Questions tagged [video-games]

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How canon is Star Wars: Battlefront (2015)?

The 2015 video game Star Wars: Battlefront is largely a multiplayer shooter. But it was released after the Star Wars canon wipe of 2014, so it's ostensibly canon. Obviously the accomplishments of ...
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Which Harry Potter video games have approval and oversight from J.K.Rowling?

There are a ton of Harry Potter video games out right now, movie games, LEGO games, and others. Which games, if any, have had input by J.K. Rowling, and/or had nods of approval?
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Are the various "Zelda" games supposed to take place in a common universe?

In the various Zelda video games, there seems to be a common mythology, and at least some potential to be in the same place. Do the various Zelda games take place in the same world, or is there no ...
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Five kids are sucked into video game and must retrieve a vial to save the creator's dying daughter

The book starts with the main character (a boy) living, I think it's like a foster home or boarding school. He doesn't have much money, however he manages to get ahold of a video game. This video game ...
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Cartoon: 4 kids transform into video game characters to save the world from a hacker and an evil program

There are 4 friends: 2 girls and 2 boys who play video games. A virus program escapes and, with the help of a programmer boy, transforms the world into a video game. But a good program in a white robe ...
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Can flow of force be disturbed with technology?

I haven't seen it in movies & TV shows (And, no luck regarding novels as I haven't read any). But, in many Star Wars video games, I experience disturbance while using force in some tech ...
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Where did the "Memories transferred through DNA" idea used in Assassin's Creed come from?

In the Assassin's Creed series, one of the major plot devices involves using a machine to explore the memories of the main character's ancestors. The theory behind it is that your DNA stores all the ...
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Why can't player characters in Resident Evil become infected with the T-Virus?

Is there an in-universe explanation as to why none of the playable characters in the Resident Evil games (except for those in Outbreak) become infected with the T-Virus? Seems like a massive ...
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What prevented Duke Nukem from mutating in the Duke Nukem video games?

I remember fighting and shooting everything as Duke spouted one liners he borrowed from Bruce Campbell. What prevented the dancing girls & Duke Nukem from morphing during crisises that made him ...
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Is Civilization V run by aliens?

I once read on TV Tropes that the video game Civilization V implied that the entire thing was run by aliens who resurrected famous human leaders in order to have them battle each other. It now seems ...
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Differences between anti-bioterrorism organizations in the resident evil universe

What is the difference between the anti-bioterrorism organizations in the resident evil universe [BSA,D.S.O,TerraSave]?
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Why didn't the Normandy crew experience time dilation?

In the Suicide Mission in Mass Effect 2, Commander Shepard and the Normandy crew travel to the galactic core to destroy the Collector Base. The Collector Base is located on the accretion disc of a ...
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2002/2003 PC Game about Super-soldiers winning against aliens but losing Earth coming back?

A long time ago I remember playing a PC game around the time of HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED clones... one stood out in particular. The story preface revolves around a war between Earth and aliens. Humans ...
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Manga about a guy trapped in a video game and is looking for a way out

This must have been at least two years ago, but there was this one manga I was reading that I lost touch with and am trying to find again. The story is the usual "guy is trapped in a video game and ...
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What is Princess Zelda's full name?

In the multiple editions of the The Legend of Zelda franchise, have we ever learned Princess Zelda's full name? Does she simply just go by the name Zelda or perhaps Zelda of Hyrule (a more classical ...
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Is Mario killing people when he smashes bricks?

In the manual for the original Super Mario Bros. game it states The Quiet peace-loving Mushroom people were turned into mere stones, bricks, and even field horse-hair plants, and the Mushroom ...
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How was Chell picked?

Chell is the tenacious lead character of the Portal Games, but I was wondering why out of all the former employees of Aperture Science was she picked? Was she just the last survivor, or was there a ...
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Is the AT-AT cockpit being a weak-point supported by canon?

In The Empire Strikes Back arcade game, AT-ATs can be destroyed by firing at their cockpits. The AT-AT Wookieepedia page states that The most vulnerable part of the walker was its flexible neck, ...
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Shadow of Mordor - Celebrimbor and The One Ring

Near the end of Shadow of Mordor, My question is did Celebrimbor ever
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How does the distaff, in Loom, create music?

In the game Loom, the main character carries a musical instrument, called a “distaff”. This looks like a walking stick, but is able to produce music. How does the main character play this instrument? ...
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Does the depiction of Uruk society in Shadow of Mordor have any basis in LotR canon?

We already know from the excellent answers on this question that the main storyline of Shadow of Mordor does not make a lot of sense in LotR canon. But for me the most interesting part of Shadow of ...
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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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Are any Sci-Fi video games considered canon? [closed]

I believe the question speaks for itself, but to elaborate, I cannot think of any video games based on an existing IP that are actually considered canonical. For example, there exists a large library ...
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In-game references to Chell being a clone?

