Comics Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Comics RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Comics App Izneo Coming to Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/ivil1/comics-app-izneo-coming-to-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/ivil1/comics-app-izneo-coming-to-nintendo-switch Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:35:50 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

Switch and Comic fans rejoice! Pretty soon you'll be able to carry your favorite digital comics, graphic novels and more on your Nintendo Switch!

Izneo is a comics app that is currently available on iOS and Android devices and will be arriving on Nintendo Switch in November.

Izneo has been around for 8 years and they are the largest digital comics service in the United Kingdom. Featuring comics from Dark Horse, WebToons and so much more! They have over 25,000 comics with more coming every single week. You can purchase them separately starting at $1.99 or you can do a monthly subscription which is $7.99 per month.

Izneo also features sales frequently so you can load up on comics without hurting your wallet. If you need a break from all the comics you will be reading, you can cancel your membership at any time. 

While speaking with Izneo at New York Comic Con, I asked them about surviving in the same space as Marvel Unlimited and DC Universe. They aren't worried about competing against them since Izneo features a wider variety of comics from different publishers.

You can read the comics over a Wi-Fi connection or you can download them so you can read them offline. There is no limit to the number of comics you can download so make sure you have a large memory card since you're going to be downloading your favorite series like Dr. Who, Star Trek and Back to the Future

Viewing comics on the Nintendo Switch is super easy too! Whether you prefer to use the Switch in handheld, tabletop or docked mode, the comics always look amazing. They are available to read as full pages or you can read them panel by panel. The best part is, you can read all the comics with just a single Joy-Con. When asked about touchscreen support, they hinted that it may come in the future. 

Izneo launches on Nintendo Switch in November, but you can sign up for Izneo now at Izneo.com. Whether you buy the comics on your computer, iOS or Android devices, you can view them on any device where you can download Izneo. 

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An Interview with the Creative Minds Behind Half-Life: A Place in the West https://www.gameskinny.com/e1s5l/an-interview-with-the-creative-minds-behind-half-life-a-place-in-the-west https://www.gameskinny.com/e1s5l/an-interview-with-the-creative-minds-behind-half-life-a-place-in-the-west Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:21:58 -0500 Sarah Elliman

Half-Life is a gaming series known and loved by many; the immense popularity of the original game has made Valve what it is today. Even in 2008, the various installments in the series had sold just under 18.4 million units; the sales the series must have achieved by now must be astronomical. It is the intricate world, interesting characters, and various narrative possibilities that have drawn fans back to the franchise time and time again. Sadly, there hasn’t been a third installment to satiate the desire for more content, and the 10-year gap from the release of Half-Life 2 could suggest there never will be. Luckily, mod and comic book creators Ross Gardner and Micheal Pelletier have bought life back into the series with their episodic comic book Half-Life: A Place in the West.

Half-Life: A Place in the West is set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2 on alien-occupied Earth, and it follows three characters who are all drawn to a decrepit American town called New Franklin. The protagonists are searching for a group of missing children when they stumble upon a retinue of freedom fighters who seek to reclaim their land. A simple twist of fate connects the fighters with the missing children, and the tale unfolds from there.

The comic has received heaps of praise from fans, as the comic stays true to the atmosphere and content of the games while telling a different story entirely. The overwhelming success of Half-Life: A Place in the West has been incredibly unforeseen, but it's an exciting prospect for both fans and those involved in the project. At GameSkinny, we have been given access to the brilliant minds behind the comic and their inner thoughts on their marvelous creation. 

GameSkinny: What are your backgrounds, and how has that enabled you to create the comic?

Ross Gardner & Micheal Pelletier: Our backgrounds are sort of all over the place. Making a comic is something we’d wanted to do for a very long, long time.

It’s been an amazing learning experience, and I’m not sure there’s a lot that really could prepare you for it. 

GS: What inspired you to create the comic?

RG & MP: We were inspired by both the bizarre science-fiction universe Valve created and our love of comics … We wanted to tell a story outside the confines of the game and introduce new perspectives on the traditional Half-Life archetypes. 

GS: What made you put it into comic form?

RG & MP: In developing our story, we found Half-Life naturally lent itself to the comic book medium, and whatever we envisioned, whatever we imagined we could do. The vast imagery of Half-Life was open to us, and A Place in the West presented an opportunity to present it in fresh and exciting ways. Hopefully we’ve done that.

 

 GS: The comic has been praised by many as being able to capture the Half-Life universe to its fullest. What do you think allowed you to create a story that is so true to the original content?

RG & MP: We’ve more focused on being true to the themes rather than any actual events, and I think that resonates with our readers. I think the key to making it feel true to the world is about not capturing the events of previous tellings, but capturing how those moments made you feel.

GS: Although not being a property of Valve, the comic has been an incredible success thus far and is continuing to grow. What do you think draws people to the comic?

RG & MP: [We've] stepped aside from the main narrative of the game to focus on different aspects of it … I think the reason that people are interested in it is the same reason that we were drawn to creating it. Half-Life presents an enormous and fascinating world and explores small facets of it.

GS: Where do you see the comic going? Can you envision the future and direction you want to take the comic in?

RG & MP: We have a total of 13 chapters planned, the last of which will bring the story to a definitive conclusion. The story was planned out from beginning to end before we started production on the first chapter, so we’ve always known our endpoint, even if certain arcs and plot beats have necessarily taken different forms along the way. Our main goal is just to keep getting better at this comics thing. We’ve never done anything like this before, and we learn so much with each subsequent chapter. From where we’re sitting, there’s a clear uptake in quality with each release, and we want to keep going on that trajectory.

 


Half-Life: A Place in the West is truly a magnificent comic that captures the essence of the series perfectly. If you haven’t already, check out the first chapter here. It’s entirely free, and subsequent episodes are only $1.99. If you would like more information about the project, you can also visit the Half-Life: A Place in the West website.

Are you interested in reading the comic? What have you thought of it so far if you already have? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Game Review: Light Apprentice https://www.gameskinny.com/o5l89/game-review-light-apprentice https://www.gameskinny.com/o5l89/game-review-light-apprentice Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:09:29 -0500 Brandon Janeway

I have had the pleasure of diving in to the captivating world of the Light Apprentice, and after hours of game time, I'm left craving more. What initially seemed like a child-like RPG quickly turned into a memorable and captivating experience that many big games can only hope to offer.

The story begins in the depths of a catacombs, where the mysterious Tlob wakes up Nate, the game's protagonist. Together, they must make their way out of the catacombs, where the player has the option of either fighting or escaping the monsters you encounter. 

As a fan of the genre, I was a little skeptical of the game at first, but this game offers more than a typical RPG experience -- and Light Apprentice even manages to outdo many similar games. 

A Living Comic Book

The entirety of the game is presented as a dynamic comic book, giving the world a light-hearted, stylish, and beautiful atmosphere. With every cinematic, you'll see the pages of the comic book turn, which instills a sense of excitement and fluidity in Light Apprentice's approach to storytelling.

The game switches from its 2D style to some slightly more traditional 3D visuals during combat and exploration -- however, even still the game manages to maintain its beautiful aesthetic. The colors and action give Light Apprentice the classic feel of a comic and brings characters to life in a way that many games don't. 

The story is not the most unique in the genre, but the characters and the setting are more than enough to keep you interested. A lot of the fun of the game comes from its story, so all I'll say is that Nate's role is more than meets the eye. The rest of the cast sport a variety of personalities, and their team dynamic is is reminiscent of some of the squads from you favorite childhood game.

The soundtrack does a good job of bringing the interactive comic book to life, with hints of mystery and intrigue that help solidify Light Apprentice's atmosphere. However, if you are expecting a groundbreaking soundtrack, you won't find one here -- this is very much your typical fantasy RPG music. 

Light Apprentice is only the first volume of what is planned to be a four-volume game, so there are still many questions to be answered and lots mysteries to be solved. The first volume only feels like a prologue to what is to come, but I am looking forward to what the sequels have to offer.

Thrust in to the Fight

At its core, Light Apprentice's combat follows fairly standard turn-based JRPG conventions, but it expands on it quite a bit. The game puts you into a pretty simply fights early on, but as the game progresses combat will change a lot -- and for the better. Each of the characters in your party has their own set of abilities that can be invested in, giving them their own unique flair in combat.

