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Realism in games is all well and good, right up until someone dies of dysentery. That was the thesis of one of our recent videos, and a lot of you concurred, so here are your suggestions for the times you could have used a little less reality. Enjoy, and please, don't die of dysentery.
In an open world where you can technically go anywhere but actually shouldn't, some games get creative, concocting in-world explanations for why you're being assassinated by psychic snipers for exploring. Others just stick a bunch of nightmare monsters in your path to crunch you senseless. Consider the times videogames did such things, to our horrified dismay.
Many a time we've spent a game acquiring precious items and equipment, then lost it all when the game ransacked our inventory - by means of a fussy elevator, quad bike crash, island shipwreck or, more often than not, throwing us in jail. Nightmare.
Life was hard in the Old West. Gangs of outlaws roamed the plains, wild animals were everywhere, and everyone's teeth were terrible, if Red Dead Online is to be believed. For some folk, going totally hatstand was just their way of coping with the chaos of this brutal and unforgiving world, and it would be cruel for us to judge them for being weird and wrong. Cruel and fun, so let's get started!
Sometimes a flub turns out to be an inadvertently good thing. So it goes with videogames, when a glitch occasionally evolves into a popular or at least hilarious feature. Consider these cases in games such as Civilization, Space Invaders, Devil May Cry and Grand Theft Auto.
For certain videogames 'realism' means including 'realistic' elements some might call excessively gross or finicky or so mundane you'll want to eat your own hands. And not just because you'll starve to death otherwise. Please enjoy these seven times realism in videogames was way too realistic for us.
Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't what you'd call a cheery game, but there are a few places where things get darker than an Annesburg coal mine. Join us now on a creepy excursion through some of the spookiest places in all of Red Dead Redemption 2, featuring serial killers, manmade mutants and honest-to-goodness ghosts.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is packed with mind-blowing secrets, easter eggs and mysteries for curious cowboys to discover - among them UFOs, ghost trains and an actual vampire, probably. Pleas enjoy these, the seven secrets that twisted our melons the hardest in Red Dead Redemption 2.
From spamming fireballs in Street Fighter 2, to spamming kicks in Dead Island, to spamming explosive cyborg powers in Deus Ex Human Revolution - join us now in a shameful celebration of the spammy moves we just couldn't stop spamming.
Gamers are used to overcoming obstacles, but sometimes there comes a moment in otherwise good games where things are suddenly so tedious, hard, or scary that they make you go "You know what? Eff this game". Watch on for the moments in games that made us do just that, and subscribe for a video like this every Thursday.
Guybrush smuggling bananas? Bawdy Ken Masters win quotes? Ian Paul Freeley? We didn't get all the jokes in the games we played as kids because some in-game, adult-targeting humour sails clear over the heads of younger players with its grown-up references and risque innuendo. So let's all of us sophisticated adults enjoy those jokes with now our clever adult brains. Beware of rude things and saucy wordplay ahead.
Occasionally you run into an enemy who you can't beat by conventional violent means. Take the non-violent moral high ground though and you're rewarded with victory and more leftover bullets to use on the next baddie. Embrace tranquility and contemplate these times violence wasn't the answer.
The temptation is to play wrestling games like beat em ups: you punch your opponent, do your big moves, hit a finisher, and then pin them. But ask any pro wrestler and they'll tell you there's much more to wrestling than just that. So we did! Ask some wrestlers, that is, about the things you need to be doing in the upcoming WWE 2K19.
Sometimes in videogames you will often find yourself in possession of a weapon or ability that seems great at first, only to discover that when you use it, it's more trouble than it's worth. Here are just some of the times we've encountered that very thing.
Heroes have all the good karma but villains have all the fun, which is presumably why so many game heroes switch sides for the sequel. This is more widespread than we even imagined, judging by the quantity of comments on our last video on the issue. Direct your attention to these seven heroes who lived long enough to become the villain and subscribe to Outside Xbox for a video like this every Thursday.
Skydiving in Far Cry 3, a resort stay in Dead Island, and the tropical getaway in Let's Go Jungle Lost on the Island of Spice: consider, for starters, these videogame vacations from hell that are enough to make you want to stay at home.
What with the covering herself in mud, stringing up enemies and shivving of jaguars, Lara Croft in Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a pitiless predator of both humans and non-humans. See for yourself with these seven ways Lara is the most terrifying jungle predator since the one Arnold Schwarzenegger blew up in this video brought to you by Outside Xbox and sponsor Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Movies get their ideas from all kinds of places, including games, so it's probably only fair that games are ripping off movies with the kind of shameless abandon of a kid borrowing some else's homework four minutes before it's due to be handed in. Consider seven of our favourite examples.
The Walking Dead's Negan in Tekken 7? Ariana Grande in a Final Fantasy? These celebrity cameos in videogames were so unexpected, so incongruous, they left us baffled by what we'd just seen, heard and played.
We recently recalled cheaty videogame bosses, who used tactics such as deleting your save file, learning from their mistakes, or being from Bloodborne. The comments on that video revealed you had suffered similarly unjust encounters, so here are yet more times you folks were bested by a bent boss.
From Dracula's Castle to a tomato-throwing festival to actual literal hell, these non-regulation battle arenas are fraught with risks, inconveniences and garment-ruining tomato juice. Think before you take your fight outside of a standard competition ring, by which we mean watch this video why not.
They say you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. The second option is popular with game protagonists, judging by how we're always battling our former heroes in subsequent games we played as in previous games. Enjoy these ultimate betrayals!
Sometimes the most fun you can have is throwing away the rulebook and mucking around doing whatever you feel like, such as naming Link inappropriate things in Legend of Zelda games, writing your name in lightsaber in Jedi Knight 2, and locking Lara Croft's butler in the freezer in Tomb Raider 2.
The inaugural Overwatch League finals took place at the weekend, with the London Spitfire beating the Philadelphia Fusion across seven tense games of some of the best Overwatch you'll see anywhere. "But I'm a busy person, I don't time to watch all that", you seem to say. Not to worry! Jane and I were there and bring to you now, our 12 highlights from the finals.
A marriage often originates in one person asking another if they would like to get married, in what is known as a "proposal". In certain special cases these are proposed not down on one knee, but inside a game whose less than obvious romantic potential was previously unexploited such as Portal 2, LittleBigPlanet, or Dying Light. Consider these times someone popped the question through the medium of games.
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