Here’s why your favourite video game characters actually suck

I was doing some light browsing this weekend when I came to a rather startling realisation – most video games characters actually suck.

What is it that made me come to this startling conclusion?

I discovered “The Plinkett Test”, a technique used by famed movie reviewer Mike Stoklasa in order to determine how much depth a film’s characters actually have.

The best example can be seen in his review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, in which he asked a bunch of friends to do the following:


Now trying doing the same to see if your favourite video game characters are up to the task.

It’s not such an easy task, and while video games don’t necessarily need the same degree of depth as films, it does point to some our favourite characters being somewhat one-dimensional when we face facts.

Games have definitely got better in recent years, with characters like The Walking Dead’s Lee Everett and Clementine being standouts but there’s definitely still more work that could be done.

Does your favourite match up to the Plinkett test? Let us know in the comments below and in our forums.

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