Would you play a game with foreign protagonists?
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Poll: Would you play a game about non-Americans?

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Ryotknife:
Well...americans are not a race, but a group compromised of every race on the planet.

I would not mind playing a non-american in the slightest as long as the game is not full of cultural references i have no way of understanding. Like you said, CoD has a history of putting you in the shoes of non-americans. in fact the russian sections of the world war 2 CoD were probably my favorite.

When people say "Americans" what they REALLY mean is the Default Perfect White Character.

Hrm Ive played Killing floor, and I guess I always sort of assumed that everyone in it was British but I guess that might be entirely wrong.

But then again I also played GTAIV which yeah I had no problem controlling an eastern European. Controls handled pretty much like a Los Angelino to me.

Anyway, yeah, I would be interested in seeing more nationalities in different games as long as they are authentic, and not comical reproductions.

I already do.

I don't see how you can avoid doing so, unless you just play Call of Duty, single-player.

Excluding various characters who come from magical fantasy lands, I have played games as a British, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Irish, Chinese and Canadian protagonists just to list a few.

However I find the question posed by the OP an interesting one when viewed strictly through the eyes of the modern military shooter.
Would your average U.S gamer be comfortable playing a Military shooter where the Americans are not the primary heroes? If yes, what if they were the antagonists?

err...i do all the time? try every single game?

honestly, all this nationality talk bugs the fuck out of me, why the HELL do people care so much? I could be playing a one legged aboriginal with a blue nipple, and i wouldn't give a shit so long as it was a fun game!

Erm, what? How is this even a question? I already do. A lot.

Vault101:
uhhhh....assasins creed anyone? the fact this question has to be asked is downright insulting..to everyone

oh and Mass effect..what edidence is there to suggest any of the charachters are american? hell the climax takes place in london, no reason why just london (I think thats cool though)

I still find it weird that it says anderson was born in london yet anderson has one of the most strong american accents in the game (IMO)

OT: a game about the australian secret services (ASIO) would be cool especially since no one really knows much about them but some of the rumors sound crazy (of course all of it would be fictional because otherwise it may get boring as they are never armed)

Well you'd have to be a pretty shallow individual not to...

Diddy_Mao:
Excluding various characters who come from magical fantasy lands, I have played games as a British, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Irish, Chinese and Canadian protagonists just to list a few.

However I find the question posed by the OP an interesting one when viewed strictly through the eyes of the modern military shooter.
Would your average U.S gamer be comfortable playing a Military shooter where the Americans are not the primary heroes? If yes, what if they were the antagonists?

as an average white male american, i couldn't give a single fuck. sure if there is a "hero moment" in the game where an american character did something cool?

me and my friend, in a satirical way might do a " MERICUH, FUCK YEAH"

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but beyond that one nanosecond, I couldn't give a single fuck. wouldn't entice me to buy the game in the slightest.

I've played plenty of games starring non-Americans as the protagonists. What I'd really like to see, though, is a modern FPS starring the Canadian military. Because we're awesome. :D

Diddy_Mao:
Excluding various characters who come from magical fantasy lands, I have played games as a British, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Irish, Chinese and Canadian protagonists just to list a few.

However I find the question posed by the OP an interesting one when viewed strictly through the eyes of the modern military shooter.
Would your average U.S gamer be comfortable playing a Military shooter where the Americans are not the primary heroes? If yes, what if they were the antagonists?

The main bad guys of MW2 are American. The last two levels have you killing just American mercenaries.

Not play as Americans? Madness. I have enough trouble trying to play as someone from the West Coast.

Pat8u:

Vault101:
uhhhh....assasins creed anyone? the fact this question has to be asked is downright insulting..to everyone

oh and Mass effect..what edidence is there to suggest any of the charachters are american? hell the climax takes place in london, no reason why just london (I think thats cool though)

I still find it weird that it says anderson was born in london yet anderson has one of the most strong american accents in the game (IMO)

OT: a game about the australian secret services (ASIO) would be cool especially since no one really knows much about them but some of the rumors sound crazy (of course all of it would be fictional because otherwise it may get boring as they are never armed)

really? I think his accent actually does have a hint of british...udina on the other hand I had no Idea...I was palying ME3 the other day and though "fuck...is Udina Irish?!"

*Looks at the Assssin's Creed games*
I've been doing so for quite a while. One culd argue there is Desmond...but to be honest, there has been so fucking little focuse on Desmond in those games (The one character who isn't a twat, is actually interesting and has a decent sci-fi plot going on) he almost doesn't count.

Of course, I also couldn't give a shit who I play as or what happens as long as the story/premise are interesting/good, and the gameplay is solid.

dessertmonkeyjk:
Yeah, we do it all the time. Why do you ask?

Nobody seems to have any problem with an italian plummer.

Isn't Mario from Brooklyn?

