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  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters List (#90-81)

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    Last week, I published the first installment of my top 100 video game characters list, a massive endeavor I've spent months planning and curating.  The initial response was uplifting and I truthfully appreciate the kind words that were left in the comments section.  However, the list has only just begun and it's time to continue the forward momentum and release my second installment.  The following ten characters are ranked just a bit higher than last week's, and I hope you'll enjoy reading about them as much as I did writing about why they resonated with me.  So without further ado, let's continue the list!

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    Last week, I published the first installment of my top 100 video game characters list, a massive endeavor I've spent months planning and curating. The initial response was uplifting and I truthfully appreciate the kind words that were left in the... More
  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters List (#100 - 91)

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    The time has finally come.  With all the exposition out of the way in my previous blog, I can now get straight to the juicy character list hopefully somebody other than me has been waiting for.

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    The time has finally come. With all the exposition out of the way in my previous blog , I can now get straight to the juicy character list hopefully somebody other than me has been waiting for. First, I forgot to thank my buddy Heropon in my intro blog... More
  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters List: The Prologue

    Every one of us has our own reasons for playing video games.  For some, it's a form of escapism, whiling away time with a few rounds of Tetris or a world of Super Mario Bros. to get away from their worldly anxieties.  For others, it's for the thrill, the excitement of improving one's skills in competitive experiences or the adrenaline rush associated with a cathartic action games.  And for many, myself included, it's for the immersion, to get sucked into another world and feel like you're an organic part of it.

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    Every one of us has our own reasons for playing video games. For some, it's a form of escapism, whiling away time with a few rounds of Tetris or a world of Super Mario Bros. to get away from their worldly anxieties. For others, it's for the thrill... More
  • How Persona 5 Stole My Heart

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    Many, many bloggers more active than myself have pointed it out already, but 2017 has been quite an extraordinary time to be a gamer, with many possible Game of the Year contenders having hit shelves before we've even reached June.  To name a few examples, Resident Evil VII has restored its franchise back to its survival horror roots and provided fans with the best game in the series since 2005's landmark Resident Evil 4.  The Legend of Zelda:  Breath of the Wild has arguably created a new benchmark for open world exploration that other developers should strive for.  Yoko Taro has once again emotionally traumatized the masses with his cruel and artistic game Nier:  Automata.  And Mass Effect:  Andromeda... well, Mass Effect kind of sucked.

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    Many, many bloggers more active than myself have pointed it out already, but 2017 has been quite an extraordinary time to be a gamer, with many possible Game of the Year contenders having hit shelves before we've even reached June. To name a few examples... More
  • Hyrule Battle Royale: Who is the Greatest Link of Them All?

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    Making sense of the official Legend of Zelda timeline has become so confusing that it seems Nintendo themselves completely abandoned it in Breath of the Wild, instead focusing on delivering a fun experience that called back to all the game's predecessors.  And this was for the best, as understanding the convoluted timeline is by no means required to enjoy the many adventures that the Legend of Zelda series has to offer.  Yet said timeline is actually based on a very simple presence - as evil raises its ugly head time and time again to destroy or conquer the world, an ancient spirit will reincarnate to defeat it - the spirit of the hero.

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    Making sense of the official Legend of Zelda timeline has become so confusing that it seems Nintendo themselves completely abandoned it in Breath of the Wild, instead focusing on delivering a fun experience that called back to all the game's predecessors... More
  • The Lonely World of Breath of the Wild

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    I told her I wanted to be woken up at 5:00 A.M.

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    I told her I wanted to be woken up at 5:00 A.M. The innkeeper didn't ask any questions and didn't want to know why I planned on getting up at such an early, unorthodox hour. The next day, as the sun crept over the horizon and signs of life began... More
  • Japan's Protagonist Problem

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    Whenever we sit down and play a story focused video game, it's often the intention of the developer to create a playable protagonist that, to an extent, the player can relate to.  After all, if we're going to be controlling this character for at least a dozen hours of our lives, we should feel some sort of connection to them.  And for the most part, developers do succeed at this; even if most of us cannot attest to being cowboys, post-apocalyptic survivors, or treasure hunters, characters like John Marston, Lee Everett and Nathan Drake have earned their way into the hearts' of gamers the world over for being easily understood characters that also have a level of depth that allow the player to find things they can relate to about them.

