In conjunction with GOG.com, TPG is offering the chance for a lucky reader to experience one of the most under-appreciated PC games in recent memory, Beyond Good and Evil.  One of the great things about BG&E was how you became emotionally connected to the lead characters, Jade and Pey’j.  To enter, post your best story about  being emotionally attached to PC gaming character and how that affected your playstyle and decision making process. Stories about NPCs are acceptable as well.  Rules and other details are listed below.

The Rules:

  • No Profanity
  • One entry, per person, per e-mail address, per IP
  • 48 Hours Only
  • Post your first name and last initial
  • Post a story about becoming emotionally attached to a PC gaming character.

TPG team members will decide on our winner (only one code this time around) based on their favorite stories.  The individual with winning entry will be contacted via e-mail with their BG&E GOG.com code shortly after the contest has concluded.

This contest is now closed.  The winner is drpixelz.

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  • oasis789

    The first game character I became attached to wasn’t the player character but an NPC. His name was Dogmeat, and he was one of my first companions in the original Fallout. Dogmeat was a really crappy but endearing companion. He would charge into battle, biting my enemies down while I took potshots at them. Being a dumb dog, he would charge straight into burst fire or traps and get himself killed all the time. Which meant, of course, reloading. I kept that dog alive to the end of the game, even against super mutants with plasma weapons. That’s how much I loved him.

    • http://truepcgaming.com Adam Ames

      Thanks for the story. I had not thought about NPCs as I was concentrating on my own experiences with playable characters. Pretty silly, I know. I have added a blurb about NPCs being acceptable in the event other readers had questions.

    • JagRoss

      I played with the Broken Steel add-on so he was almost invincible, I never had to reload.

  • JagRoss

    *ME2 & ME3 Spoilers*

    Mordin Solus.
    He’s one of the best characters, in a cast full of awesome characters.
    He helped maintain the krogan genophage, then gave his life to cure it.
    He was funny, intelligent and had many little moments, from singing “Salarian Scientist” to bantering with Wrex while being chased by a the mother of all thresher maws.

  • http://drpixelz.wordpress.com drpixelz

    Darn, it’s only PC game characters! (If it was all gaming characters I would’ve chosen Aeris from FF7, I think you know how that went. ^_^) Well, I suppose the PC character I became most attached to would have to be Meat Boy from Super Meat Boy. I know, I know, not really much to become attached to since he’s well……meat, but we had our good times and our bad ones too.

    For the whole duration, of the game, I just blazed through it fairly easily, until chapter 5: “Rapture”. Meat Boy and I had quite a bit of difficulty from that point on, until the grand climax of the game, Chapter 6- “The End”. Specifically the last level before the final boss of the game. I can still remember the name- “Omega”. That little level……oh boy. It almost gave me nightmares! I spent a good 5 hours (no joke) trying to beat it, to no avail. Luckily, it was the summer, so I got to wake up the next morning and try it again without having to wait until the evening if it was a normal day. I woke up, and immediately put on my best “brace for impact” face. Well, I ended up beating it in about 15 minutes after playing. Guess that just shows what getting sleep does for ya. *shrugs*

    So, Meat Boy and I are best buds now. I continued to play the chapter that unlocks after you beat the game, but ended up just giving up and saying “meh, I beat it anyway, who cares. ” And that’s where I am now I guess. Haven’t played that dastardly game in months, and will certainly never try that level ever again in my whole life. *shudders*

  • http://orcone.wordpress.com orcone

    I really like playing as JC Denton in Deus Ex. Granted, he’s an always-serious, sunglasses-at-night guy with little personality. However, I think that allowed me as to player to imagine his sentiments. I found the beginning of the game particularly moving, as JC doesn’t know anymore what to think about his brother, his employer, and the terrorists he was tasked to fight. Later on, the feeling of solitude and of the importance of decisions that weight on your shoulders is rather strong.

  • Frank K.

    I really felt for the Eli Vance’s death in Half Life 2 Episode Two. I even tried to replay the part and save him…but it didn’t work, I hate when my favourite characters die.

  • Kostas S

    Perhaps this betrays my age, and some people probably will never have heard of this character. But my favorite character is Monty, the blind mole from Auf Wiedersechen Monty, back in the 8-bit era of ZX Spectrum. I spent countless hours trying to get him to escape the island he was trapped in. It was a massive game, I cannot remember if I ever finished it or not. But I do remember, in the age of 9 or so, getting to really love this character. I think it was his loneliness and eagerness to escape the (drowning??) island.

    • http://truepcgaming.com Adam Ames

      If it makes you feel any better, I do not believe I am much younger or older than you. My first PC game was Earl Weaver Baseball and Circuit’s Edge in the late 80s and early 90s. I had to look up your system because I had not heard of that one. According to Wikipedia, they were released for the UK market which makes sense because I live in the US. I did play a few Commodore 64 games as well.

      • Kostas S

        Sinclair ZX Spectrums were very well known in Europe back in the ’80s! They were more or less on par with Commodore 64, if a bit weaker.

  • Gregory Horvath

    First of all I would like to tell you that I didn’t have enough time to compose a story of my 2 favorite characters and I am aware that the contest ended 18 minutes before I started writing this. (I had ideas way before the ending as well, but this fact does not matter.) But I really would like to share my experiences with you out of the giveaway.

    First I liked Dazzle the Shadow Priest from Defense of the Ancients (Warcraft 3) really much. He was a dude with a mysterious background and extremely underrated skills. He had such an insane in-game voice that I found myself living my hidden life playing him from the very beginning. Mastering his underrated skills I became a real “op” player in my multiplayer team of close friends. We dominated more “bnetd” servers with our lineup and had a really great time for years. As for official battlenet servers we were one of just the slightly ‘better than average’ teams playing against the real “professionals”, but we still had a lot of fun.

    My second choice would be Cutter Slade from the Outcast PC game. I lived through his adventure in a parallel universe looking for a way home, searching his/my sweetheart and ‘playing’ redeemer (Ulukai) for the local people. The story and the setup was just perfect in its time and thanks to the advanced AI the Appeal guys developed, the game was quite a challenge to beat in its time.

    Thanks for reading and good luck for the contestants.

    Regards,
    Greg