Portal Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Portal RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Enhanced Versions of 4 Valve Classics Now Playable on Xbox One X https://www.gameskinny.com/cp7ja/enhanced-versions-of-4-valve-classics-now-playable-on-xbox-one-x https://www.gameskinny.com/cp7ja/enhanced-versions-of-4-valve-classics-now-playable-on-xbox-one-x Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:33:03 -0400 William R. Parks

Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb has announced that, starting today, enhanced versions of four more Xbox One Backward Compatible titles will be playable on Xbox One X: Valve classics Half-Life 2: The Orange Box, Portal: Still Alive, Left 4 Dead, and Left 4 Dead 2.

"Xbox 360 games enhanced for Xbox One X run at a higher resolution and 9X the original pixel count," Hyrb's post states.

Without altering the game's original code, enhanced titles "showcase the very best version possible with the existing assets."

With these additions, there are now 21 enhanced Xbox 360 titles playable on Xbox One X, including Assassin's Creed, Fallout 3, and Red Dead Redemption.

While these four new additions may not all be created equal, it is hard to deny the impact they have had on their respective genres, and enhanced versions are certainly a boon for those that have sprung for the more powerful Xbox One.

To close, if you have not played Half-Life 2: Go!

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9 Games We Want to Experience in Virtual Reality (VR) https://www.gameskinny.com/kbrtm/9-games-we-want-to-experience-in-virtual-reality-vr https://www.gameskinny.com/kbrtm/9-games-we-want-to-experience-in-virtual-reality-vr Tue, 06 Feb 2018 20:51:40 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

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Fortnite
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If for nothing else than just parachuting down with 99 other people Fortnite Battle Royale rounds out our list as a game we would love to see in VR. From building, to shooting, to hiding your way into the top 10, the cartoony Fortnite world would be an absolute delight to experience in VR. The PVE Save the World mode wouldn’t be half bad either. Fighting off wave after wave of cartoon zombies would be thrilling, and just the right amount of scary.

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That does it for our list of games we want to experience in VR! What other games do you want to see in VR? Do you think any games wouldn't work in VR? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to stick around GameSkinny for more lists, guides, and news about your favorite games!

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
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I haven't met a single person who doesn't like Mario Kart. It's easy to get the hang of, and you always feel like you have a chance to win the race. The levels are also delightful to drive through. I know, I know there’s already that Tokyo arcade that offers the VR Mario Kart experience, but if there could be a way for the common gamer to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe from the comfort of their own home, it would dominate the VR market. Fans would come in droves to VR to play this game, if only because nailing your friends with a green shell would never be more satisfying.

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Portal
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This one might turn your stomach, but from the first inklings of VR, Portal was part of the discussion. This 3D puzzler that redefined the way we think about puzzles would be a natural for VR. Imagine going through a level and hearing someone like GLaDOS talking behind us or above us (which would be a great game to take advantage of sound in a 3D space) and trying to get under our skin as we try to beat a level.While we have Portal Stories: Mel, it’s not the same as the mainline, genuine Portal experience. We want to blast our portal guns and travel through disorienting dimensions and vomit-inducing infinite loops!

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Overwatch
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If any FPS would work well in virtual reality, Overwatch would. The gameplay is already favorable to VR: each character only has a few abilities to master, while movement is easy to master for most characters. As long as we had great wireless VR technology, so we wouldn’t trip all over ourselves, this arena shooter would be a fantastic way to spend a quick hour in VR. Players would get an opportunity to really challenge themselves against others and have a whole new way to compete with one another. Overwatch also has tremendous lore around it that people are in love with. Being able to go into a world you love and see your favorite characters (I'm looking at you Mei and Winston) would go a long way in bringing people real joy.

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World of Warcraft
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So many fantasy and sci-fi novels talk about being transported into virtual worlds and going on adventures with friends. When World of Warcraft came out in 2004 it was the virtual world everybody had been waiting for. Now that we have the technology WoW VR would be the epitome of virtual reality experiences if done right. Just imagine being transported into a fantastical world and cooperating with 24 other people to take down a dragon 30 times bigger than you. It would bring a whole new meaning to the term heroic mode. If any MMORPG should be made into VR it's this one.

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Steep
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Let’s face: it snowboarding and skiing in real life can be scary and downright dangerous for the inexperienced, not to mention relatively expensive. We're not all capable of going to the Olympics like Lindsey Vonn or Shaun White. Fortunately for us who are more risk-averse, but still love snow, Steep captures all that fun and excitement, without any actual risk of bodily harm. If we could be instantly transported to the peak of Denali and go for a high adrenaline race down the slopes in virtual reality, how could we possibly resist that temptation? Steep is highly acclaimed for how beautiful it looks, and in VR , I imagine we'd all be wondering why we can't see our breath while we trick our brains into feeling chilly.

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For Honor
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Ever wonder who would win a fight between a knight, a viking, and a samurai? If so, then this game is for you (and it probably still is, even if you never wondered). While it has its fair share of issues, like connectivity and microtransactions, For Honor has a very rewarding fighting system. If the game solved all of its issues and came out on VR, it would be a truly great experience. Who doesn’t want to grab the nearest sword and beat up on any unfortunate soul who dares come near them? The 3D environments in the game would be especially great to experience in VR, combat would bring entirely new challenges, it would be a great workout, and the arenas are small enough to traverse easily. There's almost no reason why this shouldn't work as a VR game.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn
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Horizon: Zero Dawn is breathtakingly beautiful. This action RPG features hunting, stealth, and a fantastic story, not to mention the landscapes in HZD are tremendous. Being able to experience that world in VR would make your jaw hit the floor. You would practically be able to feel the tall imaginary grasses while stalking your prey as Aloy. Imagine drawing back your bow and letting loose an arrow to see a monster fall before you. It's the thrill of the hunt -- except nobody actually has to get hurt. Which is good, since those machine monsters would probably be even more terrifying in VR.

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Overcooked
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Overcooked is fun, hectic, and easy to pick up. It's a game where friends work together in a restaurant to get out as many orders as quickly as possible (think diner dash done even better). Its simple controls make it a great candidate for VR. This co-op frenzy would guarantee laughs, as you see your friends bumble around while you try to get those meals out on time. So it's easy to speculate that being inside a crazy kitchen like the kitchens in Overcooked would lead to even bigger laughs then the game already produces in groups of friends. And of course, the best part is there's no risk of actually cutting yourself with that kitchen knife!

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VR technology has been improving steadily, and dedicated VR gamers are always hoping for the next great experience. Virtual reality offers people the opportunity to immerse themselves into fantastic worlds and challenge their brains and bodies in new and exciting ways. The technology for virtual reality gaming is quickly improving, and after titles like Doom and Star Trek: Bridge Crew came to VR, the platform looks more promising than ever for gamers. To prepare for that glorious future, here are a few more games we hope to one day experience in VR.

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Feast Your Ears on the Fascinating Audio Commentary in These 11 Games https://www.gameskinny.com/t06i8/feast-your-ears-on-the-fascinating-audio-commentary-in-these-11-games https://www.gameskinny.com/t06i8/feast-your-ears-on-the-fascinating-audio-commentary-in-these-11-games Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:56:02 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

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Alas, Hideo Kojima, the creator of the famous Metal Gear Solid series, never took to the task of recording a single line of developer commentary on his games. However, the fourth game in the series, Guns of the Patriots, includes such a commentary by Ken Imaizumi, the game's producer, Aki Saito, Konami international product manager, and Sean Eyestone, one of the writers.

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This audio commentary is available in the game on Snake's iPod. So if you haven't had the chance to listen to it yet, maybe now's the time.

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What's your favorite developer commentary track? Let us know in the comments below!.

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Grim Fandango Remastered

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Tim Schafer is one of the world's most renowned and consistent game designers. His titles have garnered huge fan followings, and his new games are anticipated by millions of gamers everywhere every year.

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Grim Fandango is definitely one of his finest moments. That's why Sony decided to release a remastered version of the game just a few years ago. It was a great decision to include the developer commentary, too, as it reveals the massive amounts of talent Tim Schafer wields.

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Fortunately, the entire commentary has been leaked online, so grab a pack of popcorn and immerse yourself in the world of mesmerizing game development of Grim Fandango.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut

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The Director's Cut of the first Deus Ex introduced a number of revamped gameplay elements, a fantastic series of developer commentaries, and a whole documentary showcasing the behind-the-scenes creation process.

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Even if you've never played the game or have no interest in the Deus Ex series but want to know what it takes to develop a modern AAA title, then be sure to check the entire audio commentary section of the game. Be warned, though, it's long. Seven hours long.

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Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2

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This survival horror franchise from Valve was another massive success for the company. So it's no surprise that the dev team opted to provide audio commentary in the same fashion as both Half-Life 2 and the Portal franchise: as interactive nodes that could be activated by players during the gameplay.

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The sequel, which came out only a year later, had the same team record their thoughts on the development process, too, making it one of the most encompassing game design commentaries you will ever hear.

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Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour

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Here is another cult title from the 90s -- a true blast from the past: the one and only Duke Nukem 3D. The upgraded version of the original title was released just a year ago to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series.

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Allen Blum and Richard Gray, the original designers of the game, return to their progeny and not only deliver additional content to the original game, but also discuss what went into the process of reviving the old files from the ashes.

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Tomb Raider: Anniversary

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The very first game that launched the epic Tomb Raider series was released in the mid-90s. Ten years later, Crystal Dynamics released a remastered version of that first game based on the new Legend engine.

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Fast forward to the Tomb Raider: Anniversary bundle, and you'll find game developer commentary featuring Jason Botta, the creative director of the remastered version, and Toby Gard, the original game's lead designer. 

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They discuss each segment of the game as you play through it, and reveal why certain decisions were made in the process of the creation of those particular levels.

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Firewatch

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Firewatch offers a developer commentary as a part of its free DLC, which adds an Audio Tour mode to the game. It's designed in such a way that allows players to pick up audio players in the beginning of the prologue, and then pick up audio cassettes that are placed in special spots throughout the game.

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Each cassette contains a recording from a Firewatch development member who discusses how that particular part of the game was designed. The best thing about this approach is that the recordings are relatively short and don't distract from the actual gameplay too much.

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Portal & Portal 2

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After the smashing success of Half-Life 2, Valve released another title that is considered to be one of the most original game concepts ever devised -- the Portal series.

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As usual, Gabe Newell, the founder of Valve, was joined by the development team behind the Portal games and recorded an accompanying audio commentary for the series. In order to access all of the commentary episodes, players must first complete the game. Afterward, the developer commentary mode will be unlocked, offering over a hundred audio segments for your listening pleasure.

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The Last Of Us Remastered

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The Last of Us was a PS3 exclusive and international hit. A year later, it was remastered and ported to the PS4 -- bringing with it developer commentary by Neil Druckmann, creative director, Troy Baker, who plays Joel, and Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie.

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This commentary can be accessed through an in-game menu, which shows all of the game's cutscenes in succession -- with audio commentary on top -- making the experience very similar to watching films with director commentary. 

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Half-Life 2

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Half-Life 3 is undoubtedly the most anticipated sequel to any game ever released. The first two games have set the bar of the quality so high that it will be hard to achieve the same level of intrigue as before.

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However, if you want to know how the development of this incredibly popular series began, then be sure to check the developer commentary of Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 & 2.

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Unfortunately, the development team didn't record commentary for the first game, but there is more than enough material to study from the two episodes of the sequel. Commentary includes anecdotes and behind the scenes stories from team members such as Gabe Newell, Greg Coomer, Jay Stelly, and many more. 

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BioShock: The Collection

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Every fan of the BioShock series simply ought to have BioShock: The Collection. Not only does it inlcude the remastered versions of all three games, but it also adds to the experience an exciting commentary track from Ken Levine, the series' creative director, and Shawn Robertson, the lead artist. 

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Interestingly, the commentary for Bioshock: The Collection is part of the franchise's world. Throughout each of the stories, players are able to find collectible items that activate new episodes where the developers discuss the design process behind the series.

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The commentary uncovers many previously unknown details about the risks and challenges that the development team had to take in order to deliver one of the most praised video game franchises in history.

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While audio commentary from directors and filmmakers is typical for most Hollywood movies, commentary from video game developers discussing their creative process on a separate audio track attached to your favorite game is relatively new.

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It took some years before game developers decided to adopt the same approach as their Hollywood counterparts. The first game that appeared with such developer commentary was 2000's Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo.

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After that first experiment, other developers also wanted to share their experiences with gamers, and many games followed suit. Here you will find 11 of the most inspiring video game developer commentaries that will not only let you see the the machinations behind your favorite games, but also what drives your favorite developer to keep making great games. 

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10 Things Filmmakers Can Learn from Video Game Cut Scenes https://www.gameskinny.com/3mecb/10-things-filmmakers-can-learn-from-video-game-cut-scenes https://www.gameskinny.com/3mecb/10-things-filmmakers-can-learn-from-video-game-cut-scenes Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:00:02 -0400 Nick Lee

The art of cinema and the world of video games no longer stand as completely different mediums when it comes to the expression of complex and simplistic ideas. There are lessons in film that have transferred over to cut scenes, breaks in the action of a game where a movie moment fills in or progresses the details of a story.

Cut scenes can occur at the beginning, middle, or near the end of a game and by my estimation, a bad scene can signal a good time for a snack or a bathroom break for gamers. For directors of the next great cinematic moment, take some cues from these games who left a long-lasting impact on gamers everywhere.

Fallout and the Creation of Mantra

Fans of the acclaimed Fallout series will recognize the mantra of the series that "War, war never changes." There's been countless films about war itself, the effects of killing on the human psyche, and dystopian futures, but none can capture the art of the rise and fall of humanity quite like Bethesda. Fallout focuses on a world that was threatened by nuclear war during the 1950's Cold War but used nuclear energy for the advancement of mankind. This of course was all pushed to the edge as the ideals of overconsumption and greed plagued the world.

Moviemakers can often have characters repeat signature phrases, and trilogies can often call back to similar phrases. In the context of Fallout, the phrase is used to signal that regardless of the situation in any of the games in the series, one thing remains. What remains is the perils, strife, evils, and selfishness that got mankind to the place it is in. Greater commentary on the dangerous nature of these qualities would do well as a warning in movies for us all to heed.

Portal and How to Roll Credits

If you've wandered into any Marvel movie in the past several years you'll know that staying until the credits are completely over is now required. We all collectively know now that just because the credits begin to roll, doesn't mean it's actually over. Other movies have picked up this trend and are probably going to have us in movie theaters for just a few minutes more for the rest of our lives.

A great way filmmakers can take advantage of this captive audience time is to make them smile. Portal is a game where the player is constantly at odds with an evil robot mainframe named GlaDos (Who is reminiscent of Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.) The tone of the game is quite the contrary to this ending scene and performs a 180 in one of the most masterful ways in video games. A chance to do this might only come in more fantastical movies, but taking this to the big screen could be just as iconic, and hopefully catchy.

Kotor II: The Sith Lords Powerful Writing

Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords have arguably some of the best writing in video game history. The game sets up a world in which people begin to question the values of both the Jedi and of the Sith. Star Wars movies have yet to reach a critical, provoking moment anywhere near this, and Rouge One: A Star Wars Story only slightly came close in their depiction of what it means to rebel. Movies, not just Star Wars, can take cues from this cut scene as it incorporates so many elements all at once. In this one scene, the character's perceived objective comes crumbling down as the Jedi decides your fate like a kangaroo court.

