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  • soren7550 - April 27, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    "But fate is a cruel mistress--the horrible sort that would let a good man fall and Kaidan survive. Tragic." Ok, did I play a different Mass Effect from everyone else? Because I found Kaidan to be endlessly useful and likable, whereas Jenkins to be too eager to please, died because he acted like a deer caught in the headlights (so, in other words, dumb), and he is swiftly replaced with someone who has the exact same powers as he does, thus if he survived instead of Kaidan, you'd be down a sentinel and up two soldiers. Chances are, your Shepard is a soldier (about half of all Shepards are), you then you'd be saddled with two useless party members. Kaidan on the other hand, can open crates for you, helps heal your squad, mess up the geth with tech skills, and biotic the hell out of your enemies. Pair him up with Liara or Wrex (I say go with Wrex since he's more durable and hella awesome), and your enemies will never touch the ground. Whereas all Jenkins and Ash can do is shoot all the things. Not to mention that in ME3, Kaidan is a goddamn biotic tank, so his usefulness is through the roof.
  • Baz - April 24, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    That guy who waits for you to get off of the bathysphere upon your arrival in rapture, before being Killed by a splicer. He was probably a bad guy, but his purpose in the game was to show you that rapture doesn't F*** around. On a side note, i kind of knew jenkins was gonna bite it in mass effect. Young and eager soldiers, especially ones who are just too happy to be serving with the hero, will always die. It's a cliche for any form of storytelling.
  • avantguardian - April 23, 2013 11:50 p.m.

    apparently, according to bioware, a lot of people treated tali as a redshirt. assholes.
  • pl4y4h - April 23, 2013 9:13 p.m.

    That one splicer in bioshock who gets drilled by a big daddy as you watch from behind glass
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - April 24, 2013 7:49 a.m.

    DAMN, HOW COULD I FORGET ABOUT THAT!? Good call
  • winner2 - April 23, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    This article makes me wish for a top 7 most heroic deaths in games, if it hasn't been done. And how about Foltest in witcher 2? The game would literally not have its plot if he didn't die.
  • GR HollanderCooper - April 23, 2013 10:45 p.m.

    NOTED
  • Swedish_Chef - April 24, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    Dis gon b gud. *grabs popcorn*.
  • Frieza - April 23, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure Sergeant Johnson died every mission in my playthrough of Halo: CE.
  • codystovall - April 23, 2013 5:42 p.m.

    Pikmin, if your a pikmin, you are going to die.
  • RedHarlow - April 23, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    I took the one guy who survives the tutorial and kept him alive for every single mission in the game. He was my top-ranked guy.
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - April 23, 2013 3:10 p.m.

    You, sir, are a champion of Azeroth
  • avantguardian - April 23, 2013 11:49 p.m.

    if you're talking about xcom, both of my playthroughs had that initial heavy (with his oh-so-awesome rockets) survive the whole thing. they were just too good to let go:)
  • BladedFalcon - April 23, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    >> << What about JASON???? (I know he probably doesn't count, since his death was actully pretty crucial for the narrative... but still, c'mon...)
  • Swedish_Chef - April 24, 2013 7 a.m.

    I'll be frank, I cheered when I saw him die. He wanders off from his father Ethan, to look at some creepy ass clown, then when Ethan finds him he asks for a "puhloon" before wandering off again instantly after his father warns him not to do exactly that, causing his father to panic and scour an entire mall to try and find him while the player constantly mashes the x button for hilarity. Ethan finally finds Jason who had somehow wound up outside the mall across a busy road, spotting his father Jason comes up with the bright idea to run straight across an extremely busy road forcing Ethan to jump in front of a car to try and save Jason's life but to no avail. Seriously there's being a Redshirt and then there's just being suicidally stupid.
  • occasionalgoldfish - April 23, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    What about (MINOR SPOILER)... Grant from Far Cry 3?
  • metalgatesolid - April 23, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    (SPOILERS) I think the csat of The Walking Dead should be on the list. No one wants them to die yet you know they may all end up that way. Its just heart wrenching when any of them do go.
  • BladedFalcon - April 23, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    I think the difference is that with the exception of the policeman and the son from the old guy at the barn, you actually make connections or at least interact with all of the rest of the cast before they die. I think the red shirt term applies to people who only meaningful role in the story was to get killed, and you barely know him for anything else.
  • slimjim441 - April 24, 2013 12:30 a.m.

    It's exactly the point. Writers for Star Trek made it probably a bit too obvious that their thought process was generally 'Well, we need to have a cool exposition to this scene/villain where someone dies, but we obviously can't kill Spock, McCoy, etc. Let's just throw in some ensign from the Enterprise crew that no one knows.' Gaming writers have been doing the same thing since the nineties. So, in short, almost the entire cast of The Walking Dead does not belong on this list for varying reasons.

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