Geek Out: 10 Guys Gaymers Love
There used to be a time when hot male characters in video games were as rare as unicorns in outer space.
Thankfully, today’s game developers have corrected that oversight and are now serving a healthy selection of man-candy. Shirtless hunks, characters modeled after gorgeous actors, and even same-sex romance have all found their way into the industry’s most popular video games.
The following is a list of 10 virtual hotties that keep gaymers coming back to their joysticks for repeat adventures.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. In fact, we’d love to hear about the additional game guys who flip your power switch. Once you give our collection of digital dudes a look, share your favorites (if they aren’t already listed) in the comments below. There’s never been a better time to be a gaymer.
1.) Liu Kang – Mortal Kombat
The Bruce Lee of video games, Liu Kang’s smooth moves and rockin’ body make him a favorite of the fighting game genre. One of the few honorable men in the Mortal Kombat series, he’s as kind as he is dangerous. His refusal to wear a shirt has also made him a drool-worthy digital dude for over 20 years. Plus any guy who can keep his legs in the air (check out his bicycle kick) as long as Liu Kang was bound to grab a gay fan base.
2.) Cole MacGrath – inFAMOUS
From bike messenger to super-powered urban ninja, Cole MacGrath’s story is one any gaymer can love thanks to the Karma system found in inFAMOUS. If you’ve got a thing for bad boys, simply make choices throughout the game that take Cole down the dark path. Then again, if hot heroes rev your game engine you need only use Cole’s powers for good to ensure he turns into the type of guy you can take home to mom. Either way, you’re in for a good time with this super-powered stud – and who doesn’t love a man with versatile abilities?
3.) Kratos – God of War
Kratos is, without a doubt, the manliest man to grace a home video game console. He could easily make even the most brazen top say, “Yes, sir!” Kratos is everything we love about shows like Spartacus and the men of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) rolled into one. Not to mention the fact that his weapon of choice (a pair of double-chained blades) would make him a hit at any leather bar.
4.) Kaidan Alenko – Mass Effect
While it’s true most of the men from the cast of Mass Effect are easy on the eyes, Kaidan Alenko seems to be the guy gaymers prefer most – and it’s not hard to see why. The character’s disarming personality, big brown eyes, and, well… just look at him! Plus the added fun of same-sex romance options in Mass Effect 3 means players are now able to live out their game guy fantasies like never before. (Big thanks to game developer BioWare for having the courage to weave romantic diversity into the game’s subplots.)
5.) Starkiller: The Apprentice – Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Is there a gaymer out there who hasn’t had a thing for a Jedi at one point or another?
Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, Starkiller, brings a whole new level of sexy to the Star Wars universe. Not only is this gorgeous game guy voiced by the incredibly hot Sam Witwer (Being Human, Smallville), but the character is also modeled after his likeness as well. Throw in an array of costume changes and Starkiller’s ability to handle two, ahem, lightsabers at once and you’ve got a Jedi gaymers would play master and servant with any day of the week.
6.) Jax – Mortal Kombat
Jax is one character that only gets hotter each time a new version of Mortal Kombat is released. Thankfully the most recent installment of the popular video game franchise has returned Jax to his former shirtless glory. (Sadly, he was fully clothed in Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe.) The character designers at NetherRealm Studios, (the current video game developer behind the MK series), are to be commended for the bionic beefcake’s latest look. We’ve never wanted to go a few rounds with the sexiest soldier of fighting games so badly, or as they say in Mortal Kombat, “Finish Him!”
7.) Chris Redfield – Resident Evil
Zombies with a side of beefcake? Yes please!
Resident Evil’s Chris Redfield is the hunk with a heart of gold. (Picture Superman with a shotgun.) He’s loyal to a fault, courageous, and is a natural born survivor. (What gaymer can’t relate to that?) He’s a character we’d love to get to know better, that is, once we stopped drooling over his perfectly rendered body. Plus his alternate “Leather Daddy” costume in Resident Evil 5 had us viewing this hero in a whole new light. Mr. Redfield is obviously a gentleman on the streets, but a freak between the sheets!
8.) Robin – Batman: Arkham City
Robin has been a staple of gay fantasies for decades, but it was his Batman: Arkham City redesign that gave us our gaymer crush on the Boy Wonder. From the minute we saw the early renderings of Robin sporting that sexy buzz-cut and those swoon-worthy arms we knew this version of Batman’s buddy would have us spending more time with our joysticks.
9.) Nathan Drake – Uncharted
A sexy combination of Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, Nate Drake is as hot as video game guys get! We’re convinced there had to be at least one homo on the design team for the Uncharted series because Mr. Drake is a walking locker-room fantasy. With a smile that could charm the pants off your dad (ewww), that tight body, and cocky attitude – Nathan Drake is a gaymers dream. He’s not just fun to play as, he’d be great to play with as well. (Don’t pretend you haven’t thought about it.)
10.) Mario – Super Mario Bros.
Hello Daddy! The Italian pixilated plumber is one sexy bear! Not to mention the fact that his pole sliding skills (perfected in the original Super Mario Bros.) has got to be the stuff of legends. Oh yes, we’re certain a night with Mario would light a fire in our souls until the day we died. Mamma Mia, indeed!