Questions tagged [video-games]

For questions about the plot or backstory of a game with science-fiction/fantasy elements. Questions about playing the game or the mechanics are off-topic here, but may be on topic at Arqade (https://gaming.stackexchange.com/). Game identification questions are also on topic as long as they're specifically about a Science Fiction and Fantasy game.

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Video game with alien bio armor

Once upon a time I found and played a game where the character goes to investigate a missing spaceship on an alien planet. The planet is covered with a giant organism, which is being experimented on ...
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What is the meaning of this drawing of a combine soldier holding a baby next to the word 'Caste' in Half Life 2?

I used to play the Half Life games a few years ago, and among the many screenshots I had taken, here is the most questionable one: What is this picture about?
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PC video game involving floating islands doing aerial combat

I played this between 1999 and 2002 on a Windows PC in the United States. The premise of the game had floating islands on which you could build propulsion (propellors?) and weapons (cannons) with ...
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How did D&D-specific fantasy elements end up in Capcom's The King of Dragons?

This is a question about the fantasy background of a video game. In the 1990s, Capcom produced a large number of side-scrolling beat-em-up video games. Many of these had science fiction or fantasy ...
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Why do Tifa and Scarlett have a slap-fight?

This has been bothering me since I was a child. In the 1997 game Final Fantasy 7, there's a point in the second disk where: This fight is unique in the game, however, because it's a slap-fight with ...
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State of canon for Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi [duplicate]

Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi was a 1997 Playstation fighting game featuring several characters from Star Wars and was noted to be set between the first and second films. In general, Star Wars kept ...
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PC game, probably on Steam, involving mystic martial arts in a medieval Asian time frame

First off, this is not Jade Empire, although I think it was out at the same time, and was probably looking for the budget market for aficionados of the aforementioned. The main character is a muscular ...
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What is the most future (but still in our universe) setting in gaming?

As far as I can recall, the farthest time in the future that a videogame has taken place would be that of Warhammer 40k (41st century). Has there been a game that takes place in our universe but in ...
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Why do Clone Commando visors glow?

The title is pretty self-explanatory. In the Republic Commando video game and the two or three episodes of The Clone Wars in which Clone Commandos appear, why do their helmet T-visors glow? I don't ...
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What is the out-of-universe reason Bumblebee lost his voice in Fall of Cybertron?

What is the out-of-universe reason Bumblebee lost his voice in Fall of Cybertron? (It's his starting state: not an event that occurs mid-story.) I was originally curious what the in-universe reason ...
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PC Game identification, Old in-the-sky fantasy game

I remember playing a game when I was young, probably around 15-18 years ago. It was some sort of an RTS style game that took place in the sky. You could collect these crystal like things from nodes ...
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Creepy dinosaur pc game identification

I remember a dinosaur game from when I was little, I probably played it around 1998-2000's. In this game, dinosaurs could speak english and some would dress in clothes. I remember going to visit a ...
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2D platformer PC game with time travel, portals and Ben 10-like animation

I need the name of a 2D platformer PC video game which was probably released between 2000-2010. The main characters are a teenage boy and a girl which I am sure of. It's an action/adventure themed ...
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1990s Overhead view game involving post-apocalyptic gangs, including yuppies who propel grenades with tennis racquets

I'm pretty sure this was in the 1990s. I saw a review for it in VideoGames and Computer Entertainment and later acquired a copy of it (probably through illicit means given my habits back then). It ...
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Touchscreen-controlled dentist office snowman collector game

In 2009-2012 I went into a dentist's office in the United States of America. There were a few touchscreen game systems. One of them had one of the Luxor video games, I think Luxor 2 or Luxor 3. I ...
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Do water Pokémon produce potable water?

