Quick. Think of an iconic video game hero. What makes them so memorable?
A whole combination of factors, like a kickass personality, super-sweet skills and enjoyable gameplay that saw you complete that game a billion times over, right?
Creating a great gaming hero is vital to a game’s success – after all, you’re going to be spending a fair few hours playing as them, and the last thing you want is one that makes you thrust your Doc Martens through the TV screen.
Yet, somehow, despite decades of game development, some studios still manage to mess it up, serving up playable characters designed to carve out your sanity and chip away at your good-natured tolerance.
Throughout that time, we’ve witnessed annoying catchphrases, frustrating movements, stupid animations, or bland personality, or worse, all of the above. And yet somewhere in their sick psyche, game developers thought that these were exactly the sort of people we wanted to support and spend time with.
They were wrong. Oh-so-very wrong. And if you disagree, you’re probably wrong too.
Who’s your favourite video game hero? None of these, I hope…