GameBlast19: game schedule announced!

Here’s the latest on our plans for GameBlast19, an annual gaming marathon for SpecialEffect. This amazing charity puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of those with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games using a range of technology, making a positive impact on confidence and rehabilitation. Take a look at this update on the SpecialEffect website or click on the link to see all Later Levels’ posts about the event.

Unfortunately I have some upsetting news to share in this update: I’m sorry to announce that my PC sadly passed away shortly before Christmas. We had some good times together over the years and, although I maybe should have shown her a little more attention during the past few months, I loved her like she was one of the family. Her memory will forever live on in the digital lands we explored, the characters we met and the games we played together. May she rest in peace.

Pete, Zelda, cat, PC parts, building

Alright, so it’s not that dramatic and it’s not all bad news. Pete and I had been planning to a upgrading to a new machine anyway and this situation gave us the push we needed to finally get around to doing it. The parts for the new addition to our family arrived a couple of weeks ago and we spent a weekend putting it together, taking slightly longer than expected due to a couple of minor issues. After a bit of tinkering and several cups of tea, we had a new PC that’s going to see us through 24-hours of games for GameBlast19.

‘And what exactly are those games?’, I hear you cry. Well now we can reveal all as the results of the GameBlast Bytes Battle are in! We’ve been asking you lovely lot to vote for the titles you’d like to see us play on Twitch since November, and the winners can be found below.

Date Time Genre Game Votes
Saturday, 23 February 2019 08:00 GMT Platformer Crash Bandicoot 73.91%
11:00 GMT Community Overcooked! 52.63%
14:00 GMT Virtual reality Moss 72.22%
17:00 GMT Action Hellblade 73.91%
20:00 GMT Adventure A Way Out 80.95%
23:00 GMT Horror Until Dawn 58.33%
Sunday, 24 February 2019 02:00 GMT Shooter BioShock 73.68%
05:00 GMT RPG ESO 63.16%
08:00 GMT Stream ends Sleep 100.00%

Over the next few weeks, Pete and I will be running a number of test streams so we can properly set up our equipment so we’re ready for February. Drop in and join us in the chat if you’re free – any feedback on how our microphone and camera are doing would be very much appreciated! I need to finish up J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars after the developer very kindly sent me a bug fix recently, and finally get started on Detroit: Become Human, so I’ve got a couple of games to play through before GameBlast19.

All money raised via our JustGiving page goes directly to SpecialEffect, to enable them to continue their wonderful work and help many more physically-disabled gamers across the UK. We’ve already received a few very kind donations and are already at 10% of our £500 target for the charity, so we’re off to a great start!

Video game items that need to exist in real life

I may have already written a response post to a very kind Sunshine Blogger Award from Ian over at Adventure Rules in response to his question about endings and beginnings. But he asked another one of his nominees that deserves some consideration: which magical item or technological marvel from a video game would you use for completely selfish purposes in real life?

Ian himself said he’d choose the Ocarina of Time from The Legend of Zelda for several very good reasons. He’d be able to teleport to work so he could sleep in then make the day go faster to get home sooner; and as I’m sure many other parents could appreciate, hold the ability to instantly put his son to sleep whenever he needed a nap. This got me wondering which items other bloggers would pick – so it’s time for a little collaboration article!

Pokéball from the Pokémon series

Chosen by Lucius P. Merriweather from A Most Agreeable Pastime

Pokémon, Let's Go, video game, Pokéball, stars

“The first item I thought of was the hidden blade from Assassin’s Creed for some reason. Probably just because it looks cool. But then I actually thought about what it would be like in real life and I quickly realised that having a hidden blade would be a terrible idea. I’m sure it would keep going off at inopportune moments. I could easily see myself spearing the toaster by accident while making breakfast, or gouging a hole in the sofa as I reached for a cup of tea.

