The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network This Was the Best Decade in Gaming History, and I Can Prove It https://www.gameskinny.com/w33ve/this-was-the-best-decade-in-gaming-history-and-i-can-prove-it https://www.gameskinny.com/w33ve/this-was-the-best-decade-in-gaming-history-and-i-can-prove-it Sun, 29 Dec 2019 14:27:56 -0500 Ty Arthur

The decade is coming to a close, and while there was controversy — and a few franchises flopped  the last 10 years provided some of the best moments in the history of gaming.

If you lived through the 2010s, you witnessed new, powerful console launches, new developers knocking it out of the park, and new, exciting tech releases from the ill-fated Kinect to the still burgeoning VR field.

All of that and more led to an unforgettable 10 years in gaming that rivaled much of what came before. Don't believe me? Let's take a look back at the industry's defining achievements over the past 10 years.  

The Early 2010s

Certain moments will live forever. Lady Gaga's meat outfit. Rebecca Black's Friday. Kony 2012. The color of that stupid dress. Marriage equality. "But her emails." Leo finally getting that damn Oscar. 

For me, the decade began in earnest when I put GLaDOS into a potato in Portal 2. The combination of humor and disturbing horror sold it as much as the game's top-notch voice acting and rock solid gameplay. That overall package had me sitting in awe, thinking: "Did modern video games just become amazing right this second?" 

Aside from the hilarious legacy of Portal's sequel (which itself will never be a follow-up since Valve sadly can't count to three), the 2010s kicked off in earnest with notable returns from major series featuring big changes. Mass Effect 2 ditched the extraneous RPG elements and somehow came out better for it; Dead Space 2 ramped up the horror and gore of the first game; and, of course, Starcraft 2: Wings Of Liberty arrived with a makeover and revamped multiplayer.

The early 2010s proudly brought the gaming universe a re-tooled horde mode in Gears of War 3, and it's one that stood the test of time. Aside from still holding the title of "one of the least toxic cooperative multiplayer modes" ever made, horde in Gears of War 3 remains the gold standard of multiplayer. Horde is one of the primary reasons why fans return to the Gears series even after the IP switched developers.

While those big-name AAA franchises made their marks, Minecraft became a phenomenon. Mojang's smash hit created an enduring legacy that can't be denied, even if the survival/open-world LEGO mashup has been endlessly emulated. Somehow the pop phenomenon still has hundreds of millions of active players, showing Mojang's vision wasn't just a fluke. 

Between an insane number of skins, seeds, maps, and mods, Minecraft has to be one of the most expansive gaming experiences of all time, and it will probably still be up and running long after we are all dead and gone. As we move into the next decade, we're preparing for Minecraft Dungeons, which could possibly be a game we'll still be talking about in 10 years. Who knows?

      OK, maybe it wouldn't have been the worst
thing if we didn't know about this guy...

Another low-key title that had a bigger impact than many realize — though not Minecraft big — came in the horror genre. 

Amnesia: The Dark Descent kicked off the "defenseless" horror subgenre that has seen the likes of Outlast, Layers of Fear, and Alien: Isolation follow in its footsteps. Although the Amnesia series is now quaint when compared to what came after it, it brought the horror genre to the masses. Why? Because big-name streamers loved it.

Reaction videos to Amnesia's scarier scenes caught on like wildfire, and it's partly to thank for the sudden spike in video game streaming personalities in the early part of the decade. Without Amnesia, it's possible that the likes of PewDiePie and Markiplier might remain relatively unknown.

       It is an absolute tragedy that this didn't catch on.

Despite all of the unexpected successes, there were some "sure things" that ended up nosediving in the early part of the decade. Nintendo — normally a pillar of stability — saw the Wii U ultimately flop, even though the hardware itself had some fantastic applications.

If you haven't experienced Rayman Legends local multiplayer using both the Wii U pad and your television screen, then you missed out on a critical piece of amazing gaming history.

While the Wii U has been consigned to the dust bin, other parts of the early 2010 gaming landscape caught on like wildfire and still haven't gone out.

Though I point blank hated Skyrim, credit must be given where it's due. Bethesda captured the imagination of a generation with that particular Elder Scrolls entry, and Skyrim managed to remain popular enough to see re-release some dozen or so times across multiple consoles throughout the decade.

Without question, Skyrim played a large role in the success of the 2010 console cycle, but it had an even bigger impact on the PC landscape. Simply put, Skyrim is the king of mods, and has born an entire generation of modders that have created some truly fantastic experiences. 

To date, Skyrim has more than 56,000 downloads available on Nexus Mods. Yeah, a lot of them are nude mods, but between the total conversion mods and extremely clever gameplay tweaks, Skyrim can be an amazing game with the right modding.

The mod effect went well past Bethesda's fantasy baby this decade. Other open world games like Red Dead Redemption 2 are getting a slew of mods, but everything from XCOM to the Resident Evil 2 remake are finding extra play time through some pretty genius mods.

While story took a back seat to open-world exploration in Skyrim, storytelling as a whole wasn't left in the dust in this early period of the decade. Plenty of games weren't afraid to go with more mature or unexpected themes, from the devastating opening of The Last Of Us to the mind-bending twist in Bioshock Infinite

Story rich or story lacking, open world or linear, the early part of the 10s was drowning in genre-defining games... but things would take a turn just a few years later. 

The Mid 2010s

         Telltale looking at Telltale and getting ready to pull the trigger       

Has a developer ever risen so quickly and then fallen so far as Telltale? The Wolf Among Us and the first season of The Walking Dead are still hallmarks of interactive storytelling, but sadly, the development team, under immense pressure, faced insurmountable hurdles.

A badly aging engine, lack of new ideas, and overspending on major franchises weighed the dev down by the time Game Of Thrones Season 1 ended. Sadly, things did not improve, and the company shuttered later in the decade. We never got to see the heights this style could have reached if material like Stranger Things, Hellraiser, or True Detective had been made available.

While the Telltale name is currently clawing back from the dead, it appears this new version of the company won't feature the same people (which may be a good thing) and will work on a much smaller scale. Will we ever get anything as compelling as Bigby's murder mystery or Clementine's journey to adulthood? Probably not, but at least we've still got our memories. 

       Goodbye old friend. You will be missed.

Another amazingly bittersweet moment arrived in April 2016 as the beloved Xbox 360 finally met its end. While Games With Gold is still offering up free titles each month and a handful of games are still hitting the platform, production on this console legend officially stopped. If you've still got a 360, be sure to keep hold of it -- because no more are being made! Microsoft managed to bring out the longest-running console cycle in gaming history, lasting more than 10 solid years. 

The next-gen got off to a rocky start not long before the 360 ceased production (remember the horror that was Assassin's Creed Unity?) but the decade's trend of disappointing trilogy conclusions with Dead Space 3 and Mass Effect 3 would come to a shattering and conclusive close with The Witcher 3.

Without question, The Witcher 3 put CD Projekt Red on the map and showed that an open-world RPG could be story-rich and offer more than just endless fetch quests and following map markers. Even more impressively, The Witcher 3 remains one of the very few titles to feature DLC that is easily as strong as the base game.

Considering the many amazing ladies of the series (oh, and Geralt too, I guess) just made the leap to a Netflix Original Series, it seems The Witcher franchise is going to live on for quite some time.

The same time period didn't just see the arrival of some truly great games it also saw a change in how games are developed and the ways in which developers interact with players.

Although the method had been around for some time, it was around the mid-2010s that Early Access started to become a vehicle for on-going development. 

Though Early Access has seen its fair share of hate and has been legitimately abused, it gave us titles as diverse and satisfying as Darkest Dungeon, Slime Rancher, and later, Subnautica. Early Access has shown that supporting developers along the way and allowing tweaks to be made from fan feedback can result in better-finished products.

      Should have called it Baldur's Wind Dale: Temple Of Elemental Torment.

Rising alongside Early Access, the crowd-funding revolution also emerged in the 2010s, giving us an amazing crop of old-school RPGs like Pillars of Eternity and Wasteland 2

Fans wanted classic isometric games utilizing tactical real-time-with-pause or turn-based combat, but publishers just weren't willing to take the risk. They couldn't see that nostalgia equals money. Kickstarter and Indiegogo stepped in.

While Obsidian and InXile got snapped up by Microsoft in 2018 and it would seem are now cranking out some very off-brand console titles we still had a good number of years where fans had the final say on what would get released in those instances.

Kickstarter would later grow to feature revitalized classics such as Shenmue 3 and the Castlevania-adjacent Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Whether you asked for a refund and still think its a scam or are eagerly playing along, Star Citizen showed just how massive a crowd funding campaign can become. Somehow its still earning crowd funding revenue, having raked in more than $250 million from fans who know what they want and are willing to pay to get it.

Outside the realm of the typical gaming sphere, a surprising new genre would emerge and make a bigger impact than anyone suspected: absurdist games meant entirely for Let's Plays, reaction vids, and water-cooler talk.

"Classics" like Goat Simulator and Octodad: Dadliest Catch saw gamers re-thinking what truly makes a game great, while also laying the foundation for newer entries like Untitled Goose Game.

The Late 2010s

      Welcome back, Nintendo!

Breath Of The Wild was exactly what Nintendo needed to retake its position near the head of the pack. A major shift in gameplay towards an open-world style gave the Zelda franchise and the Switch a serious shot in the arm.

A brand new design for Nintendo's latest console didn't hurt either, as the combination of permanent home base console and mobile device re-captured the imaginations of gamers. While the controller and movement-based games like 1-2 Switch don't seem to have caught on, Nintendo is still very clearly back into position as console innovator. 

Another open-world game that defined this same period, but on the PlayStation 4, was Horizon Zero Dawn. The combination of old and new styles with a gripping mystery of humanity's past pushed forward by a fiery main character gave many players a reason to stick with the PS4. 

Considering the lauded Red Dead Redemption came out in 2010 and Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the most highly anticipated titles of 2018, it's clear that the open-world trend has reigned supreme this decade.

One game refutes that claim, though, is Fortnite.

You might love to hate it, but you have to ask yourself: has any other title done more to bring gaming into the public consciousness? When Star Wars and Avengers hold in-game events in Fortnite, I think it's clear we've surpassed fandom boundaries and hit the big time.

The concept of Battle Royale has been around for quite awhile, and one could argue it hit its stride with PUBG not long after getting popular through the DayZ mod to Arma 2. That being said, it wasn't until Fortnite that the term became a household name and a genre giant in its own right. 

The resurgence of Battle Royale aside, Fortnite still plays a major role in live streaming, catapulting it to a previously unknown level of popularity with celebrity appearances and major eSports events. Fortnite managed to hit just about every platform imaginable, including mobile phones, and that's another area of gaming worth looking at that made a huge splash in the '10s.

      Not only is this peak 2010s, I'd argue it was also the
reason the internet was invented

Forget Angry Birds and Candy Crush, because there was an absolute explosion of mobile gaming covering every conceivable genre this decade. Aside from the clear cultural significance, Pokemon Go's launch started the AR craze meant to get gamers off the couch and out into the world of sunlight and exercise.

