6 Game Characters that had Unexpected Reactions

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Sometimes, you just can’t predict how people are going to react to something.  Game developers create a character with the expectation that players will have one reaction only for them to go the opposite route.  For example, look at Teemo from League of Legends (pictured above).  He was obviously designed to serve as an adorable mascot character for the game.  While he’s had his share of success with that, many know him better as the single most frustrating assassin character in the game and has garnered the apt nickname of “The Devil Himself”.  This list will be looking at six characters that had similar reactions that must have caught their designers by surprise and looking into why they received the responses they did.

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6) The Great Fairy (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

With her long hair, heavy makeup, and distinctly un-Nintendo attire, there is only one thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Great Fairy: NIGHTMARE FUEL!  Early 3D games were a time where the uncanny valley ran rampant and character models would often just look off.  I’m guessing the reason that survival horror games had such a renaissance during this period is because it was the best time to make something look disturbing.  Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask generally used this to their advantage with truly horrifying models and animations for their enemies.  However, when the team tried to design a character with the opposite intent, the result was the most unsettling monstrosity in the entirety of either games.  Not helping matters is the fact that she lets out a blood-chilling banshee wail every time she appears.  Hyrule Warriors recently tried to update her appearance (pictured above), but the damage has already been done for many and she shall always remain a living nightmare.

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5) Silver the Hedgehog (Sonic ’06)

I honestly feel bad for Silver.  In any other circumstances, his telekinetic powers could have been revolutionary and he might have warranted his own spin-off series.  Instead, he made his debut in one of the most infamous games in the Sonic franchise and became the poster-boy for most of the game’s problems.  His post-apocalyptic time-travel backstory remains one of the greatest examples of a narrative trying far too hard and yet not nearly hard enough.  What truly sealed his fate as one of the most hated characters in the series was how much Sonic ’06 failed to deliver on the concept of his telekinetic powers.  This resulted in some of the worst controls in a game already built off of terrible controls.  Well, the telekinetic powers do get a chance to shine, but it’s at the worst possible time with the incredibly cheap boss fights you have against Silver.  Sega has kept him around and has tried to make him a mainstay of the cast, but the damage has already been done and IT’S NO USE!

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4) Villager (Super Smash Bros for Wii U)

The Villager from Animal Crossing was originally considered to be playable in Super Smash Bros Brawl, but he was dropped early on because the idea of seeing such a cheerful and carefree character getting involved in a fight just seemed too ridiculous.  Cue his inclusion in the latest installments on Wii U and 3DS and everyone immediately labels him as a crazed axe-murderer.  People took one look into his lifeless, doll-like eyes and saw nothing but the soul of a bloodthirsty monster.  Maybe he just wasn’t included in Brawl because the developers feared the unholy terror that they were bound to unleash.

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3) O’Neal (Aliens: Colonial Marines)

Everyone hates escort missions.  We can accept when we fail due to our own mistakes, but failing a level simply because the friendly AI that you’re stuck baby-sitting did something stupid is the worst punch in the gut that a game can give you.  Everything from Daikatana to Epic Mickey 2 has been largely undone by the inclusion of these digital parasites that call themselves your friends.  I could have filled this list with frustrating computer companions that only prove to be a greater threat than any actual enemy, but I’ve decided to focus specifically on O’Neal from Aliens: Colonial Marines.

O’Neal is your typical giant teddy bear-type of character; he’s big and gruff, but has a heart of gold underneath.  He’s supposed to be the best friend you could ask for when facing done ravenous xenomorphs.  There’s just one problem: he’s in Aliens: Colonial Marines, a game so historically awful that Sega and Gearbox were actually taken to court for daring to release it on the unsuspecting masses.  O’Neal follows suit with being horrible at everything he does.  Worse aim than a Star Wars stormtrooper?  Check.  Standing in narrow hallways for no reason other than to block your path from critical objectives?  Check.  The worst part is that you can’t even turn him off by having a second player like in most other games that stick you with an AI partner.  Even in co-op, O’Neal will still insist on being the third-wheel and getting in the way of both players.  Don’t you ever wish you could turn on friendly fire and knock the stupid out of these guys?  Well…

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2) Dino Baby (Conker’s Bad Fur Day)

While escort missions are notoriously hard to get right, good ones aren’t entirely unheard of.  For example, look at the section of Conker’s Bad Fur Day that has you escorting an adorable newborn dinosaur.  Not only is he invulnerable to damage, but he’s actually more capable in a fight than the character you’re playing as.  While Conker’s frying pan has a long wind-up and only stuns enemies, the dino baby can easily gobble up anything that comes near it.  Yeah, he gets stuck on corners every now and then and generally slows you down, but that’s a small price to pay for essentially playing on godmode.  If anything, he’s escorting you.  Actually, can we just ditch the drunken squirrel and play as this champion instead?

