The Power of Invisible Choices
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Action games typically borrow from RPGs and adventure games when it comes to making choices. But there are significant advantages when using the normal verbs of the games. I call these “invisible choices”.

=== Before you watch ===

Content warning: Scenes of a violent nature

Spoiler warning: Light Mass Effect 2, Spec Ops: The Line, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill 2 spoilers

=== Sources and Resources ===

- Sources

[1] Do You Copy? Dialog System and Tools in 'Firewatch'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj-2vbiyHnI

[2] 'Mooncrash': Resetting the Immersive Simulation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXm5zCdiNT0

- Additional resources

The System Behind Hades' Astounding Dialogue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwdYL0KFA_U

How the Nemesis System Creates Stories
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm_AzK27mZY

Interactive Story Without Challenge Mechanics: The Design of Firewatch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVFyRV43Ei8

=== Chapters ===

00:00 - Intro
03:05 - Advantage 1
04:26 - Advantage 2
05:53 - Advantage 3
07:36 - Advantage 4
09:19 - Challenges
11:45 - Conclusion
12:33 - Credits

=== Games Shown ===

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
80 Days (2014)
Tell Me Why (2020)
Sorcery! 4 (2016)
Dragon Age II (2011)
Metro Exodus (2019)
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2021)
BioShock (2007)
Detroit: Become Human (2018)
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (2020)
Spec Ops: The Line (2012)
BioShock Infinite (2013)
Far Cry 4 (2014)
Undertale (2015)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011)
The Walking Dead: Season One (2012)
This War of Mine (2014)
Fallout 3 (2008)
Life is Strange (2015)
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (2017)
Hades (2020)
Deus Ex (2000)
Mass Effect 2 (2010)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014)
Dishonored (2012)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2013)
Metal Gear Solid (1998)
Demon's Souls (2020)
Chrono Trigger (1995)
Resident Evil 4 (2005)
Firewatch (2016)
DOOM Eternal (2020)
inFamous Second Son (2014)
Silent Hill 2 (2001)

=== Credits ===

Music provided by Epidemic Sound - https://www.epidemicsound.com/referral/vtdu5y (Referral Link)

Music by Lee Rosevere - https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com

=== Subtitles ===

Contribute translated subtitles - https://amara.org/en-gb/videos/uPEs32mi1pEA/

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