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[ Sunday, September 03, 2006 ]

Durm Chamine on computer game characters
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Man, that Starbuck Powersurge is such a loser, I tell ya.

I'd wifi hacked in on his Nintendo DS and taken a stroll round his Animal Crossing: Wild World game, and what do I find? He's only gone and named his character "Starbuck" and called his town "Powerton". Jeez, that's lame.

Couldn't resist having a go on New Super Mario Brothers whilst I was in there. Whaddagame. But however good it is, let's face it, Mario & Luigi are about as cool as The Chuckle Brothers. Come to think of it, they're eerily similar in style and appearance as well...

Coolest game character ever?

Don't say Sonic. 'Spesh since he went the way of John Merrick.

Reckon it gotta be Sweevo from Sweevo's World.

Or Head out of Head Over Heels. Definitely not Heels.

Possibly Earl from ToeJam and Earl.

But probably Ian Dury from Deus Ex Machina.

6 Comment(s):

Comment by Blogger 3rd daughter, at September 03, 2006 9:56 pm  :

flipping heck!! the van dammes got you bad!!

mr chamine, i demand that you return mr starbuck to us at once!

Comment by Anonymous Durm Chamine, at September 04, 2006 9:54 am  :

Hey doll, don't you go worryin', Starbie's not been caught by the Van Dammes (ouch) - he's back in the country and he's fine.

And I'm definitely not keepin' the 'Buck from you. Hey, he's my old Viper Squad compadre, you know what I'm sayin' - he's my old buddy (bidi-bidi-etc).

Nope, Starbuck's just a little technologically "displaced" right now. Hopefully we'll have him back online soon. It's a long, convoluted, and - to be honest - not-entirely-believable story... God help us when he tries to convert to Blogger Beta...

Comment by Blogger Stuart, at September 04, 2006 1:17 pm  :

C'mmmaaaaaaan there are way cooler characters than those you mention. Modern day clear favourites must be Ratchet and Clank (particularly Clank) - so much better than Jak and Daxter (although Daxter on his own on the PSP is great)>

Further back, while I like the Head reference, we prefer the robot from Alien8 don't we?

Then obviously Mr Miner from Manic Miner.

And by far the greatest computer character of all; so much charm, so much charisma... Horace! He went skiing! He hung out with spiders!

Comment by Anonymous Durm Chamine, at September 04, 2006 1:44 pm  :

... Horace... he was... hungry. Super-deformed, but not in a good way.

Thanks for reminding me of Miner Willy aka Jet Set Willy. Marvellous, if you like your ComGame characters to be alcoholics. See also Conker - an icon of boozy cool.

Re: the Alien 8 robot; I actually prefer the Davros character from Alien 8. Anything Davros-like has gotta be good.

What about Red and Blue from Gunstar Heroes? Or whilst on a Treasure tip, Dynamite Heady? Anyone who can turn his head into a lead weight, thus preventing him from moving, has got to have a certain je ne sais quoi.

Or, erm, Jellyboy? No.

Comment by Blogger Stuart, at September 05, 2006 1:11 pm  :

And now YOU'VE reminded me (by the use of the word "Jet") of the character from Jetpac and then Lunar Jetman...

In fact if memory serves many of these are from the brilliant Ultimate stable - I also have fond memories (although not many other people do) of er... that one when you spray the bugs to let the flower grow... erm AHA! Pssst!! The greatest name for a game ever!

But, right, they did other great stuff too - what was that 2d haunted house thingy... and there was Sabrewulf... (delay while Googling...) aha Atic Atac.

And then there was Cookie (in a similar not-so-great vein as Pssst)...


Comment by Anonymous Durm Chamine, at September 05, 2006 5:15 pm  :

Lunar Jetman & Jetpac were indeed from Ultimate: Play The Game (aka Ashby Computer Graphics), now known as Rare of course, which brings us back to Conker on the N64.

And talking of pissed game characters, and talking of Pssst, scarily enough I myself was going to mention Pssst yesterday, that was until I Googled up some images and realised I was getting names confused (turns out I was actually after snake-based maze game Wriggler. But he was rubbish.)

But back to Ultimate. Cookie annoyed the shit out of me, 'cos my reactions were to shot to pieces, even then.

And returning to iconic characters, Sabreman (also the star of Underwurlde, Knight Lore, Pentagram et al) was pretty cool in Sabre Wulf, what with his explorer's hat, shorts and his "sabre". Though he looked best in Knight Lore (i.e. he looked like a cross between Captain Caveman and BC Bill).

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