LET'S GAME! When it comes to the video game world, many lovers spend countless hours "gaming." From the most popular games out there, could you match them to their characters?
The very first video game is said to have been invented by a physicist, William Higinbotham. Created in 1958, this video game would now seem like an outdated version of Pong. Since then, video games would grow in genre and sophistication.
The 1970s would introduce games like Pong, Asteroids, and Pinball. The following decade would have Super Mario Bros., Pac-Man, and Tetris. The 1990s and beyond would bring Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft and the Legend of Zelda. These are some of the most popular video games ever played, but today, we're focusing solely on the characters. Could you pair them all to their video game?
It might be easy to recognize Mario and Luigi, but could you pick out Bowser and Princess Peach? Identifying a picture of Pac-Man chomping along might be obvious, but could you recognize Sonic the Hedgehog or Link from The Legend of Zelda?
Video gamers spend a lot of their time with their controllers or on their computers. Have you put in enough hours to be able to master this quiz?
Let's find out if you're coming in 1st place!
Japanese video game designer Toru Iwatani created the arcade game, Pac-Man. The player controls Pac-Man through a maze of various dots, known as Pac-Dots, with the goal being to consume all the Pac-Dots in a stage to proceed to the next one.
In 1986, Japanese game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka created a high-fantasy action-adventure video game called the Legend of Zelda. The lead game character, Link, appears in several incarnations over the course of this Nintendo's video game series.
Metroid is a science fiction and action-adventure game series. The protagonist, Samus Aran, is an ex-soldier of the Galactic Federation. She became a galactic bounty hunter, usually fitted with a powered exoskeleton that is equipped with weapons, such as directed-energy weapons and missiles.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze was a nobleman who hailed from Florence during the Renaissance era; he led an affluent, carefree lifestyle until a tragic turn of events changed his life. He witnessed the execution of his father and two brothers. Ezio Auditore da Firenze then went out seeking revenge.
The main protagonist in Final Fantasy VII, Cloud Strife first appeared as an arrogant and proud swordsman who introduced himself as a former member of an elite warrior-turned-mercenary of a unit called SOLDIER. Cloud Strife later discovers the truth about his past and, with the help of his friends, figures out that being a hero is not just about fame and being physically strong.
Sora, a teenager who originates from the Destiny Islands, is the main protagonist of the Kingdom Hearts series. He obtained the Keyblade, a weapon used to fight creatures known as the Heartless.
Bayonetta is the protagonist who carried the same name as the video game. Hideki Kamiya created Bayonetta. She was designed by Mari Shimazaki. Bayonetta is a Witch who is on the hunt for answers about her forgotten memories. The first place she goes to is Vigrid and fights the angelic forces of Paradiso on the way.
Castlevania is a series of horror-themed action-adventure video games, centered on the Belmont family, a clan of hunters who set out to hunt vampires. They are renowned for their fight with the infamous Gabriel Belmont, popularly know as Dracula.
Solid Snake is the primary protagonist of the game series known as Metal Gear. He is a hardened veteran who has been on the battlefield for most of his life and is seen as a loner, often with no intentions of taking orders from anyone anymore.
Big Daddies are genetically mutated and altered human beings. Their bodies were directly grafted into heavily armored, steampunk-inspired atmospheric diving suits.
Tommy Vercetti is an Italian-American who is portrayed with a tall, swarthy, handsome appearance. He is the hero and playable character in the 2002 edition of Grand Theft Auto; Vice City. After he was released from prison, he took part in a deal for an old friend and was ambushed. After he found and murdered the man who set up the ambush, he became extremely powerful in the underworld.
Like most other pea-shooting plants, the Peashooter in the Plant vs. Zombies video game series is based on the plant Pisum sativum. It is the first and primary attacking plant received in every level in the game.
Little Big Planet is a bit unusual because it is a puzzle video game series, with a high emphasis on gameplay rather than being story-driven. It follows the adventures of Sackboy who is the game's default protagonist.
