Total Nerd 10 Video Game Characters You Didn't Know Were Based On Real People  

Mick Jacobs

According to the video below, many video game characters, including some of the industry's most well-known creations, are based on real-life people. When it comes to inspiration, game developers look everywhere for ideas.

To create characters, developers often turn to figures from both history and pop culture. In doing so, game designers imbue their constructed reality with a bit of the one you live in.

You probably never knew that developers of Sonic the Hedgehog based their characters off of not one but two different US presidents, or that the Uncharted protagonist boasts the face of a famous MTV reality star.

By modeling characters off of actual people, developers add another layer of detail and symbolism which ties their virtual world to the real one. Watch the video below to see if these characters do justice to their real-life inspirations. The next time you pick up your controller, keep an eye out for Easter eggs like these.