Making the natural order, or those in authority actually turn out to be blinded by their own fears or misunderstandings is a lesson that can't be stressed enough. Just because an authority has done more good than harm does not make them infallible. Furthermore, Star Wars heading in a direction like this could take the idea that the force is parallel to religion and could take on the arguments we face here on Earth all the time.

Last of Us and Perfect Juxtaposition

The Last of Us provides some of the best storytelling in video games and does something movies can get right, but might often forget when it comes to stories about two rogues on a mission. Rather than just create bland pairings between our two antagonists storytellers should follow the great work of this game in character pairs. In this cut scene, we see the culmination of working together as main characters Joel and Ellie get into an argument over Ellie's future.

Those who make it to the end of the game will see the power of a relationship that develops over a short period of time. Last of Us does an amazing job of pairing the two through a number of ways. We see that Joel is the classic older, yet crotchety, guy who is experienced enough to survive tough spots. Meanwhile, Ellie is a young girl with some experience of her own, but is still discovering herself and what makes her so special.

Further, we see both characters face their fears and how those can get the best of them. For a game with scenes as good as this one it was tough to choose just one, but playing the game felt more like peeking into real lives than spectating a movie, so definitely take notes on this one.

Mass Effect and Culmination of Plans

For those who have played through the story arch combined with dynamic relationships that resulted in Mass Effect 3, you'll undoubtedly recognize this cut scene as the battle for Earth. The Battle, while a cool way to think of doing space battles for sci-fi movies speaks more to the art of culmination. Movie goers and gamers definitely have something in common when it comes to having to make us care about different groups of people in what we are watching.

The battle scene here was the work of three-game installments and countless devotion to the hours of gameplay, but this can be transferred over to movies as well. Future films will do well to take note that you don't actually have to end every sci-fi or war-type film with a final battle that solves every issue. Sometimes leaving cliffhangers and interesting threads for a future movie will bring fans along for a ride. By now we know that the bigger the blockbuster, the more likely there is to be a sequel or remake so why not let us have those moments of wonder as to where you'll take us next?

Homeworld and Haunting Introductions

Players of the Homeworld series will remember this iconic intro scene as one of the few that stays with you throughout all video game history. Movies and games have long since started introductions to desolate wastelands or futuristic movies with narration, but Homeworld moves the viewer to feel as if this was more real than sci-fi. When presenting narration, filmmakers can take heed from the design of Homeworld's intro by noting the voice-over, the choice of music and sound level throughout and overall tone for this intro.

This is how sci-fi is truly meant to start out, similar to the mention of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Homeworld utilizes spaces of silence and calming voices to create an eerie feeling. With a rise in space-type movies lately, hopefully, lessons from this game will be taken into consideration.

Final Fantasy VII and Character Development

In any story making your characters grow in some way or learn a lesson is a given. Whether it be done in a cheesy 80's way, or by having them be altered in a way they won't even understand yet, it has to be done. Final Fantasy is a series that has become iconic if for the cut scenes alone. One of the arguably greatest character interactions takes place in Final Fantasy VII, Cloud and Zack in the seventh installment of the series.

Going a step further, the scene ties together the idea that Zack's memories are fading as the scene goes on due to the fact that he is dying while also trying his best to hold on to life. There are a litany of lessons in the Square Enix made cut scenes, but the most important is to be willing to build a character up even if he is going to die. Increasing movie tie-ins like Marvel's have a Jenga tower of characters that don't ever seem to go anywhere because we have no reason to believe they'd die.

Letting a character grow on the audience and then pulling them out of the fray is a powerful move that series like Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead have done so well and continue to garner praise for it. A bonus lesson for this comes in the phrase if you love someone let it go, but in film, if you love a character it's okay to let them die

Batman: Arkham Knight and Winning

Few movies can do to an audience what the ending to Batman: Arkham Knight easily provided. From seamless transition between gameplay and cut scenes to the Batman overcoming all odds once again, this game carries on where future Batman movies might not. Throughout the game there are flashes of the Joker, Batman's eternal enemy, shows up and the fear that Batman is becoming just like him plays on his psyche until the very end.

The scenes above are the ending cinematic and gameplay, but speak to a tip that movies can pick up on. The relationship between the movie's hero and villain has to be one that goes both ways to truly make an impact. In Batman: Arkham Knight it isn't just Joker's hate for Batman, but it's their mutual animosity towards the other that fosters it further.

Great villains need more than a simple motif of wanting to conquer or destroy the world, they need a reason to keep fighting their enemy and even show their own fears to make them more real. So when a hero finally overcomes a well-polished antagonist, it leads us to the next lesson.

Master Chief and Bad Ass Delivery

The lesson here is to always allow your extreme, over the top and badass characters be just that. Even when they have times that show emotion or remorse for their situation, letting them have fun and just live up to their abilities can't be overstated unless it's beyond the possibilities their universe sets on them. Out of the many cut scenes of the Halo series, this one has got to be the most exemplary of what it means to be the hero -- "Return the Sender" from Halo 2.

Master Chief, the iconic-suited hero of the series is always the hero. Regardless of focus, he is used as the best asset of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command. A prime example of the respect that should be shown for characters like this occurs in Halo 4 as the main antagonist transforms from calling Master Chief "human" to "warrior" by the end of the game. So when you have a character who's earned their scars and could reasonably be the one-man army, it's okay to let them sometimes.

Kingdom Hearts and Musicality

Square Enix knows how to tell a story, but they certainly perfected the music of this one. The Kingdom Hearts series follows young hero Sora as he tries to make it back home to his friends with the help of iconic Disney characters like Donald Duck and Goofy. The focus filmmakers can take are the uses of theme music as a sense of tying the story together. The series uses an instrumental song called Dearly Beloved from the beginning and in the end screen, but the final scene showing Sora nearly reunited with his friend utilizes the recurring intro song titled "Simple and Clean."

The theme of the series, most recognized in numerous trailers, constantly reminds players of the game. It's a masterful job of bringing back the theme with different reprises and remixes that make it iconic in video game history. When making a film, certain theme songs will forever be associated with a character or film. One that does this as a means of tying together the film with a great piece of music is Inception that focuses on the world of dreams in relation to effects on reality, just like Kingdom Hearts. Who knows, maybe Sora's had a totem the whole time.

Honorable Mentions

There's just too many great cut scenes in video games not to mention these, so here's a quick list of additional reading for study

Uncharted

The Uncharted series is known for taking its' inspiration from the big screen for cut scenes, so what lesson could you possibly learn from them? Well, what the series does better than any other is instill a James Bond sense of danger in scenarios that make sense for the character. Nathan Drake, the protagonist, doesn't ever stray from the idea that he wants one last ride or adventure then he's hanging it all up. The fourth installment does the best job in recapturing that childlike adventure he has by literally flashing back to his childhood. Movie characters need that passion about whatever it is their doing, and the audience will enjoy finding the little quirks they may identify with.

Pac-Man

There's nothing like being first, and being original is harder these days than ever. The tip to be taken from the legend of gaming is that sometimes silent little moments can progress the story in ways that might seem silly but ultimately get their point across.

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Overall, video games can teach the film industry a lot with character development and the use of literary techniques as they are inspired by the art of film itself. The greatest films of all time incorporate different aspects like those listed above, but don't have to use all at the same time to work either. Each above can be used in its own unique ways to tie together a story with real feeling and emotions behind it.

Characters exist on screen from planning and writing, but they will stay there if they aren't given real breath and emotion that the audience can connect with. Icons don't become that way by accident, and getting back to the simple lessons of storytelling can achieve that all over again.

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Insanely Evil: 5+ Video Game Villains with Diagnosable Psychological Disorders https://www.gameskinny.com/ka1p2/insanely-evil-5-video-game-villains-with-diagnosable-psychological-disorders https://www.gameskinny.com/ka1p2/insanely-evil-5-video-game-villains-with-diagnosable-psychological-disorders Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

Almost every game has a villain. But very few have noteworthy villains; too many are evil for its own sake. The best villains are emotionally complex with their own motivations, pasts, and neuroses. It makes them relatable, flawed, and human -- even if they are not actually human. But sometimes these neuroses are more than just small problems; they are driving forces in a villain's life.

A psychological disorder can not be treated if it hasn't been diagnosed, so it's a good thing that resident P.h.D. ThatGamersAsylum* is here to assist. (What'd you think the Asylum stood for? Not just a family name.) Today I take a look at some villains that could've used my help before they destroyed *insert amount of resultant carnage*.

Patient: GLaDOS (Portal)

Diagnosis: Compulsive Liar

portal, glados, robot, ai

I know what you are thinking, "That is so true! She totally is a compulsive liar!" Oh, wait? That’s not what you’re thinking? Well, who cares if she is a robot? She can still be insane! I think... look this isn’t Rick & Morty folks. I’m not here to argue about the philosophy of AI psychology. All I know is that whoever programmed GLaDOS was a messed up son of a... Ohhh! Cake!

GLaDOS' compulsive lying starts at the beginning of Portal, "there’s cake," she says, "just keep doing all of these tests that may or may not lead to your death," she says. Well, I died a lot and never received any cake. What really pushes this over the edge, however, is that she lies even when it is obvious and no longer convenient or useful; she just can't stop. Even as you are funneled onto a conveyor belt that leads into a fiery inferno, GLaDOS insists that you are just fine and that the cake is totally not a lie. It’s just around the corner; it wasn’t.

Patient: Rafe Adler (Uncharted 4)

Diagnosis: Adrenaline Junkie
Rafe Adler, Uncharted 4

Rafe is a well-written character. He is flawed and multi-faceted. It is completely possible that a psychiatrist would see many things wrong with Rafe (Certainly nothing medication couldn’t fix, though.). The characteristics that make Rafe an adrenaline junkie are best exhibited by the lengths he is willing to go to acquire the treasure he has sought for so long. Rafe has wasted much of his inherited fortune, spent over a decade of his life, committed murder, and risked his own life all in pursuit of this treasure.

The last of these is of particular note because he does not need to be involved. Sure, it helps ensure control, but it also lets him get his hands dirty. His willingness for adventure, action, murder, and greed are all shown well when he kills the prison official early in the game.

Patient: Lusamine (Pokemon Sun & Moon)

Diagnosis: Depression w/ Psychosis
Lusamine, Pokemon Sun & Moon 

In Pokemon Sun and Moon, it is said that Lusamine was a kind, affectionate, (and still hot) mom when her children were young. It is only when her husband disappeared while researching the very creatures that she is now obsessed with that she began to become the madwoman we know and love today.

Lusamine seems to truly believe that she was a great mother and that her children betrayed her without reason. She also thinks she can save Pokemon while allowing the Ultra Beasts to wreak havoc upon the world. Lusamine feels a need to save and protect the Ultra Beasts when the only known threat to them is her. In short, Lusamine suffers from delusions and struggles to adequately grasp reality and this would fit psychosis.

Psychosis is,” characterized by radical changes in personality, impaired functioning, and a distorted or nonexistent sense of objective reality.”

Psychosis, however, is a symptom. Since her psychosis seems to be onset from extreme grief it seems clear she suffers from Major Depressive Disorder with features of psychosis. (You didn’t really think we’d get through an article about psychological disorders without talking about depression, did you?)

Patient: Seymour (Final Fantasy X)

Diagnosis: PTSD

Seymour, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy

I know what you are thinking (yes, this schtick again), "Oh! That guy is a major asshole... and isn’t PTSD for soldiers?" Yes, he is. And no, it’s for anyone that has witnessed or experienced something traumatic, especially death. Seymour’s PTSD is specifically rooted in his childhood.

Being a half human, half-guado, he was meant to be seen as a coming together of the two species but was eventually despised as an abomination by both. As such, he and his human mother were exiled. By the time he was 10, his mother was terminally ill and decided to sacrifice herself to become a fayth in order for him to be able to use her as a summon to kill Sin, a creature that reincarnates and destroys civilization and whose actions are seen as a divine punishment for, well, sin.

Final FantasySay hello to momma... NO WONDER HE HAS PTSD!!!

His mother’s sacrifice really screwed with him, as one can imagine. It left him alone in the world and he became distant, eventually developing deeply held nihilistic worldviews. This ultimately lead to him believing that the only way to save people from suffering was to kill them. He really was a sweet boy. I swear. One symptom of PTSD sums it up best:

“Persistent and exaggerated negative beliefs or expectations about oneself, others, or the world.”

Remember children, raise your kids right or they will become an undying monster that’s an unbelievable pain in the sides of JRPG fans worldwide.

Patient: Andrew Ryan (Bioshock)

Diagnosis: Complicated...

Andrew Ryan, Bioshock

"We all make choices. But in the end, our choices make us."

 ―Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan has similarities to many of the villains on this list. He grew up in Russia as a child and witnessed the 1917 Russian Revolution at the young age of 6. This shaped his world views, namely, that the greatest things in the world were accomplished by great people that were unfettered by government, regulation, and “parasites,” or those reliant upon the great successful ones. This is not altogether unlike Seymour’s youth.

Ryan also seems to share aspects of Lusamine’s psychosis. He constantly fears Rapture being taken over by the “parasites” while continually undermining his own ideals every step of the way. He goes to great lengths to take over private businesses to overthrow a smuggling ring, something that is in direct opposition to his creed. Certainly most damning, both morally and philosophically, is when he follows Su Chong’s advice and laces plasmids such that their users would become vulnerable to mental persuasion via pheromones.

Andrew Ryan, Bioshock

Andrew Ryan looked vastly different over the 3 games.

Ryan also categorically shows disregard for the well-being of others. His whole ideology is fixated on “parasites” potentially sucking on the teet of the wealthy and affluent. But it seems to be pushed to the extremes, such that there are no protections for those who cannot defend themselves. The lack of moral restraints on scientists, which ultimately leads to the many scientific abominations you fight in Bioshock, is exceptionally concerning. Extremist ideology merges with politics in an interesting way.

The Larger Picture

Is this used to signify scope, or just from a scrapped ME:A article? Yes.

What makes Ryan so interesting within the context of this article is that he begs for a greater, relevant debate to be had. Where do philosophy and personality end and psychological disorder begin? Andrew Ryan’s guiding philosophy may be unusually un-altruistic, but does holding such views make you a sociopath who lacks the ability to empathize with others? Just because your ideology grows from a different place, a different context, does it make it inherently inferior?

Could an ideology -- that was developed or nurtured in psychosis -- be relevant? At what point can you call Ryan’s arguments poppycock and insist that his are the ramblings of a mad man that needs not be in the pulpit, but rather in the asylum? Does evil necessarily equate to some underlying disorder?

face plan, statue

You can see a similar argument take place in modern medicine. The DSM-V allows what many consider to be normal grief to be diagnosed as clinical depression within a short amount of time. This can ultimately allow for the over medicating of patients that do not need medicine. Where is the line drawn between the normal and the obtuse? And when the obtuse is verified, when do we decide that it should be medicated away?

When does a “hard ass stubborn old mule” turn out to be a lack of empathy in need of diagnosis? Even Andrew Ryan was pushed to the edge and forced to use his power as "the man" to interfere with the privacy of others to act for the perceived greater good. When does government do the same to help the mentally estranged that need help? When does it become necessary? When does it become obtrusive? There are no easy answers.