Even if you didn't care for the change in mechanics from the other monster-collecting titles, Pokemon Go was the gift that just kept on giving, from Pokemoan dildos (yep, they exist) to a Chuck Tingle erotica book, to a news cycle that kept bringing up new insanity every, single day.

While some games got smaller and more mobile, others got larger and more tethered VR broke into the mainstream. The PSVR brought true virtual reality to console gamers for a (sort of) affordable price for the first time.

Meanwhile, a number of dueling PC VR platforms are now pushing the boundaries and getting the tech where it needs to go. Vive and Oculus are currently duking it out, with the Oculus Quest now ditching wires and even the PC entirely for a more liberated experience. We haven't seen the best VR has to offer yet  that's for sure  but what's available today is already impressive.

If virtual worlds are less important to you than the interactions that occur within them, the late 2010s were a time when communities really started coming together through platforms like Twitch and Discord.

While the former popped up in 2011 and the latter in 2015, it hasn't been until recent years that they've really come into their own. Whether a mobile gacha title or a graphics-intensive PC shooter, pretty much every game worth playing has its own Discord community where players help each other out and forge new relationships.

New consoles, new tech, new ways of communicating, and new and returning franchises made this is a decade to remember in gaming history.

Looking Forward to 2020 and Beyond

That all about brings us to the present: 2019 was filled to the brim with major gaming news. Bungie parted with Activision but kept the Destiny series; Blizzard stepped in it with their poor handling of eSports players discussing Chinese democracy protests; and Xbox Game Studios snapped up Double Fine back in August.

On the release front, the tail end of the decade hasn't slouched with top-notch new games in a number of surprising genres. Disco Elysium came out of nowhere, and yeah, it deserves the hype. If you miss Planescape: Torment style text-heavy experiences, you want to play this one. The movie snippet experimentation with Telling Lies is also well worth experiencing and shows gaming can be just as interesting and story-rich as cinema. That's not to mention Netflix's Bandersnatch.

As the year ends, we're seeing more changes to the gaming landscape with monthly game services like Game Pass, PS Now, EA Access, and more coming into prominence. Even the mobile gaming crowd is getting in on the monthly subscription action with Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass. If you want to try out a bunch of games for a low monthly price, there's never been a better time to explore what's available on console, PC, or mobile devices.

Of course, the obvious next step of this digital revolution was the advent of the all-streaming Stadia and XCloud. The effect of those changes is still anyone's guess, but it sure looks like we're barreling towards a digital future with a Netflix style library of games.

As Google and all-streaming services come into the spotlight, the console wars still raged between Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. The PS4 managed to become the fourth best selling console of all time this gen, and some killer exclusives likely played a big role there. How the PS5 and Xbox Series X stack up against each other still remains to be seen.

Far more happened in this decade than we ever could have covered in one article, and I'm sure you'll be happy to tell me which games and events I missed that made this the best 10 years in gaming history.

For now, it's time to look toward the future, as next-gen consoles are well into development and are expected to arrive next holiday season. Major titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Baldur's Gate 3, and The Last Of Us 2 are mere months away, and we can't wait to see what the next 10 years have in store! 

What were your favorite video game moments from 2010-2019, and do you agree that it was the best decade in gaming history? Sound off in the comments below!

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Telltale Games Drops Triple Game Announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/ua85g/telltale-games-drops-triple-game-announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/ua85g/telltale-games-drops-triple-game-announcement Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:48:46 -0400 LuckyJorael

In a triple-announcement trailer, Telltale Games has announced the return of three beloved narrative video games: Batman: The Telltale Series, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series, and The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Series

Batman: The Enemy Within

The second season of Batman: The Telltale Series is a five-part episodic game, which continues the story of the Dark Knight. In this season, The Riddler has returned to Gotham City, along with a ruthless federal agent and the Joker. According to Telltale games:

"Batman must navigate uneasy alliances while Bruce Wayne undertakes a perilous series of deceptions. Which of Batman's new allies will you choose to trust? And how deep into the darkness will you let Bruce descend?"

Batman: The Enemy Within will be available for download starting August 8, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Mac, with availability for iOS and Android coming later this year.

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - The Final Chapter

The last chapter to The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series is officially in development, set to premiere next year. This last chapter is focused on Clementine, and players will take control of her actions and decisions. According to Melissa Hutchinson, Clementine's voice-actress:

"It's going to be an amazing experience. Thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart. It's been a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, and so much love has been behind this whole experience. Good luck, I'll be right there with you."

The Walking Dead: The Final Season (working title) will debut in 2018 on consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android.

The Wolf Among Us

Finally acquiescing to "overwhelming popular demand," Telltale Games announced that The Wolf Among Us is returning with a second season, set to debut in the second half of 2018. The new season begins a "fresh story arc for its returning cast of characters, featuring the return of Adam Harrington as Bigby Wolf and Erin Yvette as Snow White."

The Wolf Among Us will be a standalone game available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android in 2018.

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My dad could beat up your dad: Father's Day video game battle royale https://www.gameskinny.com/l2ng8/my-dad-could-beat-up-your-dad-fathers-day-video-game-battle-royale https://www.gameskinny.com/l2ng8/my-dad-could-beat-up-your-dad-fathers-day-video-game-battle-royale Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:21:23 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Now that the dust has settled and the match ups are finished, we want to wish all the gaming dads an amazing Father's Day this year!

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What did you think of our dad vs dad picks, and what other video game Father's Day grudge matches would you like to see go down?

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Let us know in the comments section below!

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James McCloud (Star Fox) vs. Splinter (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

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So, these are maybe the two coolest dads a kid could ever dream of having, and picking one is sort of impossible for anyone who grew up in the late 80s or early 90s.

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Anthropomorphic rat ninja dad who dispenses wisdom and lets you eat inordinate amounts of pizza while playing with dangerous weapons, or anthropomorphic fox and sunglasses-wearing space pilot with a gun dad who lets his kids blow things up in glorious 3D?

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How this battle would go depends on the arena: one one one, or does James have his ship? Even while piloting a spacecraft, I get the feeling Splinter has the edge here, with his mystical ninjitsu alerting him to the presence of enemies and his ability to bite through solid metal.

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Since James was previously taken down by a pig-man, we know he doesn't fare well against other anthropomorphic animals as well... I think in this case Splinter wins, although that probably starts a war between Fox McCloud's crew and the ninja turtles, which I now want to see in some sort of comic book form.

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Harry Mason (Silent Hill 2) vs. Barret Wallace (Final Fantasy 7)

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Here we've got two dads trying to keep their daughters safe in a world gone mad.

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We've also got some serious "firsts" with both characters. Silent Hill 2 was probably the first time we saw an on-screen rape in a PlayStation game, while Barret was among the first foul-mouthed characters to throw out those four letter words in a major U.S. RPG release.

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Barret's gun arm and access to materia seems like an insta-win, but don't discount Mason just yet! He battled the supernatural forces of Silent Hill and came out the victor (at least for a while anyway; never mind what happened in the beginning of the next game).

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Plus, he's Sean Bean in the movie, so... oh wait, never mind, Bean dies in literally everything. Barret Wallace for the win.

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King Of All Cosmos (Katamari Damamcy) Vs. Octodad (Octodad: Dadliest Catch)

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You'd think the King Of All Cosmos would win this one without working up much of a sweat -- being the ultimate god of all creation and maker of everything and all that -- but that's not how it would actually go down.

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We know the King has some curious behaviors and dislikes. I'm picturing Ocotdad's loving tentacle suckers wrapping around the King and he'd immediately yield while screaming something like, "icky, icky, icky!". He'd then blame his loss on his son.

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But how would Octodad get through the gauntlet of the universe to even start the fight? He can't even walk through the kitchen without destroying everything in his path or getting stuck to every single object!

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Octodad would have a terrible time just getting across the road to fight the King Of All Cosmos, but something tells me his horribly treated son, the prince, and all those nephews and cousins would probably roll up everything to help out the secret octopus dad.

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You reap what you sow Mr. Cosmos, and you've sown some serious ill will with your family...

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Kratos 1 (God Of War) Vs. Kratos 2 (Tales Of Symphonia)

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Who deserves the name more -- a spiky-haired anime dude with a sword, or the bulging muscled, rage-filled man who kills gods left and right?

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Both have a shameful past and try protecting their families to varying degrees of success. Kratos 1 has the upper hand in the pure strength department, but Kratos 2 is a couple of thousand years old, and he's learned some tricks along the way in all that time.

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We also have to consider this: Are we talking sleek, height-of-his-power Kratos 1 from earlier in the series or is this hipster neckbeard Kratos shackled with a little kid the whole game (where they are totally NOT copying The Last Of Us)?

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Eh, you know what, either way, I feel that while Kratos 2 is rooting around in his menu screen trying to select Demon Fang, Kratos 1 would have probably already torn him apart with the Blades of Chaos and then completed a couple of threesome sex mini-games.

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Booker DeWitt (Bioshock Infinite) Vs. Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)  

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Oh, boy (or in this case, oh, girl), you really don't want either of these guys to be your dad! Both did some pretty heinous stuff to their respective daughters, and neither can really claim the moral high ground in any way.

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Handsome Jack really only imprisoned and sacrificed his daughter the one time, though, while Booker DeWitt just keeps. on. doing. it. in. every. single. reality. Elizabeth gets him back though, killing him off in universe after universe.

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In a knock down, drag out fight, who would come out ahead? It's a tough one -- Booker can swap between realities to get the upper hand and find a universe where he has the advantage. But Handsome Jack does have a whole lot of firepower on his side, from the entirety of Hyperion Corporation to potentially controlling the world-destroying Warrior after opening the vault.

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If Jack gets his pet Warrior, the win goes to him (unless Songbird constantly shows up to thwart the Warrior), otherwise I see the grim-faced DeWitt coming out the victor and then probably learning some other devastating truth about his past to make him even more hard boiled than before.

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James (Fallout 3) Vs. The Sole Survivor (Fallout 4)

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These are both some seriously lazy dads with a "Meh when I get to it" approach to parenting. Apparently, the post-nuclear war U.S. wasteland does not spawn good fathers.

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Liam Neeson might have a special set of skills for finding wayward children, but James sure didn't. Meanwhile, the Sole Survivor keeps having to go on just one more fetch quest before he can really start looking for Shawn...

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James has a whole lot of scientific equipment at his disposal, not to mention the security guards from Rivet City. But then again, the Sole Survivor is decked out in full power armor and probably has a legendary minigun with the wounding property or a 16 mini nuke MIRV launcher, so I'm gonna give the win to Fallout 4's awful dad.

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To be totally honest, I feel like rather than fighting, they'd both team up to go do a bunch of random quests instead before devoting their monthly 5 minutes to searching for their children.

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Hojo (Final Fantasy 7) Vs. Henry Lawson (Mass Effect)

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Both of these sci-fi mad scientists spawned some high quality genetic experiments who managed to break free and make their own mark on the universe. Neither is much of a fighter on their own or without any injected upgrades; Hojo is your typical lab coat and Henry's an intergalactic business man.

