Samus Aran is an Amazing Role Model

Samus Aran was and is one of the strongest video game characters of all time, and one of my personal role models.

I hated sixth grade with a passion. Back then I was chubby, awkward, and lonely. I only had two friends and we really only hung out with each other due to our shared obsession with Pokémon. I had a lot going on in my personal life at the time that I found very difficult to cope with, but I didn’t think anyone would understand what I was going through, so I did my best to keep my thoughts bottled away. However, there was one person I knew I could always turn to when things were looking their worst. Her name was Samus Aran.

I purchased a brand new copy of Metroid Fusion the day it was released. I was persuaded to buy it after viewing a commercial for it that I thought was the coolest thing the world had ever seen. I had never played any Metroid games before and I really didn’t know anything about the series except that it had something to do with that robot-looking person from Super Smash Bros. I was amazed to discover that the game I had purchased on a whim was not only an amazing amount of fun, but starred a protagonist that I could identify with.

Samus the inspiration

Throughout Fusion I was allowed a sneak peek into the mind of Samus. During long elevator rides on the space station she was exploring, she would share her thoughts with the audience.

It turns out that despite being a badass intergalactic bounty hunter with a gun for an arm, Samus had doubts and fears. She was skeptical of the person she was taking orders from and knew she couldn’t defeat the clone of herself that was hunting her. She wasn’t even entirely positive that she would survive the situation she had found herself in. But despite how she felt, Samus kicked every single butt she could find and lived to see another day. She looked past her insecurities, did what needed to be done, and didn’t let anything stop her.

To say I was inspired is an understatement. I loved that game and I looked up to Samus Aran in a way I had never looked up to anyone before. Despite Nintendo’s attempt to ruin the character with Metroid: Other M, I still think Samus is one of the greatest characters in all of gaming. I don't know how I would have gotten through middle school without Metroid Fusion, and eventually Metroid: Zero Mission, by my side. In fact I don't think I'd be the same person I am today if Samus hadn't taught me about overcoming my fears.

The second a new Metroid game becomes available you can be sure that I'll be first in line, eagerly awaiting my next life lesson.

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Published Jul. 27th 2013
  • David Fisher
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    I'm right about to necro an old article, but have you actually played through Other M yet? I'm curious because I actually played the game recently and realized something that I'm planning on touching upon in an upcoming review: the character of Samus is no different than in Fusion, save for maybe the fact that she has slightly less experience in life (as expected since it's a prequel). I mean, each supposed "bad" moment people have hounded about (such as the creature pouncing her and needing to be saved, the "Ridley breakdown", and the Adam breakdown) all make sense considering the character's relationships with each situation. Even the pounce scene made sense because as Samus understood it the creature was on the far side of the area and when she arrived it was behind her. She wasn't so much helpless and in need of rescue as people made it out to be in reviews (you get to actually shoot at the creature, and you are only helpless insofar as you have a 1000 lbs beast on top of you) and they save you in a way that doesn't really destroy the character as much as it makes her more human. In fact, I played the game beside my girlfriend who knew all about the controversies and said that the only real problem was the first 10-20 minutes of gameplay (namely the cutscenes) since they suffer from bad writing that doesn't seem nearly as bad after that first 20 minutes.

    Just want to get your thoughts on this as I get closer to Other M in my Metroid series review.

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