Patient: Everybody (Borderlands)

Diagnosis: F*@&ed Up!

borderlands, gangAh! The whole gang back together again. Makes me nostalgic.

Now to lighten the mood after confronting you with the crushing possibility of an over-medicated country! And what’s better for winding down than Borderlands? Everybody in Borderlands is crazy, whether it be a good guy, a bad lady, or any combination of the two. (In Borderlands, you just might see a combination of all four.) And you didn’t need me to tell you that!

Death is only the icing on top of the sweet cake that is the act of killing people for all of these sickos. Psychos are well, psycho. “Strip the flesh, salt the wound! Aha! Ahaha!” I mean, who fights over meaningless loot and weapons in a society where death means that you are instantly cloned and revitalized? This is supposed to be a utopia and all of you are fighting one another to obtain guns which you then us to kill each other to get more guns? And on the armpit of hell of all places? You’ve got to be kidding me. I now see why Dr.Zed is so flippant about practicing medicine. What’s any of it matter? Moxxi, hit me with the strongest spirits you’ve got!

This is supposed to be a utopia and all of you are fighting one another to obtain guns which you then use to kill each other to get more guns? And on the armpit of hell of all places? You’ve got to be kidding me. I now see why Dr.Zed is so flippant about practicing medicine. What’s any of it matter? Moxxi, hit me with the strongest spirits you’ve got!

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That's it for video game villains who have actual diagnosable psychological issues. But, if there are some obvious ones I have missed, let me know in the comments below.

*Not an ACTUAL doctor. Obviously.

Header Image Attained from Neil Conway & Edited.

Grieving Angel Attained from Sarah Gath & Edited.

All diagnostic quotes are from the DSM-V unless otherwise noted.

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The 16 Best Fan-Made Short Films Based on Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/ntdj1/the-16-best-fan-made-short-films-based-on-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/ntdj1/the-16-best-fan-made-short-films-based-on-video-games Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Hell of a DayZ
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People that play DayZ know that the worst enemies in the game are not zombies roaming the wastelands, but the humans, or simply other players. This is also the main plot point of the short film based on DayZ that tells a story of two companions.

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The film clearly shows what usually happens in the world devoid of any honor and conscience, which is probably the best lesson one can get.

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On that note, let's wait and see what else 2017 will bring in terms of video game fan-films, so expect another selection later this year.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Shadow
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Here’s another dark re-telling of the familiar story. This time Link meets his dark twin -- the Link’s shadow. The film’s got a few bloody scenes and the whole theme suggests that the bright world of Zelda is not that bright after all.

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It was made by the same team that shot Shadow of Mordor, so there is a certain style to their work -- lots of action in a fantasy-based world. We hope they do more of this stuff in the future ‘cause it does look great.

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Metroid: The Sky Calls
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The Sky Calls is the true successor of such great sci-fi films like Alien and Space Odyssey. It has that undeniable aesthetics of the grim, open space that is as dangerous as it can get.

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There is a lot of CGI in the film, but it’s done very well, and the special saturation effect that resembles the Kodak film strip used in the 70s and 80s makes everything look extra cool.

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If you are a fan of oldschool sci-fi movies, then definitely watch Metroid: The Sky Calls.

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Sonic the Hedgehog
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Instead of letting a real actor play the part of Sonic, the creators of this fan film decided to go with a full animated character, and probably for the best. The animation looks neat and it blends naturally into the live setting of planet Mobius.

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The film doesn’t try to take a Sonic into some new direction, but shows it the way this character is meant to be -- fast and funny, if even silly at times. However, the danger is real and the stakes are high, so there is more to the story than it seems at first.

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Super Mario: Underworld
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Super Mario in a horror movie? How is this possible? Well, Nukazooka made it possible! It’s a tale with morale that warns all the young kids about the dangers of missing a jump in Super Mario Bros. game, because if that happens, then Mario will go to the most terrifying place -- the Nintendo underworld.

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Anyhow, it’s a really cool concept, it is actually so good that could spawn an entire fan-made video game, but we all know too well that Nintendo will never allow that... but we can always dream, right?

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Portal: No Escape
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No Escape simply cannot show all the aspects of the original game from Valve, but it does tell a short story from a life of a female prisoner who finds the miraculous handheld portal device.

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It is a very well made short movie, which isn’t surprising, since the creator of the film is Dan Trachtenberg -- the same guy who directed 10 Cloverfield Lane from last year. If you want to see how he came up with his own style of filmmaking, then definitely check out his Portal film.

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Tomb Raider: Croft
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The story of Lara Croft is not only one of the longest-running video game series, but also a movie franchise that spawned two features with Angelina Jolie in the main role and the upcoming reboot with Alicia Vikander.

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Although not a massive undertaking as the above-mentioned Hollywood blockbusters, this fan film is nothing short of amazing. It was inspired by the game that was released in 2013 and incorporates all the stylistic features of it, such as the new look of the main heroine, grim atmosphere, bow and arrows as the main weapon, etc.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution
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Human Revolution is not a usual fan-made short film -- it’s got a relatively huge budget, it took two years to film... and it looks impressive. The slick design of the game is preserved to a T and the action sequences are perfectly choreographed.

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The actor who plays Adam Jensen, the main protagonist, also served as the editor, writer, and director of the film -- his name is Moe Charif. He is currently working on his full feature film “Exile” that should be out sometime this year.

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The Splinter Cell
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Ubisoft has two tactical shooters that should make their way into the big cinema sooner or later -- Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon. None of them have been actually seriously considered yet, but this fan film made by Atomic Productions is simply staggering.

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The cinematography in the film is mind-blowing and at times even trumps those big Hollywood flicks.

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BioShock: The Brothers Rapture
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BioShock series is a perfect candidate for being turned into a few high-budget Hollywood blockbusters with some nice plot. At one point such a movie was greenlit, but due to financial problems and artistic differences it was put on a halt indefinitely.

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Fortunately, there are some really cool short films based on the iconic game. One of them is The Brothers Rapture created by film students from Canada. It tells the story of two brothers who work in the Rapture City and how their experiments lead to some horrific results.

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The Last of Us: No Escape
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Pocketsquare has made two short films based on The Last of Us thus far, and it looks like it’s not their last one, especially with the announcement of the sequel to TLOU video game.

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The 13-minute long film captures the atmosphere of the game incredibly well. Some of the scenes are gripping and convey a true sense of despair. The sound design plays a huge role in it, and it is clear how much attention the creators paid to the ambience -- these people know what they do.

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Fallout: Nuka Break
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The original short film based on Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas became so popular that the team behind the project decided to turn it into a full-fledged web-series. The first season got huge online very quickly and the Kickstarter campaign was launched to finance Season 2.

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Not only fans were amazed by the quality of the original film and the series, but the representatives of Bethesda themselves gave them two thumbs-up. Later on the Nuka Breaker weapon has been released through a DLC, which was a direct homage to this fan-film.

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Red Dead Redemption: Seth's Gold
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Seth’s Gold is a true fan-film made with the money gathered on IndieGoGo from 87 backers that managed to bring in over 8,000 Euro. Although it is based on the RDR video game, the shooting style was inspired by the old westerns, such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West.

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The people behind the film are two young Spanish filmmakers -- Guillermo de Oliveira and Javier Esteban. They have a few other cool shorts on their YouTube channel, so check them out.

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Watch Dogs
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Ubisoft has in plans of releasing a feature film based on Watch Dogs, but after the flop of the Assassin’s Creed movie, we should all expect more delays and rewrites. There is hope if the production team tries to really ground everything down, instead of imitating the unrealistic approach that works only in video games.

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The good example is the short film presented here that received tons of positive reviews from the community. It was created by Infectious Designer right after the release of the first game, which even spawned several sequels.

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Shadow Of Mordor
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This little movie was made in 2014 by Sam and Niko from Corridor Digital with financial support of Warner Bros. Games. The film shows an episode from the story of ranger Talion, who is being chased by a bunch of orcs.

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It features high standards of production, including top-notch make-up, excellent acting, fighting choreography, and some very well-done CGI. The only drawback is the main character’s synthetic wig that looks really cheap, but other than that it’s totally worth a watch.

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Grand Theft Auto: RISE
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There isn’t much story wise in RISE, but the chase scene that takes the two thirds of the film is more than impressive. Gevorg Karensky, the writer and director, created a style that combines both live and video game footage.

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The film was so well accepted by the community that it was immediately snatched for the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. Sam Gibs from Gizmodo UK said the following about GTA: RISE:

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"It blows every other fan-made project I've ever laid eyes on completely out of the water."

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In the last 20 years dozens of Hollywood filmmakers tried to make movies based on video games that would be well-received by the audiences. Unfortunately, only a couple have managed to bring something decent to the world cinemas -- there is a feeling that movies based on video games are cursed.

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The very first game character that was brought to life on a blue screen was Super Mario in 1993. The latest one was Assassin’s Creed, which failed both domestically and globally. On the other hand, there is an entire community of amateur filmmakers that make their own short films of video games -- and it is way more successful than you may think.

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This selection offers some of the best examples made in the last five years, including fan-made films based on GTA, Watch Dogs, Fallout, The Legend of Zelda, and many, many others. You can watch them all right here without the need to visit the cinemas.

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Quotes & One-Liners That Will (Definitely) Put A Smirk On Your Face https://www.gameskinny.com/fhql2/quotes-one-liners-that-will-definitely-put-a-smirk-on-your-face https://www.gameskinny.com/fhql2/quotes-one-liners-that-will-definitely-put-a-smirk-on-your-face Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Ricardo melfi

Video games (just like movies) tell elaborate stories, build characters and use dynamic effects and shots. It's an immersive medium and before long, you're emotionally invested. You're right there in the game. Dialogue is such an important part of said immersion and (again just like movies) video games have fired off some awesome and memorable one-liners/quotes. Most of the time they're generic action and dramatic one-liners but every now and then, a little piece of gold finds its way out...

With that said, here are some of the funniest one-liners and quotes that are sure to put a smirk on that face of yours!

Duke Nukem Forever

The Duke

*Looks in the mirror*

"DAMNNN, I look good..."

Don't deny it. Whenever any of us played as the Duke, our inner narcissist couldn't be kept down for long and a smile slowly creeped its way across your face. How could it not after hearing that line? Then again, now that I think of it, I laughed at A LOT of his one-liners...

Portal

Portal P.A Announcer

"If you need to go to the bathroom after this next series of tests, please let a test associate know because in all likelihood, whatever comes out of you is going to be cold. Only temporary so do not worry. If it persists for a week though, start worrying and come see us because that's not supposed to happen."

Portal is jam-packed with sarcastic and humorous quotes/one-liners. It was hard to narrow it down but the P.A Announcer made me smile first. While GlaDos always holds a place in my heart, she won't be seen on this list.

Assassin's Creed II

Ezio Auditore da Firenze

"Your sister seemed quite satisfied with the 'handling' I gave her earlier."

Ahhh, the good-old mum and sister jokes. For being as old as they are, still pack quite a punch when used. Seriously, it hurts. Just look at how easily the Pazzis are angered when Ezio uses the above line on them! Ubisoft know this too and young Ezio is a typical, "your mum" kinda guy...

Left 4 Dead

Zoe

"Free copy paper? Sweet!"

What else could put your mind at ease when facing a zombie apocalypse? Guns? Water? Food? Defendable shelter? No! COPY PAPER! Left 4 Dead's Zoe shares STG's enthusiasm for the little things in a zombie apocalypse when she yells out her one-liner, in the copy room. Bless Zoe, you go girl.

Postal

Player

"Hey I'm just exercising my second amendment rights here, you fuckin' communist."

This insane game made absolutely no sense but who cares? The violence and gore made sure you never had a chance to think about that. What I did notice, however, was the player's one-liners. Most notably, the above one. My drink nearly came out of my nose when I heard this gem. Yep, apparently shooting and killing people is just exercising your right to... shoot and kill people? Otherwise, you're just a filthy communist aren't you?

South Park: The Stick of Truth 

Cartman

"If you have a fucking better name for them then fucking say it Clyde!"

There's something about Cartman spitting the dummy at people that's just so damn funny. He's everyone's favourite, evil, little shit. Stick of Truth was (finally) a fantastic South park game and the entire game made us here at STG lose ourselves laughing but when Cartman gets angry and says this to Clyde during the tutorial, it's hard not to laugh let alone smile.

Spec Ops: The Line

Robert Darden (The Radio Man)

"Geez man, where's all this violence coming from? Is it the video games? I bet it's the video games."

Yeah, I'm totally sure it's the video games and not the fact that you play as a highly trained, special forces soldier, trained to kill, dropped into unknown, enemy territory, are constantly attacked and have some tough decisions to make along the road. Definitely the video games...

Brutal Legend

Eddie Riggs

"Oh man... don't tell me I've been slaying hot girls this entire time!"

Eddie Riggs is your average, mediocre roadie who gets transported to a heavy metal dimension. Using his extensive knowledge of 'the metal', Riggs leads the inhabitants of this heavy metal heaven turned hell in a revolution against the dastardly General Lyonwhite. After seeing the face of one of his foes, Eddie immediately pauses mid-fight to ask himself the same question every man would. 

Marvel VS Capcom 3

Deadpool

*Everything he says in this game.*

We couldn't narrow it down with everybody's favourite merc, Deadpool. He's just too damn funny so instead we decided to just tell you to go out and play the game already! The great thing is when he actually talks to the player through the game and mentions the fact he knows he's in a fighting game. Absolute gold...

Sonic Colours

Sonic the Hedgehog

"No copyright law in the universe is going to stop me!"

This one made the list because it was unexpected, yet also feels personal. It transcends the game and touches on a real issue many gaming channels and platforms seem to suffer. You tell em', Sonic...

Uncharted 2

Nathan Drake

"Yeah good luck pal. That's almost impossible to... Oh, you did it... nice."

Nolan North is a great voice actor and the most recognised voice in gaming today. He does a fantastic job as Nathan Drake and can even get his disappointment and envy across the microphone. Being proven wrong is never funny but when you are, at least give the person credit. Real, genuine credit. Don't be like Nate, the jealous douche.

Assassin's Creed II

Mario Auditore

"It's a me, Mario!"

This joke is so old now but it seems to continue to get used. This one-liner was made famous by the super plumber himself and has been seen/heard/used almost everywhere in the world! It comes to no surprise that Ubisoft threw this little piece of chuckler homage in. I feel like I've heard this somewhere before...

Bulletstorm

Trishka Novak

"Yeah!? Go fuck yourself! You shit piles give chase, I WILL kill your dicks!"

Bulletstorm tough girl Trishka is a Final Echo mixture of sassiness and, well, extreme violence. You meet up with Trishka as she is getting sexually assaulted by one of the planet's denizens. Trishka can definitely take care of herself , as she proved as your companion in Stygia. You get the feeling she's got something to prove though and the one-liner she fires off above tends to prove it. Time to start working on your trash-talk Trish...

Conker's Bad Fur Day

The Great Mighty Poo

"I am the great, mighty, Poo and I'm going to throw my shit at you."

