Gears of War: Damon Baird
The one thing I enjoyed the most in character development, was Baird. Why? Well let’s break it down. Ever since Gears of War Baird has always reigned the jackass, intelligent and superficial kind of role amongst many Gears fans, and the game itself. It wasn’t until Gears of War 3 he became popular. It’s amazing to watch a game character grow—not only because of their attitude, strength and coping mechanisms—due to having to ingest similar attributes we gain to acknowledge from the in-game characters themselves.
Baird has evolved in many particular ways, including his devotion, trust and singular emotion he recreates amongst his team and the carnage around him. Many evoke a particular percentage saying that Damon Baird has no character development what-so-ever and regardless of his motives and part amongst Delta and the Gears saga, they resume to maintain such belittled judgment. Damon Baird has progressed in an astound manner that even I am astonished and taken back, especially since the raw emotion project in the last two games of the series, Gears of War 3 and Judgment.
By immersing myself into the Gears of War world I have come to fall for Damon. Not because of his attractive looks, snarky attitude and famous one-liners: but because of his character development and how he portrays the series alone. As intelligent as he is, many mistake his history and presume he was a smart-ass rich kid who’s parents spoiled him rotten until he enlisted. No! Damon Baird will forever be one of my favorite characters in a video game series and always will be the greatest to me.
I also admire the development and change in his appearance. The expressions are more vivid and lively as come the years, and you can see just how much/far he has come since Gears of War and Emergence Day. I applaud Epic Games and People Can Fly (for Judgment) and their astounding work on producing an amazing game and such attachable characters. I cannot think of any other character on my list that had me since the beginning. Good job, Epic Games.
Private conversation between Corporal Damon Baird and Private Augustus Cole; Jacinto’s Remnant, pg. 152 (via lunechanteur)
You’re happy,” Cole said [to Baird].
“Why wouldn’t I be? I’m doing shit I like now. My dad said I had to enlist or I could kiss goodbye to my inheritance—I wanted to go to engineering school.”
“But you didn’t get any inheritance, you said, ‘cause the grubs showed up.”
“And the moral of the story is…”
“You’ll do anything for the right amount of bills?”
“No, skills are the new money.”
“And there I was thinkin’ you was just content in your oily-fingered vocation.”
Yeah, Baird was going to be a useful guy in a world that needed rebuilding and repairing. And he knew it. Maybe it was the first time he felt he was worth anything. That was kind of sad, and explained a lot.
A Raven winchman’s reaction to Bernadette Mataki’s appearance; Aspho Fields, pg. 36 (via lunechanteur)
When you ladies are ready, we’ve got wounded on board,” he said sourly, seeming not to notice Bernie at first. “Just because there’s not many—shit, you /are/ a woman.”
“Hey, don’t talk about Baird like that,” Cole said. “He’s /sensitive/, bein’ blond and all.
Dominic Santiago’s thoughts on Damon Baird’s personality; Aspho Fields pg. 65 (via lunechanteur)
There were various ways of coping with Baird. Marcus blanked him out, Cole matched his griping point for point with noisy cheerfulness, and Dom … Dom realized that he handled Baird almost the same way he handled his son, Benedicto. Four-year-olds always asked why, why, why.
I’m not a people person. But you probably guessed that already. And no, I don’t want you to buy me a beer.
If you think there’s some nice guy inside me trying to get out if only someone would give me a chance- forget it. But then you’re dumb, like 99 percent of human beings. You can’t help it.
Anvil Gate — Prologue.
Damon Baird explaining himself through thought.(via the-gearhead)
Then let us fight as enemies.
"Leave 'em to it, that's what I say. Fewer mouths to feed. Balances out."
Sighs heavily, "Do you remember ANY of the values of the Octus Canon?"
"Sure he does! They all start with 'Damon's ass comes first.'"
Dom Santiago on Damon Baird’s intelligence; Aspho Fields, pg.131 (via lunechanteur)
Dom sometimes needed a reminder of why Baird was worth the daily food ration of three nice, normal people. He was actually an asset. He could fight hard, and he was an exceptional mechanic, but he also knew plenty about Locust. Cole claimed it was because he’d dated one once. However he managed it, Baird had been right about the grubs as often as the scientists. He was still alive to prove it.