“But then I thought of something that would be really useful – a Pokéball. Granted, there aren’t many Pokémon in Darlington, but the physics-defying properties of these seemingly magical balls would be useful in all sorts of other ways. I’m presuming that they’re able to suck in things other than Pokémon, in which case they could have all sorts of uses. Struggling to move house? No worries, just suck the sofa into a Pokéball and spit it out in your new house. Can’t afford two tickets to a concert? Easy, just capture your friend or spouse and then extrude them again once you’re safely inside the gig. The possibilities are endless.”

Radiant armour from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Chosen by Luke from Hundstrasse

The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild, video game, Link, amour, glowing, skeleton, Radiant, rain

“… and up next we have a very special item; Link’s Radiant Armour from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Yes, this item has freshly been shipped into our warehouses directly from the Gerudo Town Secret Club and until this moment was exclusive to that location, but can now be yours for the low price of two-thousand, four hundred rupees and of course the nine luminous stones required to produce this dazzling and classy effect. So let’s take a look at it in action!

“As you can see this is clearly evening wear with the glowing skeleton motif being visible only in the hours of darkness. I guarantee that from the moment that you slide this form hugging ensemble on you will feel compelled to bring mischief and mayhem to any and all settlements on your route. The anonymity afforded from the hood and the playful yet far fetched visage of a glowing skeleton climbing over rooftops, looting chests, and cooking fried wild greens will undoubtedly aid you in remaining both anonymous and mythical. That’s not all, order now by calling the onscreen number and we will enchant the item to afford the wearer an extra level or stealth! So what are you waiting for, call in now for the finest costume available in the Hyrule region!”

Navigator Head from The Secret of Monkey Island

Chosen by PiecesOfKate from Musings of a nitpicking girl

The Secret of Monkey Island, video game, voodoo, dead, head, eyeballs, Navigator Head

“I would love my very own Navigator’s Head from The Secret of Monkey Island. Navigation isn’t my strong point, so I would find it very handy as my own, personal GPS system for getting around. Not sure what street to turn down? Simply check which way the head is pointing. No more relying on having a fully-charged phone with internet connection – as long as I’ve got my head, I’m sorted.

“Of course I’d have to carry it around in a Sainsbury’s bag or something, so not to alarm people. And when I’m not using it I’d display it in a cabinet and tell people it’s an artefact from pirate history. It’d make a nice alternative to a pumpkin at Halloween – and no, it’s not watching you as you walk down the driveway, you’ve just had too much punch.”

Chocobo from the Final Fantasy series

Chosen by Pix1001 from Shoot the Rookie

Final Fantasy X, video game, Chocobo, bird, chicken

“If I could choose any item from a video game to have in real life it would have to be a Chocobo from the Final Fantasy series. Strictly speaking this is a bird, not an item, but I don’t just want it as a pet. They have practical uses too.

“As someone who doesn’t drive, having a Chocobo would allow me to get around town easily without wearing through shoes or getting squished using public transport. It would also allow me to travel out of town. I live pretty near some really beautiful places, but at the moment it is difficult to get to them because of things like rivers, mountains, lochs and other forms of wilderness. Some Chocobos however can cross rivers and climb mountains and even cross seas, which would really open up the world. Whilst out exploring they also have an uncanny ability to find treasure, so it would be good for my bank balance too.

“When travelling in these inhospitable environments it is possible that we might meet scary creatures like lions or bears, but a Chocobo would come in handy here too, as some of them will actually help you out in battle. Finally though, as I said at the start, they are not just items; they are also wonderful companion animals and if I had one I think it would be the start of a beautiful friendship.”

Plasmids from BioShock

Chosen by Nathan from Hurricane thought process

BioShock, video game, plasmid, fire, hands, palms

“The item I have chosen to bring into the real world would be the plasmids from BioShock. Not only would they make life a bit more fun, they would also have their uses. Just think about the fire and telekinesis powers, along with the swarm or bees! And as for the side-effects of going insane, well I think I’m already halfway there.”

The Groovitron from the Ratchet & Clank series

Chosen by Chris from OverThinker Y

Ratchet & Clank, video game, Groovitron, disco, dance, robots

“I think it’s kind of heartening that, while Ratchet spends a lot of his time shooting aliens with a variety of shotguns, laser beams, flamethrowers, missiles, plasma whips, and, uh, beams that turn people into ducks or sheep, one of the most powerful tricks up his sleeve is the power of dance.

