Please leave a comment below with your thoughts. I'm interested in talking to people about this.
[spoiler]This post was inspired by another user's, [url=https://www.bungie.net/en/Forums/Post/242558909?sort=0&page=0]here[/url], where they kind of hint at what I'm saying, but their post is a bit of a ramble and doesn't really touch on what I want to touch on.[/spoiler]
Destiny is an amazing universe with the potential to explore dark, mature themes while still remaining hopeful and lighthearted at its core. But the way that characters are currently headed now has me worried for the future. So, let me start with flanderization. What is it?
Flanderization is the reduction of a character into a caricature of their original elements by pushing nuance out of their characterization and replacing it with a single, overblown element. The term is mostly in reference to Ned Flanders, a fairly well known character from the Fox animated series the Simpsons. What can you say about Ned? Well, he's a devout Christian... and... he... has a moustache? Early on in the series, Ned wasn't exactly a masterwork of a character but he wasn't just 'the Crazy Christian' personified. He was more, but he's been reduced by the inflation of a single aspect of his character.
Why do I bring this up? I sense a similar thing happening to Destiny.
Let's start with Cayde-6, the game's mascot and a personal favorite of mine. He's quick witted, quick on the trigger, and most importantly, he's very headstrong. After Ghaul attacks the City he rushes off to confront whoever is behind the attack and he gets trapped in a timeloop on Nessus. Sounds like an interesting chance to introduce a flawed, but still enjoyable character, right? Nope. Cayde's comedy is immediately flanderized after you get him out of the time loop. His brash, independent nature clashes with his actions during the final raid on the City, and he's mostly reduced to a comic relief alongside... a chicken.
This is not a good message for the state of Destiny's characters. Despite Cayde's story having the infinite capacity for an interesting, layered individual with problems and solutions just like a human, he's the funnee robot guy with le epic chicken ecksdee!!! I'm sorry you had to read that, but the point still stands. Squandering talent like Nathan Fillion on a character like Cayde in his current state is an insult to Nathan and the entire community. I know he's there to serve the character development of Zavala, which I could go on about for hours (and not really in a good way,) but that doesn't mean he has to be replaced to useless meme fodder!
For this reason, I think that whoever is writing characters needs to seriously re-evaluate what the community wants from this story. We don't want another stupid, goofy robot who only makes jokes. Let Cayde be an actual character, along with everybody else. Stop the lazy flanderization. Not just for Cayde, but for Vance (the weird, adult fangirl!) and Asher Mir (the grumpy grandpa!) and any other character who is being squished into a single trait. Quit being lazy!
EDIT: Sorry for the wall of text.
For some reason I can't edit the poll, so:
*...characters are being flanderized
[spoiler]Moderator edit: This thread has been moved to #Feedback forum so that other Destiny players can weigh in. [url=https://www.bungie.net/en/Forum/Post/139533839/0/0] See Cozmo's thread here[/url] for more information about the #Feedback tag and its uses.
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I totally agree. The character treatment in D2 is abysmal. The writers are heading in a direction that I really, really dislike.
The story is aimed at a younger demographic, all allusions to suspense and making the player actually anxious about the story outcome (it's only the destruction of our galaxy) was lost. Osiris played a bit part in his own dlc.
I'm just waiting for pokeballs to appear in our inventory . . . Pre nerfed and kid friendly obviously.