CNET Top 5: Video game characters
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CNET Top 5: Video game characters

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We count down the greatest video game characters of all time.

Welcome to CNET Top 5, where each time we meet, we count down another hot CNET list. I'm Tom Merritt. Some of the greatest fictional characters ever are not in books or movies, but are in video games. Even the paddle in Pong had a little spunk to it. So we turned to the Internet and asked, "Hey Internet, what are the Top 5 video game characters of all time?" And boy, did the Internet tell us. So...let's count 'em down. At No. 5, Gordon Freeman, the Black Mesa Research Facility scientist from Half-Life. As lvlln put it on Twitter, "Obvious choice. A physics nerd who's also a humanity-saving hero." Well put. Maybe now he'll get some back up. Coming in at No. 4, Master Chief Petty Officer John 117 from Halo. He's not only an ass-kicking cybernetically enhanced supersoldier, but he's also the inspiration of fantastic Halloween costumes. He's voiced by Chicago disc jockey Steve Downes, of 97.1 The Drive. Up to No. 3, Sonic the Hedgehog of, well, Sonic the Hedgehog. He was launched in 1991 by Sega as rival to Nintendo's Mario. He's blue, can run faster than the speed of sound, and has a protein in the mammalian signaling pathway family named after him. Sliding in at No. 2, Link from the Legend of Zelda. Often confused with Zelda, Link is the little Peter Pan elf looking character and not the legendary Princess. He's come a long way since his youth in Hyrule. Although he never seems to get older. Before we get to No. 1, Time for another Lame Prize. Three video game characters were inducted into the Walk of Game at the Metreon in San Francisco in 2005. Be one of the first 10 people to correctly name them in the comments for this Top 5 blog post at blog.cnettv.com and you could get a Wii remote candy dispenser. Motion sensitivity not included. But it does have fake smarties! All right. Let's get to our No. 1. The top video game character of all time. Leading the way with three times as many mentions on Twitter and Facebook as any other character You can guess it At No. 1, it's... [[IT'S ME, MARIO]] Yes Mario. From Donkey Kong through all variations of Mario Brothers Super and otherwise to Wario and Mario Kart, he is the face of all-ages video gaming. And while we did receive hate mail in advance for Sonic, it seems that even the hardest of the hardcore gamers love that scrappy little Italian who eats mushrooms, kicks turtles, never ever stops. Well, that's it for this edition of CNET Top 5. Thanks to everybody on the Internet that sent me your suggestions and don't forget to take a crack at our trivia question at blog.cnettv.com for a chance to win the candy-filled Wii-like device Also, a shout out to Solid Snake, Samus Aran, Duke Nukem, Luigi, The Paddle form Pong, and all the other great video game characters that didn't make the list. May your fans spare us the hate mail. I'm Tom Merritt. The Princess...is in another castle.

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