Ever fallen in love with a videogame character?

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Matt Barton
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Kinda of a silly topic here, but I was wondering if anyone had ever felt a tinge of love for a videogame character. What I mean is not just lust or being attracted to a character, but actually feeling protective or perhaps even romantic towards an AI.

The closest I've come to it is Ashley Williams in Mass Effect and Morrigan in Dragon Age. Hard to shake those characters! I also felt myself drawn to Kate in The Longest Journey.

What about you? Are there any characters in videogames that have made you feel a twinge of the ol' romance?

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clok1966 wrote:

yes Rob you are pretty much correct.. I think im 44 or is it 45? I have noticed a trend in when we talk about stuff (games etc) it can match alot. I was hampered a bit by living in a Small town in ND..

One more thing that matches: I lived in North Dakota (Minot AFB) too! I think I mentioned that before.

clok1966 wrote:

not only was there no cable untill well after i was out on my own, there was only NBC, CBS and PBS (one upside to this was the great British SciFi i watched on PBS)... no ABC!!!!! the late 70's early 80's ABC rocked..

Holy crap! No ABC? No "Happy Days?" No "Welcome Back Kotter?" Heck, at least we had ABC in my neck of the woods. We also were able to pick up CBC (Canadian) also. Canadians were really into "curling," apparently.

I think we got "cable" for the first time there, and I was able to watch TBS (Star Trek and Gilligan's Island reruns) and "Showtime." PBS.... the only thing good on that was "Monty Python" and "Sesame Street." Otherwise it was a useless channel, unless you were a 10 year old that liked "Masterpiece Theater."

clok1966 wrote:

Blood; that is very cool, how good did they do making the school into a cartoon? I know not to much detail on that part, but did you "see" where it was based off it.. or did they just use the name?

Well, the name of the school was used, but did not resemble the school in any way that I recall. The anime had a 2-story school building, but Yokota High School was a single-story school. The movie did take place in the 50's, though, so maybe YHS was a two-story school at the time, I don't know. They DID show an accurate portrayal of the gymnasium building, though!

Otherwise, the evil monsters, gory swordfights, and blood-and-guts-splattered dismemberment were a spot-on portrayal of the daily high school experience there. :-)

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No dissin the SCOBBY! .

Agreed. "Scooby Doo" is sacred ground....

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yes Rob you are pretty much

yes Rob you are pretty much correct.. I think im 44 or is it 45? I have noticed a trend in when we talk about stuff (games etc) it can match alot. I was hampered a bit by living in a Small town in ND.. not only was there no cable untill well after i was out on my own, there was only NBC, CBS and PBS (one upside to this was the great British SciFi i watched on PBS)... no ABC!!!!! the late 70's early 80's ABC rocked.. no 3's company, No BattleStar gallactica, no Six Million Dollar man (only buy his eye nowdays!), etc... and to top it all off it was 100 mile to a "real" town... now factor in that real town was one in ND (about 1/10th the size of a real town anywhere else)... Upside... the Arcades where good in the larger towns, the lack of some of that stuff and alot of free time to myslef made me a computer/video game junkie (err is that an upside? ya i think so).

Tomorrows Joe, isnt that kinda the grandfather to the one Dremacast Joe game (sorry the name is on tip of toungh)? (based of an anima too).

Blood; that is very cool, how good did they do making the school into a cartoon? I know not to much detail on that part, but did you "see" where it was based off it.. or did they just use the name? Blood is one of my very favorite Anima's, its painfully short and incomplete.. and the new TV series (and the likeable but sadly lacking Live Movie) do not really add to the greatness of that short.

No dissin the SCOBBY! or the Hurculoids! glep and glop! and was DORNO the best name ever for a son? (my dad said they named him dorno cuz he backing into a doorknob.. he liked to annoy me when i watched cartoons). I still ahve a soft spot for the badly animated Spiderman of the late 60's.. who they used the same 20 or 30 walking/webslinging/wallclimbing areas over and over and over.. Im sure some of the shows had maybe less than a minute of actual new animation in them. And ROCKET ROBINHOOD I found it strange hardly anybody knows that cartoon. Thankgoodness for Youtube.. err sorta.. Not to mention the Groovy Ghoulies! for a laugh... go to youtube and look up (err here is link) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhQU3kEQ9XY
poor quality but fun none the less
the first song that wasnt a kids song that I loved.. err.. maybe it was akids song ( it was a radio hit)

And yes CRACKED is the original source of the Anima /duck thing.. but I did have to google more after i read it to confirm it.. and its real.. seems so silly.

