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A Gaming Franchise Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a holiday characterized by food, and lots of it. The gaming industry has always been characterized by many franchises, some more popular than others. So, you might ask, what gaming franchise is our industry’s turkey? Stuffing? Well, here are all the answers.
Turkey is the classic food associated with Thanksgiving, and no one really eats whole turkeys any other time of the year. The only possible franchise to be the turkey of gaming is Mario, THE video game franchise. Gaming will forever be associated with Mario, and there have been so many Mario games made that at this point it isn’t even worth counting them.
Stuffing is my personal favorite of the Thanksgiving foods, and generally consists of scraps of the turkey and a lot of other little additions that make for a tasty dish. To me, the Uncharted series is the the stuffing of the gaming industry. It is my favorite gaming franchise, and it succeeds by borrowing “scraps” from other games and wrapping it up into a beautiful and polished package.
Mashed potatoes are great, but they can get a little old. I mean, its just mashed potatoes; there isn’t much to them (except a lot of cream and butter). Call of Duty is the mashed potatoes of the gaming industry; they keep churning them out every year, and they are always good, but they never change that much. My only complaint with Call of Duty games is that they never dare to change up their winning formula.
Cranberries can be eaten in many ways on Thanksgiving, whether in a sauce, from a can, or one of many other ways. But, at the core, they are still cranberries. The Final Fantasy series includes many games, sometimes very different from each other, but they all share several unifying elements that allow you to immediately recognize an FF game when you see one. This is why the Final Fantasy games are the cranberries of the gaming industry.
One of the best parts about gravy is that you can literally put it on anything, and it will make it taste better. Every Thanksgiving, I cover my entire plate with gravy, no matter what is on it. While this may seem a bit of a stretch, the gravy of the gaming industry isn’t necessarily a franchise, but a genre, the genre of mobile games. Anytime, you can take out your iPhone, fire up a game of Angry Birds, Tilt to Live, Tiny Wings, or whatever your game of choice is, and enjoy yourself. You can play these games anywhere, just like you can put gravy anywhere on your plate.
Gaming has given me a lot to be thankful for this year, and these franchises/genres represent some of the things I appreciate about gaming. And in fact, the best thing about gaming, and what I am most thankful for this year (in gaming, at least) is that there are enough great franchises to represent the turkey, the stuffing, the mashed potatoes, the cranberries, and the gravy that we eat every year. Speaking of eating, I think it’s about time to dig into a little Uncharted.