One unique combat feature is that you don't necessarily need to defeat enemies in order to win combat. In fact, you can play the game without having to defeat any enemies, instead stunning them and fleeing combat. The decision to destroy enemies or flee is up to you, but each will offer their own rewards and affect character interactions. 

You Get to Choose... Kinda

The biggest decision you will make while playing Light Apprentice will be if you choose to eliminate enemies or if you are going to go the pacifist route. This choice isn't important because of its narrative consequences, but because it will shape the way you conduct battle, forcing you to invest in certain abilities.

You can evolve your characters and invest in the characters you want to see grow. Part of the choice involved is how you want to evolve your characters and which abilities you invest in -- each run through can be different if you change the way you advance your characters.

Light Apprentice also allows you to make some narrative decisions over the course of the story, such as if you want to approach a creature or to attack it. It may allow you to find an item or skip a battle, but there isn't much payoff regardless of which you choose. In the long run, the consequences for your choices are minimal and does not have any effect on the events of the game.

The idea of choice in the game essentially allows the player to play how they want to and attempt to make each playthrough different -- however, no matter how you choose to play, you will still to get the same story out of it.

The Verdict

If you are looking for a brand new type of RPG, then this is not the game for you. If you are looking for a good RPG with a fun and unique setting that will keep you entertained for hours, then Light Apprentice is your game. It will provide a sense of adventure and excitement that many games miss.

My only complaint with the game is that it is too short. However, being the first of a four-part adventure means that more is to come and I look forward to playing the next few volumes.

Light Apprentice is available on Steam, in the Google Play Store, and in the iOS App Store.

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Forget Movies, These 5 Video Games Need Their Own Comics https://www.gameskinny.com/qbu5q/forget-movies-these-5-video-games-need-their-own-comics https://www.gameskinny.com/qbu5q/forget-movies-these-5-video-games-need-their-own-comics Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:00:01 -0400 stratataisen

Video games have some amazing stories and deep lore, most of which can be told, or retold, in other forms of entertainment. Just look at the Warcraft and Assassin's Creed movies from last year or the Uncharted movie in the works. While many games certainly have the potential to become good movies (and some cringe-worthy ones too), other forms of storytelling media are often overlooked. Comic books, for instance, are an excellent way to visually tell a story without all the cameras, actors, and expenses.

Here’s a list of 5 games that don’t already have a comic about them or their lore, but seriously should!

SOMA

SOMA is from the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. While not nearly as scary as Amnesia, Frictional Games gave SOMA a thoroughly in-depth story that made the player sit and ponder the question “What does it mean to be human?”. This plus the underseas location of PATHOS-II, and the mechanical horrors lurking within its confines would make for an amazingly dark and gruesome, sci-fi horror comic. A comic of the game could follow the story exactly or even expand further into the game's lore, such as the events leading up to PATHOS-II’s demise, Catherine's struggle in trying to save the small remnants of humanity, or digging deeper into the protagonist's past.

Final Fantasy Franchise

The Final Fantasy franchise has a long history of fantasy based games--that never seems to be the final fantasy, oddly enough--with many rich stories, interesting characters, and breathtaking locations. This gives Square Enix more than sufficient material to create several great manga series. This includes squeals like X-2, Tactics, and the Dissidia games, but excludes Final Fantasy XII and Type-0 as both already have manga series of their own.

An excellent first candidate for a manga would Final Fantasy VII. It is by far the most popular of the series, with a number of prequels and sequels, as well as a remake in development. The main story would obviously make an excellent manga series, expanding on what we already know from the game. However, a perfect stand alone would be of Sephiroth's past, seeing what made the games greatest villain who he is.

There’s also some outstanding potential for very silly manga, where characters like Biggs and Wedge get together for a hilarious side character convention.

Paladins

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a team based FPS created by Hi-Rez Studios. While Paladins is a great game, there isn't much of a story, leaving a few unanswered questions. What is this realm? Who are these champions? Why are they fighting? Unfortunately, a story is something which Hi-Rez stated is not a priority for them. However, if they did decide to switch gears and start expanding on lore for this vast, vibrant world and intriguing characters -- they could easily do so through a series of comics.

Comics would be a great start for origin stories for characters such as Ying or Viktor. I know I’d like to find out more about Torvald. I mean, what is his...um ‘power glove’? It appears magical in nature, made of stone and carved with runes. My assumption is that he’s a scholarly explorer that stumbled upon an ancient magical weapon. Am I right? I don’t know, but this is something we can find out if there were more lore to the game.

Transistor

Praised for its visuals and soundtrack, this ARPG by Supergiant Games would serve as a fantastic comic series. Transistor has a phenomenal art style, color scheme, and enthralling story that would blend well with a comic format -- creating a gorgeous visual novel. It would even do well as a motion comic, so more can enjoy the amazing and beautiful soundtrack that the game has to offer.

While I would like to see the main story show in this way, there’s also the potential of seeing the story from another point of view. Maybe Red’s dead lover, or the enemies that you face as Red.

Subnautica

Subnautica, the crafting survival game by Unknown Worlds Entertainment, is one of those games that pulls you in and leaves you wanting to know more. In the game, the lore and story are discovered through exploration and finding data pads. If comics were made, I think they would do well as prequels, such as following the survivors of the Degasi or seeing more of the expanded universe. They could even delve into the precursor aliens and their research into finding a cure for the life killing disease.

While it’s fun to watch a video game come to life on the big screen, they don’t always delve into the story or lore as much due to time, money, and real world limitations. Comics are a great alternative to this, and all the games listed have potential to become fantastic, unique series.

Do you agree with these picks? Did we miss a game that you think would make an excellent comic? Let us know in the comments below!

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9 Best Video Game Comics Currently in Circulation https://www.gameskinny.com/cqhis/9-best-video-game-comics-currently-in-circulation https://www.gameskinny.com/cqhis/9-best-video-game-comics-currently-in-circulation Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:27:47 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Besides these currently running comics, there's an absolute treasure trove of back issues and collected hardcovers just waiting for gaming fans.

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Gears Of War, The Last Of Us, Dead Space, Sonic The Hedgehog...you name it and it probably has a comic adaptation released over the years. There are also plenty of comics that gamers will love which aren't directly based on a specific game, like the tongue-in-cheek fantasy romp Skullkickers.

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Dive in, have fun, and let us know what you're reading at your local comic store this week! 

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Providence

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With a whole new Call Of Cthulhu game coming soon and old school horror RPG Stygian: Reign Of The Old Ones on the horizon, this is a fitting series to dive into this summer.

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Yes, the 12 issue arc for this Lovecraftian nightmare did end in April... but the full hardcover collecting all issues isn't out yet. So as far as I'm concerned, it's still ongoing!

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Providence is Alan Moore's (yep, the Watchmen guy!) follow-up to the Neonomicon, and if you read that series, you know to expect some disturbing things. This isn't one to let the kids pick up unless you want to answer some very awkward questions about what the naked woman is doing with the fish person.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: A Telltale Series

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Things get a little recursive here as we have a comic, based on a game, based on a movie, which was based on a comic.

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Marvel is heading up a five-issue prequel series starting next month (July 2017) based around Telltale's rendition of Guardians Of The Galaxy, which is based on the movie version but clearly meant to be its own universe.

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Specific details are sketchy, but we know the prequel comics will revolve around the Guardians undertaking a rescue mission from the gladiatorial pits of Sakaar that leads to some sort of big heist.

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Persona 3

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You'd think this would be Persona 5, right? Well, yes, there is a series for that... in Japanese mostly. For those of us on the other side of the world, there's still new Persona manga arriving, but it's based around older titles.

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I'm okay with that, since P3 is among my favorite games in the franchise. These manga entries from Udon Publishing have been releasing to North American audiences throughout the year.

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The story centers around the S.E.E.S. organization of teenage heroes battling against an extremist group trying to take advantage of the Dark Hour for their own nefarious purposes.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Frost Giant's Fury

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There have been a staggering number of D&D spin-offs and comics over the years, and the latest is Frost Giant's Fury -- featuring a troupe of heroes who just left behind Ravenloft to come to the frozen north of the Forgotten Realms.

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IDW Publishing is handling this series that kicked off in January and features such fan favorites as Minsc and his miniature giant space hamster from Baldur's Gate.