“The Groovitron is a recurring gadget in the Ratchet & Clank series, and it’s basically a portable disco: engage the device, and it’ll shoot out a floating disco ball complete with party lights and funky beats. Every enemy in the area will just be compelled to get their groove on, including a lot of bosses, which leaves you totally free to wail on them until they explode in a shower of funk. The fact that the Groovitron works on almost any enemy in the series, and will give them a unique dancing animation to boot, makes it one of the single most useful bits of kit in Ratchet’s arsenal, proving that sometimes you’ve just gotta take a break from blowing stuff up and have a bit of a boogie.”

Paraglider from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Chosen by Carla from Pop Culture Literary

The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild, video game, Link, Hyrule, flying, trees, sky, hang-gliding, Paraglider

“If I were to choose one video game item to use in real life, it would probably have to be Link’s hang-glider from Breath of the Wild. I’ve always liked the idea of being able to fly, and jumping off of things and gliding is a very close second to this concept. Yes, I know there are real hang gliders that I can learn how to operate. However, based on video game logic, Link’s glider seems to collapse instantly into a pocket-sized item, and it pops open equally quickly. You can’t exactly make a quick escape out of a tall building and pull out a real-world hang glider to save your life mid fall!

“I would understand, however, if the powers-that-be wouldn’t grant me the glider due to popular demand. My second choice would have to be the pocket tool from the LittleBigPlanet games. Imagine having a closet in your pocket all the time? Sudden wardrobe changes for breakout musical numbers would never be a problem again. This tool also offers environment-enhancing decorations that would allow me to do any number of things, from beautifying my surroundings with baubles and stickers (hey, it’s not vandalism!) to manipulating the landscape to my advantage (I’d have a pop-up hiding place anywhere I went! And fences would no longer be an obstacle).”

Dubstep Gun from Saints Row

Chosen by Brandon from That Green Dude

Saints Row, Saints Row IV, dupstep gun, dancing, twerking

“I choose the Dubstep Gun from Saints Row IV. It allows you to defeat your enemies with the power of dubstep. It’s a really funny and cool weapon and even though you are just shooting music at people, it’s incredibly powerful.

“There is DLC that allows you to change the genre and I would choose rock and metal. If I could shoot people with the power of Jimi Hendrix’s music, Motörhead or Queen, I would be very happy.”

Pip-Boy from the Fallout series

Chosen by Edu from Random Select

Fallout 4, video game, Pip-Boy, computer, arm, screen

“I chose the Pip-Boy. The main reason is that with smartphones and wearable sensors today, it seems more likely than ever to have a device that monitors your vitals, can tell how you’re injured, and how much XP you’ve collected (based on age and other metrics like your job, marital status, etc).

I’d love to have the added functionality of managing my inventory: I’d like to know how I’m doing with groceries before having to reorder (or, you know, go scavenge at the local supermarket). Most of all, I’d love to be able to keep track of all places I’ve visited, see places nearby that may be interesting to visit, and of course FAST TRAVEL!!”

Save points from most video games

Chosen by Kim from Later Levels

Rise of the Tomb Raider, video game, Lara Croft, base camp, save point, fire

“They say you should never have regrets in life but we all have at least one. Whether it’s that time you called your teacher ‘mum’ in school in front of your friends, texted the worst possible message to the wrong person or walked out of the ladies with your skirt caught in your knickers, we all have an experience we look back on and feel embarrassed. You don’t have to worry about that any more however with your very own portable save point!

“Go back in time and correct those mistakes using this handy tool. A save point would allow you to record a ‘version’ of your life so if an event didn’t work out in quite the way you wanted it to, you could return to the past and make whatever corrections you needed to. And if there was a particularly awesome day you wanted to relive, you could experience it all over and over again providing you don’t save over your previous file. It’s like time-travel but without the messy space-time-continuum thing.”

