When videogames go emo

We now have to be miserable to have fun

Has there ever been a more piss-miserable game character than Max ‘Everyone I know is dead or dying’ Payne? The guy was probably screwed from the start with a name like that (“Thanks Mum and Dad! No playground kickings for me now!”), but his adult life has been grim almost to the point of parody.


Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.
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