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As expected from the title and locale, there's frost giants, glaciers, and angry white dragons aplenty for the heroes to defeat with sword and spell. A single volume collecting all current issues will drop in July.

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Plants Vs. Zombies Battle ExtraVagonzo

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It may not have hit Angry Birds level of public consciousness -- but for a silly time wasting tower defense game, Plants Vs. Zombies sure has carved out its own little empire.

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Comics and hardcover books for kids have been coming out steadily over the last few years, giving the bumbling zombies some silly personalities as they battle with kids (and plants of course) to take over the town.

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The latest to see release this summer is Battle ExtraVagonzo, featuring the return of Zomboss duking it out with Crazy Dave as they both try to take over the same factory at the center of Neighborville.

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Pathfinder

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Alright, so this one isn't technically "currently running" since the latest story arc ended a few months ago. But considering that there has consistently been a Pathfinder comic series in production since 2013, it's a good bet something new is coming in the not-too-distant future. 

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Paizo has teamed up with Dynamite for five base series so far, as well as two spin-offs covering the much-loved goblins and an origins story about the iconic classes.

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Personally I'm not a huge fan of the art style, as they don't really look anything like how the iconic characters are depicted from the tabletop RPG books -- but the stories are worth it for Pathfinder fans.

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With latest series Hollow Mountain having wrapped up after its sixth issue, I'm seriously hoping for something set in the upcoming Starfinder sci-fi spin coming next.

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Sons Of Anarchy: Redwood Original

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For those wondering -- yes, the beloved Kurt Sutter T.V. show did in fact have a video game adaptation. It got a ton of hype (Sutter's NSFW tweets on the subject indicated he was... ahem.. excited about it). But much like his one-season show The Bastard Executioner, it would ultimately be ill-fated.

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A single episode of a 10 part episodic game was released... and then was promptly abandoned. Seriously Telltale, get on picking this one up already and give us a proper release!

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Thankfully, most who bought the season pass ahead of time got a refund. For those who haven't played it yet, the Lost And The Damned expansion for Grand Theft Auto 4 was also essentially an episode of SOA.

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There have been several graphic novel collections in the past that all absolutely nailed the personality and lingo of the various Sons characters, even covering storyline arcs like Bobby losing his cut while performing as Elvis in Vegas.

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The Redwood Original arc from Boom Studios takes us back in time to an 18 year old Jax Teller first pledging to his dad's MC. The final issue of the 12-part run will drop next month, so there's time to binge the whole thing before it ends!

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Mass Effect Discovery

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If my math is right and I'm not missing anything, between all the online comic entries, mini-series, and major releases, I think we've had a whopping nine previous Mass Effect comic arcs now? Clearly people are enjoying this space-age RPG's transition to the page.

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Capitalizing on the hype of Mass Effect: Andromeda -- which admittedly has cooled quite a bit since release -- this new Dark Horse series follows Turian military recruit Tiran Kandro investigating the mystery of the Andromeda Initiative.

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Another ongoing collection that just started, the second issue of Discovery drops at the end of the month, so now's a good time to get started if you want to see more of the Mass Effect universe from a different angle.

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Dragon Age: Knight Errant

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Dragon Age has been host to several different comic and graphic novel adaptations over the years -- from the main IDW series to the Inquisition-focused Dragon Age: Magekiller from Dark Horse.

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This new entry about the beloved BioWare RPG franchise just started this year, with issue #2 dropping June 14th through Dark Horse Comics.

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While Dragon Age II is typically thought of as the worst in the series, Kirkwall was an interesting place -- and now you get to see it from the perspective of a city elf thief named Vaea. Get ready for heists and double crosses all around!

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When big events like E3 or Comic Con come around, its becomes clear just how interconnected all geeky fandoms really are. 

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There's comics that have inspired games, games that have inspired comics, and either of the above inspiring movies which spawns a subsequent game or comic spin off...

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Video games and comics have a long history together that won't be slowing down anytime soon.  This year's Free Comic Book Day festivities even included a Twilight Princess issue.

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If you're looking for more game-based comic series to dive into, you've come to the right place. Rather than a best-of retrospective however, we're going to look at those series that are currently going on now so you can jump in and get started reading.

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Gaming Grub: How To Make Sonic's Chili Dog https://www.gameskinny.com/m64ms/gaming-grub-how-to-make-sonics-chili-dog https://www.gameskinny.com/m64ms/gaming-grub-how-to-make-sonics-chili-dog Tue, 31 Jan 2017 23:59:52 -0500 Unclepulky

In the first issue of Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog, readers were treated to the recipe for how to make Sonic's chili dogs, his favorite food. All in all, it is a good recipe for chili dogs.

However, I think we can do better.

Using the recipe given in the comic as a base, and the vast knowledge of culinary skills I've acquired over the years from both training programs and long hours watching Food Network, I've devised what I believe to be an excellent way to prepare Sonic's chili dog.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

The first thing you'll need is, of course, hotdogs. A standard 13 ounce package of jumbo hot dogs would be my recommendation. The other meat you'll need is a pound of ground beef.

On the produce side of things, you'll want red onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, the original recipe doesn't specify, but I'd say to go with cremini mushrooms, and, in place of the bell peppers specified in the original recipe, I'm gonna recommend you go with jalapeno peppers instead.

For spices, I'm mostly going off recipe. While you'll obviously want chili powder, I'm also going to recommend turmeric, basil, curry powder, and paprika.

Lastly, you'll want some kidney beans, olive oil, a nice sized brick of pepper jack cheese, buns, and your pick of your favorite steak and barbecue sauces.

Step 2: Preparation

Now that you have all of your ingredients, you'll need to get them all ready. For the sake of this guide, I'll be using the measurements necessary for a batch of seven or eight chili dogs. 

You're going to want to cut up half a cup of red onions, half a cup of cremini mushrooms, and depending on how spicy you want your chili dog to be, either a quarter of a cup or half a cup of jalapeno peppers.

Next, crush your tomatoes. I'd say two cups should do the job for the full batch of chili dogs.

It'd be a good idea to measure out your spices now, even if you won't be adding them to the dish immediately. Trust me, it'll save time later.

You're going to want two teaspoons of chili powder, one teaspoon of basil, one teaspoon of curry powder, half a teaspoon of paprika, and two teaspoon of turmeric.

Lastly, just remember that it'll take a few hours to defrost your ground beef and hotdogs.

Step 3: Cooking

With everything in place, you can now begin preparing your dish.

Take out a pan, and spray it down with cooking spray. Mash up your ground beef, and cook it on your stove top on until it browns. I'd recommend cooking it on a low heat. 

Once your meat has browned, add your onions, peppers, and mushrooms into the pan, along with a just a little bit of olive oil.

After a few minutes, you can then add your crushed tomatoes, your barbecue sauce, and your steak sauce. Then, just let everything currently in the pan simmer for half an hour.

Once that time is up, add in all of your spices and your kidney beans. Once again, you're going to want to let the sauce simmer, this time for an hour.

 Once that time has passed, add your jumbo hotdogs into the pan, and cook them in the sauce for 15 minutes. While the hotdogs are cooking, melt down your brick of pepper jack cheese in a separate pan.

When the 15 minutes have passed and your cheese is melted, turn off the heat on your stove, and let both pans sit for about three minutes.

After that, carefully add a layer of melted cheese to your buns. Follow that up by inserting the hotdogs, and finally, topping them off with as much of the chili sauce as you want.

Voila! You've just made a delicious batch of chili dogs, just the way Sonic likes them.

Explanation

Sonic is a character who's all about going fast, not wasting any time, and having fun.

That in mind, I think his favorite food would be something rather spicy. The curry powder, the pepper jack cheese, the jalapeno peppers, and the turmeric all provide the spice, while the cremini mushrooms, the kidney beans, and the paprika compliment the flavors that the more spicy elements bring.

I mentioned before that you can go with whichever steak and barbecue sauces are your favorites, but now that you've seen what the final product consists of, you may want to choose your sauces accordingly.

That's all for this recipe! I hope you enjoy your chili dogs, Sonic style.

Did you enjoy this article? Would you like to see more articles like this? What gaming foods would you like to see me cope up with recipes for? Let me know in the comments!