So there you have it. I think we can all agree that there are some excellent items here, none of which could possibly cause any kind of accident or harm to life in the real world… ahem. Which video game object would you pick for yourself?

For sale: video game real estate

Last week I wrote about my dream development team and how all we needed was an idea (plus the necessary budget, technology and skills) to make a best-selling video game. Once that’s happened and we’ve found fame, fortune and critical acclaim, we should really start thinking about investing our money and upgrading where we live. So what’s available on the market?

As part of the Liebster award nomination from Morgan over at Fistful of Glitter, the people she selected were asked the question: if you had to live in a fictional world, which fictional world would it be? Join me as I step into an estate-agent role in this post dedicated to this lovely blogger, and take you on a tour through some of the most sought-after properties in video game settings.

A rustic chateau in an idyllic setting

The Witness, video game, castle, lake, trees, sky, buildings, gardens

With natural harmony and traditional design throughout, this rustic chateau is in need of renovation but has plenty of scope for improvement. Spacious rooms are accessed via a state-of-the art security system giving peace of mind; and seven well-lit bedrooms and nine bathrooms split between three buildings would suit a large family.

Flat-roof terraces suggest warm summer evenings spent looking out over the beautiful shoreline and idyllic surrounding areas. With the nearest train station situated over 300 miles away and no incoming roads, this property provides privacy and tranquillity for a buyer looking to get away from it all.

A modern apartment in the heart of the Citadel

Mass Effect, Mass Effect 3, video game, personal apartment, living room, fireplace, sofa, stairs, modern

Featuring a weapon bench, armour locker and private terminal, this modern apartment is conveniently located in the heart of the Citadel and would suit an active Commander. Its sleek interiors and high-end furnishings provide a place for buyers to move straight into without need for redecorating or maintenance.

Three bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms and the master with a hot-tub, provide plenty of privacy while several seating areas give comfortable spaces for company and lively conversations. With an art gallery, gym, bar counters and gaming table, this is the perfect property for those who like to entertain guests.

A cosy cabin at an attractive price

The Elder Scrolls, The Elder Scrolls V, Skyrim, abandoned shack, cabin

Situated along the northern coastline, this single-story cabin is the perfect for a buyer willing to take on a long-term renovation project. The original stone fireplace would make an excellent focal point for a cosy living room, with new windows offering views of the beautiful mountains and lake in the surrounding area of Hjaalmarch.

Traditional wooden walls hold a rustic charm and any engrained stains can be hidden with a lick of paint. The current owners have priced this property at an extremely attractive price and are looking for a quick sale; they have assured us that the cabin will be fully cleaned before the keys are handed over.

An ancient castle steeped in history

The Beast Within, Gabriel Knight, Schloss Ritter, castle, mountain, trees , sky

The grand Schloss Ritter was originally built in 1223 and stands high above the cobble-stoned streets of Rittersberg with its traditional shops. Previously passed down through generations of Schattenjäger, its walls hide plenty of ancient Bavarian history and mysterious secrets for those with an enquiring mind.

The castle’s aged exterior encloses an expansive entry hall, library, chapel and reception room, with staircases leading upstairs to ten grand bedrooms which would be perfect after modernisation. A new central-heating system combats against freak summer weather conditions and protective external walls defend from wolves.

An art-deco apartment in a unique location

BioShock 2, video game, personal apartment

Looking for a home in a unique location? This gorgeous apartment may be just the place for you, situated in the underwater city of Rapture and accessed via personal bathysphere. Its original art-deco features, high ceilings and curved windows provide for one of the most sought-after properties on the market.

Although some water-damage is evident and small repairs are required, the in-built gene bank mean genetic modifications are available all day without leaving your home. A three-sided fireplace and glass bay window in the bedroom make for a romantic and relaxing space after a long day at work.

Thank you so much to Morgan for nominating Later Levels, and congratulations to all of her other nominees! Start boxing up your belongings and loading up the removal van, and let us know which video game world you’d like to move to.

Bad dads of gaming

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday here in the UK, a weekend to spend some time with our dear old dads and show them a little appreciation. It’s my own dad’s birthday today too so it’s going to be a double-celebration – along with good excuses to eat plenty of cake.

