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Nerdist Play: The Evolution of Video Game Sidekicks

When you’re not strong, they’ll be your friends that help you carry on. Yep, that’s one of the beauties of having a trusty companion by your side, and one of the many things that we find intriguing about Doctor Who. But the Doctor isn’t the only one with a reliable compadre by his side–this has been an ever evolving trend in video games since the good ol’ days of Mario Bros.

To commemorate this week’s return of the Time Lord himself, we’re going to discuss some of the best companions in video games and how buddy elements have grown in the gaming world as a whole. But before we get the party started, we’re going to take a look at one of the weirder glitches from that Hideo Kojima-produced playable teaser that’s been sending the internet into a jump-scare frenzy over the last week.

I asked folks on twitter who’s the best video game sidekick ever, and here are several of the excellent responses that didn’t make it into today’s episode:

Want to have your voice heard on the next episode of PLAY? Be sure join the conversation with yours truly over on Twitter!

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  1. Hasan Farhat says:

    does liarra from mass effect work ?

  2. I know its not the right answer, but I’m gonna go with Kyle Broflovski from Stick of Truth cause he brought an additional sidekick with him (Ike) that pretty much guaranteed victory against the Nazi zombies from Taco Bell.

  3. Duncan says:

    Totally stoked that you guys featured our tweet. You guys are the best.  -Duncan-

  4. alexis says:

    does the tank in blaster master count? because that was some good shit.