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@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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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.

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

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Also confirming! Happened with "Beast in the East" and "Jar Time" links too

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I haven't seen anyone else mention it in the thread, which surprises me, but I thought the end scene/sequence was really awesome. The game itself DID end abruptly (I literally said "Oh I hope I finish this in time for GOTY" minutes before it ended) but that last sequence... Wow.

I don't know why, but when I was creeping up to Engel I could literally feel my heart pounding in my chest. I had this weirdly visceral rush of adrenaline! It was the most important moment for the game's characters, and in that moment the weight of the story just clicked with me. I was so tense because I didn't want to fuck that up and "ruin" everything BJ and his gang worked for. The stakes were entirely fictional, obviously, but in that moment I really felt the importance.

But I think it speaks to not just how well the game's story was written, but also its presentation. When you walk in and see the audience that's laughing is cardboard cutouts, the stark difference between the colors onstage and backstage, the way you weave behind the seats, then up an elevator, then circle around above the stage before FINALLY facing Engel... I thought it was fantastic.

The entire game had some of my favorite moments in any game I've played (Not since To The Moon have I cried over a game as much as I did when BJ went home!) but the weirdly tense, physical feeling during that sequence felt really special.

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Hi everyone! I've barely (if ever) posted on the forums before.. But man I'm so jazzed about the new Wolfenstein and I need to talk about it with people because my boyfriend hasn't caught up to where I am in the story yet. I'm pretty far into the game, though not at the ending yet, but this is one of my favorite games I've played in a long time from a story perspective.

I didn't play the first one (though I know enough of the story beats to not be lost going in), so I don't know how Colossus stands up to it, but I was constantly surprised at just HOW well the writing handles a lot of its heavier social issues and portrays its characters. I can't really think of a recent game that's caught me off guard with how well it was written as much as NC. It's not perfect, there were a definitely parts that made me wince but not as much as most games that try to take on heavier topics do.

Overall I'm just happily surprised by the writing in the game. Did anyone else have this experience?

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I have very similar feelings to you, except for consoles I never even heard of until recently! Ever since I started coming across screenshots from old PC-98 and FM Towns Marty games a few years ago, I've been entranced by the vibrant 32-bit pixel art that seems to grace all of their games. "Thrill of the unknown" is a perfect phrase for this fascination. For me those games represent a time and place completely foreign to me, and the thought of an entire library of games existing that I've never had the tiniest semblance of is really exciting; even if part of me knows I would probably be bored by most of the games if I ever had a chance to play them.

The thing is, even if these games could never live up to our expectations, it doesn't lessen the attraction or the wonder we feel towards them. Sometimes, it's okay to ignore the truth in favor of a more appealing fantasy if it allows us to appreciate something more :)

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