Why no mirrors in computer games?
I’m a fan of FPS Games (First Person Shooter) as they’re more emotional games thanks to the fact you’re in the middle of the action, everything you do has a deep impact on you, not others like in strategy games. I can get in the person of the main character better in a FPS game than in any other type of computer fantasy.
Recently it stroke me one thing: most of the current PC and console games lack mirrors of any kind (except auto simulators). If you’re in a FPS game made 10 years ago or one made this year there’s no difference: you can’t watch yourself in the mirror no matter what.
I know this is not a problem with computer hardware like it was many years ago when CPU performance was not enough to render a mirror image. I believe it has something to do with the psychological part of the game: by removing the option to watch yourself in the mirror the game producer doesn’t impose a certain style and lets you imagine how you look, allowing you to define your own style, which affects the way you play the game.
Leaving less to the imagination means a more framed game where there are limited things you can do. I don’t see any other reason for this. Do you? If you’re into games a lot you can try some of the best free games around the web, free of charge, of course.