This weekend I have been mostly playing Half-Life Opposing Force. Fortunately the thoughts I have as I play don’t have to stay confined in my strange little head, but instead are communicated to all the universe via the internet. It’s up on Eurogamer today, and has a bit in it that says this:
“There are definitely too many corny names for heroes in videogames. Pick up a random shooter and you’re bound to find yourself in control of someone called something like Dirk Death, or Rick Giantballs. Even Half-Life’s Gordon only keeps the nerd up for his first name, the surname sinking into the cliché of Freeman. Which is why we should celebrate the hero at the centre of Opposing Force. It’s Corporal Adrian Shephard. Has there ever been a central character for a game who sounds more like a geography supply teacher?”
Argue about whether it was Gordon’s first day of work below.