The 'is Gordon Freeman a character' debate continues with HBO's Looking


A mailman from the future

Last night's episode of Looking, airing now on HBO in its second season, tackled the issue of Gordon Freeman's enduring Half-Life legacy. Is he a character, or merely a construct? Preparing for a Halloween party, series star Jonathan Groff dons his Gordon Freeman costume, much to the chagrin of his friend Agustín who asks "what are you supposed to be, a mailman from the future?"

Groff, who plays game developer Patrick in the show, retorts, "No! He's one of the most popular videogame characters of all time. He revolutionized first-person shooter games because you so rarely saw or heard him that you could better imagine yourself in the game."

"So your idea of being fun is a character with so little personality that he's basically nothing?"

Touche, Agustín.

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