This post contains spoilers for Dragon Age: Origins.
For the last four days, I have been taking part in a Christmas game-themed challenge set by Kim over at the exceptional Later Levels blog. It’s been an enormous amount of fun, and I highly recommend joining in for a couple of posts!!!
Today’s Question: The party is still going strong and you find yourself conveniently positioned under the mistletoe. Which video game character would you call over for a cheeky kiss?
I’m fairly sure pretty much everyone who knows me had guessed my answer already. I love this character so much I named my cat after him. There is only one game character for me and that character is Alistair from Dragon Age: Origins.
My relationship (because it is serious enough to call it that) with Alistair began when a friend of mine handed me the game when I was upset about missing out on a relationship with a crush. He told me that this game had a character who would make me feel better through his wit and prettiness. I scoffed. I’d never found animated characters attractive, in games, television or otherwise, what would be the difference here?
How wrong I was.
As soon as I saw that blonde hair and impish grin I was totally hooked. Suddenly my sulky Dalish elf rogue was falling over herself, trying to get this gorgeous grey warden to like her. It didn’t matter what I did and thought in the game, WHAT WAS ALISTAIR DOING!? I was more than a little obsessed. I was over the moon when my character had her first kiss with him (persistence, in this case, works), but then… then it all fell apart. I knew Anora wasn’t to be trusted, so I made Alistair the king of Ferelden. And if he was king, he decided, then he couldn’t be with someone of non-noble blood.
I was angry. I was upset. I was heartbroken. I genuinely had pizza, a tub of ice-cream and half a bottle of wine. In real life. I cried for a couple of hours. In real life. It felt like an actual break up. To be fair, I did calm down after that evening, but the scars on my heart remain.
Having said that, those scars are somewhat healed by the fact I have since played the game as a human noble and become Queen of Ferelden twice. What can I say? I’m petty.
Even after all that, I can’t think of a fictional character I would like a Christmas kiss from more. And if it can’t be under the mistletoe, maybe be it can be outside in the snow under a lampost 😉
If you enjoyed this post and would like to read my answer to yesterday’s question, have a look here.
If you would like to see everyone else’s answers to the infamous mistletoe question and would like to join in with tomorrow’s question, have a look over here.
Also, especially for Ms LightningEllen, here is a picture of Alistair the cat. Almost as cute as his namesake 😛