PacMan Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com PacMan RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 11 Tasty-Looking Game Foods That We're Dying to Try https://www.gameskinny.com/elpy4/11-tasty-looking-game-foods-that-were-dying-to-try https://www.gameskinny.com/elpy4/11-tasty-looking-game-foods-that-were-dying-to-try Mon, 26 Dec 2016 03:00:01 -0500 Unclepulky

Food is good.

It's a simple, Kindergarten level statement, yet at the same time, I don't think anyone would try to say it isn't true. And, since video games often star people as the main characters, it makes sense that they would like food too.

Here, I'll be taking a brief look at eleven of the tastiest looking foods in video games. I'll give the background and descriptions of each food item if available, and, since I have a culinary background, I'll give my two cents on how I think each food item is made.

Princess Peach's Cake (Super Mario Bros. Series)

Throughout the Super Mario games, we often hear that Mario's reward for rescuing Princess Peach from Bowser is cake.

Now, cake is tasty, but for Mario to still be saving her after, at the very least, ten separate kidnappings, Peach must be one of the greatest bakers to ever grace the Mushroom Kingdom.

One of the few times we actually get to see what I've dubbed, "Motivation Cake," is in Super Mario 64, the above image coming from its DS remake.

Now, from the outside, this looks like a basic vanilla cake with buttercream frosting. However, we must remember that this cake is baked specially for Mario, the Italian stereotype to end all Italian stereotypes.

Maybe, just maybe, that cake is filled with not cream, but spaghetti and meatballs.

Sea Salt Ice Cream Popsicle (Kingdom Hearts Series)

Moving on from the possibility of one of the strangest, most unrealistic cakes ever, we have something that you can actually make for yourself quite easily! 

Sea salt ice cream is a frequent motif in the Kingdom Hearts series, and, like many things in those games, it's used as a symbol of friendship. It's greatest use was in the criminally underrated Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, in which it's used to represent the bond between Roxas, Xion, and Axel.

Now, salty ice cream is pretty delicious, especially if you mix in some dulce de leche, but if you just want to replace the blue ice cream bars seen in the games, all that's really necessary is to make some vanilla ice cream with sea salt in the mixture, and color it blue.

Ramen (The World Ends with You)

Regular old ramen? I think not!

 In the JPRG, The World Ends with You, one of the quests in the game involves assisting a traditional ramen chef. As Neku, you must help him figure out a way to have his restaurant complete with a new, trendy ramen bar.

While many different types of ramen are shown off, and even more are available for purchase throughout the game, it's the old fashioned, plain ramen, which is described to be the tastiest.

A traditional ramen dish consists of wheat noodles in a meat or fish based broth, usually flavored by miso or soy, and includes toppings such as pork seaweed and onions. Looking at the soup shown in the game, a quail egg may add some tasty extra flavor.

Sandvich (Team Fortress 2)

The Sandvich is a secondary weapon for the Heavy in Team Fortress 2. When eaten, the Heavy regains up to 300 health, and, it can also be shared with a friend.

Unlike most of these foods, we know exactly what the Sandvich consists of. Between the slices of bread are lettuce, tomatoes, Swiss cheese, and a few slices of both ham and bologna. Lastly, topping the Sandvich is a green pimento-stuffed olive.

Who wouldn't like to eat a sandwich the tastes great AND heals your wounds?

Spaghetti (Undertale)

In the hit indie game Undertale, one of the main supporting characters, the skeleton Papyrus, loves to make spaghetti.

Now, while those who have tasted it have said that Papyrus's spaghetti tastes rather bad, there would be a serious upside to eating it.

Papyrus... only serves spaghetti to his friends.

And no matter how unpleasant the taste of his spaghetti may be, getting to be Papyrus's friend would be worth it, as he is possibly one of the nicest characters in any video game.

Pumpkin Soup (Skyward Sword)

Pumpkin flavored anything may now be synonyms with stereotypical, vapid teenage girls, but when you get down to it, pumpkin is still a very tasty ingredient.

In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, you can visit a pub known as The Lumpy Pumpkin. There, in addition to completing several quests, you can purchase Hot Pumpkin Soup.

While it'll lose some of its healing capabilities after it gets cold, when it's nice and hot, it's more effective than a red potion.

In addition to healing your wounds, we know that this soup tastes fantastic as it is the preferred food of the sky guardian Levias. And if it's good enough for a giant sky-whale, it's good enough for you.

The Cake (Portal)

Here, we have what appears to be a basic cake with chocolate frosting, topped with cherries and whipped cream.

While that would definitely be tasty, during the final battle with GLaDOS, the intelligence core recites the entire recipe. While there are plenty of items in the recipe that could make a cake extra delicious, such as coconut pecan frosting and fish shaped candies... there are also items included in the recipe like "Fish shaped volatile organic compound and sediment shaped sediment" and "Injector Needle Gun."

My advice? Leave out the ingredients that will cause you to die, and sit yourself down to enjoy a tasty chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting.

Heart Stopper Burger (Grand Theft Auto 4)

DO NOT TRY TO ACTUALLY MAKE THIS!

Unlike the cake from Portal, there's no way to remove the lethal elements from this dish without turning it into a normal hamburger.