Now the line itself isn't actually that funny, but if you really want laughs then turn to a classic comedy method; turn it to song! The Great Mighty Poo serenades Conker on his Bad Fur Day (see what I did there?) and scored an ashamed little giggle from me. Guys really don't need much for comedy, do we?

Mortal Kombat

Boon & Scorpion

"Toasty!"

And:

"Get over here!"

The two most iconic one-liners that came from Mortal Kombat way back in the 90s secured their place in pop-culture, still being referenced and used today. These two quotes will ALWAYS wrestle a sub-conscious smirk from your face.

The Wolf Among Us

Bigby Wolf

"Urggh. This shit will kill ya'."

*Takes puff of his cigarette*

Bigby Wolf is the protagonist in Telltale's The Wolf Among Us. He's the tough, emotionally withdrawn, whiskey drinking, cigarette smoking, wise-cracking, bad-ass tasked with solving a series of murders of fairytale characters in 1986 Fabletown. Again, Bigby (short for Big Bad Wolf) has a lot of great one-liners that made us smirk. Soda will kills you but your cigarettes won't, eh Bigby? Classic fairytale irony at its best.

Far Cry: Blood Dragon

Sgt. Colt

"I fucking HATE tutorials and this one is TERRIBLE!"

The 80s have made a comeback everywhere and Far Cry: Blood Dragon is no exception. Blood Dragon is an 80s-induced trip back in time to Hollywood's sci-fi and action films. Sgt. Rex Colt is a cyber commando in the near future of 2007 in which a nuclear war has destroyed the globe. One typical 80s best friend betrayal later and a revenge plot is set in motion. We all dislike most video game tutorials as much as the next guy (or gal) and Colt confirms this notion. You go Rex...

That's it for this listicle! We hope you enjoyed the article and found a few things to entertain you. Please leave a comment with what you think is your favourite quote in video games and don't forget to check out our channel and links!

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The 5 Grinchiest Characters in Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/pmc0j/the-5-grinchiest-characters-in-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/pmc0j/the-5-grinchiest-characters-in-video-games Mon, 19 Dec 2016 03:00:01 -0500 Pablo Seara

Christmas is just around the corner! We think it is the perfect moment to write about happiness and joy... But also about The Grinch, of course. He is one of the most iconic characters related to Christmas, a grumpy, green and selfish creature that wants to steal this special Holiday.

There are plenty of villains in video gaming that share many similarities with the Grinch, even physical ones. In this article, we want to remember the five grinchiest characters in video games.

We are excluding The Grinch from this list (he has his own video game), because it would be, you know, kind of cheating.

Wario

Wario is the real anti-Mario, not Bowser. He is everything Mario is not: selfish, evil, narcissistic, and even fatter. His main motivation is getting rich, usually by stealing money from anyone. That is pretty grinchy to me, since he does not care about others and would rather rob anyone than remain poor.

Some would say he is more an antihero than a villain, especially since he has his own line of games, and they are probably right. The Grinch eventually came around and learned to love Christmas, which makes him an antihero as well. However, I do not think Wario will ever stop thinking about money...

Dahlia Gillespie

This woman is the worst and she is really ugly. She is so bad that she does not even care about her daughter, Alessa. She used her to give birth to her Dark God, with horrible results. After a failed ritual resulting in a big fire, Alessa burns and is completely disfigured. She should have died, but her mother keeps her alive with black magic. Disgusting.

Her actions trigger the events in the first Silent Hill, a key figure in the nightmarish town. She puts everyone in danger, and uses them for her own selfish purposes. She is mad, and even a little bit green, perfect for a grinchy person like her.

Professor Hojo

This guy is just despicable. Just like Dahlia, he is the real villain of his game, Final Fantasy VII. He is behind SOLDIER and the Jenova Project, which makes him the creator of Sephiroth, his finest experiment.

Hojo is the typical mad scientist, who does not care about the well-being of anyone, because he sees them as possible subjects for his tests. He performs experiments on himself, and put the city of Midgar and the whole planet in risk, but that does not matter to him at all. He even finds enjoyment in the suffering of others. You cannot get grinchier than that.

Gruntilda

The first and only green character on this list, Gruntilda is the antagonist of Banjo-Kazooie. She is clearly inspired by The Wicked Witch of the West. She is so selfish that, when she discovers that Banjo's sister is the prettiest girl in the land, she kidnaps her and tries to steal her beauty.

She goes even further in the second game, when she tries to steal everyone's vital energy to restore her body. She would rather kill everyone than remain ugly. Just as all the characters in this list, she does not care at all about anyone other than herself.

GLaDOS

What else can I say about GLaDOS (just her quotes tell you everything) that has not been said before? She is one of the greatest villains in video games, and she would make a great Grinch with her sarcastic and powerful humor. The gift is a lie!

She uses Chell in both Portal games as test subject and killed almost everyone in Aperture Science. She becomes corrupted by power and, as usual in this article, does not care about anyone. In the second game, she starts to change after she loses control of the facilities and becomes kind of good, which redeems her a little bit -- but was it all a ploy to get back in control?

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This is our list for the grinchiest, grumpiest and most cold-hearted characters in video games. As always, there are many more in the history of gaming that could fit in this description.

What do you think about these characters? Who do you think could make a great Grinch? Let me know in the comment section below!

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The 5 Best Board Games Based on Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/00jci/the-5-best-board-games-based-on-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/00jci/the-5-best-board-games-based-on-video-games Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:00:01 -0500 SarahKel

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There as some fantastic board games out there that are inspired by video games – we are really excited about the future releases of Dark Souls and Bloodborne table top games. Games like Boss Monster clearly show the power of video games and how they influence our cultures. And sometimes video game developers see a game that they imagine working perfectly for a video game. Long may all this continue and as Wil Wheaton says -- play more games!

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Let us know in the comments below what your favourite video game influenced board games are.

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Blood Bowl
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Originally a table top miniatures game, which inspired both a video game and a card game version. Bad news, the card game is discontinued, but the good news is that the miniatures game is back!

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The miniatures game, developed by Games Workshop was originally a parody of American Football, but with a fantasy themed twist. It is set in an alternate universe of the Warhammer Fantasy world, populated by characters such as humans, orcs, goblins and dwarfs.

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It is a 2 player, turn based game that utilises 28mm miniatures to represent the players on the field. Using a combination of cards, dice and counters, each player tries to score higher than the other by entering the opponent’s end zone with a ball carrying player.

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Each team have their own abilities, to balance the game. For example, elves are agile, but dwarfs are more physical. Within the teams, there are a number of player types, ranging from the most basic linesman, to the more specialists, such as blockers. Teams can gain elite star players after gaining experience points.

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It is quite normal practice to injure or maim the opposition, to make scoring easier by reducing the number of opposing players on the field.

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The game has recently been re-released and is priced at $99 from Games Workshop.  For all those who want to play the video game version, 2015’s Blood Bowl 2 is available on Steam for $44.93.

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Boss Monster
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This is a dungeon crawling card game. While not specifically attributed to any one particular video game, its art work and themes clearly shows a love of classic video games.

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The game pits 2-4 players in a competition to build the ultimate side scrolling dungeon. Players assume the role of the dungeon master who lures unsuspecting heroes into their dungeon, with the objective of the most enticing, loot filled dungeon of all.

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The objective is to be the first to amass 10 souls from defeated heroes. Bosses can lose health if the hero entering the dungeon survives. Playing the game requires juggling the two main priorities: the need to lure heroes more quickly than your opponents and the need to kill heroes before they reach the boss.

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Players build one room each per turn, each with its own damage and treasure icons. More attractive rooms tend to deal less damage, so a greedy boss can soon become inundated with deadly heroes. If a player has more treasure icons of a certain type, for example money, than the other players, then the hero would automatically be sent to that dungeon. As such, different heroes seek different treasure icon types and as rooms are built simultaneously, this leads to a bidding war. Spells are instant-speed effects that can benefit the player playing the spell or can disrupt other opponents.

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The artwork on the cards is all 8 and 16 bit pixel style, so looks fun and retro, reminiscent of games such as Dungeon Keeper.  The box contains everything needed to play and there are now two expansions, where the box’s art work resembles a Game Boy box!  The game costs $17.99 from Amazon and is now available on Steam.

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Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game
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So, Aperture Science has re-opened its doors, resuming its testing and a team of test subjects have entered the lab. They are ready for important, dignified and dangerous testing procedures, all in the pursuit of cake. Scientific progress is the objective of this game, despite of all the death and dismemberment around you. Read about what we love about Portal 2, right here at GameSkinny.

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It’s a funny and fast paced finish to the end, in the hope that you’re still alive.

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The game is full of constantly shifting game area control and card play, where players send their test subjects, via Portals into test labs. At the end of each player’s turn, one of the chambers at the end of the lab gives way and all test subjects on it fall into oblivion. Should the test subjects have numbered greater than all the others in the falling chamber, they earn some amazing parting gifts, which include cake.

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The tile based game system means there is a great deal of replayability, as they are selected at random and create a lovely 3D effect. 

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 The Portal gun allows players to place two pieces in two chambers, covering larger distances. The companion cube distracts other player’s characters, stopping the player from earning rewards.

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The player with the most cake when a team has lost its last test subject wins and can prove the cake was not a lie.

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The best thing is it’s a game developed by the makers of the infamous video games, so the knowledge, fun and game mechanics are absolutely true to the original source.

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The game is $41.96 from Amazon and includes a free Steam code for Portal 2.

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XCOM: The Board Game
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Another Fantasy Flight Games product, where players are immersed into an elite and secret military organisation, known as XCOM.  Players are humanity’s last hope, tasked with repelling an escalating alien invasion. The video game sequel XCOM 2 was reviewed here on Game Skinny.

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The dice rolling mechanic and companion app immerse players deep into the tension and uncertainty of a desperate war against an unknown foe. The app makes the game work more smoothly and allows for a more dynamic turn structure and perfectly coordinates the alien invasion. The app also times players in real time, forcing players to think quickly and strategically. The app automatically selects one of five locations at the beginning of the game.

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Human civilisation is on the brink of collapse. It is a desperate and unequal situation, as life spirals out of control. Players must destroy UFO’s, research alien technologies and uncover the alien’s plan, with the objective of defeating the aliens.Yet simultaneously, players must prevent the collapse of the government that is funding this secret organisation. Time is very much a luxury, as the threat level increases.

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Play as one of four characters, including Commander and Squad Leader, each of which has different abilities that are all important to the world’s defence. Spend resources to roll dice and the number of successes affects what happens next -for example a good success could mean a completed mission.

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This game is available for $43.89 on Amazon.

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Doom: The Board Game
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A board game, made by powerhouse Fantasy Flight Games, that brings the epic battle between elite marines and Hell’s most threatening monsters to the table top. Game Skinny has reviewed the game here!

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It is a strategy board game, immersing players in a battle between demons, controlled by one invader player, and a cooperative team of up to four marines. The marines must complete a number of objectives to fully fulfill the two operations, such as manning expeditions. Meanwhile, the invader commands their minions to destroy not just the marines, but the whole of humanity too.

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Each marine has a different ability, strengths and unique actions. Players are dealt various action cards which can be played during the course of the game to bolster their chances of defeating the monsters. The invader controller attacks using their card deck and has a great deal of power.

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Within the operations, there are 6 missions, each with a different map for the game to play out in. There are also threat, invasion and event decks that the invader player uses to hamper the players missions and are shuffled into the main player card deck.

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The game has a particular order for the marines - status and activation.  The status section relates is the organisational phase and the activation phase actions are reliant on what card is drawn from the deck.

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The game has just been released on 15 December, priced at $79.95 Amazon.

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Board games, developed with official licences from video game studios are extremely popular and have exploded onto the market. No, we’re not talking about World of Warcraft themed Monopoly reskins, but actual fully fledged board games that officially set within the video games universe.

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There are a huge variety out there and even a couple of board games that inspired video game developers! The board game takes the essence and themes of the video game, but makes their own experience. And with many games now offering a companion app with rules, enemy movement and to create atmosphere, the entire experience is more immersive.

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Here are some of the best board games based on video games.

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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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Gamer Gift Guide: Great Gifts for Cosplayers https://www.gameskinny.com/9pisf/gamer-gift-guide-great-gifts-for-cosplayers https://www.gameskinny.com/9pisf/gamer-gift-guide-great-gifts-for-cosplayers Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 SarahKel

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So there we have it, 10 of the finest cosplay items available on the market - from outfits, to weapons and shields, we've covered it all. Yes, some are a little pricey, but it's Christmas and loved ones deserve the most special of gamer cosplay at this time of year!

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World of Warcraft Ogrim Doomhammer's Cosplay Weapon

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Price: $22.99

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Rating: 8/10

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Buy It: EZ Cosplay

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A great item for those who wish to cosplay as Ogrim Doomhammer from the Warcraft universe.  A great item for those who game as Warrior class too. The item itself is highly detailed and is a great accessory for the Doomhammer costume.

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Portal Gun

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Price: $250.00

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Rating: 9/10

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Buy It: eBay

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Every gamer needs and wants a Portal gun in their life, it’s a real dream gift. This is a really fantastic item as they are often difficult to obtain and there is definitely a kudos to owning one. The gun comes with a stand too, so perfect to use and to display.

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Overwatch Reaper Cosplay Double Guns and Mask

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Price: $155.99

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Rating: 8/10

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Buy It: Ali Express

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A great item for cosplaying as Reaper. The two guns and mask are available as a set and also individually, but it would be an amazing set to buy as a gift for a dedicated Overwatch player.  Definitely a great item for someone who wants to duel wield pistols too!

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The Legend of Zelda Hylian Shield Deluxe Replica

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Price: $59.99

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Rating: 9/10

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Buy It: True Swords

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A deluxe replica Hylian sword, absolutely great gift for those who love Zelda and want to cosplay as Link. This is a great versatile item, as it can be used for cosplay -- the arm bands make it easy to be worn comfortably -- or can be mounted on the wall, with a sword, as a display piece.

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Star Wars Battlefront: Stormtrooper helmet

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Price: $371.96

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Rating: 10/10

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Buy It: Shepperton Design Studios

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This is the ultimate, high quality Stormtrooper helmet, for a cosplay outfit as authentic as possible. This is a really great item, perfect for those who love this game, but also a great entry level into the highest quality of stormtrooper cosplay. At an additional price, buyers can purchase stands to make it look more special for display.

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Devil May Cry 3 Vergil Costume

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Price: $147.89

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Rating: 9/10

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Buy It: Cosplay Sky

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This great choice of outfit is perfect for those who love Devil May Cry 3 and want the opportunity to stroll around in the infamous long coat. The outfit includes the coat, neckerchief, pants, gloves and vest. There is only general sizing for this outfit, but private message the seller with more specific measurements and requirements.

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Super Mario: Deluxe Yoshi Costume

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Price: $54.99

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Rating: 8/10

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Buy It: Buy Costumes

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This super cute Yoshi costume is amazing for the fun cosplayer in your life! It is an officially licensed Super Mario costume too. Of course its entirely up to the wearer if they want to provide piggy backs for Mario! The outfit includes the jumpsuit and head piece.

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Alice Madness Returns Alice Steamdress

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Price: $136.45

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Rating: 10/10

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Buy It: Cosplay Shopper

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This fantastic dress is perfect for those who love the Alice Madness games and of course, Steampunk. The outfit includes not just the dress and apron, but gloves and stockings too for the full Alice experience. Again, this outfit can be fully customised for an additional $15.00.

