Why permadeath is alive and well in video games

Red Five standing by. Hey, Luke! May the Force be with you. Alderaan? I’m not going to Alderaan. I’ve got to go home. It’s late, I’m in for it as it is. I call it luck.

The Phantom Menace

As you wish. Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone. Leave that to me. Send a distress signal, and inform the Senate that all on board were killed. The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. I can’t get involved! I’ve got work to do! It’s not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there’s nothing I can do about it right now. It’s such a long way from here.

  • He is here.
  • You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away!

The Force Unleashed

I suggest you try it again, Luke. This time, let go your conscious self and act on instinct. What good is a reward if you ain’t around to use it? Besides, attacking that battle station ain’t my idea of courage. It’s more like…suicide. He is here. You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away!

Knights of the Old Republic

Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. I don’t know, what do you think? Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force. I want to come with you to Alderaan. There’s nothing for me here now. I want to learn the ways of the Force and be a Jedi, like my father before me.

  1. I don’t know what you’re talking about. I am a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan–
  2. What!?
  3. Leave that to me. Send a distress signal, and inform the Senate that all on board were killed.
  4. I call it luck.
The Battle for Endor

Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them. He is here. I find your lack of faith disturbing. I find your lack of faith disturbing.

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