Reader Discussion – What Game Has The Best Ending Ever?

As a writer, I know endings are difficult to put together. As a gamer, I don’t always feel satisfied with how games wrap up their plots, and when I come across an especially satisfying conclusion, it sticks with me. The Last of Us was one of those games: It tied together its narrative threads neatly, and was filled with fitting dramatic emotion. 

Some video games excel not just at storytelling, but in particular excel at creating endings that are near perfect. It’s a rare occurrence, but when it happens, it’s incredibly memorable. What game do you think has a great ending? Or in contrast, which game do you think has the worst?

Let us know in the comments!

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Did You Know Gaming Takes A Look At The History And Design Of The Game Boy Advance

YouTube channel Did You Know Gaming, best known for its insightful videos about gaming trivia, recently released a new video that looks specifically at the Game Boy Advance’s design and creation. Some interesting tidbits include how it was originally supposed to have cellphone connectivity and how Nintendo strived for backwards compatibility despite hurdles.

Announced in 1999 and originally codenamed Project Atlantis, the Game Boy Advance launched in 2001. Originally, Nintendo ambitiously wanted it to be like a handheld Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), and early dev kits show a SNES controller attached to circuit boards. The team also experimented with cellphone connectivity, which they hoped would allow users to play multiplayer games, enter chatrooms, and read emails on the system.

These ideas didn’t come to fruition, but other innovations did. The team faced issues when wanting to incorporate backwards compatibility to the system, and research and engineering general manager Satoru Okada finally found a solution.

The video also looks at some peculiar but fascinating add-ons that were sold separately. For example, the GlucoBoy accessory could be used with the Game Boy Advance, which gave incentive to young gamers battling diabetes to check their glucose levels. Each time they took a measurement, the GlucoBoy would reward them with points that could be used to buy in-game content or unlock other games on the Game Boy Advance.

Another concept was a DVD player that can play Game Boy Advance games. Because it was a specialty item, it was only sold at car dealerships. Watch the video below to learn more.  

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You can check out other videos from the Did You Know Gaming channel covering TingleSuper Smash Bros.Deus ExShadow of the ColossusElder Scrolls IV: OblivionSuper Mario GalaxyDark SoulsMetal Gear Solid 3Super Mario RPGMetal Gear Solid 2Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainWarioConker’s Bad Fur DayBatman: Arkham Asylum, the history of the Wii UNESPlayStation 2Nintendo 64, the 3DSDS, and two covering the Game Boy by hitting the links.

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Westworld's Season Two Gets Its First Trailer At Comic-Con

Westworld, a drama about a Wild West theme park filled with A.I. where guests fulfill their dreams, was a big hit when it debuted late last year on HBO. At Comic-Con, we got a glimpse of what to expect for the next season with a new trailer.

The teaser shows that an android uprising is far from over, with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) riding a horse while shooting a shotgun ferociously. Robots are continuing to seek truth and take matters into their own hands. Polygon reports that the cast and crew are only “a single week into shooting on the new season.”

View the trailer below.

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For more on Westworld, read about how the show was inspired by video games such as BioShock and Red Dead Redemption. We also discussed why a Westworld game should happen.

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Bandai Namco Reveals Gameplay And New Trailer For Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time

During a recent livestream, Bandai Namco revealed both gameplay and a new trailer for the upcoming Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time, a video game adaptation of the popular anime series. Little Witch Academia is a series that centers around a young woman, Atsuko, who enrolls in a magical academy.

The action RPG will have a separate story from the anime, but many of the characters appearing in the show will also be playable in-game. According to a report from Gematsu, such characters include Akko Kagari, Lotte Yanson, and Sucy Manbavaran. The Luna Nova Magical Academy will also be completely explorable notes developer A+ Games.

You watch watch both the trailer and the gameplay below (both are in Japanese). The second video is the complete livestream, with gameplay beginning at around 2:48:30.

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Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time comes to PlayStation 4 and PC in Japan as of November 30. The game is expected to release in North America by 2018.

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Star Trek: Discovery's Gripping New Trailer Shows Crew At War With Klingons

CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery is nearly here, and the newest trailer shown off at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is one of the best trailers to hit yet for the upcoming TV series. It gives us a better look at the new and diverse crew, where Starfleet Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is in the midst of a conflict with the Klingon Empire.

The show also stars Chris Obi who plays Klingon captain T’Kuvma, as well as Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp, and Doug Jones. You can watch the trailer for yourself below.

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Star Trek: Discovery has seen its share of troubles with production, with the loss of showrunner Bryan Fuller and several delays, though this trailer shows promise. The show premieres this fall on September 24 first on CBS All Access. The show will also be streamed on Netflix with each episode appearing 24 hours after their debut on CBS.

For more on Star Trek, read our review of Ubisoft’s VR title Star Trek: Bridge Crew by heading here.

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Release Date, First Trailer For Ready Player One Film Revealed

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con has given us our first look at Ready Player One, the upcoming film based on Ernest Cline’s book of the same name.

The trailer covers most of the beats we’re familiar with: a secret-filled world of virtual reality, Tron-like motorcycles, Back To The Future‘s DeLorean, Or Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy Kreuger, and more 80s nerdy references.

