Christmas is a unique time of year. It is a time of joy and celebration. It is a time of giving, friendship, and family. Children make lists for Santa in the hopes that he has them on the “nice” list. Parents get to see the joy on their kids’ faces when they get everything that they asked for. Christmas is an awesome holiday. My wife and I are celebrating Christmas for the first time in our own home. We just bought our tree and have a few decorations to put up. Today, while we were driving, my wife turned to me and asked, “What do you think the characters in video games do during Christmas?” We starting really thinking about it and came up with some ideas of what we thought some of the big name characters is the industry are up to during the holiday season.
When he’s not saving Hyrule from Ganon, Link, ever the helpful one, turns his attention to the poor. He spends his holidays outside of various stores, playing his ocarina, a red bucket with “Salvation Army” standing next to him. People going into the stores are wowed by the beautiful music. When Link needs to rest, Navi takes over and bombards Christmas shoppers with “Hey!”, “Listen!” Needless to say, the bucket doesn’t fill up all that fast as the shoppers run like the wind when the fairy is out.
Since Mario is always out and about saving the Mushroom Kingdom and Princess Peach, he usually takes Christmas off to rest up. While Mario lounges about the house, Luigi dons their beloved Mama’s “Flower” apron and gets to baking. Like so many Italians during the holiday season, Luigi churns out all sorts of delicious food. Biscottis, pizelles, lemon knots, and many other Italian pastries fill up the kitchen. And people wonder why Mario never seems to lose any weight (I have an inkling that Mario probably makes the same New Year’s resolution year in and year out and ends up as one of THOSE people at the gym that only lasts a week or two).
Warring with the gods of Olympus can be an expensive endeavor. Kratos spent years decimating Olympus and most all of Greece. With Zeus dead, Kratos searched for a purpose in life and a way to make a quick buck. Like so many people, the economy made earning difficult for him. So, Kratos joined the most elite Christmas organization in history, the Mall Santas. Every day, kids sit on Kratos’s lap and list off all of the toys they want for Christmas and then get to pose with him. The pictures don’t turn out that well and Kratos loses his temper a bit too easily (he likes to swear revenge on the teenage punk elf taking the pictures), but at least his heart’s in the right place.
Just In Bailey –an homage to the secret code from Metriod, which allowed you to play as Samus Aran without her suit– is an editorial column at Vagary.TV brought to you by Joey Alesia. Each week Joey will challenge you to look at a different perspective of the characters, gameplay, and/or plot in your favorite games. Chat up your thoughts below, or send Joey an e-mail at Joey.Alesia@vagary.tv