Dragon Age Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Dragon Age RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The Game Awards: BioWare Teases New Dragon Age Game https://www.gameskinny.com/3jyqf/the-game-awards-bioware-teases-new-dragon-age-game https://www.gameskinny.com/3jyqf/the-game-awards-bioware-teases-new-dragon-age-game Fri, 07 Dec 2018 01:01:26 -0500 QuintLyn

Anthem wasn't the only game BioWare brought to The Game Awards this year. The developer also teased a "new" game they've been working on -- one that should have long-time fans of the company pretty excited.

That's right, a new Dragon Age game is in the works.

According to reports, the new project has been under way for a while -- although not long enough for the company to offer more than a super-teasy teaser (think Elder Scrolls 6 teasy).

The game's title wasn't in the spot and not much was said about the game. Even the short blog post on the BioWare site doesn't offer much information as to what players can expect from the game.

What the post does do, however, is outline exactly who is working on this project. The staff includes veterans of the Dragon Age games, and those Executive Producer Mark Darrah has worked with over the years -- including developers that worked on Jade Empire and even Baldur's Gate.

Oh yes, and there's a hashtag: #TheDreadWolfRises

The first Dragon Age title released for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Mac OS. Since then, two mainline games have been released, 2011's Dragon Age 2 and 2014's Dragon Age: Inquisition

 

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Gift Guide: 7 Best Gaming Comics and Books https://www.gameskinny.com/3iy95/gift-guide-7-best-gaming-comics-and-books https://www.gameskinny.com/3iy95/gift-guide-7-best-gaming-comics-and-books Tue, 26 Dec 2017 15:08:10 -0500 Sarah Elliman

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These are some of the best video game comics and books out there to date. If you've been stuck looking for the best gift for someone who loves books and video games, then you don't need to be stuck anymore. 

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We hope our list has made your shopping that much easier and brings joy to everyone's gaming hearts. 

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What was your favourite comic/book on our list? Are there any you love that we didn't include? Let us know in the comments below. 

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God of War
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Price: $14.75
Buy it on: Amazon

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Kratos is a deeply troubled soul -- many say downright cruel and unforgiving -- obsessed with his brutal hunt for the Greek Gods. However, the God of War comic goes into more explicit detail about his life before the events of the game and what transpired during that time period.

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With the next installment coming soon to PS4, now is a perfect time to jump back into some God of War and relive the magic before an entirely new experience hits the shelf. 

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Mass Effect
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Price: $7.19
Buy it on: Amazon

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Mass Effect is another BioWare game that truly captures the heart of fans who play it. Everyone always wants more content and wants to learn more about the vast universe that is present in Mass Effect. Just like the Dragon Age books, you will return to familiar compelling characters, learning their stories, opinions, and emotions as you go. 

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This is a fantastic gift for any Mass Effect fan, and there are tons of installments in the series, with many different topics being covered throughout. 

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Half-Life: A Place in the West
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Price: $1.49 per episode
Buy it on: Steam

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This is for anyone who is a Half-Life fan -- and let's face it, who isn't? -- who has been waiting for a new game for forever (since it would appear we are not getting one, at least anytime soon). 

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However, you don't have to wait for a new game to get a hold of exceptional Half-Life content. Although a fairly recent addition to the series, and not by the creators of Half-Life, it has already been praised as capturing the universe and creating a compelling story. 

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Assassin's Creed: Forsaken 
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Price: $9.74
Buy it on: Amazon

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This is the only book in this guide where I wouldn't recommend the other installments in the series. Most of them follow what happened in the game, and once you've played it, you certainly don't want to read that all again. 

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Forsaken is different, as it follows Haytham Kenway (Connor's father), and you begin to understand how he became a Templar and what drove him to make those decisions. It's a fantastic book for shedding light on an otherwise unknown character. Plus, it is perfect for any hardcore fans of Assassin's Creed.

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The Halo Graphic Novel
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Price: $3.22
Buy it on: Amazon

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This is the perfect gift for any die-hard Halo fan, as it's not just composed of stories that reference and relate back to Master Chief, but include numerous pieces of art. The entire graphic novel was contributed to by a variety of writers and artists who have been directly involved in the making of the game.

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This creates a strong bond with the game and allows for amazing continuity between the game and the comic book. It is an incredibly easy read, and it is a gift that your friend will want to go back to consistently.

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The Witcher by Andrezj Sapkowski
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Price: $25.33
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Witcher game as we know it would never have been the intense and intriguing story it is without its source material. The entire inspiration for the world comes from Sapkowski’s books, while much of the third game builds directly on the series itself.

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The Witcher books help you understand Geralt’s anxiety against those in power, explains his relationship with Yen, and reveal how he came to know Ciri. It’s an incredibly important series, and once you read it, you’ll start seeing references all the time throughout the game.

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Dragon Age
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Price: $33.38
Buy it on: Amazon

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The books are primarily what I will be talking about as, in my opinion, they far exceed the literary value that the comics have achieved. Most of the series is written by David Gaider who, until this year, was the lead writer for the Dragon Age game series.

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The books are incredibly well written and delve into the stories of well-known and loved characters -- stories about Maric and Loghain, Duncan’s connection to the Ferelden royal family, and Wynne. Characters that always had an ambiguous air that made you want to know about their lives. These books aren’t just trying to thrive off the popularity of Dragon Age; they are stunning pieces of fiction in their own right, making fantastic gifts for your bookworm, gamer friend.

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Are you stumped on what to buy your gamer, bookworm friend? Perhaps you are looking for something to gladden their hearts. You don't have to look any further, as we have found the perfect comics and books for gamers across the globe. 

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We promise you won't be disappointed by the high level of literary value and artistic merit of the items we have found for you. These comics/books don't just encompass a video game universe, they stand on their own. For example, one of the books on this list is one my granddad loves to read, and he's never even played the game series. 

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Sit back, relax, and hopefully find a book/comic to keep you company! 

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15 Top Handcrafted Gifts for Gamers Under $36! https://www.gameskinny.com/4wc2j/15-top-handcrafted-gifts-for-gamers-under-36 https://www.gameskinny.com/4wc2j/15-top-handcrafted-gifts-for-gamers-under-36 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:00:52 -0500 Sarah Elliman

A lot of us gamers love to collect items that mean something to us and the games that we play. The best gift I ever received was a Dragon Age hoodie! Well perhaps not THE best, but it was pretty awesome. We have picked out 15 handcrafted gifts that are perfect for gamers. As a bonus, all of these gifts are less than $36! Whether you’re buying for a gamer or you want to purchase a little something for yourself, take a look at what we found.

1. Skyrim Minimalist Poster ($2)

This particular gift can range from $2 upwards, depending on the size and whether you want the gift on a canvas. With this poster, you get an amazing piece of Skyrim art with a badass dragon on it. The sizes range from A6 to A1 and are available on both poster paper and canvas. Depending on your style and space there are plenty of options out there for you. 


2. Overwatch Keyboard Stickers ($3.80)

If you want to purchase a gamer a gift the recipient will always have in sight, then these stickers are perfect. They are available for a range of Overwatch characters, such as Mercy, D.Va, McCree, Hanzo, Genji, Symmetra, Mei, Reaper, Ana, Pharah and Sombra. These keyboard stickers are available in a variety of colors that match the characters, and they aren’t mapped to certain keys. This means,  you have the option to put the stickers wherever you want!


3. Undertale Asriel Wooden Figurine ($10)


Undertale has become a massively popular game, more than anyone could have ever expected. This wooden figurine is fantastically made and is small enough to fit on your desk. There are two gestures for the Asriel figurine and it is beautiful. The colors and the expressions are so accurate, it looks like it came straight out of the game.

4. Assassin’s Creed Locket ($10)


If having gaming merchandise in your home isn’t enough, why not buy something you can take with you? This is a charming antique-esque locket with the assassin symbol emblazoned on the front. It can be a fantastic conversation piece with people, and you can carry your favorite game with you wherever you go. It comes with the chain and opens, so you can use it as a regular locket as well. You’ll be able to put a photo of your partner, family or friends in a sweet gaming orientated locket. The same seller also produces Zelda lockets as well, so if this one isn’t to your taste there are others available for the same price.


5. Sans Beanie ($12)


Another Undertale item makes its way onto the list, but can you blame me? When you see a Sans beanie it is hard to resist. The default is San’s serious face, but you can also request a different face in the notes for this beanie. This is an especially cool item if you’re buying it for Christmas as the recipient will be able to keep their head and ears warm, while having a Sans on their head. The seller of this item also has other Undertale character beanies such as Papyrus, Flowey and Asriel. You’ll be able to have your favourite Undertale character with you wherever you go. Or if Undertale isn’t your style there are Pokemon beanies available as well!

6. Solas Vhenan Pendant ($15)


Another item you can take with you everywhere is this wonderfully crafted, Dragon Age inspired pendant. It is a wonderfully formed brass piece with a lot of detail put into the design. You can also buy Sera, Kadan, Anders and Fenris pendants from the seller in their Dragon Age range. They also offer Overwatch inspired pendants as well, so you can take your favorite games with you wherever you go.


7. Blue Glow in the Dark D&D Dice ($16)


There is an absolutely fantastic range of D&D dice on Etsy, but these were my personal favorite. The gradient between colors within the dice is beautiful and merge together so well. The color is soft and the numbers on the dice are clear and well-engraved. You can choose the secondary color, either white or yellow, although yellow will cost you a dollar more. This seller has a wonderful range of dice from rose gold to chrome and healer dice as well. However, when you have glow in the dark dice what more could you want?


8. Wooden Gaming in Progress Sign ($17.15)


One of the only items that isn’t specifically related to an individual game, but it's still another fantastic addition to your home. This gift is wonderful for anyone who is a massive gamer as it comes in a variety of colors for both the background and the text. It is a large sign and would work fantastically outside of someone’s room. So perhaps if you have a teenager who is into games, this would be a great gift to  to give them. 

9. Fallout Nuka Cola LED Light ($17.56)

It’s late at night, you’re still on a massive gaming binge, but it’s been progressively getting darker and darker until your eyes can’t stand it anymore. You turn around and switch on your Fallout lamp: how cool is that? You can turn your house into a gaming haven with this bright addition to your home. 


10. Yen’s Pendant ($17.82)


The last gift on our list that you’ll be able to wear is inspired from Yennefer’s pendant in The Wicther 3. This is a fantastic item for anyone who wants to cosplay, or simply wear it out and about. The item isn’t in your face about being a piece of gaming merchandise and might even tie together that gothic outfit you’re dying to wear. This is a high-quality piece that is perfect for cosplay or for everyday use, anybody who is a fan of Yennefer and The Witcher will absolutely love this gift.


