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TOP 10 HAMSTERS IN VIDEO GAMES

PRESENTED BY GIANT BOMB’S RESIDENT HAMSTER EXPERT, MODERATETROUBLE

Hello and welcome to the most important list ever compiled on the internet.

Let me introduce myself. I’m moderateTrouble, I’ve owned hamsters for nearly 4 years and hamsters are the best animals ever. What, you think dogs are better than hamsters? Well, sorry buddy you’re wrong. Hamsters are the best. And you know I’m right because I’ve got “HAMSTER EXPERT” right there in the title!

Anyway, I have decided to apply my discerning hamster-loving skills to the virtual world and compile a list of the Top 10 Hamsters in Video Games. These aren’t games that necessary revolve around hamsters (though many will), they must simply include a representation of a fuzzy friend.

For diversity sake, I will limit one (1) Hamtaro game to this list. The GBA Hamtaro games are genuinely good games with surprisingly detailed art and well-written stories. But I don’t want them to overwhelm this list. Instead, I urge you all to just go play & experience them for yourself.

The games on this list are ranked based on how well they score in three categories: CUTENESS (is the ham represented adorably?), ROUNDNESS (the most important characteristic of hamsters, next to cuteness), and finally INTERACTIVITY (important thing you can do in games).

But before we begin…

DISHONORABLE MENTION:

HAMSTER – Maniac Mansion

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“Oh Maniac Mansion, what a classic video game!” everyone says. “It’s one of the best games from my childhood!”

Well I got two words for all you Lucas Games-loving, adventure game-fanatic freaks: microwaved hamster. Based off the metric by which I am developing this list (Good Hamster Representation) Maniac Mansion is in the Worst Game Of All Time.

Now, on to the real list.

TOP 10 HAMSTERS IN VIDEO GAMES

10) HAMSTER – The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff

Accurate representation of the author of this list and their hamster
Accurate representation of the author of this list and their hamster

One thing I appreciate in the Sims 4 is the hamster cage they display is a pretty good representation of how large a single hamster’s living space should be. So, good on them! However, the hamsters in their game are just… unforgivably ugly. And they lack any

sort of character. They look like little potatoes with legs.

Also, as far as I can tell, the only problem a sim can run into with their hamster is it may break out of its cage. Here’s the thing, if you’re a responsible hamster owner this rarely-to-never happens! It’s a poor simulation of what it’s like to be a hamster owner. Does your sim have to take their hamster to the vet 2 hours way on a Saturday afternoon because their beautiful, stupid furry child shoved wood shavings into their cheek pouches and got it stuck? Huh? Does your sim have to scrub out a hamster cage at 10pm at night because they found out the reason their hamster is going bald is because they somehow contracted a bad case of the mites?! HUH??

Okay. Sorry, what was I saying?

Oh yeah, Sims 4 is at the bottom of the list because their hamsters are more decorative objects than living pets or cute characters.

CUTENESS – 1/10

It’s not.

ROUNDNESS – 5/10?

Potatoes are kinda round, right?

INTERACTIVITY – 1/10

I’m not holding that hamster! My sim is!

9) TOGEDEMARU – Pokemon

Togedemaru!
Togedemaru!

I can already hear people in the comments saying “Hold on! Togedemaru may be a rodent, but it’s based off the Ryukyu spiny rat! Not a hamster!”

To those people I say you are narrow-minded! Perhaps even foolish! Togedemaru is clearly a hamster. It even has the most important hamster characteristic: Round and Cute.

Due to its controversial nature, I will compromise with nay-sayers and place Togedemaru at the number 9 spot. If I had it my way, Togedemaru would easily make top 3. It’s just so dang cute.

CUTENESS – 10/10

Oh my god just LOOK AT THAT FACE! If you make Togedemaru super happy, it hops and rolls around in glee… Thank you Pokemon Company for this blessed ‘Mon.

ROUNDNESS – 10/10

Ball.

INTERACTIVITY – 8/10

If you touch his cheeks in the minigame after battles in Sun and Moon, you’ll get shocked and Togedemaru smiles. It’s incredible. I will shock myself a thousand times for you, Togedemaru.