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Instead, the question becomes: "Could they get their offspring to help them, or would their kids try to help the other to kill their own evil parent? In both franchises, these kids end up turning on their fathers.

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You can't discount the Sephiroth effect here – just how effective would he be against Commander Shepherd's team? That sword made short work of the Midgar Zolom, but would he fall against laser fire and psychic powers?

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Seriously though... Miranda Lawson's form-fitting outfit. I think that's a major KO right there, no matter who the enemy ends up being. Sorry Sephiroth, but you can use all the earth-destroying black materia that you want, and I still think Lawson and the crew of the Normady are going to come out on top.

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In the end, I see both of these dads ending up six feet under courtesy of their own children.

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Joel (The Last Of Us) Vs. Lee (The Walking Dead)

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Good lord, look at the sad eyes both of these post-apocalyptic survivors have! They'd do just about anything to protect their surrogate daughters, and its the pain of the past that drives them forward.

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My first instinct is to say "Joel wins, sorry Lee" and move on -- Joel is a stealthy killing machine in The Last Of Us!

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But first, let's consider a few things. Lee's a big guy, and while he's reluctant to engage in violence, he's been known to do so to devastating effect. He's not afraid to teach a little girl to kill, and even the impending doom of becoming a zombie won't stop him!

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I think we're going to have to boil this one down to which choices you made in Telltale's Walking Dead. Hard-as-nails Lee who makes Clementine put him down would probably come out the victor. Sappy Lee who decides to go zombie rather than teach a tough lesson definitely loses to Joel.

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Michael De Santa (Grand Theft Auto V) Vs. Ethan Mars (Heavy Rain)

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It's the bad dad world cup up in here!

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Michael De Santa is the definition of the uncaring white trash dad (oh, woe is me, I'm rich and bored in suburbia and I hate my kids!) while Ethan's life has gone down the toilet since his son Jason died because of his inattentiveness. 

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Despite that early-game apathy, both go to extreme, absurd lengths to protect their kids.

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Michael assaults a whole boat filled to the brim with pimps and drug dealers to keep his daughter from being in an impromptu porno shoot, while Ethan goes through some serious Saw levels of torture to find his other missing son, Shaun.

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Michael's got the street smarts and gun-fu on his side, of that there's no doubt, but Ethan is the bumbling guy who just won't die, no matter how hard you try to kill him. 

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Without Michael's full GTA 5 crew to back him up, I'm going to call this one a draw -- they'd end up killing each other or getting themselves thrown in the clink via misadventure.

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Bowser (Super Mario) Vs. Dr. Light (Mega Man)

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It was never really clear to me if Bowser was the progenitor of all the koopas and goombas or just the biggest, baddest one around.

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But for our purposes, we're going to assume he's somehow sired the whole lot of 'em (probably with that big tease Princess Peach, who keeps getting "kidnapped" and showing up in Bowser's castle all the time to be "rescued" by a clueless Mario).

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So with that out of the way, which would win: an army of koopa troopas or an army of robots? Dr. Light never seems to make as devastatingly powerful robots as his nemesis, Dr. Wily, but Mega Man and his cohorts always manage to upgrade themselves with screen-clearing weaponry because of a little help from dad (or dad's digital ghost, as the case may occasionally be).

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On the other hand, it seems like koopa troopas and goombas can pretty much only die if you jump right on their heads (or you run at them at full speed after having recently eaten some magic mushrooms), so that superior fire power might not be helpful.

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This one's a tough call, but I think with his endless minions piloting airships and massive, maze-like castles the robotic crew would have to fight through, eventually, Bowser would come out on top and tear Dr. Light to shreds. 

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Now I have visions in my head of Dr. Wily and Dr. Robotnik teaming up with Bowser to create an army of robotic koopa troopas... 

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We've already looked at the best and worst video game dads -- and there's plenty to pick from in the latter category. And of course, daddy issues are at the heart of more than a few quests to save (or destroy) the world. In short, there's a disturbing number of fathers in the gamingverse who have genetically created monstrosities and made the world an (un)safer place.

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With all these hero dads trying to save their kids and villain dads who let their offspring die horrible deaths, the question has to be asked: Which dad would win in a fight?

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Every eight year old out there thinks his or her dad can beat up YOUR dad, and today, we're going to unleash our inner adolescence to pit all the gaming papas against one another in a battle to the death!

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WARNING: There are some spoilers throughout (some of these dads aren't revealed as such until the end of their respective games), and we assume you know how each of these games concluded. Proceed at your own risk!

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5 Netflix Originals That Would Make Epic Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/ab5gi/5-netflix-originals-that-would-make-epic-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/ab5gi/5-netflix-originals-that-would-make-epic-video-games Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Jerline Justo

Since its inception, the Netflix Originals line of television shows and movies has consistently provided fans around the world with quality entertainment at the click of a button. More and more, enthusiasts from every medium, whether it be comics or video games, clamor for their favorite stories and characters to be included in Netflix's growing catalog of premium content. 

But many fans rarely wonder which Netflix series would make a great video game. 

Of course, we do see TV series become video games, like Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series and The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Seriesbut not a lot of Netflix shows turn into video games.

Well, what about these five Netflix originals? They could be the next big transmedia hit.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

jessica jones, netflix

In the games industry, players do see a lot of superhero titles, like Injustice: Gods Among Us and The Amazing Spider-Man. But with this anti-hero, the game could take on a completely different meaning.

This Netflix series explores Jessica Jones at the end of her superhero career, where she works as a private investigator. The show offers the rugged side of New York and a darker crime element that would work very well in a game. Game developers could also involve other Marvel heroes like Luke Cage or Daredevil to round out the playing experience. They could even include other Marvel villains, specifically Kilgrave.

Voltron: Legendary Defender

Voltron: Legendary Defender, Voltron

Space, robot lions, and aliens -- these elements alone can make an awesome video game.

This Netflix Original is a reboot of the Japanese-American TV show Voltron: Defender of the Universe. And in this version of the story, five space pilots from Earth defend the universe from the Galra empire with five robotic lions. When these five lions come together, they make Voltron.

Game developers would have fun with this, especially if the players can control one of the lions. The show provides a lot of action and humor to entertain fans in a gaming setting.

Stranger Things

Stronger Things

I have two words for this popular Netflix Original -- horror game! Stranger Things involves a town called Hawkins, Indiana, where unnatural occurrences happen during the 1980s.

The season starts out with the police looking for a young boy, Will Byers, who has mysteriously disappeared. Later, they find a young girl, who later is called Eleven, Spoiler alert: She appears out of nowhere and has crazy powers. In a video game setting, players can try to find Will or fight alongside Eleven as she battles the creatures from the Upside Down. This story provides a complex plot line that can definitely fit for a narrative horror game.

Black Mirror

Black Mirror

This Netflix (streaming) Original mixes The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected in today's setting, and each episode explores different scenarios through dark satire. Even though this show does not have a central plot, the concept can definitely work as a game where the player's choices become essential, like Until Dawn.

Developers can even create a central plot line around this concept to keep the thrill and drama in the game since it is so open-ended. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this Netflix Original.

Narcos

Narcos

This show tells the story of Pablo Escobar, the infamous South American drug lord. Through this show, viewers experience how this man interacts with various people, like the DEA agents and drug lords. In a video game setting, the players can definitely be in either sides where they can be helping Pablo or stopping him with DEA agent, Steven Murphy. Narcos definitely has the plot and action that holds a compelling video game for player to feel interactive with.

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All in all, it depends on how the game developers take each show. But with these interesting characters, story lines, and concepts, these five Netflix Originals have the potential to make epic video games!

Do you agree with our list or missed another show? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Video Game Characters and Their Sucky Lives https://www.gameskinny.com/lajev/5-video-game-characters-and-their-sucky-lives https://www.gameskinny.com/lajev/5-video-game-characters-and-their-sucky-lives Sun, 09 Apr 2017 15:00:01 -0400 ReverendShmitty

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Next time you start to complain about work or traffic or only getting one packet of hot sauce with your tacos, just remember you haven’t been nearly disemboweled by your dead girlfriend aboard a deserted freighter crawling with undead monsters in space, chased by endless hordes of zombies, or covered in the ashes of your dead family -- who you killed.

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Your life could be worse. A lot, lot worse. 

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Kratos

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God of War
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Sure, sure, he’s ridiculously powerful, gets lots of ladies, and is so ripped he could make Hercules blush. But let’s look at the basic facts here:

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  1. His family is dead.
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  3. He killed them.
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  5. He is permanently covered in their ashes.
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  7. Everyone else wants him to eat it and die.
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Basically, every single morning Kratos has to wake up, see the remains of his family staining his flesh, and right off the bat, begin his day thinking about the Godawful atrocities he committed. Then there’s the fact that those days seem to culminate in him fighting for survival against gods, demons, human armies, monsters, and Hell itself.

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I mean, he has died twice already.

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The guy has it pretty rough.

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Isaac Clarke

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Dead Space
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Anyone who has ever played, watched, heard of, listened to, or even smelled a Dead Space game, just leave. You’re already done with this article. You know how horrible such an existence would be. I mean, seriously, either God has the most macabre sense of humor since the clown from the original Dead Rising, or Isaac was just dealt the worst possible hand in existence.

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What was supposed to be a simple repair job becomes a horrifying mission to escape from the Ishimura with his life. His entire grasp on reality itself becomes shattered. He loses his girlfriend, his mind is infected by the Marker, and dementia loosens his grasp on reality. And that's not to mention the seemingly endless hordes of Necromorphs jumping out of every corner.

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His run in with the undead didn’t end after one hellish adventure either. Oh no, that would be far too forgiving. He's done it three times. Just him against waves and waves of these terrifying creatures hell-bent on murdering him aboard frozen wasteland planets and abandoned ships.

He’s not even a soldier mind you, just an engineer who was supposed to fix some machines or whatever it is educated people do.

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You know this game is rough. It has the jump scares that will make you scream and throw your controller, plus the eerie atmosphere to make you cringe, cry, and look over your shoulder. If it’s that scary playing with headphones in the dark, just try to imagine living it. Though I doubt any mere mortal could truly fathom such treacherous depths...

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The Hero’s Shade

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Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
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At first glance, he looks like any average dead guy in armor. You know, normal stuff. But, it is widely speculated that he is the remnants of Link from Ocarina of Time or a manifestation of Link's regrets.

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Hear me out.

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First, there’s the fact that he appears as a wolf when in the physical world -- the same form Link takes when in the Twilight. Second, there’s also the fact that he knows all the skills you need to know become more powerful throughout your journey -- and he says the previous heroes had them.

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Third, Navi (Link’s little blue fairy) leaves at the end of Ocarina of Time, and Link is searching for her in the beginning of Majora’s Mask, when he gets pulled into all that craziness. Combine that with the fact that no one knows Link was a hero and it becomes that much easier to believe he would live a life of regrets, unable to pass on the “lessons of his life to those who came after him”.