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Boxing-themed Anime, and Clok is an Old Fogey!
clok1966 wrote:

anima.... ah to be a bit younger like most of you and have had the ability to see it on TV.. all my early anima was BADLY dubbed imports.

If you don't mind me asking, Clok, just how old are you anyway? I suspect you are about the same age as I am (I'm 44), and hence I can identify with the feeling of being "ancient." :-)

I'm not really an Anime guy, although I have seen a couple of them since the 80's. I don't think I've seen any of the modern ones you listed, except "Blood: The Last Vampire." Most of my "anime" experience was in my teens (late 70's/early 80's), where I frequently watched "Yamato," "Lupin III," "Doraemon," and "Ashita no Jo" on a regular basis. These shows were amazingly cool at the time, because American TV cartoons primarily consisted of stuff like Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, Herculoids, and other shows that seemed very tame compared to the more violent Japanese stuff. American cartoons have definitely changed since then!

Probably the best kept secret of classic 70's/80's anime that no one talks about over here is a BOXING-themed sport anime called "Ashita no Jo," which translates to "Tomorrow's Joe" in English. It was about a boxer named "Joe" moving up in the ranks until he finally takes on the world champ. Although the boxing is, of course, quite over-the-top and brutal, the show was a surprisingly adult take on the world of boxing. It was very popular in Japan, and is considered an anime classic over there. The second season/series of "Ashita no Jo" had a very surprising, shocking, and emotionally moving ending. As far as I know, this show has never been released in America, either dubbed or subtitled. If so, this is an amazing omission in the world of anime.

A live-action movie of "Ashita no Jo" is in the making, and the trailer for it is available on the net (probably Youtube). It looks very much like the original, including the over-the-top boxing, but with real actors. I can't wait to see it! :-)

By the way, Clok... you mentioned your love of "Blood: The Last Vampire" before. I've seen that one, and would you believe the movie takes place on the Air Force Base and High School that I spent my youth at?!?!? That's right, I went to Yokota High School, the very same school portrayed in the movie! How many people can say they have an anime based on their school!! :-)

clok1966 wrote:

here is a little TRIVA.. ASTRO BOY is somewhat considered the grandfather of modern anima (not first but most succesfull)... The creator gives all the credit to ....... Scrooge Mcduck cartoons.. the HUGE EYES! tiny mouths (not he duck bills but other characters in the series) , the standard of ANIMA are all based on DUCKS!!!!!! :)

Looks like I'm not the only one here who frequents the CRACKED.COM website. :-) Very cool, interesting, and funny stuff there!

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anima.... ah to be a bit

anima.... ah to be a bit younger like most of you and have had the ability to see it on TV.. all my early anima was BADLY dubbed imports.
Lupin the III (movies are gnerally good, but TV series is crap)
Gunsmith cats
or the really really early stuff 28-Go (first mech stuff i ever saw)
and of course yamato .. when i was in grade school late 70's) had a friend with an uncle in japan, he would send us dubbs on VHS tapes (had to send tapes back then 2 expensive not too... and my buddies mom was a teacher so we used school VCR to watch um..)

But Im more of a 90's person and the standards
Neon Genesis Evangoline
Ghost in a shell
Outlanders (personal favorite)
COBRA
Gilgo 13
Riding Bean

Nowdays there is some awsome stuff too
Samurai Chomplo
Blood (tv seris, just not sure of yet)
Samauri 7
Cowboy Bebop- also a favorite

here is a little TRIVA.. ASTRO BOY is somewhat considered the grandfather of modern anima (not first but most succesfull)... The creator gives all the credit to ....... Scrooge Mcduck cartoons.. the HUGE EYES! tiny mouths (not he duck bills but other characters in the series) , the standard of ANIMA are all based on DUCKS!!!!!! :)

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Yamato/Star Blazers notes
Bill Loguidice wrote:

:-) I've been meaning to watch some of the Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato) movies on Netflix, but it's not as easy to go back to that time with cartoons like it is with videogames...

I'm about halfway through watching "Be Forever Yamato" on Netflix (instant). So far, it's the best of the Yamato movies I've seen, with "Final Yamato" a close second.

I don't recommend "Space Battleship Yamato: The Movie" because it's merely a condensed version of the first "Yamato/Star Blazers" TV season/series, and it feels more like an incoherent highlight reel. I think it's only worth watching for the origin story of the Yamato (which was the actual WWII battleship Yamato refitted for space travel/combat!). I've always wondered how they handled such a controversial origin in the American "Star Blazers" version.

