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Videogame characters that look like David Bowie

Mar 14 // Jim Sterling
BalthierFrom: Final Fantasy XIIResembles: Heathen Bowie Balthier is a 22-year-old Hume sky pilot who, in Final Fantasy XII, pilots an airship known as the Strahl. He also looks like David Bowie.  With the swept back hair and relatively un-flamboyant look, at least as far as Final Fantasy characters go, Balthier resembles Bowie as he was in the early millennium, particularly with the release of 2002's Heathen album. You'd actually be surprised by the sheer number of Final Fantasy characters that look like David Bowie, of which we've included but a fraction in this article. Still, I think you'll find that Square Enix has been quite rightly represented. Eva/Big Mama From: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Resembles: Old Bowie Eva made her first appearance in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, then a young woman, and a double agent who helped Naked Snake complete his mission. In MGS4, Eva returned, significantly older and operating under the codename of Big Mama. She also looks like David Bowie.  This is a similarity we have actually pointed out before, but it needs to be repeated that Eva as she appears in MGS4 is a dead ringer for the modern David Bowie. The sort of crusty, slightly monstrous creature that he is today. It's the kind of old age that tells you the person was definitely attractive once, but that very fact has made look somewhat creepy in later life. A living paradox. Bowie's face is a paradox. Poison From: Final Fight Resembles: Ziggy Stardust Bowie Poison is a famous videogame character from Capcom's Final Fight series. Originally conceived as a woman, the American release of Final Fight saw Poison relegated to the status of crossdresser, since it wasn't considered "cool" to hit women in America, much to Ike Turner's surprise. Poison has since gone down in history as one of gaming's most notorious transgendered characters. She also looks like David Bowie. Our very own Niero nominated Poison for the list. The red hair and tight fitting clothes certainly make her a worthy contender, and since the only other character fit to represent Ziggy Bowie, we stick by our choice. While Kratos' facepaint is spookily Stardustesque, Bowie's hair is too legendary for us to have a bald man on this list. We take our work far too seriously for that.  Kefka From: Final Fantasy VI Resembles: Ashes to Ashes Bowie Kefka is hailed not only as one of the greatest Final Fantasy villains, but as one of the best videogame villains of all time. The maniacal clown of Final Fantasy VI gained noteriety for such diabolical acts as poisoning an entire village, and generally being a nihilistic psychopath with a hatred of all things. He also looks like David Bowie. Kefka looks very much like Bowie in his clown getup for the video and promotional material of hit single "Ashes to Ashes." While Kefka has never rounded up all his New Romantic buddies from the pub to walk in front of construction equipment for a few hours, I think he would have ... if he wanted to.  Albert Wesker From: Resident Evil series Resembles: Thin White Duke Bowie Albert Wesker is the treacherous villain from Capcom's Resident Evil series. A sinister double crosser who will stop at nothing to gain power and influence, Wesker has exploited everyone in his shady dealings with Umbrella, the T-Virus and Las Plagas. He also looks like David Bowie. Wesker most closely relates to Bowie's soul-influenced alter ego, The Thin White Duke, with slicked back hair and smart, dark attire. It also helps that Wesker blatantly sounds like David Bowie as well. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that Wesker is David Bowie, and nothing you can say will prove otherwise.  Liquid Snake From: Metal Gear Solid Resembles: Space Oddity Bowie Liquid Snake is the villain of Metal Gear Solid, and one of Solid Snake's most hated rivals. A clone of legendary soldier Big Boss, and believing himself to be genetically inferior to his brother, Liquid is a tragic figure, whose sense of jealousy and rage sought to ultimately be his undoing. He also looks like David Bowie. With the long hair, Liquid can only resemble Bowie as he looked right back in his formative years, and we have chosen "Space Oddity" Bowie as the likely match, though really any long-haired Bowie will do. They also have the English connection, which is very important, as well as both of them being as camp as Christmas.  G-Man From: Half-Life series Resembles: Absolute Beginners Bowie G-Man is one of gaming's most enigmatic individuals. The apparent "employer" of Dr. Gordon Freeman, he is always watching the Half-Life hero's adventures from a distance, always just out of reach, before arriving at the critical moment to meddle in the physicist's affairs. He also looks like David Bowie.  While the G-Man lacks Bowie's blonde hair, we would be wrong to not bring up the fact he looks very much like Bowie did in the movie Absolute Beginners. The similar hairstyle and near-identical clothing is enough to convince me that Gordon Freeman's mysterious string-puller has modeled himself after Britain's glamtastic songsmith. I can't believe you're still reading this.  Zidane Tribal From: Final Fantasy IX Resembles: Neoclassicist Bowie Zidane Tribal is something of an anomoly among Final Fantasy heroes. First of all. he's actually happy, and not the whining, moaning, prissy bitch that Square Enix consistently fawns over. He also looks like David Bowie. Zidane is very much like Bowie at the end of the last century. The hair is still long, but with a distinctive neat-and-floppy style, just before it went short. The cheeky Tantalus member also has a very Bowie-esque nose, which would help him get to the finals of any "do you look a bit like David Bowie?" competition. He does look a bit like David Bowie. Probably.  Kane From: Shining Force Resembles: Labyrinth Bowie Kane is a general of the Runefaust army, and you know he's an antagonist because you don't call join an organization called Runefaust and expect to be fighting for the good guys. A noble fighter but also incredibly merciless. He also looks like David Bowie.  Topher directed me toward this one, and I simply had to include this terrifyingly uncanny resemblance to David Bowie in his finest role -- the Goblin King Jareth from Jim Henson's The Labyrinth. So far, we have no photographic evidence of Kane's tights, so we can't see if he also share's Bowie's threateningly gargantuan wad. I'd like to think nobody can quite match the Duke in that department, though. Boz From: Omikron: The Nomad Soul Resembles: David Bowie as he might look in a videogame God, he looks and sounds just like him!
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Bowie's face is a paradox
[From our Golden Archives: here's our most popular story of the day back in 2009. -N] David Bowie, born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947, is an English musician, actor, producer and arranger. Having been active in the en...

