: What really is Second person view?


I’ve seen first person view, I’ve seen third person view, but never second person.

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A second person view and third person view in video games have a lot of the same characteristics. In first and third person view you’re still the main character controlling the camera just that camera angles are different.

In second person view it’s basically somebody else is controlling where the camera is. For example latkatu in super Mario 64. Another example might be in red dead redemption 2 with the cinematic horse riding camera.you don’t get to decide when the camera changes are where it’s going to be that’s sort of second person

2nd person would be literally a second person. If you were talking about a videogame it would be literally the camera following another character in the scene instead of you.

Technically mario 64 would be that. Since the whole point of view is always from the lakitu following you, but you control it and it’s always acting like a 3rd person camera so it’s only technically true. A real one would be a camera that follows some random NPC then you are walking around somewhere in the background.

First person is “I”, or “we”. Second person is “you”. Third person is “he”, “she”, or “they”.

A book written in first person, is written as if it were written by one of the characters in the story. A book written in third person is written by as if by a narrator outside of the story. A book written in third person would refer to the reader as the subject of the story, which is uncommon.

Second person is common in text based video games. [“You can’t get ye flask!”](https://youtu.be/lkfqE1fkmmI?t=98)

From a quick google 🙂

Basically, **second**-**person perspective** is perceiving the **game** world through a character that is not controlled by you, but is often looking at your personal player-character. This camera would presumably be controlled by either a NPC (non-player character) or a fellow gamer.

There’s a driving video game that did true second person view, it achiced this by having you drive a car being chased by the car you were watching from. Really trippy

A literal example in video games: screen looking/screen peeking in splitscreen multiplayer games (versus or co-op, doesn’t matter). You’re literally viewing the game world and your own character through the perspective of a “second person” controlling their character and camera independently of yourself.

Kill cams would arguably fall in the same category.

I also think I remember playing some single player action/shooter game that had the camera briefly switch to the POV of a sniper shooting at you to give you a chance to dodge a headshot. Might have been one of the MGS games? It was a while ago.

Second person is like one of those “choose your own adventure” books. The Goosebumps Choose-your-own-scare series were really popular in the 90’s. I used to cheat and read through all the endings sequentially. A modern implementation is the Black Mirror Bandersnatch episode.

>I’ve seen first person view, I’ve seen third person view, but never second person.

Look into a mirror.

When you’re thinking about story telling, you’re talking about action. How a person interacts with a person or object is the story. So being told by the person acting is first person (“I did this.”) Third person would be when you view or describe an interaction as a third party, from a distance (“He did that.”) In writing, second person would be used only if the story is being told directly to you, meaning the character is addressing the reader as a character. This is mostly seen in non-fiction, when someone is teaching you something. (“You are doing this.”)

In video games or movies (though rarely movies) the interaction is first person when the action is being done from your perspective, and second when you’re on the receiving end of the interaction. A conversation would flip back and forth between the two perspectives.

Think of Choose Your Own Adventure, or Zork.

Second person –

You wake up in a forest. There is dappled sunlight coming through the canopy. To your east you can hear a babbling brook. What do you do?


1st person –

I woke up in a forest. I could see sunlight filtered through the canopy above. To my east I could hear a babbling brook.



He woke in a forest. He could see sunlight filtered through the trees. To his east, he heard a babbling brook.

2nd person doesn’t get used a lot in fiction in general, but I remember the short story “Paper Slippers” being pretty effective.

2nd person doesnt really apply to video games. 1st, second 3rd is more of a literary device, that we partially co-opted for videogames.

I may be wrong here, but as i recall,
– 1st person is hearing inside someones head, – 2nd person is a narrator (or newsreader even) talking to you the reader/viewer, and
– 3rd person is the writer talking about someone else.

This roughly translates to games in the 1st and 3rd person, in terms of where the camera is placed, but theres no real ‘2nd person’ (that i can think of off the top of my head at least) in games

Second person written down, is the pronouns ‘you, your, you’re’ and other similar pronouns. Second person from a persons account, imagine a car chase in a game, you are controlling a car, but your POV is from the car chasing you

Naratively, it’s where the reader is the main character, but not the narrator.

Easy way to write a 2nd person story:

Step 1: Write a first person story

Step 2: ctrl+F “I”

Step 3: Replace with “You”

In school we were often told that recipe or instruction books could be in second person easily.
Ex. First you get the flour, then you need to pour in water

An English professor once told us about a second person novel:

“You open the door. You go thru the door…”

It doesn’t sound right. You can’t make it sound right.

Hi there! English teacher here.

Recipes and instructions are almost always written in 2nd person point of view. 2nd person is YOU, the reader, and the directions are asking you to do them.

Consider this example: “First, [you] mix the flour, sugar, and spices in a bowl. Then, in a separate bowl, [you] stir together the eggs, butter, and brown sugar. [You] combine all the ingredients well. [You] pour into a greased pan and [you] bake for 40 minutes until done.”

The “you” is normally missing from the directions, but it is still there, hidden. We call this “command” form, and the missing subject “you” is called the “understood ‘you.'”

Other works, like the classic “Choose Your Own Adventure” series, are also in 2nd POV. You, the reader, are the protagonist, and you get to make choices about what happens by flipping to different sections of the book. It’s not a super common POV for a narrative, though. (It’s a little gimmicky.)