The God of War game series, whose main protagonist and anti-hero is Kratos, is based on Greek mythology. In the game, each adventure forms part of a narrative with vengeance as a central theme.
The action-adventure video game, Tomb Raider, developed by Crystal Dynamics, went on to becomes one of the best selling video game series in the world. The protagonist, Lara Croft, won several accolades. She even earned a place on the Walk of Game and Guinness World Records.
Red Dead Redemption is a Western-type of action-adventure video game, whose main character is John Marston. He was an outlaw gang member and gunslinger, who committed robberies, raids, murders, kidnappings, and other crimes across the frontier.
In 2006, Marcus Fenix debuted as the protagonist of the Gears of War video game. He is a fictional character who was convicted of a crime but was later reinstated into the Coalition of Ordered Governments military to assist with a specialized mission.
Garrus Vakarian is a Turian who started out in the military when he was just a teenager. He chose to be like his father and become a C-Sec officer. He was responsible for the investigation of Saren Arterius, the Council's top threat after the Alliance claimed Saren had gone rogue.
Known for his chant "GET OVER HERE!" Scorpion made his debut as one of the original seven playable characters in the Mortal Kombat arcade game franchise in 1992. He is a resurrected ninja specter seeking revenge for his death at the hands of Sub-Zero.
Created by Erik Wolpaw and Kim Swift, GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System) is an artificially intelligent computer system out of the video game series entitled Portal. Within the game, GLaDOS is responsible for testing and maintenance in the Aperture Science research facility.
Recognized by his close-cropped blonde hair and a long, yellow horseshoe mustache, the Barbarian is the first troop unlocked in the Barracks. Barbarians aren't the smart troops. They have no preferred target but will instead go after the closest thing to them.
The Tracer, a peppy and energetic character of British origin, appeared in the 2016 video game, Overwatch. She can "blink" through space and rewind her personal timeline as she battles to right the wrongs in the world.
Steve is differentiated from Alex, another default player skin in the Minecraft video game, by his dark hair and skin, his nose and mouth, and his blue eyes. Steve has a variety of personalities. He could go from being a nice calm gentleman to a heartless, cruel mass homicidal maniac.
Prince of Persia is one of many in a series of games created by Jordan Mechner. In the game, King Sharaman adopted Dastan, a street kid in Persia, after showing courage in the marketplace. The King heard that the holy city of Alamut was supplying guns to the Persian enemies, and Dastan, along with the king's biological sons, was sent to siege and take over Alamut.
Hated by many, the main antagonist of Nintendo's Mario franchise is Bowser, who is also known as King Koopa. Bowser is the head and most powerful of the Koopas, evil-driven turtle-like creatures. His ultimate goals are to kidnap Princess Peach and defeat Mario and take over the fictional Mushroom Kingdom.
Illidan Stormrage is a fictional night elf and sorcerer character that appears in the Warcraft series of video games. He was nicknamed "the Betrayer" as he pursued power and committed several horrific acts against his own people.
In the early 1990s, Lemmings, a puzzle-platformer video game, was one of the best-received puzzle games. The goal of the game is to guide a group of anthropomorphized lemmings through some obstacles to a designated exit.
Michael T. Weiss voiced the character, Nameless One, in the video game, Planescape: Torment. The Nameless One suffered severe memory loss, but it was evident that at some point he committed a horrible crime. The exact nature of this crime was never presented, but clearly, it was severe enough to damn his soul.
Yoshi's Island is an old school, 1995 video game that was developed by Nintendo for its Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Baby Mario brother, Luigi, was kidnapped by Baby Bowser's minions. But Yoshi helped Mario rescue him and reunited them.
Ratchet is the main protagonist and playable character of the Ratchet & Clank series. He is the last remaining Lombax in the universe, a skilled mechanic, and an intergalactic hero who wields a variety of mighty weapons.
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse is the third installment in the Castlevania game franchise, produced for Nintendo Systems. It tells the tale of Simon Belmont's ancestor, Trevor, who seeks to destroy Dracula with the help of one of three possible companions.