Octodad LP photo
Octodad LP

Make eye contact with this super cute Octodad vinyl


(That's what average human dads do, right?)
Mar 13
// Jordan Devore
To distract myself from the incessant sports talk happening in Destructoid chat this laid-back afternoon, I've been staring at the wonderful 7" Octodad: Dadliest Catch record. What a cutie. Nice to see Young Horses stick with...
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Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest is great, experience one of the best parts now


Let it hit your ears, then your brain, then your heart
Mar 12
// Brett Makedonski
There's not a lot of negative criticism that can be levied against Ori and the Blind Forest. It just does everything so well. Tight platforming, unique mechanics, a gorgeous aesthetic -- everything melds together to make an a...

Harmonix Music VR could supplant Audiosurf for me

Mar 12 // Darren Nakamura
Harmonix had two zones on display at PAX East. One was a serene beach scene and the other was an on-rails trip through a constantly changing techno landscape. I chose the latter, and loaded up The Foo Fighters' "Everlong" for my run through. It works a bit like those old school music visualizers in that it reads the characteristics of any song and generates visual content from it. The mini environments were designed; I saw birds flying, giant structures, and other recognizable elements. However, their behaviors and appearances are determined procedurally. I actually had to ask about that last bit, because some sections of the visual content synced up so well to the audio that I wasn't sure if the transitions were built specifically for the limited library on display. During the long snare roll build up near the end of "Everlong," it kept switching between various scenes. The switching increased in frequency until the crescendo when the guitar and vocals come back in, at which point it stuck with one scene that was more colorful and alive than it had been previously. It was incredible. When it was over, it was strange to take off the VR headset. By the end, I definitely felt like I had been in another place, and removing the headset transported me back to the show floor. As a way to enjoy music, I haven't ever experienced anything else like it.
Harmonix Music VR photo
A new way to experience music
Audiosurf is more than seven years old now (wow), but it still holds a place as a desktop icon on my computer. I still play it regularly. The thing is, I almost never play it on any setting other than Casual with Mono. It is ...

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GTA

New radio station coming to GTA V


But only on PC ... for now
Mar 06
// Robert Summa
Rockstar remains busy improving and tweaking Grand Theft Auto V. With the impending arrival of heists, they also have plans to add another radio station -- except only on PC at first. I guess us console peasants are going to ...
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Videogame music

New Dj CUTMAN album of remixed videogame music out now


33 excellent songs for your earholes
Mar 01
// Ben Davis
Web musician Dj CUTMAN has created a ton of awesome remixes of videogame music over the years. Today, he released his newest album, Volume III, compiling selected works from 2012-2015. There's a lot of great stuff in here, re...
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SNES Chiptunes

Chiptuner team elix make the Super Nintendo do things I never thought it could


All I can think about now is Johnny Mnemonic
Feb 23
// Jason Faulkner
There's nothing that quite replicates the gritty '90s synth of the Super Nintendo's Sony SPC700 sound chip. Electronic dance music team elix, consisting of cTrix and ferris, have developed a music track creator, so that chip...
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Startropics music glitch

StarTropics music glitch fixed after 25 years


The bass is finally picked up
Feb 22
// Jason Faulkner
There's a sub-community of emulation fans out there dedicated to disassembling and modifying the arcane code of yesteryear's classics. Brad Smith, a.k.a. rainwarrior, is one such individual, who after hearing the errors in t...
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Project Ukulele

