Modern video game characters are so moody. Just look at their faces. Trevor Philips: angry. Aiden Pearce: complete poker face, devoid of emotion. Kirby: Happiness vacuum. OK, I just used Kirby so I could make the joke, but even he looks a bit pissed off. Why are they like this? Because it isn’t cool to be happy any more. I’ll say that again so it really sinks in: It is not cool to be happy any more. What a sorry state of affairs that is.
Well, it can't have been like this forever. Indeed, I definitely remember there being some happy characters in gaming. Let’s try and find the king or queen of them all and crown them gaming’s happiest character. Even if I have to go right back to the paddles in Pong, I'm gonna do it. Any platform, any game... Wish me luck.