11. 5 Zelda Stained Glass Window Decal’s ($19.99)


This is an incredible gift for anyone who is looking to spruce up a room with some gaming decorations. These decals are inspired from the Windwaker games and are absolutely stunning--you would think they came from a church if Zelda was a religion. The five decals have different designs and colors, so you don’t have to worry about having multiple of one decal. They come in two sizes, either the 8”x4” which is priced at $19.99 or the 7”x13” priced at $39.95.


12. Skyrim Rolling Pin ($19.99)


Do you have a friend who both loves cooking and video games? Well this is the perfect present for them, whether you’re making cookies and want some Skyrim images in them or just want an awesome rolling pin. There are a variety of different images on the rolling pin, so you can get really creative with this item.
The item is made from wood and is 100% safe to use with food. 

13. Handmade Final Fantasy Phone Cases ($20.58)

These Final Fantasy inspired phone cases cover iPhones from the 7 to 4 and Galaxy 7 to 4. The cases are really well made, and the designs are incredibly cute. A personal favorite is the Chocobo design, but you can also get Moogle designs and Cactuar designs for your device as well. Let everyone know your love for Final Fantasy with one of these phone cases, or show someone you love that you know what they like. 


14. Geralt Pillow ($23.90)


When I next get my paycheck this is going to be one of the first things on my list. These pillows are incredibly adorable and who doesn’t want to snuggle with Geralt on the couch? Both the front and back are fully printed, and he even has his swords on his back. Also, this pillow is one of the only times you'll get to see Geralt smile.
There are a variety of other pillows available that are made after popular shows, movies and games. From Spock to Leia and even a Daryl Dixon pillow. Starting to think I’ll need two instead of just getting the Geralt one.


15. Custom Ghost Life-Size Replica ($36)


Last, but not least is this incredibly badass replica of Destiny’s Ghost, which lights up and comes in a variety of colors. You get a stand well. There are a wide range of colors for the LED light, from amber to red and even a colour changing LED.
The item is $36 if you want a mystery colour for your replica, however if you want the colour exactly the way you want it, it’ll cost you $40.50. There are 20 colours available which includes glowing green, so whatever you want is available with this item.

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That was our list of handcrafted video game gifts that should definitely make your Christmas list. There is so much out there--being a gamer has never been so good. There is so much out there to explore, but you can start with our list here. Remember all items will go up and down in price, so always keep an eye out for bargains.

What  do you think about the gifts we've picked out? Have you got any favorites? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

 

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6 Games We Want to See Turned Into Fighters https://www.gameskinny.com/cwkns/6-games-we-want-to-see-turned-into-fighters https://www.gameskinny.com/cwkns/6-games-we-want-to-see-turned-into-fighters Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:13:58 -0400 stratataisen

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KO!

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Let’s finish up with a knockout, shall we?

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Fighting games have been around for a long while because they’re fun and satisfying to play. The gaming industry has given us, the players, a wide variety of games in the genre, both original and those adapted from other series. So, it’s not a stretch of the imagination that the series that were listed here could one day have a fighting game of their own.

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That wraps up our list of games that should have fighters of their own! What other games do you think would make an excellent fighter? Let us know in the comments below!

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Suikoden

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Going with another Konami title, the Suikoden series has covered a few genres already, including RPG and turn-based strategy, so adding a fighting game to its list of genres would be no big deal. Each game in the series boasts 108 characters (108 Stars of Destiny), so there would be plenty characters to choose from. And that's not to mention the developer could use the runes from the original games to augment move sets, further enhancing the game and its fighting styles.

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Metal Gear Solid

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With the Metal Gear Solid's wide variety of characters, this Metal Gear fighting game could easily play host to an amazing roster of fighters for the player to choose from. Including the many different versions of Snake, Quite, Raiden, and Psycho Mantis would be awesome. Just remember you’ll have to plug your controller into the other controller port if you’re fighting Psycho Mantis in single-player mode!

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Borderlands

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A fighter in the Borderlands universe would be interesting. I could see 2K throwing out the guns (for the most part) and making this game based more on bouts like bar fights. Brick and Hammerlock would approve the use of fisticuffs over firepower.

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Of course, abilities like siren powers, swords, and Deathtrap would be taken into consideration when it comes to combos. And you know what? Maybe a few hidden guns; this is Pandora after all.

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Warriors Orochi

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The Warriors Orochi games are a mashup of Koei’s two hack-n-slash franchises, Dynasty Warriors, and Samurai Warriors. The series already has some roots in the fighting game genre: the first Dynasty Warriors was a fighting game before the series veered into the hack-n-slash genre with subsequent games. Since the Warriors’ games already make use of combos for massive attacks, the series could easily transition back into the fighting genre where the heroes of old face off in duels to the death.

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BioWare Brawler

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Much like Blizzard, BioWare has a wide variety of games from which to pull characters for a mash-up fighting game. Of course, characters from their Dragon Age and Mass Effect series would grace the roster, but so would characters like Wu the Lotus and Sky from Jade Empire, as well as Revan and Bastila Shan from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Just imagine the epic battle between Shepard and Revan, fighting in the halls of the Citadel or on the plains of Dantooine.

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Heroes of the Storm

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With the success of Blizzard's MOBA Heroes of the Storm, it almost makes sense for the developer to have a go at a fighting game. In fact, it could be an extension of the HotS MOBA, where the same characters go toe to toe in a 1v1 arena. Heroes of the Storm: Brawler Arena or HotS: Pit Fighter, anyone? The nice thing here is that there are enough characters in HotS for everyone to find the right character to fit their playstyles.

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Fighting games have been around for more than a four decades, spawning great original series such as Mortal Kombat, Tekken, King of Fighters, and Soul Caliber. While each of those franchises had its own unique style and combat system, every title within those franchises had truly hard-hitting attacks, those that left you satisfied when you managed to land one, especially in a difficult combo.

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However, original fighting games aren’t the only things to come from this gaming subgenre. Games based upon other series and franchises, like Marvel vs Capcom and DC’s Injustice, have become just a popular in the scene. But are there other franchises that could be turned into fighters?

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With that questions in mind, here are six games we’d like to see turned into fighters.

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Ranking Major RPG Franchises From Worst to Best https://www.gameskinny.com/p0th0/ranking-major-rpg-franchises-from-worst-to-best https://www.gameskinny.com/p0th0/ranking-major-rpg-franchises-from-worst-to-best Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:00:01 -0500 chopchamen

Bringing the gaming industry forward since the 70's, RPGs have always been there for us gamers. Even in recent years RPGs have been that stubborn and nagging pain that just won't go away! Only, it's the pain of love, and stubbornness of greatness -- I swear that analogy works.

This particular genre of gaming offers a long lifespan of continued enjoyment, whether it's because of an everlasting story like from Mass Effect or Final Fantasy, or if the game just throws you in a massive world with lot's to do in it -- as in the Fallout series, or maybe they have always just provided us with enjoyment from the many challenges to overcome... we're weird like that.

5. Dragon Age

Being Mass Effect's medieval stepbrother, Dragon Age has a similar art style that is very obvious -- let's call it the BioWare art style. The story of the Dragon Age games is always interesting, however, it can be quite slow at times. The skill systems are very different from Mass Effect, being more in-depth in Dragon Age, along with being more customizable than Mass Effect's. The combat in Dragon Age is more like a traditional RPG, offering a more tactical approach, than action approach.

4. The Elder Scrolls (TES)

TES is a great franchise with some of the best stories in gaming -- and many unique side quests (with the exception of the radiant quests). You also have the guild quest lines which all feature their own mini-campaigns.

This is a better experience than Dragon Age because every Elder Scrolls game allows you to fully customize your own character, allowing you to develop your own play style, as you can merge the cliche play styles, for instance: You can be a sword-wielding mage. In TES games you can even enchant your weapons with different effects, or you can just be a simple warlock if you wish. Not to mention the gigantic open worlds with a plethora of side activities to do.

3. Mass Effect

 

 Always providing an amazing gameplay experience, Mass Effect has been owning it since the original game back in 2007. The story for these games have always been interesting, as you are trying to thwart the destruction of all advanced lifeforms in the galaxy.

The game features cover-based combat, as well as character customization with classes and skills. There is also a dialog wheel with choices that rely on your own morality, and these choice will actually affect the story, both in the short term, and in the long term spanning through the entire trilogy. Mass Effect beats The Elder Scrolls simply because of the story, the story is worth several playthroughs in itself -- simply because the choices you make will carry over to all subsequent games.

2. Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy has been in the scope of many gamers since the original back in 1987. This title was actually a final grace for Square Co. when their previous titles hadn't fared well -- hence the title "Final Fantasy." But alas, here we are 29 years later and FFXV is large and in charge, so it seems to have really panned out for Square.

The stories for each title vary greatly, as do most of the gameplay elements, making each game unique. Even though most of the titles have turn-based combat, 14, and 15 have slightly strayed from the turn-based nature, becoming more Hotkey based and focusing on the action.

In most of the Final Fantasy games there is an open world with a lot of side activities to do, such as 7's mini-games at the Golden Saucer, 8's Triple Triad card game, 10's Blitzball arena, or 12's hunting missions.

Final Fantasy beats Mass Effect because the stories are much more engaging and time-consuming, and that's without the mini-games!

1. Dark Souls

Dark Souls hits just about every mark of an RPG, featuring good combat, epic bosses, alluring atmosphere, and also multiple endings along with new game plus. Although the story is vague, there's a lot of extra areas that are more challenging than the main areas.

The combat is interesting, being based on defense and poise, or evasion and coordination. The skill system isn't unique, but it certainly works well in conjunction with making your own play style. Something that is unique, is the fact that you have to level up using souls, which also happens to be your currency for stores.

There is also cooperative play so that you and your friends can face the horrors these games have to throw at you together!

All in all, Dark Souls is crowned king because of the amount of time you can sink into it, you discover this game and BAMB! Its 6 months later and you're wondering where all the time went... it was fun though!

There are so many RPGs out there that deserve mentioning, which is why RPGs are such a well-known genre. But in the end, I had to choose these games because they were so well known for their quality and performance, that they climbed the ladder on pretty much every gamer's list.

What do you think? Do you agree with this list? Do you hate our choices? Let us know in the comments!

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5 GDC Talks Every Aspiring Game Designer Must Watch https://www.gameskinny.com/pnmcw/5-gdc-talks-every-aspiring-game-designer-must-watch https://www.gameskinny.com/pnmcw/5-gdc-talks-every-aspiring-game-designer-must-watch Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:48:18 -0500 Caio Sampaio

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These five talks are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes down to the content featured on the GDC YouTube channel. With an expanding list of more than 500 videos, the best minds in this industry share their experiences and ideas for the future.

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If you wish to work in this field, it is wise to listen to those who have thrived in it and with half a thousand of videos available, there certainly is one that perfect for the role you want to occupy, regardless of being a game designer or a writer.

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Grab your popcorn, create your playlist and enjoy an evening of learning.

