Katamari Damacy Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Katamari Damacy RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Essential Nintendo Switch Games for the 2020 Holiday Season https://www.gameskinny.com/c9ayx/essential-nintendo-switch-games-for-the-2020-holiday-season https://www.gameskinny.com/c9ayx/essential-nintendo-switch-games-for-the-2020-holiday-season Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:55:55 -0500 Ashley Shankle

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Sonic Mania Plus

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ESRB: E
Price: $19.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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A return to Sonic and friends' '90s form, Sonic Mania Plus goes above and beyond to recapture the wonder of the series' classic 2D roots. Sonic Mania, and by extension its further enhanced Plus version, is the best Sonic title to come out in decades and should be on any "best of" list. 

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The game features both new stages and remixed stages from the classics, with the Plus version offering brand new characters and a further remixed Encore mode. Read more about it in our review, in which it got a perfect store. 

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Katamari Damacy REROLL

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $19.99 - $29.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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This one, and the next slide, are bonuses that really should be in any library because they're that good. (We didn't include well-regarded staples in these bonus slides like Breath of the Wild because, well, we all know they're fantastic.)

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Released in 2018, Katamari Damacy REROLL is a remaster of one of gaming's strangest legacies. It's notoriously bizarre and relaxing in equal measure, and it just so happens to make good use of the Switch's Joy-Cons. It's hard to even think of anything bad to say about this game.

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Roll your way to victory, and into the King of All Cosmos' palm, to some seriously infectious music. 

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FUSER

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ESRB: T
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Nintendo eShop

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If neither Melody of Memory nor NSR suit your fancy, perhaps a more "traditional" rhythm party game will. Enter FUSER from music-game legends Harmonix. 

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Play as a DJ either playing popular songs or remixing them into your own special brew. The catalog includes 100 songs at launch from artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd, Panic! At The Disco, Childish Gambino, and many more. 

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Check out our review of FUSER to find out more, and why we said it's a "necessary" game in 2020 because of its unique multiplayer, co op play. 

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No Straight Roads

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $39.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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An action game with music in its veins, No Straight Roads sets you on a journey to topple EDM from the top of the charts and bring rock roaring back. Though that's not such an easy task with the denizens of Vinyl City after you.

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Our review notes that No Straight Roads is endearing and rhythmically satisfying, with the game's stages built to fit its soundtrack. If Melody of Memory isn't quite your cup of tea, No Straight Roads is well worth checking out. 

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Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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The Kingdom Hearts series has plenty of fantastic music, so why not make make a rhythm game out of it?

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With that question in mind, that's exactly what Square Enix did with Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, an absolute treat for fans of the Disney-Final Fantasy hybrid. Featuring 143 songs, "almost every entry in the franchise" is covered here. 

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We gave Melody of Memory a solid 8 for its "celebration of the wider series, solid rhythm mechanics, and excellent soundtrack." All said, Melody of Memory is well worth the price of admission, especially for fans of both the series and the genre.

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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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Soccer doesn't always have to be realistic, as proven in the Captain Tsubasa manga and games series. It just so happens that Rise of New Champions has two in-depth story modes and affords players the ability to create their own characters. It's more arcade-style than, say, FIFA 20, and a whole lot flashier.

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Learn more about Rise of New Champions in our review, where we said it "is legitimately the best arcade sports title to come out since Rocket League."

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

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ESRB: T
Price: $59.99
Buy it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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Sometimes a little hack n' slack musou action goes a long way, and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has plenty of it. A prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, this game explores Hyrule 100 years before that game. 

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Featuring 18 playable characters and plenty of main and side-mission content, Age of Calamity makes the most of its world, setting, and combat systems. 

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We praised the game in our review, saying it is an "expansive take on Breath of the Wild's Hyrule and its people," and that is has "engaging combat [with] lots of character and playstyle variety." It's worth checking out. 

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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

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ESRB Rating: T
Price: $39.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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An action-platformer, farming hybrid, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is surprisingly robust for something that appears so simple. Despite that, Sakuna is a deceptively deep game with realistic farming mechanics, so much so that a guide to growing real rice on the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery website is applicable to the game!

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You can read more about Sakuna and its intricacies in our review, in which it netted a perfect 10 for a "solid plot, with touching character stories, unexpected twists, and a fun riff on mythology," as well as an "incredibly detailed and rewarding farm system."

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Paper Mario: The Origami King

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ESRB: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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Paper Mario: The Origami King is the latest entry in the popular Paper Mario series, and it may be one of the best. Featuring a fantastic world and fun mechanics, this is a game that Switch owners can't afford to miss out on, even if it's a bit light on more traditional RPG systems. 

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In our review, we said that "despite a combat system that gets old quickly, Paper Mario: The Origami King's writing, puzzles, and worldbuilding make it the best entry since The Thousand-Year Door.

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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Three of Mario's most iconic 3D adventures are bundled in this one release. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64), Super Mario Sunshine (Gamecube), and Super Mario Galaxy (Wii). With their powers combined, they are one of the best buys on the Nintendo Switch.

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But it's only available until March 31, 2021! Nintendo will be pulling the limited-time release from shelves and storefronts then.

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None of these games have changed much from their original versions in this release; some of the more persnickety issues exist, but they also come alongside the same charm that's made these games timeless. Read more about them in our review

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Hades

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ESRB Rating: T
Price: $24.99
Get it on: Nintendo eShop

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One of the biggest action roguelikes to hit PC in years, Hades offers fans of the genre an endlessly perilous journey, as well as a wealth of modifiers and game modes for dedicated players to tinker and struggle with. Now, it's on the Nintendo Switch.

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If you or someone you know enjoys the roguelike genre, Hades is essentially a must-play. It didn't win Indie Game of the Year at this year's Golden Joystick Awards for nothing. 

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Read more about this visually stunning and engrossing roguelite in our review, which granted Hades a perfect 10 for "top-quality story, gameplay, music, and art direction; hours and hours of excitement and adrenaline; and plenty of humor and snark to keep you laughing."

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Ys Origin

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ESRB Rating: T
Price: $19.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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A story-driven action RPG, Ys Origin offers a narrative split between three characters and a whole lot of adventure. Fighting your way through the Darm Tower, and solving puzzles along the way, makes for one of the best experiences on the Nintendo Switch to date, even if it is a re-release of a 2006 title that's found its way to the PC, PS4, Vita, and Xbox One over the years.

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You can read more about this fluid action RPG in our review.

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Disgaea 4 Complete+

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ESRB: T
Price: $49.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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One of the most robust entries in the long-running strategy game series yet, Disgaea 4 Complete+ adds additional scenarios, higher-level spells, new features taken from Disgaea 5, and even a map editor to Disgaea 4. Of course, this all comes on top of hundreds of hours of gameplay if you get into the sweet grinding groove.

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You can read more about this strategy gaming feast in our review, where we said "Disgaea 4 Complete+ is the definitive version of the game, with upgrades galore, tons of content to get lost in, and one of the strongest casts in the series."

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Pikmin 3 Deluxe

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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As part of one of the cutest real-time strategy series around, Pikmin 3 Deluxe has players grow, assemble, and order hordes of cute little Pikmin across a strange world, all in an effort to get back to your ship and make your way home. It takes some creative thinking to push your little Pikmin to victory, but it's immensely rewarding when you do so.

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Pikmin 3 Deluxe offers both single-player and multiplayer co-op for its campaign and other modes, making it the perfect addition to your library if you're looking for something cute, fun, quirky, and playable with friends. 

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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ESRB: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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No list of essential Nintendo Switch games would be complete without one of 2020's most-defining and culturally-important games. Of course, we're talking about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. When friends and family couldn't meet in person because of a global pandemic, AC:NH was there to bring us all together.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons has an addicting, seemingly endless to-do list that keeps players coming back day after day, month after month. Exploration, crafting, decorating your little island house — there's so much to do. The game has even steadily added unique content and events since its release in March. 

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Read our review for more on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where we said "New Horizons is bursting with personality and charm, with opportunities to create something new and completely you."

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The Nintendo Switch library just keeps growing and giving, with each year bringing more stellar games to the handheld-console hybrid. Years past have given fans the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Maker 2Pokemon Sword and Shield, and other fantastic third-party titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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2020 has kept up that trend. 

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Some of the best games on the console yet have released this year, from platformers and action titles to JRPGs and roguelites. In this list, we've included some of the most essential games and best buys in the 2020 Nintendo switch library, all in the spirit of keeping you warm and toasty this holiday season. 

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Why We Need a New Katamari Damacy https://www.gameskinny.com/ywv8e/why-we-need-a-new-katamari-damacy https://www.gameskinny.com/ywv8e/why-we-need-a-new-katamari-damacy Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:57:22 -0400 Bryant Pereira

According to a post on ResetEra, Bandai Namco recently filed a trademark for Katamari Damacy Reroll. While no information has been officially announced, the title of the trademark hints at the possibility of a remaster or HD collection. The last Katamari game to release on consoles was Touch My Katamari for the PlayStation Vita in 2012. Two mobile titles, Tap My Katamari and Amazing Katamari Damacy were released in the past two years.

Other than the obvious reasons -- like six years passing since a console release and giving me an excuse to sing the incredibly catchy theme -- there couldn't be a better time for a new entry to the Katamari series.

In a console era brimming with hyper-violence, realistic graphics, and a focus on competitive gaming, giving gamers the opportunity to unwind and lose themselves in a world of quirky wonders is especially welcome. Of course, games like Donut County and the upcoming Untitled Goose Game, are scratching that itch a bit, but they still don't satisfy that feeling of rolling up every object and person in sight.

For those unaware, Katamari Damacy is a game that puts players in the minuscule shoes of The Prince of Cosmos, as he takes his magic ball and rolls different objects up around the world to increase the size of said ball. The reason for doing so? Well, your father accidentally destroyed all the stars in the cosmos and needs to replace them. Simple enough, right?

One thing that made the Katamari games so enjoyable is the way they plop you into this vibrant world with the most outrageous, nonsensical background story you're expected to live and breath from beginning to end. From the King of the Cosmos' hilarious and belittling conversations with you to the bizarre cries and sound effects of picking up stray cats and alarm clocks on the side of the road. Did I mention the phenomenal soundtrack?

Controlling the magical Katamari ball with dual stick controls is surprisingly smooth and intuitive. While it takes some getting used to, running across town picking up pieces of candy (at first) to literally pulling out homes and trees from the ground is extremely satisfying from beginning to end. The artistic flair and inescapable charm will only be accentuated on modern day consoles. 

The PS4 and Xbox One are capable of displaying vast worlds with amazing detail and superbly realistic graphics, but that doesn't mean that the additional graphical power wouldn't make a new Katamari title striking and breathtaking, too. We've seen that games like Breath of the Wild and Persona 5 can push console capabilities to their limits while staying true to their specific art style. Series creator Keita Takashi was so impressed by Bluepoint Games Shadow of the Colossus remake he tweeted them asking to remaster Katamari as well.

Pushing graphical fidelity aside, the current console generation can also give Katamari fans more of what they really want -- objects to stick to their Katamari. With better processing power, the outlandish levels can be filled to the brim with even more unique and creative items to get in the way and ultimately become a beautiful glowing star in the sky. 

