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Old 08-14-2008, 03:17 AM   #41
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:59 AM   #42
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To each his own, I guess, but I found Squall to be an incredibly annoying whiner.
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:11 AM   #43
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:33 AM   #44
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To each his own, I guess, but I found Squall to be an incredibly annoying whiner.
Which is odd, because I thought that he was far too introverted for his own good, and never actually said what he was thinking.



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Old 08-14-2008, 11:21 AM   #45
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Off the top of my head:

Manny Calavera (Grim Fandango)
Guybrush Threepwood (Monkey Island games)
Gordon Freeman (Half-Life games)
J.C. Denton (Deus Ex)
Kyle Katarn (Jedi Knight games)
Ben (Full Throttle)
Lucas Kane (Indigo Prophecy)
The Nameless One (Planescape: Torment)


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Old 08-14-2008, 11:49 AM   #46
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Nobody ever says what they're thinking. Well, unless it's a Freudian slip.

Okay, someone indulge me, and explain how Gordon Freeman, the most empty character ever, can be a favorite protagonist? Nothing against Half-Life, but Gordon is the quintessential Player Avatar, it's worse than calling Exile or Revan your favorite. Of course, he's also a Puppet (not in the Cloud sense, though) so...maybe that's what you're getting at?
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Old 08-14-2008, 05:45 PM   #47
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Nobody ever says what they're thinking. Well, unless it's a Freudian slip.

Okay, someone indulge me, and explain how Gordon Freeman, the most empty character ever, can be a favorite protagonist? Nothing against Half-Life, but Gordon is the quintessential Player Avatar, it's worse than calling Exile or Revan your favorite. Of course, he's also a Puppet (not in the Cloud sense, though) so...maybe that's what you're getting at?
Mostly it is possible because of what he does in the game, how hard the game may be and the sequel itself and the mass amount of mods it spawned. Most people cannot imagine Half-Life without Gordon Freeman now. Even mods such as Opposing Force and Blue shift still show Freeman at points.

Most people have trouble viewing themselves as the player character. So Valve comes up with the idea of naming the character but never viewing it. So technically their favorite character is themselves. But it may go back to my remark earlier that he is a college graduate and a hero to the nerds of the world.


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Old 08-14-2008, 07:47 PM   #48
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Maybe it's more a case of how everyone else talks about Freeman, especially when it comes to HL2 & episodes. 'The one free man' from the vortigants or 'you're a real terror' (or similar line) from Alyx in EP1 after you down the chopper thing.


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Old 08-14-2008, 09:45 PM   #49
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I actually liked playing as CPL sheperd as much as freeman, the parts where you had backup capable of doing more than killing headcrabs were a nice change, even if the engineers and medics were only placed where you had to use them to do something.



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Old 08-15-2008, 06:35 PM   #50
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Which is odd, because I thought that he was far too introverted for his own good, and never actually said what he was thinking.
My question is, why is he that timid? Seriously, and Rinoa is his exact opposite.

Well, I've got enough of him on Kingdom Hearts though, he's deitificated there.


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Old 08-15-2008, 11:54 PM   #51
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Hmmm...thinking about this one made me realise that most of my favourite games down the years don't really involve protagonists, being as they are sports & strategy experiences.

The great games that did have such invariably had quite nondescript, if enigmatic, characters in the lead (Metal Gear, Splinter Cell, GTA III, Silent Hill, Brennan from the X space-trading games).


So for me it's Lara Croft. I've played her in 5 games, tho' yet to finish the last one, and really do feel that behind the hype and dodgy yet faithful films lies a genuinely strong, deep and passionate character.

2nd would be Cloud Strife...but as he was overshadowed by the villain he doesn't get the gong.
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:01 AM   #52
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Solid Snake would be the victor in my books, if it wasn't for the Duke. "Hail to the King, Baby!!"
Both of them have great lines, Duke's are funny, while Snake's really make you think, especially in the first MGS.
And Niko Belic deserves an honourable mention.


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Old 08-19-2008, 09:32 AM   #53
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In addition to some that have already been mentioned, I think the Prince from the first Prince of Persia game (Sands of Time) and Tidus from Final Fantasy X were good protagonists. Abe from the Oddworld games wasn't too bad, either.

While I really like the Half-Life games, I wouldn't call Gordon much of a protagonist at all.


