What If Game Characters Were More "Real"?

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Game characters are, by their very nature, unrealistic. But what if they were more real? Like, if Lara Croft was less athletic vixen, more, well, archaeologist? Let's find out.

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Artist Tom Rhodes has come up with a series of paintings showing his own, personal take on many of the bigger names in gaming. We've got a grumbly plumber, some banged-up, poorly-dressed martial artists from the early 90's, a drug-dealing Duke and possibly the cutest little proper hedgehog you'll see today.

Below are some highlights, but Tom's site has plenty more.

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Old Game Characters [Plan To Fail, via Go Nintendo]

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DISCUSSION

I think these are REALLY off-base, with ken and lara being the exceptions. (Ken, unlike his brother lived in the US, and seeing how sfI came out in 89 and he studies karate, he would have dressed EXACTLY like that. And all archeologists are fugly.) Just look at mario. He looks EXACTLY the same. Mario is a middle-aged, fat, plumber from brooklyn. He should look like any random sopranos fat guy in a wife beater and a pair of crack-showing pants.