Yeah, when it comes to accessible games the distinction between first
person and third person breaks down because those labels refer to a
completely visual concept that isn't there in our games.
Games like Shades of Doom, Monkey Business, Sarah, you name it are
probably technically first person do to the fact the audio is
specifically oriented to the player's position in the game world. That
is you hear things in relationship to the player character as though you
were physically there in the game. It is virtually impossible to
separate the player's position and the relation ship of the other items
independently the way you could if it were a third person game and make
In that sense Mysteries of the Ancients, although it is a side-scroller,
is still from the point of view of the first person. You hear things to
the left and right of Angela, as though you were were standing there,
and you react as though you were in that certain place and time
physically. In the third person You wouldn't necessarily see or hear
sounds from her point of view, but see it as if you were outside the
world looking in on the people inside it. Kind of like looking through a
window at them and hearing and seeing them from that vantage point.
Just as in English, it's very symple. if you experience thei game from
your character's perspective directly, ---- Ie, seeing the sites, and
hearing the sounds that he/she would around you, then it's first person.
If the character themselves is there for you to move around, and you
experience the environment around the character from a different point
of view than that of the character, ---- it's a third person game.
Most audio games are first person, ---- sinse for obvious reasons it's
easier to experience the sounds from your characters perspective.
The only ones I can think of which aren't, are Side scrollers like Q9
and mota, where you here what is in front of and behind your
character, and know where your character is by the sound of his/her
footsteps, --- independently of the environment, it's possible Night
of parasite, treasure hunt, and maybe entombed might also count as
third person, ---- though this is argueable.
Actually, in audio, sinse it's more difficult to represent a large
amount of environmental information at a glance, ---- the distinction
is a litle more blurry.
Beware the grue!
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