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#1 Edited by awesomeusername (4175 posts) -

SPOILERS. MAYBE?

My choice is obviously obvious. For me, I'm going to choose Clementine from the new amazingly fantastic The Walking Dead game by Telltale. I've never ever cared for a character as I do for her. Maybe it's because she's a child? Maybe because she's so damn adorably innocent? Maybe because the worlds gone to shit (in the game) and she's a little angel? I put that girl before anything in the game and will destroy planets if I have to if it means protecting her.

Spoilers ahead!

Whenever I do something that she sees as wrong

like killing that fucker Danny St. John or taking food from an empty car,

I feel terrible when she looks sad or scared. Exposing her to messed up shit kills me but I still make sure she's always safe. I only stopped HER when they were having dinner in episode 2. You know why dinner tasted so good.

So answer my question buddy/guy/friend.

Edit: So talked about FF7 and I was reminded about Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII which is an amazing game. I completely forgot that Zack Fair, the protagonist, is actually the first character I really ever cared about especially after

his death at the end of the game. I almost cried man! After playing that game, I named my PS3 Zack Fair. Yes, your PS3 actually has a name. Seriously.
#2 Posted by digitaldemigod (33 posts) -

It may seem like a generic answer, but Aeris from FF7. I honestly don't remember caring that much about any character before then. Somehow there seemed to be a lot more emotional attachment in that game. I remember my sister watched me play FF7 almost every night and she was crying when Aeris died. Maybe I cried a little too. =)

#3 Posted by SexyToad (2760 posts) -

Toad.

#4 Posted by falserelic (5413 posts) -

I'm trying to remember a character I actually cared about for a game. But I've played so many its hard to think of one.

#5 Posted by believer258 (11808 posts) -

I don't know. I really couldn't tell you.

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#6 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I can't remember that far back, so I'll just say "any of the characters in Katawa Shoujo", since I'm in that kind of mood today.

#7 Edited by MentalDisruption (1622 posts) -

Crono. I was a kid when I played it in the 90s so maybe it was just easier to get attached to him, but I was sad as hell during one event that happens a little bit before the side quests and final boss.

#8 Edited by awesomeusername (4175 posts) -

@digitaldemigod: I never played FF7 so I wouldn't know and holy crap did I mess up. I played Crisis Core and I loved Zack Fair. I really cared for him and

@SexyToad said:

Toad.

Of course.

#9 Edited by Soapy86 (2620 posts) -

Luigi. I have no idea why, but I always liked Luigi and wanted to play as him, even in single player.

#10 Posted by awesomeusername (4175 posts) -

@believer258 said:

I don't know. I really couldn't tell you.

You can never tell me anything!!!

@Soapy86 said:

Luigi.

@SexyToad said:

Toad.

You people are weird.

#11 Edited by shadows_kill (3165 posts) -

Fire Emblem on GBA is the first time I remember caring about a character in a game and in almost every Fire Emblem I've cared about all the good characters.

EDIT: Forgot about Banjo!! Banjo is probable the first one I really cared about.

#12 Posted by corijo (17 posts) -

Naked Snake and The Boss. MGS 3's ending is is one of the most briliant endings in history.

#13 Posted by pyromagnestir (4299 posts) -

Nanako?

I did feel pretty bad for the Wookies in KOTOR. Even when playing as a Sith character I refused to enslave them.

#14 Edited by mandude (2669 posts) -

The cast of Metal Gear Solid probably. Quite a few games around that time, actually, but I'm not sure which came first.

#15 Posted by mr_shoeless (383 posts) -

Pac-man.

#16 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

I felt the same way when I played TWD. She isn't annoying like most kids are in games, and movies. I get all sentimental and protective like Denzel Washington in Man on Fire.

#17 Edited by andrew2696 (312 posts) -

I'm not sure if people will count this as caring but, Jack in Mass Effect 2. I actually cared about all the characters (I really like most BioWare characters, fanboy I know) but something about Jack always made me want her to get better and move on from her trauma. And give her a hug. Oddly enough didn't romance her however. I went with Miranda (most people say I suck for this. I stand by it.)

Clementine is a great choice though. She's probably the character I've cared most about in any game.

#18 Posted by JackSukeru (5910 posts) -

I can't think of anyone at the moment, hm. I think I'll give a recent example instead, my companion(s) in Journey.

@SexyToad said:

Toad.

Ah, I see. Was it at that moment, when you finally came to love and accept yourself, that you became SexyToad?

#19 Posted by StarvingGamer (8156 posts) -

Celes in FFVI probably. She is a tragic lady, and it probably helped that I identified with Locke the most.

#20 Posted by Red (5995 posts) -

Fire Emblem taught me to care about my characters. The first time I tried to play through it, I let a lot of people die--even characters I genuinely liked--mostly of of laziness. When I then realized I was completely stuck in the game's last chapter (I believe I only had 8 characters, and I was supposed to have at least 13), I played through the game again, but I actually gave a damn. When a character is useful, I care about them: when Sain slaughters a group of enemies, narrowly dodging death each time, I start to like him.

#21 Edited by NTM (7344 posts) -

Solid Snake, or actually, it's not really the same as you, it's more like, the first character I recognized as bad-ass and had some depth to him. I don't know who the first character was that I cared for.

