One of the things I pride myself on with this blog is having the most complete listing of left-handed video game characters on the internet. A series of posts, documenting the rare representatives of the genetically superior laterality that appear in our electronic entertainments. Kind of a silly little thing, but as a leftie myself and it being a perennially hard time finding representation of that among my chosen medium, it means something to me. But it’s been years since I last wrote something up about this, and you know, part of having the most complete listing of anything is that you need to update it once in a while as time passes and more examples of that subject emerges.
So let’s correct that now. The previous three posts include all the left-handers I’d personally encoutered up to that point in games, at least that I knew of. But now, years later, I’m just as young but significantly wiser, and let’s put that updated wisdom to use, in this, an addition to the list of those characters in games who are just innately better than everyone else.
Nero-Devil May Cry
The son of Virgil, the traditional way-cooler-than-the-actual-protagonist rival character, Nero takes over main character duties from that right-handed goober, Dante, for the few most recent mainline games. And dude is a beast at that. See, his right hand has some devil grappling powers, letting him style on his enemies then pull them back in when they get knocked away, reaching combos that Dante and Virgil have to struggle more to achieve. Nero heads up two mostly good games in the series out of his two shots at it, whereas Dante only has one out of his three. Now, you could say that’s the result of Nero leading the games at a point where what makes a good DMC was more firmly established and the Capcom team was more versed in it, but we all know really it’s that left-handed blade- and gun-work that leads him to success.
Soda Popinski-Punch Out
There’s a couple of Punch Out character that take southpaw stances, but Soda Popinski, aka Vodka Drunkinski, is the only one who consistently does that throughout all his appearances, so outside of the previous post’s Super Mac, he’s the only one from the series I feel confident enough in to count here. The others are just posers. Anyways, Soda Popinski might not have been the first boxer to give you trouble in the old school punchout, but he might have been the first one to make you cry, with the combination of his high speed and great defense making him hard to score counterpunches on, the foundation of most of your offense. Much like real life southpaws, his left-handed offense makes him hard to read for your weak right-handed mind, and he benefits from that greatly.
Patrick Galloway-Clive Barker’s Undying
What’s this? We’ve finally got a second left-handed character on this list from a game that was developed outside Japan? I never thought I’d see the day. But here we are.
So, I’ve barely played Clive Barker’s Undying, so I can’t really hype up Patrick Galloway that much. Instead, let’s talk about why he’s left handed, because mechanics-wise, it’s pretty interesting. Undying is a PC FPS where you’ve usually got both a weapon and a magic spell ready at the same time. Usually, it’s left-click to shoot, and Undying has Patrick Galloway left handed so that visually corresponds with your left mouse button. Your right click, and his right hand, are dedicated to the spells. It works out very elegantly. And I really don’t know why more FPSes haven’t taken that same tack.Continue reading