The film will hit theaters on March 30, 2018. You can watch the full trailer below.

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Stranger Things 2 Trailer Teases More Monsters, Mysteries, And 80s

Since Netflix announced a second season of Stranger things last year, fans have been waiting for any other kind of tease for new episodes. This weekend at the Sand Diego Comic-Con, we finally got our first look.

The trailer below doubles down on the vibe of the original: Mostly replicating the look and feel of classic 80s films, and throwing in some surreal and horror elements into the mix. The trailer hints at a few plot elements of the upcoming season, but doesn’t spoil too much. 

As previously announced, the season will also be hitting a few days early, on October 27 rather than Halloween.

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Pokémon Go Currently Unplayable For Many At Fest

Update 2: Niantic has increased the range of Pokémon Go Fest to a two-mile radius around the festival grounds. Players are now able to connect to the game to catch Unown, and collect rare eggs from Pokéstops. Rather than having people come together to celebrate the game, the messaging is now to disperse. Players who registered their accounts for Pokémon Go Fest (which requires a code) now have until Monday to reap the fruits from the event.

Update: Players have begun expressing their frustration with the game at the fest itself, as you can see below. Niantic’s John Hanke took to the stage to boos as he greeted players and outlined the day’s activities, as the game is still suffering major issues.

Original Story: Pokémon Go Fest kicked off at 10 a.m. CT in Chicago’s Grant Park. An estimated 20,000 Pokémon Go players are expected for a day of festivities, egg hatching, and the chance of unearthing the game’s first Legendary Pokémon. The Fest is running into one huge problem at the moment, and it isn’t the good chance of rain. Pokémon Go is currently unplayable for most players.

I arrived at Grant Park at 9 a.m., and was able to spin just one Pokéstop. I talked to dozens of people either playing Pokémon Go, or attempting to, and they are all having issues. Grant Park’s numerous Pokéstops are lit up like Christmas Trees, and Unown is spawning, but few people can catch anything before the app crashes. I haven’t been able to keep it open for more than 15 seconds at a time, and other players (including my wife) are running into the exact same issue. AT&T users are apparently faring the worst, while Sprint has the best performance, which is still hardly playable. I even logged onto the press wi-fi at the event, and the app won’t launch. It’s getting crushed by players.

Perhaps Niantic is tinkering with the app in the area, leading to performance issues, but even the additional cell coverage from providers isn’t enough for the influx of players. Let’s hope Niantic gets their Psyducks in a row quickly, or this could get ugly. The fate of a Legendary Pokémon is at stake, after all.

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Capcom Reveals How To Unlock Shin Akuma In Ultra Street Fighter II

During their panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Capcom revealed a secret character hidden within Ultra Street Fighter II: Shin Akuma.

In order to unlock the character, players must enter a series of inputs in the character select screen:

  1. Choose Ryu, highlight color 1, then press cancel.
  2. Choose Ken, highlight color 9, then press cancel.
  3. Choose Sagat, highlight color 8, then press cancel.
  4. Choose M. Bison, highlight color 7, then press cancel.
  5. Highlight the random select, then press L and R simultaneously.

Players will have to input the code every time they want to play as Shin Akuma (the character is not unlocked after the code is entered. This is a callback to the arcade days of Street Fighter II, when players had to input special codes in order to unlock Akuma, or the old version of characters Super Street Fighter II Turbo.

Shin Akuma, as the name implies, is souped-up version of Akuma with different color variations. He throws two air fireballs instead of one, and all of his special moves deal higher damage. The heavy version of his Shakunetsu Hadoken, for example, deals 75 damage (the same as his Raging Demon super move). He seems to have similar health to Akuma, making him fragile but still incredibly overpowered.


Our Take
This is a pretty neat Easter egg, but I would have preferred not to have to input the code every time I want to play as him. Oh well.

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Niantic Offering Pokémon Go Fest Attendees Refunds, $100 Of In-Game Coins

Update: Pokémon Go Fest attendees will also receive the first Legendary Pokémon, Lugia. The rare beast will be added to all accounts that were registered for today’s festival.

After a rocky morning at this year’s Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago (players were unable to connect to the game and catch new Pokémon at only location in the world they were currently available), Niantic has announced it is offering all attendees an apology, a refund, and $100 of in-game coins.

The event was meant to act as a celebration of Pokémon Go, allowing players to catch Unown (a Pokémon previously unavailable in-game), and later on, the first legendary Pokémon, which had been missing since the game’s launch. Now, after a rough morning of disconnects, Niantic took to the event’s stage to announce the news that the refunds and in-game currency would be available to all attendees as an apology to fans, and that they will continue to work on the issues. Fellow Game Informer editor Andrew Reiner was on-site to confirm the news.


Our Take
This is a bummer. What was supposed to be the start of better things to come for Pokémon Go now looks like a showcase of its worst problems. Hopefully the event recovers from this and attendees are able to have a good time, even if they do get refunds. If the event ends up being a total dud, anyone who paid for airfare and a hotel to attend the event are probably going to be pretty mad.

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