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AI Behavior Editing and Debugging

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To craft an emotionally engaging experience, a game designer cannot think exclusively about how to drive the behavior of the player, but also the interaction with the game's various NPCs.

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In 2016, Jonas Gillberg joined GDC to discuss the different behaviors of NPCs in Tom Clancy’s The Division and how to design the attributes of the NPCs that players encounter throughout the experience and how to make the interaction with the player and the AI as impacting as possible.

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How to Make Great Game Tutorials

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Some gamers may not like to admit this, but the days when developers made games especially for gamers are long gone. Nowadays, game designers attempt to reach out to the largest audience possible and in some cases, this has led to an inferior product.

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As the Portal franchise has shown us, however, it is possible to design a game that is accessible to even those who do not play games and still be a compelling experience for those who do.

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We currently live in an era in which the budgets for AAA games have gone through the roof and as a designer, it will be your job to ensure this money is an investment, not an expense. In order to do this, you will need to design great tutorials and to make your game accessible even for people who are not familiar with video games, thus making your target audience wider.

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In order to discuss how to create a good tutorial, Asher Vollmer spoke on the GDC 2014 about the topic.

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How To Make Your Game Funny

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Throughout the years, the video game industry has embraced a variety of genres, but still has not invested in one: comedy.

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In the Borderlands franchise, developers at Gearbox Studios aimed at combining an FPS with humor and the success of the series has proven that comedy does have a place in video games, but we are yet to see a major movement from other companies in this regard. Therefore, there is a big opportunity to upcoming developers to innovate and invest in this under-explored niche.

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In his talk, William Pugh, the co-creator of The Stanley Parable, shares his thoughts on why his game was successful and how to make a video game funny.

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Building to an Emotional Theme

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As video games continue to feature more complex and emotionally engaging narratives, a good game designer needs to have a clear understanding of how storytelling in this medium works, in order to design a system that makes best use of the plot.

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In order to help you getting a clearer picture on how to craft an emotional story in a video game, watch this talk from 2016. Lead writer of the Dragon Age franchise, Patrick Weekes, and narrative designer, John Epler, discuss the process of designing the narrative of the "Trespasser" DLC.

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Narrative Lego

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In 2014, Ken Levine, the mind behind the BioShock franchise pitched the concept he wishes to implement in his next game.

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“Narrative Lego”, as he calls his idea, consists of creating a story-driven experience in which the choices of the player will dictate the course of the story.

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Many games, such as Fallout 3, for instance, have featured choice-driven narratives in the past, but what makes Levine’s concept unique is the fact that players will have the freedom to create their own stories and choices, rather than following what the designers and writers scripted.

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As the video game industry continues to mature, the techniques designers use to craft better experiences keeps raising the development curve. Each day, bright minds create novel ideas and innovative concepts that continue to transform our favorite medium.

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If you wish to become a game designer, it is important to keep track of the latest trends in the field. One of the best ways to do so is following the Game Developers Conference (GDC) channel on YouTube, where the masterminds of the industry share their thoughts about the current state of video games and what the future holds.

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With this in mind, we have picked five GDC talks you must watch if you are an aspiring game designer and want to keep updated with the latest trends in the industry.

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More than Just an End Game: When the Journey is the Reward https://www.gameskinny.com/ajdje/more-than-just-an-end-game-when-the-journey-is-the-reward https://www.gameskinny.com/ajdje/more-than-just-an-end-game-when-the-journey-is-the-reward Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:13:17 -0400 void.presence

Casual gaming is a way of life. It seems from my experience that most gamers are about 'the end game' -- either beating the game (in the case of single-player games) or doing end-game content (such as raids in the case of MMOs).

But that's not the only way to game.  For some, playing is its own reward. Some do not care about being top dog or king of the hill in their game of choice. Some just enjoy the journey itself. One might call such a person a journeyman.

So what kind of games does a journeyman play to get their fix? Let's find out.

Sandbox Games

Examples:  Minecraft, Terraria, No Man's Sky

These types of games tend to have no end-game objective, which makes them the epitome of casual games. Minecraft is the poster child for sandbox games -- as it has no end-game, the only thing to do is build things (apart from a purely optional 'story' of beating the Ender Dragon).

However, a sandbox game's very nature can be its downfall. Having absolutely no objective can be very boring to many people, even casual gamers.  The Journeyman is often okay with sandbox games, but sometimes prefers games with with an objective (otherwise one might be called a 'Wanderer').

Role-Playing Games 

Examples:  Dragon Age series, The Witcher series, Final Fantasy Series, Mass Effect series

RPGs lend themselves very well to the journeyman. No matter what the style or story, the whole game is about gaining experience for your character to make them stronger, ultimately reaching the end with a (hopefully) fantastic story that you've experienced.

You can then restart the story with a new class of character or try again with a harder difficulty, but the key is that the journey through the world is the real objective.

MMO Games

Examples:  World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Destiny, Eve Online, Elder Scrolls Online

MMOs tend to be a mix of sandbox games and RPG with an extra layer of multiplayer thrown in. They usually provide a leveling system (with the huge bonus of playing with others), while giving you freedom to do just about anything you want.

However, for many MMOs, reaching 'top level' means you start doing end-game content such as raids. These activities tend to be about getting the 'best gear' for bragging rights (or lately, eSports options). For the journeyman, this side of things has little or no appeal, purely because the journeyman enjoys the process of leveling -- the grind, if you will. A journeyman typically has alternative characters that he/she can switch to and experience the journey in other ways.

There can be many reasons why a player prefers the journey to the end-game destination. But whatever the reason, 'hardcore' gamers should acknowledge that there is another way to play a game.  For many, the journey is its own reward.

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7 most geektastic ways to celebrate your inner geek https://www.gameskinny.com/41qfn/7-most-geektastic-ways-to-celebrate-your-inner-geek https://www.gameskinny.com/41qfn/7-most-geektastic-ways-to-celebrate-your-inner-geek Wed, 25 May 2016 07:15:27 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Tell Us What YOU Plan TO Do!

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I intend to try all seven of these methods for showing off my inner geek this Geek Pride Day – which one are you looking forward to checking out, and what did we miss that should have made the list?

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Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to mention your best cosplays, geeky party ideas, and perfect gaming drinks!

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Get Drunk In Video Game Style

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Saturday morning cartoons and Harry Potter movie marathons are all well and good, but we're adults now, so maybe you want to celebrate your inner geek in more adult style. No, I'm not about to link to some NSFW hentai games... I'm talking about getting sloshed, silly!

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Make a shot/cocktail for every Pokemon in the Pokedex, stir together a Rainbow Road cocktail while you annihilate your Mario Kart competition, or celebrate the tragic (MASSIVE GAME OF THRONES SPOILER) death of Hodor with some mead that would make the northerners proud (END MASSIVE GAME OF THRONES SPOILER).

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We've also got a complete guide to amazing gaming-themed drinks to check out right here.

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Return To Your Saturday Morning Childhood

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Remember all those really, really terrible animated series from the '80s and '90s based around gaming? They still exist, and quite a few of them have hit YouTube and other sites, as they never made the transition to the ultra advanced DVD technology. But those that did are usually super cheap on Amazon.

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Today's a perfect day to fill a bowl of your favorite childhood cereal and watch some those wonderfully awful live action Mario Bros. intros that led into some baffling animation. Don't forget the Mega Man or D&D series either!

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Get Into Tabletop Gaming

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Wait, wait, wait... you don't have a dice set yet? You don't even play Pathfinder at all?!?

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While there's a ton of games of jump into for the console or PC crowd at any given moment, why not give the more social tabletop gaming a try?

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You don't have to go full blown geek with LARPing (Live Action Role Playing), but there's a ton of fun to be had with friends and family around the table (or the couches, we aren't picky) for a few sessions of D&D.

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High fantasy isn't your thing? That's no problem, because the world of roleplaying has exploded since Dungeons And Dragons hit the scene. From the grim dark future of the Warhammer 40K setting to the wackiness of Toon: The Cartoon Roleplaying Game, there's something for everyone: Gothic horror campaigns, tabletop games set in the Dragon Age or Dr. Who universes, zombie apocalypse simulators, steampunk titles and more are all waiting to be discovered.

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Pimp Out Your Dice Set

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Why not buy yourself a fancy new dice set so you are the envy of your gaming table and the bane of bare feet everywhere?

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From those wicked metallic thorn dice to giant foam d20s, glow in the dark d6s, and even sets made from mammoth tusk and meteorite, there's some killer new dice waiting out there for you! Check out our full guide to buying the best of the best in dice right here.

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Hold A Marathon Viewing

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Now that you've got your cosplay skills all honed, it's time to put it to good use with a theme party! You know you've always wanted to try watching every single Harry Potter or Star Wars movie (well... not the prequels) back to back to back in one sitting.

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There's no time like the present: whip up some themed invitations, rig some “floating” candles (probably don't light 'em though, cuz fire and all that), and have your guests show up with some licorice wands and every-flavor beans.

If that's not your speed, just imagine your home bedecked in destroyed Gears Of War form complete with cover points or done up like the underwater city of Rapture... the possibilities are endless!

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Try Your Hand At Cosplay

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There's more to the way of the geek than just playing games or having video game knick knacks around the house. In fact, there's a whole huge culture based around crafting costumes and showing off your skills to make the rest of the room jealous.

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We've covered some of the most jaw-dropping cosplays before from games like Smite or League Of Legends, but you don't need to be a level 95 seamstress or have a beach-ready bod to get into the practice.

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Most people start with a trip down to the local Goodwill and a plan in mind for an easy way to try out a new character costume and work their way up from there.

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Maybe one day with some dedication, you and your lucky offspring can come up with something as amazing as the Bioshock cosplay above!

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Drop Some Cash At Think Geek

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After giving us the most glorious plumbus for April Fools, of course Think Geek has you absolutely covered for Greek Pride Day -- or any day, really.

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His and hers Han and Leia hand towels? Check. Rolling BB8 car USB charger to fit in your cup holder? Double check. Bowing knight executive pen holder so you can always be the king of the office? Check and mate.

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They also have contests going every Geek Pride Day with prize packs available for those who submit a photo showing off some real geekiness!

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Did you know there's a whole day just to celebrate the glory of geek culture? It's true, we devoted gamers and sci-fi movie lovers of the world made it up and now everyone has to celebrate on May 25th or get fed to the Sarlacc pit.

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It all started with a gigantic game of live action Pac-Man in Spain back in '06, and now it's a hallowed tradition that is spreading far and wide. Sweden even held a parade to honor the day, and now its time for the U.S. and rest of the world to get up to speed and celebrate all things nerdtastic!

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But what if the 25th has passed you ask? No worries, every day can be geek day if you let your geek flag fly high!

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Here we explore seven ways you should be celebrating your inner geek (or maybe just going along with your geek spouse even if you aren't super enthused about the whole thing).

