<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Games Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//games http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//games <![CDATA[16 Tricks to Help You Defeat the More Experienced Catan Players in Your Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/settlers-of-catan-tips-tricks/christopher-myers

When you're sitting on a meager five victory points, holding 10 sheep that you just can't unload, and watching your friend hit longest road for the Settlers of Catan win, you may wonder where you went wrong in life. While you can't go back and change all of your poor life decisions - like that time you drank the expired milk and spent the next two days in the bathroom - you can learn a few tricks to win your next game of Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan is an award-winning board game created by German game designer Klaus Teuber which involves using resources to build settlements and cities on an island. Naturally, you want your society to be way better than the other ones, and therein lies the competition. You acquire victory points by building roads, armies, towns, and cities, and generally doing things that make a society look cool to its neighbors. All the while, you'll trade resources with said neighbors for mutual benefit.

This list includes some Settlers of Catan strategies that will take your gameplay to the next level. The game has a few specific mechanics that you can take advantage of to gain an edge on the competition. Keep reading below and learn how to win at Settlers of Catan every time. And remember to lord victories over your friends and family like the good sport that you are.

16 Tricks to Help You Defeat the More Experienced Catan Players in Your Life, board/card games, games, gaming, other,

Box People Out

Cutting off your friends from expanding to a new settlement and then watching them cry in despair is one of the most important aspects of Settlers of Catan. There are several techniques to achieve this end. First, you can use roads to wall in your opponents. Second, you can maximize the effectiveness of the "two spaces away" settlement placement rule. Instead of simply placing your own settlements two spaces from each other, you can take up more space by putting them three away while still preventing your opponent from placing a settlement in between your two. Be mindful when you do this, however, so it doesn't backfire and prevent you from building a settlement in a desired location.

Diversify Your Portfolio

This refers more to the number token on the resource than the specific resource being sought. It's better to have one settlement on a six, and one on an eight, than two on the same number. The latter scenario results in collecting resources in bursts, which makes a player more vulnerable to losing half their cards when a seven is rolled.

That said, some diversity in resource type is also beneficial. Being self-sufficient can be the difference between a win and a loss in the late game. Basically, you never want to have all your eggs in one basket.

Choose Your Trading Partners Wisely

There is more to a trade than simply getting a good deal. Keep in mind that the trade will benefit the other trader as well, and if that person is already beating you then they can run away with the game. If someone is only one or two victory points away from winning, then it's safe to say that no one should be trading with them at all. A general rule is if they are showing seven victory points without longest road or largest army, do not trade with them. If you are racing someone to a prime settlement location, then you don't want to give them the resources they need to beat you to it. Sometimes it's better to take a bad deal from the bank than to give others access to your precious resources.

Bricks Mean Business

Bricks are the most important resource in the game. On a standard Settlers board, there are three brick and three ore spaces. Brick is necessary for both roads and new settlements, meaning that this resource is in high demand. This is especially true at the beginning of the game, where most players need a few roads and a settlement just to get off the ground. As the game goes on, the focus starts to switch toward ore and wheat, but brick retains value as people strive for the longest road card. Basically, a brick space with a good number on it's going to be a much sought after space.

There Are Two Basic Strategies

The first strategy is to build as many settlements as possible. You focus on the brick and wood resources, and to a lesser extent, sheep. You need a lot of room to expand using this strategy, and you should also try to get longest road. Area control is key, making sure that you can build in new areas while your opponents cannot.

The second strategy is to focus on ore and wheat, and use it to make cities and get development cards. Ore is more important than wheat, as cities require three ore and two wheat to build. The downside to this strategy is that it's vulnerable to the robber, so it makes sense to also go for the largest army bonus if you take this route. Start getting knights early so you can fend off any robbers that seek to ruin your economy. Getting a port also goes well with this strategy.

You can also combine the two strategies, but be careful not to overextend yourself. Additionally, do not try to go for both the largest army and the longest road cards. Pick one, and commit. 

