So I went out with the rest of the summer housing staff that I am working with for the summer, and being that most of us are 21 and someone who is leaving tomorrow just turned 21, we decided to have a good time! I may be a little drunk. I can think straight…sorta… but I am talking a lot more. A LOT A LOT more. I’m talkative to began with when around my friends, but I realize now that I really can’t shut the hell up when I get alcohol me.
I may be a little drunk, but you’d be happy to know that no spelling or grammar check was used in the making of this post… expect for this last line.
Figured I'd comment on your Top 10 gaming disappointments - I disagree partially on your assessment of Kotor 2, while Kotor 1 probably is the better game, I think kotor 2 is given an unfair rap. For example Kreia had far more depth than anyone in the first, and honestly more than almost any character in the star wars EU. It was fascinating to see a neutral look at the force. None of this sith and jedi black and white good vs evil, she was the grey morality that was never before seen in the star wars universe. If the game had actually been finished by obsidian and not rushed out the door by lucas arts, I honestly think it would have been the superior game. The basics were there for it to be a better game, it simply wasnt finished.
thank you for the feed back, I appreciate the comment and I’m glad someone is reading my stuff, I actually forgot about Kreia in that game, I didn’t play it as much as KOTOR I so I really can’t remember it as well as the first game. I would have to agree with you on the game being rushed. Normally Lucas Arts are Nazis with Star Wars games and don’t release them until they are perfect, but for some reason they rushed Obsidian to make the game on time. But there is nothing we can do about that now.
My Top 10 (Because I can't just choose one) disappointments in video games.
So this week isn’t going to be a top ten. It is going to be more of a 10 worst things in video game history, i.e. disappointments. It’s been roughly 40 years since the first video games came about and in that time the industry has been chalk full of disappointments, from game systems, games to ever characters. So this week I present to you my top 10 disappointments in video games.
1.) Slippery Toad (Starfox)
I absolutely hate this character. Like down to my very soul I wish he was real so I could find him and punch him in the face. He is perhaps the worse character to ever come out of video games. And he is probably one of the most useless too. “Do a barrel roll it’s super effective!” I kinda realized that the first time I did one pal, and furthermore, if you didn’t suck at dog fighting I wouldn’t have to fight off so many guys BY MYSELF! The only reason Nintendo gives for Slippery Toad’s existence on StarFox’s squad was because he is a skilled mechanic. If that is true they why the hell is he dog fighting and always flying in front of me preventing me from killing dudes? Words can not describe how I feel about Slippery Toad.
2.) Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
The sad part is that this had so much potential to be just as good as the first game. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad game, nor the story was bad, it was just that being the squeal to the 2003 game of the year one expects it to be just as good as said game of the year, but it wasn’t, not even close. It was perhaps the saddest moment in my life when I played it and realized how I didn’t find any satisfaction in the game. I love Star Wars and video games, and it is my dream to be a Jedi, but I just feel that KOTORII didn’t deliver. It is a disappointment because it just wasn’t as good as the first game, and that is highly unacceptable.
3.) Tony Hawk’s Ride
I… I… sigh, I have no words to say about this game. I think the picture speaks for itself. It is by far the worse game in the entire series. And the series has been going downhill since THUG, (American Wasteland was an exception) I just don’t see why I would want to play the game like this. I play Tony Hawk games to do sick moves that I could never do in real life, when I play with a fake plastic board that can break easily, I just don’t feel the need to play the game. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of a more inclusive game play, but a fake skateboard is not how to go about it.
4.) GoldenEye (2010)
Yes, that says GoldenEye, and no I did not get the year or the picture wrong. There is nothing worse than recycling material to get a few bucks, expect for selling said material on a horrible system and changing Bond to look like Daniel Craig, an inferior bond if I might add. I just can’t get over the fact that they would completely change the game that revolutionized FPS’s Bond fans and gamers everywhere screamed in horror when they played this game.