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In Twilight Princess, you even play the Song of Healing to ease his troubles and cause him to pass on; similar to how the previous Link used it in Majora’s Mask

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Villager

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Animal Crossing
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An unusual choice? Yes. Fitting? Most certainly.

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Let’s break it down.

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In Animal Crossing, you play as a human child who awakes in the back of a car driven by a weird duck/turtle-thing named Kapp’n. This creature is based off the Kappa, a Japanese mythical creature that kidnaps naughty children as punishment. Off to a pretty shaky start, right?

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Then he? It? It (let's go with that) takes you to this town run by animals. Immediately, they put you to work to pay off the mountain of debt you now owe them due to the house they made you move into, which totally sucks by the way (just look it up, you'll see). And if you try to leave, the animals will stop you and explain how the other villagers expect things of you. Like it’s the common thing to do.

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Forcing children to work for a group of animals within their secluded little town is the norm apparently. Eesh.

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So just pay off the debt right?

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Wrong. Every time you work your ass off long enough to do so, the animals go and upgrade that bad boy. Even if you tell them no. This way, you’re trapped under an ever-increasing pile of debt for something you didn’t want in the first place. You’re even forced to repeat the same menial tasks and minigames over and over once you’ve tried them all in order to progress through the different houses, which is about all the story you get.

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Sounds like some freaky Twilight Zone junk ,am I right? Just hope they don’t start wishing people away to the cornfield.

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Lee Everett

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The Walking Dead Telltale Series
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So imagine this: you’re on your way to prison for killing the man who your wife was sleeping around with. Pretty rough, huh? Now pretend the cop driving flips the car, breaks your leg, and throws you headfirst into a world overrun by flesh eating zombies.

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You with me so far? Okay, here we go.

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So, that happens. Then you meet this little girl named Clementine and suddenly, you know you must protect her. So you meet other survivors and form a group, which then meets other groups. It grows then shrinks because a lot of people die. And nearly all of those death are because on your actions.

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Save this guy or save the girl? Have a key comrade stand watch or come with you? Chop off this guy's leg, which stuck in a bear trap, or just leave him to be devoured? It’s your call -- and lives will depend on it.

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This is the life of Lee Everett. Throw in getting bitten by a walker then losing his hand to it, and you’ve got a meager existence full of pain, suffering, and no video games. I shudder to even think about it.

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So as the days go by and I lament living such a boring, normal life, I think of what it would be like to live in a video game world. To adventure every day through forests and mountains, to traverse the unknown, and see the entire world. I dream of saving a beautiful princess, a nation, or even the entire planet. I imagine being a hero and having thousands of fans adore me and tell me how important I am.

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Then I think of characters who get none of that and how much that would blow. I think of all the video game characters whose lives are utter rubbish -- whose lives have sucked. And I think, "What if that'd be me?" 

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So to make us all feel better about our mundane existences, let's take a look at a few characters whose lives just aren't all that good. 

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Note: There will probably be spoilers ... 

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Above the Law: The Walking Dead Ep. 3 Trailer -- What Choice Will You Make? https://www.gameskinny.com/wz11f/above-the-law-the-walking-dead-ep-3-trailer-what-choice-will-you-make https://www.gameskinny.com/wz11f/above-the-law-the-walking-dead-ep-3-trailer-what-choice-will-you-make Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:49:15 -0400 Jules B.

Clementine returns to save Javier once again, yes, TellTale's trailer for The Walking Dead: Above The Law -- that aired this morning -- has everything fans wanted and more.

Not only did it show as much gruesome aluminum baseball bat action as we could ask for, but also dropped an official date for episode three. Will Lee ever come back? Will we get to visit The Kingdom? Will Clementine wake up in her tree house to find this is all just a bad dream?

Be ready to decide David's fate next Tuesday, the 28th -- if Clementine says David isn't a good guy, then we'll make that decision without hesitation.

The first two Episodes of A New Frontier have received positive critical reception, so let's hope Episode 3 keeps this up.

What choice will you make? Which character are you rooting for or against? Are you are excited after this trailer? Let us know in the comments!

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The 5 Most Heartbreaking Deaths in The Walking Dead Games https://www.gameskinny.com/0cy0h/the-5-most-heartbreaking-deaths-in-the-walking-dead-games https://www.gameskinny.com/0cy0h/the-5-most-heartbreaking-deaths-in-the-walking-dead-games Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:02 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of all things TWD, especially after I had the chance to delve into all content TWD related.

So, it's no surprise that I got hooked on Telltale's video game series based off the popular show and comics.

With the release of the next episode for The Walking Dead: A New Frontier on March 28, 2017, I thought it would be fitting to recap the top 5 heartbreaking deaths in the video game series, counting down from number 5.

The Walking Dead franchise is a brutal one...

5. Katjaa

Katjaa, The Walking Dead

Ever wonder what it would be like to live on a farm in the midst of the apocalypse?

Well, look no further. The Walking Dead: Season 1 by Telltale Games answers this question by giving us interesting characters who, yes, live on a farm.

And not just any farm, it's Hershel's farm from the comics and television show (wonder if that will crop back up somewhere else).

Hershel's Farm

It is here that we find Katjaa, who was essentially the medic of season one. She was the wife of Kenny and the mother of a young Duck. She and Lee had their differences from time to time, but they usually understood each other and were okay with the decisions made.

Katjaa's death was heartbreaking because you didn't see it coming. After Duck was bitten by a walker, you knew she was going to miss her son, but you knew that she would have Kenny by her side.

Katjaa Suicide

So when she blows her brains out in front of her dying son and her shaken up husband, the feels were strong.

4. Omid

Omid

During the zombie apocalypse, it's best to keep a sense of humor, lest you go crazy from all the bloodshed and violence.

What better character for the job than good old Omid?

Omid: He's Always Smiling or Smirking

Omid appeared towards the end of the first season of Telltale Games and lasted through the first few minutes of episode one of season two. He and his wife Christa were an ultimate couple. Brains, beauty, and the occasional comic relief.

So when the first episode of season two opens up with Christa, Omid, and Clementine headed to an abandoned gas station, your guard is up. Only what you expect is for Clementine to open up a can of whupass. Instead, she tries to talk down the thief, which gets Omid shot and killed. Luckily, Christa is there to save Clementine and exact revenge upon Omid's killer.

Christa Holding A Dead Omid

Unfortunately, it doesn't bring him back. This leaves a pregnant Christa (we're still not sure what happened to the baby, or Christa for that matter) leaving with Clementine in tow. Cue tears.

3. Colette and Elodie

ColetteElodie

If there's one thing I know, having a katana wielding badass in the group during the apocalypse is an excellent idea.

An even better idea is to get to know her backstory so that you know why she became a katana wielding badass.

Enter Michonne, and a brief glimpse into her past as the mother of Colette and Elodie.

Michonne Slicing Zombies

If there's one thing TWD likes to do, it's flashbacks. And boy are there a lot in the Telltale Games. Take The Walking Dead: Michonne where a good chunk of the series is trying to figure out what happened in Michonne's past.

The game takes place in the pocket of time before Issue 127 of the comic series. She ends up on a ship with a crew and relives the last few days before the apocalypse truly took over. In this series you find out that Michonne has two daughters: Colette and Elodie.

In the third part of this mini-series, you cringe in pain as you see Michonne let go of her dead daughters and save herself (assuming that's the choice that you made), and it makes you wonder how much emotional trauma she's carried with her over these last few years. The scene is one of the most depressing things to watch, but it's also a little hopeful.

2. Luke

Luke

It's important to know who you should trust when society has broken down and people are inclined to eat each other. After all, without trust there's no survival.

But it takes time to trust, and it's even worse when the person you trust dies before you do. I mean, who's going to have your back after that?

Luke and His Group

In season two of TWD Telltale games, you're not quite sure what to make of Luke- after all, before the apocalypse he majored in art and received a minor in agriculture (because that's helpful when every day is about survival). Luke also wanted to leave Clementine in the forest while she was hurt and recovering from a dog bite, definitely over cautious.

But, throughout the game you become fond of Luke. You find him to be kind, loyal, and- above all- he is trustworthy. So when it comes time to save Luke from breaking the ice and drowning to his death, you want to try everything you can to save him. The only problem is that you can't.

Clementine Trying To Help Luke

Regardless of what you choose, Luke still dies. The only question is whether you and Bonnie get dragged down with him.

What makes this scene depressing is that you've spent the majority of the game bonding with Luke. He's got your 6. He is your ace in the hole. The Clyde to your Bonnie, and any other cheesy reference you can come up with. To see him die is to die a little yourself, on the inside. But his death is nothing compared to our number one contender.

1. Lee

Lee

It all has to start somewhere. The destruction of the world, I mean. And what better place to start a story then at the beginning?

Lee and Clementine

Lee is the character that we start with in season 1. The sole purpose of Lee is to protect Clementine, and we do a mostly good job with it. Over the course of the season, we learn about Lee's past, we learn what type of man he is, and we find out the type of man he can become.

Lee and Clementine in the Trailer

From the very beginning, his instinct is to take care of Clementine and make sure that she has everything that she needs. And we love him for that. And after 5 long episodes, we have to watch as Lee is slowly killed by a walker bite. Five. Long. Episodes. This character who went through hell and high water to rescue her from the maniac who would kidnap and (eventually) harm her. And then he dies. Just like that.

I mean, I cried at a few deaths throughout the series so far, but Lee's death is the one that hurts the most.

Lee's Death: Before Clementine Shoots Him

And for that brief moment in Season 2 when you think Clementine is back with Lee, your heart skips a bit. Until you realize it's a dream sequence. It's painful.

But, that's also what makes for good storytelling. TWD Telltale Games would not be worth playing if the storyline didn't make you care about its characters. And that's why I recommend that if you haven't played the games, make time to play them.

You won't regret it!

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Why Too Many Horror Games Rely on Isolation for Scares -- But Shouldn't https://www.gameskinny.com/1jf99/why-too-many-horror-games-rely-on-isolation-for-scares-but-shouldnt https://www.gameskinny.com/1jf99/why-too-many-horror-games-rely-on-isolation-for-scares-but-shouldnt Fri, 27 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

Successfully using the feeling of isolation is a staple of the modern horror genre with games like Amnesia, Alien: Isolation, Outlast and even the new Resident Evil using this dynamic to its full effect. All of these games go out of their way to make you make you feel truly alone, and with this feeling naturally comes fear. Humans as social animals seek comfort in others for support and guidance. Exposure to prolonged isolation can make us uncomfortable, and a good horror game capitalises on this by putting the player in potentially dangerous and creepy surroundings.

The use of isolation in the horror genre has proven successful and will continue to be for a long time to come, but developers can be in danger of overusing this one sole mechanic and the genre could again be in danger of becoming stale.

Going back to the psychology of isolation and human beings being social animals, it can be just as scary and tense when you are seeing your companions being killed off one-by-one or dying as a result of the choices you made as the player. This adds a new layer of fear and worry because we find safety in numbers and if implemented correctly in a horror game it can put the player in potentially uncomfortable situations -- especially as we grow attached to these characters.