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Bioshock Infinite Elizabeth Costume

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Price: $99.53

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Rating: 8/10

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Buy It: Cosplay Shopper

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This costume is a perfect gift for those who love Bioshock Infinite. The costume is coat, top and skirt and is available in a full variety of various sizes and for an additional $15.00 the outfit can be tailor made specifically for the recipient.

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Cosplaying is a great experience. Wearing a costume from a game that you love at conventions, and the pride of wearing the same outfit as a beloved character. Some people enjoy crafting their own costume, but when there is so much able to purchase online, it can be a great idea to purchase the costume in advance.

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There is so much choice, costumes or accessories, such as armour and weapons too. But it is about quality items and their accuracy that is most important, as this creates the highest level of character immersion for the wearer.

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But what are the best items out there? Luckily, we've searched the web for the best cosplay items out there. Check them out, not just for your cosplay loving friend, but maybe it inspires you to wear cosplay too.

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5 Best Gaming Sidekicks https://www.gameskinny.com/qirzo/5-best-gaming-sidekicks https://www.gameskinny.com/qirzo/5-best-gaming-sidekicks Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:30:02 -0500 Janette Ceballos

Most protagonists will have a partner at some point, someone who helps them through their perilous journey, someone who offers advice or lends that special move to get the protagonist to their ultimate goals. Of course, some sidekicks are somewhat useless or work to make the situation worse.

In honor of those terrible characters, here’s a list of a few sidekicks players will be glad to have tagged along.

Yoshi

What better way to kick off this list with one of the most memorable of the bunch. It’s almost impossible to not recognize the little dinosaurs when you see them. They let you ride on their backs, provide a jump boost and devour enemies whole to keep their plumber friend safe.

Kazooie

This hot-tempered bird lives in her bear companion’s backpack, making her easily transportable. Her love of adventure makes her a great companion as she can fly, peck at enemies, and shoot eggs to attack. What makes her stand out is how she acts more like a protagonist than a sidekick. Still, she offers enough assistance to Banjo to keep them both

Pikmin

With many different types, each of these plant/animal creatures are able to help your mission in a variety of ways. They can survive in water, be shock-proof, poison enemies and even parasitize other creatures, handy tactics to use while on an alien planet. The fact that you can set groups of them to do a job is an added bonus.

GLaDOS

From her sense of humor to her odd, deadpan, robotic tone, GLaDOS is a terrifying enemy and a delight to carry around in potato form. Her constant mocking of the player and intimidating threats work well to add humor to the game. While as a potato, she might not be able to help much, she’s still fun to have around.  

Midna

Midna can be considered a more fleshed-out character than a lot of companions in other Legend of Zelda games. She’s mischievous, she’s kind of cynical and she can warp you across the world. Heck, she originally intends to use Link for her own goal before later realizing that the Light Realm should be saved as well. There’s also the bonus of being the ruler of the Realm of Twilight.

 

Each of the characters listed add something to the overall game experience. Whether it’s humor, a story arc or just a good backup when things get dicey, these guys and gals make for great sidekicks you’d want to take along for any and every journey.

Which sidekicks do you think are the greatest? Be sure to comment and let us know!
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Gift Guide 2016: 10 Gifts to Gamify Your Desk https://www.gameskinny.com/y9zd4/gift-guide-2016-10-gifts-to-gamify-your-desk https://www.gameskinny.com/y9zd4/gift-guide-2016-10-gifts-to-gamify-your-desk Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:00:02 -0500 Clayton Reisbeck

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Rocket League Stressball 
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Price: $8

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Where to buy: Rocket League Official Store

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Rating 3/5

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Work is stressful. Everybody knows it. Luckily, with this Rocket League stressball, you have something that can diffuse any of anger that may build up throughout the day. Just squeeze this little guy and think about getting that sick goal that you've always dreamt about.

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Dark Souls Mimic Chest Plush
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Price: $45

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Where to buy: Etsy

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Rating: 5/5

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These little guys can be some of the worst things in Dark Souls, but here they make for absolutely adorable little plushies. Look at the little monster! It's so darn cute! 

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Starcraft Protoss Pylon USB Charger
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Price: $39.99

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Where to buy: ThinkGeek

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Rating 4/5

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Let me preface this that I am not an avid player of StarCraft, but this thing looks awesome, right? This charger provides 2.1 amps of power between two USB charging ports. If you're one to spend hours at a time trying to get more actions per minute, this is the gift for you.

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Portal Bookends
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Price: $29.99

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Where to buy: ThinkGeek

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Rating: 5/5

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Is your desk cluttered with binders and books? Do you wish that you had something to organize them? Then these are the bookends for you. Portal is one of the most beloved games in recent years. These are the perfect fit for any gamer's desk.

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LED Potion Desk Lamp
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Price: $44.99

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Where to buy: ThinkGeek

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Rating: 3/5

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Potions are commonplace in our world, aren't they? They heal us, they restore our stamina and on occasion, they allow us to breathe fire. With this handy little lamp on your desk, you can brighten up that corporate dungeon with new life. 

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Overwatch Glass Water Bottle
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Price: $15

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Where to buy: Blizzard Store

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Rating: 4.5/5

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I've heard it said that the world could always use more heroes, but even heroes need to hydrate. Thankfully, this awesome Overwatch water bottle can help you out. This rad water bottle holds 11.4oz of liquid and looks sick as hell. If you're wanting to show off that you're quite the sharpshooter as McRee or can give everybody the heals as Mercy, this is the liquid holding vessel for you.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Coffee Mug
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Price: $19.99

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Where to buy: ThinkGeek

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Rating: 4/5

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If you're anything like me, you don't run well in the morning without that black ambrosia we call coffee. But how do you let your fellow co-workers know that you would rather be out in the wasteland slaying super mutants than sitting in your cubicle? This mug, that's how.

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Killer Gaming Posters
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Price: $8 and up

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Where to buy: Fangamer

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Rating: 5/5

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Does your workspace look like an asylum cell? Are the white walls closing in around you? If so, Fangamer is here to save the day once more. Their poster shop has some of the coolest posters from a wide range of games. From Metroid to Earthbound and beyond, Fangamer's got the art you need. 

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Undertale Little Buddies Figures
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Price: $15/figure, $70/set

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Where to buy: Fangamer (Series 1 Set, Series 2 Set)

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Rating: 4/5

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Last year, I fell in love with Undertale. Everything about the game just spoke to me, and I've been recommending it to friends ever since. If you're like me, you have been trying to get more pieces of the game into your life in any way you can. Well, look no further because Fangamer has you covered.

These little figures are absolutely adorable and are a welcome sight on any gamer's desk. Currently, two sets of the figures are available, and you can buy each figure separately if you choose. 

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Pop Funko Vinyl Figures
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Where to buy: Walmart, Target, Walgreens, GameStop and just about anywhere that sells toys.

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Rating: 3.75/5

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I have an unhealthy addiction to these little things. There is currently a small horde of them on the top shelf of my desk watching over me. I have figures from a wide range of different games like BioshockFallout 3, Fallout 4 and Overwatch. They are just so cute and great little things to let people know where your true allegiances lie. Be careful, though: What will start as a small collection could very well grow into an exponentially large one overnight. 

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You're sitting at work, droning away at some report that you've got to get done by five sharp. You look around your workspace and realize it's extremely dull. You think to yourself, "Boy, I wish I was back at home shooting down some ghouls or slaying some griffins. A nice round of Overwatch would be nice right now. If only there was some way I could subtly let my co-workers know that I'd rather be gaming right now."

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Fear not, for this guide is here to aid you in this trying time!

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That's right folks, it's that time of year again, where we buy gifts for people in an attempt to bring them an ounce joy in this cruel, cruel world. This guide is for the working gamer. With these gifts, you will be able adorn your desks with items to let those co-workers know that you'd rather be at home gaming.

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Game Developers Could Learn a Thing or Two From Portal 2's Narrative Design https://www.gameskinny.com/7itfq/game-developers-could-learn-a-thing-or-two-from-portal-2s-narrative-design https://www.gameskinny.com/7itfq/game-developers-could-learn-a-thing-or-two-from-portal-2s-narrative-design Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:11:26 -0400 Caio Sampaio

We all have memories that will forever dwell in our minds. A first kiss, a first job...or the first time a rogue Artificial Intelligence attempts to murder you using a neurotoxin, for any Portal fans. 

Released in 2007 by Valve, Portal became an instant internet hit, featuring innovative gameplay mechanics and a charismatic universe -- to the point of immortalizing the sentence “the cake is a lie”.  In 2011, the series received its second installment, with more gameplay elements and a longer story, showing the origins of Aperture Science.

The narrative of Portal 2 was as innovative as the gameplay. The game featured only five characters, two of which were dead, a couple of whom were robots and one, the protagonist, who was mute. This combination seems unlikely to deliver a compelling plot, but writers at Valve managed to develop a successful story that the gaming community regards as one of the best in the medium.

And there are plenty of lessons that developers today could learn from this production and some of the storytelling techniques used in Portal 2. Lessons like...

1. Let players use their imaginations.

Many characteristics set us apart from other animals -- and one of them is our innate ability to imagine objects, images, and situations that do not exist. While reading a book, we test our imagination to its limit, as we turn the words printed in the pages into scenes in our minds.

This is one of the reasons why reading a good novel is a compelling experience. It allows the readers to create a whole universe within their heads and enables them to add their own special touch to it. The story written will be the same for every reader, but the way you picture the characters, settings, and how the events unfold will depend on your memories, knowledge and personality. What you create in your mind is yours and yours alone.

People tend to hold dear what is exclusive to them; therefore, a story that allows the audience to use its imagination tends to be more engaging.  

In Portal 2, writers at Valve applied this concept from literature by making players travel through the old sections of Aperture Science, whilst listening to audio tapes recorded decades before. The areas players encountered as they explored the ruins of the old testing areas worked in tandem with the audio tapes, in order to provide just enough information to keep the audience moving in the right direction with the plot.

The details of how the events unfolded, however, were left out -- so it was up to the player’s imagination to visualize what happened in that locale decades before. No matter what players imagined, each member of the audience pictured it in a different way, thus creating a more personal and meaningful experience to each player.

2. The value of a secondary plot (and more imagination)...

Developers at Valve used the aforementioned concept from literature in order to implement a secondary story in the game’s narrative. In this case, the struggle of Doug Rattmann to survive in the confines of the Enrichment Center, without succumbing to insanity. Players found traces of him, his drawings, and his dens -- where he left cryptic messages behind.

Developers introduced the element of imagination when players encountered Rattmann’s traces and theorized over the meaning behind them. And as stated above, the theories each player conceived of through their own imaginations were unique to them, thus becoming more meaningful.

The proof this concept worked is the thousands of pages on the internet with fans passionately theorizing on the meaning behind the drawings and dens left by Doug.

But a secondary plot must not rely solely on the player’s imagination in order to be successful. It must also be related to the primary story of the game -- otherwise players may not have interest in it. Developers at Valve made sure the player knew that the mysterious drawings painted on the walls mattered, by showing a painting of Chell early in the game, in a location the player could not ignore (picture above). That was the developer’s way of saying “this is important, look at this”.

3. Less can be more.

Portal 2 has a charismatic cast of characters, but players rarely hear them talking. And even when they drop a line, it is usually short -- unlike other games with minutes of dialogues in cutscenes. Throughout most of the story, players face a silent experience. The writers did this for two reasons, and the first one is to reinforce the mood of the game: solitude.

As players travel through a facility with miles of area without encountering another human being, loneliness is the natural sentiment, and the deafening silence within the walls of the complex enlarge this feel. Having characters speak too often would defeat the purpose of building the atmosphere and the mood of the game.

The second reason why lines of dialogue are scarce in Portal 2 is to add value to the characters. Remember, anything that is found in abundance loses its value and the same principle happens there. As they do not talk often, each time they do is an event in and of itself, considering how charismatic they are. Giving them too many lines of dialogue would make each line less special.

Even if a production has interesting characters, it is wise to avoid using them too often. Everything needs an opposite, and opposites attract. An intelligent line placed after a long period of silence will contrast with the silent moments and shine brighter, which is exactly what happened in Portal 2.

An unfortunate example of writers ruining a character by using it too often is Ghost from Destiny. He speaks so frequently and for so long that his presence becomes irrelevant over time. Many aspects were wrong in this character from Bungie’s latest title, and this was one of them.

Writers must use their characters wisely and keep them precious.

 4. Keeping the player in control.

Valve’s modus operandi, when it comes to narrative design, is to avoid cutscenes at all costs. This is a wise decision, considering that the selling point of video games is interactivity and productions in this industry should try to deliver information in a way that keeps the player in control. The aim is to design an experience that is unique to this medium, thus setting it apart from existing forms or art by creating its own language. Taking control away from players and forcing them to watch a cutscene would defeat this purpose.

You may argue that games ranging from Metal Gear Solid to Uncharted depend on cutscene-driven narratives, and were successful. And you might be right, but it is important to know that using cutscenes is not the optimal choice for every game.

The two productions cited above are third person shooters, where the camera is far from the faces of the characters -- making it hard for players to see their facial expressions and leading to a diminished emotional appeal in the story. In this scenario, the writer can implement a cutscene in order to get the audience closer to the faces of the characters for dramatic purposes.

In a first person game, on the other hand, cutscenes rarely are necessary, considering that the point of view of players allows them to see the details and the facial expressions of those around them.

In the Portal franchise, the player remains in control at all times. This helps maintain a continuous interactive experience without breaking the mood and the pacing of the game -- the way video games in first person should be.

5. Breaking narrative patterns.

A predictable story is a boring one. In order to keep the audience engaged, the writer needs to develop a narrative in which a surprise strikes without notice. There are plenty of methods to achieve this, and in Portal 2 the writers added the element of surprise by breaking patterns.

Wheatley once was a funny little robot who only wanted to help, until he went rogue. The AI Chell knew no longer existed, after taking GLaDOS’ place. Consumed by power, Chell’s only friend became her greatest enemy. GLaDOS went on the opposite route, by being Chell’s biggest enemy and later on siding with her in order to defeat Wheatley. These two surprises were only possible because people tend to detect and follow patterns -- and the writers used this fact to their advantage.

They developed these characters with a clear personality. They built a behavioral pattern around them. And once players thought they knew these characters so well they could anticipate their actions; the writers broke the pattern, thus creating the element of surprise and more engagement on the part of the player. 

This technique is not valid for character development only, as the team used it in other areas as well. The core activity of Portal 2 consists of shooting portals into walls in order to move through an area -- and then repeating this process for approximately 10 hours. This premise may not seem fun, yet it delivered an unforgettable experience. One of the techniques used to retain the interest of players was breaking patterns regarding the areas explored in the game.

In the first installment of the franchise, the only major shift in setting occurred when Chell escaped from the final testing chamber and entered the offices of the Enrichment Center. Considering how short the first game was, this single change sufficed. But in Portal 2, the story was longer, making it necessary to add more variation to the maps.

The player started in a destroyed version of the Enrichment Center, which was then rebuilt by GLaDOS. Chell proceeded to be betrayed by Wheatley, who sent her to the old offices of Aperture Science. The changes in setting continued as the player progressed. Had the story occurred in a single section of the facility, players would have lost their interest very quickly.

