Last week I received a message on Facebook telling me that Cracked may have “borrowed” some ideas from one of our earlier articles– specifically one of our posts from 2014, that looks kind of similar to a Cracked article from 2015 …if you squint at it sideways and cough.
To answer, I genuinely believe this was a coincidence. Hell, do a google search for “Oregon Trail 2015” and you’ll find dozens of play-it-again nostalgia think pieces, ranging from major websites to smallish blogs. This is just a case of parallel thinking–when the internet as a whole turns to look in the rear view mirror. Unlike that fucking Reddit thread I keep getting linked to in reference to an earlier post of ours.
But because someone reminded us of fond times in gaming, and this was a fun article from yesteryear, here’s another look at why the Oregon Trail was secretly a horror game.
Note: This is article 5 of 6 we’re featuring from frequent guest and contributor, J, from Statbonus.com. You may also recognize this as the source for our “Play Like A Cowardly Viking” Skyrim special play-through. Please enjoy.
So you’ve played 1,000 hours past your favorite title’s content. You’ve exhausted every quest line, every side mission, every combination of character build. You’ve exploited every cheat code, looted every hidden level, and acquired every inane achievement. And yet it will be months, years even, before the next great title hits the shelves– I’m looking at you Elder Scrolls VI. Continue reading →
Last week PC gamers who already owned Skyrim and its DLC’s were given a free copy of Skyrim SE. Why? Because PC gamers are the Millennials of gaming; we don’t fight our own battles about who has the “best console” but we do expect to be rewarded when the conflict results in content.
Editor’s Note: None of that last statement is true. Like, any of it.
With Fallout’s addition of Nuka World DLC we got several interesting new features; raider settlements, park rides, building mods, half a dozen maddening collection quests, and a goddamn breathing ghoul chair…
Google Images / Fallout 4
But cruelty to human(ish) creatures and living furniture isn’t why I’m arguing that the Sole Survivor is a villain. I wouldn’t want to anger the BDSM community. No, the real reason the Sole Survivor is the next Genghis Khan is Continue reading →
Feudalism, it’s said, was the worst invention of humanity. It was the enemy of the free market, the bane of the poor and very poor alike, and was responsible for untold violent feuds lasting generations. And holy shit does Fallout 4 want you to take up that practice like it’s the next Macarena. Continue reading →
Last week I asked friends, readers, and fellow gamers on Steam to send me some of their most profound screenshots– moments that added depth to the game not because it was scripted to be deep, but because of the chaotic nature and subtlety of our most nascent mass-media art form. Here are some of the results. Continue reading →
It’s that moment in-game when the scene, dialogue, and characters all come together– transformed into something larger than the sum of its parts. It’s the moment that makes you gasp, cringe, widen your eyes. And we want you to share it with us.
Next week on Statbonus.com we’ll be posting epic screenshots taken by readers and fellow game enthusiasts. Here’s what we’re looking for:
Screenshot: Either a .JPG or .BMP (800 x 600 or larger) of a truly awe-inspiring moment. Something that added to the game’s depth. An awe-inspiring shot that made you feel like you were witnessing an event others might miss, possibly a random encounter or unscripted incident.
Context: Include a brief description of the events that led up to the scene you’ve captured. A few paragraphs will suffice. Try to come in under 100 words. Note: this will be edited for grammar and punctuation only.
Name or Email: You can include a name, pseudonym, email, or a link to your blog. Or if you prefer to remain anonymous, that’s find too. We just want you to get credit for your unique game moment.
The deadline for this will be midnight on February 27th, Pacific time. Send submissions to Joerevelator@gmail.com