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The best and worst moms of gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/6vd2z/the-best-and-worst-moms-of-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/6vd2z/the-best-and-worst-moms-of-gaming Fri, 06 May 2016 09:30:01 -0400 Ty Arthur

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These were only 10 of the absolutely astounding number of gaming mothers, and there's plenty more we could have looked at that deserved to be nominated for "best," "worst," or even "most insane."

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What did you think of our picks, and who would you choose for the best and worst moms in gaming?

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The Absolute Worst Mom Of Gaming: The Mom From Binding Of Isaac

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Somehow even more visually terrifying than Alma and Queen Brahne put together, Isaac's mom is the epitome of bad motherhood. Much like Abraham, this parent hears god's voice telling her to kill her child... and she listens to it.

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Whether by stabbing, stomping, or crushing, she's hell-bent on ending her own offspring in a very unpleasant way. Even if he lives, Isaac will forever have those fleshy leg-folds branded into his memory!

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Dahlia Gillespie Silent Hill

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A fanatical cultist, Dahlia is more concerned with what her daughter Alessa can offer their religion than with her daughter's actual well-being.

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She tries to use Alessa as an incubator to birth an evil god, and when Alessa is terribly burned, Dahlia keeps her alive despite the extreme pain - not out of love, but out of a desire to keep her mad plot going.

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Fortunately, the tables are turned at the end of the first Silent Hill. Of course, in the movie adaptation, Dahlia is a much more sympathetic character rather than an outright villain.

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Deadbeat mom: YOU

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It absolutely doesn't matter how hard you try, you're going to end up a deadbeat parent in any Fable game. All that adventuring and real estate buying will always have you leaving your spouse and kid at home, wishing you'd come around more often.

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Divorce seems inevitable, unless you really put in a lot of time at the dinner table. Fable 3 in particular lets you be pretty terrible on the parenthood front... by allowing devastating child labor to continue to run rampant in your home city.

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Since the Fable series lets you keep marrying and having more children as often as you'd like (in fact, some achievements require you to be polygamous or kill previous spouses!), you can end up with a ridiculous number of children, as seen below.

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Living Through Your Children: Flemeth

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If you want to be a powerful apostate witch who can shapeshift and sling spells, then Flemeth is a great mom... until you reach a certain age. Turns out Flemeth is so exceedingly long-lived because she keeps overtaking the bodies of her daughters to start life anew. Still, up till the whole “killing you” part, it seems like she'd be a useful mom to have.

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Not Around Enough To Be Awful: Jimmy's Mom

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Not only does this parental figure from Bully commit crimes against fashion, but she's not a great mother either. On the up side, she's as distant and uncaring as they come. Normally that would be a bad thing, but when you consider some of the other mothers on this list, essentially staying out of Jimmy's life isn't nearly the worst thing that could have happened.

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A Thousand Lifetimes And Never Learned Parenting Skills: Sarah Sisulart

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Both of the immortal moms in Lost Odyssey aren't going to be contenders for any “mother of the year” awards. Seth turns her son onto the criminal path, raising him as a pirate, and then abandons him for years (decades? It's not clear). The fact that he calls her “Maaaaaaamaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” as a middle-aged man is also of concern...

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Sarah sort of takes the cake though. Thinking (erroneously) that her daughter has died, she becomes an evil witch haunting a mansion and kills anyone who comes inside – even attacking her own husband! Since she's immortal, the death of her child during her lifetime was a foregone conclusion and would have happened down the line anyway, so this was always going to happen.

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After being talked down from psycho witch mode, she goes on incredibly dangerous adventures... with her two underage grandchildren. That's just bad parenting all around. I shutter to think of how nuts she'll go when they eventually die.

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Pretty Awful But Sorta Redeems Herself: Queen Brahne

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Definitely giving a run for her money on the “most horrifyingly obese mother” front, Queen Brahne from Final Fantasy IX was once kind and benevolent but was turned wicked and greedy after the death of her husband. She's pretty much every wicked stepmother ever, but taken to an even higher degree.

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Nearly everyone hates her by the time she finally gets her comeuppance, having conquered a huge swathe of the world, turning on anyone who aided her, and even trying to kill her own adopted daughter, Garnet.

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In her dying moments, she does admit all her wrongdoing and seeks forgiveness. Too little, too late?

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Totally Up In The Air: Chrono's Mom

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There are a couple of contenders on the mom front to be found in the hallowed RPG classic Chrono Trigger, from Lucca's disabled mother to the diabolical mother brain boss fought in the far future.

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Chrono's unnamed mother is easily the most iconic, however, with her “Good morning Chrono!” line forever etched into the memories of kids who grew up in the '90s.

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Despite giving her kid the only bed in the house and watching his cat while he goes on extended adventures, she's actually pretty inattentive, not seeming to realize or care when he's gone for months at a time. She does manage to finally ask about his whereabouts once... after he's been killed by Lavos.

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In one ending, she foolishly chases a cat into a time portal that will never re-open, at which point Chrono strikes his victory pose, apparently happy with the turn of events.

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Somehow The Best AND Worst: Alma

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Whether Alma is an amazing mom or a terrible one is definitely up for debate. She's not happy that her children have been taken from her, and goes on a murderous revenge rampage against those who took them – although she goes more than a little overboard on that front.

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She just wants her boys to get along, even if that means they have to become proficient killers together, and she's so enamored with being a mother that she rapes Becket at the end of F.E.AR. 2 to become pregnant again.

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Totally The Best Mother: Mrs. Chu

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This totally badass mom from Sleeping Dogs works hard to help her son in everything he does – including becoming a better criminal! When her son is killed, she tortures people with her meat cleaver to find out who was responsible.

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When the real perpetrator is brought to her, she makes the murderer eat human meat and then viciously dismembers him. Now that's dedication to your kid's memory! How many kids can really say their mom would go that far to avenge their deaths?

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With all the hardened soldiers, fantasy world saviors, and ace starship pilots across gaming, you might not expect "moms" to be a big character category, but you'd be wrong on that front.

There's hundreds of memorable mother characters across every genre of gaming, from loving and nurturing caregivers... to homicidal maniacs intending to eradicate their own offspring.

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In honor of the impending Mother's Day celebrations, we're going to count down the best and worst moms of gaming, and even look at a few that blend those two extremes.

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The most inspiring and thought-provoking video game quotes https://www.gameskinny.com/oq341/the-most-inspiring-and-thought-provoking-video-game-quotes https://www.gameskinny.com/oq341/the-most-inspiring-and-thought-provoking-video-game-quotes Tue, 08 Mar 2016 16:48:04 -0500 Ty Arthur

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These were the 15 quotes we found to be most interesting or inspirational from across the gamingverse. What was your favorite, and what quotes did we miss that you'd add in?

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“A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”

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-- Shigeru Miyamoto

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Just remember that the next time a game you want gets pushed back and you feel like unleashing all-caps armageddon on a forum. Better to have no game at all than to have a game that wasn't worth playing.

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“One man goes into the waters of baptism, a different man comes out, born again. But who is that man who lies submerged? Perhaps that swimmer is both sinner and saint, until he is revealed unto the eyes of man.”

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-- Comstock, BioShock Infinite

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Another Bioshock quote that's actually sort of horrific within the context of the game (but motivational if considered alone) this is basically Comstock's way of saying your choices are your own, while making you think about fate and whether it was really inevitable that all your experiences lead to one outcome.

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"Even if you run into a storm, there's always a way out, no matter how bleak things seem."

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-- Vyse, Skies Of Arcadia

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A relentlessly (maybe even annoyingly?) positive character, Vyse is sort of a random inspirational quote generator. I imagine when people need a motivational poster for an office, they just snag Vyse quotes.

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“Although my heart may be weak, it's not alone. It's grown with each new experience. And it's found a home with all the friends I've made. I've become a part of their heart, just as they've become a part of mine. And if they think of me now and then, if they don't forget me, then our hearts will be one. I don't need a weapon. My friends are my power!”

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-- Sora, Kingdom Hearts

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Although more on the kitschy and cutesy side, this is undeniably a powerful moment in the Kingdom Hearts series.

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“Too many people have opinions on things they know nothing about. And the more ignorant they are, the more opinions they have.”

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-- Thomas Hildern, Fallout: New Vegas

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This one might seem like more of an insult than an inspirational quote at first, but I see it from the opposite side. This is a valuable reminder, especially in the social networking age of instant communication, that sometimes it's better to remain silent, or at the very least, to be uncertain of your position until all the facts come to light.

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“You reap what you sow, Artyom: force answers force, war breeds war, and death only brings death. To break this vicious circle one must do more than act without any thought or doubt.”

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-- Khan, Metro 2033

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In a world devastated by nuclear war and invaded by otherwordly beings, is it any wonder some grow tired of perpetuating an endless cycle of violence?

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"I was called here by humans who wished to pay me tribute."

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"Tribute?!? You steal men's souls, and make them your slaves!"

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"Perhaps the same could be said of all religions..."

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-- Dracula, Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night

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Oh man, I can't tell you how much this little exchange between Richter and Dracula just blew my mind as a 12 year old who had no idea something like this was even allowed to be said in a video game. Inspiring? Not so much. Thought-provoking? You betcha.

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"Nothing is more badass than treating a woman with respect." 

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-- Mr. Torgue, Borderlands 2

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The Borderlands series is chock full of some of the best quotes in all gaming history, but definitely more of the hilariously offensive variety rather than the actually inspiring kind. Then, out of nowhere, this weapons fanatic whose speech must constantly be bleeped throws out something progressive. Pandora is full of strange wonders, indeed.

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“Did you ever try to put a broken piece of glass back together? Even if the pieces fit, you can’t make it whole again the way it was. But if you’re clever, you can still use the pieces to make other useful things. Maybe even something wonderful, like a mosaic. Well, the world broke just like glass. And everyone’s trying to put it back together like it was, but it’ll never come together in the same way….”

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-- Moira, Fallout 3

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Whoever thought you'd get something deep out of Moira, who doesn't seem to be entirely there? In between twisting your DNA like a feline with a ball of yarn or asking you to get into fights with rabid mole rats, she manages to make the end of the world not seem so horrible, without actually lessening the impact in any way of what led to the sad state of the D.C. Wasteland. It's not hard to see the personal applications of such a philosophy if applied to people who are broken as well.

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"Nothing is true, everything is permitted."

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"That is rather cynical." 

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"It would be if it were doctrine. But it is merely an observation on the nature of reality. To say that nothing is true is to realize that the foundations of society are fragile and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say that everything is permitted is to understand that we are the architects of our actions and that we must live with our consequences, whether glorious or tragic."

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-- Ezio, Assassin's Creed: Revelations

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The eponymous creed itself is revealed in detail in this entry of the franchise, and it's definitely one to make a gamer take pause and ponder. In a lot of ways its much like the "no gods, no kings" from BioShock, but presented with a little more flair, befitting the assassin giving the explanation.

