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“My title is the Lord of Games, but you has-beens call me L.O.G. I am the grand creator of all videogames!”
L.O.G., Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

The Lord of Games, often abbreviated to L.O.G., is a major character in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. He is sick and tired of the ongoing rivalry of Banjo, Kazooie, and Gruntilda, and decides to put an end to it in one final showdown. He hopes his showdown will reveal who's truly worthy of owning Spiral Mountain; The winner gets the deed to Spiral Mountain, and the loser is subject to an eternity to work at his video game factory. He goes through the trouble of creating every world in which they compete.

Physical characteristics[edit]

L.O.G. is a tall, thin, imposing figure. He is dressed in modestly simplistic mauve robes and finery. His golden head is in the shape of a Retro Television. The screen that makes up his "face" is green, and stylized to look like a game of Pong, one of the first video games ever created, with his two eyes being the paddles and his long nose being made up of the ball and screen-divider. Climbing all around L.O.G.'s body are small pink mechanical piglets(Hence a line : Pet my piglet!) with plugs for tails.

As L.O.G. has created every video game, he seems all-powerful when in one. Some abilities he's shown to possess include teleportation, the ability to "pause" the game at will (he is unaffected by said pause), and the ability to transform video game characters as he pleases. At one point, he also threatens to reduce Banjo and Kazooie to basic pixels. He uses these magical powers to create several game worlds just for the battle between Banjo, Kazooie and Grunty.

In terms of personality, L.O.G. is both wise and omnipotent, however he often comes off as domineering. He also tries his best to be fair and just, giving Grunty an equal chance of winning as Banjo and Kazooie, despite outwardly siding with the duo.

History[edit]

L.O.G. claims to have had a hand in creating every video game ever made and, being in the position he is in, is occasionally a bit prone to bragging, but generally is a very fair person. He also mentions in passing that he has a wife, a "Lady of Games", who was the first to create games that had "kittens, ponies and ninjas being blown up with rocket launchers".

It is also implied that he was involved in the creation of the earlier games in the Banjo-Kazooie series, being aware of many classic details in the series, including the likes of Tooty and Mumbo's Mountain, which both appeared in Banjo-Kazooie. He references these and other characters and locations in his quiz in the final challenge. An exhibit in Banjoland also directly states that L.O.G. worked hard to get Banjo-Tooie out in a timely manner.

Games[edit]

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts[edit]

L.O.G.'s appearance in Nuts & Bolts.

L.O.G. first makes his appearance at Spiral Mountain, where he appears just in time to stop a fight between Banjo-Kazooie and Gruntilda from occurring by (literally) pausing it (the word 'Pause' appears on screen and Banjo, Kazooie, and Gruntilda are frozen in time as L.O.G materializes). Rather than have them let their fight ensue, he sends them on a quest to collect things scattered around the mountain. After deciding the challenge he concocted was pointless, sends the three to Showdown Town in newly-created vehicles, where the game really begins.

Once there, he explains that he can offer them the deed to Spiral Mountain, but they must both follow his rules: if Banjo and Kazooie can collect enough Jiggies to return to Spiral Mountain, they win, and Grunty wins if she can prevent them from doing so. In order to give both sides a fighting chance, he gives Grunty a mechanical replica of her original body and a new henchman, Piddles, and also restores Banjo and Kazooie's physical fitness and gives them a Magic Wrench, though he does not give the duo back their old moves from the previous games (the two having forgotten most of them during their eight years of inactivity) on the grounds that they won't need them. He creates five large worlds for them to compete in and sends them on their way. While he makes it known that he is attempting to be impartial in the challenge, he does admit later on that he doesn't want Grunty to win.

L.O.G. can be visited at any time from that point on in front of his factory overlooking the town square.

He makes his final appearance at Spiral Mountain, where he awards 6 Jiggies for the completion of his Six Of The Best task, which is interlaced with a trivia quiz. Afterwards, once Grunty is defeated, he stops the heroes from finishing her off by, again, "pausing" the game. He instantly teleports Grunty and Piddles to his video game factory and hands Banjo and Kazooie the deeds to Spiral Mountain, ending their quest. During the award ceremony to Banjo and Kazooie, L.O.G. also gives the duo all of their moves back.

Quotes[edit]

Main article: Lord of Games/quotes

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Seigneur des Jeux, S.A.J. Lord of Games
Italian Signore dei Giochi, L.O.G. Lord of Games, L.O.G.
Japanese ロード オブ ゲーム,ログ Lord of Games, L.O.G.
Spanish Señor de los Juegos, S.J. Lord of the Games, L.O.G.

Trivia[edit]

  • L.O.G breaks the Fourth wall in the introduction scene when he transforms Banjo and Gruntilda into a pumpkin and a Piñata, saying "I wish they could stay like this, but I suppose you people would actually like to take part in this game." (See gallery below)
  • L.O.G.'s beta name was God of Games.
  • L.O.G. mentions Nintendo's popular mascot Mario while talking with Kazooie: "We've been in several games!" "But nowhere near as many as that Italian gentleman, correct?" This is a reference that Mario appeared in over 200 games (including spin-offs), and Banjo and Kazooie had only 5 games.
  • His face is a reference to the game, Pong, which was one of the first videogames ever created.
  • The mice possibly represent computer mice. They also have USB plugs like computer mice, and obviously play on the naming of them.
  • Somewhere near the end of the LOGBOX 720 soundtrack, a robotic voice says: "Welcome to my world, Stupid Bear and Bird, Lots to do and see, Stop and Swop on 360", which might be L.O.G's voice.
  • It is possible that Fiddlesworth Dunfiddlin, from Grabbed By The Ghoulies, is actually L.O.G in diguise. When asked about why he has never been met or heard of, he replies "Well, I'm very good at disguising myself. Pet my piglet!". Pet my piglet is one of the many 'fiddlerisms' that Fiddlesworth says in the game.
  • L.O.G. bears a strong physical resemblance to the Krazoa God in Star Fox Adventures, particularly his incarnation at Moon Mountain Pass, via the long flowing robe, tall appearance, and to a lesser extent head. As both Nuts and Bolts and Star Fox Adventures were created at least in part by Rare, the similarity may have been deliberate.