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#22 Posted by ImHungry (377 posts) -

Can't remember if I played FF8 or FE7 first, but it was one of those two! I really enjoyed the story and characters in FF8 and I guess restarting to keep all my characters alive just creates care in Fire Emblem. Nothing quite like sending Florina out on her own and watching her take no damage as she clears like half the map.

#23 Posted by Draugen (640 posts) -

Probably Marie Wilkans in Police Quest 2. I'm coming to save you, baby!

#24 Posted by Hunter5024 (5635 posts) -

Fire Emblem is basically built around this idea, so I'm going to say Matthew Even though I'm sure theres was one before this, I remember getting pissed off and resetting whenever he died even though he's not a very good unit, and I had Legault in case I just needed a thief.

#25 Posted by Talksin (39 posts) -

Kain from Final Fantasy IV. Also I first wrote Fanstasy and was just going to leave it cause I thought it was kinda funny but then I thought better of it. Bye.

#26 Posted by Nightriff (5023 posts) -

Clementine or Protagonist from Journey, been a great year for caring

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#27 Posted by revel (89 posts) -

Shooting from the hip here. Uh. Jason (and frog) from Blaster Master.

Guile

perhaps Mega Man.

#28 Edited by moywar700 (174 posts) -

This is really hard to remember but wouldn't the first character you cared for would be the video game character you played as?I mean my first game was NES Mario(i think) and I cared for him whenever he "died", I got sad.

#29 Posted by Jimbo (9804 posts) -

Helen Hots, and she broke my heart.

#30 Posted by falconpunch (177 posts) -

The cast of persona 3, even the protagonist

#31 Posted by Soapy86 (2620 posts) -

@revel said:

Shooting from the hip here. Uh. Jason (and frog) from Blaster Master.

Guile

perhaps Mega Man.

I like you.

#32 Posted by B0nd07 (1699 posts) -

Probably Alyx and/or Eli Vance (especially at the end of Episode 2). Can't really remember playing a game with a story or characters I actually cared about before Half-Life 2.

After them? I'd have to say Nanako.

#33 Edited by Yummylee (21546 posts) -

Probably Meryl from MGS. I felt so bad (even at the age of around 9-10) when I gave up from the torture, and then all the worse to actually find her dead at the end =( But then I got me dat stealth off Otacon and shit was cool.

#34 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

Either my Pokemon from Pokemon Red/Blue or Solid Snake from MGS1.

#35 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5819 posts) -

the members of SEES from Persona 3. Makes sense considering you spend nearly 80 hours hanging out with them throughout the game. 

#36 Posted by supamon (1333 posts) -

Snake? SNAKE?! SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE??!!

#37 Posted by AngelN7 (2970 posts) -

Tali'Zorah nar Rayya , she almost made me cry (not really but I really felt bad for her, the first time I ever felt bad about the life and fate of a videogame character) in 2 occasions throughout the Mass Effect series.

#38 Posted by Irvandus (2877 posts) -

Probably the entire Fire Emblem cast in Path Of Radiance, then the Persona 3 cast.

#39 Posted by Animasta (14673 posts) -

First? God, I have no idea. Do you want me to do it by game date or by when I actually played it? I cared about the Persona 2 characters, but I didn't play those until this year. Uh... Persona 4 I guess. That's literally all I can think of, though I know there's more.

#40 Posted by Hippie_Genocide (568 posts) -

By choice - Alyx Vance

Against my will - Yorda

#41 Posted by Terramagi (1159 posts) -

I know it`s not strictly a character, but the West Coast of Fallout.

Spend 3 games there, building it back up from a crippled shitheap threatened by super mutants to a somewhat respectable civilization with electricity and plumbing and everything, and you don`t want to see it burn. Go figure.

That said, fuck the east coast.

#42 Posted by Draugen (640 posts) -
@Yummylee You gave up?! You monster!
#43 Posted by Vinny_Says (5700 posts) -

Only one so far, John Marston, and I've played a fair amount of character based games.

#44 Posted by JoeyRavn (4969 posts) -
#45 Posted by Fearbeard (826 posts) -

Rydia from Final Fantasy IV (or II in U.S)

She had such interesting character growth in the game.

#46 Posted by HODGEY3000 (344 posts) -

snake

#47 Posted by Aronleon (757 posts) -

Well I actually care for a lot of characters as I really like to get into the games story etc but the first one has to be Princes Zelda in A Link To The Past, ever since then I always put her first no matter what even if most Zelda games you can only interact with her in the final parts of the game.

#48 Posted by leebmx (2238 posts) -

Yeah, as other people have mentioned, Metal Gear Solid was the first time I have seen characters in a game as anything other than avatars through which to shoot, climb etc. Even if they were really overdone and melodramatic.

#49 Posted by Tebbit (4461 posts) -

Gotta be Snake.

#50 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

@awesomeusername: I think Clem is kinda poorly written. At least in the one fucking episode the game even worked for, until it stopped working completely. She just seemed generic with few really awkward lines that were just bad.

For me, it's easy, Alyx Vance in a heartbeat. As the elevator descended, or I watched her being attacked, helpless to do anything, I had a pretty real emotional reaction.