30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 5: Characters we emulate (or seek to)

When playing through videogames, we often find characters that we resonate with, relate to or share personality traits with. At the very least, we find characters that we like and seek to emulate some of their more valiant traits (or evil, parasitical ones, if that’s how you roll). Below you’ll find our writers’ picks of which characters they really felt resembled them in pixelated form, or which characters they would like to take a few pages from in solid, flesh and bone form.

Characters
Brady:

I can’t really think of game character that I might have some similarities with aside from pretty much every Grand Theft Auto protagonist since I’m probably just as foul-mouthed and crude. I’d actually like to be like Dante from the Devil May Cry series. He’s half demon, half human and does everything in style. From his cocky comments to the combat manoeuvres he pulls off; he’s pretty damn awesome. Plus he hunts demons for a living; what more could you want?

Dante

Darryl:

Back in the day I felt very much like Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy 8. You see, back then I was a bit of loner, an introvert as well as incompassionate. While I am still a bit of an introvert today, I must admit I have broken out of my shell. You see, even though Squall and myself eventually opened up, we also moulded ourselves into stronger people that instead of being loners, we could now be depended on.

Squall

Tracy:

Elena Fisher from Uncharted is pretty relatable to me I think, although I’ve never fired a gun or gone on crazy adventures. I guess she’s the most “normal” female character from a game that I can think of. I wish I could be Commander Shepard though…

Elena Fisher
Bracken:

I can’t say I often find myself connecting to characters in video games, this is most often due to me being an off-centre teenager, or a character being “Lawful Good” in presentation. However, if there is one character who I had a distinct connection with, it would have to be the Heroic Cole McGrath of inFamous fame. I related to this character because despite doing good things and being kind to people, he still tried as far as he could to stay involved in is own business – even if his circumstances didn’t allow it. I felt this anti-hero stance allowed him to have a far more human character arc and made his personal trials that much more real to the player.

Cole McGrath

William:

When considering what video game character I am most like, I tend to get caught up in a complex, self-psychoanalytic evaluation. When I put myself in the shoes of a lot of my favourite characters I tend to find myself in a rather uncomfortable place as well. This is because, sparing you the spoilers, a lot of them land up in problematic circumstances. To choose to be a game character, I would have to leave real-world morals far behind. If I had to choose the powers of a character it would probably by Alex Mercer from 2009′s Prototype. What can I say, I would love to have that much militant ability, the ability to leap over buildings, hurl cars and transform into anyone that I desire. This is probably why it’s a good thing that games are just fantasy and that I am not the dictator of a small country.

Alex Mercer

So, what about you dear readers? Do you find characters that you like in gaming? Do you struggle with anger issues like Kratos? Do you have a dissociative identity following you like the Lutece “Twins”?  Or do you click with Desmond Miles for his deep, vibrant and expressive personality? Let us know in the comments!

 

Now moved on, Bracken is an aspiring tech and gaming journalist. Is anyone even reading this?

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  • http://egmr.net/author/cavie Caveshen Rajman

    Easy one. Paragon Shepard. I only tattooed the symbol on my left arm to remind me to always do the right thing… :P

    • CataclysmicDawn

      You “Lawful Good” bastard :P

  • Nicola Dee

    This is a tough one. More along the lines of what Tracy said, it’s hard to find similarities regarding myself and a game character. Every game where I can choose who I want to be, it’s always a male fighter/barb toon lol. I never go with what I am because it takes away from the fantasy of playing games.

    My best type of toons are the slightly more quiet and mysterious ones. I’d love to be Vincent the Vampire from the FF series, or Ezio from AC. Again though, no female characters. Normally they’re either really whiny or irritating so I don’t relate.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      Yeah, I also had trouble picking one I related to. Eventually I just chose a character I admired for his human traits.

  • http://www.itfgaming.com/ Darryl Linington

    Oh yeah, I would have killed for Squall’s hair as well.

    • Yashaar Mall

      Related to Squall as well! He’s probably my favourite FF character for that reason.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      I think I’ve matched Cole’s hair pretty well.

  • Yashaar Mall

    Renegade Shepard because I seek to get the job done and won’t let anyone or anything stand in my way.

    • CataclysmicDawn

      SHEPARD SHOT FIRST!

      • Yashaar Mall

        SPOILER: Both Mordin and Wrex. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/brendon.bosch Brendon Bosch

    Renegade and Paragon Shepard. SImply because i`m good most of the time but bad other times

    • CataclysmicDawn

      I’m Commander Shepard, and this is the most morally grey comment on the Citadel :D