The Walking Dead - Telltale Series

What makes The Walking Dead television series so good isn't so much the zombies but it's the character development and how the said characters grow that you eventually come to care for them as individuals and that is what drives the story forward -- so when you lose a major character in the series you really feel its impact.

This is what makes the Telltale Games series such a perfect match as you effectively craft believable relationships with the characters in the group. What adds to the tension is that all your choices matter, and almost every action you make has a reaction, and in common with the TV series the tension and the fear comes from the genuine worry and concern you have for the characters you've grown to like in your group.

Zero Escape Series

A visual novel at heart, the Zero Escape series focuses on nine seemingly unrelated characters who are captured and tortured by a masked villain called Zero who, separates them into three groups and informs them that in order to escape, they have to decipher a six-part password, which is revealed bit-by-bit every time someone dies. Adding to Zero's twisted sense of enjoyment they are fitted with a wrist bracelet that injects them with an amnesiac drug every 90 minutes.

The Zero Escape series forces you to make difficult moral decisions that affect all the characters in the game, and the well written scripts force you to question what is or isn't evil -- if there is such a thing -- as well as your own personal identity. It is narrative elements like these and the shocking consequences you're faced with that add a great deal of fear, tension and stress.

Corpse Party

Don't let this games cute 16-bit visuals fool you, Corpse Party is an unnerving, sinister, gory and a deeply disturbing experience. Taking a minimalistic approach it's psychological horror at its best because its a game that leaves your imagination and the sound to fill in the blanks -- the sound effects in the game are really horrific.

Corpse Party's story centers around a group of students and their teacher who wake up to find themselves separated in a decaying elementary school that was once the site of multiple horrific murders. You're tasked with uncovering the secrets of these murder and the horrors of the events that happened there and search for one another in order to escape.

The tension and horror is built around the decisions you make and the helplessness you feel when your characters are killed because of those decisions. You're also forced to listen to and experience a disturbingly lengthy death scene.

Siren: Blood Curse

The story of Siren: Blood Curse centers around a team of American Journalists investigating human sacrifices in a mysterious lost Japanese village.

The twisting narrative is told through the perspectives of seven different playable characters, whose story unfolds over a series of twelve episodes.  The episodic nature of the game allows the characters to develop in a more natural way -- very similarly to a televised box set series.

Until Dawn

Until Dawn's storyline follows a group of teens who stay overnight in a log cabin who one-by-one get picked off and murdered by a mysterious serial killer.

Like other titles listed here Until Dawn's fear and tension is built on choice everything you do has impact on how events unfold for your characters and whether that decision has lead to a character's death or if it saves them.

You'll take control of each character individually over the course of the game and every decision you make on their behalf will ultimately have good or bad consequences.  This helps raise the tension and fear especially if you're focused on seeing one specific characters ending in one of the many playthroughs the game offers. It's a clever mechanic that works beautifully in a game that emulates and puts a unique spin on the cliche teen horror genre that we're so used to seeing on film -- while adding more scares on each replay.

Groups can be scary, if done correctly

The horror genre whether it's the survival horror or the adventure game approach is flexible enough to successfully combine group based horror games like the ones I've mentioned here and develop into sense of isolation and tension in a similar way to both Corpse Party and the Zero Escape series while maintaining the ability to tell a good story.

Horror games that use a similar narrative mechanic to tell its story and interact with other characters to such a level of depth like Telltales Walking Dead series or Until Dawn can allow the player to feel a certain amount of companionship and camaraderie with them, and when those companions begin to die one-by-one around you this feeling of loss and helplessness will give way to a more organic sense of isolation, instead of those where you are forced to be alone against all the odds.

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8 Action Flicks that Would Rock as Telltale Adventure Games https://www.gameskinny.com/u77vr/8-action-flicks-that-would-rock-as-telltale-adventure-games https://www.gameskinny.com/u77vr/8-action-flicks-that-would-rock-as-telltale-adventure-games Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:19:25 -0500 Neal Cox

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Those are the action movies that we think would make for great Telltale games. What do you think?

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Do you disagree? What about Jurassic Park and Back to the Future? Why isn't Blade Runner on the list? Argue about it in the comments below!

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The Departed
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Why this works:

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Much like No Country for Old Men, The Departed would be a big departure from the usual type of games that Telltale produces. Most of the games on this list exist in a very clear world of fiction. The events of Die Hard would probably not occur in real life. Nor would those of The Thing, The Raiders of the Lost Ark, or The Terminator

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The Departed, however, has events that feel possible. It would be tough for Telltale to tackle these kinds of characters and situations, especially with such adult materials, but I think it would make the game so much more interesting if handled correctly. There's plenty of gameplay opportunities there, so its up to the writers to show that they can deal with a story like this.

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No Country for Old Men
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Why this works: 

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Much like The Fugitive or The TerminatorNo Country for Old Men gives us multiple protagonists to play and experience the story with, such as Llewellyn Moss and Sheriff Ed Tom Bell.

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On top of that, however, it gives us one of the most terrifying antagonists in film to deal with: Anton Chigurh. Not only is he ruthless, but he brings a more grounded type of horror that is certain to unsettle many. If you haven't seen the gas station scene, I recommend you check it out. And if you have, imagine having to deal with that.

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The Fugitive
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Why this works:

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Like any good adventure game, there is plenty of mystery driving the plot of the movie The Fugitive. In this case, there is one important mystery that needs to be solved: Who set up Doctor Richard Kimble?

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Not only does this give the story an emotional core, but it also allows for Telltale to include another protagonist: Samuel Gerard, the US Marshal hunting Kimble, who is convinced for most of the movie that he is guilty.

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Not only does this give the player some interesting character interactions, but it also allows them to see the how choices one character affects the other immediately.

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The Terminator
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Why this works:

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I think everyone can agree that the 1980's are so in right now. So what better of a way to cash in on that neon-soaked '80's nostalgia than with a great movie that wears all of the tropes of the era like a leather coat.

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Not only do the characters of Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor need some fleshing out, it also wouldn't be too hard to adapt the Terminator's hunting prowess to a genre focused on hunting for things.

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All of this points to a movie worthy of the Telltale treatment.

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The Bourne Franchise
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Why this works:

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A lot of people only remember the Bourne franchise for its action scenes and camera-work, but there was an important element that many forget; Jason Bourne is always looking for something. Beating up bad guys is a means to an end.

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This is why I think that a developer like Telltale would be the best to bring Bourne successfully to video games. With them focusing more on the investigation than on the action, Telltale might finally be able to fully realize what the Bourne Franchise is all about.

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The Thing
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Why this works:

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The Thing would make for an interesting Telltale game because at its core, it is more horror than action. Not only has Telltale stayed away from the horror genre (no, The Walking Dead does not count), they have also steered away from small, single setting franchises that deal exclusively in character drama. 

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This could fall flat on its face, or it could be one of the most intense and interesting games Telltale has ever released. 

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Raiders of the Lost Ark
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Why this works:

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This is another movie rife with adventure game potential. We have strong characters, different and unique settings, and plenty of puzzle solving to boot.

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On top of that, Telltale's QTE style of gameplay better serves a game that deals with the fast, split-second decisions that Indy has to make throughout the movie.

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Die Hard

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Why this works:

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After the original movie, game designers and hollywood directors both have found it near impossible to duplicate the charm and charisma of the original Die Hard.

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For one, it had characters that were relatable, and on top of that, there wasn't balls-to-the-wall action all the way through. That's why I think Telltale could really replicate the kind of greatness that no-one else could. By focusing more on the human side of the story, they might be able to bring back what Die Hard fans have been missing.

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It's hard for anyone to deny that on the story side of things, Telltale games has been killing it. The Walking Dead has been consistently good, Tales from the Borderlands was great, and even Batman, a series that has traditionally thrived in the action-genre, put a new and interesting spin on the character of Bruce Wayne that has kept players coming back for more. So, why stop at video games and comic books? Here are 8 Action Flicks that would Rock as Telltale Adventure Games.

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Zombies Ate My Story: Why Do So Many Horror Games Love the Zed? https://www.gameskinny.com/sr082/zombies-ate-my-story-why-do-so-many-horror-games-love-the-zed https://www.gameskinny.com/sr082/zombies-ate-my-story-why-do-so-many-horror-games-love-the-zed Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:09:53 -0500 StraightEdge434

Flesh-eating, groaning and moaning, limping, and of course coming in hoards -- zombies! Reanimated dead bodies that will do everything possible to kill the living and eat their insides. But, in how many games are these monstrosities present? The simple answer is, too many, particularly horror games since that is where zombies fit in the most!

Games like the Resident Evil (duh!) series, Call of Duty series, Dying Light, Dead Island series, and many more count on zombies to give gamers a good scare. But, are zombies ultimately being overused, and are they becoming a cliche?

With Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 3 coming out, let's look at why so many horror games use zombies for their scares, and what it might be that makes this particular kind of creature such common fodder for horror gaming.

The Beauty is in the Simplicity!

Zombies are like you and me...only "dead," really.

Sure, zombies were once humans, who under a spell/virus/another zombie bite turned into one, but humans nonetheless. Your character is basically fighting an enemy who used to be a human. In a way, that creates a psychological aspect. Can you pull the trigger on a fellow man in a horror game?

Fighting a zombie than any other creature is a completely different experience. With another creature, you're fighting...well, another creature! As a result of that, the design must be completely different, both, physical and the non-physical (by non physical, we are referring to the creature's other characteristics such as attacks, behavior, etc.). 

Sometimes, less is more, which can be a good thing. Having a non-complex design certainly benefits zombies since they still present the same threat, yet remain human (well, sort of...). So in a way, you are combating fellow humans who, though they don't have emotions and feelings anymore, are still trying to kill you.

If you were to fight a different creature like some sort of life-form with giant tentacles, claws, or multiple heads, where is the fear aspect? Instead, you'd be playing some sort of fantasy, or sci-fi game instead of a horror game.

Combat Matters 

Zombies are kinda tricky to kill!

Did you ever notice how, unlike when they were humans, their zombie versions are a bit more difficult to kill? For instance, they'll  take more bullets before they are officially dead. Of course, the classic rule of, "shoot 'em in the head" definitely applies here. Not only does shooting them in the head take less ammo, it'll also kill them faster. But, the most important aspect is that you'll get better at it! 

In an effort to conserve ammo, and get rid off the problem as soon as possible, most games with zombies in them advise you to shoot them in the head. However, the fact that zombies are slow also plays in your favor. In return, that allows you to carefully place your shots, and get the kill. Shooting zombies in the torso, stomach, or any other part of the body cripples your chances of survival (especially in horror games) because you are basically wasting ammo and ammo is often limited.

The best thing that you can also get out of the entire experience is the knowledge for future games. Who knows? Maybe your aim will improve for other games that don't necessarily have zombies in them. Or maybe, they will have zombies, and you'll be forced to shoot them only in the head. 