On a recent Giant Bomb Podcast a fellow from Valve said they hadn't heard of the theory that Chell in the Portal games is a clone. This was a common explanation for the in Portal 1 and 2. It also ...
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In Dead Space, what exactly is the marker, who built it and how is it turning people to monsters?

I played through the first two games but I didn't really understand the plot. I was more interested in shooting and stomping. I never really got how the marker was important and why some people were ...
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Searching for video game like Xevious but with more interesting bosses

I am trying to find an arcade game that I saw in the 1980s that made a strong impression on my with the innovative appearance of its bosses. It was a top-scrolling shoot-'em-up, I saw it somewhere ...
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Does The Ktarian Game exist, out-of-universe?

As established in this question, the discs-and-chutes game from the Star Trek: the Next Generation episode "The Game" is known as The Ktarian Game, after the race that proliferated it as a mind-...
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Why do Zombies eat plants in "Plants vs. Zombies"?

AFAIK, Zombies aren't vegetarians. They usually have a special interest in eating living human brains. Why do they eat the Plants then?
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Sith using the light side of the Force?

I started to play Star Wars: The Old Republic. In this game, you can choose between 2 factions (Jedi/Sith). However, in the quest you can choose what you want you do. For example: you can either ...
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Is there any meaningful material in "Witcher" canon that requires playing games?

The Witcher is a multimedia franchise of books, video games, television series, and movies based around the written works of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. - Witcher Wiki I'm interested in trying ...
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What ties the various Final Fantasy series together, aside from the name?

I've played several of the final fantasies over the years, and while they seem to have a few common elements, there seems to be some significant differences between the various worlds. Is there any ...
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What is the natural prey for headcrabs?

Headcrabs perfectly fit on human heads. But they must have evolved to that point on their home world (which is not Xen, btw.) without humans. How did their food chain look like before they came (...
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Why do humans rule Mushroom Kingdom?

By all means, Princess Peach looks human. So, her father should also be human. Citizens of Mushroom Kingdom are Toads (colorful toads) and maybe, Yoshis (colorful Yoshis). Why would humans rule it? ...
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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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What was Magus' failed attack on Lavos?

Magus spends his whole adult life wanting to get revenge on Lavos. He tries to summon it in the Middle Ages, but the party interferes. Once he gets back to 12,000 B.C. in Zeal, he finally confronts ...
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Why did the Mars population flee to Earth if they had the Soul Cube?

Somehow, I think I missed a bit. The old civilization that was uncovered by UAC on Mars, apparently escaped to Earth after accidentally (just like the UAC) opening the Hellgate with their ...
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Who were the heroes in Diablo?

The original Diablo was rather light on character back story. You were a random hero who was in Tristram to put down some skeletons, and along the way you decide that killing the guy in the basement ...
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Are Adam Jensen and the Denton brothers related?

In Deus Ex Human Revolution Adam Jensen is revealed to be special in that his body naturally accepts augmentations with zero rejection. In the original Deus Ex both Paul and JC Denton are also unique ...
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What has the destruction of the World Stone done to Sanctuary?

At the end of Diablo 2 Baal destroys the Worldstone, but I'm really hazy on the purpose of the 'World Stone'. Are there any official explanations, in a novel or statement by blizzard what the stone's ...
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Who and what are the Prime Evils?

While waiting for Diablo 3 to come out, I have been playing Diablo 2 for the first time with a buddy. While playing, I've heard several characters mention the Prime Evils. The game doesn't really do a ...
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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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Flash point-and-click game where you are a newly risen ghost

I don't remember exactly when I played it... within the last decade and a half. It was a game that I played online in a browser, almost certainly in Shockwave Flash. I'm almost entirely certain it was ...
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Why do digger-zombies walk in the wrong direction after emerging from the ground?

We have learned that the zombies in Plants vs. Zombies eat our precious plants because they hinder their way to get into the house. So the zombies themselves have no interest in eating the plants as ...
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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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Who exactly is Kreia aka Darth Traya?

As I played through Knights of the Old Republic 2, she tells us that she not only trained Revan, but also that she was also exiled and a Sith Lord. I’m wondering why she was exiled and what is her ...
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Does the game from "The Game" have a name?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Game", Riker's choice in shore leave company leads directly to the crew becoming addicted to a weird game in which the player needs to put discs into ...
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Why doesn't GLOPP mutate humans? [duplicate]

In Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project, it can be seen that G.L.O.P.P. (Gluon Liquid Omega-Phased Plasma) mutates alligators, rats, pigs etc. into giant monsters. But, when I (Duke) am attacked with green-...
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Why did the Gravemind not kill Master Chief as he was walking through High Charity in Halo 3?

I understand that people have argued that the Gravemind was waiting for Cortana's solution to the Flood to be revealed. But then the Gravemind doesn't kill Master Chief when he could have easily ...