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My Top Ten Video Game Crushes by Ray Ivey

My Top Ten Video Game Crushes by Ray Ivey

My Top Ten Video Game Crushes by Ray Ivey

Discover who Ray is sweet on in the virtual world


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Do we fall in love with characters in games? You’d better believe we do. Here are my top ten video game crushes.

10. Monkey (Enslaved, voiced by Andy Serkis)

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An escaped slave who begins the game as a rough, distrustful brute, he learns to use his heart and brain in order to survive a punishing adventure in one of the most underrated titles of the Xbox 360.

9. Joel (The Last of Us, voiced by Troy Baker)

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Joel is another brute. While he doesn’t really get tamed, as Monkey does, his journey does awaken a heart he long thought dead. Baker’s performance really makes the character pop.

8. Lyndon the Scoundrel (Diablo III, voiced by Troy Baker).

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Yeah, yeah, I’m a Troy Baker fan. His impeccable British accent and sensational comic riffs make this companion character irresistible. He gets to say great stuff like, “You ever try to make positive change in your life? I don’t.”

7. Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Assassin’s Creed II, voiced by Roger Craig Smith).

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Whether leaping about the roofs of Florence and Venice or getting all stabby with the bad guys, Ezio is sex on a stick.

6. Bigby (The Wolf Among Us, voiced by Adam Harrington).

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Though my least favorite vocal performance on this list, Bigby Wolf is still a super-sexy character: A burly rough dude trying to keep order in a violent, amoral neon noir world.

5. George Stobbart (Broken Sword series, voiced, in all five games, by Rolf Saxon).

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What can I say? Tall and blond and smart and self-effacing, George has a low-key charm reminiscent of Roger in Disney’s original 101 Dalmatians.

4. Gabriel Knight (Gabriel Knight series, performed by Tim Curry, Dean Erickson and Jason Victor).

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Nuff said.

3. Wheatley (Portal 2, voiced by Stephen Merchant).

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The only A.I. character on the list. Why Wheatley? Because actor Stephen Merchant’s performance is simply spectacular. His plummy voice with its excruciatingly correct enunciation and spectacular, halting comic delivery makes it one of the great video game characters of all time…and completely crushworthy.

2. Nathan Drake (Uncharted series, voiced by Nolan North).

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This is the character that truly pushed video game characters forward due to great writing and North’s physical AND vocal performance. Designed to be an “Everyman” type character – no superpowers other than very strong fingers and amazing resilience to bullet damage – Drake has become, hands down, the sexiest male character in video games. So why isn’t Nate my number 1?

1. Alistair (Dragon Age, voiced by Steve Valentine).

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Oh, Alistair. My favorite video game character of all time. Introduced in the first Dragon Age game, he is the bastard son of the late ruler and became my character’s best friend. He was furious with me when I manipulated political events such that he was crowned king. But I knew it was the right thing.

Why is Alistair the winner? Because his character is so funny. The very talented Steve Valentine brings so much warmth and humor to the character. Alistair is endlessly charming and winning. He’s the character of all the games I’ve ever played that I wish I could walk down the aisle with.

So there you have it. Who are YOUR video game crushes?

Irrelevant side note: Of the voice actors mentioned, I’ve met one of them (Steve Valentine) and have seen two of them around my neighborhood (Stephen Merchant and Troy Baker).

Ray Ivey

Ray Ivey

A gaming freakazoid, Ray enjoys games on all platforms. Also loves board games, mind games, and all puzzles. Co-wrote the Entertainment Tonight trivia game and designed puzzles for two Law & Order PC games. Also a movie freak, bookworm, and travel bug. Thinks games of all kinds are a highly underappreciated force for social good, not to mention mental and psychological health.   Ray's favorite adventures include the "Broken Sword" and "Journeyman Project" franchises, "The Dark Eye," "The Feeble Files," "Sanitarium," "Limbo," "Machinarium," "Riven," "The Neverhood," and "Azrael's Tear." His favorite non-adventures include the "Thief," "Uncharted," and "Ratchet & Clank" franchises, all of the Bioware RPGs, Skyrim, and Final Fantasy XII.   Ray writes about the movies for the Bryan/College Station Daily Eagle, which is the old-fashioned thing called a "newspaper." He's been on eight game shows. He's taught in seven countries and has visited twenty-one. His favorite classic movie star is Barbara Stanwyck and his favorite novel is "The Hotel New Hampshire" by John Irving.

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