Don't think we've forgotten about how Katamari and the Switch would be a match made in heaven. The pick-up and play capability of the Switch suites the gameplay of Katamari perfectly. Each level only takes about 10-15 minutes to complete (not including collectibles), and the low-stress, wacky play style fits excellently with handheld play. Touch My Katamari and the mobile games gave us a taste of what portable Katamari can be, but we're ready to see that taken to the next level. The delay of the Nintendo Direct this week has us on the edge of our seat when it comes to possible announcements.

Whether an HD collection, a full-on remaster, or a new entry to the series, the time for a new Katamari Damacy game is upon us. Unless of course, it's a gacha-styled game playing on the 'Reroll' part of the title, in which case, we'll be patiently waiting for our beloved King of Cosmos to bless us once more.  

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10 Video Games That Are True Works of Art https://www.gameskinny.com/jq2ey/10-video-games-that-are-true-works-of-art https://www.gameskinny.com/jq2ey/10-video-games-that-are-true-works-of-art Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:19:35 -0500 spacechaser

Are video games art? This much-debated topic has plagued gaming journalism and the gaming community for years now. To answer that question, one must first answer another: what is art?

"the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power." - Google Dictionary

By that definition, video games should be considered art. Here's another excellent GameSkinny article on the subject, if you still need convincing. And on that note, here are 10 games that are, undoubtedly, works of art.

1. Journey

One of the most visually stunning games in existence, some people have even equated playing Journey to having a spiritual experience. Like some of the other titles in this article, Journey is a completely wordless game. The only way to communicate with any partners you're paired up with during your play through is with pinging noises and jumping, but somehow just having someone with you to experience the beautiful and nerve-wracking adventure is reassuring and comforting.

2. Darkest Dungeon

Perhaps a surprise entry on this list, Darkest Dungeon is a specific brand of beautiful. Suffice to say, this game wouldn't be as effective as it is without its disturbing monsters and moody lighting. Together with its punishing gameplay, Darkest Dungeon's ominous narrator and characters work to make a game that's both frustrating and impossible to put down.

3. Hyper Light Drifter

A dark and atmospheric post-apocalyptic adventure, Hyper Light Drifter merges beautiful visuals and somber electronic music to create a frightening world. This game is equal parts stunning and horrific, and is living proof that the two aren't mutually exclusive.

4. Super Mario Odyssey

Nintendo's newest Super Mario title is probably the most joyful game of the year. Each Kingdom is lovingly sculpted down to the smallest detail and is full of secrets and funny characters. The scenery is bright and colorful to reflect its lightheartedness, with plenty of difficult puzzles and platforming to keep you on your toes.

5. The Witness

This confounding and beautiful game has no story, no purpose, and no people. The Witness is a first person puzzle game with surprises around every corner, quite literally. It's a good thing the environment in this game is gorgeous, because you'll spend hours staring at it in wonder only to discover its hidden meaning in an epiphany that hits your brain not unlike an electric shock.

6. Bioshock

In a terrifying undersea city full of bloodthirsty drug addicts, Bioshock makes it very clear that you can't trust anyone unless they're a hacked robot. There's a kind of wonder and disappointment that comes while exploring Rapture that makes you wish you'd seen it in its prime. The dilapidated city is simultaneously beautiful, sad, and scary. 

7. Gone Home

Starting out, Gone Home seems like a typical scary game, with something terrifying ready to jump out a you from every shadow. As you go on however, this game reveals itself to be so much more. With beautiful writing and highly detailed environments, Gone Home is a sad and emotional story, told through its setting more than through its narration.

8. Okami

Based on traditional Japanese calligraphy, Okami's visual style is unique in the gaming world. The earthy, natural colors of the human world help the brighter, magical elements pop. Though other games have used a similar cell-shading technique, Okami captures the feeling of being in a storybook, recounting the tale of the Shinto goddess who saved the world from darkness. 

9. Katamari Damacy

Another bizarre series of games, Katamari Damacy combines a hilarious concept with a cartoony style to bring its world to life. This game is chock full of silly objects and colorful characters. Katamari is just fun to look at, and is a joyful experience that'll make you want to come back and play again after you're done.

10. SUPERHOT

This list would be incomplete without including at least one VR game, so here it is. SUPERHOT is a challenging, visually captivating fps that uses color to differentiate between important elements. Through various fourth-wall breaks and, of course, the use of VR, SUPERHOT makes the player feel like they're actually in the game. 

So... are video games art? 

Even with simple games, or joke games, art had to be created for it to exist. Textures, sprites, character models, and even coding are forms of art in themselves. It seems unlikely that when artists join forces to create something, the result of the project isn't art. 

What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Groundbreaking Games That Are Mostly Forgotten Today https://www.gameskinny.com/1aak4/5-groundbreaking-games-that-are-mostly-forgotten-today https://www.gameskinny.com/1aak4/5-groundbreaking-games-that-are-mostly-forgotten-today Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:01 -0400 Jared Elliott

Gaming has come a long way since the golden age of Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario World -- yes, I was an SNES kid -- and what was once an esoteric hobby is now a booming industry, owing in part to the millennials who spent dozens of hours playing Ocarina of Time back in 1998 and now have the money to do more-or-less the same thing today.

Just as gaming grew as an industry, so did developers' persuasion toward creative risk. This led to a significant advancement in the world of video games during the 2000's - titles like Silent Hill 2IcoShadow of the Colossus, and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time showed the world that videogames are not only a form of entertainment, but also can be captivating works deserving of artistic merit and cultural recognition.

It was during this time that some of the wackiest, most obscure video games were developed and released. Many were critically successful, yet too far removed from conventional tastes to be commercially viable. Nonetheless, the titles on this list all have two things in common: Long-lasting influence (regardless of initial popularity) and innovative gameplay. These are five groundbreaking games that flew under the radar upon release and reside in the shadows of obscurity today:

5. Frequency (2001, PS2)

Today, Harmonix Studios is best-known for developing the popular Guitar Hero and Rock Band series, in which players strum, sing, or drum notes to the rhythm of popular songs - however, Harmonix introduced this gameplay concept four years before Guitar Hero with their first major release, Frequency.

Frequency featured a total of 27 songs, many of which were written and produced in-house by musicians and developers at Harmonix. As mentioned earlier, Frequency was very similar in concept to Guitar Hero and Rock Band - the player controls a "blaster," which hops between dedicated tracks for vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and synth, "blasting" notes in rhythm to produce musical notes and drum beats. At the time, Frequency was utterly unique in design and gameplay - yet in the words of artistic director Ryan Lesser, "It didn't sell very well."

Despite lackluster sales, Frequency spawned a sequel two years later, Amplitude, which featured a tracklist consisting of music from numerous popular artists, including David Bowie, Run DMC, Slipknot, Garbage, and Weezer. Amplitude was a major critical (yet still not commercial) success which opened the door for Harmonix to develop Guitar Hero in 2005. Since Amplitude's 2003 release, demand for a sequel remained astronomical and eventually led to the PS4 release of a reboot in January of 2016 - that's 13 years later!

4. Penumbra: Overture (2007, PC)

It would not be hyperbolic to credit Frictional Games, Inc. for revolutionizing the video game horror genre with Penumbra: Overture, the spiritual predecessor to the much more widely-known Amnesia: The Dark Descent. While a multitude of third-person survival-horror games were developed long before 2007, Penumbra was one of the first in its genre to offer a terrifying experience in the first-person perspective.

Gameplay in Penumbra was essentially a primitive version of that found in Amnesia - the player must carefully slip through the darkness of creepy environments, completely defenseless against a variety of hostile creatures. The plot of Penumbra was revealed through its gameplay and setting, but only to players who had enough bravery to stare where common sense tells most to look away.

Though neither Penumbra: Overture nor its direct sequels were commercial successes, they along with Amnesia laid the groundwork for modern renditions of the same gameplay concept, most notably the ill-fated Hideo Kojima project Silent Hills and the upcoming Resident Evil: Biohazard. Although critics were dissatisfied with the controls of each game, their survival-horror elements received great praise for their ingenuity and effectiveness in scaring the pants off its players - which is why the grand-daddy of them all, Penumbra: Overture, deserves special recognition.

3. Onimusha: Warlords (2001, PS2)

Capcom is no stranger to the survival-horror genre, with legendary titles such as Resident Evil and Devil May Cry cemented in public memory long after their respective debuts.  A few months before the release of Devil May Cry, however, Capcom offered an equally unique, yet somewhat forgotten experience in the form of Onimusha: Warlords.

Set in the 16th century Sengoku period of Japanese history, Onimusha drew heavily from the mythos of that period and gracefully integrated its ancient legends into the plot and gameplay. The player character, Samanosuke, uses mystical weapons, arcane spells, and inimitable wit to defeat the demonic forces of Oda Nobunaga, Onimusha's primary antagonist. It was the first game which successfully applied elements of survival-horror to a plot steeped in Japanese historical fiction - and boy, was it a fun ride. The game drips with tense action, dubious characters, and moments that are scary enough to keep players awake at night.

Onimusha's mythological influence, foreboding atmosphere, and nuanced lore went on to influence later games such as Dark Souls while spawning several sequels of its own. Though it was both a critical and commercial hit after its release, its memory is somewhat occluded by its more widely-publicized sequels. As a result, Onimusha: Warlords is largely forgotten outside of the gamers who lived the experience 15 years ago. And that's quite a shame, considering it was widely regarded as one of the best games released that decade.

2. Katamari Damacy (2004, PS2)

Literally translated as "Clump Soul," Katamari Damacy was a game that was as bizarre and confusing as its name - but charmingly so. Rarely attempting to make sense of itself, Katamari had the freedom to get weird. And it did so with reckless abandon, leaving players' eyebrows permanently raised at the screen.

The premise of Katamari Damacy was simple - sort of. The deific King of All Cosmos has wiped all of the stars from the sky as a result of his binge drinking, and it is the duty of the 5cm tall player character, the Prince, to clean up after the King's mess. This is accomplished with the aid of a magical ball (a katamari) which sticks to anything smaller than itself, eventually causing the ball to reach gargantuan proportions as it picks up bigger and bigger objects in a snowball effect. The giant ball is then used to replace a star in the sky. Rinse and repeat.

The charm of Katamari Damacy arose from its nonsensical humor and entertaining gameplay. The objects which stick to the Prince's magical ball are very small at first, such as thumbtacks, but eventually the ball will pick up cars, cows, trees, entire towns, and even mountains until it reaches a size that is appropriately astronomical. Though it never transcended "sleeper hit" status, Katamari Damacy remains notable for the unabashed creativity which inspired developers to take risks with their own creations.

1. Viewtiful Joe (2003, Gamecube)

Another Capcom release, Viewtiful Joe combined elements from each of the games above to craft a truly remarkable experience. It offered the playability of Frequency, the innovation of Penumbra: Overture, the cinematic flair of Onimusha: Warlords, and the zaniness of Katamari Damacy all rolled into one "viewtiful" package.

