Five Unexpected Deaths In Video Games

With tonight’s Game of Thrones premiere, a show embraced by gamers and non-gamers alike, it offers the perfect excuse to talk about deaths we didn’t see coming.

Game of Thrones the television show has only been around since 2010, but the books have been publishing since 1996. Similarly, the games featured on this list are older games that have had plenty of opportunity to have their key moments spoiled. That being said, if you want to keep your Final Fantasy VII, Chrono Trigger, Mega Man X, Earthbound or The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past experiences completely pure, please beware of spoilers below.

Here’s a very tall picture of Cloud from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children you must scroll past in order to dive into the feature.

Aerith – Final Fantasy VII (1997)
At this point, more than 15 years after the game’s initial release, Aerith’s death barely registers as a surprise. Children who aren’t even born yet are aware of her death. No one even offers a spoiler-alert anymore before bringing it up in conversation – it is simply known. We recently played through this moment in the game on an episode of Replay, …read more

Replay Live – OverBlood

We recently held our first ever live episode of Replay – and we filmed it for all those who weren’t able to attend.

Recorded at GlitchCon 2015 in Minneapolis, Andrew Reiner, Tim Turi, Ben Reeves, and Jeff Cork took the stage to play old video games for a crowd of fans and non-fans alike. As Tim states in the beginning of the episode, we could have played anything we wanted, but we decided to play the famously bad Replay classic Overblood for PlayStation.

That’s not all we played, however. Stick around to the end, and you will see us dive into some multiplayer games, as well. Even if you’ve watched our entire Overblood Super Replay, it’s worth reliving with an audience.

Big thanks to Glitchcon for hosting our little show, and to everyone who decided to come out and watch us play. We’re planning on doing it again next year, so start making plans now to attend in 2016!

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ESL Crowns Its First Mortal Kombat X Champion

Mortal Kombat X has its first grand champion, as Dominique “cR|Sonic Fox” McLean steamrolled the competition, dropping only one game in the ESL Mortal Kombat X Fatal 8 tournament.

The Fatal 8 brought together some of fighting games’ biggest competitors, including current two-time EVO Mortal Kombat champion Carl “Perfect Legend” White and three-time Guinness Book of World Record holder Ryan “Prodigal Son” Hart, to battle it out in a series of best of five, single elimination matches for a prize pool worth $10,000.

Sonic Fox, the 2014 EVO Mortal Kombat 9 and Injustice: Gods Among Us champion, showcased new Mortal Kombat X character Erron Black in his outlaw variation. Sonic Fox was in championship form, overwhelming his competitors with pressure and high damage combos throughout the tournament.

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Six Pointless Video Game Pets That We Love Anyway

Pets are adorable and we love them, but there true purpose is hard to define. They eat our food, take our money and time, and look at us with deep sorrow in their eyes while we eat dinner. It doesn’t matter though, because we love them anyway.

On today, National Pet Day, we’re considering some of video games’ most pointless pets that we still love to have around.

Lamarr from Half-Life 2
Lamarr is Isaac Kleiner’s debeaked pet
headcrab in Half-Life 2. Typically, headcrabs are terrifying creatures
that want to turn everyone into zombies, but Lamarr is harmless. Despite
his former life (which is likely full of unforgivable acts of
aggression), and the fact that it’s his fault Gordon accidentally gets
teleported away from Kleiner’s lab, there is something loveable about

Magikarp & Trubbish from Pokémon
It’s hard to pick just
one useless Pokémon – which is exactly why I picked two. Magikarp is
widely considered to be the weakest and most powerless of Pokémon. According to Bulbapedia,
“Even in the heat of battle it will do nothing but flop around,” making
the fish Pokémon only useful for taking up a slot in your inventory.

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Try Out Guild Wars 2’s New Stronghold PvP Mode This Week

A public beta for an all-new player vs. player (PvP) mode will soon be available to all Guild Wars 2 players in North America and Europe.

Called Stronghold, the mode takes place in the Battle of Champion’s Dusk map and allows teams to play as pirates and knights while working to overthrow the opposing team’s lord. NCSOFT and ArenaNet hope to introduce new strategy elements to the mode by including NPCs that can be hired to help fight enemy resistance and giving players options and new “strategic opportunities” to keep each player engaged.

The beta will be available for 24 hours and will take place on Tuesday, April 14. Those who choose to participate may use the character currently tied to their account.

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Dive in the Brutal Action of CUCARACHA, a Fast Paced Roach-like

I remember playing CUCARACHA back when it was first created as an Indie3 Jam entry. At that time, it was messy and a little unresponsive. I couldn’t even tell what it was all about despite being attracted by its bright colors and what really looked like a legitimately fun gameplay. Now, almost after a whole year, Tnerb released a completely overhauled version of the game, introducing more defined goals and rules while maintaining the chaotic spirit that made its initial prototype so fascinating.

It’s a fast paced top-down action roguelike, and its only goal is as simple as clearing twenty consecutive levels. That’s sarcasm, of course, even because the difficulty of the randomly generated arenas where you’ll find yourself increases at an insane rate. To move on, you’re required to find the exit of every level rather than killing all the enemies on the floor. However, a good amount of exploration is also needed so that you can acquire upgrades and important stats boosts hidden in little cabins that are difficult to distinguish when put close to the multicolored walls.

Ammo is a valuable resource besides your HP, because as …read more