8) SPACE HAMSTER – Mass Effect 3

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I’m not the biggest Mass Effect fan, but the inclusion of a Space Hamster forces me to consider it as one of the best games of all time. I mean, look at that little space buddy!!! Unfortunately, the lack of intractability and the Space Hamster’s nature as an Easter Egg (versus a Natural Hamster Inclusion, or NHI) means I cannot, in good faith, place it higher on this list.

Also someone tries to throw the ham out at one point! I know the ham is okay, but Bioware even considering putting the ham at risk is enough to nearly exclude it from this list. You’re on thin ice, Mass Effect. If they ever resurrect the franchise’s dead corpse to make a new game I expect them to treat their hamsters better.

CUTENESS – 6/10

It’s kind of blurry and it’s a little too spindly to encapsulate true hamster-cuteness. However, it’s still a hamster so it’s inherently cute.

ROUNDNESS – 1/10

Not round at all. Severe point reduction as a result.

Interactivity – 3/10

You can’t pet it, which is a huge disappointment. Step up your game Bioware!

7) JOGURT – Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention

Jogurt
Jogurt

I’ve personally never played Shining Force, but I’ve been aware of Jogurt for quite some time. Jogurt seems like a very good hamster. He’s got a big old helmet that doesn’t fit on him. He’s not really built for fighting, he’s more so made for being cute and fun to look at. Also, his arms always seem to be stretched out for a hug! I would give Jogurt a hug.

CUTENESS – 5/10

Jogurt is pretty cute in the game, however he’s not that cute in terms of hamster-ness. Sorry, Jogurt.

ROUNDNESS – 2/10

He’s not round! And only has a little chub, he’s pretty lean for a hamster. Sorry, Jogurt.

INTERACTIVITY – 6.5/10

You can play as Jogurt, but he isn’t very useful. His stats are all 1 and the wikia describes him as “almost completely useless and overall the weakest member of the Shining Force.” Sorry, Jogurt.

6) BOO – Baldur’s Gate

Boo is a very good hamster. Not only does the game repeatedly assert that Boo loves the player and will miss them if they stop playing, but Boo has been the inspiration for a handful of Easter Eggs in BioWare’s other titles, including the Space Hamster in Mass Effect.

Minsc is who I hope to be in life.
Minsc is who I hope to be in life.

If I was a video game character, I’m pretty sure I would be Minsc, Boo’s owner. My strength is also reduced by 10 when I’m separated from my hamster.

Baldur’s Gate ranks high on the Top 10 Hamster List because of its loving depiction of Boo. No harm befalls Boo, and his owner loves and cares for him so much he would do anything to protect his precious ham. Boo even acts as an emotional support animal for Minsc. Boo and Minsc offer a realistic representation of what it’s like to own a hamster.

CUTENESS – 7/10

Boo himself is very cute and seems to be represented as a very realistic Syrian hamster. The real reason cuteness is so high is because of all the pictures of Minsc and Boo melt my heart.

ROUNDNESS – 4/10

I like how realistic Boo looks (he reminds me of my own Syrian hamster!) however the downside to this is Boo isn’t represented as very round.

INTERACTIVITY – 4/10

As far as I can tell, you can’t play as Boo, so that’s an automatic point deduction from interactivity. However, there is a quest dedicated to saving Boo and reuiniting him with Minsc, so I will award points for creativity.

5) TSUMU – Tsumu

You can tell she’s a hamster girl and not a cat girl because her ears are rounded instead of pointy.
You can tell she’s a hamster girl and not a cat girl because her ears are rounded instead of pointy.

Like many others, I had never heard of Tsumu until the PlayStation Underground Demo Derby Volume 3 Issue 2 presented on Giant Bomb Dot Com. I’ve never played this game, so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but my reaction to the introduction of the game and its hamster in that Demo Derby was something akin to a soft gasp filled with awe. Despite being made during the Golden Era of Point Polygons, Tsumu’s hamster manages to encapsulate the adorable roundness every ham ham possesses. Tsumu is, for lack of a better word, a beautiful virtual hamster.

Thank you, Demo Derby, for introducing me to this wonderful video game hamster.