Lets count for a moment. According to this advertisement, the Heart Stopper 6lb Burger includes at least nine meat patties, five slices of what I can only hope is something resembling cheese, lettuce, pickles, tomato, and onion.

If you choose to make this burger for yourself and eat it, you will die. There's no getting around that. However, it would be the tastiest death ever.

Cup of Lifenoodles (Earthbound)

 The greatest cup of noodles ever to be cooked!

While as a standard cup of noodles, its taste can't compare to the traditional ramen seen in The World Ends with You, these noodles have the ability to cure any ailment.

Broken arm? Eat a cup of Lifenoodles. Have a fever? Eat a cup of Lifenoodles. Knocked unconscious by a guy because you're enough of a nerd to write about tasty video game food? Have a friend pour some Lifenoodles down your throat.

So long as you can stomach overly-salty gas station noodles, there's nothing Lifenoodles can't help you overcome.

Honningbrew Mead (Skyrim)

Out of all the alcoholic beverages I've had in my life, none have tasted better than homemade mead.

From my experience making it with my older brother, I've learned that there are several crucial aspects of making a good mead. Most importantly perhaps is how long you let it ferment. Quality mead needs a lot of time to sit, with a minimum of a year.

Seeing as how we have no idea what Honningbrew Mead tastes like, I imagine it to taste like one of my favorite flavors of mead: Chamomile, Maple, or Honey.

Since there are readers of this site who aren't old enough to drink, and even more who aren't qualified to make their own alcohol, I'm not going to lay out the process.

However, for those of you who really do want to learn, look around on the internet. There are plenty of tutorials to quench your thirst for knowledge.

Dots (PacMan)

For nearly four decades, Pacman has been eating these white dots. And spin-off games aside, that's really all that he does.

So what do these tiny, little, white pixels taste like?!

Surely, they must be good enough to risk getting killed by ghosts for. However, we have no idea what flavors they contain. Are they salty or sweet? Bitter or sour?

Perhaps the answer... is yes.

Perhaps this is a food so delicious, so perfect, that it perfectly balances all possible flavors.

That is the way of the dot. That is the way of the Pacman.

What food from games do you want now? And what would you throw in the dust, and not even leave for the dogs? Let us know in the comments below.

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Gift Guide: 10 of the Best Winter Hats for Gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/yv52h/gift-guide-10-of-the-best-winter-hats-for-gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/yv52h/gift-guide-10-of-the-best-winter-hats-for-gamers Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:00:01 -0500 SarahKel

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So there it is everyone, 10 of the most amazing retro gamer hats that are currently on the market - enjoy them, love them, buy them.  We love them all too!  We hope that this list inspires you for the retro gamer in your life, or equally for you!

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Metal Gear Solid Cap Foxhound
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Rating: 9/10

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Price: 18.98EURO

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Buy It: Game Legends

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This Metal Gear Solid hat is a unusual hat, more like a military hat, which would be great with a pair of New Rocks and a long swishing coat. It is a hat that fits snugly onto the wearer’s head and is does provide quite a smart look for most occasions. The Foxhound logo is a great embellishment on the hat too!

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Space Invaders Hat
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: $14.94

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Buy It: Amazon

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This adorable hat lines up the aliens from the Space Invaders game. It appears to have a slightly snugger fit than other beanies, the shape is designed to ensure that the wearer stays warm and is a little more robust than other hats.

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Ice Climbers Beanie Hat
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: $13.61

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Buy It: Amazon

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Probably one of the most winter themed games out there, it's a really well themed hat for winter! A simple design, with 8 bit decoration of 2 characters and a heart from the game is perfect to keep the wearer warm, but the soft material means it feels lovely too.

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Nintendo Mario Bros 8 Bit Fair Isle Pom Beanie
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Rating: 9/10

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Price: $22.90

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Buy It: Amazon

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The 8 bit styling on this hat is pretty amazing, Mario leaping in the air throughout the hat, almost like he's jumping for the knitted snowflakes - what could be more wintery than that?  Great colours on its too and the pom pom on top is a great feature.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Hat
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: £14.99

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Buy It: Gamerbilia

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Disclaimer, this hat will not make you go faster, nor will gold coins appear whilst you’re wearing the hat and walking about! But it is so lovely and has the Sonic spikes so is really distinctive and the plaid danglers do make a really unusual twist to this type of alpine hat.

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Pac Man Ghost Crochet Hat
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Rating: 9/10

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Price: £16.48+

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Buy It: Etsy

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These hats are so adorable. It does feel like the eyes are watching you, they are handmade crochet hats and the variation is quite clear on the website, but this is a complete bonus as it does add to the quirky nature of the product. This is a really lovely quality item and recommended as it differs significantly from the usual Pac Man merchandise.

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Eevee Fleece Hat
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: £20.60

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Buy ItEtsy

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This is such a great hat, it is totally handmade too, so even if two people had the same hat, they’d slightly differ which is lovely and quirky. The fleece lined hat is perfect for the coldest of days and perfect for both original Pokemon players and those who’ve jumped on board due to Pokemon Go.

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Blizzard Store Starcraft Abathar Hat
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Rating: 10/10

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Price: $34.00

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Buy ItBlizzard

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The store with the most appropriate name for winter hats, has of course the most elaborate hat, Abathor from Starcraft. The best thing with this hat, is that it’s not just a hat, it doubles as a plushie too, woohoo, two gifts in one! And come on, who can’t resist those tentacles!

