan kills hundreds of bad guys it's just gameplay, you should take that as a metaphor. That's what Naught Dog themselves said or do you want to keep solving puzzles during the entire game to make it more realistic and less violent? These are just the representation of action scenes within a game with goals.

What about Mario and its powerful legs then? When you play Mario Bros 3 you're making that poor old bastard jump without ever stopping! Mario just jump and jump and jump and never gets tired! But then I saw his awful movie and if he jumped 2 times through it, it was too much.

Did you get the point right? The author's taking this matter literally and his not thinking about how the devs will implement the different gameplay pieces. If Uncharted were a movie then it'll be a completely different situation.

People don't complain about this issue with games like Gears of War or Call of Duty because they think: "well, they are in a war and they are soldiers!", but not even in a real war you'll kill as many people as on those games. Just yesterday I won a trophy in Killzone 2 for killing 1500 helghans single-handedly... Do you think that's humanly possible? NO. It's just a game(play). LoL


Celebrating Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune 15-Year Anniversary

November 19 marks 15 years since the release of the Uncharted game that started it all.

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Nyxus572d ago

I hope they make another Uncharted game some day.

MIDGETonSTILTS17572d ago

I hope they don’t make another until the end of the ps5 lifecycle…. Show us a better jungle

Minute Man 721571d ago

It's 15 years already....time flys


The Inconsistent Harmony: 5 Examples of Ludonarrative Dissonance in Video Games

VGChartz's Issa Maki: "I finally have a proper designation akin to what I've always referred to internally as 'the line that must be crossed' or 'The Line', for short – ludonarrative dissonance – the separation from a video game's story in relation to its gameplay. Why isn't PETA all up in Mario's grill for jumping on turtles and killing fish, or charging Samus Aran with the extinction of the Metroid species? Ever notice how fire has that habit of making bosses in Resident Evil stronger? Read on my friend, for I endeavor to imbue you with the ability to engage in basic queries concerning the concept."

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0hMyGandhi720d ago

I absolutely loved this article! well done.

MadLad720d ago

Nathan Drake is a monster.


Ranking the Uncharted Games From Worst to Best

KeenGamer: "Which Uncharted game is the best? Uncharted is widely recognized as one of the most groundbreaking and consistently great franchises in gaming. For both long-time fans and newcomers to this action-adventure classic, here’s a ranking of the franchise’s four main games."

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Kyizen1051d ago

UC 2, 4, 3 and 1. Great read and article

ABizzel11051d ago

No Golden Abyss -_-, otherwise I agree with the order.

UC2: Best overall
UC4: Best graphics, best gameplay, best locations, best environements
UC3: Best set pieces IMO (the boat and desert fights will always be amazing)
UC1: A rough Draft of what was to come
UCGA: Basically UC1 on Vita

Levii_921051d ago (Edited 1051d ago )

Great list and great article nicely writen and explained. Although for me personaly i would put Drakes Fortune above Drake’s Deception and Uncharted 4 is absolutely my favourite of the franchise and number 1 for me.

Inverno1051d ago

U2 is the only game playable on crushing without causing a great amount of frustration. Not to mention just how much influence it had that they redid some of U2s set pieces like the caravan twice, and armored truck chase in U4.

DFresh1051d ago (Edited 1051d ago )

I'd rate it as the following.

1.) Uncharted 2
(Close to perfection of any game I've played in years. Single Player/Multiplayer/Co Op all amazing.)

2.) Uncharted 3
(On par with UC2 multiplayer/co op wise minus the kickbacks [aka killstreaks]. I really liked the Lawrence of Arabia story.)

3.) Uncharted 4
(Single player is amazing. Multiplayer was meh. Co Op had potential. Absolutely hated the health revive system it slowed down the game way too much. Always preferred the fast pace action of UC2/UC3. Made it way more fun that way. Recoil was too ridiculous that most people in lobbies would only do hip firing, using power weapons and using that OP grappling hook to melee people after dropping them. Nobody wanted to revive anyone.)

4.) Uncharted
(It's the first in the series so it's hard to judge. Though I loved the story.)

NecrumOddBoy1051d ago

I agree here but it’s also a series you can play from front to back and truly enjoy. Story-wise, they are all great and flow so well. I wish they threw both Golden Abyss and Lost Legacy on this list. Lost Legacy is the best mechanically in my opinion. You can see it’s stepping stone framework for TLOUS2.

Michiel19891051d ago

uncharted 2 is one of the few games that actually surpassed its pre-release hype.

medman1051d ago (Edited 1051d ago )

I am a single player gamer...I barely ever touch a multiplayer component. The only exceptions over the years have been the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, TLOU factions, and the Uncharted 2 multiplayer. The Uncharted 2 multiplayer saw me spend more time playing it than all my other multiplayer experiences over the years combined. That game really was a masterpiece all around.

brando0081050d ago

I agree completely, those are all stellar MP experiences, coming from another SP gamer who only occasionally gives MP some time.

Gardenia1051d ago

Come to think of it, the step between Uncharted 1 and Uncharted 2 is huge. It goes from the weakest in the series to one of the best games ever made.
I think I'm going to play all of them again soon.

Ninver1051d ago

Yeah all of a sudden I've got that Uncharted itch.

Michiel19891051d ago

is multiplayer still up for the remastered trilogy? or did it never have UC2 mp?

Ninver1051d ago


Not sure