Fathers are easy to find within video games: when they’re not upsetting their kids or being murdered during the first cutscene, they often serve as the protagonist’s major motivation or source of encouragement. Exploring twisted personalities is usually far more interesting than looking at nicer characters though and that’s why I’ve been investigating the worst dads in gaming. If you think your father is bad for his poor jokes and lame dancing, he’s got nothing on the guys on this list.

Warning: minor some spoilers (and exaggerations) are included below so if you haven’t played a title, you may wish to skip forward to the next entry.

Kratos from God of War

Kratos may have gone on an epic quest to save his beloved daughter, but he really let himself down when he subsequently slaughtered both her and his wife. He might have been tricked into doing by it by Ares but it doesn’t earn him a ‘World’s Best Dad’ mug on Father’s Day. If he’d spent more time at home with his family rather than running off and being a power-hungry warrior under the influence of the God of War, maybe things could have been different.

Thanks to Nathan for helping me out with this one!

Philip Holmes from Beyond: Two Souls

He may not be a murderer like most of the fathers in this list but when it comes to being heartless, Philip Holmes takes the gold medal. Not only does he take young adopted daughter Jodie to a research facility and tell her it’s for the best if she’s left there, he then moans as his wife when she tries to say a proper goodbye. The caring-dad façade drops even further when he calls Jodie ‘evil’ and a ‘monster’ when Aiden retaliates – you’re one cold man, Mr Holmes.

Heihachi Mishima from Tekken

A lot of dads want to prepare their sons for the future, but it’s not many who decide they should be able to survive being kicked off a cliff. Heihachi Mishima was one however and it turned out he was right; young Kazuya lived through the ordeal (although he ended up growing up with plenty of deep-rooted daddy-issues). Add to that Heihachi’s performing of experiments on his grandson and shooting him into space, and you’ve got a pure example of horrific multi-generational abuse. Simply shocking.

Thanks to Tim for helping me out with this one!

Bowser from Super Mario Bros.

The Koopalings were originally introduced as ‘Bowser’s seven kids’ in the instruction manual for Super Mario Bros. 3 but then in 2012, it was confirmed they aren’t actually his children. As if living through that drama and not knowing your true lineage wasn’t traumatic enough, the kids have faced years of bulling and being made to go up against the King Koopa’s mortal enemy. Someone who steadfastly believes that kidnapping a princess is key part of any plan clearly isn’t going to make a great father figure.

Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid

Fatherhood and a liking for world domination are never going to be a great mix. Through a genetic engineering program called Les Enfants Terribles, Big Boss fathered three sons before proceeding to try and kill them in a variety of daft battles. When one of your kids creates a terrorist group named Sons of Big Boss, whose members have received gene therapy in order to mimic your traits, you need to take a step back and seriously consider your life choices.

Andrew Ryan from BioShock

Let’s face it: Jack didn’t have a good start in life. During his journey through the underwater city of Rapture, he discovers he’s the result of a fling with an exotic dancer who was murdered by his father in a fit of rage when he found out she’d sold the embryo to his arch-nemesis. Jack gets exactly what he wants when he finally confronts Andrew Ryan during a nice round of golf – but in doing so, proves he’s as much of a disappointment as his dear old dad claimed he was.

Ethan Mars from Heavy Rain

All parents make mistakes and have been distracted at times but Ethan Mars seems to have a real problem with keeping his kids by his side in crowded environments. Youngest son Jason wanders off while his dad looks for change to buy a balloon, which results in him dying after he’s hit by a car; and other son Shaauuunnnn is kidnapped by the Origami Killer when Ethan falls asleep on a bench at the park. He then becomes more interested in getting it on with a hot reporter than rescuing his own child – how irresponsible is that.

James from Fallout 3

James believes in a do-as-I-say-and-not-as-I-do kind of parenting. He tells you to stay inside the vault but doesn’t lead by example, fleeing to the surface without you; and it’s only when you escape after him that you realise he hasn’t prepared you for anything at all. When you finally catch up with James, he expresses his disappointment if you’ve recently nuked an entire town. But did he ever stop to think that if he hadn’t disappeared, you wouldn’t have felt the need to unleash hell? No, he didn’t.