Taking the form of a 2D, side-scrolling beat-em-up, Viewtiful Joe puts the player in the shoes of unremarkable Joe, whose girlfriend is abducted by the villain of a movie they are watching. She is taken to the aptly-named Movieland, where Joe must rescue her. Along the way, Joe picks up a cheesy costume and some very cool superpowers which he uses to fight enemies during his journey.

Viewtiful Joe reinvented the side-scroller with its gorgeous cel-shaded graphics, addictive gameplay, and surprisingly captivating story. Superpowers such as slowing and speeding-up time made combat a blast, and were integrated into the game's many platforming elements in a seamless and creative fashion. This allowed the developers at Capcom to make the most of the various environments discovered in Viewtiful Joe, from underground caves to bustling cities.

Since its release in 2003, Viewtiful Joe has spawned a few spinoffs which have made the titular character something of a lesser-known mascot in the same vein as Sonic or Mario. An original experience is usually the best, however, and this remains true to Viewtiful Joe. Sadly, that experience is not remembered as often as it should be. If you haven't experienced Viewtiful Joe, you are missing out on one of the most memorable games of the decade.

And There You Have It...

As gaming continues to grow stronger as an industry, and as new generations of gamers come forth, it's important to remember the titles which elevated gaming from a childhood hobby to a sophisticated, artistic form of expression and entertainment. These are my picks for the top five games that made an impact, but aren't remembered as much as they should be. That being said, everyone may have a different opinion - and I'm curious to know what that is. Do you agree with this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Tap My Katamari guide: Become a rolling star with these tips! https://www.gameskinny.com/2c5nk/tap-my-katamari-guide-become-a-rolling-star-with-these-tips https://www.gameskinny.com/2c5nk/tap-my-katamari-guide-become-a-rolling-star-with-these-tips Tue, 05 Jul 2016 04:29:58 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

After a painfully long incubation period, Tap My Katamari is finally out on iOS and Android devices worldwide. Don't be fooled, though-- this is no ordinary Katamari game. Tap My Katamari is an endless "cosmic clicker" that can quickly become frustrating if you don't prioritize correctly. Luckily, we have prepared an in-depth Tap My Katamari guide chock-full of tips and trips so that you can roll happy.

Getting Started

First of all, as stated above, Tap My Katamari is a far cry from previous games in the series. The gameplay is simple, players need only tap the screen to advance the Katamari and pick up items. As you pick up items, you gain coins which can be used to buy a bunch of different things that we'll get into later in the Tap My Katamari guide.

Before you start the game for the first time, it's helpful to get to know the three main statistics you'll be dealing with and upgrading along the way. The green Prince icon refers to your tap power, and affects how much the Katamari moves when you tap the screen. The orange Cousin icon refers to your Cousin power, and affects how many coins you'll accrue when you're not actually playing the game. The last icon is a combination of the two, and gives percentage-based bonuses to both. This last stat is the most important one, and should be prioritized as you progress through Tap My Katamari.

In the early stages of the game, before you graduate to the Garden, it's prudent to focus mostly on upgrading your tap power by leveling up your Prince. The going can be painfully slow early on, but things will speed up.

As you start to gain more coins, begin to focus on buying Cousins. This will allow you to take a break when you hit progression walls, then come back in an hour or two and have a significant amount of coins waiting for you. Generally, it is more cost effective to stockpile coins and save up to buy new Cousins as soon as you can afford them instead of leveling up your existing Cousins. There will be time for that later.

On Cousins and Tap My Katamari Mojos

By this point in our guide, you'll be at Tap My Katamari's Garden stage, or you'll at least be pretty close to it. You should have some candy at your disposal, as well as access to all the menus. The first thing you should do at this point is tab over to the mushroom menu and activate Coin Fever by watching a short ad. This will double your coins for 4 hours, and can be reactivated as soon as that 4 hours is up. There's no reason not to have it active all the time.

For that matter, you really should be watching the ads whenever the game prompts you. Watching these ads lets you double your away-from-game earnings and trigger events that can really net you lots of in-game currency.

Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about the Mojos in Tap My Katamari. Each Cousin has a randomly assigned set of Mojos that can be unlocked as they level up. These Mojos range in level from 1 to 6, and can affect the game's main three stats, increase critical hit rate, and boost the amount of coins you receive.

As stated before in this guide, the optimal Tap My Katamari strategy is to stockpile coins until you can afford new Cousins, because this boosts your Cousin power more effectively. That said, check your existing Cousins first. If any of them have valuable Mojos, or even not-so-valuable Mojos that are of a high level, it is often worth unlocking those first. After testing, here are the most valuable Mojos that the Cousins can have:

  • Helpful (Boosts both Tap power and Cousin power)
  • Magical (Boosts Tap power)
  • Smart (Increases value of coins)
  • Energetic (Boosts Tap power by a certain percentage of Cousin power. This is incredibly useful if you have stockpiled coins to max out your Cousin power.)

Of course, all of the Mojos are helpful, but those four should be prioritized. As a final note on Mojos, ignore the Powerful Mojo unless it is available for your cousin with the highest Cousin power level. Since this Mojo gives a boost only to that Cousin, it quickly becomes obsolete as more powerful Cousins are bought.

It's incredibly important to remember that Mojos are the same no matter which Cousin uses them. This means that it's always more cost-effective to level up a weaker Cousin to unlock their Mojos, since the Mojo will be just as powerful as if it belonged to a stronger Cousin with a more expensive level-up cost.

The Prince's abilities

The Prince has 3 abilities, but you only really need to worry about two of them. The Charge and Roll ability is almost useless, and only worth getting because its cool-down is 10 minutes as opposed to a half-hour or longer. Buy it, but don't spend many coins upgrading it.

The Magnetic Heart ability is handy, if only because it can help you cheese through tougher time attack stages. It puts the Katamari into hyperspeed for a while, and you can boost that speed even further by tapping along. Feel free to upgrade this one at your own leisure. Don't make it a priority.

The last ability, and the best one, is the Coin Soul ability, which simply lets you tap the screen wildly for 30 seconds, gathering coins for each tap. Upgrade this one whenever you can. 

Candy and special Cousins

As you roll, you'll start to accumulate a stockpile of candy. Never, ever, ever use it on anything other than purchasing special Cousins and upgrading them. The reason for this is that as your Katamari grows, you'll be able to turn it into a star in exchange for Star points. When you do this, everything resets -- your Prince's level, your Cousins, your coins, everything.

Well...that is, everything except your special Cousins (and any Star points or Presents you may have collected). Use your candy on purchasing special Cousins, leveling them up, and changing their Mojos to the most valuable ones. Ideally, you want all of your special Cousins to have Mojos at level 4 or greater in one of the four most valuable Mojo types.

This also means that you're really going to want to ignore pretty much everything in the mushroom tab, unless you've shelled out real-world money for your Candy and you have a bunch of it burning a hole in your pocket. Personally, I still think you should just spend it on special Cousins.

Making a star, Star points and Presents

When the Prince hits level 600, he'll be able to make his Katamari into a star, and you'll be awarded Star points based on your Prince's level, your Cousins' collective levels, and the stage you are at. An important tip for Tap my Katamari is that if you're really in need of more candy, hold off on making a star. Candy is much easier to come by in later stages than it is earlier on in the game.

That said, you shouldn't hesitate to make your first star, assuming you'll get somewhere in the ballpark of 30 Star points for it. And once you do make that star, go crazy purchasing Presents. These will make your life so much easier when you start over with a brand new Katamari, and the same rule applies as with the Cousins -- it's usually better to get a new Present than to upgrade an existing one.

There are exceptions to this rule of course, however. Items like the Camera that increase the amount of objects in the stage should be prioritized heavily, along with items like the Coin Purse that drop upgrade costs. In addition, anything that offers massive increases to the stat that offers bonuses to both Tap and Cousin power is worth upgrading as well.

As you gain more presents and learn how they work, prioritization will become easier and easier. The flip side to this is that new presents and upgrades will become more expensive, so after your first Katamari, it is optimal to wait longer before making Katamaris into stars to max out the amount of Star points you get from them in the end.

Final Notes

This guide to Tap My Katamari should help you optimize your purchases so that you're not wasting time (or coins!) during play. Having said that, if you hit a progression wall, simply put the game down for a few hours. Remember that Tap My Katamari is generous with the coins it gives you while you're not actually playing the game, and that if you have upgraded and unlocked your Cousins correctly, you'll return to enough coinage to buy your way through to the next stage.

If you're more impatient, just wait for your Coin Soul or Magnetic Heart abilities to refresh, and you'll be able to progress that way as well.

Tap My Katamari is a joyful little clicker, one that uses ads in a smart way and doesn't make in-app-purchases necessary. There's a lot of fun to be had here for fans of the clicker genre, from the bright visuals to the catchy remixes of classic Katamari Damacy tracks. Be sure to download it ASAP from the app store and put our Tap My Katamari guide to work today, and start rolling up those stars!

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Gotta go fast: The ultimate workout playlist for gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/va14a/gotta-go-fast-the-ultimate-workout-playlist-for-gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/va14a/gotta-go-fast-the-ultimate-workout-playlist-for-gamers Tue, 05 Jul 2016 06:30:01 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

The sun is shining, the air is rich with the smell of cut grass, and birds are chirping all around. Summer is upon us, which means that it's time for us gamers to catch up on our fitness regimen. But before you boot up your couch-to-5k app, let us give you a powerup: a gamer's workout playlist composed exclusively of video game music and their remixes.

The Gamer's Workout Playlist Manual

SAFETY WARNING: The Gamer's Workout Playlist can cause inspiration, perspiration, determination, and motivation in a large percentage of listeners. If you experience any of these symptoms, immediately begin physical activity. GameSkinny Inc. is not liable for any damages caused by your increased level of strength, health, or attractiveness. Call your doctor if your motivation lasts for longer than 4 hours.

Congratulations!

You are now the owner of a custom-made workout playlist designed specifically with gamers in mind. The playlist is embedded below for your convenience, so mash the play button and we'll give you the grand tour.

The playlist begins with, appropriately enough, a song from Sonic Rush. Vela-Nova, by the incomparable Hideki Naganuma (the man behind the soundtracks to the Jet Set Radio games), is an upbeat and lighthearted track, perfect for some warm-up cardio. 

The upbeat mood will carry through, as dj-Jo's hard-pulsing remix of Cherry Blossom Color Season from the Katamari Damacy series of games carries you from your warm-up to the meat of your workout. Commit to your workout with all of the strength of a tiny prince pushing an impossibly large ball across the country.

This song is followed by another remix, the Rock Men's fast-paced and hard-rocking cover of Dr. Wily's Stage 1 music from the original Mega Man game. Following that track is an uplifting and inspirational track from Undertale, as well as another Hideki Naganuma track, this one from Jet Set Radio Future.

As we hit the meat of this gamer's workout playlist, the intensity of your workout should increase along with the intensity of the music. To ensure that this happens, we added in one of MYRONE's tracks from the upcoming racing game Drift Stage: a high-BPM eurobeat song guaranteed to keep your pace up. 

