10 Iconic Video Game Mascots (That Actually Suck)

9. Nathan Drake

From the oldest to the newest item on our list, we arrive at PS3 golden-boy Nathan Drake. Protagonist of the Uncharted series, Sony's uncharismatic front-man has been plastered across countless posters, given primetime advertising space, and even got a place in the Sony All-Stars (they bloody weren't) Battle Royale. There are a few problems with Drake. Firstly, both him and his games are massive rip-offs of sources such as the Indiana Jones films, meaning even when he's first encountered, the character is already thoroughly played out. Secondly, he's not even been ripped-off that well, keeping all the misogynism of his forebears but lacking even a trace of their charm or intelligence. There's also the issue of him being a white American who goes around murdering foreigners and destroying ancient temples, suggesting he's a psychopath as well as a crap mascot. Nathan Drake symbolises the push for video games to lose their interactivity and become more like films, while at the same time being one of the most uninteresting and unoriginal character to ever grace our screens.
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