@shawn_patrick_reed I hope you do it organically, when the subject comes up during the game, as opposed to a preloaded answer 20 questions about your character before you get started.
@Sashira What about in games like Heroes Rise when your character’s background is absolutely essential to the plot, and it’s clearer that you’re not playing ‘you’ but a more predefined character?
For myself, in such cases, while I may not have control over the exact facts, I prefer being able to choose how I feel about them. So, in Heroes Rise case I’d have liked to resent my parents for never being around, always dumping me on my gran while they went off and did super-hero business, risking their lives, not spending enough time with me. I’d have liked to have been able to resent all of that, as opposed to holding this idealised view of my parents and their relationship to each other. I’d have liked to have remembered arguments between them and hated them for constantly breaking their promises to me because they’d to keep rushing off to do hero stuff. But things that are more a matter of perspective, than they are of changing the specific details, if that makes sense.
Because I think the Hero’s story very much needs that their parents are premier heroes, and that they’re then forced to be raised by their gran, and that they had a lot and it was all taken away.
I’ll admit that was another aspect of Psy-High (I really did enjoy the game) that I just couldn’t relate to. The game kept telling me I was poor, but I really didn’t feel as if the character was poor, and I had just such a total disconnect in relation to that. But again I could understand why there was a predefined family with your predefined past, since you were playing a teen still living at home.
Yep. And assumptions that if I want a relationship with more than one person, I’m going to do that by lying to all of them, going behind everybody’s back until I’m forced to make a choice between them. As opposed to actually being upfront from the start about not being monogamous. And likewise the game assuming that an exclusive marriage to one person and OMG babies is the end goal of any relationship.