5.) Dante’s Inferno
So basing a game off of a great literary work isn’t anything new, and has so much potential to be great, but there is basing a game off of it and then there is taking a three part story (the Divine Comedy) about going through Hell Purgatory and Heaven to find a true love who has died and served as political satire during it’s time and then there’s turning one of the best books I have ever read into a run-of0the-mill hack and slash! Dante was not a warrior, but what did they do? They made him kill demon after demon on his way through hell. They made it seem like his girlfriend was kidnapped and that he had to fight off endless hoards of Hell-spawn. There is creative liberty and interpretation, and then there is not even reading the boo and doing whatever the hell you want in hopes to sell as many copies as possible from both gamers and fans of the book.
6.) Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
Hey look another game! And it happens to be a remake of a highly successful franchise from the 90s. Why was this game a disappointment? Have you played the game? I think I’ll keep my month shut on this one.
7.) the wait for Half-Life 2: Episode 3
Um… yeah, is the wait killing anyone else? But seriously Valve sometime before my non-existent kids have their kids. You promised us, and we wait. You are the Doctor and we are Amelia Pond.
8.) Duke Nukem Forever
So you’ve been working on a game for about 15 or so years. And fans of the series have been waiting to play this game, and now they have kids. And you finally release your game and you find that you haven’t seen as good as sales figures as you should have why is that? Probably do for the fact that your game has the dated graphics from 15 years ago and in 2011 people really want photo-realistic or some or of stylized from. Oh and the fact that since you’ve been developing the game with a main character who happens to be a womanizing asshole, there has been a movement to actually have equal opportunity in video games, i.e. female characters. That is why Duke Nukem is a disappointment.
9.) Preordering to get better stuff
This, to me, is a big disappointment. So Preorder a game and get exclusive content so when you play on-line you can have an extra advantage to everyone else. Yes, let’s award people how don’t have to choose between food shopping or a new video game. Some of us just want to play games to their fullest but can’t because we didn’t pre-order it because we had to pay for tuition. Furthermore, the fact that game companies expand even further on the games. Don’t get me wrong, some of the DLC is good, but must we get a new map pack for Call of Duty every month? And what about gamers that don’t have Xbox Live Gold? How can we play the new missions for ME2? In my eyes this is a disappointing part of the video game industry.
10.) the Wii
To clarify, I do not hate the Wii, I just feel that it could have and should have been so much better. It went from “revolutionary” to “oh that’s cute.” And it’s only now that Nintendo is finally addressing the problems with it. The Wii has fun games, but if it wasn’t for Wii Sports would the sales be as high? The problem is, and this is why it is disappointing, that “serious gamers” don’t see that Wii as a “serious system.” People that want to play Call of duty, Halo, Assassin’s Creed, and Mass Effect are not going to but the Wii. The Wii is more party novelty than game system. Sure it’s great for parties, but no matter the amount of frat parties that has a Wii, will not make up for the fact that Top Selling franchises are not going to make Wii games.
Next week: top 10 stories in video games.
That my friends is my top 10 (because I can’t just choose one) disappointments in video games. If you don’t agree with me, I ask box is always open, if you want to help with next week my ask box is always open. See you next Wednesday!
I got a message from someone on a writing website?
So if you actually read my posts, they are rather long, you probably have seen that I talked about another website I belong to (writingroom.com). I personally love the site and I love the fact that it is a very good support system of fellow writers that can give me constructive criticism. Anyway, back to why I am writing this, so I logged onto to it today, and I got a message from Dip Pub, a publisher looking for new writers. They told me that they were looking for new writers to publish, and their website looks legit. I am hoping that they just didn’t mass mail everyone on the site, but actually read some of my stuff and would like to actually publish me. Could my dream finally come true? I responded to the email in hopes that this is the real deal.
So maybe all my countless hours writing nonsense has finally paid off. Dare I say it, I could become a published author. Or it could just be someone trying to scam me out of what little money I have, or someone that just mass mailed everyone, I really hope it’s not though.
