June 20, 2004

Game Dream 1: Voice

Confessions of a Game Addict has decided to take up the mantle of Ginger's Game WISH, rebranding it as "Game Dream"

The First Game Dream is about Voice.

When Role Playing Games are discussed, the subject of first-person versus third-person character narratives sometimes surfaces. When you play a character, do you assume first-person, using your voice as his or hers, or do you use third person, simply describing what he or she is doing? Do you switch between first and third person, or try to adhere to one? When other players are in character, does the use of first or third person affect your immersion in the game?

I am going to extend my answer a bit and respond from a GM point of view as well as a player POV.

As a player, I tend to run in the third person in email. I think its because most of the Gms that I play with tend toward writing in the same third person point of view. I have written some stories and fiction from the first person point of view.

In FTF games, I tend toward first person rather than third person gaming, since I feel an even greater emotional bond to my character's POV when I am emboding them in a first person point of view.


Now, as a GM in email, I usually tend toward the second person in forms of address when characters are alone. "You head toward the exit to the Church, hoping that the evil priests do not notice your lack of piety." When characters are in groups, I revert to a third person POV.

Posted by Jvstin at June 20, 2004 9:44 AM