Last to Place? Get a Port

The last person to place their first settlement is in a great position to grab a 2:1 port, because they will know exactly where their second settlement will go. Remember to place the port first (so you can pick up three resources for your settlement), followed by a settlement that takes advantage of the 2:1 ratio. When taking this strategy, it's okay to break apart your settlements to different parts of the board, but make sure that you leave yourself room to expand. Also, keep in mind that you will be forgoing longest road if you take this route.


When using the monopoly development card, it's good to trade away all of one type of resource before using it - then you can ask for that type of resource and get all your cards back, and more! It's a very effective way to get a bunch of different resources essentially for free. Be prepared for a few upset friends, however.

Besides being a development card in the game, monopolizing resources can be a good way to increase the value of your own goods compared to those of your neighbors. Generally speaking, if everyone else lacks access to a resource you produce, you can get a much better exchange on that resource.

On Opening Turns, Ports Shouldn't Be Chosen Second

Keep in mind that during your second turn of the initial placement phase, you will pick up resource cards according to the adjacent resources. If you pick a port, that means that you will only get two instead of the usual three. Therefore, if you want to open up with a port, be sure to do it on the first placement turn and never the second.

What the Heck Are the Dots For?

You may have noticed that the number tokens have dots, ranging from one to five. These dots represent the probability of rolling that number on a given turn (each dot represents the dice combinations out of 36 that can make that number). In other words, more dots are good. You want dots. If you ever aren't sure about which is the better of two spots on the board - based purely on probability of rolls - add up the dots on each tile and go with the intersection that has the higher total number.

Beware of the Sheep Glut

During almost every game, there will be an excess of sheep at some point. Everyone will have sheep, and everyone will be trying to unload them. A person with a well situated sheep port can turn this into an advantage, but this route is only worth pursuing if it's convenient within a player's larger strategy. Above all, don't focus too heavily on acquiring sheep early in the game. They will come. They always come. 

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:41:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/settlers-of-catan-tips-tricks/christopher-myers
<![CDATA[Best Games of the 00s (& Late 99)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-games-of-the-00s-_-and-late-99_/anton-gustavsson

Here you can vote for what games were you´re favorites from the 2000s

I added some of the games released in late 99 since you played them alot in the 2000s as well.

These are all games from various kinds of consoles

Best Games of the 00s (& Late 99),

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings


Guild Wars

Guitar Hero II

Halo 3

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

Pokémon Gold and Silver crystal

Rome: Total War

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

World of Warcraft

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:51:30 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-games-of-the-00s-_-and-late-99_/anton-gustavsson
<![CDATA[14 Video Games That Let Players Take Drugs and Completely Trip Balls]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-to-trip-balls-in-games/aaron-edwards

While video games mostly focus on new and exciting ways to vanquish one's foes, some of the more interesting titles like to get trippy while they do it. There are plenty of ways to do drugs in video games, beginning with early games like Super Mario Bros. (someone pass the mushrooms!). OK, that one's a stretch, but Mario does get more powerful when he gobbles down a 'shroom and if you really think about it, that game is trippy as hell.

But this list isn't about implied drug use or plumbers. It's about ways to get high in video games. In modern games, drugs can be found all over the place. Sometimes it’s super explicit like in Max Payne, while at other times it’s a bit more cartoony like in Narc. Some games, like Far Cry 3, thrive on the drug trip as part of its style and others use them as genius pieces of world building - like in the Fallout series, where drug dependence is very real and can change your character's stat line.

Keep reading below to see 14 games where characters go way, way down the rabbit hole. 

14 Video Games That Let Players Take Drugs and Completely Trip Balls,

Max Payne

The story of Max Payne revolves around a designer drug called valkyr that has some pretty nasty side effects. Developed by the military for a black-ops program, it ended up causing hallucinations and insanity in its users. Obviously it ends up on the street. Later in the game, Max gets hit with a huge dose of the stuff, sending him into a trippy nightmare where he imagines himself in the panels of a graphic novel. 

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

The Elder Scrolls games give you the means to do just about anything in the worlds they create, and that includes getting really, really high. The name of the drug is skooma, a crystal that you can smoke to get a stat boost in some areas - but it also gives a massive drop in others. Most notably, your agility hits rock bottom which makes you as sluggish as a drunken dragon.  

