Festivities Among Gaming Characters
During one’s life, you’ll no doubt attend some sort of family gathering or festivity between friends. Common occurrences that will provide some cherished memories. Depending on your family or friends, these occasions will differ in terms of regularity and if the correct people are involved – you’re bound to carry some interesting moments throughout your life to your final resting place.
I prefer to ask questions instead of providing answers and in doing so; I’ve wondered about gaming characters taking the time from their cover-based, adventure-driven, action-packed, sneaky-stabby and interesting lives to chill with fellow gaming characters.
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I have no doubt that a few mental images already popped up in your mind.
I did draw some inspiration from Poker Night 2 which I enjoyed immensely.
The images or scenarios that emerge in my noggin goes something like the following:
A round and generously-sized table with enough room for at least thirty ruffians alongside chairs to support even the most armour-plated keister. Dialects from all over the globe can be heard from a distance as smoke, laughter and conflict inhabit the room. A game of poker is underway in company with a meal already served – becoming colder by the minute. Shiny glasses with various drinks are littered across the table containing each gaming character’s preferred beverage.
Ezio Auditore remains still while taking the occasional bite from the chicken wing he’s holding up, pierced by his hidden blade while gripping his favourite coffee with his hook-blade. He is not partaking in the poker game – merely observing.
A sizable man from every mafia game out there is sitting back in his chair while swirling his expensive drink in one hand and puffing the cigar he’s holding in the other.
Jackie Estacado is holding his cards with one Darkness-tentacle while the other tentacle devours his left-over meal. He’s sitting back in his chair while gesturing with the two pistols he’s currently holding in his hands. He almost shot Claptrap and accurately shot Ethan Thomas from Condemned; luckily, he screamed the bullet into ash. (Don’t ask.)
Geralt of Rivia is heavly making out with Triss and they are not even aware of what is going on around them – gunshots and insults flying across the room in equal measure. (Frankly, they don’t even care.)
Alcatraz from Crysis 2 can be seen momentarily when taking a peek at his cards, but otherwise it simply looks like an empty chair with an awesome voice saying “Cloak Engaged” at regular intervals.
A demon from Doom 3 is busy eating Vaas from FarCry 3’s shoulder. He merely laughs and insults the demon for nibbling so slowly.
Adam Jensen folds with every hand he is dealt and his only response being: “I never asked for this.”
Sam Gideon from Vanquish slides around the table a few times when he folds or wins the hand. Sparks flying and landing in everyone’s drink, whereupon Chris Redfield from Resident Evil 5 points at his biceps and Sam Gideon quickly returns to his seat.
The seat containing Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell is empty and yet, he wins almost every hand.
Gordon Freeman from Half-Life and Chell from Portal sits comfortably side-by-side while conversing a wordless discussion.
At the end of the evening, Marcus Fenix from Gears of War revs up his Lancer and the table is sawed up into pieces with various sizes and proportions due to his frustration at losing every hand he was dealt. Everyone takes off in their desired direction with their own desired means of transportation. (I don’t know how GLaDOS travels, but the beauty is in the mystery.)
There you have my version and my question still remains: How do these gaming folk enjoy each others company and how will such an evening progress?