I’ll try not to spoil anything in the game but if you’re worried you might want to wait to read this post.  All of the stuff I talk about happens almost immediately in the game though.

So we have discussed how games have taken some storytelling techniques from movies.  Over spring break I started playing Mass Effect 3 and almost immediately noticed a technique they used that was also used in the movie Schindler’s List.

Not to spoil anything in the game but early on you run into a child that your character wants to save, but cannot.  You are haunted by this throughout the game, or at least as far as I’ve gotten.  What was interesting though was that throughout all of the destruction happening and people dying around him, the main character focused on that 1 child only.

If you have seen Schindler’s List, Spielberg used a similar technique with the girl in the red coat scene(s).  Again there were many people dying all around but Schindler was focused on this one child.