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Yoshi Ski Beanie Hat
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Rating: 9/10

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Price: £14.99

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Buy ItGamerbilia

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Such a great product, it’s fun and honestly, a woolly hat that relates to Yoshi’s Woolly World is such a great tie-in, it really is. A cute ski hat, with pom poms and a smiley proud Yoshi is literally the cutest hat. It is Yoshi green colour, so wearers are easily identifiable, even on a dark night!

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Hero of Time Embroidered Beanie
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: £12.99

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Buy ItGametee

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It’s a Zelda hat! From the Ocarina of Time. A fairly plain hat, with an embroidered golden triforce, it is a really good choice, without being elaborate, great price too and Gametee is renowned for their quality items. Ideal for a Zelda fan and also a great warming wintery hat.

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Welcome to your essential gift guide for Christmas 2016 and we’re talking hats.  No, not top hats or trilbys, but gamer hats specifically ones where buyers can proudly display their love for their favourite games.

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But with a huge amount of amazing games out there, we can afford to be really, really choosy in regards to merchandise.  Quality is a large factor too, no shoddy generic gamer hats, but true gamer hats made for gamers.

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The hats in this gift guide hats are largely focussed on retro gaming, not just because they are such darn amazing games, but often cause the most finger points, shout outs and comments, because, you know that’s the ultimate kudos!

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So, I’ve narrowed down the best 10 gamer hats out there and remember people they are gifts for others, or you know, keep a beady eye on them for yourself!

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Handmade Necklaces From Your Favorite Game Franchises https://www.gameskinny.com/bnsgy/handmade-necklaces-from-your-favorite-game-franchises https://www.gameskinny.com/bnsgy/handmade-necklaces-from-your-favorite-game-franchises Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:02:51 -0400 Kat De Shields

Sometimes you come across a game you love so much, you have to buy some merchandise. If jewelry is your thing, we've gathered some of the coolest handmade necklaces representing your favorite franchises. If you see something you like, you better move fast! Some of these Etsy artists have a limited supply. 

Xbox and PS4

If fighting in an apocalyptic universe against mutant creatures is your cup of tea, then you'll love these two necklaces that pay homage to two of the most iconic "fight to save humanity" franchises out there: Gears of War and Fallout.

Sometimes it feels so good to be bad, and assassins are the biggest BAMFs of them all. If helping Desmond parkour his way through time and space to take out foes and deliver messages was your thing, then this Assassin's Creed necklace is just for you. Or, if Elder Scrolls is your game of choice, you'll love this Dark Brotherhood pendant to signify your assassin's roots. 

Where would we be without consoles? Check out this beautiful Xbox 360 necklace complete with a bronze setting and six Swarovski crystals. This is a must have gift for any Xbox enthusiast. 

PC & Retro 

Minecraft has taken the world by storm. You could say, it's explosive. Allow the walking bombs of the Minecraft universe to tag along with this Creeper necklace

Many gamers have a soft, nostalgic spot in their heart for classic games. Show your love for Pong, the 1972 arcade game that paved the way for so many other video games with this necklace. Or, if you have a Mrs. PacMan to your Mr, this couples necklace made from a quarter would be perfect for you.

Nintendo 

The Nintendo Universe is full of adorable things, many of which lead to some truly cute necklaces. For example, who could resist this Heartless from Kingdom Hearts? With intricate detail including a Swarovski Crystal Heart on top, this necklace is sure to capture the heart of any Kingdom Hearts fan. 

If you're a fan of Shy Guys, the timid troublemakers found in Mario's world, then you'll love this stainless steel necklace. Wear it as an ode to a classic franchise, or secretly represent your inner troublemaker! 

Speaking of adorable Mario villains, how many times have you been chomped to bits by a Piranha Plant? Complete with antique brass findings, you can rep your retro Mario pride with this beautiful pendant. 

Every riddle lover is familiar with the Professor Layton series. Now,  you can represent your love for solving puzzles with a pendant. Choose from 10 Professor Layton images, and pick your finish including silver, copper, antique gold and gunmetal black. 

If you're eager to catch 'em all, then you don't want to miss these Pokemon necklaces. GlitzCouture captures Pokemon in little glass bottles that you can wear around your neck. If you have a sweetheart who shares your love for Pokemon, then the couples Pokemon necklace is a must buy. 

Would you like to see jewelry for a franchise that's not included here? Let us know in the comments and we'll create an article just for you!

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Interview with GameSkinny's Commissioning Editor and Program Coordinator Auverin Morrow https://www.gameskinny.com/8re9a/interview-with-gameskinnys-commissioning-editor-and-program-coordinator-auverin-morrow https://www.gameskinny.com/8re9a/interview-with-gameskinnys-commissioning-editor-and-program-coordinator-auverin-morrow Wed, 05 Oct 2016 14:00:01 -0400 David Martinez_1224

Playing games and turning it into a career sounds like a dream job to many. It's not something you would have been able to do decades ago, but now we have many talented people who turned their passion for gaming into careers. Among those people is Auverin Morrow.

Auverin is the current Commissioning Editor and Program Coordinator for GameSkinny. She gave me the opportunity to interview her and reveal crucial details about how she started and got into the position that she's in today.