If the players can anticipate what comes next, they will soon get bored.

6. Don't forget the fun.

As players move further into the game, they are introduced to new gameplay mechanics that increase the challenge of the puzzles. Some argue that Portal 2 is a long tutorial, given that players continuously learn how to play the game each time a new feature is added.

All of the techniques described in the topics above culminate in this one. The most important element of a game is learning how to play it. And the Portal franchise does not use texts, cutscenes. or training areas to tell players what to do. The mechanics must be discovered intuitively by the audience, which may lead to a process of trial and error -- hence the necessity of all of the techniques mentioned above.

A mistake novice game designers often make is dedicating all of their effort to crafting the gameplay mechanics. Obviously they are important, but so are all the other areas of the game, which must be used to deliver the best experience.

If players are engaged in the experience, they will be motivated to learn how to play, even it the learning curve requires a process of trial and error. They will continue to fail, fail often, bust most importantly, they will fail forward, until they learn how to master the gameplay mechanics.

Remember, people learn better when they are having fun. This is an aspect that the developers of Valve achieved through the concepts established in the topics above and via other techniques that were not mentioned in this article.

Conclusion

Portal 2 is a masterpiece of the gaming industry, and the points above barely scratch the tip of the iceberg in regards to the construction of its narrative. But I hope these insights could get you a better understanding on the techniques used to design this game.

What the future holds for the Portal franchise remains to be seen, but it will be a long time before its narrative design starts to feel outdated.

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21 Nerdtastic Video Game Pumpkin Carvings You Can DIY This Halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/44g7g/21-nerdtastic-video-game-pumpkin-carvings-you-can-diy-this-halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/44g7g/21-nerdtastic-video-game-pumpkin-carvings-you-can-diy-this-halloween Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:00:01 -0400 Auverin Morrow

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That wraps up our list of the coolest gamer-friendly pumpkin carvings you can do yourself this Halloween! Hopefully you've found some inspiration for your own jack-o'-lanterns as the fateful night draws near. 

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If you haven't found a costume yet, be sure to check out our video game inspired Halloween costumes, our guides to cosplaying your favorite horror characters, or our collection of last-minute costumes for ideas that you can throw together in no time. 

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Will you be carving any of these designs this Halloween? Got other video game inspired stencils that are perfect for pumpkin carving? Share your ideas (and any finished photos) in the comments below!

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Solid Snake (Metal Gear)

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What better way to ward off evil spirits than with the bone-chilling stare of Solid Snake from the Metal Gear series? Short of donning your own weapon-armed mecha, we can't think of anything. And this pumpkin carving design is the perfect one to use if you want to capture this hardened veteran for your Halloween display. 

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Though there are some slightly more complex designs for this character floating around on Imgur, the one above is just easy enough that a relative beginner could execute it -- but detailed enough that it's obvious whose eyes are glowing in your jack-o-lantern. Maybe carving this design will help pass the time while you wait for more information on Hideo Kojima's next masterpiece...

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Marcus Fenix Portrait (Gears of War)

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As the first protagonist of the Gears of War series, Marcus Fenix is truly the face of this beloved third-person shooter franchise. And this pumpkin design features his steely gaze and the no-nonsense expression he wears at basically all times. Behind Marcus' intimidating mug glows the eponymous gear that defines the series' aesthetic.

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If he can defend all of humanity from the threat of the Locust Horde, then it's a good bet this Marcus Fenix jack-o-lantern can keep your home clear of mischievous ghouls and wayward trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. 

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Papyrus the Skeleton (Undertale)

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Try and recreate the magic of the sleeper hit RPG that took us all by storm. The simple aesthetic of Undertale makes it an ideal game to model some kickass pumpkin carvings after. 

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This carving of Papyrus nails his toothy grin and anatomically impossible (yet expressive) eyebrows. Perhaps you could finish the job by dressing up in one of the various costumes that he dons throughout the course of the game. 

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If you want to try something a little more complex, though, you can use this stencil to recreate Flowey -- the kill-or-be-killed antagonist of the game. Keep in mind, though, that this will require some shading as you carve. The center of Flowey's petals cannot be cut out entirely, or you'll lose the facial features. Instead, you'll need to carefully shave this part down so that light shines through, but his expression is still intact. 

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Colossus (Shadow of the Colossus

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The Last Guardian finally released earlier this year to decent critical acclaim. So this Halloween, why not revisit the game that inspired it all: Shadow of the Colossus. This striking stencil outlines an iconic shot from the game. 

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While there are no "official" (read: pumpkin-specific) stencils to work with for your carving, there are plenty of images you can use just fine. The stencil linked above is probably your best bet, but this variation -- which includes trees and is lacking the horse -- is a great alternative. 

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Ezio Portrait (Assassin's Creed)

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With Assassin's Creed: Origins releasing just a few days before Halloween this year, it's a perfect time to showcase your love for the franchise by carving the likeness of the series' iconic assassins into a pumpkin. (Just don't break your hidden blades doing it.)

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The stencil above showcases Ezio -- the Renaissance assassin who appeared in Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Though you could opt for a design featuring protagonist Desmond Miles, this progenitor of the Assassin line is far more recognizable in his notorious pointed hood. And the Hidden Blade on his wrist really drives the whole design home. 

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Vault Boy (Fallout)

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Although it's been a while since Fallout 4 hit store shelves, it's never to late to revisit the Wasteland and give a big thumbs up to nuclear apocalypse.

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The version of Vault Boy pictured above is a bit more complex than the finished version of the linked stencil, mostly because there's a lot of extra shading and pumpkin-shaving involved. But the stencil version of Vault Boy will still have that wonderful, irradiated glow by the time you're done with him. 

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If you want to rep your favorite Brotherhood, you can do that too. This Brotherhood of Steel stencil will give you the kickass carving pictured below.

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Tri-Force & Link Portrait (Legend of Zelda)

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Breath of the Wild might be a few months old now, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a little LoZ goodness this Halloween. 

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The Triforce is perhaps one of the most iconic symbols in all of gaming. By carving this design, gamers of any kind will instantly recognize your porch as a geek-friendly zone. And you might even attract the ever-elusive (but hotly debated) female Link to your doorstep.

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If you're up for a little more of a challenge, you can try carving the face of the beloved protagonist himself. This stencil from Jammin' Pumpkins will result in the awesome Link-o'-lantern pictured below. You'll have to sign up with the site to access it, but there are lots of other great designs available that should make it worth your while for Halloweens to come. 

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Mega Man Portrait 

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It's been years since we've actually seen a new Mega Man game, but that doesn't mean he isn't still one of the most recognizable characters Capcom ever made. With over 11 main series games and 50+ spinoff games under his belt, this robotic protagonist has definitely earned a place on your porch this Halloween. 

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Whether you're playing through the recently released Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 or still enjoying some of the original games on Nintendo, PlayStation, and other consoles, this Mega Man portrait will bring some android action to a night filled with ghosts, goblins, and other spooks. 

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It's-A Me! Mario! (Super Mario Bros.)

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This list wouldn't count without a timeless classic. No matter how many Halloweens pass, Mario will always be a great go-to pumpkin design. Our favorite Italian plumber is no stranger to ghosts, and he's spent a fair amount of time wandering around haunted mansions -- so he's no stranger to the haunts that might abide on All Hallow's Eve.

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If you've got some friends (or just more pumpkins) you can also carve other familiar Mario characters like Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Boo, and Wario by checking out the full line of stencils available over at Zombie Pumpkins

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Big Daddy (Bioshock)

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Now that the BioShock Collection has released and allowed us to relive the (somewhat glitchy) glory of the sci-fi franchise, we can go back to putting big daddies and little sisters on our pumpkins without feeling behind the times. 

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Bring a little extra Rapture into your life with this Big Daddy stencil. If you want to go the extra mile and make your carving really feel authentic, you can use LEDs instead of a traditional candle to mimic their mood-indicating helmet lights. Just set them on red when those annoying teenage ghouls come hanging around your door. 

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Cloud Portrait (Final Fantasy VII)

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If you're eagerly awaiting that upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake, this is definitely the pumpkin pattern for you to carve while you wait for Square Enix to give the reboot an actual release date. (On second thought, you'll probably want to carve a few hundred of these to pass the time til then.)

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Featuring Cloud's spiky blond hair before the series' characters adopted a more realistic look, this pumpkin carving stencil pays homage to the iconic character design of Tetsuya Nomura. Eerily enough, the design also captures Cloud's intense presence of character -- especially with that thousand-yard stare. 

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Companion Cube and Stickman (Portal)

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The cake might be a lie, but these carvings are pretty legit. Whether you want to create the iconic Companion Cube or bring life to the misadventures of Stickman, these Portal stencils should do the trick. 

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But there are lots of other inter-spacial designs you can use to remind ghosts and errant trick-or-treaters to watch where they step, lest they fall through the very fabric of space. Give eager children false hope with a jack-o'-lantern that promises cake. Or check out this two-pumpkin teleporting Stickman design for a great front porch display that can be made even more Portal-tastic with orange and blue LED lights.

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Master Chief (Halo)

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You might have donned a Master Chief costume during Halloweens past, but now you can emblazon a pumpkin with the likeness of MCPON John-117. (Because there's nothing quite like a cybernetically enhanced supersoldier to ward off evil spirits, right?)

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Whether you're doing a gamertastic couple's costume featuring the Chief and Cortana, or you're simply trying to let the Flood of trick-or-treaters know whose door they're knocking on, this pumpkin carving stencil will recapture the silent, faceless power of the iconic Halo character and bring it to your doorstep.

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Horde or Alliance Emblem (World of Warcraft)

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By the time Halloween rolls around, a lot of you will probably still be grinding and raiding your way through the WoW: Legion expansion. Whether your level-capped demon hunter is with the Alliance or the Horde, you can emblazon your sigil into the side of a pumpkin so it burns bright for all to see. 

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Perhaps you could even create a smaller version of these to carry with you as you cosplay your favorite World of Warcraft characters!

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Silhouette, Solaire, and More (Dark Souls)

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In case playing the actual games wasn't a masochistic enough experience for you, there are lots of Dark Souls stencils that you can frustratingly try to replicate on a pumpkin this Halloween. It's the perfect way to remind yourself of what you love most about Dark Souls ahead of the Ashes of Ariandel launch. The carving above is adapted from the actual box art, but we've linked a stencil that is very similar and much easier to execute. 

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If you want to recreate specific Dark Souls characters, though, there are lots of patterns for that too. This Capra Demon stencil is only recommended for goat-headed carvers with access to demonic machetes. If that's not quite your speed, perhaps a Black Knight pattern will be able to stand up to the burning (candle) fire within. 

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But our favorite Dark Souls pumpkin depicts the Jolliest of Cooperators, Solaire. Using this stencil, you can quite literally help Solaire become the most grossly incandescent carving around. 

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Guardian Logo (Destiny)

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If you suit up to be a Guardian in your spare time, then you're definitely going to want to sport some Destiny-themed pumpkins this Halloween -- that is, if you can pull yourself away from the Destiny 2 grind long enough to sit down and carve a jack-o-lantern. 

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There aren't many stencils floating around for specific character models, but the iconic Destiny logo is simple enough to make the perfect pumpkin carving. Let your Light shine and ward off any roaming alien races on All Hallow's Eve with this pumpkin design -- or celebrate the late release of Destiny 2 on PC!

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Dragon Logo & Hold Banners (Skyrim)

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With Skyrim coming to basically every current-gen console this year, what better way to celebrate than with some awesome Tamriel-inspired pumpkin carvings? You can choose to tout your status as the Dragonborn with the game's iconic logo, or rep your favorite Skyrim Hold with the appropriate banner. 

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A quick Google search will give you perfect stencils for every Hold emblem in the game. Just keep in mind that if you do decide to carve your hometown flag, you'll want to double-check the stencil and make sure you don't need to invert the design (read: cut out the white parts, not black) to keep your pumpkin intact. 

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Cuphead Portraits

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Even before it launched in late September, Cuphead sparked a lot of conversation among gamers everywhere. From its unique and cartoonish aesthetic to one journalist's embarrassingly bad demo run of the game, Cuphead has been one of the most prominent game releases in 2017. 

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With this pumpkin stencil, you can bring the familiar faces of this run-and-gun action game to life. Whether you choose to carve the eponymous Cuphead or his brother Mugman, trick-or-treaters will know that you're a grizzled veteran who has (mostly) survived the game's punishing boss battles and apparently impossible tutorial level.

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If you're lucky, this jack-o-lantern will make sure the devil doesn't win your soul in a casino streak gone bad. 

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Pokemon

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Between the cultural phenomenon that was Pokemon Go and the upcoming release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Pokemon is basically everywhere. So we would be remiss in our duties if we didn't include some familiar pocket monsters to put on your pumpkin. 

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We could devote an entire slideshow to the amazing Pokemon pumpkin carvings that fans have made, but most of them aren't projects meant for mere mortals. So for the rest of us, it's hard to go wrong with long-time mascot Pikachu and the adorable Mew. I, however, am rather partial to Gengar carvings like the one below.

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The official Pokemon website offers a lot of other free stencils for you to download and use -- especially if you want to recreate some of the creepier Pokemon from other generations. Visit their pumpkin carving page to see them all.  

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Logo or Character Portraits (Overwatch)

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It's no secret that Overwatch is going to be huge this Halloween. So you can join in on the fun by creating your own pumpkin that proudly displays the emblem of your favorite rebellion-squashing group of heroes. 

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But chances are you can't be satisfied with a mere logo. You want to put your favorite character out there for all the world (and the underworld) to see. Luckily for you, the Free Stencil Gallery has carving patterns for every hero that's currently on the Overwatch roster. Whether Mei is bae or you can't get enough Dad 76, there's a stencil waiting to be carved. 

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Creeper Face (Minecraft)

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Ah, the Creeper -- both the Minecraft mascot and the bane of pretty much every player's existence. Pay your respects to the enemy you love to hate with this simple Creeper carving. 

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The design is easy enough that even the craftily-challenged can get it done right, but the addition of a candle makes this Creeper look like he's filled with the hellfire of a thousand Nethers.

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Be careful, though. It would be a shame if something were to happen to those treatssssssssssssss...

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It's that magical time of year again. The leaves are changing. The air's getting colder. Pumpkins are everywhere. And that's a good thing if you're a Halloween enthusiast -- because that means more pumpkins for you to carve as you prepare for the creepiest night of the year.

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We're only a few weeks away from the most gamer-friendly holiday of the year, and there's no better way to get in the Halloween spirit than turning your favorite video games into awesome jack-o'-lanterns. Pay homage to your favorite fandoms and ward off the restless spirits wandering the earth...it's a win-win!

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That's why we've compiled a list of cool designs from some of your favorite game franchises. Each of these pumpkins should be reasonably easy for you to replicate yourself, so we've included stencils for each design to get you started. All you need is a pumpkin, the right tools, and a little bit of patience to bring these carvings to life.

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9 of the Coolest Alternative Controller configurations https://www.gameskinny.com/81wko/9-of-the-coolest-alternative-controller-configurations https://www.gameskinny.com/81wko/9-of-the-coolest-alternative-controller-configurations Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:07:23 -0400 Joshua Harris

With the evolution of gaming came the ingenuity and innovation of controller technology. However, players have found new, exciting, and strange ways to use controllers that are far from their intended purposes. These nine alternative setups show the genius of the human mind. 

