In the early aughts, video games were undergoing a change. PS1 to PS2. Xbox to Xbox 360. And Sega Dreamcast to… uh… Well, N64 to Gamecube. And gamers met a deluge of what would become obscure 2000s video game characters from studios desperate for eyeballs and sore thumbs. But Mario, Sonic and Link these video games mascots certainly are not. Game devs hope they’d be breakout characters. But they exist only in the corner of our collective memory that covered in cobwebs. So now it’s time to travel back in time. Because we’re gonna revisit some of these obscure 2000s video games characters. So how many can you remember?
Harman Smith – Killer 7
Suda51, the eclectic, punk rock video game developer behind No More Heroes and Lollipop Chainsaw, made his American debut with Killer 7. With its abstractly cell-shaded graphics, counterintuitive rail-shooter control scheme, and fragmented “what is real?” narrative, the game was a cult hit. As for Harman Smith, the center of the split-personality adventure, he has faded into obscurity.