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Ireland and Irish people in Computer games

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  • Moderators Posts: 5,558 ✭✭✭Azza


    X-Com Enemy Unknown randomly generates squad mates who can be Irish. This amounts to nothing more than Tri-color on there back and an Irish sounding name. They use the same generic voice actors as the rest of the nations do. But its cool to save the world with an all Irish squad.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,229 ✭✭✭Dreddybajs


    Luna in Dota 2 has a horrible stage Irish accent.


  • Registered Users Posts: 866 ✭✭✭LuckyFinigan


    I remember there being a mission in the first rainbow six game where the ira take over big ben. I was thinking the engineer down in the engine room in mass effect 2 and 3 was Irish but I think hes actually Scottish, just had a Irish sounding name.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,707 ✭✭✭✭K.O.Kiki


    Dunno if he's been mentioned yet, but Lancer in Fate/Stay-Night is a reincarnation of Cu Chulainn, and wields the spear Gaebolg.

    LancerFSN.png


  • Registered Users Posts: 30,123 ✭✭✭✭Star Lord


    I remember there being a mission in the first rainbow six game where the ira take over big ben.
    http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=82632217&postcount=57
    :pac:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 182 ✭✭twistyj




  • Registered Users Posts: 12 BNJT


    I've edited the original post to include my complete list of games featuring Irish characters. Enjoy...


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,023 ✭✭✭[CrimsonGhost]


    I had a James O'Connell from Ireland in my X-Com squad, he was my main Sniper and Psionic guy by the end. As he was irish I invested more time in him from the start.


  • Registered Users Posts: 43 cidmon


    BNJT wrote: »
    I've put together a list of computer games featuring Irish (including Nothern Irish, not Irish-American) characters, or characters voiced by Irish people using their natural accent! Comments and corrections welcome!

    Sean Devlin The Saboteur (2009)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Atkin_Downes

    hes English


  • Moderators Posts: 5,558 ✭✭✭Azza


    True but the character was Irish.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,481 ✭✭✭Sgt Hartman


    There was a mediocre boxing game out on the PS2 a few years ago which had an Irish character called Mickey McFist. He had red hair and would say things like "Hold me Clover" and "Kiss me, I'm Irish". When you fought his there was a traditional Irish band outside the ring playing music:)

    In Super Punch Out on the SNES there was an Irish character nasmed Aran Ryan who had a ginger mullet and who would berate you for your "wimpy little punches" between rounds.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,834 ✭✭✭Welease


    BNJT wrote: »
    I've edited the original post to include my complete list of games featuring Irish characters. Enjoy...

    Is there a reason why you still ignore Daoc? :D Given that it has more Irish game characters than any other game you have added to the list.. there must be 100+ Irish computer characters in the game and one of the zones/armies is Irish. ;)

    It was (and many best ever lists still list it) one of the greatest games ever which is why over 10 years later its still has online players, and is always listed in the top10 MMORPG best games lists.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Age_of_Camelot

    (I hope you don't mind me asking, just interested in why you didn't add DAOC to the list :D)


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 36,527 CMod ✭✭✭✭pixelburp


    Azza wrote: »
    True but the character was Irish.

    I read an interview with Pandemic leading up to the release of Sabateur; it was very revealing when it came to the casting of the lead character. They'd decided early on to have an Irishman as the lead in the story, and initially their auditions had revolved around getting an actual Irishman to lend the voicework. But they soon rejected this idea because they felt the actual Irish accents were unintelligible & sounded 'too Irish'; instead they hired someone who could do an Oirish lilt, something more familiar to American audiences :rolleyes:


  • Moderators Posts: 5,558 ✭✭✭Azza


    FFS.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 3,182 Mod ✭✭✭✭Dr Bob


    cough.. there were games with cuchullain in them back in the eighties on the ZX spectrum
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tir_Na_Nog_%28video_game%29


    There was an early eighties Leprechaun arcade game too..


    kind of streching it a biy but theres a boss in a few of the castlevania games based on Balor (ancient Irish legend)
    http://castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/Balore
    as well as the weapons... Cliamh Solas
    http://castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/Claimh_Solais
    ...and a slightly missspelled Gae Bolg
    http://castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/Geiborg

    As for Bioshock...I alwasy found it ironic that one of the few properly voiced Irish characters in video gaming history A/ technically isnt Irish ..
    or in fact real
    and B/ the actor playing him went uncredited due to actors guild red tape
    (It was a chap called Karl Hanover btw)