1. DJ Hero Turntable

YouTube user  WhyBeAre uploaded a video last month of his DJ Hero dual turntable setup to play Overwatch on the PC. It works surprisingly well; he has mapped the left wheel to move forward and backwards while the one on the right controls the aiming. The green button on the right table is assigned for the regular firing, the red button is attached to the alternate fire, and the blue button for the special fire.

Interestingly, the crossfader is perfect for switching up Lucio's alt fire from heal mode to speed mode (and vice versa), but for now the speed mode option will automatically move players forward in addition to this ability. And, finally, the euphoria button activates Lucio's ultimate with an added red glow on the controller itself signaling its use. 

At about the 1:30 mark, WhyBeAre shows that the DJ Hero turntable can be used (against bots) and is actually functioning and playable Overwatch matches. Although, it would take extreme dedication to master this setup for PvP play. 

2. Drum Souls

 

Next is "Drum Souls" by YouTube user gbbearzly. As if Dark Souls was not hard enough, he has setup up the Rock Band drum set act as his controller. The red and yellow drums act as the left and right aiming, which would otherwise be used by the right analog stick. The blue pad is used to roll while the green pad is mapped for attacks. To complicate matters, gbbearzly can only move forward with the drum pedal, forcing him to make precise movements with the red and yellow pads either by furiously drumming on to rotate his character extremely fast, or by alternating both to navigate the terrain. The only "normal" buttons used are the menu and select buttons, which are present on the drum set as well. Given how difficult the game usually is, I do not think I could even beat this with a regular controller. Kudos, gbbearzly!

3. Hands Free Since '89

I thought it would be best to showcase one of the more serious alternative controllers because this one deserves the utmost recognition. The only available information on this national treasure seem to come from either the Houston Press or Kotaku.

Dubbed the 'Hands Free,' this controller was strapped to the player's chest and would allow quadriplegic players to use a long black stick with a pad at the end for their tongue, which would effectively act as the D-pad. The A and B buttons were controlled by a straw and would be controlled by a sipping- or blowing-breath action. The Hands Free was released in 1989 and was available to order through the customer service line. Kudos to Nintendo for getting ahead on accessibility for all players. 

 4. World of Dancecraft 

Prominent Twitch and YouTube gamer Rudeism took on World of Warcraft, reaching level 100 using only a pair of Dance Dance Revolution game mats. The button mapping is absolutely crazy, and I am thankful he uploaded the graphic showing exactly where he had to dance in order to survive. I cannot begin to wrap my head around the amount of patience and memory needed to survive an undertaking like this without losing my mind. 

5. He's Still Alive

From the brilliant man who reached level 100 in Warcraft, comes the massive undertaking of an age classic, Portal, with a twist. Rudeism, known for his adeptness with alternative controller setup, also defeated GLaDOS using only a Guitar Hero guitar. Using Xpadder, his configuration was set up with the whammy bar in charge of forward and backward movement, the strum bar for looking left and right, and tilting the guitar for looking up and down.

The color coded keys controlled the portal gun itself: red and yellow buttons were mapped to strafe left/right, the blue button to the blue portal, the orange to the orange portal, the start/power/back buttons for picking up objects, and finally the left button on the D-pad for crouching. The game is playable and Rudeism managed to defeat GLaDOS within the time limit, so we know that Portal can be beaten using unconventional methods. Don't tell him about the cake though. 

6. The Infamous Twitch Controller 

The enigma, known as the Twitch controller, has to be the most difficult setup in beating ANY game. Unlike physical controllers, such as the drum set, guitar, or turntable, the Twitch controller has no physical means by which a player can interact with the game. Keywords were mapped to certain text commands relayed from the Twitch chat to the computer hosting the game, which would in theory would be great if it was a single person playing the game.

But, thousands of people were in charge of coordinating certain commands in order to get through the game, proving to be one of the largest social experiments of all time. They managed to beat Pokemon Red in 16 days and 7 hours, which goes to show that people can cooperate long enough to beat all 8 gym leaders, the elite 4, and make it past the Pokemon champion. 

 7. Super Kongo Brothers 4

If you have rhythm, you can take on the "For Glory" mode in Super Smash Brothers 4 like YouTuber PJiggles. Because the Wii U allows for the GameCube peripheral adapter, he was able to integrate the bongos from Donkey Konga, and essentially map each of the GameCube's original buttons to the bongos. 

If you skip to the 45 second mark, PJiggles showcases the final product of his button mapping. Various actions allow him to use the character's grab ability. Tapping on the edges of the bongos will incur punching, shielding, and jumping. True to spirit, PJiggles takes on "For Glory" mode as Donkey Kong. The downside, however, comes into play in the actual fighting. The character can only face one direction, cannot move, and incurs idle messages during almost every match. I commend PJiggles for having the patience to map the controller and take the bongos out in the Smash ecosystem. 

 8. Too Epona Too Furious 

After picking up the N64 V3 Racing Wheel at a thrift shop, YouTube Gamerdudemat decided that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time deserved to be played through with the wheel (3:04 is when he starts playing it). Walking around proves to be difficult, but it appears that riding Epona works perfectly with the controller. Stepping on the gas pedal will use her carrots, and the wheel can be used to aim the bow while on horseback as well. Interestingly, it also works perfectly for the fishing mini-game in Lake Hylia. 

9. Dancertale

Another Twitch streamer and YouTuber, PeekingBoo, took on the Dance Dance Revolution controller challenge as well. But, this time, he went all out on playing Undertale on the actual, full-sized machine. The arrows on the left control the direction of the player in both the battle sequences and overworld.

However, the arrows on the right control the actions. The left arrow is used for canceling, the right for the menu, and the bottom for confirm. Given that Undertale is a bullet hell game, PeekingBoo demonstrates just how difficult it is to dodge in the battle sequences. Showing that to survive, absolute coordination is the key to mastering this Dance Dance Revolution and Undertale hybrid. 

Conclusion

People enjoy a good challenge, and, by introducing a new method of gameplay, they are able to make a name for themselves in gaming history. One way to do that is through alternative controlling systems, such as the DJ Hero turntable or Dance Dance Revolution dance pads. Seeking other modes of gameplay is not just an ode to developers, it is an exercise in creativity, and it shows the lengths that gamers will go to just to show how dedicated they are to their livelihood. I think we owe these people a round of applause for sticking to their guns and showing us that alternative forms of gameplay are viable and commendable. 

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Waxing Lyrical: 10 Awesome Original Video Game Songs https://www.gameskinny.com/roxrs/waxing-lyrical-10-awesome-original-video-game-songs https://www.gameskinny.com/roxrs/waxing-lyrical-10-awesome-original-video-game-songs Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:00:01 -0400 Richard Sherry

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And that's a wrap, folks! 

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I hope you've encountered something you like - or at least something that makes you think - in this selection of music.

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What songs did I miss? Let us know in the comments!

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Still Alive (Portal)

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The cake is a lie. The end credits song from Portal, Valve's gem of a game, is a less-than-subtle hint that villain GLaDOS, whom you supposedly just defeated, actually survived your encounter.

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"Still Alive" is hilarious yet sinister; so basically a perfect reflection of its singer, GLaDOS. The great contrast between simple, happy music and the darker meanings behind the lyrics is a highlight of video game writing and creativity in general.

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Whilst she might appear to be fairly harmless if you're just casually listening to the song, GLaDOS is excited to use all the new things she has learned dealing with the player on all the other subjects who are "still alive".

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GLaDOS's passive-aggressive remarks towards the player's success make the song even more entertaining - she's "so happy for you", despite the fact that you tore her apart and burned her in a fire.

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There could hardly be a better way to end Portal than with "Still Alive". It keeps the game's wonderful humor alive right to the end, effortlessly sets up a sequel and simply cements itself as one of the best original video game songs to ever exist.

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The Stains Of Time (Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance)

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"The Stains Of Time" is the theme of Monsoon, a Cyborg Ninja and member of the Winds of Destruction elite unit in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

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The song is full of heavy guitar licks and thrash metal passages, with an especially memorable chorus. Its lyrics suit Monsoon to a tee, referencing the power of the Monsoon rains, "pouring down" like "a flood of pain".

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"The Stains Of Time" begins to play when protagonist Raiden takes Monsoon on in a frantic and violent boss battle, and escalates what was already an adrenaline-fuelled scenario to unbelievable heights.

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The song also reflects Raiden's recent turn of personality in the most horrifically badass scene of the game. Giving in to the blood-lust he'd been suppressing for so long, Raiden's psychotic child soldier persona - Jack "The Ripper"- takes control, leading to the blood-soaked battle with Monsoon (who quickly comes to regret goading The Ripper out of Raiden).

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In this context, the "flood of pain" and pouring rain in the song also conjure images of the gratuitous blood and agony dished out by both sides throughout the conflict, and it's all wrapped up in a hard-hitting song led by riotous vocals and techno beats.

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Honestly, all boss battles should be accompanied by this sort of epicness!

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There's a whole album of this stuff and it's all incredible. For more music of this style also check out:

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Que Sera Sera (Katamari Damacy)

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Artist: Charles Kosei
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Katamari Damacy's soundtrack is a wonderland of chilled, fun and whimsical songs. "Que Sera Sera" is most definitely one such song, which has no doubt contributed to the awards for originality that have been heaped upon this OST.

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Sung by Charles Kosei, and evidently with Japanese influences, there's an undeniable Sinatra-like quality to the song's performance.

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Like Katamari Damacy's gameplay, "Que Sera Sera" is weird and wonderful. Not only does it make the game itself infinitely more fun to play along to, it stands on its own as a great and easy song to enjoy listening to.

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Check out the annotations from YouTube uploader Aubrey McKenzie in the video above - they paint a wonderfully colorful picture, and one that's suitably imaginative for its subject material!

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Eternity (Blue Dragon)

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Artist: Ian Gillan
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"Eternity" is the boss battle theme that is synonymous with Blue Dragon. It plays so often throughout the J-RPG that it's all but imprinted upon your psyche by the time the game is over.

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This song was sung by Ian Gillan from Deep Purple. Just let that sink in for a second: the guy who sang Smoke on the Water is singing this. It's not his best performance by far, but the song manages to maintain such energy, not to mention being super catchy to boot, that it doesn't really matter.

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"Eternity" will pop into your head randomly for years to come, which is only fitting given its name. It was always a pleasure when this song started playing as I entered a boss battle, and like at least one other song on this list, it never fails to get you pumped up and raring to go!

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I might add "Eternity" to my workout playlist now that I think about it...

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The Poet and the Muse (Alan Wake)

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"The Poet and the Muse" is just one of the songs by the fictional rock band Old Gods of Asgard in Alan Wake

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Alan Wake is a psychological thriller following a writer who becomes caught up in a real-life mystery in the small town of Bright Falls. It delves into the supernatural and plays with a loop whereby certain peoples' writing can alter or recreate reality.

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In this sense we never really know whether Alan ended up writing the band into existence or whether they perhaps wrote him. The song is very clearly about the overarching narrative of Alan Wake. It references Thomas Zane ("Tom the poet") and Cauldron Lake ("the magic lake which gave a life to the words the poet used").

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It then outlines Alan Wake's own experiences, attempting to "bring back his love by stories he'd create" after she was taken by the darkness. Yet at the same time the song provides advice and instructions as to how to achieve this through finding the "lady of the light"; things that Alan doesn't necessarily know about when he can first hear the band's music.

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With a whole in-game band history which becomes instrumental to the game's outstanding narrative, not to mention a discography of albums, The Old Gods of Asgard are in a very unique and central position within the game.

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"The Poet and the Muse" is full of prophecy and supernatural themes; a musical microcosm of Alan Wake's core ideas. On top of this, it's a genuinely good song, with a great chorus, fantastic evolution from acoustic to full rock sound and deep, meaningful lyrics that tell a story even when separated from the game.

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In our reality, the songs were in fact written and performed for Alan Wake by the real-life Finnish band Poets of the Fall.

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With the questions Alan Wake raises, though, who's to tell whether we are in fact in the story?!

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Three Minutes Clapping (The World Ends With You)

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Artist: J. D. Camaro
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Here's something a little different. "Three Minutes Clapping" isn't, in fact, three minutes of clapping at all. In fact it's an awesome mashup of Japanese stylistic influences and rock/rap/hip-hop. 

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In fact the delivery of the song's rapping verses are somewhat reminiscent of classic hip-hop like The Sugarhill Gang.

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It's groovy, rhythmic, and slightly neurotic. The World Ends With You is a similarly groovy melting pot of ideas, drawing RPG systems, youthful exuberance and modern-day Tokyo into an interesting and idiosyncratic world where music is paramount. The game does all of this whilst exploring ideas of social isolation and the importance of communication between people, yet remaining fun and involving throughout.

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A large part of this success is down to the music, which is not just a backing but a feature to be interacted with through the collecting of songs and forming of relationships with local record labels and stores.

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"Three Minutes Clapping" is especially addictive, and only gets more impressive when you remember that all this quality was achieved in a DS game.

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Melodies Of Life (Final Fantasy IX)

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Artist: Susan Calloway
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"Melodies Of Life" is a ballad about the bittersweet nature of love and loss. The song's melody is integral to Final Fantasy IX, repeating in various forms throughout the game as the accompaniment to Zidane Tribal and Prince Garnet's romance.

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This may not be the most popular decision, as many people often cite Final Fantasy VIII's "Eyes On Me" as the best song in the series. "Eyes On Me" captures the relationship between Squall and Rinoa; however "Melodies Of Life" does the same even more satisfyingly for Zidane and Garnet.

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Its ultimate usage comes at the end of the game, where Zidane and Garnet are parted and Zidane is thought to be lost forever in the destruction of the Iifa Tree. As Garnet settles back into her life as a ruler, the song's lyrics find their most impactful footing. 

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They reflect Garnet's feelings of loss and loneliness, of her "dearest memories" with Zidane and her struggle to continue "picking up the pieces that remain".

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However, despite its melancholy, "Melodies Of Life" is ultimately uplifting as both the music and the story conclude jubilantly, with Zidane's return and a heart-warming reuniting of the couple that ensures happiness all round.

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There are many versions of this song, including its original Japanese lyrics. This particular version is performed by Susan Calloway as part of the "Distant Worlds II" live concert album. And when the song sounds this good recorded live, you know it's special!

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Other Final Fantasy songs include:

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Deadman's Gun (Red Dead Redemption)

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Artist: Ashtar Command
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Rockstar always nail their music selections, but Red Dead Redemption is in a league of its own, even when compared to the likes of GTA.

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Although the game's soundtrack is made up mostly of classic western movie-style music (of which Ennio Morricone would be proud), a select few songs are included to bring extra intensity to powerful scenes and themes.

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"Deadman's Gun" is a moving tribute to the game's protagonist, John Marston. It mirrors his journey throughout the game as he works to move on from a chequered history of past misdeeds and protect his family from outside forces.

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Playing over the end credits, we've already seen the painfully cathartic finale to the main story; as Marston takes a heroic last stand against the government officials he's been betrayed by, giving his wife and son a chance to escape as he dies in a hail of bullets.

