Great Moments In Gaming Humor? The Jaxter Factor

Great Moments In Gaming Humor? The Jaxter Factor

Humor is a subjective thing, and never has video game humour been more subjective than in the case of Naughty Dog’s contribution to PlayStation platforming sidekicks, the obnoxious ottsel, Daxter.

Depending on who you ask, the smaller, fuzzier half of Jak and Daxter is either a delightful character that added much-needed levity to an increasingly serious video game landscape, or an intensely irritating creation that didn’t deserve to co-star in a major series, much less his own spin-off PSP title.

What always tickled me about Daxter, irritating or not, was his voice. Behind that nasally New York accent is one Max Casella, a character actor known for taking on Daxter-style roles. His voice has been featured in several animated films and he appeared as Benny Fazio in HBO’s award-winning The Sopranos, but for me Casella will always be Vincent “Vinnie” Salvatore Delpino, the annoying sidekick to Neil Patrick Harris’ Doogie Howser, M.D.

So when I play a Jak and Daxter game, I’m really playing Jak and Vinnie Delpino. It helps.


  • I’m very much pro Daxter considering the way the game is, he was needed. Now that’s not to say if they’d given Jak an actual personality he’d still be needed, but as it stands without Daxter the games just wouldn’t have worked, even when Jak started talking he didn’t really develop, he’s the very essence of an old school protagonist, a conduit for the player wherein stuff happens and develops around him, but he’s almost a blank slate (other than the ‘I have anger issues’ cause GTA is popular element). Comic relief is important, it’s not always well done, and not ALWAYS necessary, but the Jak trilogy is hardly meant to be a literary masterpiece, Daxter served his purpose, whether you enjoyed him or not, though I do feel for those that couldn’t just get into the groove of the humour, since it was so often pushed right at you.

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