Monday, 1 April 2019

Video Game Character of the Month - April 2019 - Boy - Limbo

Video Game Character of the Month
April 2019
So... Is anyone going to mention it? No? Ok, I just thought? Right. Of course. Silly me. It's just, well it's quite in your face to be honest? So wouldn't it be easier? No. Right. We won't say then...
But what about the kids? More specifically, the boy? No, you can't just give him a Video Game Character of the Month Award and expect him to be OK with it. I mean, look at him. No, no, you're right. I think. I still think we should tell them about that, that, thing. 

What am I talking about? A spider? An orphanage? The political unrest of some far off planet? Carrots? It's hard to be certain, but I guess that's all part of the fun. At least for the boy. He's in Limbo at the moment, constantly replaying, over and over. Better him than me I suppose...
And now for some more information on the Boy:

He's a boy - no figure
He lives in a black and white world
He can walk with an almost ragdoll like feeling
He can die from most things, from heights to spiders
He will return to finish his journey
He is very expressive, especially given the monochrome world
He likes to collect eggs
He can be taken over by worms
Gravity is no master to him... Sometimes
He's currently in Limbo
He can work basic machinery such as switches
As well as more advanced machinery involving magnets
He's seeking a girl
He doesn't like spiders
Other people don't like him
He will use anything to survive
He can't swim but can use boats
He has glowing eyes.

Origin of Boy:
Who really knows the origins of the Boy? Does he himself know? It feels like he's been stuck in a loop for years, decades even, trying to escape. Or is he? Does he enjoy this? There are many theories as to the origin of the Boy from him dying in a car crash or falling from a tree house, but we may never know. Even the director, Arnt Jensen isn't telling, although he has admitted that some fan theories are 'scary close' to his own ideas.

Evolution of Boy:
After awakening in the middle of a forest, on the edge of hell, the Boy sets out to explore, trying to find his missing sister. Along the way, he encounters all sorts of horrors from savages to the industrialisation of the world. The horror. He gets captured by a giant spider (which has obviously affected me, given how many times I've mentioned it) and taken over by mind control worms. He learns to control gravity and electromagnetism and to fear spikes even more than he did. He finally gets to meet his sister, only for her to be taken away again. Is there any hope that he will escape Limbo? Again, we're not sure. 

Limbo: released (World Wide) on July 21st, 2010 on Xbox 360 (digital)/released (World Wide) on April 19th, 2011 (retail)/released (North America) on July 19th, 2011/(Europe) on July 20th, 2011 on PlayStation 3/released (World Wide) on August 2nd, 2011 on PC (digital)/released (World Wide) on December 21st, 2011 on OS X (digital)/released (World Wide) on March 15th, 2012 on PC/OS X (retail)/released (World Wide) on June 4th, 2013 on PS Vita/released (World Wide) on July 3rd, 2013 on iOS/released (World Wide) on June 23rd, 2014 on Linux/released (World Wide) on December 5th, 2014 on Xbox One/released (World Wide) on February 11th, 2015 on Android/released (World Wide) on February 24th, 2015 on PS4/released (World Wide) on June 28th, 2018 on Nintendo Switch

And that's all on the Boy, but, as always, if I've made any errors or missed anything out, or you want to suggest who should win the award in a future month, then please don't hesitate to comment!

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

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