Jade is one of the characters and the main hero in the action-adventure video game called Beyond Good & Evil. She was an orphan through her entire childhood but was later adopted by her uncle, Pey'j. The only link she had to her origin was a camera, given to her by her parents.
Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin created a franchise of a platform video game series called Crash Bandicoot. The series comprises of 18 games. More than 50 million copies were sold.
Pikachu is renowned for being the most popular and recognizable Pokémon. Pikachu is the mascot of the Pokémon franchise, and it is the only starter Pokémon in Pokémon Rumble Blast and Pokémon Rumble World video games.
The protagonist and flagship character, Duke Nukem of the Duke Nukem series of video games, is a legendary American hero. He defended Earth several times from evildoers and emerged triumphant over every threat.
Spyro is the main protagonist and title character of The Legend of Spyro video game series. He is a purple dragon that is destined to bring peace to his home. The story revolves around his efforts to stop Malefor the enemy from destroying the world.
Claire Redfield is one of the favorite female characters in the Resident Evil video game series. She is the younger sister of Chris Redfield, an American special police officer who is a protagonist of the first game.
"You will learn respect!" says the Princess from the Mortal Kombat video game. Kitana was also known as Princess Kitana. In 1993, Lady Kitana was introduced as a character in the second installment of the game, Mortal Kombat II.
In 2000, Tiger Electronics released an LCD game called Sonic Underground. It was based on the television show of the same name. It is where the crowned Prince of Mobius, Sonic the Hedgehog, is the main protagonist. He travels in search of his mother, Queen Aleena, with the help of his two siblings, Sonia and Manic.
Ken is a star character in the Street Fighter video game series. His goal is to test his power against different fighters, as he strives to become stronger. His best friend, Ryu, is also one of his biggest rivals.
Succeeded only by Wii Sports, Super Mario Bros. is the second best selling video game, making its way into over 40 million homes. In this game, the playable character and protagonist, Mario, travels through the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool from the enemy, Bowser.
Geralt of Rivia, also called the White Wolf, is the lead game character in the Witcher III. At a young age, he was given to the witchers to be trained in their ways and mutated. As he grew, he became known as one of the fiercest and most skilled in the land.
Typically slicked out in a black suit, black leather gloves, white dress shirt and a distinct red tie is Agent 47, the main protagonist of the Hitman video game series. In addition to clothing, Agent 47's distinctive choice of weaponry, a pair of silver customized AMT Hardballers, also play an important role in his appearance.
Master Chief is the protagonist in the science fiction video game, Halo. This faceless biochemically-enhanced super soldier was raised and trained from an early age to be a weapon. Master Chief is almost never seen without his green-colored armor and helmet.
Nathan Drake, the charismatic yet rebellious treasure hunter who is often referred to as "Nate," journeyed across the world to uncover various historical mysteries in the video game series, Uncharted. Nate and his older brother, Sam, were orphans who believed that they descended from the famous English explorer, Sir Francis Drake.
The video game, Max Payne 3, developed by Rockstar Studios, is a third-person shooter game. The main character, Max Payne, is a former detective who became a vigilante after the murder of his wife and daughter.
Dante is the main protagonist of the dark video game series, Devil May Cry. His father was Sparda, a demon of great power. Thus he possesses numerous powers as well. Dante uses his power in combination with a variety of weapons to accomplish his goal of exterminating evil demons and other wicked supernatural forces.
Ganondorf, popularly known as the King of Thieves, the Great King of Evil, or the Dark Lord, is the main villain in the Legend of Zelda video games. He has magic powers and often asks the all-powerful Triforce to grant him his wish of conquering the world.
In Warcraft 3, Jaina Proudmoore is the strongest human sorceress and the leader of the Kirin Tor. She swore to conquer the Burning Legion and its shady agents any way she could, and helped defeat and banish the demons.
Jack was on an airplane that crashed and sunk into an underwater city, Rapture. While traveling through the city, he came across some gene-altering substances known as Plasmids, which he used to empower and protect himself.