dancing. Obviously, if you need some serious dance power in your arsenal, you look to none other than Michael Jackson himself. Of course, the game couldn't actually call the character Michael Jackson, but apparently the name Space Michael wasn't off the table. And Space Michael looked and sounded suspiciously like Real Michael. Yep. The King of Pop reigns supreme even in outer space.
In Final Fantasy Tactics, unique characters were always better than generic ones. By the end of the game, most players had gone through enough side quests and epic battles to fill their party with Agrias Oaks, Beowulf, Mustadio Bunansa, and the epic T.G. Cid. However, the toughest character to get out of all of them was Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII. Cloud required a very specific series of events to have transpired before he could be recruited, and by the time he joined your party he was starting off at level one when the rest of your party was easily at level fifty. Even after exhaustive level grinding, he couldn't use his special limit break command without finding his Materia Blade, which was at the top of a freaking volcano.
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev was the last head of state of the USSR. Why? Probably because he spent all of his time dancing with Zangief in Street Fighter 2 instead of running the Soviet superpower. Seriously, this cameo was just too goofy for words. Politicians in video games? Awesome.
And speaking of politicians in video games…
If someone asked you to name any NBA Jam secret character, the first person to come to your mind would probably be one of the Clintons. Why? Because there is nothing more symbolic of the state of politics in our country today than Hillary Clinton windmill dunking from half court. God bless America.
Dan "Toasty" Forden has become synonymous with the Mortal Kombat uppercut. He was the subject of a secret character controversy for months, one of gaming's biggest mysteries during the 90s. However, in real life he was just a sound programmer who just wanted to be an Easter egg in an ultra-violent fighting game. Every gamer knows who this man is, even though they don't actually know who he is. All they know is that if you spam uppercuts in a Mortal Kombat game—even in the most recent Mortal Kombat 9 released in 2011—you just might hear him say "Toasty!"
By Angelo D'Argenio
CCC Contributing Writer
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