Independence Day  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Independence Day  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Complete Guide To 4th of July Events Happening in Your Favorite MMOs https://www.gameskinny.com/cahph/complete-guide-to-4th-of-july-events-happening-in-your-favorite-mmos https://www.gameskinny.com/cahph/complete-guide-to-4th-of-july-events-happening-in-your-favorite-mmos Mon, 03 Jul 2017 10:32:11 -0400 Robert Kazmierczak

It's a fairly common practice nowadays for an MMO to have events surrounding big holidays. Most games will do Christmas and Halloween events, dressing up their maps with appropriate decorations. These kinds of events are fun for players, who get to celebrate their holidays not just with their friends and family IRL, but also their fellow players and guildmates in their favorite game as well.  

Unfortunately, some holidays are bigger than others. The 4th of July is an important American holiday, but it's hardly a big deal for other countries. For global games, a company is hard pressed to decorate entire towns for one country's worth of gamers. So while some games do have Independence Day events, they tend to be smaller than some of the more worldwide holidays. 

If you're a US player, though, there are still some awesome 4th of July events happening this week. Here are some of the ones you should check out:

World of Warcraft

As one of the most well-known MMOs, World of Warcraft has had plenty of time to nail down holiday events. This year, the Darkmoon Faire will be running from July 2 - July 8, and will include games, exotic sights from all over the world, and a new band. Starting on July 4th there will be a pet battle event, allowing your pets to earn triple experience until July 11th. Finally, at sundown on Independence Day, there will be firework shows every hour over the capital cities and Booty Bay. 

Runescape 

 

Runescape has held Independence Day events for the past few years. The event usually includes a feast and some special event-based drops. In previous years, the event has been fairly small, and Runescape has made no announcement involving a repeat of the event this year. 

Star Wars: The Old Republic

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... It seems pretty unlikely that they would celebrate America's Independence Day. Currently there's no news involving the 4th of July for The Old Republic, but in previous years BioWare has done double XP weekends around the holiday. They've never been explicitly labeled as relevant to the holiday, but the events happen close enough to the holiday that it counts, right?

Black Desert Online

Despite being based in Korea, Pearl Abyss did host an event on last year's 4th of July. Black Desert Online players received a mail item with firecrackers, flares, and a Puppy Balloon headband accessory. Unfortunately, they've made no similar announcement for this year. It's possible that with the release of the updated Schultz Guard Post, they didn't feel the need for a holiday event so soon -- but they might still pull out a surprise event, so keep an eye out!

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That wraps up our (short) list of July 4th events for your favorite MMOs! Did we miss any that are celebrating Independence Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Oddball Patriotic Games for the Fourth of July https://www.gameskinny.com/8raxh/5-oddball-patriotic-games-for-the-fourth-of-july https://www.gameskinny.com/8raxh/5-oddball-patriotic-games-for-the-fourth-of-july Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:30:01 -0400 Donald Strohman

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1. The Burger King Trilogy

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There's no escaping big business American fast food, no matter how hard you try. You could isolate yourself in the deepest woodlands of Alaskan wilderness, and you're still bound to find a McDonald's or Burger King somewhere. So, instead of trying to fight off the inevitability of mass market greasy foods taking over the entire country, we might as well embrace their oddities right?

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When the Xbox 360 was new to the video game console market, Burger King decided to release three individual titles, PocketBike Racer, Sneak King, and Big Bumpin', as a way to advertise themselves on the new, advanced hardware. And while this isn't the first time a fast food company has tried utilizing video games to sell more hamburgers, these titles definitely still remain some of the most lazily made, yet undeniably fascinating, examples of American fast food chains gone crazy.

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Are there any other games that remind you of being an America loving American? Be sure to comment below and let us know what titles you love playing on Independence Day!

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2. Mercenaries II: World in Flames

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Pandemic Studios may be gone, but the tongue-in cheek-humor they plastered throughout their games lives on. Whether it was probing as many humans as you possibly could in Destroy All Humans! or romping around in an AT-AT during Star Wars Battlefront, Pandemic was never afraid to have a little fun while making fun games.

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Yet, one of the last games they managed to create before going defunct, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, probably contains one of the most hilarious political jabs to ever grace an open world action adventure game. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Pandemic Studios released a patch for their game that allowed for players to commit capers as future President Barack Obama and former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. If that isn't the definition of the oddest, yet most hilarious jab at politics in a video game, I don't know what is.