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This makes the song all the more poignant. Like the narrative in "Deadman's Gun", John Marston died like he lived. Refusing to bow down and "take what they've got to give" or let them "take your will to live", he stood tall to the last, giving "all he can give" for his family, his "reason to fight" in the end.

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While I can't be 100% certain that this song was written solely for the game, it doesn't seem to appear on any other album or EP by Ashtar Command, except for the RDR soundtrack. Therefore, as far as I'm concerned it counts!

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Snake Eater (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater)

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Artist: Cynthia Harrell
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"Some day you feed on a tree frog". This amazing track is clearly inspired by the classics of the James Bond film franchise. We first hear it in the opening credits, which themselves take heavy cues from 007 movies.

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With its stunning vocals, string frills and brass stabs, the song ebbs and flows, climaxing on Harrell's delivery of the game's title in each chorus. The interplay of instrumentation paints a rich picture of a classic jazz-themed song. Like Shirley Bassey in Goldfinger, Cynthia Harrell holds her own against the power of the band behind her to give balance and weight to the performance. 

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"Snake Eater" is simultaneously timeless and relevant to its game setting. MGS3 takes place in 1964, as protagonist Naked Snake journeys behind enemy lines into a Cold War-era Soviet Union. Stealthing his way through the jungle, Snake must survive in his harsh surroundings.

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The achievement of "Snake Eater" is that it can relate to numerous facets of the game. There's direct meaning in the most literal terms, in which Snake must subsist on local wildlife such as snakes and tree frogs; not to mention the elite enemy "Cobra" Unit that makes up the game's wonderfully memorable boss battles. But like any good lyrical piece it goes deeper than this.

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"Snake Eater" can be seen as another theme song of The Boss, Snake's former mentor and apparent defector to the USSR. Sung from her perspective, it talks about and references Naked Snake as the titular Snake Eater.

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Of course anybody who has played the game will know the tragic truth; that The Boss was loyal to the end, carrying out her orders to gain the trust of Soviet enemies, before giving her life to prevent an all-out nuclear war.

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it seems that the chorus' lyrics: "I give my life, Not for honor, but for you" - could be The Boss's feelings as she engages in a fight to the death with Snake, knowing full well that she must die for both his sake and her country's.

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This makes even more sense given that the song once again begins playing at the climax of this duel. When you look at it this way, "Snake Eater" is even more deserving of praise as a classic original video game song.

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The Metal Gear Solid franchise is one of few that has produced quality original songs multiple times. Here are a few more of them:

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Still Alive (Mirror's Edge)

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Artist: Lisa Miskovsky
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The Theme Song to Mirror's Edge is a cool pop-rock song in its own right, but when combined with the phenomenal game behind it becomes a classic of video game music.

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That opening keyboard/piano riff is so satisfying, and made the game's main menu a place to pause and listen to the music every time I loaded up the game. "Still Alive" is deceptively simple and accessible, and has spawned multiple remixes from big-name DJs such as Armand Van Helden. 

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Mirror's Edge was one of those games that felt truly unique and refreshing when it launched; and there's still nothing like it today. The amazing first-person free-running action and sterile utopian City environment were a winning formula.

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"Still Alive" is an affirmation of forward motion and confidence, and invokes memories of standing on the edge of a skyscraper as protagonist Faith, surveying the city and feeling quite literally on top of the world.

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Other listening suggestions:

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Following on from my Stop and Hear the Music article, we're returning to the auricular artistry of video game music!

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As I stated then, music in video games is an astounding medium that deserves to be explored and appreciated. It's not just instrumental music that makes games great though. There are a number of songs written for video games that put some popular music to shame. 

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A good song can punctuate a scene, moment or event to build truly memorable experiences. Back in the 1980's it was impossible to even put a lyric-filled song into a game. Early-era game hardware just didn't have the power to cope with those sorts of recordings, so the relative abundance of songs nowadays is testament to how far we've come.

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In order to qualify for this list, a song must have lyrics and be sung; however I have also chosen not to include any choral songs as I feel they were fairly well represented last time.

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I have also avoided including licensed songs; that is, copyrighted songs included in the game for royalties and so on. Instead, I wanted to give focus to songs written specifically for the games they feature in.

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Please also expect spoilers for the following games:

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Like last time, I have also included some extra listening suggestions where applicable.

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So without further ado, let us begin!

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Top Five Games You Can Beat in an Afternoon https://www.gameskinny.com/shk0h/top-five-games-you-can-beat-in-an-afternoon https://www.gameskinny.com/shk0h/top-five-games-you-can-beat-in-an-afternoon Tue, 02 Aug 2016 06:51:23 -0400 ChrisDeCoster

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Morai
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Easily the shortest game on this list, you could download and finish Morai in less than the amount of time it takes to make a cup of tea.  That said, there's a twist to this game that makes it stand out, and considering that the game is available for free on Steam, there's no reason not to play it.  

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If you like a game that really makes you think, than Morai will give you plenty to mull over long after its five minutes are up.

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What are your favorite short games?  Let us know in the comments!

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Portal
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If you haven't gotten around to playing this classic, then it's really time you fixed that.  An amazing puzzle game with great level design and one of gaming's most iconic villains, Portal is an absolute must play.  Its sequel benefited from a bigger budget and a wider cast of characters, but the first still holds up no matter how brief it is.  Portal is still available as part of the Orange Box collection on Steam, and considering that you'll get four more PC classics with it, there's no reason not to try out Portal.

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Pony Island
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Pony Island, as the trailer states, is not a game about ponies.  Instead, it's a game where you are trapped in hell by the devil himself, forced to play a poorly made arcade game.  While it's got a few rough edges, Pony Island mixes up some fun arcade games with a lot of hidden extras, killer boss battles, and more fourth wall breaks than a Deadpool comic.  It won't take you very long to beat, and it's available on Steam.

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The Beginner's Guide
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Made by the developer of the critically acclaimed The Stanley ParableThe Beginner's Guide is a smaller, more personal story about the relationship between two game developers.  While it's impossible to talk about the game much without spoiling anything, in part because it's only an hour and a half long, The Beginner's Guide takes the player through an assortment of short, unfinished games, narrated by a developer trying to convince his friend to start making games again.  It's a must play for anyone interested in the creative process behind making video games, and you can pick it up on Steam.

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Her Story 
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If you're the kind of person to ask "Is this a game?" then Her Story, a 2015 game about searching through a police database for video clips, might not be for you.  But if you're someone who likes a good story told in a very different way, than Her Story is a dark mystery about a man who goes missing, told by a women who's definitely hiding something.  After playing this game more than a month ago, I'm still not one hundred percent sure all of the answers I got were correct.  Her Story can easily be beaten in under two hours, and is available on Steam.

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A lot of the time, the choice of what game to buy is based on a title's longevity. But sometimes you just want something you can blow through on the weekend.  Some great experimental games are just a couple of hours long, and they can be a fun change of pace from hundred hour RPGs.  Here's a look at a few short, fun games you can play in just an afternoon.

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10 Games You Can Finish In Just One Weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/o3pfz/10-games-you-can-finish-in-just-one-weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/o3pfz/10-games-you-can-finish-in-just-one-weekend Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:47:48 -0400 Brandon Morgan

A lot of gamers don't have the time to devote to 100-hour single-player campaign, which is what we see in a lot of recent role-playing games. (We're looking at you, The Witcher 3!)

Thankfully, there are plenty of titles out there in the world with relatively short campaigns. You can complete any one of these ten games in just a single weekend! If you marathon the story mode, then perhaps you can finish two or three in the same time span.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

If you're looking for a truly heartwarming, fantastic tale that revolves around two brothers traversing a mystical world filled with giants and other creatures, then A Tale of Two Sons is what you're after. The game can be completed within 3 or 4 hours, which makes up a single sitting for most people these days.

Basically, the left and right joystick on a controller will control one of the brothers, respectively. This particular mechanic may be a little disorienting at first, but once you get your bearings, the gameplay is a breeze. A few small puzzle are also scattered throughout, but they're pretty simple to beat.

Journey

Journey, a PlayStation exclusive title, is the type of adventure game most people can get behind. The story mode will take anywhere between 3 and 5 hours to finish.

Throughout the gameplay, the player will climb and evade various dangers, make a few new companions, and explore the wonderful world that appears to be in a state of flux.

A single light shining in the sky will guide you to the top of the mountain.

Deadlight

Deadlight is an interesting indie game about a man on a quest to find his wife and daughter in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. The game is set in a 1980s version of Seattle, and allows the player to focus on an exploration style of gameplay instead of hardy combat like most zombie games.

The 2D/3D mixed game will take between 4 to 5 hours to finish in its entirety. Some puzzles may give you a bit of trouble, but overall the game is really streamlined and easy to pick up and play.

The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable is a personal favorite in the adventure genre. You, the player, have total control over the movements and direction you take. The story is quite philosophical, and has plenty of comedy interjected within the dialogue.

While you may not be in total control of everything that happens, the ride to the end is well worth the time it takes. You can usually see all of the endings within 1 to 4 hours, though that may vary depending on how long you take to move through the stark office hallways.

Of course, there are multiple endings to discover, and some will simply lead to your demise. So be wary of your choices or what turn you happen to make early on.

Portal

Sure, you could play Portal 2, but the original is just something special to enjoy. This 3D puzzle game is best played with a buddy or your significant other, but make sure they have anywhere between 3 to 5 hours to sit down and complete the puzzling story.

There are multiple mazes, a few logic puzzles, and a quirky robot to contend with. Be sure to power up your portal guns beforehand!

Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is a violent thrill ride fueled by drugs, sex, and more than a little splattering of blood. The 8-bit top-down title should make you cringe on more than one occasion -- and not just because of the difficulty, which can get downright mean sometimes. If you have a good 5 to 6 hours to spend, invest that into this violent rabbit hole.

The player has no idea why they are being given these missions, but you will require a quick trigger finger to accomplish each of them. 

If you tend to rage-quit video games easily, then perhaps you should skip this particular game.

The Wolf Among Us

The Wolf Among Us is probably one of the best choose-your-own-adventure titles released by developer Telltale Games. The title is split up into five different episodes, each one ending with a little cliffhanger to pull you into the next. You can complete all three in anywhere between 10 to 14 hours.

While the end-game tends to be a bit scripted, the choices you make to get there are totally dependent upon you and how you're feeling at that particular moment. Each choice generally comes in the form of a dialogue option or a quick-time event.

Mirror's Edge

The first Mirror's Edge is a wonderful first-person platformer that focuses solely on free-running, which is often referred to as parkour by the French crowds. The single-player game focuses on nonviolent confrontations, which means you won't be wielding any firearms or swords to topple. There is no Mature content included, so even a teenager can take some time off from school and beat it within 10 hours.

Some of the gameplay tends to be on the tough side, so be prepared for a few difficult spots here and there. 

If you enjoy this one, you can also pick up the recently released reboot, Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Silent Hill is an iconic survival horror franchise, so it is safe to say this is not for the faint of heart. For those with an iron stomach, however, you can beat Shattered Memories within 7 to 8 hours, depending on how long it takes to complete a few puzzles and run away from enemies. Trust us, you won't be fighting them all.

This is a psuedo remake of the original game, with familiar characters and a plot line that is pretty similar overall.

If you're looking to reinvigorate your love of the survival horror genre within the span of just two days, then this is a great start.

Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line is one of those shooters that simply makes you think about the actions portrayed. While you have no direct control over what happens to the characters or the civilians in the game, you will receive a front-line ticket to this wild ride.

The psychological mechanics within the single-player campaign should make anyone stop and wonder for a second or two. The shooting is overall pretty simple and fluid, though it can feel clunky depending on the weapon you're using at the time.

Overall, you can complete the game in around 7 to 8 hours.

While there are plenty of video games you could complete within a weekend, you certainly couldn't do better than these ten. Each one should leave you with a memory or two.

What are your favorite games to beat in a single weekend? Let me know down in the comments!

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Full Course: Gaming's Most Mouth-Watering Food https://www.gameskinny.com/sfj94/full-course-gamings-most-mouth-watering-food https://www.gameskinny.com/sfj94/full-course-gamings-most-mouth-watering-food Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:23:23 -0400 Bran Rahl

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Well, I hoped you enjoy my video game full course meal. Drop by the comments below and invite us to your VG Full Course or your favorite video game food! Till next time!

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Honorable Mention: Cook Kirby's Soup

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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Our apprentice chef was cooking up something delicious in the kitchen in preparation for today's meal. But unfortunately, Kirby got a little bit too excited for his soup. Even Mario will tell you that it was a bit too hot, and he throws fireballs!

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Drink: Mana Potion

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Every Fantasy RPG known to Mankind + More
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Ah, how can we forget the drinks? The almighty Mana Potion, found in fantasy RPGs world wide, provides a refreshing taste to supplement your meal, while providing you with that extra MP to strike your enemies down with a well placed Meteor.

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Dessert: The Cake

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Portal
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Crafted by a state-of-the-art AI known as GLaDOS, this cake was served to those special few who managed to succeed the Test Chambers at the Aperture Science Enrichment Center. It sounds too good to be true, but the taste is vouched for by Doug Rattmann, who says the it's like "a lie".

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Entree: The Sandvich

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Team Fortress 2
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While we were planning to serve the Sandvich, I'm afraid our recovery team were all wiped out by a very hungry Heavy. So unfortunately, we're going to have to skip this until the next meal.

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Meat: Well Done Steak

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Monster Hunter Series
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A staple in the Hunter lifestyle, the Well Done Steak is a delicious addition to our meal. Increasing a Hunter's Stamina and allowing them to keep on fighting, the monster meat is a fine addition that will surely help you survive... I mean enjoy...the rest of your meal (Cause who knows what all these power ups will do to you...).

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Fish: Magikarp Sushi with Slowpoke Tails

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Pokemon Series
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Made from a fish that's abundant in the world and contains both the calmness of the sea and ferociousness of the ocean, the Magikarp Sushi is only known to the truly hungry Trainers who have ventured to Lake of Rage.

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Accompanied by Slowpoke Tails, a famous delicacy known to reach a price of 1,000,000 PokeDollars, you would have to be an evil organization to not enjoy these.

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Soup: Elixir Soup

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
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Also recognized as the favorite soup of the Hero of Winds, all other potions pale in comparison to its excellent taste. While it increases both HP and Magic to full, it also wonderfully doubles any traveling warrior's attack strength.

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The recipe is known only to a kind and gentle grandmother living in a far away island in the Great Sea -- but the nice lady provided us with two servings for everyone. Isn't she the sweetest?

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Hors d'oeuvre: Assorted Shrooms

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Mario
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To start off today's meal, we have a wonderful plate filled with assorted delicacies from the Mushroom Kingdom. Known to have miraculous effects, including but not limited to growing in size, reviving the dead, super speed, and even growing an entire propeller suit around your body. Just don't eat every colorful mushroom you see -- only those with Toad's seal of approval.

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We're all here because we play (or played) video games. And I'm pretty sure that at least once, we've all looked at a video game food and thought: 

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"I wonder what the heck that tastes like?"

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While we may not be able to bring the flavor to real life, we can honor the delicious foods we've seen in various video games. Get ready for our Video Game Power Up Full Course -- a multi-course arrangement of gaming's most mouth-watering foods.

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Let's start our meal, waiter.

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