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Guess That Game (Jul 2014)

If you're reading this, then allow me to welcome you to Guess that Game, a monthly feature loosely based off of the game of 20 Questions. The first thing you might want to do is make sure you are viewing this with the website lights turned on (the switch is located at the top of the website near the search box). If you don't...the clues and answer might be inadvertently revealed as you read this.

I started the series last year and posted three or four episodes before I had to leave the website for awhile. But its a new year and I always kind of fancied this feature, so I thought I'd bring it back. Last episode seemed to be hit or miss - fans of the game knew it right away, but others...not so much. Even if they are too easy, I hope they still provide an opportunity to learn something maybe you didn't know before. This one seems pretty easy, but a number of members wanted to see a newer game featured, so I picked one I thought was worthy to be featured.

(ta da - the light switch)

Twenty Questions is a spoken parlor game which encourages deductive reasoning and creativity. It originated in the United States and escalated in popularity during the late 1940s when it became the format for a successful weekly radio quiz program. In the traditional game, one player is chosen to be the answerer. That person chooses a subject but does not reveal this to the others. All other players are questioners. They each take turns asking a question which can be answered with a simple "Yes" or "No." In variants of the game multiple state answers may be included such as the answer "Maybe." The answerer answers each question in turn. If a questioner guesses the correct answer, that questioner wins and becomes the answerer for the next round. If 20 questions are asked without a correct guess, then the answerer has stumped the questioners and gets to be the answerer for another round.

However, instead of each of you asking me 20 questions, I have come up with 20 clues about a game whose identity you are trying to guess. The clues start out rather generic and progressively get more revealing, so if you have to read all of the clues, the answer should be fairly obvious by the end (or if you read only the 20th clue, you have a fairly good chance of guessing it, but that kind of defeats the purpose). Your goal is to guess the game after reading as few of the clues as possible starting in numerical order with Clue #01.

NOTICE: Of course I have no way of verifying the integrity of your answer, so should you choose to leave a comment with your score, it is based off of the honor system. I'll take you at your word.

Long time readers may remember last year I did a similar feature called Guess that Gamer that posted 20 questions and answers from a member of the community, and those who chose to participate tried to guess who the mystery member was based on their answers to the questions. It was generally received with positive results, but one of the biggest issues with the way the series operated was when and how guesses were made, and the influence it had on other members' guesses. The other problem was you were either right or wrong - and if you piggybacked off of someone else's answer, you were just as right (or wrong) as the person making the initial answer.

Using this new and improved process, not only will you find out the answer at the end of the questions, your performance will also be determined by how many clues you needed to  guess the correct answer. Now, you might notice that except for Clue #1, the rest of them are blank. How are you supposed to read the rest of them? Ah, using the magic of technology...the clues are there, however the font is white so the text appears invisible. In order to view them, all you have to do is highlight the text by clicking and holding the cursor on the text and dragging the cursor over each clue. This is an extremely easy process that most of you are undoubtedly familiar with. Oh, as a reminder - if you're viewing the GI website with the lights off, obviously this isn't going to work since the font color is reversed. I recommend turning the lights on when viewing this blog.

The same concept applies to the answer which is found at the very end of the blog.

Well, I think that's it. I've stated the goal and provided the instructions, all that's left is for you to read the following clues, in order, and guess the mystery game in as few clues as possible.

Good luck, you'll need it!

GOAL: Guess the game by reading as few of the clues as possible, starting at #1.

CLUES:

1. This game was released in March 2005.

2. The original game received a few sequels.

3. A novelization of the game was published in May 2010

4. This game is viewed from a fixed camera perspective.

5. The gameplay focuses on combo-based combat.

6. The game is loosely based on a set of stories, traditions, or beliefs associated with the residents of a republic located in southern Europe at the south end of the Balkan Peninsula.

7. The character you play in this game is married to Lysandra and has a child named Calliope.

8. This game is a third-person action adventure game.

9. This game won several Game of the Year awards.

10. Regarded as one of the best action-adventure games for the platform it was originally released on.

11. Coincidentally, the abbreviation for this game is also the abbreviation for another popular game.

12. This game features a method of context-sensitive gameplay in which the player performs actions on the control device shortly after the appearance of an on-screen prompt, especially when facing stronger bad guys.

13. The developers described the gameplay "as merging the action of Devil May Cry with the puzzle-solving of Ico."

14. Tom Lane of CNN said, "It's the type of game that makes you remember why you play games in the first place."

15. He also said it was, "one of the most violent [games] on the market."

16. In this game you find chests colored green, blue, or red, and each contains orbs of the same color.

17. The player can also find Gorgon Eyes and Phoenix Feathers in unmarked chests.

18. The player in this game has a special ability called Rage of the Gods.

19. The player in this game has a primary weapon consisting of a pair of blades attached to chains that are wrapped around the character's wrists and forearms.

20. This game originally launched on the Playstation 2.

 

CONCLUSION:

So, how did you do?

Lucky Dog (1-5 clues)

Veteran (6 - 10 clues)

Commoner (11 - 15 clues)

Rookie (16 - 20 clues)

You might've noticed the first five clues were very generic and could fit any number of games, so if you managed to get it in five or fewer guesses, then you just got lucky. The next five clues include some obscure facts and more specific information about the game, so if you got it in 6 - 10 clues, you really know your video games.  All of the clues after number 10 are fairly specific to the game, so if it took you 11 - 15 clues you're a commoner. The final five clues are very specific to the game with some hints that people naturally associate with this particular game. If it takes you 16 - 20 clues, better luck next time...NOOB! (I'm only kidding.)

I hope you've enjoyed this installment in my Guess That Game series. I tried striking a perfect balance with game choice and difficulty and think it's a fair contest. Perhaps a bit on the easy side, but I'll let you all be the judge of that. Good luck and enjoy.

ANSWER BELOW:

God of War

Cheers.

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