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"Death is inevitable. Our fear of it makes us play safe, blocks out emotion. It's a losing game. Without passion, you are already dead." 

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-- Max Payne

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Take it from Mr. Misfortune himself: just simply getting up each morning, punching a clock, and ticking all the boxes sure ain't living. If you don't have something you really care about, then it's probably time to call it a day (or at least find a new game to play).

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"No gods or kings. Only man." - Bioshock

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In this game series, you can usually bet that if there's a giant statue with a banner or stained glass window quote, it's being said by an absolute mad man who is going to be a villain.

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In this instance though, it can really be seen from another point of view, as a reminder that our fates our are own, and we are the masters of our own destiny (even if these games don't always play out that why by the time the credits roll).

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“We stand upon the precipice of change. The world fears the inevitable plummet into the abyss. Watch for that moment...and when it comes, do not hesitate to leap. It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly.” 

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-- Flemeth, Dragon Age II

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Sometimes the most morally ambiguous characters have the best lines in gaming, and somehow the witch Flemeth here manages to both be all gloom and doom AND inspirational at the same time.

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“Strength lies in knowing oneself.”

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-- Dak'kon, Planescape: Torment

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There's endless interesting conversations in this novel-esque game, especially between the night hag Ravel and the amnesiac Nameless One, but Dak'kon frequently takes home the award for strongest proponent of personal development. He may be a downer at times (getting a whole city killed because of his self-doubt tends to do that to a gith), but he's got some great advice.

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“It's more important to master the cards you're holding than to complain about the ones your opponent was dealt.”

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-- Grimsley, Pokemon Black And White

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Although this is clearly meant quite literally in the context, that's an interesting concept to teach kids through a video game -- expressing the sentiments of personal responsibility and being thankful for what you have.

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While explained slightly differently, it also reminds me of the famous Louis C.K. quote:

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“The only time you look in your neighbor's bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don't look in your neighbor's bowl to see if you have as much as them.”

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Looking past all the swords and bullets, there's another side to gaming that the general public doesn't always see. Gamers are a passionate lot, and the writers behind our games tend to be even more so, putting a whole lot of heart and soul into characters who easily rival any offered up by literature or film.

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There are plenty of game scenes that have resonated with entire generations of players and will never be forgotten – is there a single Final Fantasy fan who can't quote the opera house scene? While there are plenty of mindless tap-tap games or shooters without much in the way of story, even those types of games have hidden gems of dialogue if you look deep enough.

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Everything from existentialism to objectivism to moral relativity all get their due in various game series when you head into the likes of Bioshock, Planescape: Torment, and SOMA. After dredging through hundreds of games with interesting themes, we've put together a list of some of the most inspiring or thought-provoking quotes to be found in any console or PC title.

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Another 10 awesome gaming-themed statues (that you probably still can't afford) https://www.gameskinny.com/6kry6/another-10-awesome-gaming-themed-statues-that-you-probably-still-cant-afford https://www.gameskinny.com/6kry6/another-10-awesome-gaming-themed-statues-that-you-probably-still-cant-afford Sun, 06 Mar 2016 13:22:16 -0500 Nick Harshman

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Starcraft's Kerrigan Ploystone Statue

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We close out the list with another Blizzard-themed statue, this one of the lovely Kerrigan. At 25 inches tall, this would normally cost $380, but since it's sold out on the Sideshow website, the only place to find it is Amazon for $850. 

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Blizzard's merchandise is always high quality, but this is on another level. Kerrigan has never looked so good. This reminds me of the Diablo statue from my last list, but for some reason I prefer this collectible.

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Either way, both pieces would be awesome to own, just not for $850.

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World of Warcraft's Grommash Hellscream Statue

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This one is pretty awesome. The details in the face make it seem like he's literally about to rip someone's head off (though I guess he might have already done that). 

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It costs $350 and can be purchased at the Blizzard store.

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We're not quite done with Blizzard yet. Go to the next slide and check out the last statue!

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Bioshock's Big Daddy Rosie - Exclusive Edition Statue

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This is a brand new statue and comes in two editions. The special edition comes with LED lights in the head that change different colors. Any guesses for how much it might cost? If you guessed $650, you'd be right.

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Honestly, I'm not the biggest Bioshock fan, but my favorite parts always included the Big Daddy's. Seeing them in statue form is just as satisfying, and the Little Sister hiding behind him only adds to the atmosphere of the piece.

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Gaming Heads has this statue available for preorder right now and are expected to be shipped sometime near the end of the year.

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Arkham Knight's Harley Quinn Polystone Statue

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This is my personal favorite on the entire list. If I had to pick one statue to own, it'd be this one. The downside is that the statue costs $930. Yea, you read that right, $930. That is one of the most outrageous prices I've seen so far, but the quality is top notch so I can't argue for a cheaper price.

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This collectible is special in that it comes with some extra pieces. Different faces and arms are included, allowing you to create a more interesting pose. I'm not usually a fan of add-on pieces, but I think I could get past that with this one.

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You can preorder this statue on Sideshow Collectibles.                                                                                                                                 

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The Old Republic's Darth Malgus Statue

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I love Star Wars, so when I saw a Darth Malgus statue with a glowing lightsaber I knew I had to have it. But I don't, so I'll settle for including it on my list. 

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This thing is huge, standing 20 inches tall. The cape is adjustable, so you can take it off his head if you want to see his face better, but I like the hood. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find this statue anywhere, as it is currently unavailable. It's a beautiful piece, though.

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Elder Scrolls Nightingale Statue

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The Elder Scrolls actually has quite a few different statues to choose from. A Nord, High Elf, and Daedric Armor are a few of them, but the best of the bunch is the Nightingale collectible.

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The Nightingale statue is 16 inches tall and will run you $300. I felt that it was the most detailed and interesting looking of the bunch, so I had to go with it. The detail in the chest piece is was what really pulled me in though. What do you guys think? Do you think one of the other statues is better?

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You can preorder this guy on the Gaming Heads website or Bethesda's and can expect it to ship around April.

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Resident Evil Axeman Statue

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This statue was pointed out to me by readers of my last list' and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to include it. Created by Hollywood Collectibles Group, this piece is no longer available on their store. You can get it from Amazon, however...for $795. It stands 15 inches tall and is hand painted in intricate detail.

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I like this one because the attention to the little details make a big difference. The blood and rust on his axe give the piece a bit of personality, and the blood on the sack covering his face is extremely well done. 

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Dragon Age's Morrigan Statue

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This is a beautiful piece. The details in the corset alone are breathtaking. Standing at about 20 inches tall, this collectible costs $330, although there is an exclusive edition for $360. The special edition comes with flames on Morrigan's right arm that light up. Personally, I don't like the way that one looks and prefer the standard edition (plus it's cheaper). 

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You can preorder the Morrigan statue from Gaming Heads and can expect it in June. 

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Bloodborne's Hunter Puddle of Blood Statue

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This piece is 16 inches tall and will run you $315. The Bloodborne statue is pretty cool, though I wish the pose was a little more dynamic instead of him just kind of standing there. That said, the detail is gorgeous and if you look closely you can see blood on his legs. That 'blood' drips down and runs into the cracks in the brick below. The attention to that small little detail would make this a great piece to own. 

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While not on sale yet, you can put a deposit on it at the PlayStation Store. Sony is aiming for a late-March release.

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League of Legends Ziggs Statue

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We start with one that isn't too bad price wise; as this one comes in at $150. It is 13 inches tall, and is really quite impressive. Riot also had a Twisted Fate statue, so I had to really debate which one I wanted to include on the list. Ziggs ended up with the win since his statue is just a bit more exciting overall.

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I will say that his smile creeps me out a little. Imagine this guy staring at you in the middle of the night. You can grab this piece at the Riot store.

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When last we met, we took a look at some pretty amazing statues. God of War, Zelda, Mass Effect; all of those statues were quite impressive, but there are way more where those came from. 

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For that reason, I found myself once again looking at various collectibles, and want to share another 10 awesome gaming-themed statues. Oh, and like last time, these will most likely be way too expensive for anyone to buy, though I'd still like to get my hands on at least one of them.

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Dragon Age creators looking to create a 'Dragon Age Tactics?' https://www.gameskinny.com/r9um0/dragon-age-creators-looking-to-create-a-dragon-age-tactics https://www.gameskinny.com/r9um0/dragon-age-creators-looking-to-create-a-dragon-age-tactics Sun, 21 Feb 2016 03:15:48 -0500 Nick Harshman

It seems that BioWare may have a new idea for the Dragon Age franchise. Posting on Twitter, Dragon Age Executive Producer Mark Darrah polled fans as to whether they would want a 'Dragon Age Tactics' game. 

Mr. Darrah clarified his question by alluding to Fire Emblem and XCOM as examples. As of this moment, over fifty percent have said yes, while twenty-three percent say no. A decent amount of voters have said they would like to make it exclusive to the PC (sounds selfish to me).

Mark was also asked if the game would include romance options, a staple of the Dragon Age franchise, to which he replied with a 'likely.' 

He was also sure to point out that a tactics style game would not take the place of a major release, but serve as a side project to keep fans busy. 

What do you guys think? Would you play a Dragon Age Tactics? Let us know down below.

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The slow death of single player games? https://www.gameskinny.com/licsi/the-slow-death-of-single-player-games https://www.gameskinny.com/licsi/the-slow-death-of-single-player-games Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:48:28 -0500 Engela Snyman

Are single player titles dying out? This is a curious question, but one that seems to be popping up more and more of late.

 A lot of companies have been throwing out games that look, sound and jingle like a good single player, but in the end it just boil down to FPS MMOs with a 3-4 hour campaign thrown in there to make us feel better for paying 60-80 dollars for it. Destiny, Evolve, and Call of Duty are just a few examples of these types of hybrids.

 

Companies are certainly putting less and less focus on single player games, and it is a known fact that online features, like multiplayer, can turn a game into a potential cash-cow, enabling companies to milk forced gameplay out of gamers - cue Mass Effect 3 - and ensure they make enough to follow up with a sequel. However, Ken Levine, a game developer who worked on Bioshock believes they will disappear completely from the market.

“[T]hey’re very expensive to make and I think gamers are saying pretty loud and clear that if they’re going to spend $40, $50, $60, they want an experience that lasts more than 10-12 hours. That’s a lot to ask somebody to spend.”

Yes, that is true, but there is such a thing as “quality over quantity,” Mr. Levine. Players do want more bang for their buck – it's their right to demand it - but they sure as heck don't want it as cheaply and generic as you can pork it out. Games like the Mass Effect series, God of War, Witcher 3, Dragon Age: Origins, Elder Scrolls, and the Arkham Series are solid proof that AAA single player titles aren't only good, they are what people enjoy. More so than a glorified multiplayer.