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    Whenever we sit down and play a story focused video game, it's often the intention of the developer to create a playable protagonist that, to an extent, the player can relate to. After all, if we're going to be controlling this character for at... More
  • The Best Games I Played in 2016

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    Top ten lists in theory should be easy to write.  You simply pick ten things and write about 'em.  But I had a far tougher time planning this blog than I should have.  Part of it was because I enjoyed 2016 far more than a lot of the doom n' gloom preachers seen across social media.  Part of it was because plenty of Game Informer members have already wrote lists on their favorite games from 2016, and mine will inevitably have overlap with them.  But mostly, it's because 2016 was simply an outstanding year for video game software in general.  No matter your preferred video game genres, there was likely at least one release last year that really appealed to your taste.  Well, unless your platform of choice was the Wii U or Vita, but that's a topic for another day...

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    Top ten lists in theory should be easy to write. You simply pick ten things and write about 'em. But I had a far tougher time planning this blog than I should have. Part of it was because I enjoyed 2016 far more than a lot of the doom n' gloom... More
  • Final Fantasy XV and Breaking the Male Code

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    Final Fantasy is truly a special and bold video game series.  While it has stumbled a bit over the course of its 30 year history, its willingness to create a new universe, cast, style of gameplay, and story theme with each new installment is nothing short of admirable.  While there are a handful of direct sequels and and spin-offs that cash in on the popularity of some of its characters, for the most part Final Fantasy always demonstrates a desire to try something new with each new main installment, and in an industry full of derivative sequels that's a wonderful thing, and as a result, a lot of people attribute a different Final Fantasy game to being their favorite.

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    Final Fantasy is truly a special and bold video game series. While it has stumbled a bit over the course of its 30 year history, its willingness to create a new universe, cast, style of gameplay, and story theme with each new installment is nothing short... More
  • MoblinsForMatt - An Afterword With Corey Austen

    Video games have come very far from their humble origins.  They're no longer merely a means of mindlessly spending a few minutes pursuing a high score and gobbling up quarter after quarter from players (though with the advent of microtransactions, that second part is debatable).  Like many other fictional mediums, for some, they've become a powerful bonding tool, an adhesive that can bring people together across any kind of divide.  For Corey Austen, video games, particularly The Legend of Zelda series, were a passion shared with his younger brother Matt, and a media through which the two could embark on exciting adventures together and create memories they wouldn't soon forget.

    If you frequent Game Informer, Mr. Austen's name is one that may sound a bit familiar.  This past September, he was part of a ragtag team of streamers who managed to raise a whooping $5,000 for SUDEP research while playing numerous entries of The Legend of Zelda series.  SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy), is a phenomenon that the medical community still knows little about, and is a dangerous side effect to epilepsy that many, even some who are epileptic themselves, don't even know exists.  To this end, Mr. Austen's stream was effective in both raising money and awareness for this tragic and largely unknown facet of epilepsy.

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    Video games have come very far from their humble origins. They're no longer merely a means of mindlessly spending a few minutes pursuing a high score and gobbling up quarter after quarter from players (though with the advent of microtransactions,... More
  • In Defense of Pokemon Colosseum

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    Pokemon, like many Nintendo franchises, is fairly comfortable adhering to the same established formula with each new release. While the games are of consistently high quality, they all follow a paint by numbers gameplay model; you assume the role of a 10 year old novice Pokemon trainer, choose a starter Pokemon, travel across a region, defeat the Pokemon teams of other like minded trainers and Gym Leaders, until you finally challenge the Pokemon League and become the strongest trainer in your region.  The only difference between each Pokemon release then, is the region or setting it takes place in, and the available Pokemon that you can catch.

    It's a formula that gets the job done, but many Pokemon fans have traveled this road time and time again and yearn for something a bit different   With Pokemon Sun and Moon looking to adhere to the established mold rather than break from it,  some have given up hope on a traditional Pokemon game that experiments with the beloved series formula a bit.

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    Pokemon, like many Nintendo franchises, is fairly comfortable adhering to the same established formula with each new release. While the games are of consistently high quality, they all follow a paint by numbers gameplay model; you assume the role of a... More
  • Game Club: The Many Foil Characters of Uncharted 4

    In recent years, Naughty Dog, the developer once famous for creating colorful 3D platfomers starring furries...er, bipedal animal protagonists, has become famous for another strength - crafting layered, nuanced, and believable characters and character interactions.  In both the Uncharted franchise and their newer IP The Last of Us, Naughty Dog has crafted characters that defy many of the tropes they originally seem to embody and mastered the art of realistic character dialogue and banter that does wonders to making each face gracing the screen feel like a living person.

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    In recent years, Naughty Dog, the developer once famous for creating colorful 3D platfomers starring furries ...er, bipedal animal protagonists, has become famous for another strength - crafting layered, nuanced, and believable characters and character... More
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