It's all in the Numbers...

By all means, go ahead and count all the zombies. Take your time.

 With zombies, you usually have hoards. That is a tremendous fear aspect in itself since you are facing many threats at the same time. If it was one or three zombies, fine -- you'd solve the problem with ease. But when you have roughly 30+ coming at you, all at once, it is best to reassess the situation. The situation can become even more grim if it's a horror game, and you have very little (or no) weapons to defend yourself. Simply put, that can be a scary situation.

What other horror creatures do you know attack in hoards? Not many. If you have some sort of weird sci-fi creatures, you can't put them in a hoard because they have to be different! And by different we mean, different from zombies: different attacks, different behavior patterns, different movement systems, and more aspects. With zombies, you can place as many as you want and become terrified since you're clearly outnumbered. 

Conclusion

Having zombies is perfectly normal!

The beauty of zombies lies in the simplicity. Ever since Romero's Night of the Living Dead, zombies have become a horror classic. They are scary, due to being ex-humans, terrifying, and have grizzly intentions. Their strength lies in numbers and in the ability to turn others into zombies through bites. However, they are slow, which causes them to become easy target practice. Nonetheless, they fit perfectly into horror games, because that is their kingdom.

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What do you think about zombies in horror games? Do they fit? Are they boring and outdated? Feel free to comment down below. 

 
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6 Great 'The Walking Dead' Cosplays That Will Have You Shambling Back For More https://www.gameskinny.com/aopau/6-great-the-walking-dead-cosplays-that-will-have-you-shambling-back-for-more https://www.gameskinny.com/aopau/6-great-the-walking-dead-cosplays-that-will-have-you-shambling-back-for-more Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:01 -0400 ESpalding

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Negan
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Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last season, you will know who this cosplay is. Yep, it is Mr. Nasty himself Negan. Negan, portrayed by Jeffery Dean Morgan, is the leader of the not-so-friendly group The Saviours. He is quite the psychopath and has an unhealthy relationship with Lucille... errm... his baseball bat. While you hear his name mentioned throughout the second half of season 6 of the show, it isn't until the very last episode of said season that viewers get their first look at him.

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This cosplayer has got Negan spot on! Credit goes to Podo Cosplay from Spain. He even has a chilling maniacal grin going on! And don't forget Lucille!

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Of course, this piece has only listed 6 out of the many fantastic and memorable characters from The Walking Dead series and there are loads of other fantastic cosplayers out there who have portrayed them. As we look towards the new season starting, we will be losing a character (or two)...but could it be one of the ones mentioned here? Are there any of these characters (or others) that you'd like to cosplay? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jesus
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When we first meet Paul "Jesus" Rovia, played by English actor Tom Payne, we don't really know what to make of him until all is revealed and we find out he is a recruiter for the peaceful community of Hilltop. Fans of the comics will know him as Paul Monroe. He is a relatively new character in the show but it seems that he has already cemented himself in with the usual crowd, shown that he is a "good egg" and is there to help.

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This cosplay of Jesus is by Sam Leone, the guy behind the Twitch channel Samtastic97. He just IS TWD's Jesus. There is no doubt about it. The likeness is striking!

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Carol Peletier
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Before we start I just want to say that Carol Peletier, played by Melissa McBride, is my favorite character in the show! Anyone else with me on that? Her transformation from the start to how we see her now is amazing and, I think, she is the person who has changed the most throughout the course of the series. Don't let Carol's housewife exterior fool you because she is a cold-blooded mofo ready to do anything to protect the rest of the group from zombie and other humans alike.

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This cosplay is by Kay Dee Collection & Costumes and she has cosplayed done a cosplay of Carol from seasons 4, 5, and 6 but this has to be my favorite Carol look.

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Image credit Kay Dee Collection.

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Glenn and Maggie
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Ahhh... young love in the face of a zombie apocalypse. Glenn Rhee, played by Steven Yuen, and Maggie Green's, played by Lauren Cohan, romance in The Walking Dead has come a long way since they met on The Green's farm and has totally seen its fair share of ups and downs (quite often downs) but they are still together. Well, in the TV show they at least.

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This fantastic cosplay is of both of them and was found on Reddit. While I was reading through the comments on it, I found a post from Redditor truecolormix explaining that this was her and her real-life boyfriend and that they have been cosplaying as Glenn and Maggie for a number of years now. We can totally see why though because the resemble is uncanny!

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Image and Reddit discussion can be found here

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Daryl Dixon
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Did you know that Daryl Dixon wasn't a character in the original comic series? He was created purposefully for the show. The actor who plays Daryl, Norman Reedus, has originally auditioned for the role of Merle Dixon (which ultimately went to Michael Rooker) but the writers were so impressed with him that they created a part for him and so Merle's younger brother Daryl appeared.

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Daryl has quite a lot of iconic appearances but none more recognizable than his angel wing leather waistcoat. The above cosplayer is Deviant Aoki-Lifestream from Russia. A lot of work has gone into really making the outfit instantly recognizable as Daryl complete with the waistcoat and his weapon of choice, the crossbow.

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Image from Aoki-Lifestream's Deviant Art gallery

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Rick Grimes
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The best starting point would probably be the main guy, the top dog, the father of the group Rick Grimes! This small town deputy finds himself in a whole world of trouble when he wakes from a coma to find that the world has gone to pieces and there is a zombie apocalypse going on. He leads a group of survivors from one stronghold to the next in the never-ending mission to survive and rebuild society.

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You would be forgiven if you thought that it really was him (well, actor Andrew Lincoln) but it is actually a guy called Cecil Garner from Melbourne FL. He is a professional Rick Grimes cosplayer who goes by the name of Cecil Grimes and won a nationwide Rick Grimes Look-A-Like Contest which was sponsored by Walker Stalker Con.

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Image from the Cecil Grimes website

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The comic series written by Robert Kirkman, which was initially released in 2003, took the World by storm when Frank Darabont developed the series into a TV show. The Walking Dead has become a bit of a phenomenon, garnering loyal fans all over the Globe and has even brought about its own spin-off Fear the Walking Dead. Of recent years, the digital storytellers over at Telltale Games have released another spin-off in the form of episodic video games.

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Being such a fan favorite, it didn't take fans long to start cosplaying as their favorite characters at events like SDCC or Walker Stalker con (a The Walking Dead convention organized by fans for fans and takes place in several locations across the World yearly).

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As the new season of The Walking Dead is being aired on October 23rd and the new episodes making their way out from Telltale in November, we thought we'd find some great TWD cosplayers.

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The Walking Dead Continues with New Frontier https://www.gameskinny.com/nn082/the-walking-dead-continues-with-new-frontier https://www.gameskinny.com/nn082/the-walking-dead-continues-with-new-frontier Sat, 03 Sep 2016 17:31:58 -0400 Alex Anderson_0905

Telltale has released information on the new game in The Walking Dead series, New Frontier. The newest chapter will be available in stores in November. New Frontier will continue the story from Seasons 1 and 2 and will still have the episodic structure of the previous seasons.

This chapter will be set four years after the outbreak in Season 1. Its story will branch out beyond surviving the undead and will deal with characters dealing with the new rules of different orders trying to reclaim what is left of humanity. Clementine, now a teenager, will return and will be fighting to protect her family. Players will also control a new character, Javier, as he tries to keep his family from falling apart. The two will intersect as players learn what it really means to protect Clementine at all costs. Both characters will continue to be driven by what they value.

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – New Frontier will be released November 2016 on consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices and will have five episodes in total.

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Friendship is gaming: the best My Little Pony crossover art https://www.gameskinny.com/9mv9p/friendship-is-gaming-the-best-my-little-pony-crossover-art https://www.gameskinny.com/9mv9p/friendship-is-gaming-the-best-my-little-pony-crossover-art Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:47:43 -0400 Ty Arthur

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While there is in fact a freemium mobile game for iOS / Android, the series hasn't made nearly as big an incursion into console or PC gaming as many other famous cartoon series.

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Based on all the fan art, it seems like that's a missed opportunity, as clearly gamers are interested in the two worlds coming together.

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These 16 crossover series aren't even the bulk of the My Little Pony recreations that have tread into the gaming universe - there's a whole lot more out there to be discovered with a little searching.

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Which was your favorite from our list, and what excellent crossover art have you found that should have made the cut here?

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Hooflife

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In a reminder of how small a number Valve can count to, somebody just had to go here with a My Little Pony mash up. Sadly, there's more chance of this game series coming out and reaching part 3 than there is of the actual Half-Life 3 ever seeing official release...

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Sonic: Pegasus Dash

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Hah, why not? A high speed platformer where ponies are battling robotic enemies while picking up collectible rings could work, and would probably be some amusing fun for an afternoon or three. Come on indie pixel art developers, hook us up with something unofficial already!

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Watchponies

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This is perhaps the one that would destroy some minds and kill any remaining vestiges innocence the quickest, even above and beyond the Dead Space or Game Of Thrones crossovers. From the questions of whether the ends justify the means to the unexpected rape scene, this downer of a super hero tale would make some kids grow up real quick...

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Assassin's Creed

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There's a metric ton of these Assassin's Creed mashups covering the entire series from basic pencil sketches all the way up to intricate digital masterpieces that match the original style.

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Templars, Assassins, and everybody in between gets in on the action in this massive series that seems to have really ignited the creativity in My Little Pony fans.

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Trotting Dead

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Good lord, this one would get you right in the feels as Princess Equestria has to teach Fluttershy some harsh lessons about surviving in the zombie apocalypse... Would you pull the trigger in the last scene, or leave her to die and rise again as a zombie?

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Left 4 Pony

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Another game that would probably be a lot of fun if given the chance to exist, a Left 4 Dead crossover mashup would be hilarious with ponies reading the dialog.

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Derpy would obviously be taking the role of Ellis, and I'd pay money to hear Apple Jack shout "reloading!" while Big Mcintosh yelled about traveling down the "tunnel of love" as zombie hordes swarm all over.

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Game Of Thronies

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This one would probably be even more innocence-shattering than the Dead Space crossover, and would absolutely give a whole new meaning to that scene where Daenerys eats a horse heart...

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Several people have put together opening My Little pony crossover segments in Game Of Throne style, like this one:

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Dead Space

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Oh man, this would just ruin things for everyone and seriously destroy some childhoods. Imagine all those gut-wrenching, gag-inducing ways Isaac dies in these games (getting an arm torn off by the slamming shutters and watching it float away outside the glass always gets a cringe from me). Now apply all those scenes to adorable little ponies!

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Ponies Of War

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I'm imagining Princess Luna and her locust pony horde bubbling up from the depths of the earth and sort of wishing this was a real thing. Just think of those epic chainsaw executions... Would Spike take the role of the dreadlocked Skorge from Gears 2?

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Pony Of War

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No, your eyes do not deceive you. That is a blood-spattered pony as Kratos, who probably just accidentally murdered his family and is gearing up to go on a deicidal rampage. OK, I'd actually play this game if it existed, no question about it.