So I know that this is probably old news by now, but I’m just going to talk about it anyway. The Nickelodeon that we all use to love is coming back. I’m talking Keanne and Kel, All That, and many even more! Could my childhood finally return to me? Will there finally be hope for this newest batch of youngsters who have grown up on Drake and Josh and iCarly. Does this mean that when I become a teacher I can make a sufferance to my childhood and it won’t fall on deaf ears?
I do have several problems with this however; 1, it is not every show I grew up with, and 2, it is Nick at Nite! Nick at Nite? When I was a kid Nick at Nite was the “adult” programing, i.e. the “old” shows like Wonder Years and Growing Pains. Granted I loved both of those shows, but since when have I become an adult? I am 21 years old. I am not a man, I am still a boy. My childhood has now become Nick at Nite. This makes me sad, but at least I can finally watch an episode of All That with Keanne Thompson, Kel Mitchael, and the original cast. Dare I say it, maybe even a Good Burger skit!
My Top 10 (Because I can't just choose one) saddest moments in video games
Every gamer knows that video games can trigger your emotions. Many can be purely happy and care-free moments, while others still can be so sad and melancholy. Because I feel that video games are the epitome of great writing in modern entertainment I feel that many video games have so many memorable moments. Furthermore, video games often times find themselves with so many sad moments. I feel that there are far more sad moments in video games then happy ones. Whether your favorite character dies, or whether it be something else. That is why this week’s My Top 10 (Because I can’t just choose one)… is about my top 10 saddest moments in video games in no particular order.
1. The Death of John Marson (Red Dead Redemption)
I find this scene one of the saddest in the game. But from a Rockstar game what do we expect? And it’s a western, so naturally there is going to be a sad moment. But what makes it so sad is the fact that it comes rather unexpected. After John finally saves his family and things look up the US Army lead by the US Marshalls attack his ranch. To make matters worse it comes in apart of the game that makes you think that you can survive. You enter dead-eye and you try to kill as many soldiers as possible but no matter what you do John dies. I find this sad because you spend the whole game fighting to your family back, and at the end you die. Typical Western.
2. the Death of James (Fallout 3)
Yet another death! And of course it is a father1 Not only is it your character’s father, but it’s your father who you spend half the game looking for. The same guy that you escape from the vault from to find. The same guy that raised you by himself your whole life. And how does the game repay you for your hard work? It has the man give his life to save his only child in hopes that you will follow in his dream and save the Wasteland. I got so upset when our Liam Neelson voiced character gave his life in the Jefferson Memorial. and you ahve to stand there and watch him die!
3. Maria’s Death (Gears of War 2)
Perhaps one of the saddest moments I’ve ever bared witness to. A joyous reunion followed by a tough choice by Dom. Can he kill the only woman he’s ever loved or let her live in a horrible life of torment? Dom must kill Maria, she is so far gone, that she doesn’t even recognize him. But the sadness does not lay in maria’s death. it lays in Dom’s life. For now Dom must live the rest of his days without his children and his wife, and he must live with the fact that he had to kill his wife so she wouldn’t suffer anymore. Dom has to live with the fact tat he will never see his family again. Dom has to be strong, but the fact that he spent the first game and half of the second game just looking for her, just to have her taken away from him again is probably one of the worst feelings anyone can ever feel. Plus out of all of the characters, I loved Dom the most, he was the most realistic. We knew why he was fighting, but now he lost everything, that is truly sad.
4. Aeris’s death (Final Fantasy 7)
I have never really been a Final Fantasy fan, but I know sadness when I see it, and this scene is sad. It is so sudden too. She looks up and smiles at Cloud and all of a sudden Sephiroth appears out of nowhere and impales her with his sword. You come so far with her and then suddenly she’s go in a blink of an eye, it’s so sad and Cloud must sit there and watch it.