David Wise and Grant Kirkhope join Project Ukulele


Kameo's Steve Burke, too
Feb 16
// Jordan Devore
I need to take some deep breaths here. Former Rare developers are creating a spiritual successor to "those fondly remembered platforming adventures we built in the past," and they've brought on Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, an...
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Tron

Giorgio Moroder says he's scoring a new Tron game


Whoa, what? Yes!
Feb 16
// Jordan Devore
Giorgio Moroder is back and I can't fully express how happy that makes me. In a word: ridiculously. Since contributing to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, the legendary record producer has kept busy: he's been DJing, worki...
Jake Kaufman VR album photo
Jake Kaufman VR album

Jake Kaufman's VR music album Nuren is up on Kickstarter


The New Renaissance
Feb 14
// Darren Nakamura
Late last year, Jake "virt" Kaufman left WayForward to strike out on his own. Since then, he has hinted about a big project he envisions. It looks like Nuren: The New Renaissance is that project. A collaborative project betw...
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Dale sings Tomodachi

Maybe, baby, Dale North is the one for me


How will I know unless we take a chance?
Feb 13
// Darren Nakamura
Ah, that smooth, buttery voice. Those luscious harmonies. That pixelated plaid shirt. That is our friend (and former Editor-in-Chief) Dale North. He has taken the default lyrics to the ballad "Maybe, Baby" in Tomodachi Life ...
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Hyrule Warriors

The Majora's Mask music in Hyrule Warriors is so damn catchy


*Idles on map screen and awaits death by moon crash*
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
I know it's early, but anyone else dig into the Majora's Mask DLC for Hyrule Warriors yet? I've played about an hour of it today and I'm loving the Termina map, especially its music, embedded above. So upbeat despite that ac...
PlayStation song photo
PlayStation song

Remember that time Eiffel 65 sang about PlayStation?


'My Console'
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
You know Eiffel 65 for the international sensation "Blue (Da Ba Dee)," whose music video looks like it was ripped straight from a videogame, but did you know the Italian Eurodance group also put out a song about the original...
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Five copies up for grabs
Originally a commission by a hardcore fan, Mega Ran Com: Mission, was recently unlocked for the general public, and we've got five digital copies to hand out to lucky readers! To enter to win, just leave a comment in the...

Destiny music photo
Destiny music

This Destiny guitar medley is pretty rockin'


I think we can all agree it has great music
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
One of the best soundtracks I listened to all year was easily Destiny. For all the problems that the game had, it was a joy to listen to, especially while in orbit waiting for a group or a connection. Guitarist Ryan Abu...
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Spotify on PS4

Sony partners with Spotify, shutters Music Unlimited


PlayStation Music app coming to PS4, PS3 this spring
Jan 28
// Kyle MacGregor
Spotify is coming to PlayStation Network this spring, Sony and Spotify announced today. The streaming service will launch via a new "music destination" called PlayStation Music, which will allow users to link their PSN accoun...
Dragon Age music photo
Dragon Age music

Download some tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition for free


Sweet
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
The music in Dragon Age: Inquisition is great, and now you can get a chance to sample a few tracks compliments of BioWare. Evidently the team got a lot of requests asking where to find the tavern songs in particular...
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Gravity Ghost

Ashly Burch plays a giant rapping mouse in Gravity Ghost


It's 'more of a schoolyard chant'
Jan 22
// Jonathan Holmes
Gravity Ghost is finally seeing release on Jan 26th, and as a reminder, it's still not too late to take advantage of the game's 33% off pre-order sale. You get an extra copy for pre-ordering too, so it's worth going in ...

Little Mac's true calling revealed

Jan 19 // Jonathan Holmes
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Words can't bring him down
Believe it or not, but someone at Nintendo actually liked the Captain Falcon's ass tribute amiibo video we did last month. Thanks to that happenstance, I ended up with an extra Little Mac amiibo a couple of days ago. I ...

Twitch music photo
Twitch music

Twitch deems these 500+ songs okay for streaming


Okay for streaming but not necessarily human ears
Jan 15
// Jordan Devore
Last year, Twitch rolled out an audio-recognition system that scans archived broadcasts for copyrighted music and mutes the offending segments. Now, the game-streaming site is offering broadcasters a library of 500+ songs (wi...
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Super Smash Bros.

