Who was your first gaming crush?

Paul Ryan, Associate Editor CheatPlanet: When King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella was released in 1988, I was four. Though always happy to help out my dad with my ingenious adventure gaming tips, I wasn't quite ready to develop my first videogaming crush. By the time King’s Quest VII: The Princeless Bride came out six years later, however, I was a blossoming fourth grader and totally playing games all by myself. I was ready to awkwardly and naïvely appreciate my first gaming crush in her new – and now fully animated – adventure.

Of course, it wasn't the same mature love I now reserve for my cat and Aerith. It was cute puppy love, innocent and unaware that you should never tell everyone you know how cool you think this song is:

I don’t care what you think. It was a crush that went deeper than her blonde hair and pretty blue dress. Even when Rosella was transformed into a stinky troll for the first two chapters of the game, I remained loyal. Together, we cured her of her trollism, but I never found out if she married that boring Prince Throckmorton of Monticore because of a game ending bug on the way out of Oogo Booga Land.

I’m guessing no, but 1994 was a different time. A time when PC games never seemed to work right… and when a boy could love a troll.

Paul's most recent crush: Zoey (Left 4 Dead)

Lizzie Cuevas, Associate Video Editor: My parents were against buying me videogames when I was a kid, so I invested many hours at my cousin’s houses playing whatever they had: Super Mario Bros on NES, Sonic the Hedgehog on Genesis and Crash Bandicoot on PlayStation.

When I was old enough to actually have a job, I met a coworker who introduced me to Halo 2. I was hooked immediately and, after recognizing Master Chief on the box a few days later, bought my own copy of the game without even getting the Xbox console first! At this point, I still hadn’t played many videogames in my life, so between a round Italian plumber, a blue hedgehog with red shoes, a half-naked bandicoot and a six-foot-something UNSC soldier in sexy, shiny MJOLNIR Mark VI armor, who’s gonna win my heart? Really?

I did buy an Xbox system eventually, of course, and my obsession with Master Chief grew. Yes, I own a Zanzibar t-shirt from Bungie… and the “I see dead people” Halo 2 shirt… and the Halo 3 beta shirt. I spent countless hours and days playing Halo 2’s campaign and multiplayer… and yes, many admirers in the pre-game lobby would say, “omg wow a gurl playz halo lol.”

But I only had eyes for one. Sorry, Cortana, but you’re gonna have to step off because Master Chief is mine. Bitch.

Master Chief and I have since grown distant (sorry, I still like Halo 2 more than Halo 3), but I’ll always look longingly at the designated “Halo corner” on my desk and reminisce about all the times John and I dual-wielded SMGs with pistols on Lockout and stuck Elites with plasma grenades on High Charity.

Lizzie's most recent crush: Weighted Companion Cube (Portal)

Justin Towell, Content Editor UK: I haven’t really had a crush on a game character in the obsession sense, but I suppose I’m as guilty as the next man of eyeing up the laydeez in my early teens. So…

I can remember picking Tyris Flare as my character in Golden Axe on Mega Drive for the predictable reason that she was wearing a very fetching bikini. And as I played, I became convinced that there was a wardrobe malfunction (boob slip) in her falling animation.

I can remember pausing the game to try and see better, but then quickly unpausing in case my mum walked by the window. Ridiculous, really, especially as there was no boob at all. What my racing young mind had seen as a breast and nipple was in fact just her hand in a fist. Sigh.

Justin's most recent crush: Varla Guns (The House of the Dead Overkill)


  • mozaralio - December 22, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    Roll from mega-man 64 (or mega-man legends) was my first crush, she makes you a pie, builds weapons for you and totally watches your back while going on underground expeditions. On top of that she has a fine polygonal body and there is a scene where mega-man (presumably) sees her naked! However you do not get to share this voluptuous image with the boy in blue.
  • fuzzywuzzy - August 6, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    I'm not sure that I actually remember my FIRST game crush... But I do remember my most recent. It's Tali from the Mass Effect series haha
  • iEATbabies - July 23, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    I suppose I had fallen for Kairi of Kingdom Hearts, but now I'm mad for Red Dead's Bonnie MacFarlane
  • Svipdag - July 23, 2010 3:26 p.m.

    Thanks guys! After completely dismissing the karateka eagle in the bad birds of videogame history article, you hit the nail on the head here. I also think mariko would have been my first game crush and i'd say more than half this list is right up my alley. I also pretty much play the girl or don't play at all.
  • jpbr139 - July 23, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    Fina from Skies of Arcadia
  • hero2bash - May 7, 2010 7:03 p.m.

    Karen from Harvest Moon
  • DavidELDiablo - April 5, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    Well at least I'm in the same boat as Charlie, I too have a Video game crush on Franziska von Karma for some odd reason. Guess i'm a sucker for a well written character. Those Ace Attorney games are just to good at everything...
  • olio - October 15, 2009 6:32 a.m.

    I can't remember if mine was Crono from Chrono trigger or if it was Sabin from Final Fantasy VI. I was pretty young for both of them. Oh, I also loved the main character from Secret of Evermore.
  • lovinmyps3 - April 30, 2009 10:37 p.m.

    my first was whats her face from ocarina of time, the girl at the ranch. she was hot when you became an adult lol. my most recent is definatly sheva from resident evil 5. still trying to get her third costume tho lol
  • TifaFFun7 - April 30, 2009 8:16 p.m.

    My heart belongs to Dante from DMC :P great article :)
  • Jordoom - April 29, 2009 9 p.m.

    My first was Ivy from Soul Calibur. Many's the time I've lost matches because I couldn't take my eyes off her. If they ever make holodeck technology...
  • Demonflare - April 28, 2009 8:38 p.m.

    Ha, first crush was Shadow the Hedgehog! F-ed up right! And I kept having dreams of him. Well I was just a kid back then.
  • cknarf - April 27, 2009 10:51 p.m.

    Jade- Mortal Kombat
  • battenfelder - April 27, 2009 2:49 a.m.

    sadly mine wuz Samus
  • jorhorror - April 26, 2009 7:39 p.m.

    I completely agree with Red, Bastila was fricken smokin'. But I think that a more recent addition to gaming lust is Judy Nails from Guitar Hero. She should be in jail for being so hot.
  • katwood92 - April 26, 2009 2:52 a.m.

    Leon from RE. Which is weird, because I just bought that game in late '08, more or less (probably more) 10 years since I started playing video games.
  • jijii - April 25, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    hmmmm, I guess my first gaming crush was probably Princess Zelda (from A Link To The Past).
  • c5555l - April 25, 2009 7:36 a.m.

    amata from fallout 3 : )
  • tokengirlstfu - April 25, 2009 5:48 a.m.

    Carth Onasi From KOTOR. Flawed, bearded, paranoid, what every girl wants in a man.
  • MGS4SolidSnake - April 25, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    i think its straight up weird to think characters are hot i mean its like a cartoon...lmao recaptha, shero creaming

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