Character Development in Harvest Moon

Howdy, everyone!

With the semester as busy as it’s been, I haven’t been able to write as much as I would have liked, but the good news is, I did have some time to put together a piece on one of my favorite video games of all time, Harvest Moon. Even better, I got to write about how some of the characters were especially well-developed for a kids’ video game.

Check it out! 🙂

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Character development—the process of creating a believable, nuanced character—can be tricky. Spend too much time detailing a character’s past experiences and you risk boring your audience; don’t give them enough depth or information, and your characters feel flat and two-dimensional, Mary Sues less than fully fleshed out.

Video games in particular struggle with this—books and movies have to make us care about the protagonist to keep us watching or reading, but we don’t have to care much about Master Chief’s past or his relationship to Cortana to finish playing Halo; fun multiplayer, good graphics, a cool story mode, etc. are enough to keep people playing whether or not Master Chief seems like a believable, complex character (if you want more info on him, check out this interview with his voice actor Steve Downes).

Marcus Schulzke sums the character development issue up best in an essay anthologized in Game on…

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3 thoughts on “Character Development in Harvest Moon

    • I’ve never written children’s books, but I bet it is difficult! The stories tend to be shorter, and you don’t have as much page-time to develop the characters. That said, I bet it’s possible to do so–good luck!! 🙂


      • One of them is the Fairy Frogs. Fairy Frogs are spring-green and have transparent wings with a gold trim. Their leader is Aires. They are compassionate and artistic creature. Sparkle, aged 12 and the protagonist, is a drawer and is rebellious. They live in the Cattail Forest.

        But the toads are mean and disrespectful and it is against the rules for the Fairy Frogs to interact with them or go beyond where they live. Sarge, their leader is meanest of all of them.

        Look at what happens when Sparkles befriends Marge, Sarge’s niece when she finishes a drawing she never finished when the Fairy Frogs moved to the Cattail. Eventually into the tale, Aires finds out and they learn that not all the toads are rude and see there is something different about Marge and the younger toads so they try to see if they can befriend and forgive their enemies.

        This is a series


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