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,009 ✭✭✭✭wnolan1992


    pixelburp wrote: »
    I read an interview with Pandemic leading up to the release of Sabateur; it was very revealing when it came to the casting of the lead character. They'd decided early on to have an Irishman as the lead in the story, and initially their auditions had revolved around getting an actual Irishman to lend the voicework. But they soon rejected this idea because they felt the actual Irish accents were unintelligible & sounded 'too Irish'; instead they hired someone who could do an Oirish lilt, something more familiar to American audiences :rolleyes:

    Understandable decision tbf. Gotta play the markets. Not much good having a lad with a harsh Kerry accent (for example) in a game for the sake of authenticity when you'd risk alienating your main market.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12 BNJT


    Welease wrote: »
    Is there a reason why you still ignore Daoc? )

    Sorry, I was originally gonna do one list for games with Irish characters and one for games with Ireland as a playable location - DAOC was gonna go on that list but I didn't have time. I'll add it in shortly, along with Crusader Kings 2 and the boxing game with Micky McFist - "Black and Bruised". I'll have to look into the Castlevania games...


  • Registered Users Posts: 12 BNJT


    Dr Bob wrote: »
    the actor playing him went uncredited due to actors guild red tape
    (It was a chap called Karl Hanover btw)

    Wiki claims he is an Irish actor living in the US, so he'd fit under my "natural accents" criteria :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 12 BNJT


    Updated List

    Irish character(s)
    Game(s)
    Leprechaun Leprechaun (1982)
    Cuchulainn Tir Na Nog (1984)
    Balore Castlevania Series (1986-2013)
    M. Bison (see wikipedia) Street Fighter II and sequels (1991-present)
    Cú Chulainn Shin Megami Tensei series (1992-present)
    Aran Ryan Super Punch-Out!! series (1994-2009)
    Nina and Anna Williams Tekken Series (1994-present)
    O'Brien, Fitzgerald, Various Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars (1996)
    Jaunty the Snake Shadowman Series (1999-2002)
    James O’ Malley (priest) Koudelka (2000)
    Patrick Galloway Clive Barker's Undying (2001)
    Various characters - Dark Age of Camelot (2001)
    Jack "Butcher" O'Hara (Green Beret) Commandos Series (2001-2006)
    Kelly O'Lenmey GunValkyrie (2002)
    Micky McFist - Black & Bruised (2003)
    Oswald The King of Fighters XI (2003)
    Lancer (based on Cú Chulainn) Fate/stay night (2004)
    Unit voices (answer in Irish) Civilization IV (2005)
    Harman Smith Killer7 (2005)
    Enemy soldiers Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (2006)
    Leafos Viva Piñata series (2006-8)
    Henry Cooldown No More Heroes (2007)
    Doolin Village people? Folklore (2007)
    Catherine O'Hara Valkyria Chronicles (2008)
    Maureen McReary (Irish born) Grand Theft Auto 4 (2008)
    Atlas Bioshock (2008)
    Frank Bilders Far Cry 2 (2008)
    James (character's father), Colin Moriarty Fallout 3 (2008)
    Ewan Devlin/Garrett (helicopter pilot) Mercenaries 2 (2008)
    Lexine Murdoch Dead Space: Extraction (2009)
    Brother Darby O’Callahan Assassin's Creed 2 (2009)
    Sean Devlin The Saboteur (2009)
    Irish Red Dead Redemption (2010)
    Various character voices Dragon Age 2 (2011)
    Captain James Donnelly L.A. Noire (2011)
    Various character voices Assassins Creed 3 (2012)
    Mick Zaford and co. Borderlands 2 (2012)
    Various characters/locations - Crusader Kings 2 (2012)
    Luna Dota 2 (2012 beta)

    Are there enough games with Ireland as a playable location to do a separate list? Most of them are on here. Apart from that there's most of the Total War series, Tomb Raider Chronicles (2001) and that War Leaders: Clash of Nations game. Can't think of any others.


  • Registered Users Posts: 492 ✭✭Sl!mCharles


    Two Irish names I can think of:
    Red Eagle in Skyrim is called Faolan in his youth
    Domhnall in Dark Souls

    I believe I ran into a snake/monster called Nimhneach (poisonous) in something... can't remember what it was. Funny how regional dialects, words and languages filter down.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12 BNJT


    The Elder Scrolls wiki says: Red Eagle, or Faolan in the old language of the Reach, is a long forgotten hero of the Reachmen [1], known now as the The Forsworn. Dunno if he counts as an Irish character :)

    And can't find anything Irish here haha
    http://darksouls.wikidot.com/domhnall-of-zena


  • Registered Users Posts: 43 cidmon


    Azza wrote: »
    True but the character was Irish.

    my bad read original post wrong


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,815 ✭✭✭Burgo


    In the Witcher 2, the kingdom of Kaedwen were Irish.


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