CUTENESS: 10/10

Tsumu is adorable! The vacant expression reminds me of the look my hamster Togi gives me when I turn on the light and disturb her slumber. Very realistic.

ROUNDNESS: 8/10

Very round.

INTERACTIVITY: 2/10

Whether you control the eponymous Tsumu or the forklift he’s riding is ambiguous. Additionally, the game itself seems to be a series of repetitive puzzles where you match boxes with flag jpegs. The other games on this list feature much better interactivity and gameplay, and therefore I cannot rank Tsumu any higher on this list, despite its highly appealing aesthetics.

4) RICK – Kirby

Holy shit its Rick!
Holy shit its Rick!

Holy shit. Rick.

I don’t think it would be a stretch to call Rick the “Classic Video Game Hamster”. Rick has captured the hearts of millions since his debut in Kirby’s Dream Land 2 in 1995. He’s not just a pretty face, either! Rick has a whole bunch of abilities, like running very fast and breathing fire for some goddamn reason. I love Rick so much. When Rick showed up on the March 3rd Nintendo Direct I nearly started crying, I was so excited to see him. High definition cartoon hamsters! What more could you want in life?

CUTENESS – 7/10

Rick is very cute but I’ll be honest his dead-eyed expression kinda scares me sometimes.

ROUNDNESS – 7/10

Round, but not as round as Kirby. Still very round, though.

INTERACTIVITY – 7/10

Like I said before, Rick is great and very talented! However, you can’t play as Rick all the time and he’s not even included Kirby Star Allies base game! For shame, Nintendo.

3) HAMLET AND APPLE – Animal Crossing New Leaf, Happy Home Designer and Pocket Camp

I'd die for you, Apple.
I'd die for you, Apple.

Animal Crossing New Leaf brought many much-needed innovations to the Animal Crossing series. Building shops in towns, expanded furniture and fashion options, and most importantly, hamster villages. Of the handful introduced thus far, Hamlet and Apple are my favorites. Hamlet’s name is extremely appropriate and reflects a long tradition of naming hamsters after puns (my next will be named Hammond-Cheese), and Apple is the cutest darn thing I’ve ever seen. I played Pocket Camp RAVENOUSLY until I got her to come to my camp. Then I deleted it because I got bored, but I deleted it knowing I successfully befriended one of the cutest virtual hamsters of all-time.

CUTENESS – 8/10

Extremely cute, but something about their face design doesn’t quite go the distance.

ROUNDNESS – 9/10

Very.

INTERACTIVITY – 9.5/10

They’re your neighbors! You can interact with them every day. And I try to, because I love them.

2) HAMTARO – Ham-Ham Heartbreak

Everything is hamsters!
Everything is hamsters!

Until now, all the hamster-featured games on this list have included hamsters in their games but not actually showcased hamsters. The Hamtaro games, however, are 100% hamster-filled baby. It’s great.

Here’s the thing. Most people may look at this extremely serious list as a big joke. I could see how they mistakenly believe this, many people are taken aback by my dedication to all things hamsters when first meeting me, however I am completely serious when I say Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak is one of my favorite games of all time.

Part of this deep love is due to nostalgia, yes, but to reduce my passion for this game to the musings of a hamster-lover wearing rose colored glasses means you’re missing out on a genuinely fun and relaxing GBA game. HamHam Heartbreak is a simple RPG, each level is has a unique but appealing design, and its story, though geared toward children, is interesting! It’s not going to offer anything challenging or life-changing, but Ham-Ham Heartbreak is a great game for anyone who’s a fan of Hamtaro or just wants to play a laid-back GBA game with an appealing design about cute hamsters.

CUTENESS – 10/10

It’s a game about hamsters and love! All the hamster designs are appealing to look at. Even Boss.

ROUNDNESS – 9/10

When you use “Tack-Q” Hamtaro rolls up into a ball! Very good.

INTERACTIVITY – 10/10

You Are The Hamsters.

1) ALL THE HAMSTERS – Part Time UFO

Part Time UFO is a phone game released by HAL Laboratories in 2017. It’s a game where you play as a cute little UFO and stack cute little things in cute little environments. It’s a very fun game. But this game isn’t on here because it’s a cute game, or even because it’s a fun game. No, Part Time UFO earned the #1 spot on this list because it has the best goddamn hamsters I’ve ever seen in a video game.

