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As you know, or hopefully know…today is Mother’s Day…so as I
set out to write a blog, I wanted to keep that in mind and possibly make it the
theme…but I quickly realized of all the character types we have witnessed in
our video games…from the quiet unassuming reluctant hero, like Lester Knight
Chaykin from Out of this World...
...to the amazing and powerful superhero like
Kratos from God of War, the “mother” figure as the hero (or even as a secondary
character) isn’t one that is often incorporated into the game. Sure, there are
there are plenty of females as important characters and even main characters – including
Alyx Vance, Lara Croft, Samus Aran, and Jill Valentine. To my knowledge, none
of these women were mothers though.
So…are there any mothers in the world of video games worth mentioning…let’s
see...and for the record, I’m not talking about video games that moms might
enjoy playing like Farmville or the Sims, I’m talking video games that have
characters who play a significant role in the game that are mothers. The only
one that comes to mind is Cortana from Halo…she was kind of a motherly figure
to the Master Chief, though she didn’t look near old enough to be his mother.
may be tough. I can’t think of any off the top of my head, so I am going to
have to do a little searching. Well, that’s not entirely true…I do remember in
Dante’s Inferno, Dante’s mom makes an appearance. For part of the game, you
think she died from a sickness like the plague or something…but they reveal in
a cut scene what really happened to her…it wasn’t pretty.
So, let’s see what we
Ah…well look at this…
referred to as "EarthBound Zero", is a console role-playing game
(RPG) developed by Ape, Inc., Pax Softnica and Nintendo Tokyo R&D Products
and published by Nintendo for the Family Computer (Famicom) video game console.
It was designed and directed by Shigesato Itoi and produced by Shigeru
Miyamoto, with music by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka. It is the first
game in the Mother video game series (otherwise known as the EarthBound
series), and was never released outside of Japan. In 2003, the game was
re-released in a compilation with its sequel as Mother 1+2. The game's taglines
are "No crying until the end" and "Guaranteed masterpiece".
Mother begins by
telling the story of a young married couple from rural America who mysteriously
vanished after a dark shadow covered their small country town. Two years later,
the husband, George, returned as mysteriously as he vanished, and began a strange
study in complete seclusion. His wife, Maria, was never heard from again.
Well…that doesn’t quite seem like what I had in mind…so let’s
dig around some more…
Hmm…apparently there are quite a few mothers mentioned in
the Dead or Alive series.
There's Maria, Helena's mother and one of Douglas'
mistresses. Maria was assassinated by Christie during an opera although the
intended target was Helena. In DOA2 Helena mistook Ayane for the murderer.
Then of course there's Alicia. Bass Armstrong's wife and
Tina's mother. She died of a disease when Tina was six, forcing Bass to take
care of her by himself. In one of Bass' cut scenes, when Tina is thanking
people to her interviewers, she thanks Alicia.
It sounds an awful lot like a daytime soap opera to me. Let’s
see if there are any other mothers worthy of mentioning…
Well…here is an interesting mother connection that I don’t
recall from playing the game.
Link has several
family members, including an uncle in A Link to the Past; an unseen mother in
Ocarina of Time, who dies fleeing a war when Link is a baby; a grandmother, who
raises him, and a sister, Aryll, in The Wind Waker; and a grandfather in The
Minish Cap. He has a utilitarian relationship with Midna from Twilight
Princess, though the two grow to become friends as time goes on. His mother and
father appear as spirits in the official manga.
Ah…another one that almost slipped by that I didn’t remember…
You may recall in Mass Effect the character Liara T'Soni.
A 106-year-old asari
companion who has a passion for studying and working with Prothean technology,
Dr. Liara T'Soni is an expert in the field of Prothean archaeology,
specifically evidence concerning the Protheans' demise. She is, in fact, found
in a Prothean ruin, trapped in a kinetic bubble prison. Liara is a possible
romance interest for both male and female Shepards. The asari have only one
gender, and can reproduce with any gender or species. Liara's class is
unique to her as an Asari Scientist, skilled mainly in biotics, but unable to
build skills in weapons and tech abilities. Unlike the human equivalent Adept,
however, Liara can learn "Electronic" skills.
Well...Liara's mother is Matriarch Benezia.
An asari matriarch who
is in league with Saren. She is also the mother of Liara T'Soni. During the
course of conversation, Liara speculates that Benezia was ashamed of mating
with another Asari, but is not entirely certain if that was the case. She is
enslaved by Sovereign into finding the location of the Mu Mass Relay. She is
killed by the player after revealing this fact and (if Liara is present in the
shore party) making peace with her daughter. She is a master of Biotics.
So…apparently there are some mothers in our video games worth
What about you…any games you can think of where a “mother”
plays an important role…or even more challenging…the “mother” is the primary
For all the mothers out there…Happy Mother’s Day. Your hard
work and efforts are appreciated. And if you’re reading this and forgot to tell
your mom Happy Mother’s Day…you better do it now…!