David Martinez: For the sake of the viewers, tell me about yourself and who you are.

Auverin Morrow: I'm Auverin Morrow -- currently the Commissioning Editor and Program Coordinator for GameSkinny. I got my Bachelor's degree in English from VCU back in Richmond, VA, then moved back to my home state of NC to focus on post-grad employment and adulting and all that fun stuff. As for who I am... I'm about 90% editorial robot, 5% Lord of the Rings references, and 5% human who does other stuff like painting, pyrography, and yoga.

DA: What made you decide to pursue this kind of career?

AM: I never really made an actual decision to pursue a career in the gaming industry. It was a hobby I really enjoyed, but it never really occurred to me that it was something I could turn into actual employment. But I've wanted to get into editing since I was a college student. When I was studying English, I knew I didn't want to focus on literature and I wasn't really happy focusing on writing either. Which left me in a weird sort of "what do I do with my life" limbo for a while. I just knew I loved words. And at some point during various creative writing workshops, I realized I was best at deconstructing other people's words, finding the meaning in that, and then reworking the language to make those ideas more clear. So I started to focus on editing, and that's the area I focused on while I was looking for employment.

DA: What gets you up in the morning to do this job? Your Motivation?

AM: What gets me out of bed every morning? Lots of alarms and a pot of coffee. I'm (sort of) kidding, but I really enjoy what I do. I love games and most of the time I love the gaming industry -- it's a dynamic place that's chock full of talent and passion, both from players and from developers. It can be a fickle environment sometimes, and there are of course a lot of things that I would like to see change and progress, but it's really a great industry that's getting bigger and more complex by the day. And in my position specifically, I get to see all that passion that gamers have, and I get to help them channel it into something productive. I get to teach them how to talk about the games that matter to them, and how they can contribute something to an industry that has given so much to them and shaped them in so many ways.

DA: How did you come to working for GameSkinny?

AM: I actually found my job with GameSkinny on Craigslist. This was way back in the summer of 2014. They'd posted an ad for a simple weekend editor position, and I had just finished a two-year stint with a non-profit that was teaching creative writing in inner-city Richmond high schools. So I was looking for something a little different, and that ad popped up. So I applied immediately, and within a few days I was taking weekend shifts on the site. Eventually I took over our nighttime editing, then got promoted to where I am now, working with all you lovely folks.

DA: What is it about video games that gravitated you towards them?

AM: It's actually a kind of funny story. I'm not like a lot of gamers in that I haven't been gaming since I was a kid. I played a LOT of Pokemon, but that was pretty much it for the first several years of my gaming life. I remember getting a GameCube and having like 3 games for it -- I think it was some sort of 3D Pac-Man, one of the Lord of the Rings games, and Need for Speed Underground 2. Stellar lineup, to say the least. And when I played those to death I kind of stepped away from gaming for a long time because I was focusing on other things. But there was one fateful day around 2002 where I walked into a Target with my mom, and I saw a copy of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind sitting on the shelf. All I knew about it was that it had my last name on it, but I picked it up and took it home. And there went the next 3 years of my life -- just like that, I was back into gaming and a hardcore RPG addict. TES quickly became my favorite series, and my love for gaming pretty much grew from there.

DA: What are the actual games that made you want to pursue a career in gaming?

AM: Hahaha, I think I just answered this question above. The Elder Scrolls series was definitely a big influence for me. Those are the games that I keep coming back to over and over and over again. But weirdly enough, I don't see myself as being inspired by games. I'm more fascinated by them, if that makes sense. I don't so much want to live up to anything as I want to figure them out and see what they can do, you know?

DA: Why write for games? Why not just play them? Why should other people write for them and what makes it unique?

AM: This is a super great question, and one I actually ask myself a lot. If you talk to pretty much anyone who works in the games journalism industry (and I imagine in games development too, though I can't speak for those folks), you'll find that it's common for them to say that the moment they became employed in the industry, gaming became work. You play games because you have to. You read about them because you have to. They became a "must do" and not a "can do" way to occupy your time. And that's difficult for a lot of people, I think -- especially the ones who get into this because they think you're getting paid to play whatever you want, and you just throw out a couple articles and collect the perks. There are a lot of people who are looking for that. But there are a lot of other people who are just so passionate about games that they can't keep it to themselves -- that's where we get bloggers, and streamers, and LPers, and the really really great games journalists out there. Some people really want to contribute to this industry -- they want to be a part of it as much as it's been a part of them and help shape its future and share their passion for the whole thing. So I don't think it's a matter of who should write about gaming as it is a matter of who truly and wholeheartedly wants to. Because if you actually want to, you can -- I mean, that's why GameSkinny exists. But a lot of people take that step and then realize "oh....this is an actual job". And they aren't always prepared for that. So you have to be prepared to do real work, and think of this wonderful hobby as a chore sometimes. But if you can do that, and you can get by and still find your love for gaming on the other side of that, then you get rewarded with meeting great people, playing great games, and taking part in an industry that gets more exciting by the day.

DA: What is the worst game ever in your opinion?