"SBY: The New Voyage" had a very slow, cheesy start, with most of the first half primarily dealing with the crew goofing around off-duty (after defeating the enemy in the last movie/series) before the new threat emerges. It seemed to consist of most of the stereotypical Anime silliness/cuteseyness that Yamato mostly avoids in other movies/series. Quite dull until the second half.

"Final Yamato" actually felt like a real "Yamato" movie to me. Coherent plot and fairly dramatic ending make it worth watching if you're at least a mild fan.

"Be Forever Yamato" so far (half-way through) has a very coherent plot, lots of action and drama, and some almost "Star Trek-like" sci-fi elements and twists. It might be the best one so far! It does seem to bog down in love story cheesiness in the middle, hence I quit watching, but I'll get back to it tonight.

One thing that does bother me, as an adult, about all the Yamato series is the portrayal of women as fragile and child-like. I would think that Kodai's (Derek Wildstar's) love interest Yuki (Nova), who is aparently a battleship crew member, wouldn't be so fragile! And a new female crew member is over-the-top "little-girly," although I think she's supposed to be a teenager.

Another thing that bothers me: the inclusion of full pop songs (sung by singers!) in the movie(s). Ugh...

One thing I've always loved in the Yamato movies/TV series is the orchestral music! The Yamato march and the hauntingly operatic space theme still stirs my soul decades later!

Ok, enough rambling on about "Yamato." It appears that the only two Yamato movies currently available for online viewing on Netflix are "Be Forever" and "Final Yamato," so those are your choices.

I can't wait until the live action "Yamato" movie is available for viewing over here!

P.s. I think the "Yamato" movies are all Japanese, subtitled in English, on Netflix instant. I know "Be Forever" is, but not sure of the others.

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TV cartoons in general
Bill Loguidice wrote:

I've been meaning to watch some of the Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato) movies on Netflix, but it's not as easy to go back to that time with cartoons like it is with videogames...

Totally agree - TV cartoons in general once were (though less so nowadays) mainly geared towards developing, rather than developed minds. But I digress :-)

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:-) Many of us are BIG Star

:-) Many of us are BIG Star Blazers fans here. For me, anyway, when we first got cable, it was such a big revelation to watch the show on an out-of-market network. It was the first cartoon that truly dealt with adult subject matter. I've been meaning to watch some of the Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato) movies on Netflix, but it's not as easy to go back to that time with cartoons like it is with videogames...

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Videogame 'crush'..
Rob Daviau wrote:

I will say Claire Redfield from Resident Evil. Though I have learned not to fall to hard, always ends in heart break lol.

lol

Though it's a late reply - I'd probably have to say Lara Croft of Tomb Raider Fame would be the closest thing to a videogame 'crush' I ever had :-)

However, if we were talking TV cartoon characters, I reluctantly admit I had a really 'serious' crush on Nova from Star Blazers.. Hmm, don't think the wife knows about that one. lol

Cheers Valentin
PS: I realise it's a late reply

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Yeah, I didn't like that part

Yeah, I didn't like that part of Ashley's personality (though I managed to mostly talk her out of it). That seemed realistic to me--no such thing as a perfect person IRL of course. Always some big flaw you have to deal with. Usually the women in games are too idealistic -- too perfect -- and not at all believable.

As for BG II, I liked Imoen, though of course with the story that gets a little impossible IIRC.

I just started reading the Baldur's Gate novelization a few days ago. Pretty good so far.

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Ashely Williams though?

Ashely Williams though? Sometimes I really can't stand her. Her bigotry, while it felt like an attempt at realistic characterization, made her pretty unlikable to me. At first I thought it was interesting to have a xenophobic, pro human in the game, but I was disappointed... and her return in Mass Effect 2 was so obnoxious!

The way I see it isn't very different than "falling" for a character in a TV show or movie. The argument that video game characters are made out of pixels and can't be liked doesn't set well with me, because characters in movies are made into pixels by the time you actually see them too. They're CHARACTERS, they represent real human beings. If you fall for a character it's more of "man I wish I knew her in real life," which I don't think is abnormal at all. Games add a more interactive variable to the equation too. Like Matt was saying you can literally be responsible for the life and death of this character, as well as her happiness and/or feelings toward you (like a Dragon Age character), however scripted it might be.

Anyway. No love for Viconia Devir?

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