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Character Development and Storytelling for Games, Second Edition by Lee Sheldon

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DEATH OF A PLAYER-CHARACTER

“I’m gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. He had a good dream. It’s the only dream you can have—to come out number-one man. He fought it out here, and this is where I’m gonna win it for him.”

—Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman

When I took over as head writer of the daytime soap opera Edge of Night. (The “The” was dropped as the first word of the title during my tenure, I believe, to toughen it up. “Edge” is a stronger word than the article.) I was informed by the producers that the actress playing one of the show’s longest running characters did not want to renew her contract, but wanted to try her luck in Hollywood. Television, including daytime, is often a good rung of the career ...

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