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Creating Emotion in Games: The Craft and Art of Emotioneering™ by David Freeman

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Chapter 2.2. Emotioneering Techniques Category #2: NPC Deepening Techniques

Giving your NPCs heart and soul.

This chapter

focuses on techniques that give major NPCs emotional depth and complexity.

They say children usually drown in the shallow end and I believe it. The word “shallow” itself has a cold breeze blowing through it, as in “shallow grave.” Try diving into the shallow end of a pool, and there's nowhere to go. All that comes of it is an opportunity to get to know your local head-trauma specialist on a first-name basis.

note

For either major or minor NPCs, it's not a requirement that they have emotional depth. If your game is comedic in tone, you might not have a single NPC with depth. This would be completely fine.

That having been said, you'll ...

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