Dishonored Writer Thinks Gordon Freeman Is “Creepy As Hell”

Both Dishonored and Half-Life have silent protagonists, but Arkane writer Austin Grossman believes Dishonored does a much better job of handling the trope, going so far as to say, “I find Gordon creepy as hell.”

Speaking with Kotaku, Grossman said:

“I hate what Valve does with the silent protagonist. I find it incredibly awkward and really creepy. The difference between Dishonored and how it works in Half-Life 2 is that it’s a lot more personal. I think you get that involvement because the character has personal relationships with people from the beginning. And it’s very clear that people have f***ed with you in a very personal way.”

Grossman went on to explain why he believes Dishonored handles the subject better:

“I’m biased, of course, but I think Dishonored grips you much more viscerally and emotionally. And that’s on purpose. Corvo doesn’t talk, and I think it works because everybody knows what Corvo would have to say. His actions form a sort of speech, something like, ‘If I could kill the people who screwed with me… and if that includes you, then I’m going to kill you right now.’”

Do you agree?

via PC Gamer

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2 Comments on Dishonored Writer Thinks Gordon Freeman Is “Creepy As Hell”


On October 11, 2012 at 4:04 am

Biased indeed, but it’s ok… :-)

I find it somewhat more annoying than creepy… There are few times where indeed Gordon should be able to speak (to Alyx, to peoples who salute you, etc…)…

But I imagined the guy was born unable to speak… Doesn’t make him unable to study at MIT and get a job at Black Mesa… Or handle a gun so well(!)… Even when Alyx says to him ‘Man of a few words…’ I assumed she didn’t know his situation at the time…
A little detail the story forgot to tell us, then the quiet Gordon make more sense… ;-)


On October 11, 2012 at 4:07 am

PS: Please fix smileys… I put them at the end of the sentences, but they appears at the beginning… Weird bug…