5. Roach’s and Ghost’s Death (Call of duty: Modern Warfare 2)
so, it’s a war game in which many people die, and it’s not uncommon for main character’s in video games to die. But it’s the why they died that makes it sad. My two favorite characters in MW2 die, and it’s from being betrayed! Not only did it bring me to tears, but it made me so angry, that I just wanted to punch my younger brother who was siting next to me at the time, I wasn’t going to punch my Xbox or injury my hand.
6. Kaidan’s Death or Ashley’s on Virmire (Mass Effect)
So yeah, This one is sort of a double whammy. when I play video games I get very attached to the characters so when i have to choose between who lives or dies I can’t, but nothing was sadder than having to choose between Kaidan and Ashley, how can I? But I did. I actually killed Kaidan more times than Ashley, mainly because I wanted to expand the love interest with Ashley, get renegade points or just wanted Shepard to lose his/her best friend. Kaiden was by far my favorite human NPC in Mass Effect and one of my favorite squad members. So when the time to kill him came I was so sad when I had to pick one to save. I killed Kaiden because I felt it made the story better by killing off the lovable one. either way, it was still sad when Ashley died too.
7. Eli’s Death (Half Life 2: Episode 2)
Hey look another death, so this is a melancholy article today. Anyway, I think it’s safe to say that Eli’s death in Half Life 2: Episode 2 is sad. Because, like most deaths in video games, it is unexpected. I have never experienced it first hand, mainly because Half Life 2 is so freaking hard that I have yet to finish it, but everyone I’ve talked to and all the online videos of it make it seem really sad.
8. Slippery Toad (StarFox)
Slippery Toad is on the list for the saddest moment in video games because the moment that Nintendo created him was a sad day for video games. Also I am running out of sad moments and I really hate Slippery Toad!
9. Martin’s Death (Elder Scrolls IV:Oblivion)
Words cannot describe how I felt when I saw Martin turn himself into Akstock in order to destroy the evil that was trying to take over Tameriil. I cried, mainly because I wanted to fight the boss myself, and I was a vampire the first time I beat the game and after he broke the roof off of the temple it was daytime and I was slowly dying, but also because he was a cool dude, and I spent the game closing Oblivion gates to see him on the throne only to have everything I worked for taken away. I cried because the 60+ hours I spent in the game went down the drain because Martin wanted to save all of Tameriil and not care that I just wanted their to be an emperor, especially since I hated that Lord whatever-his-name-is who become the Steward of the Empire.
10. Knights of the Old Republic II
It wasn’t made by Bioware, it wasn’t as good as the first one, and the gameplay could have been better, thus why it’s so sad, Oh and the story could have been better.
Well, that is my top 10 (kinda) saddest moments in video games. Sorry i got it up late, but real life got in the way. If you don’t like the list be sure to tell me, i enjoy the feed back, furthermore if you want to help me back these weekly top 10s be sure to send me suggestions in my ask box.
Next week, biggest disappointments in video games. Hopefully this will be better than this week’s.
30 Days of Music, Day 8: A song i know all the words to.
Out of 1407 songs in my iTunes the one song that I’m sure i know all the words to is “My Friends over You” by new Found Glory. Probably because I had it on my iTunes for the longest time and because it is such a good song. Yeah, that is pretty much is as to why I know all the words.
"My Friends Over You" by New Found Glory, off of the album Sticks and Stones, run time: 3:42 minutes. Downloadable from iTunes or Amazon.com
Love is stupid, love is blind, love is deaf, love is dumb, love is mute, love is crazy, love is chaotic,love is perhaps the most unique and peculiar emotion that humanity owns. We like it and hate at the same time. Love is confusing, but humanity without love is something I wish to never see. Love can bring bad things like pain, war, sadness, and depression, but Love also brings so much good. Love brings compassion, hope, joy, and so many good things. Love is everything good and everything bad all wrapped up in one. How could you ever live without something that unique?