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Top 5 Comic Book Characters that Deserve Their Own Game https://www.gameskinny.com/gs0ep/top-5-comic-book-characters-that-deserve-their-own-game https://www.gameskinny.com/gs0ep/top-5-comic-book-characters-that-deserve-their-own-game Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:00:02 -0500 Zach Long

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I realize that 4 of 5 are DC heroes, but hey, they deserve some love too. I hope you enjoyed my trip of heroes that I think deserve the proper video game treatment. Maybe with the success of comic book movies, we'll get some great comic book games.

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Let me know in the comments if you agree with my list. If not, who do you think should be included?

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Green Lantern
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Now this is the one I most want to see done well. Green Lantern, in any iteration, is my favorite DC Comics character. Whether it's Hal Jordan and his endless rivalry with Sinestro, or the latest duo of Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, there are tons of great characters and stories to pull from. Imagine racing through space defending the galaxy from earth and utilizing the all-powerful Lantern Ring.

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Heck, you could pull in all the other Lantern Corps and make a MMO out of it. Let the player choose their preferred color, or allow them to take a quiz to determine what they should play as, since the ring does choose the lantern after all.

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Constantine
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Now this is a bit of an odd choice, I admit, but Constantine makes for a great character. There are tons of great stories you could have too, like the Trinity of Evil storyline. The gameplay would be similar to games like Heavy Rain, solving puzzles using mystical devices. Plus you have a great cast of sidekicks that need his help.

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It's always fun playing a jerk sometimes too.

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Teen Titans
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I realize that this is more a group than it is a single character, but they deserve some video game love. You could have almost any roster. With that, it could bring back the style of the great PS2-era games X-Men Legends and X-Men Legends 2. Give me some online and couch co-op and let me play as Beast Boy, changing from a shark solving a puzzle to a gorilla smashing some baddies.

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You could also have an unlock system where you have to help other members with missions before they become a playable character. Think of all the DLC you could have.

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The Flash
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Sticking with popular superheroes, The Flash TV series is doing exceptionally well, and this game could play off of that popularity. Sure, it may be a little bit harder to develop this game, but I think it could be great.

You play half the game as crime lab specialist Barry Allen, searching for clues a la L.A. Noire and then, once you have a lead, you race through the city and fight bad guys. You could even have side quests where you help out the fire department and police department throughout Star City. The controls would just need to be slightly tweaked from DC Universe Online and you'd have some great gameplay to boot.

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Captain America
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With the popularity of Marvel movies and war games, the time is ripe for a proper Captain America game. Just think about it; you're in the thick of WWII as a super soldier. You are working your way through a tactical world trying to find Hydra's home base. You can visit classic scenes from the war with new eyes and completely different gameplay from most war games.

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Flip around and throw your shield, throw cars and tanks and use the occasional pistol in a pinch. The mechanics are pretty simple to tweak to make right for the character. That's the only way I want a WWII game to come back, honestly: if you play as Captain America.

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Comic books are a great source of visual media. Not only do they have great action scenes and immersive stories, but they often build a vibrant universe all their own.

And what does that mean? It means that many of these universes and stories are perfect for video games. The stories are definitely there to be told, and the mechanics could definitely be worked out, so long as they are made with the passion and skill of an Arkham game (man, doesn't the new Spiderman game look great?)

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So, without further ado, here's our list of the top 5 comic books characters that should have their own game.

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Overwatch Gives a Big Tracer Reveal in its Newest Comic https://www.gameskinny.com/h2gf0/overwatch-gives-a-big-tracer-reveal-in-its-newest-comic https://www.gameskinny.com/h2gf0/overwatch-gives-a-big-tracer-reveal-in-its-newest-comic Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:33:34 -0500 Unclepulky

The cast of playable characters in Overwatch, currently numbering 23, are beloved by all who play it. One of the ways we've learned more about them is through the free-to-read webcomics Blizzard releases. And with the newest issue, we've learned something new about Tracer.

The comic mainly features Tracer trying to get a gift, and then get home for Christmas, but her good heart keeps getting in the way, as she can't just ignore a theft in progress, and won't even buy a scarf when she sees that someone else wants it.

Down and depressed, she's surprised to find that the daughter of a man she helped has gotten her a present.

It's at this point that we meet Tracer's, AKA Lena's, girlfriend, Emily. 

                  

      The daughter gave Tracer the scarf she was planning on getting for Emily.

Considering the hullabaloo that was started over one of Tracer's original victory poses, it is a little funny to learn that she isn't straight. People may have thought that Blizzard was using her to arouse male players -- but as it turns out, even if she was real, no guy could have her.

Lena and Emily are clearly shown to be in a happy, loving relationship, and its quite touching to see them sitting down to Christmas dinner together with Tracer's best friend, Winston.

Blizzard has previously announced that multiple Overwatch characters are LGBTQ, and now we know that Tracer is one of them.

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Five Horror Comics That Should be Telltale's Next Adventure Game https://www.gameskinny.com/p5vfo/five-horror-comics-that-should-be-telltales-next-adventure-game https://www.gameskinny.com/p5vfo/five-horror-comics-that-should-be-telltales-next-adventure-game Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:18:04 -0500 StraightEdge434

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1. The Beauty 

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This horror comic has an incredibly unique plot. In an alternate world, people are obsessed with being gorgeous, handsome, and generally good looking. But what if there was a way to become more beautiful with every passing day...and the only way to accomplish that is through contracting an STD? That's basically what this comic series is about!

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It's an interesting storyline, since the "gift" comes with a price -- death. And as a result, two detectives are on the case to find out what is going on and why it's happening.

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We think it's kind of obvious why this would make an excellent Telltale game. Given the intriguing plot and how the narrative unfolds, there's the potential for several episodes that culminate in an infectious grand finale. And it would also make a great detective game, much like Wolf Among Us. The choices you make will determine what happens to you, and everyone around you...and the wrong decision could be fatal. The stakes don't get much higher than that. 

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Of course, there are hundreds -- if not thousands -- of other horror comics out there. And we're pretty sure that a lot of them would also make excellent narrative-driven gaming experiences. What horror comics would you like to see made into a fully realized Telltale game? Feel free to share down in the comments!

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2. Aliens: Salvation

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A crewman and his captain are forced to abandon ship, and soon crash-land onto a foreign planet. Needless to say, they are not the only occupants of the ship. If you know anything about Alien, you know they're sharing the ship with Xenomorphs!

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This could definitely prove to be an interesting Telltale game in terms of actions that players have to take. It might require a little manipulation of the story to really make this work as a game, but it wouldn't be the first time Telltale has done that. 

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You could choose not to abandon the ship and instead face the Xenomorphs head on. You could also create unique scenarios to deal with the problem, both on the ship and outside of it on the planet itself. Perhaps you'd even need to choose whether to interact with the other character or work alone. 

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Regardless of how it's approached, the iconic world of Alien and the opportunity to explore a truly strange world that departs from the relatively normal aesthetic of other Telltale games would make for a truly interesting adventure. 

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Because in space, no one can hear you scream...

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3. Fatale

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This comic series is about a woman named Jo who can hypnotize men into becoming infatuated with her, and get them entangled in her life. Every man she seduces eventually pays dearly for getting involved with her, and she's also being pursued by a cult. So there's a lot happening on a narrative level here. 

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If Telltale made this into an adventure game, there would clearly be a lot to play with. You could choose which men to hypnotize and which ones to ignore. You could even play as someone who's been hypnotized and become involved with Jo, and then must find a way to extricate yourself fromt hat dangerous situation. No matter which perspective you took, the presence of a cult means that things can get out of control on either side -- perfect for another riveting Telltale title.  

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4. Gyo

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Though this is more of a manga, it can still be considered a comic for our purposes. The plot in Gyo is very dense. But to summarize, a bunch of bipdeal fish have invaded Japan, and the people must save their country from the scaly threat. At first, the narrative might sound childish or unusual -- however, the plot functions on multiple levels, giving it a layer of death. We won't spoil everything, but we will mention that it reveals a "death stench", which ultimately connects it to the narrative of World War II.

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If this were ported into a Telltale game, the player could make critical choices that would combat the fish threat or try to escape it. Perhaps the character could choose between facing the problem on their own, or risking the lives of others to ask for help. Either way, the plot of this series is extraordinary, and could create quote a game -- especially for a western audience, since the comic is of Japanese origin and offers a different perspective on one of the most iconic moments in world history.  

