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Game Character Connections: Commander Keen and Wolfenstein 3D

I’ve been playing games for years. When the screens were orange and green with a bit of black for colour. I played all the Duke Nukem games, Commander Keens, the Doom series and the predecessor Wolfenstein.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that there is a much more direct relation between Commander Keen and Wolfenstein, apart from having the same creators.

Here is a picture of the Nazi killing hero B.J.  Blazkowics:

Wolfenstein

And here is a picture of Commander Keen aka Billy Blaze:

Commander Keen

See the resemblance?

Maybe the following extract from the Wolfenstein 3D Hint Manual will help:

William Joseph Blazkowicz was born August 15, 1911, to Polish
immigrants.  Blazkowicz was a top spy for the Allied Forces,
receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor and other accolades
for heroism.  "B.J.," (as he was called by his friends) married
after World War II, at age 40, to Julia Marie Peterson.  Their
son, Arthur Kenneth Blazkowicz, became a television talk show
personality in Milwaukee.  For show biz purposes, Arthur changed
his last name to Blaze.  Arthur later married Susan Elizabeth
McMichaels.  They had one son (which they named after Arthur's
father), William Joseph Blazkowicz II, or as he signs his grade
school homework, B. Blaze....

Mind = blown!

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