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Much like with the Fallout fan fiction crossover, this particular image has been used in a fan fiction story series titled “Bridled Fury” (see what they did there?).

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Uncharted 2: Among Ponies

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The cigar and mustache are just absolutely killing me, and that cutie mark is perfect! Seeing this style and considering where it could go next is making me seriously wish for some insanely explosive pony mayhem in a Just Cause mashup though...

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Final Fantasy 7

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I'm absolutely loving Applejack as Tifa and that spot-on Dr. Whooves as Vincent. Serious question though: what would the ponies ride for the chocobo races in Gold Saucer?

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Even if it weren't explicitly a Final Fantasy recreation, there's no reason a My Little Pony turn-based JRPG couldn't be done (it actually happened with Sailor Moon back in the SNES days). Somebody out there with RPG Maker surely has given this a go by now?

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Dissidia: Final Fantasy

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This is another one I'm sort of surprised hasn't actually happened in some form or another. My Little Pony as a fighting game could actually work, especially if they pulled in all those diverse characters of different species. Maybe more of a Smash Bros. feel to keep up the lighthearted nature?

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Bioshock Infinite

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I'm not sure how Elizabeth would lose part of her hoof instead the tip of her finger, but whatever, this is awesome. The Pony universe gone dark with all sorts of time travel / dimension hopping would be amazing, and I'd easily watch a film recreation of Bioshock Infinite done with horses. That golden Songbird in particular has my interest piqued.

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Pony Kart

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An enterprising fan on the Game Crossovers section of FilmFiction.net made a whole series of these vehicles covering most of the different My Little Pony characters.

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Incredibly, they include full stats and methods to unlock new cars and racers in a fictional Mario Kart rendition. I'm actually sort of surprised a game like this hasn't happened yet, and its a shame all this work went into something that won't ever get made.

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Mario Bros.

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OK, so the Italian plumber mustaches are freaking me out, but everything else about this is just absolutely perfect as two classic series collide.

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Rather than mushrooms they'd probably get cutie marks to power up, and after a long slog through many platforming worlds, a less-than-amused Rainbow Dash would probably discover that Princess Equestria is actually in another castle!

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A few months back while looking for the best NSFW recreations of famous video game art, I stumbled upon some really in-depth Fallout / My Little Pony crossover fan fiction, complete with artwork.

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To my surprise, there was a whole lot more to this phenomena than one devoted fan putting a pony in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. That probably shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, as My Little Pony's popularity has exploded in recent years.

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It's not just little girls who make up the fan base either - there's actually a huge section of the geek culture who are getting in on the action, including the creepy/awesome bronies. We've reached a point of the series essentially becoming mainstream: you can even expect to see all sorts of My Little Pony apparel and knick knacks at your local Hot Topic or Spencers. 

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While a good deal of the crossover fan art online is pornographic in nature, there's plenty that's actually SFW, and that's what we're going to cover here, from Mario Kart getting a saddle and hoof makeover to zombie horror games like Left 4 Dead getting an injection of magic friendship.

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Why "Butterfly Effect" Games are Bullshit https://www.gameskinny.com/a58oi/why-butterfly-effect-games-are-bullshit https://www.gameskinny.com/a58oi/why-butterfly-effect-games-are-bullshit Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:27:31 -0400 Donald Strohman

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Limited Replayability 

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If you're going to shell out $60 for a brand new game, you'd want to at least get your money's worth out of it's experience right? Well, despite providing some of the most captivating narratives offered in gaming today, you might still not be getting your money's worth.

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Heavy Rain's biggest problem was its limited replayability. No matter what decisions you made, no matter who lived and who died, the villain always stayed the same. Once you've played through the game once, there won't be as much of an appeal to go through the campaign all over again, especially since the mystery behind hunting for the "Origami Killer" will be long gone. And considering that's the entire point of this butterfly effect title, all you're left to do is to see how you can kill off your characters for fun.

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Once you've gotten that ending you were so desperately after, the appeal of "Choose your own adventure" games immediately wares off. Sure, you can pop in the game again and see what you could have done differently, but since it's essentially an interactive movie, things are still going to play out mostly the same. The majority of stories in games go from beginning to end, but they break up those moments with gameplay sections that give freedom to the player to play the game the way they want to. Butterfly effect games don't really do that.

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However, despite the limitations of butterfly effect games, I would love to see more pop up in the near future, so long as developers don't stick to a routine, and actually try to revolutionize the field with age. What once started out as unique and spectacular has slowly devolved into a gimmick thrown about to make it appear that the player is in control, when it's really just the developer jingling keys in front of your face for a few hours. 

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How do you feel about butterfly effect games? How do you think they can be improved in the near future? Be sure to comment and let us know your thoughts!

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There are choices you still can't make

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As mentioned before, endless possibilities aren't realistic for butterfly effect games, but the player should still be given some semblance of control in how they want a narrative to span out. And while Fallout 4 wasn't exactly like fellow butterfly effect titles, it still gave players the option to make choices that would effect the game's ending. At least, a select few options anyway...

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You, as the vault dweller, eventually had to choose a faction to side with. Whether that was the Railroad, The Institute, The Brotherhood of Steel or something else was entirely up to you, but for the sake of context in this argument,I will mention that I chose the Railroad. The final campaign mission involved us liberating synthetic slaves from the wasteland's Institute, which I thought was great. It brought up a valid question of "if a robotic life can think, act, and feel things for itself, does that constitute an individual life?" The Institute said no, but the Railroad said yes. So I was up and ready to take arms and liberate the slaves from their prison!

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However, my problem was when the Railroad suddenly decided to blow up the Institute and effectively kill everyone who happened to be living in it that wasn't a robot. I wanted to choose not to do that, but by that point, it was too late. I couldn't suddenly decide to rebel against the Railroad for wanting to kill innocent civilians who weren't synths, or for that matter, blow up a place that could bring the world back from the brink of the apocalypse. I was given no real free will to decide "I want to free the synthetics, but the Institute must also survive for the betterment of mankind." Nope, the best hope for mankind just blew up right in front of my face. Perfect. 

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This could be chalked up to oversight from Bethesda, but it perfectly showcases how there's still ultimately no free will to play the games however you see fit. You just get a few choices to make, which are ultimately met with a point of no return. And that's very disappointing. Does the Mass Effect 3 ending ring any bells?

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Encourages cheating

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Uh oh. Someone's about to die. It's all up to you, as the player, who gets to survive and who doesn't. Who to choose, who to choose, the timer's running out, you better think fast! Or, you can just pause the game, and look up the results online.

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Why bother making that rash decision yourself, when you can just Google the end results of either decision before choosing it for yourself? Perhaps this isn't always a problem for everyone, at least for the players who decide to live with the results of their actions, but humans are perfectionist creatures that can't handle loosing a dollar out of their pockets one day, you think most people are going to handle being responsible for killing off their favorite game character? 

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But that doesn't necessarily mean you'll get the results you want anyway from cheating. Some games like Infamous and Call of Duty: Black Ops II implement a sort of "choice-less choice" in their campaigns that especially encourage people to look up an action's result online. 

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Within Infamous, main character Cole had to choose between saving his girlfriend or several doctors who could help save the city. If you chose the doctors, your girlfriend died. If you chose your girlfriend, she still dies. You see, the game throws a curve-ball at the player depending on how you play that girlfriend Trish will be one of the seven doctors if you tried to save her, and the person you though was her being someone else entirely. If you save the doctors, Trish isn't among the doctors and dies from your lack of saving her. For lack of a better word, what a gut-punch Sucker Punch! 

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Endless possibilities aren't realistic

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Development teams are only capable of so much. Sure, having endless possibilities to choose from would make for one of the most groundbreaking game experiences to date, but such a task is impossible. The decisions and the results that happen from them aren't left to chance like in the real world, these moments have to be programmed into a game.

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You can't throw caution to the wind and expect anything as a possibility, only so much is actually possible in the world of programming (at least nowadays.) If you make a certain decision in a game, it'll yield a specific result, you can't try the same thing over and over again expecting different things to happen.

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Butterfly effect games are just like a choose your own adventure book, you can only choose so many paths to take, and they're bound to yield similar results regardless of how you get there. It's like waiting in line at the DMV. Go ahead and talk to as many people as you want, but you're still gonna end up with some employee named Desiree who loves making life difficult to those who come her way. 

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They're essentially "Interactive movies"

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Telltale Games has made a substantial collection of butterfly effect games over the past few years. And as they should, most of their titles showcase excellent storytelling with likable characters often spawned from our favorite franchises (Borderlands, Batman, etc.)  

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However, it's not like every new game they spawn out is absolutely unique in every ways, Telltale Games typically follows a pattern: Plenty of cut scenes and dialogue, with only sparse amount of actual gameplay (that doesn't revolve around choosing what you want your character to say.) Essentially, it's just like watching a movie that just so happens to let you walk do something every now and then. But it all ends up mostly the same towards the end. Your character will still have to face the villain at one point or another, very rarely do butterfly effect games give you any other alternative. 

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We still have yet to see a game that transforms based on the way you interact with the environment. Not by what you choose to say or who you choose to save, but by how you play. Yet, such an idea also leads us to the next big problem with butterfly effect games. 

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Don't let the title completely fool you. A lot of the games that encompass the format of butterfly effect games are quite excellent. Heavy Rain was the first game of this "your choices matter" experience I had ever played, and to this day it holds a nice place in my memory, thanks to it being such a unique of an experience in my earlier days of gaming. 

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But the idea that the player is given "complete control over how a game ends" is a complete bullshit statement. There's absolutely no way a gamer can decide to do something that breaks the boundaries of a game's narrative, as there's no real way to allow it. It's not like you can decide to say "screw it" in the Mass Effect trilogy and "nope" the hell out of there to find planet Earth. Narratives such as these can be a lucrative experience, without a doubt some have been groundbreaking for that matter, but let's explore some of the inherent problems in butterfly effect games that continue to exist within this booming genre.

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The Best Games Based on Movies and TV Shows https://www.gameskinny.com/hfd7y/the-best-games-based-on-movies-and-tv-shows https://www.gameskinny.com/hfd7y/the-best-games-based-on-movies-and-tv-shows Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:17:00 -0400 Dennis Adame

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There you have it, the four best games based on movies/shows. All of these are great games that you should play regardless of whether or not you like the thing they are related to. I hope you enjoyed this list. Any games I missed? Let me know in the comments. 

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The Walking Dead: A Telltale Series (2012)

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Honestly, not much can be said about this game that hasn't already been said. This is one of the best games that I have played in the 22 years that I have been on this earth.

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The story is about Lee and Clem and the amazing journey that the two go on during the first few months of the zombie apocalypse. The game is a roller coaster of emotions, and if the ending doesn't make you cry you're a heartless monster (ok, maybe that's too far). You will be laughing at times, scared at others, and it'll feel like you just had your heart ripped out and kicked across the country by the end.

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If you have somehow managed not to play this game yet, go out and do it now. I promise that you will not be disappointed. 

