Top 10 Men Of Gaming That I’ve Had A Crush On
Our Editor, Josh Wirtanen, recently opened up his heart and shared his list of women of gaming that he’s had crushes on. But men aren't the only ones that can be captivated by the allure of virtual stars. We girl gamers have had our share of crushes on pixels and polygons. I mean, these men are not only eye-candy, they're badasses! So I'm jumping the bandwagon. I'm sharing the men of video gaming that I wish were my digital boyfriends so I could love them up.
Open your heart and let's meet our bachelors!
10. Rune Walsh (Phantasy Star 4: End of the Millennium)
I'm going to kick this off at the beginning. We're going old school! My first RPGs were the Phantasy Star games, back when I was in grade school. That's when I met Rune Walsh, pixelated hunk. That arrogance. Those piercing eyes. That intelligence. He was truly swoon-worthy, even if he was only about two inches tall on the screen.
Besides, he'd just lost his former lover, Alys! I assure you, even though I was only 13, I was sure I was mature enough to help him through that crisis. Because, you know, teenagers can handle any and everything.
9. Edgar Roni Figaro (Final Fantasy VI)
What woman in her right mind wouldn't throw herself at Edgar Roni Figaro from Final Fantasy VI? He's a prince! Sure, he's a bit of a womanizer, but everybody knows some good old fashioned lurve can fix that.
Besides, look at his devotion to his family and his people. He gave up his freedom for his brother. He assisted the Returners to get revenge for his father. When the world goes to hell, he becomes a thief and deals with dangerous people to get back to and save his subjects. Loyalty is such a turn-on.
8. Reno (Final Fantasy VII)
Speaking of hot Final Fantasy guys, how about Reno from Final Fantasy VII? Sure, we didn't really learn anything about his personality until Final Fantasy VII: Before Crisis. That doesn't matter. Look at him.
No, seriously, look at him.
Sure, he's a tad pasty, but he's gorgeous. Especially in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Fun embarrassing fact: I actually bought Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete for the extra Turks scenes. In my defense, it was a used copy. But that probably still doesn't make it right.
7. Snow (Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2)
Snow from Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 is another excellent choice in the “crush-worthy men” department. I'll admit that the relationship between Snow and Serah creeps me out just a bit, but I do admire his devotion to her. She's made into a l'Cie, which is the worst thing ever in Cocoon, but he doesn't abandon her. He does everything possible to fulfill her focus. Then, after she turns to crystal, he stays by her side to protect her, rather than go off to try and save his own life. That's pretty awesome.
Then, when Final Fantasy XIII-2 happens and everyone else is telling Serah her memories of Lightning are crazy, he doesn't. Instead, he believes her and even goes off to find Lightning.
But mainly, it's because he's voiced by Troy Baker.
6. Fenris (Dragon Age 2)
Fenris from Dragon Age 2 is next on the list of my video game crushes. It's totally cliché, but I just don't care. I know he's an elf. I know he's all damaged-and-broody-and-maybe-your-Hawke-can-be-the-one-to-fix-me.
Fenris is also strong. He's experienced. He's sarcastic. Most of all, he glows, so you'll never need a night light.
Besides, I want to see how far those tattoos go. I'm still mad at you, BioWare, for not giving us a at least one shirtless Fenris in Dragon Age 2. I'd have forgiven you for reusing the same dungeon layout ad-nauseum if you had!
5. Okita Souji (Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom)
Since I'm going on about dating virtual guys, it seems only right a grab one out of an otome game. That's the Japanese term for a girl's dating sim, by the way. Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom is filled with eligible bachelors for the heroine, who's a total Mary-Sue for the player to project herself on, but I'm going to go with Okita Souji.
Just like the actual historical figure, this incarnation of Okita has tuberculosis, but that's fine. He gets better. But not really. In a way, I think that almost makes the whole relationship better (yeah, I'm messed up like that), because then it adds an element of tragedy.
Besides, he's a tsundere and everybody loves a tsundere!
Okay, my otaku side's showing. Let's keep going.
4. Renji Abarai (Bleach: Soul Resurreccion, Bleach: The 3rd Phantom)
Does Renji Abarai count? Sure, Bleach is a manga and anime series, but it's also inspired a load of games. Most recently, Bleach: Soul Resurreccion and Bleach: The 3rd Phantom. Yeah, let's go ahead and toss him in here. I had a crush on him too, so might as well.
Renji is just an all-around good guy. He's someone you can root for. He had a rough start, but worked his way into an awesome position in the Seireitei. He turned traitor to save his childhood friend. He always tries his best, even if it just means he'll get knocked around more, and that's pretty admirable.
And yeah, I wanna see how far those tattoos go too.
3. Shun Akiyama (Yakuza)
Shun Akiyama from the Yakuza series is pretty hot. It's not about the money, though I guess it has something to do with it. But not for the reason you think. It's what he does with the money that matters. Akiyama is a loan shark with a heart of gold. He's willing to give out interest-free, collateral-free loans to people who come in and complete his tests.
Plus, he's such a sharp dresser. He's always impeccably dressed, even during a zombie apocalypse.
Not to mention that hanging out with someone with such unnatural luck could lead to some of that rubbing off on you!
2. Jeff "Joker" Moreau (Mass Effect)
Joker may have friend-zoned us in Mass Effect in favor of an A.I.—what's up with that, by the way?—but I'd let him pilot my ship any day.
I mean, Joker is pretty much the boy next door. He's always there, ready to go the distance with you with a snarky aside. Save the Citadel? Joker's there. Join the bad guys to hunt the badder guys? He was there even before you woke up and were officially on-board. Finishing the fight? He'll make sure the Normandy is always close at hand.
With Joker, you have a history. You have a partner. You have someone you can gossip about the rest of the crew with forever.
1. Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect)
We're going to wrap this up with the best video game boyfriend ever. No one will ever top Garrus Vakarian. He has it all. There's the sexy voice. The devotion. The best sense of humor. Besides, he's got that reach!
Now, I feel like I can trust you with this. I feel that, through the course of the list, we've bonded. So I can share this with you without judgment.
I cried like a baby during the London farewell between Marie Shepard and Garrus Vakarian. Like, I needed three Kleenexes and had to take a moment as I wept.
No one can or will ever top Garrus Vakarian, and you know what? I'm okay with that. Just please people, for the love all things holy, stop making Mass Effect fan vids set to Katy Perry's “E.T.”
Date: December 10, 2012
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