Any form of media is going to have its clichés. 80s action movies had their guys in black leather jackets and sunglasses riding motorcycles. Fantasy books have their knights in shining armor. JRPGs have their spikey-haired heroes attempting to save the world from an ancient hero. And you know what? Sometimes that's okay. Sometimes all we want to do is see the same story we have heard time and time again with slightly different characters and settings.
But these clichés? These clichés are not okay. These clichés are outright damaging to the video game industry, society, or even our expectations of good writing. These are the top ten gaming clichés that I hope to never see in any game ever again.
Many of the clichés on this list deal with plot, but this is more of a marketing cliché. At this point, it's practically expected for games to come with a gigantic suite of DLC, so much so that most DLC is planned during a game's development. Heck, DLC is on the disk half the time in our current gaming market. Some games are even unfinished, charging you money for their DLC endings. This has become all too common, and it needs to stop or else the general quality of our games, pre-DLC, will continue to drop.
Frankly, I don't care about macho men anymore. I thought we got over bulging biceps and buzz cuts in the 80s. I'd rather see a character with some depth, and badassitude is not depth. This is harmful because it's reducing our expectations in terms of game writing. I can't tell you how many times I've played games with main characters that I never care about because I never get to know anything about them outside of their Mohawk and power-armor. Seriously, stop treating protagonists like action figures and start treating them like actual people.
A lot of the clichés in the gaming industry stem from a lack of character depth, and the oversexed female is the biggest culprit of them all. Yeah, I know we like to use "personality" as a euphemism for big boobs, but they aren't one and the same. We live in an evolved society, guys. Yeah, I know you like looking at scantily clad women, and there's a time and a place for that. I'm not saying you need to get rid of sexy females altogether; I'm just saying you need to balance them out with positive representations of females as well. Can you quickly name ten strong female characters that aren't scantily clad off the top of your head? Heck, my list ends at Samus Aran and FemShep.