Gen Z identifies the 5 best characters in the game

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Princess Peach, friend of Mario and Luigi, is only recognized 79% of the time.

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HOUSTON (KIAH) – Gaming is the number one choice for Gen Z when it comes to entertainment.

Gen Z is more likely to identify video game characters than cultural icons, according to a poll by getcenturylink.com. They asked 1,800 Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 to match video game characters and famous people with the right portraits.

According to the results, Gen Z correctly identified video game characters at an average rate of 80%. When it comes to public figures, Gen Z identified public figures with 56% accuracy.

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Respondents recognized Princess Peach, a friend of Mario and Luigi, only 79% of the time. The most recognized video game character is Pikachu. The least recognized character is Lara Coft, with only 68% being able to recognize her.

Courtesy of getcenturylink.com

For public figures, Gen Z recognized a wide array of icons featuring two artists, an activist, a politician and a CEO. One historical figure who didn’t make the cut was Thomas Jefferson, with just 43% of those polled correctly identifying him out of five Founding Fathers.

To learn more about this survey, visit this link.


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