Video games that leave you with less and less
October 10, 2013 8:51 AM Subscribe
What are video games in which your decisions rob you of resources or options, leaving you with fewer and fewer possibilities as the game goes on?
posted by Rory Marinich to media & arts (45 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm writing about the nature of options in video games today, specifically about how too many options can lead to a player's having too much power and thus getting bored with the game. I'd like to cite games which work the opposite way: the choices you make hedge you into a certain path, until ultimately the end of a game has to do as much with the choices you denied yourself as it does with the choices you took.
Obviously strategy games fit this bill, and chess is maybe the quintessential example in games period. But I'm looking for games which do this in other genres, and specifically games which, in doing this, make you reallythink about what you're doing, and ask yourself about why you're making the choices that you are.
A short and simple version of what I'm looking for is Jason Rohrer's Gravitation, in which depending how you play, your character suffers or doesn't suffer a horrible loss.