Thursday, November 13, 2014

Weekly Link Round-Up With Lists!

Another busy day ahead, so I needed something lighthearted to start off the day and perused the net to find "top" gaming lists that are currently out. I hope you enjoy some of the sillyness as much as I have.

- Paste Magazine gives us The 13 Best Costumed Characters in Video Games. Why 13? I don't know. There is little sense in the choices that were made - some were picked because a lot of people cosplay the character, such as Yuna from Final Fantasy X. Others were because of the bonus wardrobe content that allows players to swap out looks, like Bayonetta. Most of the options are female and that's a bit sad. There are some very well designed male characters that could easily be on the list, such as Raiden from the Metal Gear Solid franchise, Dante from Devil May Cry, and Wesker from Resident Evil. While the Journey entry is appreciated, it's okay to think outside of the box, list people.

- HNGN (That's Headline Global News) writer Jerry Bonner reminiscence about the Top 15 Most Controversial Video Games of All Time! from what he remembers. I like these kind of lists because they really are all opinions. While news stories may have focused on Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty over the years, we all recall those moments differently and may not see those titles as an offense like Seaman. Someone may think that teaching evolution is evil. *shrugs* Sadly, this is not one of those lists. It pretty much takes the list from the documentary series 'How Video Games Changed the World' and puts it into a readable list. Going to repeat myself - let's think outside of the box.

- WhatCulture has the 15 Greatest Set-Pieces in Video Game History. Not physical sets, except for the recent Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Destiny commercials that use IRL actors.. The list includes any scene with a dragons from Skyrim, meeting the Riftworm in Gears of War 2, and The Paleto Bay Heist in GTAV. Hm...WhatCulture may want to retitle that article as 'The 15 Greatest Video Game Scenes.' There isn't mention about the actual "sets," i.e. the decor, the backgrounds, the locations. Rather, they focus on the actions of the characters in the game. Those aren't sets, guys. Those are scenes. When people are on the screen doing something to move the story forward, that's a scene. A set is the location where the scene is taking place. Google the meaning of the word next time.

- NDTV has the list of 10 Celebrity Doppelgangers in Video Games. Snake from the very first Metal Gear solid cover art bears a likeness to Michael Beihn from The Terminator. Ajay Ghale from Far Cry 4 bears a striking resemblance to Indian actor Sushant Singh Rajpu. Games are going international in their celebrity look-a likes!

- And we'll wrap this up with CNBC's Top 10 Must Have Games for the Holidays. Because it is that time of year where greed is good, and everyone wants the latest and greatest games coming out. Many of the titles listed are obvious: Smash, Halo: Master Chief Edition, and CoD. Which means the writer probably went to BestBuy or GameStop's website, looked at the "popular" new releases and ran with it. The hidden gem is the Fantasia game and Skylanders is still holding on strong to the young crowd.

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