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Old 08-19-2008, 10:44 AM   #54
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My question is, why is he that timid? Seriously, and Rinoa is his exact opposite.
I wouldn't call him timid... He's just the strong silent type At any rate, he doesn't believe in showing his feelings (perhaps he considers it a waste of time and energy?), and thus expects others to do the same and not whine to him.

I believe that they're the "opposites attract", as opposed to birds of a feather



The sun goes down and the sky reddens, pain grows sharp.
light dwindles. Then is evening
when jasmine flowers open, the deluded say.
But evening is the great brightening dawn
when crested cocks crow all through the tall city
and evening is the whole day
for those without their lovers

-Kuruntokai 234, translated by A.K. Ramanujan

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Old 08-19-2008, 02:09 PM   #55
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Naruto in the japanese version. his story was actually pretty sad but in the american version hes a big douche. Conker, he was fun to listen to. Master chief simply because of the books, u dont really see any of his depth in the games (hes still fairly shallow and cliche though). I'm excited for the secret apprentice. Ad i kno he doesnt talk but Hero from Fable. The ever changing Link.


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Old 08-19-2008, 02:46 PM   #56
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Gordon Freeman... I guess it's because he's a college graduate with a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics... (I'm pretty sure... I'll have to replay the opening sequence tomorrow to check) and he isn't crippled by the Ph.D. he actually can function in the world.

And, think, he gets a Crowbar off the ground and then a 9mm... and he manages to get out of Black Mesa, even though he has a Ph.D.!

Otherwise: First Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Blair. Who would've thought that Wing Commander would've been dragged in somehow!

Being qualified for every fighter aboard a Carrier is a pretty hard thing to do... especially when you've been shuttled off to Insystem Security for ten years! (WC2)

Well... that's about it.


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Old 08-20-2008, 04:01 PM   #57
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Hmm... favorite protagonists are:
Kyle Katarn: Jedi Knight Series
Revan: KotOR
The Exile: TSL
Glorfindel: BFME 2
Altair: Assassin's Creed (he just looks cool)

However, since I mostly just play RPGs, my favorite protagonist would just be me all the time.


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Old 09-01-2008, 06:57 PM   #58
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:05 PM   #59
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:14 PM   #60
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What is with the fixation on characters that don't have any character? Karan S'jet has more of a personality than Link.
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:32 PM   #61
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just cuz he cant talk doesnt mean he doesnt have character and who is this Karan S'jet person your talking about




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Old 09-01-2008, 09:37 PM   #62
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*Sigh* Uncultured.

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Old 09-01-2008, 09:43 PM   #63
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From the game Homeworld... Yeah, she actually speaks, has a history that people hear about, and has emotions. She's definitely more interesting than Revan or the Exile.

Hmm.... I've gotta play Homeworld again... and work on beating it... I lost all my saves when I had to reinstall my OS.


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Old 09-02-2008, 01:51 AM   #64
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hm that's quite hard for me to figure out since i have many favourites

Ryu Hayabusa=Ninja Gaiden
Bishop=Rainbow six Las Vegas 2
Mario
Carl Johnson=GTA San Andreas
Spiderman=Spiderman 1&2

well here are some of my favourites i got loads of more but theese were the only ones i came up with right now


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Old 09-02-2008, 04:04 AM   #65
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I guess it's mostly for nostalgia... but Ash Ketchum from Pokémon.


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I guess it's mostly for nostalgia... but Ash Ketchum from Pokémon.
Not a game protagonist. Ash Ketchum is a character from the anime of pokemon. He was based off of Red who was the protagonist of Red/Blue/Yellow. The next Protagonist was Gold who was for G/S and Crystal who was for C.


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Not a game protagonist. Ash Ketchum is a character from the anime of pokemon. He was based off of Red who was the protagonist of Red/Blue/Yellow. The next Protagonist was Gold who was for G/S and Crystal who was for C.
How'd I know somebody was going to say this? Argh.

Well Red has no personality so I'm not going with him. Uhhh, let's see... I like Dave and Bernard from Maniac Mansion.


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just cuz he cant talk doesnt mean he doesnt have character
Perhaps not, but when you say 'your player from KOTOR', it's tantamount to saying 'me, cause I rock'.

And he doesn't have a character, as it's left to the player to define his character. Characters such Revan and The Exile are subjective - no two characters will be the same because everyone will play it differently.






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