Love is a wondrous emotion that is so very complicated yet so very simple. Those that have never experienced love know not how to describe it. But those with love in their hearts can describe it better than a Shakespearean sonnet. Love is the most powerful and strongest emotion humanity has. Love has caused wars, and ended some too. A man with love in his heart will always beat the man with hate.
Love is the reason for so much stuff in our world. Love is not to be taken lightly. Love has so many degrees and true love can not be bought or sold or bargained for. Love is not just an emotion. In fact I have no clue as to what love truly is. Love is something beyond a human’s comprehension.
Love is magic, I truly believe this. Out of every emotion I’ve seen, every action, every possible thing a human can do love is by far the only magic we truly possess. Love is so very magical and wonderful and scary and just so amazing that it is no wonder that every human in the world just wants to be loved.
If you only get one thing out of this, let it be this: love is the greatest thing in this world. It makes you happy and sad, it drives you crazy and saves your sanity, it brings light to the world and casts darkness upon it, but most importantly it is allows worth fighting for. Of course this isn’t just infatuation I speak of, I speak of true honest to goodness, head over heels, shoot to the moon, Shakespearean sonnet love. I speak of unconditional love. Love that knows no boundaries, love that doesn’t need bought, love that makes you want to do anything for a person be it a friend a parent a lover or a sibling, it is the purest thing anyone can ever experience, yet it can bring pain if it is not returned.
Love not returned is probably the worst thing humanity can ever experience. It is pain, death, war, famine, illness, drought, and depression all rolled in one. The lack of love has brought about so many things and is often confused with the beauty of love. But as humans we cannot understand what love truly is. For, as I stated earlier, love is so unique that there is no way that humans could have created it. Love, like all of our emotions, has always been inside of us, and always will. Even the most evil and violent of men have the ability to love, but the lack of love they received as well as some chemical imbalance in their brain cancels out the wondrous ability to love. Humanity without love is a race that will never reach their full potential. Humanity is so great and so caring and so dangerous, and so wise and so many things, but only because of love. We wouldn’t have so many things without love, nor would you be here, for even if your parents aren’t together a form of love was needed to bring you here. Sure a broken heart can never really heal, but finding your true love can hide the scar forever.
If you just open your heart and let love in you can have the ability to perform magic. The ability to forgive someone for anything, the ability to not worry about those little quarks that drive people mad, the ability to never give up hope, the ability to care for someone so deeply that nothing will ever shake you from it, the ability to look someone in the eyes and just know that you want them in your life forever despite how many flaws they have, their outwardly appearance, their personality or anything else. Love is truly magic. And this my friends is why love is not just an emotion, for if it was just an emotion then it would be as fleeting as hunger, anger, happiness, sadness, and so many other emotions. But love isn’t fleeting, love can last, love does last. A mother can love her child from the moment it’s conceived to the end of her days. A brother can love his siblings for the same amount of time. The sad part is that humanity has the ability to take away their love. It brings tears to my eyes every time someone says they hate their family. How can you hate your own kin? The very people you share blood with, the very people you share a history with? I understand that some people are hard to love, but shouldn’t they get your love? Shouldn’t we love everyone? Humans, for some reason, don’t understand this. A son can steal money to buy drugs, because he made the wrong friends and he now has an addiction, and he then messes up the lives of his family. Should he not be loved as equally as his brother who works two jobs and hasn’t even committed a crime? But often times we see families disowning drug addicts and criminals and pretending that they don’t exist. How can you say you no longer love your own brother or child after they do something? Often times a drug addict gets hooked after a few uses and some criminals have something wrong within their brain that causes them to commit such horrible crimes. How can you not love someone for something out of their control?
Love is not something to be taken for granted. If you have someone you love deeply you want the best for them, don’t throw it away because the person isn’t perfect. Here’s some news, no one is perfect.
Love is the most beautiful thing on Earth, and quite possibly the universe. I for one would never want to live a life without love, the most beautiful, scary, chaotic, fun, brilliant, joyous, wonderful thing to even exist.
