The Hitchhiker's Guide to Sharpless' Favorite Video Game Characters

As much as I emphasize solid, fun gameplay in my enjoyment of a given video game, some of the most satisfying "icing on the cake" is having a good character in said video game. Now, I'm a strange, sad little man, and my criteria is solely my own. I like what and whom I like, and I may not always have a good reason for it, or

any

reason for it. So, please bear with me as I recount the digital citizens who have left a mark on my fragile, disturbed psyche.

(NOTE: This is a work-in-progress.)

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2 Comments
Posted by Getz

Gordon Freeman is not a character. He is an avatar. It's like saying "my favorite character is my level 80 dwarf paladin." Other than that I have an incredibly similar list of favorite characters, though I resent you not giving Naoto a blurb.

Posted by Sharpless
@Getz said:
" Gordon Freeman is not a character. He is an avatar. It's like saying "my favorite character is my level 80 dwarf paladin." Other than that I have an incredibly similar list of favorite characters, though I resent you not giving Naoto a blurb. "
If Gordon Freeman wasn't a character, Valve wouldn't have given him any backstory. Master Chief doesn't have much of a personality either. In fact, I'd say he practically has none. Does that make him just an avatar too? The details of what Gordon Freeman is like and how he processes and interacts with the world around him are left largely up to the player's interpretation, but Gordon Freeman is still a person. In fact, I'd even say that he's one of the more dynamic characters in gaming, since he is simultaneously a character on his own but also an almost-blank slate for the player to give his or her own personality to. Just because he doesn't talk and we don't see him acting separately from the player's own actions, that doesn't mean there's not a character there. I also think WoW avatars are characters too, but this comment is already running too long. :)
 
As for Naoto, she was a late addition. I added her on the fly and wasn't in the mood to do more than add her to the list. She'll most certainly get a blurb, but only when I feel like giving her a decent one. :) This list is very much a work in progress, so there will probably be other characters who just get spontaneously dropped in here, initially without blurbs.
 
Anyway, thanks for taking a look at my list. :)