The bushy bearded heroes and villains of the gaming world deserve some love for the effort that goes into maintaining their facial hair while facing multiple attacks every day. Few physical attributes come across as manly as the beard does, which is why we love to watch our bearded buddies and bad guys in action.
Strong Man – The real Strong Man – Geoff Capes – has long since retired since his 1980’s hey days, but his name lives on in video game history. The video game is a sort of old school track and field type, but those too have always had their place in entertainment. What makes this such a timeless game is that you are left feeling that unless you sport a beard, you’ll never be strong enough to lift a bus full of kids up over your head.
Max Payne 3 – The first two Max Payne installments were nothing worth writing about, but add a beard and a wife beater, and suddenly our hero becomes a star. The gaming world was shocked at Max Paynes sudden transformation, but once you got your head into the game, the whole thing just clicked together perfectly.
Donkey Kong Country – Old school maybe, but you can’t beat the beard on Cranky Kong, the elder ape of the Donkey Kong crew. The creators may have just been trying to find a way to show an old monkey, and it worked wonders in this case.
Heavy Rain – This super realistic game gets real with Ethan Mars and his newly divorced persona, right down to his perfectly trimmed beard. Even without a wifey around, he still manages to keep the beard neat, likely with a good helping of video game beard oil.
MegaMan – You may do a double take at first, and wonder what the heck is Santa Claus doing in your game, but that’s just Dr. Light with an enigmatic smile and cotton candy white beard. His role in MegaMan may be secondary at best, but he is still unforgettable for the chin hair he wears.
Deus Ex – If you were to meet Adam Jensen in the real world, you would hate him instantly for his perfectly polished beard. Obviously this guy spends way too much time reading up on beard grooming tips, and then perfecting them. Take it from a guy who’s tried, this look is impossible emulate.
Street Fighter – Beard aside, Zangief is one of the most lovable muscle men in gaming history. Add the element of his full beard, sideburns and moustache, and you have a grizzly bear who is just a bit misunderstood.
Beards do make the man, even when they are characters in your favorite video game. With the right facial hair look you can instantly tell who is to be feared and respected in their own virtual world.Read More