Top 5 Gaming Beards - Reflections as I grow a "Dad" beard

Do not let your Yoga Fire touch this masterpiece!

Do not let your Yoga Fire touch this masterpiece!

When the birth of my daughter was imminent my wife told me to attempt growing a full beard during my time off work with the baby.  I have had some sort of facial hair since I graduated High School, but it was usually groomed in such a manner that it wasn't the bushy beard one associates with fathers.  This grand tradition was taken on in earnest and I am pretty happy with the results so far.  But, I can't help but compare it against some of the great beards within video game lore.  Here are my top 5 beards of gaming which I look to for inspiration.  

1. Zangief (Street Fighter) - His beard is legend, and often it appears to more closely resemble an anvil than a human beard.  I can't imagine the character without it, and if you are close enough to admire it you are close enough to be piledriven into the earth.  

I love facial accessories.

I love facial accessories.

2. Snake/Big Boss (Metal Gear) - Our favorite snake has become a grizzled hero and the beard shows as much about his character as his eye patch and scars.  When he is troubled the beard will be a little unkempt, and when it is tight and crisp you better watch out.  

Come pray at the altar of beard

Come pray at the altar of beard

3. Zachary Comstock (Bioshock Infinite)  - He clearly rose to power with is mighty beard, look how they portray it on statues.  It is as epic as the classic Kansas record cover. I couldn't even beat Bioshock Infinite because they wanted me to believe he was the bad guy.  I just wanted to talk about that beard game. 

4. Barret (Final Fantasy VII) - As if having a sweet gun arm wasn't enough. Barret sported a pretty sweet beard..  He was the first black playable character in Final Fantasy and was incredibly awesome to fight alongside.  

5. Dr. Light (Mega Man) - Mega Man's father of sorts has a beard that some might consider Santaesque.  When he is around you know wisdom and support are forthcoming, all things you would want from a fatherly beard.  

Honorable Mentions - Joel (Last of Us), Bitores Mendez (Resident Evil). Arthur (Ghouls N Ghosts)

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