A Cruel World

The Walking Dead the Video Game by Telltale Games is a video game based on the television show and comic The Walking Dead. The video game is not a normal game because the game is released episodically. There are three seasons each with five episodes; each episode lasts from two hours to four hours of gameplay.

One of the main characters that reoccurs throughout the series is Clementine. Clementine is a young girl who Lee takes under his wing when the zombie apocalypse starts in the first season. When the gamer first meets Clem, she an innocent and naïve girl. She does not know how to fight or survive in this harsh world. Lee trains her and tells her how to survive. Clem looks up to Lee and closely watches his actions in the first season. The two grow extremely close and he treats her like a daughter. Unfortunately, events spiral out of control and Clem is forced to kill Lee or let him turn into a walker. The turn of events breaks Clem out of the naïve bubble she was in and forces her to realize that she lives in a harsh world.

In the second season, the gamer plays as Clementine. In this season, she is more mature than the previous season. She is smarter and less naïve about the world around her. She has lost many people in the first season and she knows what loss is like. Therefore, she is hesitant to trust people and knows how to survive without anyone taking care of her. Clem meets new people during this season all of who are questionable and the player must make tough decisions to trust, kill, or spare people. A man that Clem thought died in the first season, comes back and it is the player’s choice if they want to trust or kill him. There are many outcomes at the end of the fifth episode of the season but everyone gets a similar ending with Clem caring for a toddler.

In the third season (which is still ongoing), Clem is finally a teenager. She is the most mature in this season because not only does she have to worry about herself but she has a child with her. This makes her mature faster and she is willing to do anything to protect him. She has become a ruthless killer who spares no one that she does not deem worthy. The player does not have full control of her like season 2 but can influence her actions and decisions. Clem has become a lone wolf and realizes that she does not need to travel with people to survive. Yet, in this season she ends up relying on strangers to get her out of tough situations. She learns to slowly trust these new people.

During these three seasons, Clementine’s character has grown. She has seen what the world has offer and learned from her mistakes. She has grown from a scared, native girl to a tough, harden teenager. No longer did she hide behind Lee, she can fight her own battles and protect the people who are close to her. She will never forget the people who helped her in life it is thanks to them she is alive. Clem continues to be a symbol for a strong, independent, female video game character and that is why I chose to talk about her in my last blog post.

 

Keelah Se’lai- By the Homeworld I Hope to See One Day

Since the release of Mass Effect Andromeda, I will talk about the Tali’Zorah nar Rayya in the Mass Effect trilogy. In Mass Effect, Tali can be recruited early in the game. Tali is a Quarian or an alien race in the series. She is a young girl on her pilgrimage when she meets Commander Shepard (the main character). Tali is a Quarian mechanic and specializes in tech abilities and support. Tali appears in all three games and can be a squad mate in them as well.

Tali can be romanced only if you are a male Commander Shepard from the second game on. Depending on the actions of Commander Shepard, Tali will easily talk to Shepard about her journey and her past. In the first game, Tali will talk about Quarians and gives more information about her species. Tali gives Shepard crucial information on the main mission and helps them find more information about the Geth and Reapers (the antagonist). In the second game, you can finally start romancing Tali and build a romantic relationship with her. The player gets to know her more if they complete her loyalty mission and side with Tali. By completing her loyalty mission in the end of the game she will survive the suicide mission that Shepard goes on. In the third game, there is a mission where you must choose between the Geth or Quarians. If you choose the Geth, Tali will commit suicide. The player must choose between one or the other race and only in a rare circumstance the player can choose one and still save the other. If Tali survives past this part of the game, she will become a full time squad mate for the rest of the game.

Women in video games sometimes have only one dimension and side to them. Throughout the trilogy, the gamer is shown different sides of Tali. She is an extremely smart mechanic and knows her way around a ship and engine. Shepard and other crew members are impressed with her knowledge about technology. When Commander Shepard asks for help the first time, Tali is not willing to help because she has a mission of her own. She puts her mission before Shepard’s because she knows that her mission is more important at the time. Later on, in Mass Effect 2, she joins Shepard after she completes her mission. In Mass Effect 3 (if she still alive) Tali is promoted to Admiral. She blames herself if she cannot complete her mission, which millions of lives are riding on. She is unsure of her position and confused about everything around her. Shepard could help her and reassure her that everything will turn out fine in the end and that they trust Tali.

Throughout the games, Tali grows from a little girl just going on her pilgrimage to becoming an Admiral on her ship. She goes through regret, loss, trust, and love through the trilogy. Tali might not be the most known character in Mass Effect, but she has been a major role in all three games. Without Tali, Commander Shepard would have never found out information about the Geth in the first game.

Endure. Survive.

Ellie is a character from the The Last of Us. This is her story.