Fable, Metro, Katawa Shoujo, Assassins Creed, the Mario games, hell, both Commander Shepards have a hint of Canadian even.

So of course I would.

What do you mean "Would I"? Ever play an Elder Scrolls game? A Mario Game? Dynasty Warriors? Most games from Japan? Any Star Wars game? Prince of Persia? God of War? Should I stop this now?

Actually, I don't think any Nintendo characters can be considered American... Is Hyrule the 51st U.S. state all of a sudden? I've never seen a wild gorilla around here anywhere. etc. etc. I think I've made my point. Just fur lulz.

The only time i actually bother wondering where a character is from is if i can't understand him
because honestly i could care less where their from

Raika:

dessertmonkeyjk:
Yeah, we do it all the time. Why do you ask?

Nobody seems to have any problem with an italian plummer.

Isn't Mario from Brooklyn?

Alright you may have me there, but I hear an accent at the few moments that he does open his mouth. Not that I have a problem with that, but it kinda implies he's not from around here.

Yeah, I mean who would want to play as, say, a British SAS agent? Oh, wait....

Or maybe a slavic gunman who comes TO America to find a man who wronged him? Oh wait ^ 2....

Yeah....

I don't understand what the OP is on about here. There are plenty of non-american protagonists. You'd really have to have your head in a bucket not to realize that.

Well I'm not American, every game I play is someone of different nationality but is that even a thing? Do people, aside form the very occasional weirdo really have issues playing someone a different nationality to them?
I mean I can understand a style popular in one country not really making a connection with many people in another, cultural differences and all that jazz but refusing to play a game because of the protagonists nationality? That's just silly.

Well Link isn't American. I don't think Mario is an American. Commander Shepard can be born on another planet I think. And isn't Donkey Kong a gorilla? If he was from America, would he be an American? Are animals in America American? Can a nationality be applied to a non-human? Hmm, may need to start a thread on that topic.............where was I going with this? Oh yeah. To answer your question: Yes.

I already do.

Nevermind the decidedly pro Japanese bias in JRPGs, here are some other non 'Mericans I play.

Kratos is Greek, although he is the whitest muthafukka in the game.

Lara Croft is British.

Ezio is Italian, Altair is Middle Eastern.

My favorite characters from Tekken are not American. King is From Mexico. Marduk is Australian.

Can you call any of the main characters from Fallout American because they were born long after America was destroyed

I own numerous games about being a whiny, malnourished Japanese boy.

Well, I'm not a huge fan of FPSes, military FPSes even less so.

So, in looking at in FPS terms, I wouldn't be any more inclined to play a military shooter with a non-American protagonist than I am to play one with an American protagonist.

As for other games in general, I have plenty where you don't play as an American, plenty where you don't even play as someone from Earth. The nationality of the protagonist is a non-issue in deciding my game purchases.

Well seeing as how the first game I ever played featured an anthropomorphic Australian bandicoot as the protagonist...yes.

Even the Call of Duty series has plenty of non-American characters.

I play games with foreign protagonists all the time since I'm not an USA Citizen.

Vault101:
uhhhh....assasins creed anyone? the fact this question has to be asked is downright insulting..to everyone

oh and Mass effect..what edidence is there to suggest any of the charachters are american? hell the climax takes place in london, no reason why just london (I think thats cool though)

Anderson was born in London!

That's why the Reapers are there. Cos Anderson was born in London! Didn't he tell you?

We should give out awards for silliest question of the day.

dynasty warriors actually doesnt include america or americans and for whatever reason they usually seem to sell reasonably well. therefore id say the answer is yes

Yes.

I actively try to avoid games that are so dry creatively that they think the only way to make me relate to the character is to make them just as male, strait and white as I am.

Hey developers! If you are planing on making a game with a strait, white, male protagonist. STOP! and go back to the drawing board. You've already failed on the most basic creative level.
Lack of originality.

This problem is the worst in shooters that even fail to engage me on a mechanical level.

Uhhh...yes. I'd say 99% of all the protagonists I've played as in the course of gaming have been not been American. That seems like a silly question. Who exactly is refusing to play games based on the nationality of the hero? Hell, a lot of the time they are another species entirely, or from a mythology not even attached to the real world!

I don't get it, who hasn't already?

I'm not an American, so yes! But I mostly play games set in magical worlds (with more flexible laws of physics than ours) anyway.

If we're talking specifically about modern military shooters, I can't contribute much (I don't play them), but I guess my interest would be peaked a little more if I could play as a Royal Marine.

No way.

I hate people that aren't born in the same place I was...

sigh

Fun fact: The people who make the games, are the people portrayed in the games. That's a bold overlaying sweeping statement that is, for the most part, true.

The day minorities make the games, is the day minorities are the lead characters.

(lolz, you can't tell tell the difference between white Americans and white Asians, eh?)

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