The game first caught my eye during one of the early levels. You have to stack a bunch of animals on this elephant, including an absolutely perfect-looking little ham-ham.

Holy Shit
Holy Shit

Look at that little guy. The roundness, the cuteness. It’s off the charts. It’s damn near perfect. However, I was left wanting. There’s only one ham there! It’s cute, but it left me longing for more. And then, it happened.

Holy SHIT!!!!!
Holy SHIT!!!!!

TEN HAMSTERS!! YOU STACK TEN HAMSTERS!!! And not just one type of hamster! They got orange-and-white Syrians, they got cream-colored Syrians, they even have a grey-and-white patterned one that seems to be a Winter White! It’s incredible. It’s the most perfect representation of hamsters I’ve ever laid eyes on. I was blown away.

And THEN! PART TIME UFO UPS THE ANTE AGAIN!

HOLY SHIT!!!!!
HOLY SHIT!!!!!

That guy’s got a damn hamster buddy under his hat!!!!!!! HE’S LIVING THE DREAM!!!

CUTENESS – 11/10

HAVE YOU SEEN THOSE HAMS!

ROUNDNESS – 10/10

Look at those little guys. They are the embodiment of the spiracle essence of hamsters.

INTERACTIVITY – 10/10

You can pick all of them up! In my mind, this counts as petting the hamsters so it automatically wins.

Hal Labs, I applaud you. You have created the most beautiful, most perfect, most true-to-life representation of hamsters in video games. The company already earned a solid place on this list considering they’re also the creators of the aforementioned Rick the Hamster, but they outdid themselves with the hamsters in Part Time UFO.

Well done, Hal Labs. Well done.

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That's all I have for you today, folks. What do you think about my list? Are there any video game hamsters I missed? Any cute animals you think video games depict very well? Drop a comment below and let me know what you think! Until next time!

[EDIT] HONORABLE MENTIONS!

The Four Dark Devas of Destruction: San-D, Jum-P, Maga-Z and Cham-P!

Now those are some lovingly rendered ham-hams
Now those are some lovingly rendered ham-hams

Dangan Ronpa 2 introduced us to Gundham Tanaka and his four adorable syrian hamsters who are absolutely perfect in every way. This is in large part thanks to the wonderful care of Gundham, as he loves his hams fiercely and protects them with his life. All I gotta say is: Same, dude. Same. Gundham and I would totally be best friends.

Unfortunately, they weren't included on the list because even I, Giant Bomb's Resident Hamster Expert, am forgetful sometimes! Einstein was probably wrong like, at least once. I can be wrong too. Big shout out to user @seriuzbiznus for the suggestion! Thank you!!

HAMSTER Corporation

Not a hamster per say........... but I'll allow it. I think they should get a cute hamster mascot. I think they'd sell a lot of games to the untapped hamster-lovers niche if they did. Who's a part of that niche, you're asking? Well me, of course. Maybe even you, if you've made it this far on the list! Thank you @goboard for the suggestion!

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#1 Posted by sparky_buzzsaw (8845 posts) -

This is a beautiful damn thing.

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#2 Posted by moderateTrouble (88 posts) -

This is a beautiful damn thing.

Thank you, I work hard on my art.

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#3 Posted by SeriuzBiznus (150 posts) -
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#4 Posted by moderateTrouble (88 posts) -

@seriuzbiznus: OH NO!!!!!! Shoot, how could I forget?!?! Now THOSE are some top tier hams!!!!! And Gundham Tanaka.... that's a guy I would get along with! A Super High School Level Hamster Lover!!!!!!! I can't believe I forgot to include his hams on this list. Thank you so much for the suggestion!!!

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#5 Posted by Slag (8157 posts) -

If you could include as many Hamtaro games as you want, how many would be in the top 10?

I hope you crosspost this to the forums. This was a glorious thing to read.

