Are These The Video Game Characters The Defined A Decade?

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Master Chief, Nathan Drake, Alyx Vance, Niko Bellic, Kratos, The Boss, GlaDOS — just a small selection of the 30 video game stars that the newest issue of Game Informer names as the video game characters who "defined a decade."

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The mag's newest issue not only sports some impressive artwork by friend of Kotaku and guest artist Sam Spratt, it kicks off a potentially heated debate about which characters had the greatest impact on video games in the 2000s. GI's newest issue will be shipping to subscribers this week with three different covers, a gaming get together that looks back on 10 years of virtual luminaries.

The above image is just one-third of the line-up, click through to see them all.

It's hard to argue with much of GI's Western-leaning list, which manages to sneak in a few lesser popular, but still memorable heroes and villains, like HK-47 from Knights of the Old Republic and Jade from Beyond Good & Evil. Rockstar Games is well represented, while Nintendo is not.

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Check out Game Informer's full cover at their site, see if you can name them all, and then let loose with "Where the hell is [X]?!"

December Cover Revealed [GameInformer]

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Lord_Kelvin
LordKelvin

Yeah... you're missing these nine guys right here...

And yes, they're this decade. Even though the original TF was a mod for Quake, you can't deny that the characters were created for this decade.