When I was a kid back in the late Pleistocene Era, a video game was a different beastie.  Instead of a Master Chief or a Samus Aran, you took the role of a faceless triangle or square, shooting straight-line lasers at blocky enemies, or perhaps deflecting a square with a straight-line.  If you wanted to get really complicated, sometimes there would be TWO squares involved.  These days, even the downloadable games for your cellphone have marketable characters with distinct personalities.  My daughter’s is still quite enamored of a certain yellow avian who, due to his distinct battle cry, she has dubbed Ray-Ray.  For me, thanks to hours spent in front of a PS-2, I still have a soft spot in my heart for budding psychopath Tommy Vercetti and his hideous aquamarine Hawaiian shirt.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has set up you the bomb, asking:
Which pixellated persona is the best video game character of all time?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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9 Comments

  1. June 15, 2012 at 11:39 am — Reply

    Mario

  2. Foolsmask
    June 15, 2012 at 11:54 am — Reply

    I have to say Link from the Zelda series. The epic quality of every game he has been in keeps me coming back every time.

  3. Navarre
    June 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm — Reply

    Pac-Man

  4. Russ Catt
    June 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm — Reply

    I have to go with MegaMan. I love experimenting with all his cool powers as the game progresses.

  5. June 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    Kirby, how often do you get to play as an adorable eldrtich abomination?

  6. Trey
    June 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm — Reply

    Metroid of course!

  7. Kevin Flythe
    June 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm — Reply

    Have to mirror Russ Cat with Mega Man. Everything about the series is awesome, from the soundtrack to the creative level designs, the increasingly goofy but occasionally awesome evil robot names, the use of obtained enemy powers, and the challenging but simple gameplay. Every installment is a win!

  8. B.V.K.
    June 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm — Reply

    Commander Shepard from the Mass Effect series. That trilogy has a fantastic galaxy sweeping storyline…until the last 5 minutes.

  9. applejack
    June 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm — Reply

    Nathan Drake. Hands down.

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