I’ve always viewed video games as a way to live out your dreams, no matter how crazy they may seem. At the age of sixteen, and with the magic of video games, I have participated in four Summer Olympics, won several professional skateboarding competitions, saved several countries from several world wars, including World War 3, and saved the world from many, many evil masterminds. However, this feeling of my accomplishment is often diluted by characters calling me by the wrong name, or by my character saying something I would never say. This brings us to the main point of the post. As Takao Unno, the director of Pokémon Black and White 2 explains, Pokémon is a first player game, and one that attempts to give the player the feeling that he is his character. They keep the character silent so that he can only be identified by other features, which also explains a few other matters of the game. In English literature class, many of us learned that characters’ personalities are discovered through their actions, their appearance, and their dialog, among other things that do not apply in this situation. By removing the dialog and keeping the graphics of the character pixelated, the only remaining point is the actions of the character, which are determined by the player. This allows the player to determine the personality of his or her character in his or her entirety, making the player feel that he or she is, in fact, the character being played as. Do you feel like you are the character you play as in the Pokémon series?
Source: My Nintendo News