Video game technology has come a long way. We've gone from pointy boobs to round ones. It's taken us from polygonal hands to fully-modelled fingers. Most importantly however, we've seen a great variety of long, flowing, manly beards. In the spirit of Movember, here's the top ten best beard I could think of.
10: Wyatt (The Walking Dead: 400 Days)
In spite of the zombie apocalypse, Wyatt manages to maintain an impressive beard, though still a bit unruly. Perhaps not the greatest beard in gaming history, but noteworthy nonetheless.
9: Trevor (Grand Theft Auto V)
Straddling the line between murderous hillbilly and drunken hobo, Trevor grows his manly mane on demand at any local barber shop. Though the "default" Trevor is clean-shaven, I feel it goes without saying that bearded Trevor is the best Trevor.
8: Max Payne (Max Payne 3)
At least half of the budget for this game went into Max's beard. Fact.
7: Hawke (Dragon Age II)
Say what you will about the sequel to Dragon Age: Origins. Most of those things are probably true. However, if one of those things you said was that it's hero didn't have an epic beard, you'd be wrong. When it comes to character creators, I always custom craft my own personal hero. This game is the exception, because none of the other facial hair options matched up to the default protagonist's.
6: Salvador (Borderlands 2)
His beard is blue. I don't think I need to say anything else.
5: Agent York (Deadly Premonition)
Francis York Morgan is one hell of a man. When he's not solving crimes Twin Peaks style, he's kicking undead monster ass. His best feature though, is his beard. What makes this stubble so remarkable is that it must be grown at the expense of extra agent honor. Even whilst working for the FBI, he still manages to fight the system... with his beard.
4: Adam Jensen (Dues Ex: Human Revolution)
His beard is augmented.
3: Captain Price (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare)
Let's not beat around the bush here. Captain John Price is a badass. Even if you're not a particularly big fan of the Call of Duty franchise, you have to admit that much. He goes into battle wearing mutton chops, you got to respect that.
2: Joel (The Last of Us)
Just look at it. It's beautiful. Ellie wishes she could grow a beard this awesome.
1: Big Boss (Metal Gear)
The first time Big Boss and his big beard made their début over twenty years ago on the MSX home computer, he appeared to us as a scruffy Connery-esque old man. In the prequel, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, we get to see the beard from the beginning. With subsequent sequels, we get to see its evolution, from stubble to epic mane. Though it has many iterations, it really doesn't get any better than a Fox Engine beard.