30 Days of Music, Day 7: A song that reminds me of a certain event.
I picked “Movies” by Alien Ant Farm. This song reminds me of a school dance. probably because the first time I heard it was in grade school at a dance. It also is one of my favorite songs ever. I just hear and i am taken back to those shy times of standing along the wall with my friends listening to the music and making fun of the people who were dancing and saying that we were too cool, but really we wanted to dance with a girl, but we were too shy to even remotely think about it. This song takes me back to a time when music was mostly good and Lady Gaga and Ke$ha didn’t rule the airways. ANThology was a great album and Alien Ant Farm was a great band. “Movies” reminded me this.
"Movies" by Alien Ant Farm from the album ANThology, runtime: 3:17 minutes, downloadable from iTunes and Amazon
I went to my university’s library today. I love how they have a million books on the same subject but when I just want one book to give me a basic definition of supernatural creatures and the occult I expect an occult encyclopedia or something. It’s not like I’m asking for a witch’s spell book, I just want a book that actually tells me what a witch is, not the history of witch hunts in New England.
Modern college libraries are making it hard to write a supernatural book.
So, I just found out that Ryan Dunn from “Jackass” has just died. I never really watched Jackass, but I did watch Viva La Bam, and being that Dunn was the voice of reason most times I feel kind of sad. He was a funny man and was loved. Sure, he did stupid things but a car crash took his life.
He will be missed and his family and friends have my prayers.
30 Days of Music, day 6: A song that reminds me of somewhere.
Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” is the song I picked. It reminds me of my graduation day and how happy and sad I was that I was moving on and growing up. It’s a good song and it reminds me of a time when green day was good. To me it’s more like a joyous melancholy than anything else.
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day of of the single "Time Of Your Life," run time: 2:34 minutes, downloadable at iTunes and Amazon.*
*note: on iTunes you may have to type in “International Superhits!” under album to find it.
I hate being an ed major so much. It is rather expensive. I just spent $50 (American) just to get a fingerprint check and a report of my record, even though I have never committed a crime in my life! But of course I still have to mail in the child abuse clearance ($15-$25) and I need to get a TB test from my college, which is a $15 fee charged to my account, and I also need to get teaching insurance, which means I have to join the Pennsylvania teaching union, even though I don’t want to teach in PA, this is an other fee. My summer isn’t even have way over and I’m spending so much money. I swear to God, teaching better be as rewarding as the say it is.
Oh, I just remembered, because I am Social Studies Education, I get to teach history, sociology, psychology, geography, economics, political science, and anthropology that means that I need to take a test for all of those, and of course each test costs around $100 so yeah, I’m going me so poor for the rest of my life :(
30 Days of Music, Day 5: A Song that reminds me of someone
"I’ll Be Missing You" by P. Diddy is the song I picked. Every time I listen to it I think about my late grandfather, mainly because he meant the world to me. It’s just the beauty of the song and lyrics that really makes me sad and makes me think of my grandfather every time I hear it.
"I’ll Be Missing You" by P. Diddy from the album No Way Out, run time: 4:02 minutes downloadable from iTunes and Amazon
The following is Chapter 1 of my book, The Knowers, I linked to it yesterday. please let me know what you think. In this chapter We are introduced to our main character/protagonist. i hope you enjoy and please feel free to tell me what you think.
30 Days of Music, Day 4: A song that makes me sad.
"What it’s like" by Everlast is the song I picked. It is truly a sad song and makes me think. The melody is slow and dark, and Everlast’s voice just makes it feel sad. Plus if you just listen to the song you’ll notice how sad the song really is and how horrible the world is.
"What It’s Like" by Everlast, off of the Album Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, runtime: 4:41 minutes, downloadable from iTunes and Amazon
Chapter one of the book I am writing, the prologue was already posted on my Tumblr and I linked to it last Friday, if you didn’t read the prologue, you might want to read that before you read this. Let me know what you guys think.