You in Fable II

Congratulations, you’re a dad! But not necessarily a good one. After getting married and having a child, you can choose to shirk your new-found responsibilities by heeding the call of bouncing experience orbs and venturing out into the world once more. You could have stuck around at home and cycled through the expressions wheel with the wife, but no: you decided you’d rather go for The Party Animal achievement and get everyone in the inn drunk. How very irresponsible.

Home improvement, the BioShock way

My other-half and I have had problems with house renovations since buying our home back in October last year. We’ve been focusing on changing the layout of the ground floor and, despite our builder originally advising that it’d take up to four weeks, we’re still living in a building site three months later.

Fortunately though, the work is almost complete and we should hopefully have a fully-working kitchen within the next several days, if not a completely-decorated one. But that’s the fun part: adding paint and those other finishing touches to turn it into something uniquely ours. We’re both long-time gamers so it’s pretty much a given that most rooms in the house will feature something subtle (or not so subtle) to do with video games.

Last month we visited the Battlesbridge Antiques & Crafts Centre with the intention of finding some furniture. I love this place: an old granary and surrounding buildings that are full of curious and beautiful things. We bought ourselves a table that’s in the process of being made (if you’re looking for one yourself, check out Mr and Mrs Smith because they’re so helpful). But we also came home with something a little more… well, unexpected.

While browsing though the various rooms, making our way past old armoires, delicate vases and frightened-looking stuffed animals, we came across one laid out with the accessories of an old office: green velvet, an old desk, lamps, book shelves and sherry glasses. On a bureau in the corner stood a beaten-up diving helmet perched on a hand-stand, and our conversation went something like this.

Me: “Look at that…”
Pete: “It kind of reminds me of BioShock.”
Me: “Yeah, I was about to say the same thing.”
Pete: “I want to try it on and be a Big Daddy.”
Me: “Shall we buy it?”
Pete: “Yeah, go on then.”

And so that explains how we came away from Battlesbridge with a diving helmet – and more importantly, why my other-half ended up trying it on. This has now set the tone for how we’re going to decorate the kitchen and dining area in our home; the aim is to have our gamer-friends walk in and recognise the BioShock references instantly while others will simply assume we’ve gone for a vaguely-nautical theme, which seems to be everywhere in interior-design nowadays.

We’ve purchased a few other items for the house too, including several from Gametee: their lovely mana and health potion candles, along with this ‘respawn point’ tin sign. It’s a shame there aren’t more places like this which cater for people who’d like to have something geeky in their home decor without it being too ‘in your face’ (if you know of good online shop, please let me know!).

Gamers are able to see video game references everywhere, including in a random room at an antiques centre in the middle of Essex. How do your gaming preferences influence the way you decorate your home?

Question of the Month: June 2017 edition

The question of the month is back and will see us attempt to answer a quandary that has been puzzling the gaming community since it first saw Mario disappear down a pipe. We’re going up against our friends and blogging neighbours in order to find the ultimate response in less than 100 words – and we’re asking you to choose the winner by voting in our poll.

But first, let’s take a look at last month’s question and find out who won…

Last month’s results: what game would you recommend to a non-gamer?

We received 27 votes in our poll – our highest response yet so thank you to everyone who took part – and received a range of additional answers from the community. Here’s the breakdown:

Poll answers:

  • 7 votes: Journey, submitted by Kim from Later Levels
  • 7 votes: Tetris, submitted by NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog
  • 5 votes: LEGO Jurassic World, submitted by Luke from Hundstrasse
  • 2 votes: BioShock, submitted by Nathan from Gamely Giving
  • 1 vote: Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars, submitted by Kevin from The Mental Attic
  • 0 votes: The Last Guardian, submitted by Chris from OverThinker Y

  • Additional answers:

  • Gears of War, submitted by Luna from GamersUnitedGG Blog
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Rez
  • The Last of Us
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

  • So it was a tie between Journey and Tetris last month! A big thank you to everyone who voted, and now let’s see some competition going for the next question…

    June’s question: which video game contains the most surprising plot twist?