PSA: Today is the last day to register for the free Super Smash Bros. soundtracks


Go to Club Nintendo
Jan 14
// Darren Nakamura
If you are anything like me, you put off registering products on Club Nintendo until months (or years) later, when they aren't worth as much. If you bought both the 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and you have...
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Austin Wintory

Journey composer Austin Wintory threatened by musician's union


Band Geeks 2
Jan 13
// Mike Cosimano
Austin Wintory -- the Grammy-nominated composer behind Journey, Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine, and The Banner Saga, among others -- has been fined by the American Federation of Musicians for "violating union rules," Varie...
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Hotline Miami 2

Grab some headphones and listen to this Hotline Miami 2 song


Magic Sword
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
The music and gameplay of Hotline Miami are so intertwined in my mind that I'm hesitant to listen to tracks off the sequel's soundtrack beforehand. Oh, what the hell? One can't hurt! This song, "The Way Home, comes from Magi...
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Hidden Nintendo song

Hidden 'Totaka's Song' discovered in Mario Kart 8


You sly dog
Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
Composer Kazumi Totaka has been hiding this tune in Nintendo games for over two decades now. While some of us will best recognize "Totaka's Song" from Mario Paint, it has turned up in titles like Link's Awakening, Luigi's Ma...

The best One Direction songs to describe indescribable gaming feelings

Jan 07 // Brett Makedonski
"Up All Night" Right off One Direction's debut album, the quintet couldn't contain their affection for late-night gaming at a buddy's house. "It feels like we've been livin' in fast forward, another moment passing by," they say. You know, that feeling when you start up a new game and time somehow skips ahead eight hours. That's such a great emotion. But, they continue "I wanna stay up all night, and jump around until we see the sun...Hold on to the feeling, and don't let it go." If there were ever any doubt that this is about a gaming-fueled sleepless slumber party, I think all the evidence is right there. Then they sing "Up all night, like this, all night, hey" over and over because they're not the world's greatest poets. "Live While We're Young" This one's similar to the previous entry, yet so thematically different. Whereas "Up All Night" deals with the company of others, "Live While We're Young" touches on that memorable moment when you bring a new console home. Almost the entirety of the chorus practically spells it out in black and white. "Let's go crazy, crazy, crazy 'till we see the sun. I know we only met, but let's pretend it's love, and never, never, never stop for anyone. Tonight let's get some and live while we're young." Everyone knows that feeling, One Direction; you're not alone. You and your new console may be near strangers, but you just want to spend the rest of your life together. You block the rest of the world out. It's like life means something again. Well put, 1D. "Kiss Me" "Kiss Me" is more personal than One Direction's other forays into the gaming world. It quite obviously details a passionate, intimate experience shared with an Xbox 360. It covertly describes that unreal connection the first time blue eyes and green lights meet. It's about softly kissing the console's side as the overworked processor pumps hot air on your neck. And, its raw emotion conveys the thrilling sense of danger when you first get your tongue stuck in the disc tray. I have to say, though: One Direction did a good job of dressing this one up like they're kissing a lady. We're savvy enough to see through that. "You & I" I think we can all agree that there's nothing better than some local cooperative videogame playin'. One Direction's of that opinion, too -- so much so that they even wrote a song about it! Wow! "You and I...We can make it 'til the end. Nothing can come between you and I." Well said, 1D. It really conveys that sense of solidarity when you're plugging away at Contra or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game with a friend. Your drive for success is equal parts desire for victory and wanting to not let your partner down. That's a really special bond. "Something Great" Everyone's favorite band wants Half-Life 3 just as badly as we do. "One day you'll come into my world and say it all...I want you here with me like how I pictured it, so I don't have to keep imagining." Some day, One Direction. Some day.
Oh yeah, 1D photo
This is what makes you beautiful, 1D
It's 2015. It's an age of sexiness and carelessness, a time when Snapchat and Tinder are far more popular than table etiquette apps (much to my chagrin). Yet, this blasted Internet webpage is writing about decidedly unsexy to...

Hotline vinyl photo
Hotline vinyl

Holy crap, this Hotline Miami 2 vinyl is cool


Wait until you see the jacket art
Dec 18
// Jordan Devore
iam8bit has opened pre-orders for the Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Collector's Edition Vinyl ahead of its first quarter 2015 ship date. (Is that when the game is releasing? Hope so!) At $60, the three-record set features 28 ...
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Promoted Blogs

Happy holidays and a musical gift


Promoted from our Community Blogs
Dec 16
// Alphadeus
[Dtoid community blogger Alphadeus asks for some help. It's not the easiest thing in the world to do and it means a lot that he would come to us. I think we can all relate to needing a little help from our friends. He also sh...
Music photo
Music

OC ReMix celebrates turning 15 with, yep, you guessed it


Free remixes
Dec 12
// Jordan Devore
OverClocked ReMix has given us a ton of amazing remixes over the years. Longer than I realize, sometimes -- the game music community celebrated its 15th anniversary this week. Crazy. For the big one-five, the site has release...
Free music photo
Free music

Grab some free tunes from the Dungeonmans soundtrack


Andrew Aversa emulates Hitoshi Sakimoto
Dec 09
// Darren Nakamura
I spent a lot of time listening to Hitoshi Sakimoto's work with the soundtrack for Final Fantasy Tactics. Heck, it is still in my rotation for background music during board game nights. From the sound of it, Andrew "zircon" A...






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