Saturday, August 27, 2016

Birds in Video Games: Overwatch

Reader Meredith Nickerson passed along a tidbit recently about an avian character in the popular online multiplayer shooting game, Overwatch. It's a cute little tiny bird named Ganymede.

I don't play this game and so pardon me if I don't know what the hell I'm talking about, but Ganymede follows around a giant robot character named Bastion, that actually does fights in the game. The backstory is that Bastion had shut down in a German forest and had overgrown with moss and stuff until Ganymede came along and woke him up. Now they're buds.  Wanna see a video of that? Here you go

Importantly, according to Meredith, Ganymede can take a number of forms, including some real life actual (sorta) birds.  Ganymede starts off as this little guy (gal?):

That is ... uh ... not a real bird. Some bastardized canary? I don't even know. Too bad.

The good news, however, it that Ganymede's got some other looks. You can change Bastion's skin in the game, and when you do Ganymede changes along with it. Check it out, as assembled by the folks at Overwatch Writing:

Pretty good! Check out that cardinal on top! ACCURATE BILL COLOR! The Rock Dove is spot on, and the Blue Jay ain't half bad either. The woodpecker could use a bit of work (if it is supposed to be a Pileated ... I couldn't find anything closer) but it's close. The White Dove is stupid but forgivable. 

Anyway, if I played this game I'd probably get my ass kicked because I'd just be watching Ganymede fly around instead of killing anyone. The end. Thanks, Meredith, for the tip. 


Spurwing Plover said...

Birds in vedia games like one game from the Atari 2600 game PHOENIX the TV comercials showing a family a construction worker and some hunters with big angry birds swooping down and just how many new birds for pokemon?

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Anonymous said...

I believe that the 'classic ' Ganymede is a Japanese White Eye, or at least it looks really similiar to it.

Anonymous said...

This seems very interesting. If I ever get one of those android thingies, I'll have to give this a go! Funny Prank Videos

Spurwing Plover said...

Rule of thumb with certian bird pokemon like spearow beaning them with a rock will make them realy realy mad

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