That moment when you see your own bias

If you plan to play Lifeline (and I recommend you do), note that reading this post will preclude you from experiencing the epiphany detailed below. Maybe that’s the case with any epiphany? Anyway, consider yourself warned.

The other day I wrote about Lifeline, and mentioned briefly about its male protagonist. That later got me thinking, why didn’t the developers include an option for the protagonist to be female? This is an outrage! My protagonist has since died because of my guidance, and I’ve had a chance to dig through the settings.

That’s when it hit me. I’d gotten the protagonist’s name. That’s all I had to base the gender on. And the name was a very gender-neutral name. I’d just assumed it was a guy. Now on the second playthrough, I’m picturing the protagonist as a girl. So the setting was there, but it was all in my mind.

So yeah, turns out I’m that guy. At least sometimes.

What’s also interesting is that by shifting the character to be female in my mind, that’s also changed how I play my role in the game interacting with her. That is what it is, I suppose.

I’m only slightly metagaming the game now, but I’m heavily metacognating my playing of the game. Love it.

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