Gaming Inspirations II: Character Profile: Adelbert Steiner

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Welcome to my first Character Profile, part of the Gaming Inspirations series, where I claw my way out of the deep, dark¬†pit of crippling anxiety that leads to other fun stuff like “drinking too much” and “being generally unkind to my body and mind” by writing about the stuff I love and why it inspires me. ¬†The format will consist of a summary of the character, their qualities (positive, negative, both), and how we can use these qualities to improve our lives in the physical world. ¬†I’m going to start off by writing about the FFIX main character I feel most akin to: my homie, Adelbert Steiner.



When I first played FFIX around 15 years ago, I was struck by how much of a dick Steiner was (the thought back then was probably more like “golly gee whiz, that old man’s a meanie!”. ¬†Hell, I didn’t even know what a swear word was ’til I was a teenager). ¬†For a disc and a half, he’s basically a mindless drone of the queen, doing anything he can to get Garnet back to Alexandria and to have Zidane’s head lopped off. ¬†He redeems himself later, though, and over the years has become one of my favorite characters in the game, with whom I closely relate.

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