This Means Beard War

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Yesterday, I had the audacity to say that former Ubisoft man Patrice Désilets had the most beautiful beard in the video game industry. Other developers, however, disagree.

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I got a few emails overnight from bearded industry professionals, but my favourite was one from Matt MacLean, lead systems designer at Obsidian (Fallout: New Vegas, Dungeon Siege III). Matt doesn't just have a beard. He has a prize-winning beard. A self-professed "competitive beardist", Maclean won a "crowd favourite" award at the Beard Team USA 2010 National Beard and Moustache Tournament in Bend, Oregon with his Moby Dick arrangement.

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It's mighty impressive, especially considering the theme, but it's not beautiful. We shall pay homage to it nonetheless, and if anyone else has a beard good enough to challenge Matt (for fury) or Patrice (for beauty), our contact details can be found to the left.

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"Obsidian (Fallout: New Vegas, Dungeon Siege III)"

What about Alpha Protocol? In fact, it's only because Matt swore not to shave until AP was done that he grew such a beard. Btw, AP is one of those rare games that provides your character's appearance setup with a Lumberjack Beard option as shown above.