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3. Hail to the Chimp

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Considering the fact that politics nowadays has boiled down to nothing more than children throwing sand at each other in a dilapidated playground, you might as well at least laugh at their immature antics by playing this political party game. 

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Hail to the Chimp may seem like your typical party-based game on the outside, but with the added fun of presidential candidates in the form of animal counterparts fighting each other for the top spot of President, you know things are about to get silly. After all, if politicians are slinging mud at each and are just mere steps away from throwing the punches, you might as well fulfill your fantasy of seeing it happen in video game form. 

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4. Blitz: The League II

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PS3, 360
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You know what Americans love? Football. You know what they really love? Ultra-violence. So what better way to celebrate the fourth of July than popping in an ultra-violent football game?

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Blitz: The League II is a lot like an anti-Madden. While EA is perfectly fine with sticking to the same routine more or less over and over again, the Blitz series set out to take a popular sport and flip it upside down. Thanks to a plethora of incredibly gory sports injuries you can deal out to enemy teams, Blitz: The League II managed to become the bloodiest mess of a sports game anyone could possibly imagine, and it was all the better because of it. 

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5. Patriotic Pinball

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PS1
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Pinball games were certainly not uncommon back in the early days of gaming. From Austin Powers to the band Kiss, just about everyone and everything got their own form of a pinball video game. So does it really comes as a surprise that America itself would get its own pinball game?

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Released for the original PlayStation, Patriotic Pinball has an assortment of levels dedicated to everything we love about the grand ol' United States of America. From landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the White House, to levels dedicated to the military forces, this game is definitely something you should pick up if you want to dust off your old PlayStation and get your fill of MURICA.

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Ah, America. Land of the free, home of cheeseburgers and Coca Cola. Every fourth of July, we celebrate our independence by lighting off multitudes of explosive fireworks that injure over 1,000 people every year. Because what better way to celebrate our freedom by potentially killing one another!?

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However you spend your fourth of July holiday, just about everyone in America feels a great sense of patriotism in celebrating the day we declared our independence from the British empire. Yet, if you don't find yourself wishing to spend the holiday clogging yourself with junk food or drinking till it's magically July 7th, why not play some patriotic video games instead?

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We've compiled a list of some quite uncanny titles you should check out if you feel the need to pour some America loving freedom directly into your eyes.

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London Bridge (And Everything Else) Is Falling Down In New Independence Day Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/wv75i/london-bridge-and-everything-else-is-falling-down-in-new-independence-day-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/wv75i/london-bridge-and-everything-else-is-falling-down-in-new-independence-day-trailer Wed, 25 May 2016 07:20:50 -0400 Justin White

"They do like to get the landmarks," says Jeff Goldblum's David Levinson quips as Liam Hemsworth's new pilot character races through the collapsing London Bridge just in the nick of time. 

Independence Day: Resurgence is set some 20 years from its predecessor. Since humanity's successful MacBook Hail Mary from the alien threat, we have re-purposed their technology and are experiencing a new golden age of prosperity. When Levinson is called out to a remote site in the desert, one thing is abundantly clear: the E.T.'s phoned home and someone's coming to their rescue. 

Most of the original cast seems to be reprising their roles: Bill Pullman returns as the president; Vivica Fox is back as Will "Not In The Movie" Smith's wife; and even the doctor (who the aliens spoke through, then killed, in ID4) is there in the trailer, which is weird. Director Roland Emmerich brings his signature destruction porn to the 1996 classic's sequel and nothing is safe from the alien ship that Goldbulm's character says "has it's own gravity." 

When the new movie hits theaters on June 23, we're going to have our...wait. Are they seriously not releasing the movie on July 4th? Wow. Just wow. Talk about missed opportunities.

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Top 10 Most American Games Ever https://www.gameskinny.com/oj1kn/top-10-most-american-games-ever https://www.gameskinny.com/oj1kn/top-10-most-american-games-ever Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:37:44 -0400 Matt Amenda

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1. Metal Wolf Chaos

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Truly, this is Japan's revenge for the atom bombs. Why else would they make the most senseless, stupid, cheesy, gloriously American game of all time and never release it stateside? It even had horrible English dialogue and everything! How could you do this to us!?

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Sigh...just look at it: 

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There is nothing more I can say. This is the most American game there ever was, is, and will ever be. I rest my case.

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What do you think are the most American games? Let us know in the comments below!

