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Identifying a character from a history video game
« on: August 11, 2017, 02:55:11 PM »


These are the founding fathers of the United States of America. One of these people is definitely Thomas Jefferson. I'm just not particularly sure who's who. Does anyone happen to be good at identifying historical figures from pixely screenshots?

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Re: Identifying a character from a history video game
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 10:34:54 PM »
Using the power of the original image as a source, and an image of Thomas Jefferson himself as a reference (I just used Wikipedia, really), I can make a reasonable assumption that the guy on the left end of the table in both images is Thomas Jefferson.


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Re: Identifying a character from a history video game
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 07:03:11 PM »
Thank you very much for the help. I'm also having trouble identifying someone else, but in this case I don't even know who he is.



Mario is speaking to someone who claims to be the King of England in London circa 1831. He does not provide his name at any point. He is attending Michael Faraday's Christmas Lectures aimed specifically at young people. He is also a big fan of Faraday, so much so that he is more interested in becoming a scientist than being the king. With this information, it should be really easy to find out who this is, but everything I've looked up has given me squat.

In 1831, the reigning king was William IV of the United Kingdom, who was 66 at the time. The previous king, George IV of the United Kingdom was already dead in 1830. Besides George, William IV's only brother (according to Wikipedia) was Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, who was 60 in 1831. None of William's children seem young enough to be applicable, either. Attacking the problem from a different angle doesn't work: trying to cross-reference "King of England" and "Michael Faraday", or even "King of England" and "scientist", has given me no relevant results, no matter how I phrase it. I've even tried going through this family tree and hoping for that best, and that's still given me nobody who's even close enough to be the person in the game.

I mean, this is from a game that's supposed to be educational, so I don't think they would just make up something like this. For as much crap as I've given the game, nothing has ever been as esoteric as this, so I want to give them the benefit of the doubt. I'll provide the full transcript of the conversation under the spoiler, if that might help, but I genuinely have no leads.

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« Last Edit: August 26, 2017, 07:05:58 PM by Time Turner »

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Re: Identifying a character from a history video game
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2017, 06:30:55 AM »
I asked a history guru friend of mine, and he said "William's legitimate children were all dead before 1831. He was King until 1837 when his Niece Victoria then took the throne." He doesn't know of anybody young and male from the description you gave. And I don't see any potential heirs here from that time period.

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Re: Identifying a character from a history video game
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2017, 05:30:55 PM »
That's along the lines of what I expected, but I sincerely appreciate the confirmation nonetheless. The question remains as to why the developers included this fictitious detail in an educational game, but I don't think I'll ever get an answer for that.