The Revenge wiki last edited by SaturdayNightSpecials on 03/28/14 03:30AM View full history

Overview

Revenge is an act of violence, financial ruin, or emotional torment that one person or group carries out against another, in response to some perceived wrongdoing.

Revenge is a popular theme in all story-telling media, including video games. Early game stories could easily provide a motivation for the protagonist (and more importantly, the player) in the form of some terrible act perpetrated by his or her enemies, such as the murder of a family member.

However, more story-focused games tend to use the well-worn literary device of revenge as a tragic flaw, showing how characters gradually lose their humanity as a consequence of their obsession (as Kratos does in God of War, for example.) This usually coincides with the concept of an anti-hero.

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