Two Capcom tracks follow this one, the first being the theme from Concrete Man's stage in Mega Man 9, and the second being Ken's montage-worthy theme from Street Fighter 2. You can't do a Shin Shoryuken without having killer quadriceps.

Cash Cash's remix of Escape from the City from Sonic Generations comes next, as we move into the latter portion of the playlist. The songs that follow after are more intense, and suited for strenuous activity

The first is Steel for Humans, a determination-filled track from The Witcher 3, followed by Nestalgica's rock cover of the training theme from Punch-Out!!!. Rounding out this three-song gauntlet is the classic Mjolnir mix of the theme from Halo.

We know you're tired. Just a bit more.

dj-Jo makes a second appearance on the playlist for the second-to-last song, a hardcore electronic cover of the Gourmet Race theme from the Kirby games. At this point in the workout playlist for gamers, if you're not completely exhausted, push harder until you are. If you don't, Dedede'll beat you to the goal.

And you don't want to lose to that fat fuck.

We close out with a triumphant track, Dj Cutman and Kevin Villecco's cover of Strike the Earth from Shovel Knight. This is your cool-down, so bask in the glory and honor you've earned through this strenuous workout

Below, you'll find the gamer's workout playlist in its entirety, calibrated and optimized for you to add to your Spotify library and by extension, your fitness regimen. So go ahead, go to the gym and start working on your STR, DEX, and CON. Oh, and if you don't have a workout in mind, allow us to suggest this one, inspired by the Pokemon games.

What is your favorite video game track to work out to? Let us know in the comments!

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The Best of MomoCon 2016 Cosplay: Video Game Edition https://www.gameskinny.com/iwlg6/the-best-of-momocon-2016-cosplay-video-game-edition https://www.gameskinny.com/iwlg6/the-best-of-momocon-2016-cosplay-video-game-edition Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:04:23 -0400 Kat De Shields

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Splatoon
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One wouldn't think a game about squids, aka Inklings, and colorful paint would be a hit, but this game is definitely a lot of fun. We're just glad the Splatoon cosplayers we came across didn't start a turf war. 

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Undertale 
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This game took the indie world by storm, so we knew we'd run into some Mettatons and Comic Sans. 

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It's all about the ratings, baby. 

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Final Fantasy
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No convention would be complete without the presence of some Final Fantasy badassery. We also love Princess Peach's unintentional photobomb. 

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Dragon Age: Inquisition 
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You can never go wrong with cosplaying a knight from this wildly popular fantasy RPG.

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Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter 
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Kitana, Jade and Scorpion from Mortal Kombat and a guest appearance by Street Fighter's Vega makes for one epic team of ass whoopin'. 

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 Dark Souls
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We all know that Dark Souls is supposed to be hard AF, and we were excited to see our favorite knight still standing. We must have caught him between boss fights. 

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I wonder if he beat the tutorial.

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Silent Hill 2
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Silent Hill 2's Pyramid Head is symbolic just as much as it is creepy. These Pyramid Head cosplays were on point. (Get it? On point?)

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Star Wars: Battlefront
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Stormtroopers, Shadowtroopers, and Imperial TIE Pilots galore. There's nothing half as satisfying as Star Wars cosplay done right. 

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[Ebony and Ivory...er..wait.]

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[Shadow Troopers look so damn cool]

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Overwatch
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Though we expected a lot more Overwatch cosplay at MomoCon, we were happy to see Tracer protecting the Mystery Machine. We would have loved to see the infamous butt pose, though. 

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Super Mario Bros.
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Mario and Luigi are two of the most recognizable video game characters out there. Props to this plumbing duo for putting a steampunk spin on a classic cosplay. 

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PacMan
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A fun aspect of cosplay is taking existing characters and adding a new spin to them. These three PacMan ghosts took their fandom to the next level and designed their costumes to mimic astronaut ghosts from a t-shirt design/short story called The Madness of Mission 6. It's a totally worth the three-minute read. The shirt is available for purchase here. 

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So much more intimidating than the ghosts in retro PacMan.

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 Katamari Damacy
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It's always fun to see cosplay for those weird games that become cult classics. The Prince's Cousins, Kuro and Opeo, were in the house at MomoCon representing Katamari Damacy

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Kuro (the guy on the left) had all of his poses down pat! 

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 Halo
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We were stoked to see Halo represented with this awesome cosplay of Master Chief. 

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100% BAMF

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Let's all be honest. Apart from amazing panels, celebrity appearances, art and announcements, we also love attending conventions for the cosplay. At MomoCon 2016 in Atlanta, games, movies and animes were well represented by convention goers, and we're here to share some of our favorites. 

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8 PS2 games that need the PS4 upgrade treatment https://www.gameskinny.com/oub5o/8-ps2-games-that-need-the-ps4-upgrade-treatment https://www.gameskinny.com/oub5o/8-ps2-games-that-need-the-ps4-upgrade-treatment Mon, 20 Jun 2016 23:46:39 -0400 Anthony Pelone

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That's our top picks! As the PlayStation 4's PS2 library grows, we hope it will include most, if not all, of these classic titles. With the PlayStation 2 library being so massive, you may be able to forgive Sony for taking so long.

Did we leave out your favorite PS2 game? Let us know in the comments below!

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8. Okami
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Our last game is Clover Studio's final hurrah for Capcom. In what's perhaps the PS2's stylized title, Okami blends cel-shaded graphics with Japanese mythology, producing a stunning world that still awes today. Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess who takes the form of a wolf, must utilize her Celestial Brush to rejuvenate the world and take on the forces of Orochi.

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Okami was rereleased in HD for PS3, but has yet to be ported for PS4. Another HD update could go a long way in rendering this beautiful title even more gorgeous. Also while we're at it, why don't we let Kamiya make Okami 2?

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7. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
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This unexpected sleeper hit took the JRPG world by storm in 2008. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (or just Persona 3 for short) revolves around unlocking the secrets of the Dark Hour, a time period that begins before one day ends and another begins. To prevent its shadows from feasting on human minds, local high-schoolers (including the silent protagonist named by the player) must summon Personas, or manifestations of their spirits, to combat them.  Since this is high school, you can also expect some platonic/romantic hijinks.

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There has yet to be any HD updates of Persona 3 or its sequel, Persona 4. Perhaps Atlus would be kind enough to bundle the Persona 3 FES, which was something of a director's cut.

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6. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
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The mind-bending story of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty may have been too much for someone, but everyone loves Snake Eater. The journey of Naked Snake (who's not really naked) as he sneaks through the jungles and mountains of the Soviet Union is perhaps the PS2's most dynamic, as he forages for food, utilizes camouflage, fights an elderly sniper who's on death's door, and encounters betrayal after betrayal. It also has crotch-grabbing.

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Snake Eater was featured on the PS3's Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, and we'd love to see them again on PS4. I mean, who still doesn't tear up after that ending?

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5. Katamari Damacy
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From the whimsical mind of Keita Takahashi comes PS2's quirkiest game. After the King of all Cosmos destroys the night stars in a drunken frenzy, the Prince is tasked with rolling a katamari, a sticky ball that glues everyone and everything onto its surface. He uses this katamari to roll up the planet Earth, much to the dismay of humans, cows and thunder gods alike while Japanese pop songs play in the background. Meanwhile, a Japanese boy watches this unfold on the news, having absolutely nothing to do with the story until the hilarious twist ending.

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Katamari Damacy and its sequel, We Love Katamari, are perhaps the secret masterpieces of PlayStation 2, yet have never been upgraded to HD. Namco, could you please look inside your inner katamari and introduce the Que Sera Sera song to a new generation? We want to wad them up into our lives, you see.

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4. Tales of the Abyss
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Tales of Symphonia may be the Western Tales favorite, but this PS2 classic shouldn't be overlooked. Tales of the Abyss' meaty story is perhaps the series' grimmest, forcing the bratty Luke fon Fabre to engage in a genuinely heartfelt coming-of-age arc. The fact that it builds upon the addictive combo-based battle system ain't half-bad, either.

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We'd love to see an HD remaster for PS4, as the game can be difficult to find and hardly matches the graphical prowess of other games on this list. Let's not get ahead of ourselves however, Namco's Symphonia remasters for PS3 and PC were more than a little sloppy. Then there's the matter of how Namco's struggled to transition the series into HD (not to mention their stagnant mediocrity, but that's another topic). We'll keep our fingers crossed for a proper HD port, but you may want to grab the 3DS version if the PS2 used copies are too expensive for you.

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3. Dynasty Warriors 2
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Warriors games--or Musou, depending on your preferred terminology--are still going strong, so why not reintroduce the one that started it all? Dynasty Warriors 2 wasn't just a PS2 launch title; it forged a new series (perhaps even genre?) featuring 3D crowd combat, hack n' slash combat and capturing bases. Don't be fooled by the "2" numbering: the original Dynasty Warriors was a simple one-on-one fighter.

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Dynasty Warriors 2 was released on PS3's PSN back in 2012...but only in Japan. Perhaps that renders a Western rerelease all the more unlikely, but that it launched a popular franchise (which inspired spin-offs based off Zelda, Gundam, Dragon Quest and One Piece) means it deserves an HD uplifting.

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2. Kingdom Hearts
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Square-Enix's bizarre JRPG crossover with Disney has enchanted millions of hearts around the globe, as the anticipation for Kingdom Hearts 3 has been circulating for a decade now. But as amusing as the peppy sugar rush of Kingdom Hearts 2 is, there's just something special about the original title. Before the series dived into a convoluted mess of clones, data worlds and confusing name titles, it was simply a soul-searching journey of anime children interacting with the likes of Donald Duck, Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh. And Cloud Strife.

Like Devil May Cry, the Kingdom Hearts series received an ample HD uplift on PS3, albeit split into two separate collections: the 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIXes. Director Tetsuya Nomura has repeatedly teased their arrival on PS4, but there's no explicit confirmation. For now, we'll just have to settle for winter's Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (seriously, who comes up with these names?)

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1. Devil May Cry
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The game that launched director Hideki Kamiya into action-game stardom. What started out as a Resident Evil title grew into one of the most innovative, influential games of the sixth generation; with its stylish action and brutal difficulty. Be it the appeal of pulling off combos or its unique spin on Dante's Inferno (not the least of which is the main character himself, a bad boy who alternates between dual pistols and swords), it kept players coming back for more.

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While all three Devil May Cry games on PS2 received an HD collection on PS3, the PS4 is, sadly, not backwards compatible. We'd love to see the original return alongside 3: Dante's Awakening for PS4, although perhaps Devil May Cry 2 is better left forgotten.

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Let's step back for a moment and look over the list of downloadable PlayStation 2 games on PlayStation 4. As Sony only just got around to the service last December, it's not a terrible line-up, but we're missing quite a number of classics on the service. Let's be real though, even if the service took too long, updating PS2 games into HD, adding trophy support and including Remote Play isn't as simple as flicking a switch. We may as well deal with waiting, although Japan has yet to receive a single PS2 game on the service.

In the meantime, we can't help but wonder: what are the PS2 games that should be next in line? For this list, I've selected 8 classics that deserve the HD treatment.

