Merry Christmas everyone! This most wonderful day of the year is finally here, and with it this list of most enjoyable holiday events in gaming. Today’s a big day and, celebtating or not, I’m sure that you’ve got more than a few things you’d like to do with it. So with that in mind let’s just jump right on in! Continue reading Listmas 2016: Holiday Events!
Happy December and merry Listmas everyone! That’s right, our favorite list-filled celebration is back once more for 2016, and we’re looking to make our most list-tastic event yet! Just like in years past, we’re challenging our fellow bloggers out there to join us and post lists for anything and everything gaming ! They could be about the best characters, the coolest levels, even something like the top 5 villian mustaches in gaming (if you were so inclined)! Just tag it with #Listmas2016 and we’ll find it and add it to our master Listmas List for all the world to see (or you know, the people who visit here regularly)! We’ve got from now until from now until December 31st, so let’s get listing everyone! As for me, I think I’d like to start things off with a look at some of my favorite snow/holiday themed levels. Continue reading Merry Listmas and 5 More Snowy Levels!
Maybe I’m the only one here who feels this way. Maybe what I’m about to say is completely out there, and my sanity should be seriously questioned. But I’ve been thinking long and hard about something lately, and I have come to the conclusion that Animal Crossing might just possibly be one of the cruelest series ever made.
Okay, I hear you all out there, looking at each other in confusion. Yes, I can hear the noise made by mere glances. Ducks have good hearing, doncha know. And I also hear you saying, but Duck, Animal Crossing is the nicest game known to mankind. All you do is relax and have fun. And befriend cute animals. And decorate your house with all manner of wonderful things. And I agree, on the surface, Animal Crossing looks nice. There are no battles to be fought. No violence. Nothing objectionable of any kind. Continue reading Warning: Animal Crossing May Increase Your Blood Pressure
What’s Christmas without snow? As a result, for my next listmas list, I thought it would be nice to list some chilly things, particularly chilly characters. It’s surprising how many characters are fit for this most festive of seasons, so sit back and enjoy the Duck’s list of chilliest characters in gaming, good and bad. Brr! Continue reading #Listmas: Gaming’s Chilliest Characters
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As time passes, I’ve been finding myself less and less able to dedicate it to playing video games. Where once I had full nights, and even days to spend in the digital realm, I now have a mere handful of hours each week. Those hours have become a precious commodity; something to be spent wisely making as much progress as possible in one game or another rather than idly whiled away in multiplayer or simply wandering around. “Making progress” has somehow become very important to my gaming experience; it’s even gotten to the point that I have difficulty considering games like Bloodborne simply out of concern that I’ll somehow end up wasting time with them (what with all the difficulty and retrying, and well you know…death). Oddly enough, there is an exception to this. An oasis of stillness amidst the almost absolute desire to “make progress”. That bastion being the admittedly odd, Animal Crossing games. Continue reading Animal Crossing: Just Livin’ Life
There’s something special about finding a video game secret isn’t there? Once you realize what it is you’ve found, it suddenly becomes special; a hidden gem most players passed by, completely unaware that it even existed. It starts something special to share with friends and the world at large, but also becomes fuel for many a hoax. After all, if one secret exists in a game, why not two? If the developer put a secret in one game, why not in another? And on it goes from there…
I’ve found a few good secrets in my games over the years, and I’ve been fooled by few hoaxes too. So in the spirit of April, here are the best secrets I managed to find on my own, plus the one hoax that had me absolutely convinced that it was real…well until reality set in that is. See if you can figure out which is the hoax!
Continue reading Six Secrets and A Hoax
Why is crime okay in video games? And no, I’m not talking about “Grand Theft Auto”. I’m talking about games like “The Legend of Zelda” and “Kirby”. Yep, even in games like those, things that would be considered wrong in real life are deemed perfectly acceptable. What am I talking about? Well, have you ever thought twice about walking into a stranger’s house in “Zelda”? And if there is an item, do you not take it? The answer to these questions is a no and a yes, respectively. In the video game universe, any item in a treasure chest is up for grabs, whether it be in some deep, dark woods or someone’s home. Stealing is okay. Because that’s exactly what it is. Stealing. If someone walks into my house, even if I leave the door unlocked, and takes items out of my treasure chest (okay, I don’t own a treasure chest, nor would it be wise to put items in it, as it would suggest they are, well, treasure), I would come after you. Don’t you rob me, you scoundrel! But, Link does it all the time, and it’s fine. Walking into people’s houses is an even more common practice, but you certainly wouldn’t like it if I did it to you, now would you? (“Rayman 3” even involves our hero trespassing into someone’s house, then proceeding to assault the owner, and somehow the owner is portrayed as a villain because he fights back.)
And then, have you ever played a “Kirby” game and decided to attack those poor, little Waddle Dees just for the sake of it? Of course, you have. But, most of the time, are they really doing anything but taking a stroll or gently drifting down from the heavens with an umbrella to slow their descent? Why do we not only feel the need to maul these poor creatures, but feel justified in doing so? Again, if you attacked me while I was simply minding my own business, taking a walk (while trying to find a place to hide my treasure chest so people stop helping themselves to its contents) or participating in my own drift down from the heavens with a bumbershoot of my own, I would be quite peeved, to say the least. It would be uncalled for, sir! But, in a video game, it’s perfectly fine to attack those who are doing nothing or wild animals simply defending themselves. Continue reading Crime in Video Games and Why Even Kirby Commits It