The lights are on
I spend a lot of time in virtual worlds, but what always
draws me in are the characters I explore them with. I find part of why I love
role-playing games so much is the distinct personalities of these characters;
they often become more than just images on the screen. Every so often while I
play, I find myself thinking, "Hey, this character would be fun to hang out
with in real life." This could only happen in a dream world, but it's a fun situation
to ponder. Here are some of my favorite characters who I know I'd have a grand
time hanging out with.
Yuri Hyuga (Shadow
Not only does Yuri have a tough-guy demeanor, ensuring
nobody would dare pick a fight with you in his presence, but his sarcasm makes
for some great quips. Like Jim from The
Office, who looks at the camera and shakes his head over all the crazy
people around him, Yuri has a thought about everyone. The difference between
Yuri and Jim? Yuri isn't afraid to speak his mind, saying the things we all
think, but wouldn't dare say. Yuri's brashness coupled with his impeccable wit
guarantees a memorable day.
Garrus (Mass Effect)
He's got the reach if you've got the flexibility, but mostly
Garrus is just a cool bro. His favorite activity, shooting bottles on top of
the Citadel, is more than a fun way to spend the day, and Garrus' laid-back
demeanor is perfect for easing stress. After all, do you think Commander
Shepard could have dealt with the pressure of saving the world without Garrus'
Silverberg (Suikoden IV)
Elenor has a lot of wisdom; as a tactician, she relies on
creativity to outsmart the enemy. But besides mastering the art of trickery,
Elenor is a no-nonsense type, and she's happiest when she's drinking her wine.
In fact, Elenor can drink her male counterparts under the table, and wine
parties are her pleasure. She's my kind of girl.
Rikku (Final Fantasy
X and X-2)
Sometimes you just want to be around someone with positive
energy, and Rikku has more than enough energy to go around. Like your personal
cheerleader, she'll lift your spirits quickly. In a world where people feed off
negativity, Rikku's happy-go-lucky demeanor is invigorating; it'd be a day of
embracing your inner child, not letting the weight of the world get you down.
Junpei (Persona 3)
Junpei is a loveable dude. He's a big dork at heart, but he
overcompensates when he tries to hide it - and it's hilarious. But deep down,
Junpei is a good guy, who's laid back - a goofball who just wants to have a
good time. He'll do anything in his power to make sure those around him are
enjoying themselves. Plus, watching Junpei try to be the life of the party and
ultimately embarrass himself is a moment I don't want to miss.
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