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Horror and Cats's avatar

Yeah… I love Ellie, but genuinely Lara is my generation of gaming personified for me

Boomer's avatar

She really does define a generation

I'll never forget the panic of seeing that t-rex for the first time!

Thomas's avatar

I feel like they sorta messed up Lara Croft over the years. The reboot series she's unrecognisable imo. At least it seems like with the remasters and the new design illustration they released they're looking to course correct. I still think the face isn't quite right but at least she's wearing her iconic tank top and combat shorts

Horror and Cats's avatar

Oh really? Honestly I adored the 2013 reboot. Before she was a tiger blasting psycho going out of her way to waste indigenous critters so she could better line up a puzzle jump. I felt the reboot trilogy got exponentially less relatable with every entry, but the first one was lovely.

But, let's be honest, we ALL want to see Lara in the tank and shorts...

Thomas's avatar

I'm talking more about her visual design than the gameplay itself, I just have a hard time recognising her as Lara

Horror and Cats's avatar

Oh okay, I gotcha. It wouldn't have been TOO hard to have her in the classic outfit hanging out on the Endurance when the storm hit. Shorts and an tank is comfy sleepwear, afterall

Sturmer's avatar

Well, the list is pretty limited and some picks raise many questions, but let's look at real demand:

And if we add a Mario... sorry girls, you are out of the league:

And if we look at 20y trends:

Sorry Lara, you are a teardrop in the informational ocean.

Boomer's avatar

Let's face it...Pac-Man is the real answer!

Go anywhere in the world and they'll know the little pizza

Boomer's avatar

As someone spending too much time writing research papers, I love seeing data backing up a discussion :D

Loses marks for not including a Harvard-style reference, but overall a solid report.

Horror and Cats's avatar

I'm an analyst by trade so when I saw graphs on my JA, AKA chill-out feed I was like

Sturmer's avatar

Sorry, I can't stop. Maybe is some sort of disease, then i look at anything, it's always surrounded by formulas and numbers

Horror and Cats's avatar

Can’t stop, won’t stop, gotta make the graphics drop

Boomer's avatar

That's cool, what sort of industry are you in? I was chatting with Martin about video games and data analysis here.

Horror and Cats's avatar

Asset protection. I’m focused on internal margin, so internal theft/fraud and customer service policy violation. Basically, I’m a professional narc

Thomas's avatar

Unfortunately with questions like this, the most boring answer is usually the correct one, so for my money it's obviously Mario and no-one comes close. I was thinking about this earlier and I think if I wanted to rank who I thought were the Top Ten Most Iconic in terms of recognisability from people on the street I think it'd go like:

  1. Mario

  2. Pikachu

  3. Sonic

  4. Pac-Man

  5. Lara Croft

  6. Cloud

  7. Link

  8. Bella Goth

  9. Master Chief

  10. Isabelle

Perhaps blasphemy but I don't think Sony make very unique characters, at least not anymore. They're mostly just regular realistic looking people

Nicole's avatar

Bella Goth is such as great addition. Iconic!

Nicole's avatar

I've played homewrecker to the Goth family too many times for you to come in here and call that woman boring 😂

Horror and Cats's avatar

No! Misunderstanding lol. I was calling "the most boring answer" boring 'cause your man had to come up in here making sense with his bulleted lists. Bella Goth is queen, goddess, my inspiration.

Nicole's avatar

Oh well in that case, agreed! Mortimer doesn't even deserve her!

Horror and Cats's avatar

I'm glad we could reach this resolution

Thomas's avatar

Boring IS boring and lord knows I hate to see Mario succeed over Sonic but sometimes you've gotta accept the way things are

EveOnlineTutorials's avatar

I still maintain Sonic to be the most recognizable to even new generations as a lot of teenagers have no idea who Lara Croft is

Thomas's avatar

I remember a while ago someone on Twitter started a poll over who was the more popular character, Sonic or Link, and it started a huuuge debate. The answer, to me, is obvious - t's Sonic and it's not close. I think people who are deep into games undervalue Sonic's mainstream appeal and overvalue Link, because the average quality of Zelda games is higher than Sonic. Few characters could survive releasing games like Sonic 06 or Sonic Boom, but Sonic can weather any storm

MURRRAAAAY's avatar

I love Lara, and she is without a doubt one of the GOATS, but surely it’s got to be Mario?

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