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5. Johnny the Homicidal Maniac

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This comic is about a person named Johnny who commits a string of gruesome murders and manages to get away with it -- a plot that's simple, straightforward, and to the point.

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Now, if this was made into a Telltale title, it would definitely have a lot of wiggle room in terms of choices and consequences. Kill this person, or let them live? If killed, will any other potential victims be effected in one way or another? If so, how? Those questions would beg to be answered if this comic were brought onto modern consoles as a game.

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Telltale games are very unique for several reasons. Unlike most games, which are released as a whole and singular unit, Telltale uses an episodic structure that breaks the game into several parts, with each part further developing the world, plot, and themes of the game. 

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The company has published many successful spin-off titles stemming from popular IPs like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Minecraft, and Batman, with more in the works . And most (if not all) of their game have plots that play out differently based on the player's choices, either through dialogue or actions. Those choices affect how the story will resolve itself at its conclusion.

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But even though Telltale has tackled a number of different franchises with a number of different styles, there's one genre they haven't touched yet -- the horror genre. 

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Now, there's already a lot of crossover between gaming and horror films, with lots of scary movies being based on existing survival/horror video games. And while books might seem like the next obvious choice for new Telltale fodder, there's another corner of the horror genre that we'd love to see the developer explore -- the world of horror comics. 

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There are lots of great horror comics out there that are packed with excellent storylines. And their serial format makes them a perfect fit for the Telltale episodic formula. Horror comics don't just keep their readers in suspense and build terrifying worlds -- they also have stellar narratives that appeal to Telltale's style. From a boy who manages to murder lots of people to an STD that makes you more good-looking, horror comics explore all kinds of situations that could easily be ported into engaging video game experiences. 

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But which ones would make the absolute best games? Let's find out. The following five horror comics are the best of the best -- purely because their plots are too damn good for Telltale to pass up. Allowing players to make critical choices in these stories would make for some seriously awesome narrative gameplay. 

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Scalebound to Receive Comic and Book of Lore from Titan Comics https://www.gameskinny.com/nbmg0/scalebound-to-receive-comic-and-book-of-lore-from-titan-comics https://www.gameskinny.com/nbmg0/scalebound-to-receive-comic-and-book-of-lore-from-titan-comics Mon, 05 Sep 2016 01:15:39 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

Platinum Games' upcoming dragon-packed action RPG Scalebound is to receive tie-in comics and a book of the game's lore, both from Titan Comics, which was announced on the game's official Twitter earlier this week. 

Titan Comics will be releasing both the lore book and the comics sometime in 2017, although not much else is known about either of them as of yet. The lore book is claimed to be titled The Book of Sages, and will be an in-universe book written from the perspective of several of the main characters present in Scalebound. 

The comic books related to the game are planned expand on the lore present in Scalebound, and will, according to Titan Comics Sales and Marketing manager Ricky Claydon, "...appeal to an even wider audience," presumably than the game itself. As of now, it has not been made clear if the comics will be a limited series to fit in with the game, or an ongoing series of some sort.

Scalebound's The Book of Sages as well as the comics are planned for release in 2017, as is the game itself on Xbox One and PC. 

You can watch a recent trailer for Scalebound below:

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Super Mario Adventures Is Getting A Graphic Novel In October https://www.gameskinny.com/40eim/super-mario-adventures-is-getting-a-graphic-novel-in-october https://www.gameskinny.com/40eim/super-mario-adventures-is-getting-a-graphic-novel-in-october Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:17:45 -0400 Angie Harvey

Super Mario Adventures was previously released as a series of comic book strips in the Nintendo Power magazine between 1992 and 1993. Super Mario Adventures was a fan favorite during its run in the magazine, however, getting a hold of all the comics in their physical form has been quite the challenge for fans and collectors.

Viz Communications has announced that they will be responsible for publishing all of the original comics into a full color graphic novel that will become available on October 12th, 2016. Pre-orders for the graphic novel are currently available at Things From Another World and will set you back only $10.49. The full excerpt of the graphic novel can be seen below:

Super Mario Adventures, inspired by the bestselling Super Mario video game franchise, is a collection of comics that originally ran in Nintendo Power magazine in 1992-93. The peril-plagued Princess Toadstool is kidnapped by the diabolical deadbeat Bowser but super plumbers Mario and Luigi hatch a plan with their new friend Yoshi to rescue her. Are the Super Mario Bros' plans a pipe dream? Can they stop the Koopa King before he forces the Princess to be his bride?! Long out of print, this stunning, full-color graphic novel is now available once again!

Did you read the original comics that were featured in Nintendo Power and will you be picking up a copy of the graphic novel? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Bethesda Softworks Partners With Titan Publishing To Release "Dishonored" Novels; Comic Series+Graphic Novel https://www.gameskinny.com/o3l7h/bethesda-softworks-partners-with-titan-publishing-to-release-dishonored-novels-comic-seriesgraphic-novel https://www.gameskinny.com/o3l7h/bethesda-softworks-partners-with-titan-publishing-to-release-dishonored-novels-comic-seriesgraphic-novel Wed, 25 May 2016 15:19:42 -0400 DoubleVendetta

Yes, you read that right. Today, Titan Publishing (parent company of both Titan Books and Titan Comics) and Bethesda Softworks officially announced a multi-platform collaborative effort on tie-in media set to link the events of 2012's Dishonored, and the upcoming Dishonored 2, together. The collaboration will include a four-part comic series, three novels, and an eventual graphic novel which will bundle the comics together into a single volume.

The official Dishonored 2 announcement trailer from last year's E3.

The first of these comics will be released in August of this year, with the remaining three to be released in September and October, and the compilation to follow in November, written by comic artist Gordon Rennie. The first book in the novel trilogy, by author Adam Christopher, is titled "The Corroded Man," and slated for release this September. The two remaining books will release sometime in 2017.

Dishonored 2 is scheduled to release on November 11, 2016, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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The top non-Marvel/DC heroes who deserve their own games. https://www.gameskinny.com/eg1gp/the-top-non-marveldc-heroes-who-deserve-their-own-games https://www.gameskinny.com/eg1gp/the-top-non-marveldc-heroes-who-deserve-their-own-games Sun, 24 Apr 2016 07:44:15 -0400 Joshua Potter

Currently, comic book movies have been dominating the Hollywood market, with movies like Marvel's The Avengers taking 3rd in biggest opening weekend at the box office of all time, and its sequel following at 4th highest. Super hero video games have been getting more of the attention they deserve as well, with amazing series out like Batman: Arkham Asylum or Marvel Heroes 2016. Our generation loves comics, but what about the series outside of the mega hit conglomerates Marvel and DC Comics?  These are a few of the unsung heroes of American comics, and our hopes for how we could see them transformed into the next awesome video game series.

1. Spawn

Lets get the obvious one out of the way right now. Todd MacFarlane's Spawn is an awesome character. After being murdered by one of his closest friends and partner, CIA agent Albert Francis Simmons made a deal with a demon (always a smart idea) to get his revenge. Returning as the creature known as Spawn, Simmons comes back to find that his wife has married another man and moved on. His heart broken, Spawn turns against the demons who tricked him into this life. Talk about a cold blooded deal, but that's how these monkey-paw exchanges typically work out. Spawn has a ridiculous amount of powers, ranging from being able to stop time, resurrect the dead, teleport, self-healing, superhuman strength and his awesome chain weapons. All of these would make for an amazing super hero action adventure game like Batman: Arkham Asylum. The last time we had a Spawn game was 2003; I think we're due for a next generation title that does the series justice.

2.Hellboy

Yeah that's Hellboy carrying a talking pug and beating grave golems back to mud with his bear hands. (The pug's name is PUGSLEY! Stop it Dark Horse you're killing me.) Hellboy was created by Mike Mignola and is probably another series where you know the movie better then the comics. Similar to Spawn, this franchise hasn't had a game made since 2008, and the reviews for it were less than mediocre. This doesn't mean a good game still can't be made for it. Wouldn't you love seeing a Hellboy that played like Darksiders? Hellboy tearing his way through armies of variant demons and other folklore type creatures with characters like his friend Kate Corrigan, a professor specializing in mythical beasts, advising you along the way? A metroidvania style of unlocking new fantasy based weapons and powers with Hellboy's gritty, smug humor powering the game along? I'd love to see more of this franchise done right.