30 Days of Music, Day 3: A song that makes me happy.
I picked “Love You Madly” by Cake, it is by far one of the best songs I’ve heard from them. It has the beauty of a love song, the rocking out of an alternative song, and the pure awesomeness of Cake. It also has a sort of classic rock vibe, it reminds me of Elvis’s “Little Less Conversation,” but better. There is a reason I love the band Cake, they make good music.
"Love You Madly" by Cake, off of the album Comfort Eagle; run time: 3:38 minutes
If anyone knows anything about witches, i.e. how to destroy them and find them please let m know. I’m currently on the part of my book where the villain is introduced and I felt it would be a good idea to know what to do to kill a witch. If you know send it to my ask box please.
30 Days of Music, Day 2 - My least favorite song: “All-Star” by Smash Mouth
I’m not saying it’t the worst song I’ve ever heard, or that i hate it, I am saying that out of the songs I have it is the song I listen to least. Every once in a while I’ll listen to it, but it’s not like I’ll listen to it all the time. i personally use to love the song, but as I got older and liked better music it has grown to be one of those songs that I forgot that I downloaded, but I don’t hate, nor do i want to get rid of it from my iTunes, it’s one of those nostalgia things.
"All-Star" by Smash Mouth, from the album Astro Lounge, run time: 3:26, download at iTunes Store or Amazon.com
The world is going to win everybody. The Pittsburgh Pirates have a winning season! With a win tonight the Pittsburgh Pirates are now 34-33. So for at least a couple days us Pirates fan will have a glimmer of hope.
My Top 10 (Because I can't just choose one) Couples in Video Games
Like most gamers I have my favorite whatevers in video games. And like most gamers I can’t just choose my favorite one. I present to you my top 10 couples in video games in no particular order.
1 - Link and Zelda (The Legend of Zelda series)
It’s the hero of Time and the princess of Hyrule, what isn’t to love about them. They both have been in pretty much every Zelda game since the very first one, and we’ve seen them both as adults, kids, adults again, and kids once more. They have known each other all their lives and even though Link and Zelda and never really kissed in the game, you can tell that there is love there. Why else would you run all over Hyrule and so many places just to rescue someone? They love each other and yo can see it.
2 - Mario and Princess Peach (Every Mario game)
Mario and Peach, the story itself has been told over and over again. A working class hero embarks on a journey to save the princess. Mario is loved by all and Peach is the princess he saves in every game. Once again he goes back to the why would you save the same person over and over again? Mario loves Peach, and although they really haven’t shared too many kisses in game it is assumed that they have a relationship. Mario is always in the castle and he is the hero of the Mushroom kingdom. Furthermore it is elevating the man of simple origins to do great things. Such a great man and woman make such a good couple.
3 - Master Chief and Cortana (Halo series)
Perhaps one of the most peculiar couples in video games history. But it works. Cortana and Chief probably have one of the most honest and true relationships in video games. Sure, he’s a biologically engineered super-soldier and the last of his kind. And Cortana is the most advanced AI that humanity has and she too is the only one of her kind. But what really makes this couple so lovable is that they just play off of each other so well. Whilst playing the games one will notice their dynamic relationship. They often times flirt with each other. I do feel though that if she was real Cortana and Chief would get married. She picked him! Because he is the best. They just seem so good together. He doesn’t treat her like a computer program, he treats her like a person and she even acts like it. She sacrificed herself to save Chief, and he even went into a downed Flood ship to go save her. They care for each other even though they are so different.