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The best and worst dads of gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/dvkac/the-best-and-worst-dads-of-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/dvkac/the-best-and-worst-dads-of-gaming Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:30:01 -0400 Ty Arthur

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That wraps up our rankings of the best and worst father figures from every era and platform of the video game universe. What did you think of our list and who should have made the cut that we missed?

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Here at Gameskinny we'd like to wish a very fond happy Father's Day to all the gaming daddy's out there! What games have you gotten your kids into and are they beating your high scores yet?

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For all the gaming momma's – we didn't forget about you! You get your own list of amazing and terrifying mothers right here.

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King Of All Cosmos – Katamari Damacy

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This hilarious father figure from the Katamari series also previously made our list of the most outrageous and least inspiring quotes in all gaming for his relentlessly negative speech.

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A bumbling creator god, the King frequently accidentally destroys existence, then tasks his kids with fixing everything for him.

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The King definitely doesn't believe in coddling his children, or even giving them any sort of positive reinforcement. I can't tell you how many times I heard the sad music in Beautiful Katamari as the King said “Here's a tip: you can do better!”

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In one instance if you fail a level, he goes on a massive tirade about what a slacker his son the Prince truly is and how sad it is he has such a loser for a son... while he hurls giant pool balls at you!

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Joel – The Last Of Us

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Dang, Joel fights hard to save his daughter in the opening segment of The Last Of Us, but alas, it wasn't meant to be, and she's an early casualty in the end of the world.

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After turning into a hardened killer who does what it takes to survive in a world gone mad, Joel goes even more nuts to protect surrogate daughter Ellie. That dedication to protecting her actually dooms the world, making him the best dad, but perhaps worst human being.

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Sole Survivor – Fallout 4

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Whether the Sole Survivor is a fantastic dad or a really, really bad one sort of depends on how you play, but honestly it's pretty hard to be a good father in this game. Who seriously followed only the main story line quests from beginning to end without doing ANYTHING on the side? 

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Sure, your kid has been kidnapped out of time from a cryogenic facility, but there's lots to do out there in the Commonwealth, and eventually something is going to draw you away.

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Whether it's the lure of caps, all those super needy settlements that Preston Garvey is so excited to tell you about, or maybe even the mysteries to be discovered in Far Harbor, it's a good bet you'll spend some time forgetting all about little Shaun.

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The Lone Wanderer's Dad – Fallout 3

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Who doesn't want Liam Neeson as a dad? I mean, he'd go to crazy lengths to get you back! Although in Fallout 3, he's a lot less of the dad from Taken than a mild mannered scientist trying to make a difference.

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James gives up his scientific pursuits to bring pure water to the wasteland to care for his son in Vault 101. Of course, the lure of science and progress pulls him out of the Vault and onto a new quest, with the Lone Wanderer following in his footsteps as the two go on adventures together across the wasteland.

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In a stunning example of fatherly love, if you blow up Megaton and tell him about it, he totally forgives you. I'm honestly not sure if that's good or bad parenting. Later on in the game, James sacrifices himself so the Lone Wanderer can escape the Enclave soldiers.

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Kratos – God Of War

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You've got to give it to Kratos for really sending some mixed messages and exemplifying both ends of the good/bad spectrum.

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On the one hand, he went on an epic quest to find Ambrosia to save his daughter from plague. On the other, he then subsequently killed his wife and daughter.

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Sure, he was sort of tricked into doing it by Ares, but he still did it, and then spends the rest of the series killing every god he comes across in response.

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Barret Wallace – Final Fantasy 7

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Another non-biological dad, Barret adopts Marlene after Shinra massacres everyone in Corel. He's constantly struggling between wanting to be around his daughter – who by all accounts is turning out to be a polite and pleasant little girl despite her roughshod father – and going off to battle monsters and corporations to save the planet.

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Adam Fenix – Gears Of War

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Although very bad for both humanity and locust (what with engineering the hammer of dawn strikes and then literally killing all locust everywhere), Adam was apparently very good to his son, who felt a fanatical loyalty to Adam.  The Gears hero Marcus ends up spending years in prison when he abandons his post in a doomed attempt save his dad.

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When the two are finally reunited years later in Azura, Adam is more than a little apologetic for all he cost his son. In the upcoming Gears Of War 4 we'll get to find out if Marcus is any better a dad, as his son will be one of the main characters in the next generation.

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Harry Mason – Silent Hill

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Unlike James Sunderland from Silent Hill 2, Harry Mason isn't secretly the antagonist who killed his whole family, so he's already got that going for him.

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In the original Silent Hill that really kicked the survival horror craze into high gear, poor Harry just wants to find his daughter and get the heck out of the creepy city filled with evil monsters and crazy religious zealots.

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He goes through some severe craziness to ultimately achieve his goal and prevent her from being used as a conduit for an evil god. Eventually in Silent Hill 3, Harry actually dies for his daughter.

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Lee Everett – The Walking Dead Season 1

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The first of several non-biological fathers we'll cover, after coming across Clementine during the zombie apocalypse, Lee Everett more than rises to the occasion of raising a little girl who isn't his own.

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From figuring out how to cut hair to finding a way to feed Clementine and even teaching her important life lessons while the world slides into horror, Lee is a hell of a surrogate dad.

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Even in his dying act he toughens up Clementine, making her more prepared for the way the world has become.

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The fathers of the gaming world are frequently an ill-fated bunch, always either dying to spur their offspring on to save the world, or having their kids die so they embark on revenge missions.

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I'm a new father myself, with my beautiful little boy Gannicus Picard Arthur arriving just last week, and there's no doubt gaming will be a big part of our relationship.

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The first night I spent with him in the NICU involved explaining when to use the lancer and when to use the hammerburst, the circumstances under which blind fire is a viable tactic, and when its acceptable to leave cover. Hopefully I'll have him rolling d20s as soon as he's big enough to not try swallowing them.

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There's been a lot of iconic fathers – both good and bad – in the history of gaming, and here we're going to count down some of the most memorable on both ends of the spectrum.

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For the other side of the parenting coin, check out our list of the best and worst moms in gaming instead!

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The least inspiring and most outrageous video game quotes https://www.gameskinny.com/jann9/the-least-inspiring-and-most-outrageous-video-game-quotes https://www.gameskinny.com/jann9/the-least-inspiring-and-most-outrageous-video-game-quotes Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:20:07 -0500 Ty Arthur

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That wraps up our analysis of the least inspiring quotes that video games have to offer. Let us know which one you thought was the best and which ones we missed that should have been included! For a look at the opposite side of the coin, don't forget to take a gander at our roundup of the most inspiring quotes in all of gaming.

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“Soon, pitiful worms! Soon I will rule, and your lives will have their doneness setting turned to... darkest!”

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“Have you ever tried to indulge an all-consuming urge to kill when you don't have opposable thumbs? Or hands? Or anything other than a bread slot? You'd have a lot of pent-up anger too!

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-- The Toaster from Fallout: New Vegas expansion Old World Blues

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This may be the one and only game featuring a genocidal toaster who is genuinely unhappy to learn the world was already destroyed in a nuclear Armageddon before he could get around to annihilating all life.

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“We broke it. Yes, we were naughty. Completely naughty. So, so very sorry. But just between you and us, it felt quite good.”

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“We get it, its a slacker thing. What next? Video store clerk? Screenwriter? Whatever it is, we are so not paying for it. Poor, poor, Us, stuck with a L-O-S-E-R like you!”

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-- King Of All Cosmos, Katamari Damacy

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The King Of All Cosmos destroys the whole universe and nobody says anything, but if The Prince makes one little mistake the string of berating comments arrives. He's really not a very good dad.

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“How low can you get? I love it! All right, I'll help you. Nothing to lose but my life.”

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-- Setzer, Final Fantasy VI

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Way to put it all in perspective Setzer. His philosophy here after being swindled and convinced to fight a world spanning empire is what I like to call "optimistic nihilism."

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Nobody's d*ck's that long. Not even Long Dick Johnson, and he had a f*cking long d*ck. Thus, the name."

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-- Cass, Fallout: New Vegas

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Even surprassing "your face looks like my butt," there is some truly bizarre dialog in the Fallout series when characters try to explain concepts in ways the Courier or Vault Dweller can understand.

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“I'm afraid that if you were to remove that... I would be naked.”

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-- Fall From Grace, Planescape: Torment

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When's the last time a succubus gave you a gentle reminder about how clothes work? I'm sure you all heard this little voice acted gem in a totally innocent way when you were trying to give Grace's bodice to another character in need of some armor, right?

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“Sh*t, the hell you so calm about? You bustin' up my rhythm."

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-- Barret Wallace, Final Fantasy VII

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You always had a way with words Barret, and you have the honor of being the very first video game character I ever saw use a curse word on my television screen. Congratulations!

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“Hey Kinzie, you wanna f*ck?”

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-- The Boss, Saints Row 4

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Geeze, Boss, buy a girl a drink first? The Boss doesn't waste any time on romance in this iteration of the series. Guess that's what happens when the earth has been destroyed and you're becoming the new Neo messiah in the Matrix. In Boss's defense though, the line totally works, although Kinzie does punch him first.

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“The last time a big naked dude said he could help me, it did not end well.”

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-- Pierce Washington, upon meeting naked Oleg, Saints Row The Third 

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Pierce is a continuing source of comic relief in the series, but there's a darkness to his need to be funny. Pierce has SEEN THINGS.

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“You'd find that lady luck was actually a hooker, and you were fresh out of cash.”

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-- Max Payne

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Before wowing us with his quote about needing passion for life to be worth living, our tortured detective was also spinning some low grade noir analogies.

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“Please note that we have added a consequence for failure. Any contact with the chamber floor will result in an 'unsatisfactory' mark on your official testing record, followed by death. Good luck!”

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“Well done. Here are the test results: You are a horrible person. I'm serious, that's what it says: 'A horrible person.' We weren't even testing for that. Don't let that horrible-person thing discourage you. It's just a data point. If it makes you feel any better, science has now validated your birth mother's decision to abandon you on a doorstep.”

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-- GLaDOS, Portal and Portal 2

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For being an all-seeing AI with total control over your environment, GLaDOS sure is passive aggressive.

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“You have died of dysentery” 

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-- The Oregon Trail

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It doesn't get much more succinct that than, does it? What kid who grew up in the late '80s or early '90s didn't get a screen like this a couple of dozen times in computer lab?

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“Suck the tears off my d*ck, you ugly mud f*ckers!”

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-- General Sarrano, Bulletstorm

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I know there's somebody out there who desperately wants this profound quote inscribed on their tombstone. This character from the ridiculous Bulletstorm is a foul-mouthed drill sergeant that would put R. Lee Ermey to shame, and this is actually one of his less offensive quotes. He always knows exactly what to say to let people really know how he's feeling.

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“Real bad asses eat chocolate chip cookies. Wait a minute... those aren't chocolate chip cookies... those...are...RAISINS. Why do bad things happen to good people?”

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“BURN ALL THE BABIES!”