3. Automata

Back in 2006 Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik of Penny Arcade decided to play around with some new ideas for web comics. Two of the ones that have stayed around the longest were a series about young boys becoming men in a pseudo boy-scout scenario set in a brutal fantasy world called Lookouts. The other one is about a homicide detective in the NYPD and a robot from a mysterious background working together to solve crimes. What kind of capers could a wisecracking detective and an emotionless yet sympathetic robot in a world filled with robo-racism get into? Oh I don't know, how about ANY? Automata is another cleverly written comic from the people at Penny Arcade and even has a live action web series in the works. With the heavy focus on story, this would be an amazing game to be done in the style of Telltale's signature method, or something similar to other story heavy detective games like Murdered: Soul Suspect. The premise would be you playing the main human character Detective Regal as you explore the seedy underbelly of corrupt futuristic New York with with the robot Carl.

4. Tank Girl

Written by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin, Tank Girl became a bit of an icon in the UK as a symbol of female counter culture. In the comic, Rebecca Buck a.k.a. Tank Girl is a tank pilot/bounty hunter/outlaw on the run from an organization that has put a huge price on her head. She's crass, trigger-happy,  sexually explicit and crazy fun. With all the hype around Deadpool nowadays, you'd think someone with her reputation would be getting more attention. Think of an open world 2015 Mad Max stylized game with scavenging the wastelands of her world with nothing but your tank, kangaroo boyfriend and unholy armada of firepower to keep you company while your former employers send waves and waves of flunkies to try to hunt you down as you complete whatever madcap objective Tank Girl has set ahead for herself. With boss fight tank vs tank battles, awesome firefights, explosions, this game would have everything. 

5. Rat Queen

Think Dungeons and Dragon's mixed with an all female cast of dissident adventurers, Rat Queens is the newest series on this list. Created by Kurtis J. Wiebe in 2013, Rat Queens is the story of four not so typical adventurers making their way through the tropes of a common fantasy setting. Your characters are the rock and roll elven mage, post-post modern dwarven fighter, atheist human cleric and drug-addled and happy-go-lucky halfling thief. The series has received much critical acclaim over the past few years, and is even getting its own TV series soon. Similar to Tank Girl, these women represent an aggressive counter culture interpretation of women, and are a whole lot of fun to follow. I'd say we deserve an all female cast roleplaying game with these four finding a way to blend their diverse fighting styles, all the while having to deal with each other's bickering and conflicting personalities. If BioWare had this franchise's game rights it'd be done with respect to the way the character's act and have wonderful interaction.

Are there any other comics out there that you think deserve the video game treatment? If so leave some comments below as to what you think might make for the next big super hero sensation.

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Dive deeper into the origins of Blizzard's Overwatch https://www.gameskinny.com/unm56/dive-deeper-into-the-origins-of-blizzards-overwatch https://www.gameskinny.com/unm56/dive-deeper-into-the-origins-of-blizzards-overwatch Thu, 17 Mar 2016 14:31:49 -0400 Taranis8

With Overwatch due to launch May 24th, there will be questions about the origins of the Overwatch heroes and universe. Why does Winston get so angry if his glasses are broken? What is the true identity of Soldier 76? And why does D.Va seem to be sponsored by Blizzard in the game?

These are some of the questions that hopefully will be answered in the coming months, when Blizzard is set to release their series of short animated films and digital comics set in the Overwatch universe. There is also a novel planned for later down the road.

The first animated short will revolve around Winston, the genetically enhanced gorilla. It will tell the story of a scientist battling with the idea of recalling the Overwatch heroes while his lab is under attack. This short will be available on March 21st at 12 p.m. PDT, and it can be viewed on Xbox.com. 

Blizzard also has a 6-issue comic series lined up, with the first focusing on the gunslinger McCree.  Other heroes that will be highlighted by the series include Reinhardt (the knight who lives by the code of justice, valor, and courage), as well as the crime duo of Roadhog and Junkrat.  The cover for the first comic can be seen below.

Rounding out Blizzard's extended universe releases for Overwatch will be a novel titled Overwatch: First Strike. This book will take place decades before the time period of the game and focus on the battle of the robots uprising.  The novel will be written by Blizzard's lead writer in publishing and story lead for Hearthstone, Micky Neilson.

With Blizzard doing so much to bring gamers into the universe of Overwatch, it will give more insight into why these heroes are fighting.  

So what do you think of all these extras from the Overwatch franchise?  What hero would you like to see Blizzard focus on in the future? Let me know in the comments below.

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Gamers Log Ep 2: Should Yandere simulator be banned from Twitch https://www.gameskinny.com/r4m9w/gamers-log-ep-2-should-yandere-simulator-be-banned-from-twitch https://www.gameskinny.com/r4m9w/gamers-log-ep-2-should-yandere-simulator-be-banned-from-twitch Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:20:58 -0500 Daniel Williams_2179

This week on Gamers Log: Yandere Simulator is banned from Twitch, Fire Emblem Fates is getting censored, & more!

Last week Twitch announced that they would not be allowing any streams of the game Yandere Simulator. Twitch has not given the reason why the game has been banned from their platform. We're discussing whether or not this is a good move. 

Fire Emblem Fates gets censored

In Fire Emblem Fates, Nintendo has decided to cut out a scene for the international release. The scene revolves around the protagonist and a female companion called Soleil, whose drink the protagonist spikes with a magic powder. This has been seen as a controversial scene, as resembles the much more predatory act of spiking someone's drink with drugs. We'll be discussing this scene and deciding if cutting it was the right call.

All this and more

As always, there is a lot going on in the gaming industry, so make sure to listen to the podcast to see what else has happened during the week. 

Remember, if you want to ask us some questions, send them to gamerslogquestions@gmail.com

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Second issue of Dragon Age: Magekiller released today https://www.gameskinny.com/hrwl2/second-issue-of-dragon-age-magekiller-released-today https://www.gameskinny.com/hrwl2/second-issue-of-dragon-age-magekiller-released-today Thu, 21 Jan 2016 03:49:44 -0500 Nick Harshman

Dragon Age is known for its multitude of tie-in materials, which include various books that have helped add to the depth and lore of the Dragon Age universe. A new series from Dark Horse Comics, called Dragon Age: Magekiller is looking to do just that. Following the release of issue #1 in December, issue #2 hit the shelves today.

In order for this new comic series to stand out from all the others, it had to do something different. For the first time in any Dragon Age game, book, etc., we are getting our first look at the Tevinter Imperium. That alone is enough to excite hardcore fans.

Set in the capitol city of Minrathous, the Magekiller series follows Marius and Tessa - a former slave and a Navarran elite, respectively - as they found a mercenary group that specializes in hunting down and killing mages. As some may know, the Tevinter Imperium is run by a mage-controlled government, so things will probably get dicey for the protagonists before series ends.

As far as where the series fits in the overall timeline, Magekiller picks up just before the events of Dragon Age: Inquisition and issue #2 (the current one) will end with the destruction of the Conclave, the event that sets the stage for Inquisition's main arc. The first arc of the series is said to correspond to the game, and then it will branch out into new territory afterward. 

What that means is anyone's guess, but if you're a Dragon Age junkie, I'm sure you'll love this series. Issues one and two are on sale now, so be sure to pick those up and keep a look out for future releases!

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Dungeons & Dragons comics returning in April https://www.gameskinny.com/e2uoc/dungeons-dragons-comics-returning-in-april https://www.gameskinny.com/e2uoc/dungeons-dragons-comics-returning-in-april Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:27:42 -0500 Zanne Nilsson

Good news, D&D fans! Dungeons & Dragons comics will be returning this April, according to writer Jim Zub:

I’m thrilled to announce that DUNGEONS & DRAGONS comics make their triumphant return in April and I’m writing the new series! The gang at Wizards of the Coast have been incredibly supportive and we have tons of great stuff planned. Make sure you pre-order it from your local comic retailer.

The first issue will be written by Jim Zub, who has also worked on Wayward and Samurai Jack, with art from Nelson Daniel, who's worked on Judge Dredd; cover art will be provided by Max Dunbar. The variant cover will use "amazing Ravenloft art featuring Count Strahd von Zarovich."

The story, as the solicitation for the first issue reveals, will focus on Minsc and Boo from the Baldur's Gate video game series:

MINSC AND BOO ARE BACK and things have never looked more dire, as mysterious forces draw the legendary ranger and his crew of adventurers to RAVENLOFT, the Realm of Terror… where they find themselves face to face with undead horrors in the land of eternal night!