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2. Broforce

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You play as Rambo, Mr. T, Robocop, Walker Texas Ranger, Neo, and a huge roster of other action movie stars to liberate Vietnam from a terrorist army led by Satan. 

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I will not pollute that perfectly American sentence with further talk. Go check out the game, it's still in Early Access. There is only one game on the planet that can top it...

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3. Saints Row 4

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Volition was going to create this title, where you play as a President with superpowers saving the world from aliens, as DLC, but they wisely realized that this was a game too precious and patriotic to be limited in such a way.

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It is a game where you can truly do as you please: if you want to ride around in custom pimp cars and destroy the aliens with superior firepower, you can do that. If you want to fly around and destroy the invaders with orbital drop kicks and matrix powers, by God you can do that too. Whatever you want. You're free to do it all, because in this game you're not just American: you're Super American Gangster President.

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4. Duke Nukem 3D

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Look at that magnificent bastard. THAT is an American hero. Even after a terrible reboot, he's still the king, baby.

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He's a grenade-chucking, face-kicking, steroid-taking, piss-making murder machine. He mows down armies of alien pig-men and laughs in the face of restraint and good taste. His games are nothing but gratuitous violence and potty humor, and that is the American way.

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If only he could get a good modern game...

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5. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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In this game, you play as Sergeant Rex Power Colt, Cyber Commando Mark IV. You are every '80s action hero stereotype in the universe. He kills commies and terrorists with lasers and shuriken, and he doesn't do drugs. He's a real American hero, even if he never asked for this. 

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It's one giant love letter to terrible '80s pulp action movies, and it is all glorious. 

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6. Wolfenstein: The New Order

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You see that? That is the face of a man who's about to kill a lot of Nazis.

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We Americans have gained a name for ourselves for bombing terrorists, but it's just not the same as the glory days of bombing Nazis. BJ Blaskowitz loves depopulating the Third Reich so much that he transcended time and space to keep the tradition alive. He spent fifteen years sitting comatose in a chair in the corner, and the first thing he does when he wakes up is shank a Nazi in the jugular with a kitchen knife. That's so American it puts a tear in my eye.

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7. Bioshock: Infinite

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Boy, jingoism is a lot less funny when the results are this creepy. This is definitely the dark side of what it means to be American.

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But still, you can't deny it's bursting at the seams with twisted American weirdness. It's got gatling gun mecha-Washingtons in it! There are flags and eagles everywhere! And it's got...class warfare. And...imperialism. And racism.

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Ok, bad example. Moving on.

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8. Red Dead Redemption

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Cowboys: when regular American's aren't American enough.

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Being from Rockstar, this is a more cynical take on the American identity. But to hell with their pretentious, depressing plot: this is a game where you shoot like lightning, drink like a fish, and ride like the wind. It is the best representation of the harsh grandeur of the American West there is, and probably will be for generations.

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9. Earthbound

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America, as told by Japan.

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You play as a fat kid who beats the crap out of things with a baseball bat and blows things up with his brain. You battle kung fu cops, hippies, and obese women with handbags. You heal yourself by eating burgers, fries, pizza, and cookies. I'm getting the feeling we're being mocked.

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Still, it's up to a boy from Eagleland to save the world from an alien invasion, because that's one of the many sworn duties of every American. Godspeed and fuzzy pickles.

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10. Assassin's Creed 3

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Killin' redcoats in the woods: America's original pastime.

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Connor the Broad Daylight Assassin up there is considered exceptionally good at it. He would be too: getting lost in the plot as often as he does, he gets tons of practice aimlessly slaughtering the British for no reason. What else is he supposed to do when he can't find Charles Lee? Or when there's no Revolutionary War moments he can't take credit for at the moment? Poor guy is stuck in one of the worst Assassin's Creed games ever, and a man's got to occupy himself.

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But still: Founding Fathers! Dumping the Tea! Muskets! Paul Revere's incredibly annoying ride! All of this old-school American-ness is enough to almost make me like this game. Almost.

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Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans. If you're not American, don't worry about it; just like everybody's Irish on St. Paddy's Day, the 4th of July is the day everyone gets to be American. Be proud. Be tacky. Be shamelessly awesome. For today is the day for freedom.

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To celebrate, I give you a top ten list of the most American games ever made. I would normally do five, but nothing is done halfway on Independence Day. Enjoy, everybody. And remember: inside of every calm and sensible person is an American trying to get out.

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