The sad fact is that people love their caustic, cynical writing.
Spoiler for GTAV if you care: at the end of GTAV, you, as Franklin, are tasked with making one of three decisions: kill Michael, kill Trevor, or do neither and get killed yourself. Without fucking hesitation I killed Trevor. He’s fucking despicable. He is awful. He’s unfunny and hateful and disgusting. I loathed the playtime I was forced to spend as him.
Then the game just ends, and Trevor is gone. ‘Good!’, I thought. But it didn’t feel right. I looked up the “disobey” option and saw that it’s this long, multipart mission that is CLEARLY the true ending. In doing so, I also noticed that word on the net was that no one hesitated to make this decision, and not the one I had made, because guess what? People LOVE Trevor. He’s hilarious! Irreverent! Honest! And best of all, he doesn’t care about your feelings! Huh…SOUNDS FAMILIAR
I’ve said many times before how much I hate Rockstar’s approach to characterization. Your strong-willed protagonist has a justifiable motive, but pursues it by performing tasks for reprehensible, purposeful shitheads without even batting a fuckin eye. It makes no sense and being forced to listen to these assholes ramble on about their horrible (satirical!!!) opinions makes for a deeply unpleasant experience. The problem for people like me is that I am in the minority. Rockstar fans love this shit.
Which sucks for me, because I do truly believe that Rockstar makes the most cohesive, mechanically-sound, deeply-detailed immersive gameplay experiences in the industry. GTAV is a technical landmark, far outpacing everything before it and, in a huge variety of ways, still miles ahead of anything that has come after it. I want to be happier playing around in Rockstar’s worlds, but they work their hardest to make it unpleasant to occupy them.
It would move the needle soooo far for me if they toned down the embedded cynicism. Like I’m not even saying “tell a happy story!” I’m just saying, every now and then, suggest that there is good in your world beyond two or more shitheads bound by blood.