Squirtle and and other water Pokémon are frequently depicted as making attacks that materialize larger volumes of water than could realistically be stored in their bodies. Is this water ever safe for ...
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Tandy CoCo text adventure about an undersea submarine adventure

This would have been played somewhere around 1988 to 1998, on a Tandy Color Computer 2 or a CoCo 3, so my memories are more than a bit hazy, but it started with you entering a facility on land. I only ...
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Browser game where you play as a brain jumping over hurdles

In first grade (it was definitely in 2010 or 2011), I remember playing some sort of two-dimensional autorunner-platformer game where you play as a brain with legs on an obstacle course. There were ...
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Point and click game where there were a handful of ghosts you had to help “release”

So when I was younger, around 8 years ago, I remember playing this point and click hidden object horror Big Fish game, but basically there were a handful of ghosts you had to help “release” (?) and ...
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NES galactic empire management game

I tried asking this question on Arqade, but it got closed as off-topic since I don't have an image to work with. I remember having a game on the NES back in the early 90s where you were managing a ...
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What is the origin of Sheik's design in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the character of Sheik seems to be sporting a new design that matches neither Ocarina of Time nor Hyrule Warriors. What (if any) prior appearance is this version based ...
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PC game involving a dungeon, deadly traps, and a clockwork/robot girl

Somewhere around 8-10 years ago (around 2008-2010), I downloaded a number of Japanese games and tried to get them working on my machine. One of them, which came to mind recently, I never got working, ...
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PBS Kids Point-and-click Adventure Game

At the school I went to in the early 2010s the first-second graders used to play some educational (the kind that's not really explicitly educational as in it teaches kids but the kind that teachers ...
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What are Pajama Man's Superpowers?

In the video game "Pajama Sam", Pajama Sam idolizes a superhero named "Pajama Man". Other than that he's a superhero who wears pajamas, I don't recall any specific powers attributed to him. Do we ...
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70s/80s short story about a mysterious arcade game

Does anyone know the name of this short story for children which I read in the 70s / early 80s? It is set in a seaside arcade where an old lady, who minds it, has fallen asleep and a spider is making ...
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Meaning of Horizon Zero Dawn audio datapoint

In the game Horizon Zero Dawn, there is an audio datapoint that says Horizon Zero Dawn : Secure com EVZD-XX1X011X Audio Datapoints: Elizabet Sobeck:Yes.if we’d had even one day less.....
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Were the video games Renegade and Final Fight inspired by the film The Warriors?

I recently found out that the 1979 film The Warriors (which, while not a really great film, has had an enduring cult following) had a beat-'em-up video game based on it. In retrospect, the existence ...
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Is Iron Man's armour from “Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems” canonical?

Since my youth, I've been playing a SNES game called Marvel Super Heroes In War of the Gems, which is basically an "Avengers" game where you have to fight some Marvel villains to retrieve the 6 ...
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In Dead Space, how did Dr. Challus Mercer intend to bring the necromorphs on Earth?

In the 5th chapter of the game Dead Space 1, you meet the Unitologist Dr. Challus Mercer for the first time in the Medical Deck. At the end of the same chapter, you find yourself in a room equipped ...
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Strange poorly progammed puzzle game for the PSP, with Dragon Kids. and towers

What I can remember of this game is that two brothers were minding their own business when suddenly some strange mini hurricane thing takes them into two towers, and if you die, this guy pops up and ...
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How do shields work in the game I-War?

In this comment, @GrimmTheOpiner claims ...shields are a universal Sci-Fi trope and Star Trek is no more guilty than any/many others! The only "shields" I can bring to mind that were explained ...
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PlayStation 1 Game about a boy who gets amnesia

Correct me if I am posting on the wrong Stack Exchange. I am looking for a certain game that I'm pretty sure was on PS1. Around 10 years ago, I just watched the intro of the game. It is a story where ...
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Nintendo Game involving a fighting tournament and superhero costumes - Magazine comic adaptation

Somewhere in the 1990s, I think, I read a short comic in a gaming magazine involving a man entering a fighting tournament. I want to say that he was Caucasian and blond, but I won't swear to it. One ...
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Early 80s computer game, possibly called “Hobbit”

I can tell you straight away, it's NOT the 1982 illustrated text adventure "The Hobbit". This was out before that. It may even have been late 70s. What I remember: I played on a friend's computer. I ...
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Sci-fi movie about a video game with enemies on motorcycles

I'm trying to find a movie based on a single scene I've seen, as a child, so the movie must have been from the 80's or beginning of the 90's. From what I can remember, I would say about the same ...
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Why are Vortigaunts violent in Half Life 1, but peaceful in Half Life 2?

