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Video game characters modeled after real people

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It is common for game developers to base a character’s appearance on an actor or model. Their facial expressions convey authentic emotions that help the story flow more naturally, plus it’s cool knowing a hero you love — or a villain you hate — is real … sorta.

Konami hired actresses/models to portray the members of the Beauty and the Beast Unit in Metal Gear Solid 4, and the publisher will continue the trend in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain by using flesh-and-blood performers like Dutch model Stefanie Joosten, who plays Quiet [above]. Joosten also provides the motion capture and voice (mostly grunts) of the enigmatic sniper.

Check out the following side-by-side images of in-game character models next to the human beings who depict them.

Click here to see more actors and their polygonal, video game selves.


Michael K. Williams as Kimble "Irish" Graves

Michael K. Williams as Kimble “Irish” Graves (Battlefield 4)

Actor, model, and dancer Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) plays Kimble Graves in Battlefield 4, a Staff Sergeant raised in East Flatbush Brooklyn who attended George Westington House High School, which is exactly where Williams grew up and studied.


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