Alas, it seems Rareware underestimated their own abilities and expected people to react to the dino baby the same way they do to most escort characters.  At the end of the level, you are forced to lead your superior onto a sacrificial alter and watch him meet a gruesome end in order for you to progress.  It’s the one point where the game’s dark sense of humor actually goes too far.  Whenever I think of the cruel choice that this game forced me to make, I feel a little less bad about the fact that Rareware is now doomed to make Kinect minigames for the rest of eternity and license out their IPs to more capable developers (like the people who made the Battleship shooter).

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1) Foxy (Five Nights at Freddy’s)

You can never truly anticipate how people will respond to fear.  Some flee while others fight, and others still merely embrace their fate.  And then you have the truly bizarre reactions that can best be described as an extreme form of denial.  Nothing may be a better showcase for this than the Five Nights at Freddy’s series.  Foxy from Five Nights at Freddy’s is your biggest threat in the game as he’s the only  one that doesn’t rely on catching you off-guard in order to get you.  He can charge directly into your office and attack faster than you can react.  The only way to keep him at bay is to constantly check your cameras and make sure he stays behind his curtain, which makes you vulnerable to all of the other haunted animatronics.  If it wasn’t for this one threat, each night wouldn’t nearly be as difficult as they are.

Strangely enough, Foxy has become one of the most popular, if not the most popular, characters in the series.  Several fans of the series, rather than recognize Foxy as the menace that he truly is, have crafted theories that Foxy is actually a good guy whose just checking in on you if you don’t check in on him for too long and that you just die from shock rather than him attacking you.  There is also a plethora of fan art out there that I dare not link you to nor attempt to describe.  To each their own, but you’d think people wouldn’t be drawn toward a screeching serial killer en masse.

What other characters had public responses that surprised you?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.  Depending on the response we get, your suggestions may be featured on a follow-up article in the future.  Until then, keep your eyes peeled for that Villager.  I don’t trust that guy.

E3 2014 Preview

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It’s that time of year again, and E3 begins on June 9th. In only one week LA will be crawling with game developers, press and players as the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo begins again. If you have never heard of  the show, it’s basically 4 days where developers have a chance to show off their games at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Console manufacturers and publishers will set up booths, allowing journalists and guest’s to play games months before their release. The real attraction of E3 comes from the Press Conferences and similar events, where the curtain is pulled back on the next year’s new titles. Titles like Watch Dogs and Bioshock Infinite became instant hits when they debuted at E3, proving a great performance at the show can kick-start a game’s success like nothing else.

But what about this year? What games are confirmed to be their? When are these Press Conferences and where can I watch them? Should you be going? These are the questions we want to answer, so without any further ado, here is a quick intro to E3 2014.

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To begin, let’s talk about when the press conferences are and how you can watch them. These are the selling point for E3, when all eyes are on some of the biggest names in gaming and it’s either put up or shut up. Last year we saw Sony and Jack Trenton steal the show, more-so than anyone had in years. Microsoft used the stage to try and recapture their fanbase who had just been cold-shouldered weeks earlier. These press conferences determine how the next year worth of coverage will look from journaler’s and fans. These are the times when everything can change, conversation’s can change from ‘They don’t know what they are doing’ to ‘I can’t believe they just did that!’ for better and worse. The interesting part is that almost every company holding a press conference has a different method for doing so.

First up is Microsoft, who kicks things off on June 9th at 12:30pm (All times are in Eastern). Microsoft’s strategy has been to be the first thing you see from E3, hoping that their announcement stick with you throughout the day. If you want to watch it, then you have a few options. For those in the US and Canada, Spike TV will be showing the event live. Online you can watch it through Xbox.com, Xbox Live and Windows Phones.

Following Microsoft will be EA at 3pm. EA’s will also be on Spike TV, with streams on their website and Twitch as well. Then at 6pm, Aisha Tyler hosts Ubisoft’s presser for a third straight year. For the past two years, Ubisoft has managed to garner a ton of attention due to some high profile announcements, namely Watch Dogs back in 2012 and The Division in 2013. Hopefully Ubisoft manages to surprise us again, but that remains to be seen. Rounding out the day, Sony hits the stage at 9pm. After last years blockbuster performance everyone has high expectation for this year’s presentation, a downside to blowing away the competition.