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Ghostbusters The Video Game (2009)

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I have been a fan of Ghostbusters since I was a kid and saw the movies for the first time back in the 90's. I didn't actually play this game until this year, but I'm glad that I checked it out.

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You play a new addition to the team named Rookie (they don't want to bother to learn your name). You will work with the rest of the team, voiced by all the real actors, and fight hoards of ghosts. This game is actually considered to be the third movie and is a continuation of the first and second movies. So rather than spending you hard earned money going to see that new "movie" (using the term lightly), spend it on this great game and know that you didn't completely waste your money. 

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Shadow of Mordor (2014)

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This is one of the best games to come out for the next gen consoles so far. I can't remember that last time I had so much fun just screwing around in a game. You play as Talion, a former ranger of Gondor, whose spirit is tied to an elven ghost. Talion and his family are all killed during a ritual by the forces of Sauron.

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But Talion bonded with the elven ghost -- and is then returned to Mordor to take revenge on Sauron and his troops, discover the origin of the ring of power, find the truth about the elven ghost, and become a legend.

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You can buy the GOTY  edition of the game on Steam for about $40.

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Star Wars Republic Commando (2005)

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This is a game that no one seems to remember other than my friends. But it was one of the coolest games that I ever played as a kid. Imagine you took Halo, combined it with Ghost Recon, and put a Star Wars skin on it. That's what Republic Commando is.

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You command a squad of three other soldiers in a very Halo-like first person shooter. You will fight your way through armies of droids and oil will cover your screen. I don't want to give too much away because the game is so good that you really need to play it for yourself. It's only $9.99 on Steam and it is well worth every penny. 

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Since video games first started being made, movie companies have tried time and time again to make games that go along with their movies -- from E.T to Harry Potter andthe new Ghostbusters movie. Almost every one of those games is garbage, but once in a blue moon a company comes along and makes their own game using the same world as a movie/show. And we want to honor them, so here are the best four games that are based on either movies or TV shows. 

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Walking Dead season 3 teaser released https://www.gameskinny.com/gly8o/walking-dead-season-3-teaser-released https://www.gameskinny.com/gly8o/walking-dead-season-3-teaser-released Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:01:39 -0400 Dennis Adame

It has been over two years since the last season of Telltale's The Walking Dead first began. Since then fans have been eagerly waiting to see how Clementine's journey continues. The time has finally come and the first teaser of Season 3 is here.

The video is short -- it's a teaser -- but it offers a lot for fans to take in. Clementine is older now, she is in her early teens (maybe 14 or 15). She is walking with a new character named Javier. He will also be a playable character in Season 3. The two are walking down an alley and there is a zombie at the end eating a person. Clem shoots the zombie right in the head and Javier says "That one was marked too". At around 25 seconds you can see a mark on the zombies back. It kind of looks like the number 70 with a circle around it. Javier has the same mark on his neck as well. Could Javier and the zombie be from the same settlement?

One other thing to note is that Clementine is missing a finger on her left hand. It can be seen when she reloads the gun. Hopefully, we will get to see how she lost it. Who knows, maybe we'll even get to cut it off for some reason during the game.

Get your box of tissues ready now because I'm sure this season will bring the feels just like the last two have. Overall the teaser is great, and helps to build the excitement for the new season. Season 3 of Telltale's The Walking Dead will be out this fall. 

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

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

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

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

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King Of All Cosmos – Katamari Damacy

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

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

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

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

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Joel – The Last Of Us

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

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

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Sole Survivor – Fallout 4

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

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

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

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The Lone Wanderer's Dad – Fallout 3

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

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

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

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Kratos – God Of War

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

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

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

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Barret Wallace – Final Fantasy 7

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

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Adam Fenix – Gears Of War

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

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

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Harry Mason – Silent Hill

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

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

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

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Lee Everett – The Walking Dead Season 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Telltale Batman glides into E3 https://www.gameskinny.com/g01r9/telltale-batman-glides-into-e3 https://www.gameskinny.com/g01r9/telltale-batman-glides-into-e3 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:13:11 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

Last year at The Game Awards, developer Telltale teased a new adventure for their fans to play. This new game would take place in the city of Gotham and you will play as The Dark Knight. Telltale Batman was announced in this teaser trailer. And now it's going to make an appearance at E3 2016.

There was no official announcement made about the release of Telltale Batman until Telltale Games Head of Creative Communications Job Stauffer tweeted the following:

This announcement hints that we'll get to see a sneak peek of Telltale Batman, and maybe a glimpse of the upcoming The Walking Dead Season 3. It may be possible that we could get a firm release date at E3 as well. 

Telltale has already released many episodic games based on big franchises like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Borderlands. And while this new Batman adventure is just another in that lineup, it will be the first game to use Telltale's brand new game development engine. Hopefully we'll get a taste of what improvements that engine has made when E3 rolls around.

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10 Decisions That Suck No Matter Which Side You Choose https://www.gameskinny.com/nup9p/10-decisions-that-suck-no-matter-which-side-you-choose https://www.gameskinny.com/nup9p/10-decisions-that-suck-no-matter-which-side-you-choose Tue, 24 May 2016 06:58:49 -0400 Justin White

Games and media in this day and age are all about choice and the moral grey. Is this the right decision? Is it the wrong decision? Is it neither--with a negative outcome either way? This top ten list explores those latter types of decisions and choices, like having to choose which member of your squad will live or die, or whether or not to side with a particular group in a dispute--either way, the outcome will suck for somebody.

WatchMojo.com's top 10 list of the hardest gaming decisions they've had to make will contain spoilers for the following games:

  • Dragon Age II
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Fable II
  • Mass Effect
  • Infamous 
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Deus Ex
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • L.A. Noire
  • The Walking Dead: A Telltale Series

Which choices you had to make haunted to you?

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How The "Walking Simulator" Is A Cruel Manipulation https://www.gameskinny.com/80pfk/how-the-walking-simulator-is-a-cruel-manipulation https://www.gameskinny.com/80pfk/how-the-walking-simulator-is-a-cruel-manipulation Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:14:06 -0400 Justin McGovney

I'm just going to put this out there: I hate those types of games that I like to dub "walking simulators." It's not a term I came up with (I have to thank Jim Sterling for that), but I'm sure most of you are familiar with what I'm talking about.

Games that fit this criteria are ones such as Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, Dear Esther, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and Gone Home. These games are unique in that they have almost no action at all and often have little interactivity in their worlds. They mostly focus on the atmosphere and story that they are trying to tell.

Honestly, I wouldn't even consider them to be "games." Yet, a lot of these "walking simulators" are very popular. I have always questioned why this is the case. I still don't really know. Now, I have played each of these games and I loathe them. Really, they frustrate me to no end. Never has a game caused this kind of frustration that feels like a nail is being hammered into my mind.

So, here is why I feel that these games are controversial. Time for another unpopular opinion from yours truly, MetalMack.

Are they actually games?

So here's the big question: are these walking simulators actually games?

I would argue that they are not.

The biggest reason for me is the interactivity. When I think about what to expect from a video game, I expect some kind of interactivity with the environment or influence on the story/world as a player. That, to me, is what separates video games from movies. Movies show you and tell you the story without hardly any input from its audience. Games allow audience influence. To me, that's the biggest reason why I hate these "walking simulators."

There is no influence from the player. Sure, you can maybe pick up a few items here and there and mess around with them. But other than that, your interactions in the world of the game have a null effect. It doesn't matter. Heck, and some of these games don't even allow you to pick up things! You just walk around and are told a story through narration, off-hand dialogue, or notes left behind. That takes away the essence of what a game actually is.

I'm going to give you folks an example of the difference between a "walking simulator" and a real game. The first video you will see here is gameplay from Telltale's The Walking Dead series:

 

And here's one from Everybody's Gone To The Rapture:

Do you see the major differences between these two? They're pretty similar in fashion. But what makes The Walking Dead an actual game instead of Everybody's Gone To The Rapture is the interactivity and influence of the player. As Lee, the choices you make and the actions/inactions you take have a great effect on the world, the story, and the character's interactions with you. This is not the case at all with Everybody's Gone To The Rapture. You are told a story and walk around to find more parts to it. That's it.

I'll give these walking simulators a lot of credit for making some beautiful environments. But I can the same effect from watching a movie, pay far less for the experience, and not feel like I was cheated out of being a part of this unique world.

So now, we come to what separates these "games" from the rest: their story and atmosphere.

Their "Narratives" Suck

Yeah. I said it. 

With a few exceptions, games of this genre just don't have interesting stories to tell. But, more importantly, it's more of how they tell it that's the worst part. Again, it all comes back to interactivity.

But I enjoyed playing The Stanley Parable. What separates it from the rest of the pack?

The Stanley Parable is simply entertaining. It has a funny and interesting story to tell. You want to unravel the story, which is pretty much total insanity, and you have fun doing it. It kept my interest and made me want to play more. And what's more, The Stanley Parable actually has some of that interactivity I keep harping about. You can choose to follow the narrator's instructions...or not. You can do any number of things at different junctures -- you know, like a real game.

But The Stanley Parable is an exception to the rule, not the standard. 

Games like Dear Esther are the standard. And you can literally complete a game like Dear Esther in as little as an hour -- it's not even the length of a feature film!

If you watched the video, I'd like to know how is this an enriching gaming experience? You are just being told the story through narration. I mean, isn't this pretty much like a movie at this point? If so, why would you waste your time with this? If you really like the story then sure, I can't take that away from you. But if you find it to be lackluster and boring, then why are these games still really popular?

I'm not sure to this day.

And I really hate it.

Thing is, these "games" are doing a considerable harm to the industry. The most obvious is the effect on your wallet. A lot of these "games" run for $10+, sometimes more. That's a lot of money to invest into a "game" where all you do is walk around, look at the environment, and are told things. For those who love that sort of thing, the more power to you. But I would like to believe that gamers want to play games for the money they put in, not what's essentially a simulator.

In some sense, these "walking simulators" also manipulate their potential customers. If you look on some of their Steam pages, these simulators use short little trailers and descriptions to make you interested enough to buy into the "game". Here is the trailer for The Vanishing of Ethan Carter:

Seems really interesting, right? You don't know much of what's going on but man, it looks cool right? The Steam page also really hypes it up, making it seem more than what it is. I think that for "walking simulators", The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is alright, mostly because the beginning of the mystery really hooked me in (until the end of course). But, for $20? Is it really worth that kind of investment? I don't think so.

We as gamers need to be more cautious when it comes to this kind of genre. These simulators are manipulating you to put down a chunk of money for that is essentially half a game. It feels similar to when triple-AAA companies release their games unfinished. But it's almost as if these simulators were made to be unfinished. And you pay to keep it that way.

Again, for those who really love these simulators, then that's great. You should never sacrifice a love or like you have because someone like me doesn't like it at all. But, as for those who aren't hardcore fans of the genre, I urge caution. Because you might be out $20 for something you ended up not liking (or even playing) at all.

Thank God for Steam refunds. 

What do you think of my opinion? What are your thoughts? Start the discussion below!

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