Batman: Arkham Asylum

When the Scarecrow shows up in anything related to Batman, you can bet there will be some toxin-induced visions. This one is particularly brutal, with Batman getting drugged and entering his own private house of imagined horrors. While the section is repeated several times throughout the game and can become tiresome later, there is one notable moment where he relives the death of his parents. 

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

The third game in the Uncharted series decided to go the trippy direction in certain sequences. Dosed with a fear drug, Drake goes berserk in Yemen as he’s goaded by the disembodied voice of the game’s antagonist. After going nuts and falling asleep, he ends up right in her clutches. 

Far Cry 3

This game really played up the tribal iconography and stereotypes… which includes plenty of hallucinations. Not only do you get special hallucinogenic pills, but there’s also a mission where you burn down a field of marijuana. Breathing in the resulting smoke cloud makes the mission just a little bit more difficult to play. 

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Witchers thrive on potion making in order to fight the worst monsters out there. In The Witcher 2, developer CD Projekt RED gives players the chance to try a little drink called the visionary’s potion. The potion supposedly gives the character a look into the future, but what it really does is give you a vision of an alternate world filled with phallic mushrooms and an absolutely massive chicken. 

Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar has never been a company that creates tame video game experiences. Their games are all filled to the brim with profanity, gore, and a thin layer of mean-spirited social commentary for good measure. Grand Theft Auto V definitely pushes the envelope when it comes to drug use in the series. In one scene, Jimmy gives Michael a horse tranquilizer which leads to quite an experience. He gets abducted by aliens, thrown out of their ship, then he free falls all the way back to Los Santos in a technicolor haze.  

Watch Dogs

This game gives you an app to do just about anything, so why not get high? You have the ability to go on “digital trips,” which are exactly what they sound like. It’s all here: demons, robots, mechanical spider-tanks. Completing a trip unlocks a clothing item that players can add to the regular game. 

Fallout: 4

The makers of the original Fallout games - and the subsequent sequels - were meticulous when they built the world. There are drugs called "chems" all over the place that players can use for various stat boosts. Mentats buff intelligence, Psycho increases damage output, and Med-X gives more damage resistance. You must keep taking the drugs to get the boosts... but that means your character will get addicted quickly. There are a few ways to get rid of the addictions such as doctors and anti-addiction meds, and players also have access to the Party Boy/Girl perk, which gives them an immunity to addiction. 

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

At the start of the game, your character has awoken from a nine-year coma only to narrowly survive an assassination attempt. Your hospital buddy, Ishmael, gives you a little something called digoxin to get you back on your feet. But what the game doesn’t tell you is that digoxin can cause confusion and hallucinations, which explains some of the crazy fire ghosts and psychic masked children you see slaughtering everyone around you as you try to escape with your life. 

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:11:30 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-to-trip-balls-in-games/aaron-edwards
<![CDATA[26 Celebrities Who Look Just Like Video Game Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-look-like-video-game-characters/nathandavidson

Art constantly imitates life, and that is definitely the case when it comes to video game characters. These are celebrities who look like video game characters. Celebs who look like video game characters so much, in fact, it's possible they're actually the same entity. Come on, you don't think there's even a slight possibility that some video game characters are celebrities and vice versa? Take a look at these video game characters who look like celebrities below and judge for yourself. Just make sure you turn off your VR headset before you begin so you don't shatter the space-time continuum. 

26 Celebrities Who Look Just Like Video Game Characters,

Adam Sandler

Angelina Jolie

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Cameron Diaz

Conan O'Brien

Dennis Hopper

Johnny Knoxville

Josh Brolin

Leslie David Baker

Ron Perlman

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:11:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-look-like-video-game-characters/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[18 Video Games Turned Into Adorable Children's Book Covers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-storytime-versions-of-your-favorite-games/chris-abraham

Who would have thought that video game characters would make perfect children's storybook covers? If you answered Los Angeles-based artist Jo3bot (Joey Spiotto), you would be correct. After showcasing some of his pop-culture/kid's book mashups in 2014 at Gallery 1988, Spiotto went viral. He decided to take his best drawings and turn them into two popular books, both of which can be purchased on his Kickstarter Page.