The first issue will be 40 pages long in full color, and retail for $4.99.

So, are you excited about the new Dungeons & Dragons comics series? Are there any other artists or writers you'd like to see work on them? Let us know in the comments!

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Humble Comics Bundle now featuring Dungeons and Dragons https://www.gameskinny.com/6jpo5/humble-comics-bundle-now-featuring-dungeons-and-dragons https://www.gameskinny.com/6jpo5/humble-comics-bundle-now-featuring-dungeons-and-dragons Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:52:23 -0400 Clint Pereira

Attention all you tabletop gamers and fantasy fans: the Humble Comics Bundle is now featuring IDW’s Dungeons and Dragons comic series, including three comics adapted from R.A. Salvatore’s Dark Elf Trilogy - which popularized the Forgotten Realms setting and the fan-favorite dark elf, Drizzt Do’Urden.

While Humble Bundle is always based on a “pay what you want” model, you can unlock the top tier of comics for $12. Included in this tier is the entire 4-volume Dungeons and Dragons Classics series and a reprint of the original 1988 Advanced Dungeons and Dragons series published by DC and created by Michael Fleisher, Dan Mishkin, and Jan Duursema.

     

Included in the basic comic lineup is a collection of the first five issues of Legends of Baldur’s Gate, which takes place generations after the events of the Baldur’s Gate games.

Legends of Baldur’s Gate also features Minsc and Boo as main protagonists, which raises a lot of questions (like whether they are immortal). I’m sure we’ll get no answers, but it looks like fun trip back into nostalgia.

IDW is historically amazing at buying up intellectual properties and tapping into pop culture nostalgia. Their publications include Doctor Who, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Ghostbusters, to name a few. Included in their game-based comic lineup are Konami-owned series Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Metal Gear Solid, as well as several titles from EA Games. Their partnership with EA, called EA Comics, currently includes a Dragon Age and Crysis series.

Get your D&D on and let us know how the comics are in the comments below!

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7 Batman characters we wanted to see in the Arkhamverse https://www.gameskinny.com/rrd29/7-batman-characters-we-wanted-to-see-in-the-arkhamverse https://www.gameskinny.com/rrd29/7-batman-characters-we-wanted-to-see-in-the-arkhamverse Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:58:16 -0400 Jackson Ingram

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7. Ellen Yin

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Alignment: Hero

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Proposed Games: All of them

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The Batman, set in a different continuity from Batman: the Animated Series, was admittedly very strange. While it ended up being the bad kind of strange, the show's first two seasons were very much so the good kind of strange, partly because of the original character Detective Ellen Yin. Ambitious, brave, clever, and armed with an unyielding sense of justice, Detective Yin started out working with the police department against the vigilante Batman, but the two soon form a partnership based on mutual respect.

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In Origins, Yin would just be an officer, indoctrinated with the police department's policy against vigilantes. By the time Asylum rolls around, Yin would already be a detective, bent on containing the situation in Arkham. Throughout the series, just as it played out in the Batman, Detective Yin and Batman would slowly find common ground, becoming close allies. With Gordon as mayor in Knight's epilogue, Yin naturally would be made commissioner and all would be as it should and we could all finally get over the fact that Yin was written out of the Batman without explanation in Season 3.

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What other Batman characters do you wish had cropped up in the Arkhamverse? Weigh in by commenting below!

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6. The Question

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Alignment: Hero

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Proposed Games: Arkham Origins (as Renee Montoya), Arkham City, and Arkham Knight (as the Question)

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The Arkham series, while drawing from all kinds of Batman sources, is especially fond of the DC Animated Universe, even featuring many of the same voice actors. Detective Harvey Bullock has already appeared as a semi-corrupt cop (with some room for redemption), but Commissioner Gordon's other favorite officer from Batman: the Animated Series, Renee Montoya, never graces the Arkhamverse.

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Origins could certainly use a straight (as in not crooked, not as in heterosexual; we all know Renee prefers the ladies) cop besides Gordon, but let's be real, we're all way more interested in Renee the vigilante. After taking some time off chronologically in Asylum, she could return as the new Question for City, in which she breaks into the super-prison to help Batman from behind the scenes. And then of course, we'd be dying to see her interact with ex-girlfriend Kate Kane in Knight.

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5. Spoiler

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Alignment: Hero

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Proposed Games: Arkham Origins, Arkham City,  Arkham Knight

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Within the comics, Stephanie Brown has assumed several identities. Before she had a shot at being Robin and then Batgirl, she was Spoiler. Angered by her father, the Cluemaster, returning to his life of crime, Stephanie took it upon herself to stop him by "spoiling" his plot through a series of elaborate clues. Though she's been in and out of the Batman Family, Stephanie was recently reintroduced in the New 52 back in her original role as the mysterious, but helpful Spoiler.

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Though Cluemaster never appears in the Arkhamverse, he could have been incorporated as one of the assassins in Arkham Origins, serving as the inspiration for the pre-Riddler "Enigma" and giving a younger Stephanie the opportunity to counter her father's actions by leaving clues for Batman. She could make her first actual appearance as an ally in Arkham City, and then again in Arkham Knight. Between being mentored by Oracle and pursuing a relationship with Tim Drake, Arkhamverse's Spoiler could easily establish an actual place for herself within Batman Incorporated.

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4. Batwoman

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Alignment: Hero

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Proposed GameArkham Knight

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Wealthy? Trained in combat? Tragic backstory? No, I'm not talking about Batman. I'm talking about Kate Kane. Unlike Bruce, Kate built her foundation in combat while attending a military academy. After her commanding officer discovers she is a lesbian in a relationship with another student, she is forced to leave the school and returns to Gotham, where she eventually takes up the mantle of Batwoman.

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Kane is heard on Bruce's answering machine in Arkham Knight, talking about her engagement to Maggie Sawyer and alluding to her secret identity. It would have been extremely cool if she appeared in-game as one of Batman's allies and a playable characters in the game's "Dual Play" feature, allowing you to switch between characters seamlessly during combat.

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3. The Great White Shark

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Alignment: Villain

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Proposed Game: Arkham City

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Warren White was just your typical embezzling scumbag until he tried to get some legal leniency with an insanity plea, only to wind up in Arkham Asylum. After being attacked and driven to legitimate insanity by the other inmates, White became horrifically frostbitten and disfigured while locked in Mr. Freeze's cell.

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While his missing nose, fingers, lips, and teeth are found preserved in Arkham Asylum, the dreaded Great White Shark never makes a true appearance in the games. As a master manipulator, White prefers to pull the strings of his criminal empire from within his cell. It would have been interesting to see how he'd deal with Arkham City erasing the distinction between the outside and inside worlds.

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2. The Huntress

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Alignment: Hero

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Proposed Game: Arkham City

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While we love Barbara Gordon (both as Batgirl and Oracle), she probably gets a little lonely being one of the only prominent female heroes in the Arkhamverse. That's where the Huntress comes in. Helena Bertinelli has been a long-time member of the Batman Family, but doesn't get nearly as much love as she deserves. While she earned a brief mention in Arkham City confirming her vigilante status in Gotham, we want to see the Huntress in action.

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With her moral ambiguity and Mafia heritage, it wouldn't be a stretch for Quincy Sharp to have her arrested and sent to Arkham City. Once inside, she could pop in and out of the storyline, offering Batman some well-needed assistance and maybe even teaming up to crack some bad guy skulls.

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1. Killer Moth

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Alignment: Villain

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Proposed Appearance: Arkham Asylum

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Killer Moth kind of gets a bad rap for being goofy. And dressing in gaudy colors. And being obsessed with moths. But I see his potential! Although Killer Moth is a hard sell among Arkham's highly capable roster of villains, Drury Walker's alter-ego gets a brief nod in Asylum, where Batman can unlock his profile after scanning a "cocooned" corpse. Yikes.

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Assuming Arkham's Killer Moth is less of a bumbling moron than his past iterations, developers could have upped the ante by using him as a secret boss in the Botanical Gardens. A Titan prototype using moth DNA could transform the hapless mercenary into his super-mutated form Charaxes, setting up an interesting fight between himself and the Dark Knight.

