Researchers visualize how classic gaming characters could look today if they’d aged over time and it’s pretty cool. If you ever wondered what your favorite gaming characters might look like today if they’d aged since they were first released? New visuals from reveal what they could look like in 2021 and I’m obsessed with them. has worked with Carol Holland, Professor in Ageing Research at Lancaster University, and a 3D artist to bring five of the nation’s best-loved gaming characters to life – brothers Mario and Luigi, Lara Croft, Carl ‘CJ’ Johnson, and Doctor Eggman.

Various factors were considered when visualizing the characters, including their original age, career, where they live, and how physically active they are. Check them out below.


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