Is this the Video Game Mount Rushmore?

Pwn or Die have come up with a good bar argument: The four faces on a hypothetical Mount Rushmore of video gaming. The four they've chosen are good, but are they the best choices?

As you can see in the pic, the selections are Master Chief, Mario, Lara Croft and Sonic the Hedgehog. Lara is the only head scratcher to me, although she does represent the 1990s PC gaming boom pretty well.

If it were my call, and we were picking analogs to the US presidents up on the actual hill, I'd go with something like:

Pac-Man as George Washington: Washington was the father of the country. Pac-Man was the progenitor of video gaming.

Gordon Freeman as Thomas Jefferson: Jefferson is on Rushmore for representing the principles of U.S. democracy. Freeman as a symbol of Half-Life 2 and Valve, likewise represents a broad set of bedrock principles for good games - good story, strong level design, memorable characters, multiplayer (on PC anyway), multi-platform, long replay value, among many others.

Master Chief as Teddy Roosevelt: Roosevelt, the progressive, also is the most recent of the four faces. So is Master Chief, whose game likewise represents progress into a new era of gaming.

Mario as Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln saved the Republic. Mario, through Super Mario Bros. and the Nintendo Entertainment System, saved console gaming.

I agree Gordon may not be an iconic choice to non-gamers; maybe less so than Lara. But hey, it's not like this actually exists somewhere. So who would you put up on yours?

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    Replace Lara with Gordon Freeman and it's all good. :P

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    Cloud Strife

    Those four are really the most iconic of characters. Each introduced a new facet of gaming into the world (or made it popular). I know Master Chief is incredibly popular, but I definitely don't think he's one of the big four.

    Don't fully agree with Lara being up there but I guess she's probably more of an icon than gordan freeman is. A larger portion of non-gamers will recognise Lara and the others than they will Gordon Freeman.

    I'm so goddamn glad no one said anything stupid along the ridiculous lines of either cloud/sepirooth/aeris being up there. That would make me angry enough to punch a baby :P

    i agree with chris m.

    cloud strife

    FTW ^-^ this is because they are (imo) most well renowned game characters to not just gamers but non-gamers.

    Chris M and liz, I have been a hardcore gamer since I was 8 (21 now) and I had to look up who Cloud Strife was after seeing your posts, so the idea of him being iconic or renowned "even to non gamers" is a little ridiculous to me.

    Mario for sure, Pac-Man sure, Sonic yeah, want to say Gordon Freeman because I love him so much but I don't think he's all that iconic to non-gamers, and lastly I wish I didn't have to say Master Chief but yeah he's pretty damn iconic for the new age of gaming.

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