Deep down, you realize they’re not real. You understand that what you’re seeing on screen is only pixels and polygons, that what you’re talking to is only a voice actor plus script and that what you’re supposedly interacting with is only a fancy collection of programming codes.
Sometimes, however, you can’t help but be a little fooled. Some videogame characters are so convincing, so fascinating, so charming or simply so damn good-looking that you can’t help but fall a tiny bit in love with them. Especially when you’re a young, dumb, naïve and impressionable kid…
Know the feeling, or the character? Share your “first” in the comment section below. These are ours… and not one of them is Lara Croft or Princess Peach.
Miss Silverburgh didn’t exist merely to give Snake motivation; she existed as a fully-formed character in her own right. A character with her own personality and faults. She provided strong motivation for the player as well, no doubt. Because her relationship with Snake was one of the first (and sadly, still few) believable love stories in games, the desire to save her and resolve their tale was palpable throughout.
This is where my crush stems from. A complex woman filled with her own foibles and quirks. And, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with a poorly rendered set of PS1 knickers. Obviously.
David's most recent crush: Meryl Silverburgh (Metal Gear Solid 4)
Above: The coolest dude in the world with the best princess ever
Imagine if the game hadn’t ended when you washed up on the shore next to Yorda. Suppose you walked back into the same town that stuffed you into a sarcophagus and left you for dead. “Hey guys, I defeated an army of shadow creatures and an evil queen, my horns are gone and this is Yorda. She’s a princess.” Bitches just got told.
I would have loved to walk into high school the same way, but since that was particularly unlikely, I just kept to myself and drew pictures of all the wonderful things that would never happen.
Tyler's most recent crush: Liara T’Soni (Mass Effect)
Self-deprecating and goofy, Guybrush wasn’t afraid to laugh at himself, at others or at his enemies. Any other pirate in his pitiable situation would’ve hung up his eyepatch, but Guybrush’s persistence and humor granted him the ability to vanquish his arch rival LeChuck over and over again.
And he got the girl! It just wasn’t me. Sigh.
Cheryll's most recent crush: Junpei Iori (Persona 3)
Well, this will sound like a total cliché, if not a total fabrication, but personality mattered. The other “women” I had encountered thus far in gaming were two-dimensional sprites, generic damsels in distress or pandering digital pinups. They had zero personality. Gabriel’s assistant Grace Nakimura, on the other hand, had loads.
She was smart, solving mysteries about voodoo cults, werewolf murders and vampire bloodlines with ease. She was sarcastic, able to deflate Mr. Knight’s swollen ego with a single witty comment. She was independent, disobeying her parents’ wishes to follow her own dreams. She was vulnerable, alone in a new city and clearly in love with a protagonist who did not love her back (at first, anyway).
Above everything else, she felt real. To a more pure and innocent me, that was more attractive than any skimpy costume or nude cheat could ever be.
Charlie's most recent crush: Franziska von Karma (Phoenix Wright)
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