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The Batman: Arkham series has lots and lots of characters. With a pool as deep and diverse as the Batman Family and his infamous rogues gallery, it's not surprising that developers wanted to include as many fan favorites as possible. Drawing inspiration from the comics, movies, and TV shows, Rocksteady's independent continuity is populated by dozens of unique takes on classic characters. Still, there are several heroes and villains that didn't quite make it past an in-game nod, at best. Here are 7 Batman characters that could have made amazing additions to the Arkhamverse.

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Contains some mild spoilers for Arkham Knight.

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7 fictional video games that we're kind of glad don't exist https://www.gameskinny.com/wgpzn/7-fictional-video-games-that-were-kind-of-glad-dont-exist https://www.gameskinny.com/wgpzn/7-fictional-video-games-that-were-kind-of-glad-dont-exist Mon, 08 Jun 2015 20:19:25 -0400 Jackson Ingram

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#1: BEN Drowned, originally told through Creepypasta

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For the sake of my sleep schedule, let's just agree that this is a fictional video game. I don't want to live in a world where this might be real. BEN Drowned is essentially a haunted/possessed/demonic copy of Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. In the original story, the narrator is tormented by "Ben," the previous player of the used cartridge, who attempts to use the narrator to "spread." The story is compelling because the "glitches" seem like they could be real. Not because they're actually real. Right? That would be crazy. This isn't real.

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Why this would be cool:
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THIS WOULD NOT BE COOL.

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Aside from facilitating a malevolent supernatural entity's desire to blur the lines of simulation and reality and consume the lives of its hosts? . . . Nothing I can think of.

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What are your favorite (or least favorite) fictional games from movies, TV and books? 

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#2: The titular game in Heir Apparent

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Another virtual reality game, Heir Apparent follows you, the player character, as you discover that you are the illegitimate child of the late king, who named you heir to his throne before his death. Now you have to figure out how to survive the three days leading up to your coronation while navigating political unrest, dragons, and the current queen and her three sons who aren't too particularly happy about being passed over in line to the throne. There are endless ways to win. And endless ways to lose.

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Why this would be cool:
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Video games have an edge over other forms of storytelling because they're interactive. It's kind of their main selling point. Heir Apparent takes this to the max. There's no set number of paths to take. You can do whatever you want! Poison the queen, flirt with a prince, burn the village to the ground, lead an army of sheep against the castle guard. I'm not saying that any of these strategies would work, but you could still try them anyway.

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As we find out in the book, technical difficulties could potentially trap you in the game, risking permanent brain damage or even death if you don't find a way to win. But don't get discouraged. Every time you die in the game, you get to try again! And again. And again. And again. It's the medieval Groundhog Day from Hell. Oh, and virtual reality is crazy expensive in the future. $100 an hour? So much for my food budget.

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#3: Sburb from Homestuck

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The plot of Homestuck is launched by four Internet friends who decide to try Sburb, a sandbox-style action/adventure game in which a server player manipulate's the client player's environment, trying to get them into "the Medium," the interstellar setting of the game. Once in the Medium, the players must work together to complete personal quests, participate in an ancient chess match of good against evil, and eventually create an entirely new universe.

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First of all, in the Medium, everyone gets their own planet! Plus playing Sburb is every Homestuck fan's dream. That's why there are so many quizzes out there to determine your aspect and class, mythological categories that tell you what kind of crazy sweet powers you get and what role you will play in your session. And you can reanimate a dead loved one with the "kernalsprite" feature, effectively resurrecting them as your own personal spirit guide. 

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Sburb also basically makes you a god. And if you succeed, you can reinvent the universe as you see fit. Pretty sweet deal.

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Why this is a terrible idea:
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To create a new universe, you have to get rid of the old one. By playing Sburb, you effectively trigger the apocalypse. So, I hope you weren't too attached to this Earth. Plus, winning seems nearly impossible. As far as we can gather by reading the webcomic, it's pretty easy to get killed in the Medium.

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Granted, there are several ways to work around this, with a "dream self" serving as an extra life and "god tier" mode as a reincarnating level up. And if those methods don't pan out, there's a form of an afterlife. Too bad you can die there too. Like permanently. They call it "double death," in-universe. The fatality rate in Sburb is actually pretty alarming. So much so that the MS Paint Adventures wiki has a whole page just to list all of the Homestuck deaths. 

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#4: The Oasis from Ready Player One

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This one's not just a video game. It's a way of life. In 2044, people get away from the dystopian world by escaping into the Oasis, basically a sprawling massively multiplayer virtual haven that becomes the last frontier for everything: business, pleasure, education, and, of course, gaming.

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Why this would be cool:
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 The Oasis is virtual reality endgame. It's the ultimate immersive experience. You wouldn't just play as a character. You would be the character. Who'd say no to living out any and all of their fantasies? Besides gaming, the Oasis also lets you experience your favorite movies as if you were right there in the scene. And vacation possibilities are limitless. Who cares about going to Hawaii when you could kick back in Gallifrey? Or go to a spa in virtual Paris? You can look exactly how you want to look and do whatever you want to do. All without ever having to leave the comfort of your house.

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Why this is a terrible idea:
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 The whole "never leaving your house" thing is (shockingly) kind of a problem. The main protagonist of Ready Player One slowly discovers how, by becoming so ingrained in society, the Oasis has become a substitute for all experiences. Your virtual life is now your only one. The real world is left to rot away.

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#5: Global Thermonuclear War from WarGames

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We all know this feeling. When you casually hack into a military supercomputer and start a fun 'ole game of Global Thermonuclear War. Just another relaxing Tuesday night.

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Why this would be cool:
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Are you addicted to conquest games? Maybe you're getting bored with repetitive war simulations? Meet your match, the WOPR (War Operation Plan Response). Screw Risk. It's ancient now. And Boom Beach? That was a cute game for waiting rooms or extended bathroom breaks. Global Thermonuclear War even makes games like Civilization look like a rousing match of capture the flag. 

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Why this is a terrible idea:
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No big deal, but Matthew Broderick almost started World War III with this sucker. And I don't think anyone's down with leaving thermonuclear power in the coded hands of a computer. Even a super one who takes us on a journey to learn a hard lesson about futility.

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#6: Slayers, also from Gamer

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Castle's second big release is Slayers, a first-person shooter with actual people who can, like, die and stuff. For real. Oh, and the playable characters (called "I-Cons") are all inmates on death row or facing life in prison.

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Why this would be cool:
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It would not be cool. It would be very uncool. Oh, I should mention that if the I-Con "wins" 30 matches, then they're set free! Of course, no one can seems to make it through 10, and if you start to get close to 30, the game is rigged to make you lose anyway. So yeah, still not cool. And what kind of judicial system let this fly? A very, very uncool one.

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Why this is a terrible idea:
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Oh, um, probably because ACTUAL PEOPLE DIE. And it's built around manipulating incarcerated citizens. Just want to point out that inmates are still citizens. They are real people. With names and rights and everything.

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#7: Society from Gamer

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In the (poorly reviewed) world of the 2009 thriller Gamer, Ken Castle has designed ultra fancy nanobots to allow gamers to take control of an actual person instead of an avatar. His most popular game, Society, is meant to simulate real experiences.

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Why this would be cool:
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It's like the Sims! If actual real life could be as simple as fulfilling your bodily needs to feel emotionally stable, we'd all be set! Everything is easier for a Sim. Did you go to work today? Promotion! Oh, you've had a long conversation with someone? Now you're in a committed relationship! And that's just from the perspective of the playable character. As the gamer, you could be the ultimate puppeteer. That kind of control is very appealing to some people.

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Why this is a terrible idea:
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It's like the Sims. You know, that simulation game where you'd accidentally burn down the house or let your Sims starve to death. Except now it's real. If that doesn't scare you, consider how Society's true purpose isn't anywhere close to being that domestic. In Gamer, people pay a lot of money to play Society. People like that don't empty their bank accounts to watch their avatars learn how to cook or tell a joke in Simlish. They want a little more bang for their buck. And that is terrifying. 

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The already wide range of video game possibilities become limitless in the fictional worlds of books, comics, and movies. Games are then no longer confined to physical, technological, or even moral boundaries.

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But is this always a good thing? I mean, these books, comics, and movies wouldn't have much of a plot if it was. Here are some examples of fictitious games that are fun to think about, but not really something we want in the real world.

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