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Submitted by acronkyoung 1310d ago | opinion piece

Can anyone actually relate to a video-game character?

Video game protagonists have become so generic that everyone can relate to them...or is it that no one can? (Culture, Industry, Infamous, Mass Effect, Prototype, PS3, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Xbox 360)

e-p-ayeaH  +   1310d ago
I dont think so but i met once a guy that was very much alike Zeke in looks and personality xD
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THR1LLHOUSE  +   1310d ago
I've never actually met a bald soldier-type guy with a scar on the right side of his face and a permanent scowl...

But in a million years, the alien archealogists that visit our planet are gonna find all of our video games (the only surviving record of the human race) and they'll be be like "Whoa, the people that lived here were badass."
DarkBlood  +   1310d ago
i dont know something like mass effect might give it away if they are dumb enough to believe we went save the galaxy from the reapers :P thus falsely calling us badasses for no reason lol
Sadie2100  +   1310d ago
I think this author is racist against white dudes! ;)
mwellsie  +   1310d ago
yes
DonaldBeck  +   1310d ago
adam jensen,(deuse ex human revolution) i look like him and speak like him, i even dress like him.

thanks for the compliments below guys! ;)
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gamingdroid  +   1310d ago
I bet you look pretty funny in real life then....
Zydake  +   1310d ago
You poor thing.
BattleTorn  +   1310d ago
Do you ride kitchen-knives up your sleeve?

Or practice getting your wrist to do full rotations?
LarVanian  +   1310d ago
People must constantly ask if you have a sore throat...
Harelgur  +   1310d ago
I relate to Gordon Freeman.
AMD_CROSSFIRE_FTW  +   1310d ago
Good luck with that one...
3GenGames  +   1310d ago
If it's a good game, you can get attached to all the people. I basically cried in Crystalis when *SPOILER ALERT!* all the gods in the final town who helped you and gave your powers all died. That was such an emotional moment. :(
BattleTorn  +   1310d ago
I've really liked the buzz-cut main character trend that's been going on; Red FactionA, KZ3, infamous2, ME, and most recently Max Payne3.

Because I have a similar hair-cut. :)
_Aarix_  +   1310d ago
Brought a tear to my eyes how Ethan Mars from heavy rain looked like my dad and what he did to save his son. Some moments actually made me cry.
kma2k  +   1310d ago
Im usually looking more to escape within rather then relate to a character!
Johnny_Cojones  +   1310d ago
I look, act, & probably smell like Donkey Kong.
TheKindRoost  +   1310d ago
I can relate a lot to sackboy
AMD_CROSSFIRE_FTW  +   1310d ago
I don't remember seeing sackboy talking.
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DaveMan  +   1310d ago
John Marston all the way yo.
NagaSotuva  +   1310d ago
I'm sure many people can relate to the Prince of All Cosmos. People who like to roll stuff up....
Johnny_Cojones  +   1310d ago
Hahaha, nice.
Relientk77  +   1310d ago
Dude that was good lol, bubbles up
256bit  +   1310d ago
can anyone relate to a 3rd/fps character...nope.
bitboi  +   1310d ago
GARCIA HOTSPUR!!!
D3mons0ul  +   1310d ago
Stop only playing western games.
Hicken  +   1310d ago
I'm disappointed in this article.

I expected it to be along the lines of the characters, themselves; about how it's not necessarily easy to identify with somebody who's saving the world, or whatever.

I am a straight black male. Not in the most marginalized group, but no majority, either. I could care less what color the character I'm playing is. I don't play games to find racial, gender, or orientational (dunno if that's a word, but deal with it) equality. I play them to enjoy the characters and stories.

There are precious few characters out there- I can't think of any- who are exactly like me: guys who struggle with depression, a shitty family life, a crappy job, etc. Plenty of us in real life, though, so if I want solidarity, I don't have to play a game. What I CAN do, however, is relate to certain parts of any character's personality, or past. I CAN relate to Nathan's drive to get to the bottom of something, no matter what. I CAN relate to Cole's internal struggles, whether to do right or wrong with the gifts he's given. I CAN relate to all the similar looking protagonists of war games, and their desire and drive to protect their country, world, or species.

Relating to a character is about how they look. At least, that shouldn't be the primary focus. Yet that's what the author is concerned about. If that were the case, Sazh would be pretty much the only character that I could have a chance of relating to.

Don't get me wrong. I like Sazh a lot, and he's actually among my favorite of FF characters, and game characters, period. But I'm not limited by the color of my skin, or my appearance, to relating to only other characters like him.

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