Why are vortigaunts violent in Half Life 1, but peaceful in Half Life 2?
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Was Elohim programmed to do this?

In Talos Principle, Elohim Now this could be read as either a self-aware AI or as a built-in function of the system to Is there any concrete indication either in-game or out of game that it is one ...
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Is there any canon evidence of a second “One Ring?”

In the videogame "Middle-Earth: Shadow of War" the opening scene shows Talion, really Celebrimbor, forging a second Ring of Power to combat the original One Ring. My question is whether this is ...
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The Amazing Spider Man 2 iOS game prologue

I need explanation on the cutscenes, specifically; Why there is cellphone device with a hologram inside the flying robot? Where did the green thing comes from when he is on the top the truck and ...
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Seeking a game like Hunt the Wumpus but with graphics, RPG elements, and a balrog

I'm trying to locate a game that I played on a computer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in the 1980s. It was like the classing BASIC game Hunt the Wumpus, but it was much more ...
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Who are Mario (and Luigi's) parents?

We see in the Hollywood movie Super Mario Bros. that no-one seems to know Mario's full name or his background. So I just want to know, who are his parents and where do they live? Are they still ...
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CoCo 2 Fantasy Computer Game - Real-time, puzzles - Had a sequel

I'm trying to remember a Tandy CoCo 2 fantasy adventure game, from somewhere in the 1980s. It was a largely puzzle-based game. I don't remember any combat in it, just puzzles that you had to solve ...
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Real-time strategy videogame for iOS involving conquering and robots, with 2D cutscenes

It might have two teams of red or blue, but don't rely on that information. App for iPhone I think it was about at least 3 or more years ago probably more. Pretty sure it was out before the iPad, but ...
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Why is PROXY so weary after projecting Vader?

Why does the holographic droid act so weary and 'faint' whenever he finishes delivering a message from Vader to Starkiller? He never acts like that when projecting other things.
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1988ish PC RPG that starts with navigating a raft to shore and has a scene where a village festival gives you food poisoning

I played this around 1988 (it could be as late as 1991, but that's unlikely) or so at my Uncle's house in California. I remember Autoduel also being on the machine. I think it was an IBM PC. I've ...
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Does anyone remember a point and click game where you play as a kid, and a space object crashes into your house?

So I found this game some time in the last decade, probably at least 5 years ago. It was played using your browser, on the creator's website. It was almost more of an interactive comic than a game. ...
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Who built the Warp Room in Crash Bandicoot 2?

At the beginning of the game, Crash gets teleported from some island ruins to the warp room that serves as the hub of the game. The first room seems to be made of carved stone and looks like the ruins ...
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What kind of creature is Pac-Man?

In the Pac-Man series of video games, it is pretty obvious that the ghosts are, well, ghosts of some sort. What kind of a creature is Pac-Man? Is he an alien? Is he a robot? Is he some specific kind ...
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Looking for the name of a turn-based space strategy game released around 2000

Recently I took a look at Star Citizen, and as I saw the space map with all the systems and the spherical music it instantly reminded me of a game I played as a teenager years ago. It was a strategic ...
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What existing songs, if any, was the soundtrack of “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” based on?

The soundtrack to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt featured songs composed by Mikolai Stroinski, Marcin Przybyłowicz, Piotr Musiał, and the band Percival Schuttenbach (which takes its name from the character ...