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#6 Edited by SeriuzBiznus (150 posts) -

@moderatetrouble: haha! No sweat bud. It’s an incredible list already! Just gives you an excuse to make a sequel thread sometime in the future! 😝

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#7 Posted by moderateTrouble (88 posts) -

@slag: By the metrics I've outlined in this blog post, All Of Them. Serious answer is, in addition to Ham Ham Heartbreak, HamHam Games & Rainbow Rescue. HamHam Games is a fun series of minigames, while Rainbow Rescue has some genuinely beautiful graphics for a GBA kids game. Highly recommend Rainbow Rescue and Heartbreak if you're looking for a laid-back GBA game.

And I didn't! Tho I've been on GB for a long time, I've only just started getting involved in the community. What does cross-posting on the forums do? (I think I can go back and do that when I edit the post, so I always could!)

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#8 Posted by Slag (8157 posts) -

@moderatetrouble: haha, sounds about right.

To answer your question, Basically what cross-posting does is puts your blog into the forums as the topic starter

so that when people go here https://www.giantbomb.com/forums/ They see it. That expands the number of potential readers and commenters you have by probably 100x, probably even more than that. When you post it as a blog only, only your current followers get notified that you posted something. I don't follow you but I saw that GB mod @zombiepie highlighted your blog in his weekly column of the best stuff from the community. That's probably why some people are showing up outof the blue. :)

Anyway, the reason I suggested it was that I thought you put a ton of work into this and it's a fun light hearted topic I bet the community would enjoy. There's certainly times where maybe you don't want to broadcast some thoughts to the entire community (like hot button topics ) and that's probably why Blogs default to just your own personal page. But yeah x-post a blog if you want a lot of people to read it. Now I think about it, Even if you crossposted now I dunno if this would still show up to many since it might back date it to when you originally wrote it. Dunno. But certainly worth still trying if you want to and something to keep in mind next time you work on something you'd like to share with a broad audience.

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#9 Posted by Mathey (1019 posts) -

bless you and your ham ham friends

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#10 Posted by moderateTrouble (88 posts) -

@slag:Ohh okay I see!!! And thank you! I think I'm going to try to post it, and just see how it goes. I genuinely care about this blog post so it would be fun for more people to check it out and see what they have to say. Thank you for the explanation!

@mathey: THANK YOU! Here's my ham ham friend to say thank you as well:

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#11 Posted by Goboard (290 posts) -

It stretches the meaning of "in video games" as well as not being an actual hamster, but HAMSTER Corporation is also very good. They've been doing good work putting out tons of old Neo Geo games on the Playstation and Switch digital stores. Maybe they get an honorable mention too?

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#12 Posted by moderateTrouble (88 posts) -

@goboard: hmm...HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM..........MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm mmmm........................ m...... i'll allow it.

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#13 Posted by DanishingAct (412 posts) -

Boo was robbed! Solid list though.

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#15 Posted by imhungry (1111 posts) -

Was mentioned already but the Four Dark Devas of Destruction were robbed! I could also jive with giving Togedamaru the placing it truly deserves. Great list, what are your feelings on guinea pigs and their criminal under-representation in video games?

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#16 Edited by Do_The_Manta_Ray (1633 posts) -

Boo is not first, this is a sham. Albeit a very fun and charming sham.

There is a scene in Baldur's Gate 2 where Minsc plays the good cop, bad cop routine in order to interrogate a suspect. Naturally, Boo is the bad cop. "FEEL HIS FUZZY FURY!" is a direct quote from that scene.

Sometimes when Minsc will attack an enemy, he will scream "Go for the eyes, Boo! Go for the eyes!" And Boo will squeak in affirmation.

Finally, Boo is not a Syrian hamster. He is a Miniature Giant Space Hamster. I rest my case.

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#17 Posted by moderateTrouble (88 posts) -

Boo was robbed! Solid list though.

Boo is not first, this is a sham. Albeit a very fun and charming sham.

There is a scene in Baldur's Gate 2 where Minsc plays the good cop, bad cop routine in order to interrogate a suspect. Naturally, Boo is the bad cop. "FEEL HIS FUZZY FURY!" is a direct quote from that scene.

Sometimes when Minsc will attack an enemy, he will scream "Go for the eyes, Boo! Go for the eyes!" And Boo will squeak in affirmation.

