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This Month in Gaming History: October

This Month in Gaming History: October

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Here it is again, my favorite time of the year. October. A time to remember old traditions and a time for treats…or is it tricks? Which reminds me, we ought to take a moment to remember the games of old.

Here is are some games that have been released this month in history.

Sega Genesis

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Sega Genesis was released in October 1988 in Japan. This was Sega’s first console. The Genesis was later sold in America in 1989. The player would use a cartridge that would be inserted into the console to play the games. This gave the player access to many different games that they would purchase.

Monkey Island

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On October 1990 LucasArts released a game called Monkey Island. Monkey Island is a point-and-click adventure game. The player would assume the role of the young protagonist who dreams of becoming a pirate and gets to explore fictional islands while solving puzzles.

Tomb Raider

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Oh, Tomb Raider. I have to gush a bit here, readers. Lara has been something that many females, not even gamers, hold dear. Released in October of 1996 by Eidos, players were given a female protagonist who solved puzzles, fought and was sexy all at once. Lara Croft was a chance to play a fleshed out character who was as cool as Indiana Jones and also happened to be female. I think that is the reason why so many of us hold Lara so dear. That and the adventures are just fun to play. 

Grand Theft Auto

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Grand Theft Auto was first released by Rockstar Games in October 1997. The player would choose a playable character. Then the player is allowed to do almost whatever they would like with a limited amount of lives. The goal is to commit different crimes for respective syndicates.

Age of Empires

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Also released in October of 1997 was Age of Empires. Age of Empires was a series of computer games that focus on events of the past and the building of, well, empires. Multiple spin off games have been released in this highly successful series.

Call of Duty

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The first game of the Call of Duty series was released in October of 2003. It is a first person shooter game. Call of Duty had its start on Windows and then came to be on other gaming consoles. Call of Duty is a highly popular shooting series that has also been graced with many spin-off games.

There you have it, my frightful friends. Lots of treats and no tricks. Happy haunting and gaming this month from your favorite Bard.

Happy Halloween and always keep sparkling!

Chritter’s Top 10 Celebrity Appearances in Games

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Chritter’s Top 10 Celebrity Appearances in Games

Go outside and pick up a rock.  Heft it in your hands a few times to make sure that it has a good weight.  Then, as hard as you can, chunk that rock at your nearest powered on internet-enabled electronic device.  Chances are pretty high that you just smacked a picture of, an article about, or news of a celebrity of some sort.

Go ahead… I’ll wait.

….

I really hope you didn’t do that.

Anyway.  *ahem*

Celebrities are everywhere.  Some have even infiltrated our video games.  WHICH WE LOVE.

I have listed here 10 examples of celebrities showing up in our games.  You will note that none are listed because they showed up in their own games.  That’s cheating.  No.  Bad dog.

These celebrities have graced us in games that have nothing to do with their own egos.  Or, maybe everything to do with their egos.  Who am I to say?

1. Kevin Spacey – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Look at any list that involves celebrities in games and you will see Kevin Spacey listed.  Because it’s Kevin-fucking-Spacey.  The man who ruled House of Cards on Netflix.  And that guy who is constantly trying to get us to invest our money.

His appearance was as Jonathan Irons, the game’s antagonist.  Most celebrities play themselves, even if it isn’t in their own game.  Spacey played a character.  You know… like an actor would.

2. Bruce Lee – EA Sports UFC

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Giving respect to Bruce Lee, you couldn’t just play the game as Bruce Lee.  You had to earn Bruce Lee.  You had to play and BEAT the game on Pro difficulty or higher.  You had to earn him by winning.  Or, as tends to happen in games of late, you could earn him by buying the access to him.  Because why not?

3.  Drew Carey – The Sims:  House Party

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It’s an old game.  But he was popular back when.  Remember the Drew Carey Show?  Ok… maybe not.  What about Whose Line Is It Anyway?   I hope so, because that show was THE BEST.  Anyway.  Back in the day he was popular.  So was this game.  All you had to do was have a house party for more than 135 minutes and make a score of 55 or higher, and BAM!  There he was.  In all his NPC glory.

Nifty.

4.  Ricky Gervais – Grand Theft Auto IV

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He isn’t an active character in the game.  By he is still in there.  Ricky Gervais can be seen performing a stand-up act when you have your character sit down and take a break from stealing and killing for a little while.

Wanna see?  You can view it here.  You’re welcome.

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Be your own block button

Hi, I’m Mike Knapp. Some of you know me as KarlDark or Hida Kenshiro. Crymson Pleasure asked me to write a guest piece for the Real Women of Gaming… and i forgot about it after two weeks of trying to figure out what i could write that hasn’t already been written. She recently pressed me again to finish the piece. She asked me, “Do you think women are treated equally when it comes to gaming in general?” My answer was, “No. Not very often. When they are main characters, they are all too often unrealistic boobtacular badasses that never evoke emotions other than lust or envy. Then, when they aren’t the protagonist, they are plot devices. True, every story needs a plot device and, while i dislike the ‘woman in refrigerator’ syndrome, it would be nice to see women simply exist in a game.”

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