I'm looking at you Destiny.

Is multiplayer better?

Countless MMO's are being released every year and every company seems to want to get their slice of the pie. This, in turn, has over-saturated the market and gamers start to get bored, stale and frustrated with poorly designed MMO's and rehashed themes being shoved down their throats. World of Warcraft managed to grab the hearts of its audience for being the first true MMO on the circuit. Consistent updates and expansion has ensured Blizzard essentially corner and dominate that market. Though interest seems to be waning, it still has a huge player base.

Internet is our lives, sometimes our livelihood. Getting people to play online isn't only ingenious but a logical step for companies to use and exploit an essentially free service. The chances of certain games evolving to be purely online is very valid.

War games (like Call of Duty) seem to be taking this route, which is sensible. Most people buy these games for online features, the campaigns are short and powerful, but most of our 400 + hour gameplay are poured into the online servers. But these war games still seem to cling to their single player campaigns like safety blankets, ensuring they have something to snuggle up to when the MMO goes down the toilet. Rainbow 6 Siege is heading in a new direction, though the game wasn't perfect by any means, it, at least, is trying to shrug off its it's safety net.

But, many gamers might ask, why should players pay for an MMO when most of them are essentially free? And why get it on opening day if it will make little to no difference if your grind starts now or in six months? These problems have encouraged companies to slap in a small single player campaign, just to make the deal a bit sweeter and give players something to chew on before herding them to the multiplayer server, where they will grind themselves to dust.

But then why even make multiplayer?

As Mr. Levine said; money. It doesn't cost less to make a multiplayer than a good single player, the multiplayer just has the potential to bring in more money.

This is why DLC is such a thing nowadays. It's like getting players to keep paying for a game they already bought. Monthly, yearly subscriptions or micro-transactions can be milked for years. Where a basic singplayer title, with none of these features, is like a movie screening with no DVD release.

However, the single player campaign in your game can be a chance for you to impress us. If you muck it up then we will be bitter while playing the multi-player as well. We will feel forced into playing it, because, as you said Mr. Levine, we want to have more value, and being desperate to make up that value, we play the multi-player. Because you gave us no other choice.

So are single player titles dying?

Hell no. Singe player games will always have a place in the market, simply because people get passionate about them.

Becoming passionate about a game does not necessarily mean playing online Call of Duty for thirty hours straight. That just means you are passionate about getting a good kill ratio or pushing your DPS into the 10 000's. Instead it refers to a passion for the story, characters and setting you are playing with. It needs to invoke some sort of emotion in you.

Five Nights at Freddy's, probably one of the most well-known horror games of the past few years, has stirred up enough passion and discussion to put the Star Trek vs Star Wars debate to shame. It's a great example of how people are inspired to love these games. Smother them with so much lore they'll be breathing it for the next three years.

Other games like Limbo, Terraria, The Binding of Isaac, the list goes on, are games that inspire conversation and debate, which in turn feeds the flames of passion. And that is what turns a game from just a game into something truly special.

Single player titles carry more weight and longevity than multiplayer. They have the potential to be classics, because they stick to their stories, and they don't keep changing to fit a newer audience. Which means every time we go back to them, we can enjoy the gameplay and story we loved in the first place.

But companies need start to decide; multiplayer or single player, because these hybrids are not doing the gaming industry any favors. Both appeal to different audiences, but they are both equally challenging to design and produce.

In the end respect the audience you are designing for, and don't try to be "a jack of all trades but master of none."

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BioWare's David Gaider departs after 17 years https://www.gameskinny.com/gld8t/biowares-david-gaider-departs-after-17-years https://www.gameskinny.com/gld8t/biowares-david-gaider-departs-after-17-years Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:12:34 -0500 Nick Harshman

David Gaider - member of BioWare since 1999 - announced his departure from BioWare via Twitter today: 

Aaryn Flynn, general manager of BioWare, tweeted this in response:

For fans of BioWare's Dragon Age series and Knights of the Old Republic, this is a sad day. Gaider was responsible for many fan favorite characters -- including HK-47, Alistair, Morrigan, and Fenris. Not only that, but he also played a major role during the creation of Neverwinter Nights and Baldur's Gate.

Dragon Age, however, was Gaider's main focus, as he was a major factor in the plot and creation of the series. He also wrote various tie-in novels and comics for the franchise, such as Dragon Age: Asunder and Dragon Age: The Silent Grove. And in case you didn't know, Gaider is responsible for Dorian from Dragon Age: Inquisition -- arguably the best character in the game. 

We should hope that whoever replaces David Gaider will do just as good a job as he did for the past 17 years.

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Top 10 video game books https://www.gameskinny.com/ov6s3/top-10-video-game-books https://www.gameskinny.com/ov6s3/top-10-video-game-books Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:49:08 -0500 Zack Thompson

Have you ever finished a game and thought, "wow! I want to know more about this world!" Or have you just wanted to know more about your favorite Hero's adventures? Luckily many Video Games have expanded their universes and lore with books, and out of the many, many that are out I've tried to devour as many as I can. Out of all the ones I've ever read I do have my favorites. This is my totally opinionated top 10 list of Video Game books that I'd recommend anyone.

10. Tomb Raider: The Lost Cult

 

The Lost Cult is the second Tomb Raider Novel  by E.E. Knight released in 2004. We join the busty heroine Laura Croft as she tries to retrieve a lost Iraqi artifact from a group of Peruvian gangsters in order to clear herself of the Von Troy murder. Though this seems like a lame way to get Laura's new adventure rolling it's a fun read, if only for the same reasons you'd go to a popcorn movie, nothing revolutionary is done with the character but it holds certain nostalgia value.

9. Mortal Kombat

Written in 1995, this prequel book expands the stories of the not yet well known characters, offering some interesting early takes of some of your favorites.

8. Alan Wake

A book based on a game about an author who might be going insane, what’s a better idea than that? The plot itself matches the game, although some details differ from the actual game. Still, if you were a fan of the game and want a novelization of it or, didn’t want to bother with the game but are curious about story, you’re going to win either way.

7. Dragon Age: Asunder

A Dragon Age book that takes place after DA2 and delves deeper into the repercussions of the Kirkwall incident. If you love the DA universe and want to delve deeper into the tension between the Mages and Templars defiantly give this one a look. 

6. Dead Space: Martyr

I love horror books. I love horror video games, so of course I'm going to love a horror book about a horror video game! Acting as a prequel to the Dead Space games, it gives a deep history of the founding on Unitology and the founding of The Marker.

5. Resident Evil: City of the Dead

Again my love of horror comes through with this third book into the Resident Evil universe. This book follows Claire, Leon, Jill, and Chris as they save survivors and get out of Raccoon City. This book takes place during RE 2 but their are some noticeable differences in the story.

4. Halo: The Cole Protocol

The Cole Protocol is the 6th Halo book and one of the best ones. It can’t actually be tied to any sort of timeline within the game's events, but really fleshes out more of the universe.

3. Homefront: The Voice of Freedom

Even though I'm 1 of 12 people who liked this game and the book won’t win any literary awards, this prequel to the game sets the scene and is crammed full of action sequences and a plot that hits very close to home for a lot of Americans. The constant threat of terrorism is really brought home in this book. If you haven’t played the game then this is a great introduction to the world and will help you connect with the in-game characters.

2. Mass Effect: Revelation

The first book in the Mass Effect universe, Revelation sheds some light on the history of David Anderson and Saren, as well as Anderson’s connection with Kahlee Sanders (a side character in Mass Effect 3).  It also details how Saren discovered the Reapers and the reason for Anderson's distrust of him.

1. The Witcher: Time Of Contempt

I kind of cheated with this one since this is a book that inspired the games, but it's my list and I can bend the rules as I see fit. The first few of these books act as short stories, prequels to the games. But the third book in the series is where author Andrzej Sapkowski really starts exploring Geralt as a character more. I recommend reading the other books but this one is by far my favorite of the series so far.

Any books I missed? do you have any recommendations? let me know in the comments below!

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Dragon Age Inquisition: Dorian & Iron Bull Busts available https://www.gameskinny.com/5jmlb/dragon-age-inquisition-dorian-iron-bull-busts-available https://www.gameskinny.com/5jmlb/dragon-age-inquisition-dorian-iron-bull-busts-available Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:21:32 -0500 Andrea Koenig

Characters in Dragon Age: Inquisition have a lot of personality. Now, you can get a couple of your favorite characters as busts in the BioWare store. As of now, the company store has made available busts for both Tevinter mage Dorian and Qunari mercenary The Iron Bull.

Both busts are collectible, limited edition, game-accurate sculptures that used the actual game production modeling files used to create the cinematics of these characters for the game and its DLC. 

They are hand-painted and hand-crafted, cold-cast porcelain busts with faux marble pedestal bases modeled after the Greco-Roman style. The Dorian bust is approx. 6 inches tall, 3.5 inches wide at the base, while The Iron Bull bust stands at 7.5 inches (including the tops of the horns) and 6.5 inches wide at the base. This makes both roughly the size of a PlayStation controller.

Both of these collectible figures come in boxes with covers featuring promotional game art on the outside. Both figures sell for $70.00 each at the BioWare store.

Dragon Age: Inquisition's final DLC titled Trespasser is currently available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One and leads 2 years after the base game left off.

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7 more games that should follow World of Warcraft to Hollywood (with dream casts) https://www.gameskinny.com/jnyme/7-more-games-that-should-follow-world-of-warcraft-to-hollywood-with-dream-casts https://www.gameskinny.com/jnyme/7-more-games-that-should-follow-world-of-warcraft-to-hollywood-with-dream-casts Wed, 11 Nov 2015 06:21:02 -0500 Rob Thubron

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In case you were wondering, there are quite a few video game movies in various stages of productions right now, hence why they weren’t included on this list. Bear in mind that a few are in the very early stage of pre-production but still 'officially' being worked on. Here’s a list of some of them:

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  • Metal Gear Solid
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  • Mass Effect
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  • Deus Ex
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  • Watch Dogs
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  • Dead Island
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  • The Witcher 
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  • Borderlands
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  • Assasins creed
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  • The Last of Us
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What do you think of our list? What other games do you think deserve a spot on here? Let me know in the comments!

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1. Dragon Age

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There has already been a Dragon Age animated movie, a YouTube mini-series, and a web series featuring the lovely Felicia Day, but surely now, in an age where Game of Thrones has made it acceptable to talk about dragons and wizards, we deserve a big budget Dragon Age feature.

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A movie adaptation doesn’t need to copy directly from any of the games, but it should feature some of the core elements such as Darkspawn, dragons (duh!), mages, the Chantry, and the Templars. Adding some GoT-style intertwined political storylines would definitely benefit the movie version (we wouldn’t want it to be another Dungeons and Dragons *shudder*), although it would probably do well to ease off on the incest.