Finally, Boo is not a Syrian hamster. He is a Miniature Giant Space Hamster. I rest my case.

Alright you two...... listen up now. Im gonna say ONE THING about these gosh darn comments........ so you better listen good.............

All hamsters on this list? They are very, very good hamsters. Even the worst, potato-looking hamsters on this list is actually very good. Why? Cause they're hamsters! Although I've presented this list in list-like form on a scale of one to ten, all hamsters on it are equally valid and very good. This is the most important lesson a Hamster Expert must learn when becoming a Hamster Expert: All Hamsters are Very Good*. Yes Boo is not #1 but he is still as valid and good as the very cute winner of this list. 'Cause all hamsters are Very Good.

As Hamster Expert, however, i am always looking to learn more about Hamsters and expand my understanding of ham-hams both real and virtual. I will take your comments to heart moving forward. A "good cop bad cop" scene, for example, is absolutely making me rethink Boo's position on this list because thats pppppppppretty gosh darn good, however I must stick to my chops on the ordering at this time. Thank you both for your comments! :^)

* - except for maniac mansion, but thats because of their depiction of hamsters. not the hamster itself. heck maniac mansion! >:(

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#18 Posted by moderateTrouble (88 posts) -

@imhungry said:

Was mentioned already but the Four Dark Devas of Destruction were robbed! I could also jive with giving Togedamaru the placing it truly deserves. Great list, what are your feelings on guinea pigs and their criminal under-representation in video games?

I know, I'm genuinely bummed I forgot to include them on this list! I can't believe I forgot about them. I will admit I messed up there but hey.... Pobody's Nerfect!

I see you are a fellow Hamster Lover. I honestly think Togedemaru would take #3 on this list. I actually named my current hamster after it! Her name's Togi!

As for guinea pigs, I think it's a darn shame! However, I cannot comment further on the matter as I am only Giant Bomb's Resident Hamster Expert. That honor goes to @brad, AKA Giant Bomb's Peeg Editor.

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#22 Posted by bobpie24 (115 posts) -

Rick 10/10

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#24 Edited by CptBedlam (4557 posts) -

Best list I have seen on GB! I think this somehow awakened a deep slumbering appreciation of digital hamsters that I never knew I had.

In hindsight it seems cruel that the first videogame hamster I actively paid attention to was the Maniac Mansion hamster. I wonder if this was also the very first depiction of a videogame hamster.

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#25 Posted by Rigas (808 posts) -

A pokemon is not a hamster, it might be a hamster-like monstrosity, but it aint no hamham.

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#26 Posted by moderateTrouble (88 posts) -

Best list I have seen on GB! I think this somehow awakened a deep slumbering appreciation of digital hamsters that I never knew I had.

In hindsight it seems cruel that the first videogame hamster I actively paid attention to was the Maniac Mansion hamster. I wonder if this was also the very first depiction of a videogame hamster.

Aw man thank you for such kind words! I'm always glad to welcome another Real/Digital Hamster Lover to the group! At least Maniac Mansion has helped bring awareness to the plight of video game hamsters. One day those cruel people at Lucas Arts will have to answer to the crimes against digital hamsterkind.

@rigas said:

A pokemon is not a hamster, it might be a hamster-like monstrosity, but it aint no hamham.

Now listen here, buddy. I'm not going to sit idly by and let you spew blasphemy about a VERY VERY GOOD ham ham! Which one of us has "Hamster Expert" in the title? Yeah, that's what I thought! Start talkin smack about Togedemaru again and I'll have to notify the Hamster Expertise Board of Review about your conduct! You're on thin ice!!

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#27 Posted by Rigas (808 posts) -

@cptbedlam said:

Best list I have seen on GB! I think this somehow awakened a deep slumbering appreciation of digital hamsters that I never knew I had.

In hindsight it seems cruel that the first videogame hamster I actively paid attention to was the Maniac Mansion hamster. I wonder if this was also the very first depiction of a videogame hamster.

Aw man thank you for such kind words! I'm always glad to welcome another Real/Digital Hamster Lover to the group! At least Maniac Mansion has helped bring awareness to the plight of video game hamsters. One day those cruel people at Lucas Arts will have to answer to the crimes against digital hamsterkind.