If you enjoyed the incredible pieces of art on this list, consider buying Joey's books! They are full color and contain information about each piece. Vote up your favorites on this list, and check out more of Jo3bot's work on his website.


18 Video Games Turned Into Adorable Children's Book Covers,


Fallout 3

Metal Gear Solid



Resident Evil

Super Mario Bros.

The Legend of Zelda

Mortal Kombat

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:01:34 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-storytime-versions-of-your-favorite-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[8 Obscure Mario Games You Definitely Haven't Played]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/obscure-mario-games-you-havent-played/chris-abraham

He's the most recognized video game mascot in the world, but even the biggest Nintendo fans haven't played every single Mario game. Whether they're Japanese exclusives or dated educational games, there's a good chance you have not only never played the Mario games on this list, but never even heard of them either. We all love titles like Mario 64 and Super Mario World, but it's fascinating to learn about the lesser-known Mario games that only a select group have played. Some are so obscure there are barely any pictures of them on the Internet - take Mario Undoukai for example, a Japanese Mario arcade game that played like Dance Dance Revolution.

This list includes Mario educational games, Japanese Mario exclusives, Mario arcade games that were coin (or medal) operated, and much more. These are definitely deep cuts when it comes to the beloved Mario franchise, so hopefully you learn a thing or two about these weird games.

8 Obscure Mario Games You Definitely Haven't Played,

Hotel Mario

Widely considered one of the worst Mario titles ever made, Hotel Mario was published by Philips Interactive and Nintendo for the Phillips CD-i in 1994. The image above is from one of the many cut-scenes in the game, which were horrible quality and completely non-interactive. The object of the game was to close doors at one of seven hotels being ran by Bowser, all while avoiding enemies and not exceeding a given time limit. The gameplay from this terrible puzzle game looked like this:

Mario no Photopi

You probably played the heck out of Mario Paint for SNES, but the Japanese exclusive Mario no Photopi undoubtedly flew under your radar. Released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64, Mario no Photopi was a creativity game that allowed players to import their own images via SmartMedia cards that fit into the top of the game's cartridge. You could decorate your photos with Mario artwork, add different borders and fonts, and much more. It looks pretty cool, but did it have the Fly Swatting game? That's a deal breaker.

Mario Teaches Typing

I sure wish my elementary school had a copy of Mario Teaches Typing when I first learned to use a computer. Released for Microsoft Windows and certain Mac in 1991, Mario Teaches Typing was an educational typing game that taught players how to use a keyboard. Players would need to type sentences fast enough to get Mario or Peach past obstacles like pits of quicksand, Thwomps, and more. You can actually play this game online fairly easily, so take a trip to the past and see what educational games were like in the early '90s.

Mario the Juggler

Before Tiger Electronics made all those crappy handheld games in the early '90s, Nintendo was doing it with their Game & Watch units. Mario the Juggler was the final original Game & Watch unit, and was actually a conceptual remake of the first Game & Watch game ever produced, which was simply called Ball.

The object of Mario the Juggler was to juggle items for as long as possible, with the player controlling Mario's left and right hands with two corresponding buttons. Three misses and you got Game Over.

Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up

When it comes to bizarre Mario titles, this one might take the cake. Released in 1992 as a MS-DOS game, Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up was essentially an electronic coloring book (think Mario Paint but with way less options.) Each page featured a theme from common careers, including lawyer, pharmacist, traffic director, and more.

Wrecking Crew '98

Released in 1998 for Super Famicon, Wrecking Crew '98 was a direct sequel to the original Wrecking Crew, which was a launch title for the original NES. Wrecking Crew '98 took a more competitive approach to the concept of the original, pitting two players against each other with the goal of demolishing all their bricks before the other player did so. Although you can play as Mario and Luigi, characters that are unique to the game include Eggplant Man, Gotchawrench, and the nefarious Foreman Spike (who some believe was the inspiration for Wario.)

Mario Roulette

A rare Japanese medal (coin-operated) arcade game, Mario Roulette was developed and released by Nintendo in 1991, in partnership with Konami. Based on the Bonus Game from Super Mario World, the player would insert a coin, and then press the button on the machine to stop the 8 blocks from spinning. If the player successfully lined them up and ended up with Princess Peach in the center square, they would win.

Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium

Many American NES owners had a copy of Excitebike in their library, but you've probably never even heard of Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium. Before you laugh at the name too hard, you should know that "bun bun" is Japanese onomatopoeia for a buzzing noise that is sometimes associated with motorcycles.

Also known simply as Excitebike: Mario Battle Stadium, this was a title only available through Nintendo's Satellaview service, which allowed Super Famicom users to download games, magazine articles, and more from the Internet. The game was basically the same concept as the original Excitebike, but all the characters were replaced with Mario, Luigi, Wario, Peach, and more of your favorite Nintendo characters.

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:12:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/obscure-mario-games-you-havent-played/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Country Songs About Gambling]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/country-songs-about-gambling/ranker-music

These country songs about gambling are among the most memorable in the genre. The songs on this list take listeners straight out of Nashville and into Las Vegas, with tales of luck both good and bad – though arguably, more of the latter. It's no surprise that many of the songs listed here that are about Vegas, the beating heart of gambling in the United States and arguably the world.

If you're a country fan, you'll likely know these songs' lyrics by heart. Kenny Rogers’ iconic song “The Gambler” was released in November 1978. It tells the tale of a man who meets up with a gambling stranger who, for a taste of whiskey, offers up some sage advice about gambling and life in general. “The Gambler” was a massive crossover hit, at a time when the line between country and pop was rarely crossed by any single. Other great country poker songs and tunes about playing craps, slots, and more include Clint Black’s “A Good Run of Bad Luck,” “Aces” by Suzy Bogguss, and “Let’s Go to Vegas” by Faith Hill. 

Which of these hits deserves the top spot on this list of country gambling songs? You decide, with your votes.

The Best Country Songs About Gambling,

The Gambler

Queen Of Hearts

One More Dollar

Ace in the Hole

Kentucky Gambler

Losin' in Las Vegas

A Good Run of Bad Luck

Walking Away a Winner

From a Jack to a Queen

Big in Vegas

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:41:39 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/country-songs-about-gambling/ranker-music
<![CDATA[The Best Video Games to Play When You're High]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-stoned-video-games/amanda-lynn

Weed + Video Games = True Love. Whether you're sinking into the couch with an indica or blasting through synaptic hula hoops on a sweet sativa, video games are fun to play when you're high. 

The only problem? Choosing the best video games to play when you're high can be as much of an existential crisis as choosing the best snack: they're ALL good, man. Yet, there are some clear standouts. Rank your bake-n-play favorites! Vote up the best video games to play when you're stoned.

The Best Video Games to Play When You're High,

Mario Kart Wii

Stoned driving: not cool, unless it's Mario Kart. Drift and draft your way around colorful obstacles courses with your favorite Nintendo characters to an energetic race soundtrack; what's not to enjoy? Shh, we won't talk about Rainbow Road.

World of Warcraft

Playing World of Warcraft high is not unlike time travel: suddenly, it's 12 hours later and you have vague memories of taking down an enormous spider with the help of a panda. Blizzard's MMORPG continues to pump out premium content, so you're unlikely to run out of things to do (hence the marathon sessions). The character creator alone can be quicksand for the meticulous stoner.


What better way to while away a high than building your own world, block by block? Let your artistic side run wild with abstract creations, go full survivalist with an underground bunker guarded by spiders - whatever you want, Minecraft is your dominion. Make a point to hike to the highest spot in you world to watch the sunrise. Just don't piss off any Creepers along the way.

Portal 2

As funny as it is frustrating, Portal 2 makes good use of a hybrid high. Let the indica calm your turret- and laser-induced stress while the sativa helps you keep up with the witty dialogue and clever puzzles. Best of all, if you plan ahead for the munchies, the cake *won't* be a lie.