    We all love getting wrapped up in a video game and then being thrown a plot-twist that catches us off guard. From the final realisation in indie-darling Braid to the shocking climax of Red Dead Redemption, we’ve experienced some great turning points during our gaming years – but which is the most surprising? Beware of spoilers below as we reveal our contenders for the June 2017 trophy…

    Answer 1:   Baten Kaitos Origins

    Ian has been playing video games since his early childhood, primarily on Nintendo consoles, and he began to seriously experience tabletop gaming as a hobby in college. His passion for writing began at ten and he hasn’t stopped since! Head over to Adventure Rules to find out why he chose Baten Kaitos Origins as his answer this month.

    Answer 2:   BioShock

    Nathan from Gamely Giving says: “I might have given BioShock as my answer for the last question of the month, but let’s face it: it’s an awesome game that deserves to win. Now would you kindly vote for me? After all, a man chooses and a slave obeys.”

    Answer 3:   Corpse Party: Blood Covered – Repeated Fear

    NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog says: “While it’s not my most surprising plot twist, Corpse Party: Blood Covered – Repeated Fear has one of the best. In the first chapter, you get to know Seiko and Naomi and they get trapped in the horror elementary school called Heavenly Host. These two can’t be separated but, due to the fact they’re in a haunted school, Naomi finds Seiko hanged in the ladies room. You find out it was Naomi that hung the rope around Seiko and killed her. When I reached this plot-twist, my mind was blown. Seriously, I didn’t see that one coming.”

    Answer 4:   EarthBound

    Tim is a guy who likes to get dressed up, have a good time, meet people who are passionate about their respective geekdoms and encourage everyone to be vocal about who they are. He’s also vocal about his answer for this month’s question – check out his argument for EarthBound over on GeekOut South-West.

    Answer 4:   Metal Gear Solid

    Luke writes about his long and varied gaming history and current musings over at Hundstrasse, and rates the selling of his copy of the truly bizarre Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game for PlayStation as one of his biggest gaming blunders. Read why he chose the FoxDie reveal from Metal Gear Solid as gaming’s most surprising plot twist here.

    Answer 5:   Metroid

    Kim from Later Levels says: “If you played Metroid well and reached the top-tier, you were awarded with an additional ending screen that showed Samus Aran without her Power Suit – revealing her to be female. I love the fact that not only was this a major plot-twist, it was a turning point for an industry obsessed with brave men rescuing helpless damsels in distress. Samus is now one of gaming’s most iconic female characters: she takes matters into her own hands, knows how to wield and weapon, can deal with alien lifeforms and takes no s**t from anybody. You go girl.”

    Answer 6:   Silent Hill 2

    Chris from OverThinker Y says: “Silent Hill 2’s twist is a classic, but for good reason. See, the player, as James Sunderland, spends the game searching for the author of a letter which appears to be from his dead wife while trying to avoid death by horrible deformed creatures. Turns out the creatures are manifestations over his guilt at having killed his wife, put there by his subconscious to punish him. The ending then changes depending on the player’s behaviour in a way that hasn’t been done as subtly or as effectively since. It’s perhaps gaming’s smartest and most legitimately disturbing horror story all these years later.”

    Answer 7:   Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

    Kevin is a geek and proud of it: no matter the situation, no matter the environment or the people around him, you’ll hear him discuss novels, games and films with anyone who’ll listen. He’ll also discuss his answer if you ask him nicely and you can find out why he chose Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on The Mental Attic.

    So who’s got it right, and who’s got it so wrong that they deserve to never get the answer to a video game cliffhanger ever again? Cast your votes in the poll opposite or give your own suggestion and we’ll reveal the most popular answer on Friday, 07 July 2017 along with the next question.

    Got a question you’d like to see us struggle over next month? Or would you like to join in and add your own answer into our polls on a regular basis? Leave us a message in the comments below or get in touch!