Defining a Hero

Posted on July 19, 2018

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This week on the show, we’re here to talk about what defines a hero in video games. Heroes are a massive part of video game culture (and pop culture overall really). They’re brave, iconic and they’re everything we aspire to be. Or are they? We look at the concept of heroes in-depth across video game history, including morals, the anti-hero, choice based mechanics and of course some of our favourite video game heroes. Join Luke, Elliot, Kieren and Jason as they discuss what makes a hero heroic in the first place. Is it the choices they make? Does a good hero always need a good villain counterpart? Can we really call characters like Lara Croft and Nathan Drake heroes when they kill a whole bunch of people in every game they are in? How do heroes evolve over time across multiple games? Are heroes as boring as Elliot says they are? Also, Tom reminisces about the good old JRPGs of old as he takes part in the eight overlapping stories of new Switch exclusive Octopath Traveler! Don’t miss any of the action and don’t forget to check out the first half of this podcast to keep up to date! For all the latest updates as always, head to our official website at

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Luke Mitchell

Luke Mitchell


Luke spends his time making radio, playing video games, binge-watching TV, getting unreasonably invested in wrestling, hosting bear events and hanging out with his beautiful pets.

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Elliot Attard

Elliot Attard


Beer aficionado, PC gamer, TV show binge-watcher, music lover, and elite member of high society - Elliot possesses all of the qualities needed to project his word thoughts straight into your eye holes.

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Kieren Munn

A typical gaymer, I enjoy most RPG's, Platformers, and Fighting games. I started gaming early with Sonic the Hedgehog, Mortal Kombat and Alex the Kidd on my Sega Mega Drive. This started a "healthy" obsession that has spanned 5 generations of consoles, and I won't be stopping anytime soon.

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Jason Ashman

I do gaming, writing about gaming, making games, collecting games... I'm sure I have other hobbies as well...

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