For those who want to see the conference, Sony is offering a number of options. As with the others, numerous streams will be available online through Playstation’s site, This year they are also showing it in over 40 theaters across America, with freebies to all who attend. Nintendo goes last, and for the second year in a row they are doing things their own way.

A Nintendo-Direct, view able from Nintendo’s website, will be on June 10th at 12, just before the show floor opens to the public. After all these announcements, gamers will flood into the LA Center to get there hands on all the newly revealed games. If you want a preview of how these events happen, click these links to check out SonyMicrosoft and Nintendo’s from last year.

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 The complete list is sure to include both blockbusters and duds as E3 is home to both the best and… not the best. Here is the list, ordered by the console and then alphabetical, of games confirmed for E3. (Updated Games can be seen below) (A Question mark indicates that a game has been talked about for E3, but not official confirmed.)

For Nintendo, the list is as follows;

Wii U

Chariot

Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition

Hyrule Warriors

The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)

Sonic Boom

Super Smash Brothers

3DS

Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Not Confirmed, but highly likely)

Sonic Boom

Super Smash Brothers

And Now on to Sony,

PS4

Aliens: Isolation

Assassin’s Creed Unity (?)

Batman: Arkham Knight

Chariot

Deep Down

Defense Grid 2

Destiny

Dragon Age: Inquisition

EA’s UFC

The Evil Within

Evolve

Far Cry 4

Kingdom Come Deliverance

Kingdom Hearts 3 (?)

Lord of the Fallen

Mad Max (?)

Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain

Metro: Redux

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Mirror’s Edge 2 (?)

Natural Doctrine

NHL 15

The Order: 1886 (?)

Star Wars Battlefront

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Uncharted

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

PS3

Alien: Isolation

An Assassin’s Creed Game (?)

Borderlands the Pre-Sequel (?)

Destiny

Dragon Age: Inquisition

The Evil Within

Fairy Fencer F

Far Cry 4

Hatsune Miku – Project DIVA- F 2nd

Mad Max

Metal Gear: Phantom Pain

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Natural Doctrine

NHL 15

Persona 5 (?)

Ultra Street Fighter IV

Xblaze Code Embryo

PS Vita

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

Disgaea 4

Hatsune Miku – Project DIVA- F 2nd

Natural Doctrine

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Here are Microsoft’s confirmed titles,

Xbox One

Aliens: Isolation

Assassin’s Creed Unity (?)

Batman: Arkham Knight

Below

Chariot

Defense Grid 2

Destiny

Dragon Age: Inquisition

EA’s UFC

The Evil Within

Evolve

Fable Legends

Fantasia Music Evolved

Far Cry 4

Forza Horizons 2

Halo 5: The Guardian

Possible Halo Collection (?)

Kingdom Come Deliverance

Kingdom Hearts 3 (?)

Lord of the Fallen

Mad Max (?)

Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain

Metro: Redux

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Mirror’s Edge 2 (?)

NHL 15

Quantum Break

Star Wars Battlefront

Sunset Overdrive

Tom Clancy’s The Division

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Far Cry 4

Forza Horizon 2

Mad Max (?)

Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Xbox 360

Alien: Isolation

An Assassin’s Creed Game (?)

Borderlands the Pre-Sequel (?)

Destiny

Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition

Dragon Age: Inquisition

The Evil Within

Fantasia Music Evolved

Far Cry 4

Forza Horizon 2

Mad Max (?)

Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain

NHL 15

Project Spark

World of Tanks

And lastly PC,

Aliens: Isolation

Assassins’s Creed Unity

Batman Arkham Knight

BattleCry

Battlefield Hardline

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Borderlands the Pre-Sequel

Broforce

Chariot

Civilization: Beyond Earth

Defense Grid 2

Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Elite Dangerous

The Evil Within

Evolve

Far Cry 4

Grey Goo

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Kingdom Come Deliverance

Lords of the Fallen

Mad Max (?)

Metro: Redux

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Mirror’s Edge 2

Not a Hero

Project Spark

The Sims 4

Star Wars Attack Squadrons

Star Wars Battlefront

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Warhammer 40K: The Eternal Crusade

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

World of Tanks

Updates:

Homefront: The Revolution- PS4, Xbox One, PC

Mortal Kombat X- PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

Battlefield: Hardline- PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC

That’s a lot of games for a variety of consoles, and more importantly a lot of games to check out. For highlights of these games and all of E3 be sure to check back with VgamerZ throughout next week.