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Giving it an R-rating would definitely be the difference between making a Dragon Age that does justice to the source material and creating a cheesy, child-friendly pile of crap. The games are brutal in sections and deal with adult subjects such as racism, class, and duty. Plus, of course, there’s a ton of blood, death and general viscera across the entire series.

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Give this project to a good writer and director, allocate an enormous budget, and you’ve got yourself one of the best video game movies ever made. Should Warcraft do as well as many people expect, don’t be surprised if talk of a live-action Dragon Age feature starts to surface once again.

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Protagonist: As the main character is customizable, it doesn’t need to be a specific actor. Gerard Butler proved in 300 that few people do swordplay, beards, and muscles better than him, so maybe he should get the role.

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Antagonist : Depends on the game on which it is based, but Underworld’s Viktor, Bill Nighy, or Tywin Lannister himself, Charles Dance, would both make a good Corypheus.

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2. Fallout

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There have been a number of previous attempts made at getting the ball rolling on a Fallout movie, including one promising project that was ultimately cancelled. The fact that Bethesda holds a ‘Statement of use’ Fallout movie trademark covering “motion picture films about a post-nuclear apocalyptic world” does give hope that we may one day hear the words “War. War never changes” on the big screen.

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A movie incarnation could use Fallout canon taken from the entire series of games. Post-apocalyptic movies are nearly always popular, and with Mad Max becoming a lot of people's ‘movie of the year,’ as well as Fallout 4’s recent release, Hollywood would do well to ride the momentum and get a Fallout movie into theaters asap.  

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For inspiration, 'Fallout the movie' should look toward Denzel Washington’s awesome The Book of Eli, which shows exactly how to create a post-nuclear world. Of course, it would need to add in the game's famed advanced technology (power armor!), and having some deathclaws and mini-nuke launchers wouldn’t go amiss either.

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Protagonist: Pretty much anyone, really. Well, I don’t think Jim Parsons would fit the role, so maybe not anyone.

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 Do not cast this man!

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Antagonist: Again, it all depends on what lore the movie uses. Although I always thought Neal McDonough (Arrow’s Damien Darhk) would make a great Caesar from New Vegas.

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3. Dead Space

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Even though there have been two rather good animated movies, Dead Space is ripe for the live-action treatment. In fact, the horror maestro himself and a big fan of the franchise, John Carpenter, has expressed an interest in getting involved in the project.

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A movie adaptation has the potential to be a real stomach-churner, provided it contains the same amount of blood, violence and body horror seen in the game. Carpenter talking the helm would be a great sign - as the man who directed The Thing, he knows plenty about creating scares using horribly mutated monsters.

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Dead Space’s Church of Unitology plot would certainly work well in a movie adaptation, much like it does in the animations. And while it could be based on any (or all) of the games, the USG Ishimura-set first entry would likely be the best option, invoking the same sense of isolation and dread that the original Alien movie managed to do so well.

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Protagonist: It’s probably because of their previous roles in sci-fi movies, but I can imagine either Michael Fassbender or Jim Caviezel taking on the role of Isaac Clarke

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Antagonist: There are a few antagonists in the Dead Space series, but if we’re sticking with the first one then I’d pick True Lies bad guy Art Malik for the role of Dr. Challus Mercer

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4. SOMA

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Anyone who has played SOMA will probably be surprised to find that - considering it’s from the team behind Amnesia - the first few hours aren't overly scary. Eventually, you meet the first horrific, shambling monstrosity THAT YOU CAN’T OUTRUN and you end up assuring your dry cleaners that the marks on your pants aren’t what they look like.

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So yeah, SOMA can be a terrifying game, and one that doesn’t rely on too many jump scares in the way Outlast often does. There’s an ever-present sense of dread when playing SOMA, made all the worse by the sense of isolation it instills in the player by being set at the bottom of the ocean.

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Other than the fact it’s a very scary game, SOMA's examination of questions such as ‘what makes us human?’ and ‘is there such thing as a soul?’ could help it become an excellent horror movie that looks beyond the monsters, much like Jacob’s Ladder does.

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Due to the fact it’s impossible to talk too much about certain aspects of the game without giving away major spoilers, I’ll leave off the antagonist/protagonist section for this one.

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5. Bioshock

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A movie adaptation of Bioshock very nearly came into existence (the image above is concept art from the project) but after several attempts to finalize a deal with Universal, creator Ken Levine pulled the plug. Part of the reason was the poor reception suffered by Watchmen; Universal wanted a hard R-rated Bioshock, and after the failure of Zack Snyder’s superhero movie the studio decided to drop the allocated budget from $200 million to £80 million.

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This didn’t sit well with director Gore Verbinski, who subsequently quit the project. Levine wasn’t happy with the replacement director, and so the Bioshock movie was cast into limbo.

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After all this, Verbinski went on to direct the $225 million The Lone Ranger. Turns out even a massive budget, a famed director and Johnny Depp can’t save some things.

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In all fairness, Bioshock would likely be a very difficult movie to make. Verbinski was right about it needing a massive budget, and the movie version would require some good writing to incorporate the themes of choice, religion, socialism, class, etc in order to make it appealing enough to the masses without diluting the essence of what the game is about. But maybe one day all these different production elements will come together and we’ll get the Bioshock movie that fans deserve.

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Protagonist: Assuming it’s based on Infinite’s Booker DeWitt, it’s got to be Mad Men’s Jon Hamm. The actor looks so much like DeWitt you would think the game designers used him as reference material.

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Antagonist: Going with Infinite's Zachary Hale Comstock, I would choose General Zod himself: Michael Shannon. Tall, imposing and with the kind of voice you feel compelled to obey; give Shannon a beard and he’d make a perfect leader of the founders.

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6. Outlast

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The Silent Hill movie is generally regarded as one of the better movies based on video games, but it’s still pretty divisive. Maybe now’s the time to give another horror game the Hollywood treatment?  And few are more worthy than the brilliantly terrifying Outlast.

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If you’re the kind of person who reads all the notes/audio files in these kind of games, you’ll know that Outlast has a deeper plot than most horror titles. Covering stuff such as CIA mind control experiments, Nazi scientists, and some ever-popular body horror themes, the game has the potential to become an excellent modern horror movie. Throw in some of Outlast’s night-vision POV elements, jump scares, and torture porn - and get Eli Roth to direct it - and you’ve got yourself a real horror movie.

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Protagonist: As you never see investigative reporter Miles Upshur’s face, anyone could play him. I think Josh Brolin would do a good job, lending a sense of gravitas alongside his freakishly square face.

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Antagonist: There are a fair few bad guys in the game, but the psychopathic Doctor Richard Trager is one of the most memorable. It’s definitely a role that Marty McFly’s Dad, Crispin Glover, could play – once he shaved his head and stuck on a load of latex.

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7. Life is Strange

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Seeing how Life is Strange is pretty much an interactive movie anyway, adapting it for the big screen shouldn’t be much of a challenge for those involved. This amazing game may be a teenage-girl-with-time-altering-powers simulator, but it can be enjoyed by anyone and is one of the best games around to play with non-gaming partners.

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While the movie version should stick close to the plot, it might not be a good idea to adhere too close - as anyone who has played the series will know what big reveals to expect. In all likelihood, this would be one of those movies from video games that are ‘loosely’ based on the source material, much like Max Payne, but hopefully not as vomit-inducingly bad.

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Protagonist: She’s the right age and can play geeky as well as she plays sassy - Chloe Moretz would be a popular choice for Max Caulfield

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Antagonist: Impossible to go into too much detail here without ruining the game for anyone who hasn’t played it. Let’s just say that Ryan Gosling would be my choice.

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It seems that some things never change - broken PC ports, war, and terrible movies based on video games, for example. But while Arkham Knight has shown that we PC gamers still occasionally have to endure some mockery from our console cousins, and Fallout 4 continues to lament War’s unchanging nature, the recent Warcraft trailer has given people hope that we may soon see the end of atrocious Hollywood interpretations of video games.  

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Yes, movies based on video games have had a long and, at times, frankly horrific history. If you ignore the animated entries, what titles would be in a top five? In my mind, the original Mortal Kombat is still the best the genre has to offer, so that would leave (very arguably) Silent Hill, Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider and the first Resident Evil; not exactly stellar stuff. Things get much, much worse when you look at the worst examples - Dead or Alive, Double Dragon, House of the Dead, Postal, and, of course, Alone the Dark, a movie that resulted in the 'lord of all that is balls,’ aka Uwe Boll, being charged with crimes against humanity (probably). It took poor Christian Slater 10 years to get his career back on track - thanks to ‘Mr. Robot’ - after this total bilge almost ruined him.

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But back to the matter in hand; seeing as Warcraft does actually look like it will be pretty good, and assuming this trend will continue, what video games should also get the Hollywood treatment? Here’s a list of some titles that would make the transfer seamlessly – unless Uwe gets his grubby hands on them and produces another turd. There are also some suggestions as to who should play the heroes and villains from the games.

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Gamer Gift Guide: Custom Handmade Merchandise https://www.gameskinny.com/ekl8p/gamer-gift-guide-custom-handmade-merchandise https://www.gameskinny.com/ekl8p/gamer-gift-guide-custom-handmade-merchandise Wed, 11 Nov 2015 03:17:33 -0500 Gabriella Graham

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Dresses, Cosplay Outfits, and Accessories

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Where to Buy: Darling Army from darling-army.goodsie.com

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Price: $10 for bows; $70 and $80 for hooded caplets; Dresses, skirts, pinafores, and kimonos range from $65 to $165

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Bonus: Custom orders available.

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Bonus #2: Gift certificates available.

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Our last entry admittedly appeals very strongly to one gender - sorry about that! Darling Army advertises itself as a cosplay pinafore and kimono hot spot, but the shop features plenty of dresses and skirts the gamer girl can wear any day. Accessories add on to to the extensive list with bows and adorable hooded caplets. Female renditions of male characters fill the store as an added bonus to the frustrated cosplayer.

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The beauty of this gift transfers easily to Darling Army gift certificates, allowing your gift to cover some of the costs while letting your gamer fill in their order. You can even recommend a few of the shop's gamer items to show off your incredible gift giving expertise.

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This shop's themes include:

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  • Kingdom Hearts
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  • Fallout
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  • Metroid
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  • Assassin's Creed
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  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
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  • Pokemon
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  • Mario
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  • Minecraft
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  • Half-Life
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Do you know of any handmade gifts or shops that didn't make this list? Let me know in the comments!

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Box Shelves and Wall Organizers

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Honorable Mention: SpeakGeek on Etsy

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Store Rating: 5/5 stars (70 reviews)

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Price: $39 - $89 (Add $5 if you'd like to personalize the item!)

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Bonus: The store donates a percentage of all sales to Joyce Meyer's Hand of Hope.

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Bonus #2: Custom orders are available!