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“That's right. Twin sisters, man. Hhhahhhhhh. Take 'em. Take 'em take 'em take 'em take 'em”

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-- Tiny Tina, Borderlands 2

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Tina Tina accomplishes the impossible – she is both more psychotic and more entertaining to listen to than Vaas from Far Cry 3. She also makes me genuinely terrified of 13 year old girls. She alternates between disturbing sexuality towards stuffed animals and an intense lust to blow up trains and bandits. There's too many good ones to pick, so just listen to all of them together below!

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“Some trees flourish, others die. Some cattle grow strong, others are taken by wolves. Some men are born rich enough and dumb enough to enjoy their lives. Ain't nothing fair”

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-- John Marston, Red Dead Redemption

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Talk about a downer! It's like all those "you are in control of your own destiny" quotes from our most-inspiring article, but taken down the bleakest path possible. Maybe John's a nihilist... or just a realist.

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“You know what? Your face looks like my butt.”

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-- The Vault Dweller, Fallout 3

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There are a horde of hilarious dialog options to be found in the Fallout series if you try all the different perks and varying stat builds (give either Fallout 3 or Fallout New Vegas a try with no points in intelligence and see what happens). This one, only available with the Child At Heart perk, fell a little flat.

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After taking a look at some of the most inspiring and unexpectedly thought-provoking quotes across gaming, we'd be remiss if we didn't head the opposite direction. There's plenty of major downers in any given storyline to offset those uplifting moments.

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Should it be any surprise that there's some truly cringe-worthy text and hilariously offensive quotes to be found in the zany, outlandish world of gaming? What's interesting is that in quite a few cases, the least inspiring quotes and the most inspiring quotes actually come from the same games.

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After trudging through a deluge of horrifying (and OK, frequently quite amusing) lines of dialog, we've found all the best of the worst on display in the following slides. Have fun in the filth, and don't forget to fill out the poll at the end to let us know your favorite!

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Break the lease: Gaming's worst places to live https://www.gameskinny.com/y6oxy/break-the-lease-gamings-worst-places-to-live https://www.gameskinny.com/y6oxy/break-the-lease-gamings-worst-places-to-live Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:01:32 -0400 katlaborde

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Don't leave yet! Berserker promises it will take care of your cat while you're on vacation!

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Have anything to add? Did I leave out one of gaming's finest crap holes? Feel free to let me know in the comments. 

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All insults and mindless ramblings will be handled by the Berserker.

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Image source: Giant Bomb

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Sera (Gears of War series)
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I hope you like to live EXTREME because that's what you will be doing a lot of in Sera. 

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If you're worried about the giant lizard men, don't worry! The COGs have it taken care of! Of course, they sometimes screw up and their Resonators don't exactly resonate, but they really do try hard!

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But for your EXTREME side, Sera has the most EXTREME weather! Instead of getting golf ball sized hail like on sissy little Earth, Sera gets RAZOR HAIL! It's like Earth's hail but only like 100% more EXTREME and I'm assuming it hurts like hail (get it?). 

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Image source: Gears of War Wikia

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Spira (Final Fantasy X)
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Now you can't possibly go wrong with Spira. I mean, look at their view! Absolutely breathtaking, isn't it?

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Too bad a giant, hulking monster comes every so often and wipes out entire cities of people!

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Did I say that out loud? Whoops!

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Image source: Final Fantasy Wikia

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Lordran (Dark Souls series)
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There is certainly lots of variety to Lordran. You have dark and dank, even more dark and dank, and SUPER dark and dank!

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But don't worry, Lordran is pretty safe. There aren't many dangerous things around here-

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Oh you're dead, already? Just wander your soul back here, pick up all your orbs, and start again!

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Image source: Kanobu.net

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Rapture (Bioshock series)
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It's easy to get to Rapture. Just go to that lighthouse in that ocean and hop into the submersible. Make sure to look through the window to take in all of Rapture beauty before you enter the city. Because it all goes down hill from there!

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Of course, Rapture probably once was a really cool place to live. It really seemed like a happening place filled with rich socialites and amazing decor. But you know, times can be hard and people can so easily nowadays get addicted to ADAM, causing them to rip each other apart. 

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Yeah, Rapture has a little trouble, but I definitely think it can make a turnaround.

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Would you so kindly sign the lease?

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Image source: Bioshock Wikia

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Mother Base (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain)
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If you arrived safely at Mother Base, then good for you! Sometimes when people are forcefully relocated here, the balloon attached to their unconscious body can often be damaged during inclement weather leaving them stranded at sea. You are one of the lucky ones!

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If you still are unsure about wanting to live at Mother Base, Kaz and Ocelot will beat you senselessly until you can't even remember your own name! After you have sworn duty to some guy called Big Boss, you will be forced to work on such awesome and exciting projects such as developing the perfect cardboard box.

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There are bonuses to living at Mother Base, too. During down time, you can creepily watch Quiet take a shower.

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Image source: Metal Gear Solid Wikia

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Everywhere (Katamari Damacy series)
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If you like color and have a square-shaped head, then taking residence in one of the cities featured in Katamari Damacy will work well for you. 

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On first glance, you might think the citizens of these cities are messy. I mean, their items are just thrown about anywhere and everywhere. But, no! They just like to make sure everything has its own space. 

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In addition, the cities are safe! There is no need to worry about hurricanes or earthquakes... oh that? Yeah, that's just a giant ball of random crap and people coming our way. Don't mind that, I'm sure he won't come this way.

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Image source: Auscillate

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Your Village (Animal Crossing series)
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City life, not for you? Then you'll definitely want to hop that train or take a cab to start a new life in a quaint little village. Of course, the village is filled with animals. But who doesn't love animals, right?

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Once you arrive, just speak to Tom Nook. He'll set you up with your own home, setting you on the path towards massive debt. Once you pay off your debt, don't worry, Nook will lure you into more by forcing you to upgrade your home!

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Also, your animal neighbors might need a few things from time to time. It's just a few odds and ends like a piece of fruit from a tree or a very specific and rare fish from the local river. 

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It's the perfect place for fine small town living!

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Image source: Animal Crossing Wikia

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City 17 (Half Life 2)
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Do you love the architecture and landscapes of Eastern Europe? It's quite breathtaking isn't it? Then, City 17 is just for you! 

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Of course, there are some very minor issues. First of all, you'll likely be harassed and possibly beaten up by the Combine, the city's police force. But if that really upsets you, you can always risk your life and rise up against them with the other citizens!

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Face it. It's either this or getting your head munched on by a Head Crab. I think you'll decide this is the better option!

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Image source: Weesk

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Raccoon City (Resident Evil series)
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Before 1998, Raccoon City could have been a very happening place. Perhaps it had a great music scene or maybe had a reputation as a party town. However, after 1998, the entire city died. Literally!

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Yes, the zombie outbreak during the events of Resident Evil 2 did not do this city much favors. Undead citizens roamed the streets taking over the town for themselves.

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In fact, not much stands of Raccoon City today. It was vaporized by a nuclear missile in Resident Evil 3 in an attempt to clear out the undead.

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Hey, at least rent is probably cheap!

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Silent Hill (Silent Hill series)
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Face it, if you're in the town of Silent Hill, you're likely some crazy looking monster or someone facing their own internal demons. Regardless, I hope you enjoy fog, lots of fog. 

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However, don't forget the excellent night-life Silent Hill has to offer! Once the siren sounds, the town truly comes to life. Every part of the town melts away revealing its hellish underbelly with tons of rusted gates and demonic imagery for decor!

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If you move quickly, maybe you can share a sweet two-bedroom condo overlooking the amusement park with famous local, Pyramid Head! 

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Image source: Guide 2 Games

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Megaton (Fallout 3)
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So you're living in the post-apocalyptic wastelands of Washington, D.C. which already provides for less than favorable living conditions. You think to yourself, "Maybe there's a nice town somewhere where I can feel safe away from the mutants roaming the lands." So, you move to Megaton. It's certainly a small-knit community with shacks crammed close together allowing for minimal privacy. You can live with that.

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Then you notice the giant atom bomb sitting right in the middle of the town. Your neighbors inform you that Sheriff Simms has it covered, he's getting a Vault Dweller to disarm it. You might feel a sense of relief until you remember how Vault Dwellers usually have frequent morality crises for the sake of a few bottle caps.

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Maybe getting a place in the Ghoul community was a better idea after all.

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Image source: Gamefaqs

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Do you live in an apartment with an upstairs neighbor who dances every night in clogs at 3 in the morning? Or perhaps you're a home owner who just recently found out your house is haunted?

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Regardless of your problem, it's not so bad! Trust me! It could be a lot worse. You could be a resident of these fictional video game towns. 

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Image source: Nintendo Nerds

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10 Soundtracks That Make the Game https://www.gameskinny.com/buzn7/10-soundtracks-that-make-the-game https://www.gameskinny.com/buzn7/10-soundtracks-that-make-the-game Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:23:24 -0400 CallSignDriver

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Honorable Mention: Journey

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Austin Wintory
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I'd love to speak on Journey's behalf, but I've sadly never played the game. Still, I knew from hearsay just how important music is to this game's narrative, and felt any list omitting it would be incomplete.

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If you can think of any games that would be sorely lacking without their outstanding music, please feel free to mention them in the comments below!

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Bastion

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Darren Korb
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While Bastion is one of my favorite games of all time, I wouldn't say that it's because of the gameplay. If you were to isolate the gameplay from the rest of the art, you're left with a somewhat mediocre game. Logan Cunningham's narration and Darren Korb's musical score didn't just carry Bastion, they sprinted away with it. 

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The video that I've provided is my favorite example of Darren Korb's musical and lyrical prowess. The first song is "Build That Wall," a folksy piece sung by the character "Zia." The second is "Mother, I'm Here," a lonely tune by the character "Zulf," which is utilized powerfully in the game's third act. The third is a mash-up of the two, played during the game's credits.

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I wasn't particularly attached to either of these characters, but these songs did make me cry--a moment I owe entirely to Darren Korb.

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Fez

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Rich Vreeland
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Fez could have very easily featured an upbeat, poppy chiptune soundtrack akin to something out of an eight-bit Mario game, but it instead goes down a different path--one that I believe arrives at a better conclusion. The music in Fez is crisp and grainy to complement the game's visual style, but bears more resemblance to the eerie tunes of Shadow of The Colossus than it does to its platforming counterparts.

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What I mean to say is that Fez does what it can to make you feel alone in a mysterious world, which to me seems appropriate. Given the power to explore the hidden dimensions of a flat existence, you're essentially exploring the untouched corners of a world hiding right in front of you. Every sophisticated, complex, yet un-peopled structure is indicative of some long lost civilization, and whatever calamity took them. This is not a story that is explicitly told to you, but one that the game's atmosphere creates in the silence of your mind.

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Shadow of The Colossus

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Kow Otani
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Ok, let's be real here: Shadow of The Colossus is my favorite video game of all time. As it turns out, my favorite anime of all time is Outlaw Star, which I didn't learn until recently shares the same musical composer--a man named Kow Otani. Both works share a key Otani quality--the use of brass and strings to transition suspenseful moments into triumphant ones.

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In Shadow of The Colossus particularly, Otani is able to craft beautifully eerie melodies that perfectly supplement the empty loneliness of the Forbidden Lands--melodies that transition gloriously when the player discovers one of the lumbering Colossi. It's a score that tells a beautiful story, even on its own.

