The Most Iconic Video Game Characters of All Time

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Laura Croft

The Tomb Raider series was the first massively successful video game with a female protagonist. This was a giant step for the industry, and it opened the door for a lot of female devs that had ideas to make more games with female leads. Laura Croft is depicted as athletic, intelligent, ruthless, and funny, separating her from the way women were generally portrayed in media at the time. In 1998, Paramount bought the film rights to Tomb Raider, and in 2001 they released "Laura Croft: Tomb Raider, the first feature film ever made that was based on a video game. 

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Link is the other Nintendo legend that pushed the industry into a realm it never touched before. The Legend of Zelda didn't invent the adventure game, but it did provide the player with a real sense of adventure. Referring to The Legend of Zelda for the NES, the player is dropped into a world with no information about it, the rest is discovered through context and exploration. You essentially make your own adventure, the character doesn't find items, YOU do. The Legend of Zelda gave the player a sense of accomplishment through curiosity, compared to other games that would reward the player for their dexterity, this was a huge step for the industry. 

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