4 - Dom and Maria Santigo (Gears of War series)
True love truly knows no bounds. Dom and Maria and a prime example of this. Sure, we rarely see Maria in the games, but we know that Dom is looking for her and will do anything for the woman he loves. In fact the search for Maria drives Dom for the first two games. But unlike other couples who search for their kidnapped princess and finds her to live happily ever after their story isn’t as sweet. SPOILERS AHEAD: If you haven’t played Gears of War yet not only I suggest that you do, but I recommend not reading the the following sentence, it contains spoilers for GoW2. So around the beginning of the third act of Gears 2, Marcus and Dom are in the Locust nest and they are going from site to site seeing if anyone is in an of the torture/prison cells. Lo and behold the finally find Maria, of course Dom is enthralled with finally finding his high school sweet heart, but things become sour grapes when Dom, Marcus and the player find out that Maria doesn’t recognize Dom and seems like she had gone crazy from all the torture. Dom, being crestfallen, had to make a choice, this is one of the saddest moments I ever experienced in video games. Dom kills her, he doesn’t want her to live her life with such horrible memories, and I almost cried when Dom and Maria said their final good-byes.
5 - Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance (Half-Life 2, HF2: episode 1, episode 2)
When I think of sexual tension I think of these two. Gordon, the hero of the Black Mesa indecent and MIT graduate who spent 20 years in stasis, and Alyx, the daughter of Gordon’s best friend and freedom fighter are a match made in heaven. They both are smart and strong willed. They’ve shared countless adventures and Gordon even has to rescue Alyx at least once. Even though they don’t show it or say it (blame Gordon’s apparent muteness with everyone) they belong together. As you play Half-Life 2 and the subsequent episodes following it you can see that their “love” for each other grows and that maybe one day after the world is safe they will finally settle down and have the smartest, most athletic, and genuinely good children ever.
6 - Jak and Daxter (Jak and Daxter series)
Okay, so they’re not a couple as in the others above, but they are true besties that would go to hell and back for each other. They fought off countless enemies together and have an outstanding rapport. They know what they want from each other and know what to expect. They’re funny and they were in good games.
7 - the Mario bros (nearly every Mario game)
Yeah, they’re brothers, yeah Mario is the hero and Luigi is the younger brother that often tags along, but they are still brothers. No matter what happens Mario will always has his brother. Luigi even went into a hunted Mansion to look for his older brother who went missing. I have brothers and I completely understand the dynamic here. Sure everyone loves Mario and don’t really pay attention to Luigi who seems to be living in his brother’s shadow, but in any game where they have both been in it, (besides Smash brothers or any Sports game) they have always been there for each other. They are brothers and family always comes first.
8 - Lucy and Desmond (Assassin’s Creed series)
Lucy and Desmond, now this truly is a good couple. She saved him and in turn he started helping her. From the moment you meet her you see how kind and caring she is, then when Assassin’s Creed II takes place you see how deadly and dangerous she can be. Their love for each other has been ever evolving since the first game. Desmond is nice to her and cares about her, and that hug that they shared, Oh Boy! Did anyone else feel the sparks between them? They don’t get the most screen time out of their games like most couples, but the time that they share (mostly cut scenes) is filled with tender scenes of them wanting to like each other, but knowing that the Templars could strike at any moment. Only time will tell if Lucy and Desmond will actually be together.
9 - Donkey and Diddy Kong (Donkey Kong games)
How can you not love best friends that happen to apes that wear clothing and have human mannerisms? Thus why I love these two. sure Diddy was the Tails to DK’s Sonic but unlike Tails Diddy Kong didn’t get in the way nor die every five seconds in the games. Diddy Kong was a great side kick for Donkey and they seemed always celebrate together after finishing a stage in Donkey Kong County. They made me love that game.
10 - Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man (Pac-man, Ms. Pac-man)
So they haven’t really been in games together, but they are married. And they have a television show, and they were the first family of video games. What more could you ask for. We don’t need to see them together, we know that they love each other, and that is good enough. It’s Ms. Pac-man for a reason, they are married and they must be happy if they haven’t gotten divorced. They are the oldest and one of the best couples in video games
Honorable mentions: Racket and Clank, John and Abigail Marson, Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher.
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Next week: Top 10 saddest moments in video games (no particular order)