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Hotline Miami

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Coconuts
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Hotline Miami is a game that I almost didn't finish, largely due to its difficulty. It wasn't until I replayed the game on PlayStation Vita with my headphones on that I was able to press on and complete it. Like the game's protagonist, once I put that speaker to my ear, I was hypnotized.

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The Hotline Miami soundtrack is fifty shades of suspenseful, charged with adrenaline, mystery, and dread. While the tunes are repetitive at times, the repetition is just enough to drive home the game's sense of madness.

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Jet Set Radio

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Hideki Naganuma
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Jet Set Radio (called Jet Grind Radio in the west) is a game about Japanese punk music, rollerblading, and graffiti, all set in the fictional setting of "Tokyo-To" (it's like Tokyo, but slightly in the future). You play as one of the "GG's," a gang of rollerblading "rudies" who tag up the town to the rallying sound of the game's eponymous radio station.

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It's hard not to move your body when playing Jet Set Radio; even the game's characters can't help but constantly groove to the beat. Playing the game feels rollerblading through episode of FLCL, and that's all thanks to the game's excellent soundtrack.

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Afro Samurai

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Howard Drossin & RZA
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The Afro Samurai video game is flawed in a lot of ways. The combat can be clunky and awkward at times, and the platforming sections can be downright infuriating, but it's the music that gives this game the tenacity and spirit it needs to push forward, excelling in spite of its own shortcomings.

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While the Afro Samurai anime is cool in its own right, the Afro Samurai video game is one of my favorite games of all time, adapting the story in such a way that makes it far better than the original experience. This is an artistic feat that was made possible thanks to innovative swordplay mechanics, gorgeous visuals, and the same musical professionals who partnered with RZA to create music for the anime. I don't know why hip hop goes so well with feudal samurai action, but it does. Just ask any fan of Samurai Champloo.

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Earthbound

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Keiichi Suzuki & Hirokazu Tanaka
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Earthbound, like Ocarina of Time, is a game about collecting melodies. Unlike Ocarina, where each song has its own unique purpose, Earthbound's Eight Melodies combine together to form a single song--one that is meant to save the world.

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The video above includes an arranged version of those Eight Melodies. It's called Smiles and Tears, and I can't think of a better way to describe it. This song is the final punctuation on a childhood adventure, accompanied by music ranging from silly to strange, kooky to creepy, mysterious to maddening.

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And if I can make an unrelated remark: you owe it to yourself to play Earthbound in any way that you can.

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Fallout 3

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Inon Zur
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When Fallout 3 was released in 2008, I was twenty years old. My favorite musical artists were Gorillaz and Daft Punk. There is no reason that I should have fallen in love with 1940's showtunes, but I did, and to me there is no greater indicator of how well Fallout used music to establish atmosphere.

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The capital wasteland should be a bleak and terrifying place, but with my Pip-Boy tuned to Galaxy News Radio, abandoned buildings felt warm and inviting. I looted bodies to Bob Crosby. I fought the Enclave to Tex Beneke. I was a mighty, mighty man, young and in my prime, and I loved every minute of it.

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Katamari Damacy

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Yu Miyake
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I'd venture to say that without the music accompanying Katamari Damaci, the game is little more than a terrifying technicolor acid trip. Sure, it's a game where a cute little alien rolls things into a ball, but eventually those things are screaming civilians, houses, and entire cities. And don't forget that when you're finished, the ball gets turned into a star. Your goal in Katamari Damacy, essentially, is to abduct an entire population and burn it alive.

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Fortunately for us, the ringing, honking, and clamoring of the Katamari is backed by a lighthearted, J-Pop-infused score that reminds us all not to take the game too seriously. Which is good, because the game is absolutely bonkers.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Koji Kondo

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Ok, let's get this one out of the way. I almost didn't include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, purely out of principle. What can be said about this game that hasn't already been said? Of course Ocarina of Time has good music. What Zelda game doesn't? But is the game's music vital to your enjoyment of it? If the game's score were taken away, would the game suffer?

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As much as I hate to say it, I have to answer "yes." Not only does the game use unique songs to give each major character and location in Hyrule its own unique personality, the ocarina itself makes knowing these tunes vital to progressing the game's narrative. Music isn't just a set piece in Ocarina of Time; it's a tool.

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Music makes the game. A well-composed score written to accompany narrative and gameplay is vital to preserving the game's overall theme. The right song at the right moment can establish mood in a new setting, charge an encounter with emotion, and make the player forget where he or she is altogether. If a video game is a recipe, then the game's score is the seasoning. You may be able to enjoy a game without good music, but you can never savor it to its greatest potential. 

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The following slideshow is a collection of video games made infinitely greater by the soundtracks that accompany them. For each of these games, I've done my best to select one song to represent that game's personality. Keep in mind that this is not a ranked list, and that given the opportunity to create one, your list might be different than mine. 

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Top 25 Chill Video Game Tracks https://www.gameskinny.com/ys1r9/top-25-chill-video-game-tracks https://www.gameskinny.com/ys1r9/top-25-chill-video-game-tracks Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:38:33 -0400 Red Blue Yellow

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Katamari Damacy - Cherry Blossom Color Season (Cherry Tree Times)

"You and I will now think 
because we grew just a tiny bit 
It's a time we want to feel happiness with little things 
It was a lively, cherry-blossom colored season"

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Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Ballad Of The Goddess as sung by Zelda (Extended)

"Oh youth, guided by the servant of the goddess, unite earth and sky, and bring light to the land.."

This is the first time anyone has heard the legendary language of the Hylian spoken aloud. It's a magical piece and I wouldn't have been happy if anyone else beat Zelda to it.

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Pokemon Black/White: Emotion

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This song plays during your Rival's journey and helps spurn significant character growth.

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Astral Observatory - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

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The wonder of Termina, a land worth saving.

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Super Mario 64: Jolly Roger Bay

Who could forget this ocean cavern classic from the biggest hit on the 64?

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Okami - Cherry Blossom Shower

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Traditional Japanese flutes, Taiko, and a subtle Shamisen bring elegance to this colorful classic. Okami first released for the PS2 and has been re-released on the Wii and PSN.

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Flower - Lazy Daydream

Flower is the spiritual successor to Flow; a game made specifically to invoke positive emotions in the player.

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Star Fox 64 - Select Screen

You can feel the vastness of space and some inspiration leaking into the Mass Effect titles here.

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Music - Zora's Domain Extended

A highly underrated Zelda title. You'll find quite a bit of Zelda on this playlist because I think the way they invoke melodies from previous titles to draw historical and chronological hints to the player is masterful.

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Skyrim - Secunda

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The frozen fjords of Skyrim host us with this next number. 

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Kirby's Epic Yarn - Splash Beach

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Chrono Trigger Resurrection - Corridors of Time

This song is a remastered version for the fan made project Chrono Trigger Resurrection, which featured full 3D models and environments. The project has been cancelled but this version of Corridors of Time is outstanding.

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Noby Noby Boy - Noby Noby Folk Guitar

Noby Noby Boy is a game about physically stretching through the universe as a metaphor for the support of a lover. Players use the PSN to pool their distance in meters they have stretched, while individually insignificant in terms of distance, when pooled have moved the character GIRL all the way to Neptune.

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Final Fantasy VII - Costa Del Sol (Quartet Version)

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I chose this Youtuber remix because it felt more natural and organic than the original PS1 version. Ja mon!

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Final Fantasy VIII - Breezy

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It's my personal opinion that FFVIII has the best music in the series, but this specific title fit perfectly into this list.

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Pikmin - The Forest of Hope

Despite immediate dangers to your bodily health, the Pikmin soundtrack is entirely relaxing and enhances the mystery and discovery that comes along with exploratory theme of the game.

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DuckTales Remastered - Credits

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Super Mario Galaxy - Stardust Road

A slow melody for when you're a mushroom-loving Italian plumber drifting through space chasing stars.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - Kakariko Village

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The trombone and xylophone additions really bring this piece to life from it's Ocarina of Time roots.

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Chrono Cross - Dreams of the Shore Near Another World

It was hard to pick just one song from the sequel/spiritual successor to Chrono Trigger, but the Overworld theme of the alternate dimension won this round. Another highly recommended title.

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+10 to Baking: Geeky Cakes & How to Make Them https://www.gameskinny.com/8kkdw/10-to-baking-geeky-cakes-how-to-make-them https://www.gameskinny.com/8kkdw/10-to-baking-geeky-cakes-how-to-make-them Mon, 08 Jul 2013 14:47:21 -0400 Amy White

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Steps that Save Time (and Heartache)

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Make a plan
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Even if you deviate along the way, a plan helps you figure out what you want the end result to be, make a materials list, and generally makes you think your way though the cake up front. It's a good thing. Below was my Bioshock cake plan next to the in-progress cake itself:

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Consider Structural Integrity
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Will this cake be traveling? Does it need to fit in a freezer until it's go-time? If your cake must fit in a certain space, travel to a different place, or be displayed on a special cake base, think about that in the planning phase. I nearly had a Snoopy cake collapse once because I failed to account for the 2 hour sunny car trip it would be taking. 

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It looks pretty okay here, but trust me, it's a flattering angle. Don't wait 'til you've assembled and decorated to move you cake to it's final base, either. That's asking for gravity to do unspeakable things to your creation. If AT ALL POSSIBLE, build your cake from base to finish on the platter or serving surface that will be the final one. 

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Make a Materials List
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Once you have a plan that has accounted for the design and engineering of your cake, be sure you buy all the things you'll need and have them on hand. It stinks to be 3 hours into the baking process and realize you need magenta food coloring you can only get from a store that closed 30 minutes ago. Be warned that these types of cakes aren't cheap, between the basic cake ingredients and the decorations, you can spend between $30 and $50 dollars easily, especially if you need to invest in baking sheets and other equipment.

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Leave Yourself Plenty of Time
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I usually give myself 3-4 nights worth of cake time. Because I was doing this in my spare time after work at night, I had at max 7 hours or so, and cakes take time to bake, cool, crumb layer and decorate. I aimed to have the baking done one evening, basic assembly and crumb layer done night 2, and the finishing touches on night 3. Night 4 was for emergencies. I often created cakes on a shorter timeline, and it always worked out, but especially at the start give yourself time so you don't stress out.

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Peachy Keen

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I pondered going with the good old fashioned barbie cake on this one. 

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I just couldn't.

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I wanted to keep the cartoon-yness of Princess Peach's design, and succeeded a bit more than I intended to with a big old bobble-headed gal. But it was a huge victory to make it ALL edible.

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Her is made of cake. Her torso and shoulders are formed of rice krispy treats to give her some structure. The head is an oval of rice krispy treat. The arms are rolled fondant. 

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The rest is MAGIC.

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(Also fondant and gel coloring.)

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Cake on Easy Mode

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While we're on Persona themed cakes, here's that easier cake I promised back on the Jade from Tales of the Abyss slide. This Mitsuru Kirijo character cake was fairly simple. Here's some of the things that make this a good type of cake for a beginner:

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Limited color pallet: You only need to mix 4 colors for this - dark red for hair, bright red for eyes, bow and lips, black for line details, and skin tone. Fondant comes in white, so you're off the hook there.