@rigas said:

A pokemon is not a hamster, it might be a hamster-like monstrosity, but it aint no hamham.

Now listen here, buddy. I'm not going to sit idly by and let you spew blasphemy about a VERY VERY GOOD ham ham! Which one of us has "Hamster Expert" in the title? Yeah, that's what I thought! Start talkin smack about Togedemaru again and I'll have to notify the Hamster Expertise Board of Review about your conduct! You're on thin ice!!

I ain't afraid of HEBoR.

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#28 Posted by Manburger (98 posts) -

A thoroughly excellent and wholesome list! :D

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#29 Edited by TravisRex (819 posts) -

Boo not being closer to 1 is criminal. Hes a tiny giant astral hamster. Shame on you.

Also interactivity should be higher, when you click him he squeeks.

Bars will bend and twist with my berserker strength!

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#30 Posted by alwaysbebombing (2692 posts) -

This is a beautiful thread

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#31 Posted by Kevin_Cogneto (1886 posts) -

DISHONORABLE MENTION:

HAMSTER – Maniac Mansion

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“Oh Maniac Mansion, what a classic video game!” everyone says. “It’s one of the best games from my childhood!”

Well I got two words for all you Lucas Games-loving, adventure game-fanatic freaks: microwaved hamster. Based off the metric by which I am developing this list (Good Hamster Representation) Maniac Mansion is in the Worst Game Of All Time.

The sequel redeemed itself though, it only lets you put hamsters in safe, futuristic microwaves.

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#32 Posted by moderateTrouble (88 posts) -

@rigas: You got guts for goin against HEBoR. I can respect that. Even if your opinions about Togedemaru are misguided.

Boo not being closer to 1 is criminal. Hes a tiny giant astral hamster. Shame on you.

Hey hey! No shame here! See my earlier comments for my response to people being (surprisingly) bummed Boo isn't closer to 1! If you guys disagree with me, feel free to make your own hamster ranking! (I mean this literally: I would genuinely like to know how other people feel about video game hams since this list has elicited some STRONG opinions about Boo!)

The sequel redeemed itself though, it only lets you put hamsters in safe, futuristic microwaves.

Oh. Oh man. Oh I don't know about this kevin_cogneto. The 4th-wall nature of that clip is making me VERY concerned there may have been a rash of kids doing awful things to hams after Maniac Manson :^( I hope thats not the case!!!! In any case, while I am still bitter and have some STRONG words for Mr. LucasArts about their past decisions, I'm glad to know they rectified their mistake & saw the error of their ways!

A thoroughly excellent and wholesome list! :D

This is a beautiful thread

Thank you both!! :^)

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#33 Posted by dubios451 (160 posts) -

this is a triumph

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#35 Posted by Warren2007 (80 posts) -

This thread is excellent, and well done. Life needs more of this.

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#36 Posted by Goboard (290 posts) -

@moderatetrouble: Wooooooohooooooo!!!! Thanks for giving HAMSTER Corp. a nod on your personal hamster list!

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#41 Posted by Bollard (8151 posts) -

This is friggin' excellent but Hamtaro should be number one.

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#42 Posted by SSully (5627 posts) -

This is probably my favorite post in a long time

With that said, I want to state a controversial opinion: aren't all hamsters just little potatoes with legs?

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#43 Posted by buttle826 (281 posts) -

As a person who shares your enthusiasm for hamsters, thank you very much for this!

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#45 Posted by moderateTrouble (88 posts) -

@bollard said:

This is friggin' excellent but Hamtaro should be number one.

Thank you for your comment! We are kindred souls Bollard. I understand your frustration. But like... did you SEE them hams in Part Time UFO? Pretty good. Prettay, Prettay Good.

@ssully said:

This is probably my favorite post in a long time

With that said, I want to state a controversial opinion: aren't all hamsters just little potatoes with legs?

Giant Bomb User Ssully, I'm going to have to ask you to leave this site. I will not be host to such slander. (Thanks for the comment tho!)

As a person who shares your enthusiasm for hamsters, thank you very much for this!

I'm always happy to please a fellow hamster-lover. Thank you for the comment! :^)