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    First or Third Person: Perception in Video Games.

    As someone who has never been able to play first person games they have always fascinated me and have made me wonder; in what way does the players perception change with the medium? First person games feature a visual perspective as if the player was physically doing the actions; these are particularly popular in shooting games. Third person on the other hand displays a character completely and as such the player is viewing their actions as they would view another person’s. This perspective can be seen in various puzzle games such as any Mario or Zelda game. How does the perspective that the player is shown influence the perception of the player? Would Mario be as entertaining if it was in the first person? Or is there something unique about a genre that leads its games to be in a certain perspective?

    • This COULD be a very interesting topic, but you need to explain what you mean by "first person" or "third person" in relation to video games. It will be hard to expand this topic into a full-length post unless you explain it a bit more. Also, "mario" should be capitalized and "In" should be lowercase. – Dominic Sceski 5 years ago
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    • I made some adjustments! Hopefully that helps clarify the question and expand upon its meaning. – jonavitua 5 years ago
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    • Games like Skyrim and Fallout (I'm specifically thinking 3 and New Vegas as they're the two I've played) should be mentioned, because at the press of a button you can change from that first person perspective to third person. i think this may actually be true of GTA V too and is definitely true of driving games. First person I think is meant to immerse yourself into that game, or in other words, the gamer and the character are one. These games also probably give the gamer more options with dialogue and actions. Third person as you already said gives you a complete display of a character and I would say this is used with more fleshed out characters and a strict narrative structure. – Jamie White 5 years ago
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    • Like Jamie said, first person is a lot more personal in that YOU are the player/character, whereas in third person you simply operate the character. However, I would also argue that it goes even deeper than that. Either first- or third-person can be even more unique. In the Bioshock series, for example, you play as Jack in the first Bioshock game and the only time he speaks is in the opening cutscene. In Bioshock: Infinite, however, Booker regularly speaks, either to other people or aloud to himself. I think that dynamic can alter the way a player experiences the game. – Christina 5 years ago
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    • I don't know if this will be a worthwhile notation, but I experience a frequent physical limitation to first person games, and I'm not the only one. A number of us have to take motion sickness pills or sit down with a bottle of Ginger Ale anytime a video game (or movie) is in this form. Could that be creating a barrier for consumers? – Piper CJ 4 years ago
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    I think its important to also examine the word Masque which you touch upon briefly. While it is an alternate spelling of mask, its also important to note that a Masque was a costume party thrown for entertainment in the 15th and 16th century. So the title “The Masque of the Red Death” implies that not only that the party belongs to the Red Death but also that this is almost a form of entertainment for the personified Red Death.

    Allegory in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death"

    Could part of the reason her part is downplayed be due to the sexual nature of Dracula and his victims? There is a definite sensuality about Dracula and his first victim, Lucy and it can be seen between him and Mina as well. Though I for the life of me can’t piece it together… then again I haven’t read the book in a very long time.

    Why We Need Mina-Centric Dracula

    Well I think while this is an excellent examination of Eyeshield this treatment of its rivals is not unique to it. It can be seen in History’s Strongest Disciple: Kenichi, One Piece and Naruto and countless others. It is a common trope in the genre of Shonen; which is all about the growth of an young individual. (kind of like a japanese Bildungsroman)

    Eyeshield 21: The Treatment of Opposing Teams