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Single eye: Mitsuru is one of many characters with asymmetrical bangs. This is a godsend for people creating fan art on paper or on cakes because getting eyes to look right when there are two of them to coordinate is WAY harder than when the character sports the half blind hair look or a fancy eyepatch.

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Simple lines: Far less linework than the Jade cake, though I did fancy it up a bit making fondant shirt pleats and buttons.  

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You'll note that even while fairly simple I managed to get the hair color pretty off. In trying to differentiate the color of her hair from the color of her red bow, I made her look more brunette than redheaded. Ah well. They can't all be winners.

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Baking 'Til the Dark Hour

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This one was pretty simple. Teddie from Persona 4 made from 2 cupcakes smooshed together on a round cake that was shaped like the entrance to a tower level. 

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Dawww, look at his wittle blue fondant ears. 

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I didn't even try to put his legs in there. That would have been madness. His arms were made of pie crust though,. Yummy, crunchy arms. 

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Pixel Cake: Not for the short of attention span

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This cake featured Ashton from Star Ocean Second Story and his snarky dragons in full pixelated glory. 

I essentially iced a 13" x 9" single layer cake with a sky blue icing, then carefully placed either chocolate, white chocolate or peanut butter chips point down on the cake to represent black, white, to-be-colored, or brown pixels. I painted the white chips with the appropriate color gels, cut out white world bubbles from fondant and put in the text using a mix of tube gel frosting and painted gel color. 

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Hard? No.

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Tedious? Very much.

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Pretty cool looking on the table? 2 of 2 dragons say yes.

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Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

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The Katamari cake was the cake that started the madness. I had baked one other cake in my life, a German chocolate cake for German class in high school that fell in on itself well before it made it to the 3rd period potluck.

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What made me think a ROUND cake would be a great idea 3 years later? No idea. But think I did. And work it did. And then I had just enough confidence to embark on a 24 month baking odyssey.

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Like how we were serving from the washer? That's how recent college grads roll. (See what I did there?)

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How to Bake a Round Cake

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I made 2 circular (usually referred to as 'round' but as this cake shows, that isn't quite accurate) slab cakes and baked some extra batter in the bottom of a metal bowl. Then I frosted between the layers, put bamboo skewers through it every which way, and stuck it in the freezer. When it was good and frozen, I took it out and iced it. Then repeated the freezing and one more icing layer. 

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Tales of the Pain-In-The-Butt Fondant

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Oh Tales of. With your lines. And your precision. And your wonderful damn characters. 

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These cartoon style fondant character cakes aren't usually very challenging (see the Mitsuru Persona Cake in a later slide as a good example) but when there are this many details, colors and layers, even a cut and dry posed character becomes a challenge. And wire frame glasses?

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OF COURSE. SURE. WHY NOT?

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You've only painstakingly colored, cut, and layered tons of fondant to reach the 99% done point and now you have to HAND PAINT TINY THIN LINES ON JADE'S FACE. No biggie. You mess up, you just have to take everything apart, make a new face, put it all together and try again.

Get some more coffee. Calm your nerves, and find a thin brush with some black gel icing. And for the love of all things sugar, try it on a scrap piece first. 

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A Critical Tip For Flat Character Cakes

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When doing one of these style cakes, I STRONGLY suggest drawing a reference or printing one out, then cutting out all the shapes you'll need, noting what color they should each be, then tracing around them to cut the fondant. To achieve depth, pay special attention to what sits on top of what, don't just butt fondant layers up against one another like puzzle pieces, layer those suckers. 

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PChan is Made of Bacon

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Well, not exactly. Unlike the Meat Cake that actually WAS made with meat, potatoes and bacon but LOOKED like cake, this PChan cake was made of cake that looked like bacon. 

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Because I'm tasteful like that. 

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Allow me to explain.

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The Making of PChan

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PChan had some challenges. Some were presented by the design: Impossibly thin ears, protruding nose parts, tiny hooves, and a hugely expressive expression. Others, like wanting his interior cake-parts to look like bacon when he was served, were brought about by my own personal form of late night sugar haze hysteria. 

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Here's how PChan came together:

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I created a 4 layer round cake out of layers of red velvet and strawberry cake batter swirled together, with white frosting layers to give it the appearance of meat marbling and carved to shape, like so:

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Brownie bites were used to form the nose and hoof parts. In part because they were the right shape (always be looking for yummy foods that are unusual shapes) and in part because I liked eating the leftovers.

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I rolled out pie crust and cut the shape for the ears, as well as a curly tail bit I wrapped baked around a dowel rod.

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Why pie crust? Because on the Bioshock Cake I discovered that sugar cookie dough RISES and distorts your shape. If that's what your going for, go with cookies. For more precise control, go with pie crust. The Little Sister sugar cookie was practically sanded down into shape.

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The tail was dipped in melted frosting, then both the tail and ears were squished firmly (can you squish something firmly? I suppose) into the waiting PChan cake body. A thorough frosting followed. 

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The eyes were rolled out white fondant cut to size and dotted with black gel icing. The neckerchief was tinted fondant painted with black gel icing. A good paint brush is also helpful for fondant coloring, some details you will want to just paint on.

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Ready for an action shot? 

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I just love how concerned he looks.

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Don't worry, yummy cake piggy. You'll be eaten soon enough.

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The Cake isn't a Lie... (This Time)

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This cake was less challenging than most because it featured flat colors and a shape that was non-gravity defying. What was a bit of a challenge was that the recipient was on a strict vegan diet. I did my best to do justice to the recipe I found, but I'm afraid this one came out tasting a bit like sweet cornbread. 

The cake was a 3 tier square layer cake iced with custom tinted fondant.

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A Word About Fondant Coloring

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If you plan to do a lot of custom fondant coloring, invest in gel food coloring and a good exacto knife. Also some wax paper to cut on. And rubber gloves, if you don't like dyeing your hands exciting colors.

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(Did you know that black gel dye will wash out green with soap, leaving your hands a fetching shade of fuscia? It's true!)

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I went through a crazy baking phase. For about 2 years, I was the go-to cake lady in my circle of friends, which lead to some late nights, fun ideas and huge stashes of food coloring. 

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Now that I am back to buying my cakes from the store like a sane person, I wanted to take a quick tour of some of the cakes I made during my mad baking phase, and share a few things I learned bleary-eyed and coffee-sustained at 2AM whilst cursing at powdered sugar.

I'll explain high level how to's below, with a general tips post at the end that includes a synopsis of tricks and unusual ingredients (which are usually very common things you just might not think of putting on a cake).

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My biggest goal for each cake was to stay true to reference while making the entire thing edible if at all possible.

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The Little Sister Cake

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This cake was for a friend who really loved Bioshock 2. It was released around her birthday, and nothing says happy birthday like a terrifying cake that haunts your dreams with its delicious yellow eyes. 

Based off a standard 3 layer round cake, I cut the center of the top tier to create the 'pipe' for our cake star to crawl out of.

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The Little Sister was formed from sugar cookie that was then covered with custom tinted fondant and brushed with cocoa powder to give the impression of creepy dirt (as one might obtain whist pipe crawling).

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Post-Cocoa

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The biggest challenge aside of color matching was getting the 3D white chocolate present box assembled. I melted down white chocolate chips flat on a baking sheet, trimmed squares, then melted and reattached the parts. 

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I have to say, this is one of my favorites. Everything turned out well, and it only took 3 nights to complete from baking to decorating. 

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Blast to the Past! Katamari Damacy (Playstation 2) https://www.gameskinny.com/vexeq/blast-to-the-past-katamari-damacy-playstation-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/vexeq/blast-to-the-past-katamari-damacy-playstation-2 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 03:38:23 -0400 K.Goh

After scouring through a cesspool of used games at a local thrift store, I found the holy grail of innovative games. That game is Katamari Damacy on the Playstation 2. I once read in "Time's 50 Best Videogames of All Time" list that Katamari Damacy is one of the finest games ever created. That piqued my curiosity. Without a doubt, I bought the game for 6 dollars (SGD) in a heartbeat.

I'm proud to say that this game is ridiculous for all the right reasons. Seriously, this game is absurd beyond belief. Any cynicism that I had before playing the actual game is all gone. 

The story goes like this:

You play the Prince of the Cosmos. Your father, the King of All the Cosmos, destroys all the stars in the universe after a night of binge drinking in a drunken stupor. He sends you off to correct all of his wrongs with a sticky ball (Katamari) to collect objects scattered across earth to recreate the stars and constellations of the universe. It's amazing how such an acid trip of a story works out in the end.

The story is backed up by stylish artwork (Wind Waker-esque). The world looks like a strange mix of animation and paintings. Textures could have been better though. The bubbly soundtrack enhances the game's overall appeal, setting the tone for the whole game, which is "downright stupidity at its finest", and that's a good thing.

To complete the package, the game oozes both style and substance.

The controls involve a mix of joystick movements and trigger controls on the Dual Shock 2 Controller to move the Prince of All the Cosmos and his "Katamari" around to pick up objects of smaller size in a third person perspective. As the ball grows, it begins to adhere larger objects to the Katamari and vice versa. Surprisingly, the controls are smooth and easy to handle, although it takes a little getting used to in the first few missions.

Gameplay is amazingly fun as we take the adorable Prince with his "Katamari" around the vibrant landscapes on Earth and create widespread destruction, from a small scale to world wide destruction. It's like Grand Theft Auto for kids. To add to the experience, the video game has split screen cooperative play where the second player plays one of his cousins, a rarity in today's console generation. What's better than wide-scale destruction with a friend?

Overall, this game is a tour de force and proves that even the most childish of games can be stupid fun for the older crowd. To all the current generation game developers, please make more games like this. I give this game an excellent 9/10.

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Circuitry and Yoga Balls - The Giant Katamari Controller https://www.gameskinny.com/6q0yn/circuitry-and-yoga-balls-the-giant-katamari-controller https://www.gameskinny.com/6q0yn/circuitry-and-yoga-balls-the-giant-katamari-controller Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:11:52 -0400 MirandaCB

For all you DIY-ers, gamers, and engineers, plus Katamari Damacy lovers: behold the Katamari Damacy controller

Using optical mice, the guts of Playstation 2 controllers, a mini processing board (or Arduino), a four-pronged base, and a large yoga ball, crafty fans created something to emulate rolling around in Katamari Damacy. An Etsy seller by the name of Kellbot spawned the idea and created it on a smaller scale with a mirror ball. Either size, it's thoroughly clever and fun. 

Interestingly, we've seen an influx of gadgetry attempting to engage in games physically and also more realistically (the Omni by Virtuix, the Oculus Rift, the EPOC Emotiv, Wii Fit, etc.). This nifty idea is along that same vein and clearly the kids testing it out are enthusiastic and totally engrossed because they match the motions.

With neat inventions like this, people would be moving and gaming without feeling like they're working, which is always an issue people are hell bent on solving. But it looks like these guys were just interested in making something purely for the fun of it. Sometimes that's all it takes to create something phenomenal.

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