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May 1st 2014 3:26 pm

Favorite NPC encounters in video games?

Being a pretty avid gamer, I've met a lot of interesting characters in my travels through various gaming worlds. For me, there are a few particularly memorable NPCs (non-player characters) from these encounters.

The first character is from Return to Zork. For anyone who's played the game, I challenge you to remember a better line than, "Want some rye? 'Course you do." I'm not sure what it was about him or his phrase that made an impression on me (and when I played it at the young age of 11, I don't think I even knew what rye was), but I still go around saying it to this day. A post on Kotaku shares my exact sentiment: kotaku.com­/5887875­/want­-some­-rye

"Want some rye? 'Course ya do!"

The second character that I particularly remember is Three Dog from Fallout 3. His commentary, witty remarks, and soothing voice helped entertain and relax you as you navigated the dangerous wasteland.

"Because one dog ain't enough, and two is too low, it's me, Three Dog!

The third memorable character in my travels was my ever faithful military advisor from Civilization II. His passion and desire for our empire to take over the world was second to none, and even if his words weren't always backed with NUCLEAR WEAPONS, his enthusiasm lead to many a conquest.

"Give me more soldiers, noble leader, that they may sheath their swords into the beating hearts of our enemies!"

Anyway, what other interesting and memorable characters have you encountered in your own travels?

Return to Zork: Want some rye guy

Fallout 3: Three Dog and his radio station

Civilization II: Advisors

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My all time fave is the cast of unnecessarily angry characters Ryo meets in Shenmue, when he's searching far and wide for "some sailors".

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This scene with Mario Auditore in Assassin's Creed 2 made me spit my drink:

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I always remember the Captain of the Guard from Kings Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow because his voice was awesome.



The host from Mega Race is also very memorable just because he was so obnoxious. I generally would skip all the cutscenes.



Also Nazeem in Skyrim..

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Hahaha, Nazeem is infamous.

"Do you get to the Cloud District very often? Oh, what am I saying - of course you don't."

Oh yeah, punk?!? FUS-RO-DAH!
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That run-in in return to zork is what I would have said. I still quote it all the time. I would also say the character played by Wayne from the Wonder Years. My other all time favorite is the truck driver from Resident Evil 2 that says, "That guy's a maniac, why'd he bite me?"
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Not a "human" NPC, per se, but ugh: I remember getting annoyed with the ship AI's attitude in Cybermorph within a few minutes.

"Where did you learn to fly?"

Haven't been able to take criticism well ever since.
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Two other all-time favorites coming from Sega CD: 1) Night Trap: "can you close the door? can you close the door? How hard can it be to close the door?" 2) Sewer Shark: Basically anything said on that game "rat breath".
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For me, it was Laura, the damsel in distress, in Cosmic Fantasy 2 for the TurboGrafx16 CD. The story in that game was so great that it made the tedious random encounters and uninspired combat entirely worth enduring. The voice acting was amazing for its time (and is still some of my favorite voice acting from an RPG) and the opening scene made you fall in love with the character of Laura right away. Then there was the ending, and again, Laura's voice acting was brilliant. It was the first time a video game ever choked me up and almost made me cry.

This review on IMDB does a good job of capturing the gist of my thoughts on this game:

There is a spoiler, so if you think you might find a way to emulate this game and play through it, it is worth skipping the spoiler. Emulating a Turbo CD game isn't easy, though, so I will assume most of you will just go ahead and read it.

It's one of my favorite games to this day and I desperately wish it would get re-released in some easily playable form with upgraded game mechanics and graphics, but with all of the cutscenes intact and UNTOUCHED!

It was also the first game I remember playing with a real song, complete with vocals, as the ending credits rolled:

And the good news is that someone finally posted a playthrough without all the annoying annoying commentary that usually accompanies a Let's Play, so you can just kick back and watch it through instead of fighting with an emulator! :)

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Rye guy's name is Boos Miller. (Get it? It's Activision's brain-dead sense of humor that contributed to Zork's destruction.)
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