AM: Worst game ever? That's actually a really hard question. Doing what I do, I've played a lot...a LOT....of indie and Early Access games that were broken or offensive or just downright bad. So it's hard to single out just one game. I've also played a lot of really terrible porn parody games for the sake of article writing, so pretty much anything else looks good by comparison.

DA: Since you are labeled as a commissioning editor, what is it exactly that you do? What are the ups and downs of your position and what do you like most? What do you dislike most?

AM: So as the commissioning editor and JTP program coordinator, my basic job description is overseeing the JTP and all content related to it. I spend most of my days editing and promoting articles to the front page of the site, but I also spend a fair amount of time focusing on more managerial/organizational aspects of working in a newsroom. I keep an eye on site analytics to see what's doing well. I poke around in Google Trends to see what gamers are searching for, what games are trending, what games look like they're about to trend, and what kind of content readers are trying to find in relation to games that have already released. I also coordinate our mentor program and act (alongside Rachael) as a senior editor among our editorial staff. Aside from that, I devise and create all our JTP and senior mentor lessons, lay out lesson plans, change the program according to feedback, go through new applicants, and manage all the behind-the-scenes stuff that makes the JTP happen. It's a lot like teaching, but in a more experiential setting I think.

DA: Do you plan on taking this career any further? Are you interested in being promoted?

AM: You know....this is something I've thought a lot about too. I'm happy where I'm at right now and I'm not really looking for any sort of promotion anytime soon -- I've reached this perfect balance of having a cool job that makes my life more interesting without being my whole life, if that makes sense. I think if I do stay in the gaming industry -- and there might be a time when I decide that it's time to leave it -- I think I want to focus a bit more on eSports. I didn't really get into eSports until I started working at GameSkinny, but it's quickly become my favorite corner of the industry. All my favorite events are eSports events by far. It's such an amazing scene.

DA: Could you see yourself doing anything else?

AM: Like I said, I do love my job. I'm lucky to be where I am -- this industry challenges me and my job allows me to do some really cool things. I love every group of interns that comes through, and I love seeing how different they are from each other, the various perspectives they have, and that kind of thing. And I love that I get to take all my favorite aspects of teaching and bring it to this industry that's really cool and cutting edge, and I get to work with words while I do it. It's great! But if I ever did leave the gaming industry, I think I might pursue something in fiction -- I'd love to edit short stories someday.

DA: As an aspiring writer, I like to hear advice. What is your advice and what would your ultimate advice be to other writers?

AM: I get this question from a lot of writers, and the answer always has to change based on context and a ton of other factors. But I think the essence of every instance is this: just do it. It might seem scary or hard. Just do it. You might not know where to start, but you just have to pick a spot and jump in. There are going to be days when it is the most frustrating thing in your life, and days where the words just don't want to come. But you have to do it anyway. Writing is a creative undertaking, and I think a lot of people forget that. Writing is an art, and art isn't known for being formulaic, or simple, or easy to do day in and day out. It's a craft that takes honing and dedication and some sort of passion, whatever form that may take -- and I realize I'm rambling a bit here and probably sounding like a motivational poster or every writing hack who's ever led a workshop, but it's true.

DA: Ultimate question: Favorite game of all time? Just one. The one that you would recommend to anyone and the one you could play multiple times.

AM: One game, huh? That's a tough call, and only because I have a hard time choosing between TES III: Morrowind and TES V: Skyrim. (The day TES VI becomes a reality is the day you will hear me dragon-shouting from rooftops.) But it really is a tough call. I love them both so much for such different reasons -- Morrowind for what it brought to the series and how it revolutionized it, and Skyrim for how beautifully it rendered the world that I'd been falling in love with since the early days of Elder Scrolls.

I want to thank Auverin for a thorough and intriguing interview!

As an aspiring writer, this was most helpful for me. For anyone who is an aspiring editor or if you just want to enter the gaming industry, these may be words of wisdom you really need to hear.

(Editors note - Auverin Morrow was in no way involved in the editing or writing of this piece)

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5 Kid's Games That Adults Can Shamelessly Love https://www.gameskinny.com/6uaxe/5-kids-games-that-adults-can-shamelessly-love https://www.gameskinny.com/6uaxe/5-kids-games-that-adults-can-shamelessly-love Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:02:17 -0400 Janiece Sebris

Most gamers have probably had the unfortunate opportunity of defending their love of gaming when a stranger, friend or relative asks, "Why do you play those? Video games are for children." We all have our own retorts for these comments, some of which include eye rolling, fake smiling, and inwardly combusting.

This list will not help the collective cause. Nevertheless, here is a list of the five kid's games that some adults (this one) shamelessly love to play. 

1. Talking Tom Gold Run

Released in the summer of this year by Outfit7, Talking Tom Gold Run came from the same developer who brought us Talking Tom and the eventual spin-offs featuring MyTalking Angela. The developer's endless runner featuring Tom and Angela, although aimed at children, is pretty standard when it comes to controls, art and music. The game's premise is to chase after a racing raccoon when the animal fiend steals the player's gold. While running, players must avoid obstacles like oncoming vehicles or bodies of water. The controls are easy enough for a child to use, but the real appeal to play the game for this adult are the quaint graphics and comprehensible goals. Talking Tom Gold Run is available on the App Store, Google Play and Microsoft. 

