What do video game characters do in their free time?

When they’re not involved in matters of galactic security, plotting devious schemes to dispose of their nemesis or stuck somewhere in transit, what do video game characters get up to?

This is a question that’s crossed my mind every so often, and particularly when I see video game characters engaging in things we don’t normal see them see them doing, such as eating, relaxing or even sleeping. It’s also quite amusing when they step outside of their demanding schedules to appear in promotional campaigns and advertising for their latest hot release, just as Daxter does here and here.

Here’s what I imagine a few well-known heroes and villains are doing…

Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog 2) – Fed up with being called back to appear in mediocre platformers. Now doing everything he can to break into the extreme sports scene. Also, owns a controlling stake in the world’s largest chilidog franchise.

Cloud (Final Fantasy VII) – Testing hi-spec motorcycles around the world for Honda, Suzuki and Ducati. Spend an outrageously long time combing his proud hair.

Jin Kazama (Tekken 3) – Regularly visiting the gym to pump up. Hoping to meet that special someone, while ridding himself of the devil within.

Ryo Hazuki (Shenmue) – busying himself in his Japanese kitchen becoming a professional chef. Still ponders why Sega won’t green light Shenmue III.

Daxter (Jak and Daxter: the Precursor Legacy) – displeased with the recent lack of media and public attention, Daxter has been penning scripts for his own full-length action movie debut. So far, no takers.

Ratchet and Clank (Ratchet & Clank) – Having just finished a worldwide press tour for their latest intergalactic production, the starring duo are looking forward to a well earned rest full of sun, sea and sand.

Jade (Beyond Good & Evil) – After a rather controversial investigative journalism story on the French government’s undisclosed spending, Jade has had to lay low for a while. She’s currently somewhere in the Far East, posing as an independent courier and living off of noodles most of the time.

Bonmucho (LocoRoco) – Still has a fetish for Adolf Hitler-like moustaches, hates children, singing, choirs and generally anything to do with happy communities. Still living with his mother, coping with a depression problem and listening to a lot of emo music.

343 Guilty Spark (Halo 3) – Currently auditioning for roles as a midlevel AI in various sci-fi movies, including Star Trek 2 and Transformers 3.

Bowser (Super Mario Galaxy) – Constantly angry at himself and his minions, Bowser spends all day pacing his office, throwing darts at a printout of Mario’s face and plotting his next kidnapping of Princess Peach.

2 thoughts on “What do video game characters do in their free time?”

  1. madtyger says:

    I hope Jade doesn't have to live off of noodles for too long now and can come out of hiding soon. As for Ratchet & Clank, I would love to join them on some beach in Pokitaru, as long as they cleared up the pollution problem.

  2. DK33 says:

    I’d take a bit of beachside R&R any day. Who’s got the margaritas?