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The SpeakGeek shop on Etsy presents the hand-painted, three compartment solution to a gamer's organizational woes. Box shelves and jewelery hangers/wall organizers come in a wide range of colors and themes to compliment any room, making this gift practical, thoughtful, and downright awesome. Themes include:

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  • Halo
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  • Mass Effect
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  • Assassin's Creed
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  • Legend of Zelda
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Hand-made Plushies

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Where to Buy: Animinis on Etsy and Animinis.com

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Store Rating: 5/5 stars (9 reviews)

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Price: Base price is $35. (For commissions, price could rise depending on amount of detail and materials.)

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Bonus: Custom orders available!

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While Pizzaro sells embroidered patches and stickers in her Animinis shop, her real specialty lies in handmade felt dolls. No contorted faces, mismatched eyes, or oddly misshapen bodies here. Animinis takes all the horror of mass-produced dolls and gives customers a real treat to add to any fandom collection. The shop adds new themes all the time, but currently it's already featured:

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  • Legend of Zelda
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  • Pokemon
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Glassware

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Where to Buy: NexusGlass on Etsy

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Store Rating: 5/5 stars (937 reviews)

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Price: Ranges from $22.50 to $32.50

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Bonus: Items can be personalized with up to 20 characters at no additional cost. (Longer names cost extra.)

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Bonus #2: Custom orders available.

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Bonus #3: Multi-order discounts and combined shipping also available.

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The NexusGlass shop on Etsy offers hand stenciled designs on restaurant-grade glasses. The glass is all freezer and dishwasher safe to boot, thanks to the shop's stenciling process. This negates all the disappointment of cheaply made glasses whose designs rub right off and face destruction in any dishwasher. In addition to glass mugs, the shop offers:

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  • pint glasses (singles and sets)
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  • Tetris
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  • Resident Evil
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Throw Pillows

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Where to Buy: JHTY, Choco-Minto, Alice X. Zhang, and Randy C on Society6

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Store Rating: N/A

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Price: Ranges from $20 to $39, depending on cover, case + pillow combo, size of the cover, and indoor or outdoor style

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Bonus: If you see a design you like, there's a good chance the shop offers it printed on a large variety of other mediums, such as mugs and iPad cases.

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This gift combines style and practicality. Everybody needs pillows. I've included four shops for this slide to offer a taste of the variety out there while making your gift shopping just a touch easier.

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  1. JHTY offers a faceless style of heroes from Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, and Sword Art Online.
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  3. Choco-Minto presents a unique chibi style of art with themes that include: Mass EffectDragon Age, Splatoon, and Bioshock.
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  5. Alice X. Zhang sells a gritty, dark design with Last of Us and Tomb Raider options.
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  7. Randy C's shop only features Pokemon themed pillows, but every print pictures your favorite Pokemon wearing a costume for their final evolution with tons of different options from multiple generations to choose from.
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Bags, Wallets, and 3DS Cases: Part 1

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Where to Buy: BlueRobotto on Etsy and BlueRobotto.com

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Store Rating: 5/5 stars (324 reviews)

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Price: $13 for wallets, $17 for 3DS cases, and $45 to $50 for bags

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Bonus: This same shop offers Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, and Pokemon pin and brooch sets that range from $5 to $18. You can dress up old bags if your gamer doesn't need a new one!

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From messenger bags to duffels to lunchboxes to 3DS cases, Doug Berdu's BlueRobotto shop has everything your gamer needs, no matter their gender or age. Themes include:

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  • Animal Crossing
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  • Video game controllers
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  • Splatoon
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Added Suggestion: Here you could combine the patch gift idea with a new bag to give a gamer something that plays off multiple interests while demonstrating your wonderfully thoughtful capabilities.

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Bags, Wallets, and 3DS Cases: Part 2

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Honorable Mention: SpeakGeek on Etsy

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Cost: $25 and $32 for Wii U gamepad covers, $32 and $34 for 3DS XL covers

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This shop comes up again later, but I thought it was worth a mention in this category as well. SpeakGeek offers very console-specific bags or covers for the Nintendo fan. Themes include:

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  • Animal Crossing
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  • Legend of Zelda
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  • Mario
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  • Pokemon
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Artistic Prints: Part 3

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Where to Buy: Jessica Smith on Society6

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Store Rating: N/A

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Price: Ranges from $15 to $20 for prints, $32 to $37 for framed prints, and $85 to $150 for canvas prints

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Jessica Smith sells gorgeous prints on Society6, featuring a Legend of Zelda theme for gamers. The theme draws from all different installments in the franchise with a wide array of color schemes and locations featured. Her pieces can be ordered with frames if you'd like your gift pre-prepared for hanging or as canvas prints for an extra touch of originality.

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Artistic Prints: Part 1

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Where to Buy: Kayadesign on Etsy

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Store Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (98 reviews)

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Price: $7

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This item touches on a bit of home decor. Add a nice frame and you've got yourself a downright classy gift. I've collected a few options to start your hunt for the perfect print.

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First in this category is Kayadesign on Etsy. This shop offers newspaper prints, setting beloved characters in front of vintage dictionary backdrops. The game section of her shop offers a large variety of themes including:

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  • Final Fantasy
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  • Metroid
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  • Legend of Zelda
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  • Mega Man
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  • Star Fox
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  • Persona
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  • Mario
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  • Catherine
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  • Punch-Out!!
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Artistic Prints: Part 2

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Where to Buy: Loft817 on Etsy

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Cost: Ranges from $8.50 to $26

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Bonus: Currently features a buy 2, get 1 free deal!

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Using a similar dictionary theme and adding pop art to his gallery, Kris Keefer, owner of Etsy's Loft817 shop, adds some extra variety to the list. In addition to Final Fantasy, Mario, and Legend of Zelda, Keefer's shop also boasts Pokemon and Planet Terror prints. His own game section features some pop art pieces that can be purchased in different sizes and without the dictionary print background, though these options cost more ($20 to $26, depending.)

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Patches and Stickers: Part 1

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Where to Buy: FandomCSN on Etsy

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Store Rating: 5/5 stars (17 reviews)

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Price: $5.99 for single patches, $8.99 to $19.99 for patch sets

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Bonus: This shop also features gaming belt buckles for $10.99.

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Patches and stickers make for great stocking stuffers or a little something extra to slip in with a gamer's Christmas card. They don't have to be hole-in-the-jeans exclusive either. These dress up a gamer's luggage, backpack, or purse, as well as their work or school lanyards and hats. The many uses for these small items make them a great and versatile gift for the gamer(s) in your life.

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Micah Thomas, owner of the FandomCSN shop on Etsy, offers embroidered patches in two sections of his shop. Descriptions under each patch explain exactly how to apply the patches as well. His video game themes include:

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Patches and Stickers: Part 2

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Where to Buy: Animinis on Etsy and Animinis.com

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Cost: $4 to $8 for patches, $3 to $12 for stickers

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Jessica Pizarro, owner of the Animinis shop on Etsy, offers a wide selection of Monster Hunter patches in addition to two World of Warcraft patches and a bonus Five Nights at Freddy's "Let's Eat!!!" patch for the die-hard fan. These embroidered pieces come with sew-on or iron-on options to suit the individual gamer's needs.

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Animinis ups the stocking-stuffer game with stickers celebrating some of gamers' favorite YouTubers. Pizarro sells handmade Game Grump and Markiplier sticker sets, as well as offering individual options.

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Let's be real: finding the perfect gift for the gamer(s) in your life can be a struggle and a half, especially when they've gone out and bought most of the games on their wishlist themselves. Even when this isn't the case, it isn't as if we have every gamer's library tucked away in our memory somewhere. The solution to this problem? Build off the gamer's favorites by adding merchandise to their collection.

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I'm going to take this solution one step further. Mass produced video game merchandise tends to run on the shoddy side of things, not to mention the hit your wallet will take with big brand names standing behind every product. Purchasing custom-made products negates this, supports artists, guarantees hand-made quality with a bit of research, and adds a touch of original thoughtfulness to your gift giving venture. Luckily, as far as research goes, I've done that work for you.

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Here's a gift guide to custom merchandise every gamer can enjoy, roughly arranged from least to most expensive.

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A fan's thoughts on Dragon Age: Inquisition Trespasser DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/ldbvq/a-fans-thoughts-on-dragon-age-inquisition-trespasser-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/ldbvq/a-fans-thoughts-on-dragon-age-inquisition-trespasser-dlc Sun, 13 Sep 2015 08:30:01 -0400 Dalton White I

BioWare has released the final DLC for Dragon Age Inquisition, a conclusion that's supposed to bring the story to a satisfying end, but how does it fare?

Well, its obvious from the first ten minutes that BioWare put their heart and soul into making a serious and mysterious plot while also giving your teammates plenty of conversation and wacky situations. As BioWare has previously stated, this DLC takes place around two years since the fight with Corypheus - and some, mostly the kingdom of Fereldan, are nervous about the Inquisition’s existence as an unaligned military force.

This DLC hits the ground running. 

The plot concerns the Qunari and the threat of a possible invasion via the Eluvians. There are multiple decisions that you have to make that have a solid weight to them. Even as the player is dealing with Qunari attempting to assassinate them, there is time to talk to your party members during and between the main quests.

I have to say that the interactions with these characters that I have grown to love are simply amazing. After every cutscene, where you catch up with your party members, I had a big stupid grin on my face. BioWare really knows how to write clever and witty dialogue when it comes to their main cast of characters, like in Mass Effect 3’s Citadel DLC.

Since the Qunari are invading via the Eluvians, naturally you have to pursue them, which takes you through various new areas around Ferelden and Orlais. During the main missions, there are also multiple prompts for companion dialogue, which I loved deeply.

There are many battles to fight and bosses to defeat in order to figure out why the Qunari are attacking. Puzzles were pretty common too, but they were hit or miss - some felt easy to solve, while others had me scratching my head in confusion.

And all this excitement is set a to whole bunch of new music that gives Trespasser the badass, epic feel that Dragon Age is known for.

The Eluvians

Trespasser’s true strength is that it delves deeply into the oldest history of Thedas and answers a lot of questions and leaves the player wanting more.

The ending is spectacular and definitely sets up what will hopefully be the next game in the franchise. As BioWare wanted it to, it really gives a sense of closure…for this chapter in the Dragon Age universe, at least.

If you loved Dragon Age Inquisition and have been on the fence about which DLC to buy for it, get Trespasser. Its story is well put together, the cutscenes are spectacular, and dialogue from the companions is heartfelt. Trespasser brings one last adventure for the Inquisitor and their companions, and it does so with the charming flair and style that BioWare is known for.

It's currently available for around $15 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. That might seem a bit much for some, but I guarantee that if you enjoyed the main story of Dragon Age Inquisition, this DLC is worth the admission price and gives loyal fans the closing they deserve. 

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