2. My PlayHome

If you've spent a significant amount of time babysitting, working at a pre-school or being the parent to small children at all, then you probably have come in contact with the My PlayHome app world. The franchise first started with the namesake app where players could control a nuclear family of two parents and three children in a home with five rooms and one backyard. Now the app's world encompasses a school, town, and hospital. The app is essentially like Sims for pre-schoolers. MyPlayHome is available in the App Store and Google Play

3. Lego Jurassic World

Like many of the Lego video games released, Lego Jurassic World allows players to explore the worlds of famous film franchises while solving puzzles unique to the game. In this particular game, players can explore the worlds of all four Jurassic films. While an adult placing a Lego game on her wish list might be cause for concern, there are many reasons to play a Lego game as an adult, many of which could be tackled in an entire article. For one, Lego games are packed with humor sometimes lost on children. Playing the games as an adult is a chance to capture some of that corny goodness. Lego Jurassic World is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and other platforms.

4. Pix the Cat

While some might not consider Pix the Cat by developer PastaGames to be strictly a child's game, it is for the purpose of this list. Pix the Cat is a simple game to tackle, with its premise being to rescue helpless ducklings. Players have to keep up as the game's flashy and seemingly infinite levels become increasingly difficult. Adults can enjoy this game for the sheer nostalgia that it provides. With reminiscence of Pac Man and Snake, Pix the Cat is fun at any age. Pix the Cat is available for PlayStation 4 and PC.

5. Hungry Shark Evolution

The game Hungry Shark Evolution allows players to take on the persona of a hungry shark, devouring whatever edible, or non-edible, creature crosses its path. With 4.3 million likes on Facebook, it's obvious that the fans of this game are not all children. (The fact that I first heard about the game from my 6-year-old nephew is beside the point.) The game allows players to unlock different sharks and survive by eating. Hungry Shark Evolution is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Guilty pleasure games run amok within our community, some of them being marketed to children. All-in-all, games are games. Setting objectionable elements and serious games aside, most games are meant to be entertaining and a way to escape. Whether you're escaping to The Mushroom Kingdom or New Bordeaux shouldn't matter. 

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What Makes Video Games Addictive? https://www.gameskinny.com/k9liq/what-makes-video-games-addictive https://www.gameskinny.com/k9liq/what-makes-video-games-addictive Fri, 05 Aug 2016 05:55:27 -0400 uniquecontent

The vast majority of us will have experienced the feeling of addiction when playing a game; whether it's one more quest in the Witcher 3 or another attempt to get the perfect score in Angry Birds, from consoles to PC's to smartphones, games can be incredibly addictive. 

But why is this? What compels us to come back to these games, even when we know we've perhaps spent just a little bit too much time staring at the screen. In this article, we'll take a look at what elements of video games and mobile games keep us coming back for more. 

There's no question that video game addiction is a real thing, and it's probably something most of the gaming community have been familiar with at one time or another. But, despite the assertions of particular sections of society, video games are viewed as relatively harmless, compared to the dangers of alcohol, drug abuse or gambling. It's easy to see why, as when viewed next to more 'traditional' addictions they don't seem all that bad. While they may not impact on your health, social and family life or your finances quite, in the same way, there is certainly money to be made by those who create the games (particularly on mobile devices).

To give you a pertinent example, let's consider Candy Crush Saga, which generated over $1.5bn in 2013 alone - this kind of financial incentive means developers are increasingly utilizing clever psychological tricks to ensure we keep playing for as long as possible. 

So what devices are commonly employed to keep gamers glued to their console, PC, smartphone or tablet? Let's dive straight in: 

Colour psychology
There is an enormous amount of research and scientific evidence showing how color can affect the way we perceive things, and game developers are well aware of the role of color in our gaming experience. Bright, colorful displays (particularly on mobile games) can dramatically impact on engagement levels, and evidence has shown that players of fantasy RPG's spend more in-game currency in merchant stores utilizing particular color combinations. 

The high score
Ever since the prevalence of arcade games like Pac-Man, people have been mildly obsessed with beating their high score (or someone else's). This is a common hook for games across platforms and devices and is particularly effective for mobile games. I've been particularly guilty of this one, getting hooked on getting perfect scores on Angry Birds on my iPhone, and just this morning I was repeatedly trying to beat my own high score on this incredibly addictive Match 3 game online. 

Discovery
Commonly used in RPGs, the exploration and discovery tactic is phenomenally successful in compelling gamers to keep playing. An excellent example of this is World of Warcraft, which offers players frequent opportunities to explore new worlds and areas, usually with the promise of a new discovery.

Modern console games utilize this to great effect too, I spent an inordinate amount of time looking for new weapons in Destiny, entirely compelled by the thrill of discovery. 

Beating the game
A common hook for all but open-ended role-playing games, the desire to 'beat the game' can be a major factor in getting addicted. This is especially evident in games that appear very hard, but reward persistence with progression or discovery. Dark Souls is an excellent example of this and is probably the game I've personally spent the most amount of time with (across the three Souls games I've spent a rather embarrassing number of hours). 

Customisation, role-playing, and progression
Allowing players to customize and create their own characters - particularly if this customization links to progression in the game - can be incredibly compelling for gamers. The levelling-up system in RPGs is a particularly good example of this, with character level directly impacting how your character can progress in the game, or altering their appearance.

