So the best part of playing a video game is being the hero and saving the world, right? Have you ever given much thought to all of those non-playable characters that help you out, like the innkeeper or the shop owner? It’s a little strange to realize that these pixel people exist solely for your characters benefit — even enemies, since you wouldn’t get stronger if you didn’t practice your battle skills. But if you weren’t playing the protagonist of the game, if you were an NPC instead, what role would you have?
This is a tough one, I have to say. I mean, there are so many different varied NPC characters throughout so many video game franchises. So, you know what, Kris? Since you thought of this question all on your own, I’m going to let you go first in answering. Have at it.
Haha! I think I would be one of those NPCs that either helps the character with their equipment or animals. You know, perhaps like a smithy or a ranch hand. While I wouldn’t want to be a generic shop owner, I would like to help by forging stronger weapons or work at a stables where the hero can pick out a noble steed.
Oh, stables would be good. I wouldn’t mind taking care of the animals. I think–and this is going to sound boring since I already am this–but I think I would like to be a teacher. I wouldn’t mind aiding the protagonist in their studies whether it’s weaponry, potions, or helping them figure out what to do next in their journey.
There are plenty of teacher-like roles in video games. You’d do well in those positions! If we were going by our day jobs, though, I’d probably be some sort of banker to help out with the hero’s money. I also like the idea of apothecary, or potion making. Imagine being like a witch or sorcerer, combining ingredients that the hero would probably find dubious, but it would help him or her out.
I can imagine it and I don’t think I would do well as a witch or sorcerer. I feel like I’d be too clumsy and mess everything up. But then that would be my purpose, wouldn’t it? I’d be the comic relief!
You’d be perfect as a comic relief, haha! I know that I would not want to be one of those NPCs stuck in a rescue mission. If I can’t be part of the hero’s party, I’d like to be able to help out in another way.
I agree with you on that. Though I can definitely see myself getting into trouble.
What kind of NPC would you be? Let us know in the comments below!