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Top Ten Ways To Replenish Your Health
If there is an underlying theme in most video games, staying alive would certainly top the list. It's almost universally bad to die, so it's pretty important keeping that health bar full. I present to you the best ways to ensure you don't see that dreaded Game Over screen.
10. Fountains: O.K., you're wandering around a dungeon. Your HP and MP are low, and your healer is dead. All of a sudden, like an oasis, a pristine fountain juts from the wall. Saved! You don't see fountains too often anymore, but in old school RPG's fountains meant one thing: Grinding spot! There is however, the fountain in the original Final Fantasy city of Cornelia that, instead of healing you, just tells you how dirty you are. That was almost enough to ruin me on fountains forever. Don't judge me fountain!
9. People: Sure, food and potions may be plentiful, but it's easy to forget about our greatest natural resource: people. Some games (Fallout, Jurassic Park) let you actually eat people, while others allow you to suck the life nectar from their bodies (BloodRayne, Mr. Mosquito). Using other people to heal yourself may seem brutal, but this is Videogameland. You've got to look out for #1, and cannibalism is the best way to do that. Otherwise, hope you can play as a vampire, zombie, werewolf, dinosaur etc. Humanity: The gift that keeps on giving.
8. Med-kits: I'm not sure exactly what they put in these kits, but man, do they work. A (quick) application of whatever these red bags hold usually patch you up pretty well. Sometimes, they even work on pickup, although I'm still not sure exactly how that works. Popular in early first-person shooters and zombie games, many a time have I run around a map like a blind chicken looking for that red cross. Newer games like Halo: Reach and Resistance 3 have tried to bring the med-kit back, but, unfortunately, the hay day of the magical red pouch may be over.
7. Herbs: Of course, whenever I think about herbs, I think about Resident Evil. Capcom has actually used herbs throughout its storied career as health pickups. However, I always found odd that these herbs could apparently increase blood cell count and ward off zombie infection. And what kind of herbs are these anyway? Should I just rub some thyme on my wounds? Maybe put a little sage and rosemary into that zombie bite? However, I do know that while red colored herbs don't do anything alone, it can increase the potency of any other herbs. Who needs botany when video games can teach it so much better?
6. Potions: More than anything else perhaps, potions actually make some sort of sense in the context of games. They are magical beverages that bestow a slew of different effects, and HP renewal is certainly a useful benefit. It's enough to make me wish that not only were health potions real, we also used the HP system in real life. It would definitely make school yard fights easier, but your boss might become a little tougher than he already is. Next up for R&D: Luck-Up potions. Vegas, here I come!
5. Energy Pellets: A lot of classic franchises like Mega Man and Metroid have been using energy pellets for health as years, and it's pretty easy to see why. Enemies drop these things liberally, and they're always glowing and pulsating so they are easy to find. But the best part about energy pellets: E-Tanks! Yeah, why be content with one health bar when you can store these babies up and replenish at will? I don't see why were still using relics like "gasoline" and "nuclear fusion", let's get to work developing energy pellets! Trust me, the world will be a better place.
4. Hearts: Vide games have a shady side, and there are plenty of things we just don't talk about. Take Link, for example. He has one of the most iconic health bars ever right? Hearts. He refills the bar by (natch) picking up hearts around the map. Do you understand that? Link eats the fresh hearts of his fallen enemies! I can't believe something this grotesque isn't talked about more often, but I guess Nintendo can get away with anything. Next, they'll have us believing a plumber could hook up with a princess...
3. Cure: "Dear Cure spell: How many times have you saved my life? How much cumulative MP have I spent releasing your velvety goodness all over myself? I love you. Sincerely, Blake." Any fan of RPG's, like myself , knows how vital the Cure spell is. If given the option, I'll take a good White Mage any day of the week. Magic has many uses, but it's hard to argue that there's anything more useful than a basic Cure spell, except maybe an advanced Cure spell. Or Ultima.
2. Time: They say that time heals all wounds, and from my firsthand accounts of World War 1, I have to agree. I've played Call of Duty and Medal of Honor. I know they had regenerating health back then! There's not many better ways to get your health back then cowering behind that cardboard box for thirty seconds. It sucks when you're enemies have it too (you *** dirty vorcha!), but when you are channeling your inner Wolverine, it's hard not to feel like a ***.
1. Food: Man, if there is one constant in games, it is the time-honored tradition of eating food to regain health. Far and away the most popular method of getting those hit points back up to snuff, food is plentiful, cheap and delicious. Some might argue the merits of eating a turkey leg found in, say, Dracula's castle, but hey, if it works it works. The best thing about video game food though is that it can literally be found anywhere, in any form, and be consumed anytime. Even better, you can have as much as you want. Video games have taught me that I can live off candy and various mushrooms, and nobody can tell me any different.