Think of how the visual appearance of the protagonist in Dark Souls, along with the ability to use certain weapons, shields or rings, is tied directly to the level of the character. It can be a major driver for continued play, and keeps people coming back even after they've 'finished' the game. 

Physiological effects
When we consider the addictive nature of gaming, we're usually referring to a psychological addiction; however, research suggests there could indeed by a physiological effect too. In 2005, researchers at Hammersmith Hospital in London found that gamers experienced double the normal level of dopamine in their brain while playing video games. Dopamine is a mood-regulating hormone that is closely associated with feelings of pleasure and happiness - indicating that gaming could, in fact, be chemically addictive. 

Emotional engagement and response
Research has suggested that video games elicit strong emotional responses from players, allowing them to experience sadness, betrayal, fear, elation, excitement and numerous other emotional responses while playing. This can be particularly important for those who are introverted and do not experience many of these emotions in the real world.

An excellent example of this is The Last of Us, which manages to elicit loyalty, fear, excitement, tension, empathy, and sadness in equal measures through its frankly brilliant narrative devices, superb world design, flawless character development and engaging gameplay. 

Collaboration and social engagement
Many games encourage players to communicate and collaborate with other gamers from all over the world, often creating an intense and deep social element to the world. This is particularly true in games like World of Warcraft, where players can forge real friendships while playing the game. This not only adds to the excitement, emotional response and exploratory nature of modern games but can add an element of interaction that is difficult for many players to move away from. 

When you start to analyze the elements that make gaming addictive, you being to realize that's it amazing you manage to pull yourself away from your mobile device, PC or console at all. I'm certainly already itching to get back to my Xbox One, and as a multi-console owner, I also have a feeling that No Man's Sky will be taking up a worryingly large amount of my time in weeks to come. 

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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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Brewtality: the best gaming beers to chug this weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/ves3b/brewtality-the-best-gaming-beers-to-chug-this-weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/ves3b/brewtality-the-best-gaming-beers-to-chug-this-weekend Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:30:01 -0400 Ty Arthur

We've previously looked at some pretty amazing gaming themed drinks to help you get your buzz on, but we really didn't focus specifically on beers before.

There's a million and one cocktails based around everything from Super Mario Kart to L.A. Noire, but you typically have to look a little harder for a beer to match your video game mania.

Every now and again some forward-thinking company realizes that gamers chug more than just Mountain Dew and give us something interesting, as recently happened with Sound Brewery and Mortal Kombat.

Get Over Here (And Bring The Bottle Opener)!

A new triple threat of brews inspired by Mortal Kombat X has arrived in a collaboration between Warner Bros., Sound Brewery and Global Beverage Traders. They are all 8% or above to boot, which is exactly where I like my beer.

That level of ABV is high enough you can get nice and toasty after just three or four standard cans, but you aren't going to get absolutely wasted if you put it on hold and resist the urge to finish off the entire pack.

These new Mortal Kombat brews come in an IPA, a saison, and a stout based around classic characters Sub-Zero, Raiden, and Scorpion, respectively.

Personally I'm interested in the Sub-Zero IPA, and hope it makes you really work for the buzz. I dig an IPA that hurts you and really makes you crawl your way through the journey to intoxication, and at 8.5%, its a good bet this one is hopped to the max.

 New Mortal Kombat Triple Threat Of Brewtality! 

You can actually order these online for $7.47 (plus shipping) for a 22 oz. bottle. Obviously its more expensive than a six pack of anything else with the same alcohol content, but that's what you get with branded products.

Gaming Themed Brews, Past And Present

Surprisingly, there are more game-centric brews than you might imagine, and the new Mortal Kombat X beers are just the tip of the foamy iceberg.

Sadly, finding them is a bit of an issue, as most breweries either aren't equipped to or aren't allowed to ship their product in the mail due to various state laws.

You either have to hope your local beer and wine shop stocks them or actually be near the brewery in question to get it on tap. Should you be lucky enough to fit that description, there's some tasty gaming ale with your name on it.

8-Bit Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Pop that top and press start if you love retro gaming! Released in larger 16 oz. four packs, this brew is consistently highly rated across the web and is frequently praised for being excellent beer, rather than OK beer that just happens to have a Pacman on the label.

Although I'm not a huge fan of anything under 6%, I'd be more than willing to make an exception here, especially on a hot summer day while grilling in the back yard before some serious gaming goes down.

If you are on the east or west coast (or live in parts of the midwest) you are pretty well out of luck, but anybody in the center of the country can actually find this at various retailers.

 8-Bit Pale Ale

Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale

ABV: 7.5%

Blizzard decided to celebrate World Of Warcraft's 10th anniversary in true dwarven style with the Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale from Bottle Logic Brewing back in 2014.

Sadly it didn't catch on and hasn't been made available widespread. Maybe we can cross our fingers it will come back if the Warcraft movie does well?

 Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale

Dogslicer Ale

ABV: 5.6%

Capitalizing on the adorable (and frequently homicidal) rhymes of the Pathfinder goblins, Paizo teamed up with Scotty's Brewhouse to make a limited edition brew for GenCon 2013.

While the beer isn't available anymore, the wicked awesome t-shirt still is. Come on Paizo – tabletop gamers down beer at a rate that significantly rivals that of football fans, so help us out and bring it back!

 Dogslicer Ale

Innsmouth Olde Ale

ABV: 7%

Sadly there hasn't been a legitimate full Lovecraft mythos game in some time to actually play while enjoying something with that Innsmouth flavor (although plenty of titles do work in little nuggets of cosmic horror here and there).

We are getting a new Call Of Cthulhu next year though (maybe – this exact game was actually already nixed and passed off to another developer once in the past).

Personally, I'm way more stoked for the upcoming Stygian: Reign Of The Old Ones, which goes massively old school and looks like a sanity-blasting combination of Baldur's Gate, Wasteland, Sanitarium, and early Heroes Of Might And Magic.

When the ichthian horrors of those two games finally arrive, I'm very much hoping to have a bottle of Innsmouth Olde Ale in hand to celebrate. I am a bit worried about growing webbing between my feet though...

 Innsmouth Old Ale

Good Pairings Without The Game Labels

Of course, beers don't have to actual have a game character on the label to enhance a session of your weekend playing either.

I mean, what could be more perfect for long Fallout sessions than a pack of Bombshell Blonde or a nice cold Brooklyn Black Ops when running through Treyarch's Call Of Duty titles?

Interestingly, both Fallout 4 and Black Ops III actually did get limited edition beers of their own, though you'd be exceedingly hard pressed to find any now, and they were only released in Australia and the U.K.

 Brooklyn Black Ops / Bombshell Blonde

What's the best game-themed brew you've come across that we should try out, and have you managed to down any of these beers we listed yet?

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Pac-Man stays hungry and kids stay healthy with this new fitness bracelet game https://www.gameskinny.com/22kx4/pac-man-stays-hungry-and-kids-stay-healthy-with-this-new-fitness-bracelet-game https://www.gameskinny.com/22kx4/pac-man-stays-hungry-and-kids-stay-healthy-with-this-new-fitness-bracelet-game Fri, 08 Jan 2016 07:45:32 -0500 Dylan Jenkins

The Moff Band is a new gaming system/fashion statement that kids (and tiny-armed adults) wear on their wrist. It's a new type of gaming with a mindset on fitness. The goal is to keep children active by syncing arm movements up with the gameplay for exercise. Funded on Kickstarter in under 48 hours, the Moff Band won the 2016 KAPi Award for Best Digital/Physical Bridge and a 2015 Toy Award from Popular Mechanic.

And soon, in an ironic twist, kids can stay healthy with the roundest, hungriest video game character of them all. Bandai Namco's upcoming game for the slip-on smart bracelet, officially titled Pac-Man Powered by Moff, allows users to experience the classic arcade game in a brand new way by direction Pac-Man through his familiar dot-filled mazes with the motion of their arms.

"With the launch of Pac-Man Powered by Moff in partnership with Bandai Namco Entertainment, we are providing kids an families a new user experience to enjoy a classic game while staying active. We want to keep kids moving!" says Moff CEO and co-founder Aki Takanagi.

Moff Bands currently run for $54.99 and Pac-Man Powered by Moff is scheduled for release in Spring of this year.

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

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Dresses, Cosplay Outfits, and Accessories

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

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

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Bonus: Custom orders available.

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Bonus #2: Gift certificates available.

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

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

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This shop's themes include:

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

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Box Shelves and Wall Organizers

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Honorable Mention: SpeakGeek on Etsy

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Store Rating: 5/5 stars (70 reviews)

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

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

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Bonus #2: Custom orders are available!

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

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

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Where to Buy: Animinis on Etsy and Animinis.com

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Store Rating: 5/5 stars (9 reviews)

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

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Bonus: Custom orders available!

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

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  • Fire Emblem
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  • Legend of Zelda
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  • Pokemon
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Glassware

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Where to Buy: NexusGlass on Etsy

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Store Rating: 5/5 stars (937 reviews)

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Price: Ranges from $22.50 to $32.50

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

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Bonus #2: Custom orders available.

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

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

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  • growlers
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  • champagne flutes
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  • pint glasses (singles and sets)
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  • World of Warcraft
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  • Legend of Zelda
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  • Tetris
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  • Resident Evil
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Throw Pillows

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

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Store Rating: N/A

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

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

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

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

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Where to Buy: BlueRobotto on Etsy and BlueRobotto.com

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Store Rating: 5/5 stars (324 reviews)

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

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

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

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

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Bags, Wallets, and 3DS Cases: Part 2

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Honorable Mention: SpeakGeek on Etsy

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

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

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

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Where to Buy: Jessica Smith on Society6

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Store Rating: N/A

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

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

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Artistic Prints: Part 1

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Where to Buy: Kayadesign on Etsy

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

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Price: $7

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

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

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

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Where to Buy: Loft817 on Etsy

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Cost: Ranges from $8.50 to $26

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

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

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Patches and Stickers: Part 1

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Where to Buy: FandomCSN on Etsy

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Store Rating: 5/5 stars (17 reviews)

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

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

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

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

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  • Halo
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  • Call of Duty
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  • Metal Gear Solid
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  • Legend of Zelda
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  • Mario
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  • Angry Birds
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Patches and Stickers: Part 2

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Where to Buy: Animinis on Etsy and Animinis.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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