Get lost in FEZ, a meandering, atmospheric puzzle platformer featuring some absolutely beautiful pixel environments and music to match. Unlike most traditional 2D platformers, you can rotate the world of FEZ for a new twist (sorry) on platforming. The nicest thing about playing FEZ while high? Death is but a brief blip before you're respawned at the nearest ledge. Phew. Stress-free.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Load up your texture mods and let the good times roll with this beautiful, open world ARPG. Maybe your bong rips have put you in the mood for slaying some dragons; maybe you just want to harvest lavender for a few hours and enjoy the scenery. With over 300 hours of gameplay, Skyrim makes it pretty easy to find some quest or task to suit your buzz.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Make like Towelie and grab your best giggly bud - as in the kind of weed that makes you giggle, but you could also grab your best giggly friend (or guy or pal). South Park: The Stick of Truth has all the bones of a classic RPG, topped with the hilarious trimmings of that infamous South Park humor. While you're good and high, take the time to read the item descriptions. Easter eggs, mmkay?

The Stanley Parable

With the right weed, a bout of The Stanley Parable can be the most hilarious thing ever. Brilliantly written and narrated, TSP invites you (Stanley) on a journey through your office to figure out why all of your coworkers have disappeared. The story sounds simple enough, but... well, you'll hear all about it from the narrator. Best paired with your favorite uplifting bud, as the hallway routes could spark claustrophobia for some stoned players.

Monument Valley

Talk about getting in the zone. The mobile puzzle platformer Monument Valley features stunning levels of impossible geometry alongside a dreamy soundtrack and minimalist art style. Equally minimalist in its story, the emphasis is on figuring out the clever puzzles of each monument dreamscape. Don't be surprised if you can't pull yourself away from your tablet and finish the game in one stoned sitting.

Zelda (Any Zelda, Let's Be Real)

From the original NES game to Skyward Sword and 25 years of games in between, Zelda is a timeless selection when you're good and baked. Ingenious dungeon design spans the series, more often than not accompanied by a stellar soundtrack. And some of the cleverest writing in games lives in Zelda's dialog boxes (the ones you're not button-stabbing your way through - looking at you, Kaepora Gaebora). The glorious symbiosis of Link and dank makes even Zelda II: The Adventure of Link tolerable! Weed wonders never cease.

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:31:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-stoned-video-games/amanda-lynn
<![CDATA[10 Terrifying VR Horror Games That Will Scare the Sh*t Out of You]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/scary-vr-horror-games/crystal-brackett

Virtual reality is the new frontier of video games, and horror lovers have definitely jumped on the bandwagon. With the recent launch of high-tech VR headsets such as the Oculus RiftHTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and the multitude of other headsets that have been made for mobile devices, the possibilities for gaming and 360-degree experiences are never ending, and you bet there's some scary virtual reality horror games out already. This list contains the most terrifying VR horror games, from bloody monster shooters to interactive murder mysteries, that really make you feel like you're stuck in a horrifying nightmare.

While alone in a virtual reality headset, things can get legitimately scary. Everything seems so real because it's happening from a first-person perspective... and there's no escape until the headset is taken off. When the environment is just creepy enough and a player can interact with that creepy environment, it's a recipe for fear. These scary VR games let you experience a whole new kind of horror.

10 Terrifying VR Horror Games That Will Scare the Sh*t Out of You,


Dreadhalls is a super-spooky classic dungeon crawler for Gear VR and Oculus Rift. As you search for a way out of the dark and desolate hallways from a first person perspective, the things lurking in the darkness will stalk and prey upon you, leading to tons of jump scares.

A Chair in a Room

Explore the surrounding environment and solve puzzles in this psychological horror game while discovering why you, a patient, have suddenly woken up in The Greenwater Institute with no memory of how you got there. This full-on room-scale VR game gives the already ominous environment an even more realistic feeling and leaves you with constant dread as you discover secrets and clues.


Live through this psychological horror game as a therapist digging their way through the trauma and fears that live inside the minds of your patients. Nevermind's experience is enhanced by using physiological feedback to change the environment, meaning that as the player becomes more frightened, the game will react and change the surroundings to match their fear levels. 

Albino Lullaby

The deranged and twisted path the player takes to make their way through Albino Lullaby doesn't need jump scares or bloody violence. As you try to escape from a land full of ever-increasing terrors, the psychedelic real-time visuals that accompany the narrative are surreal and nightmarish enough to have anyone shaking in their VR headset.


Monstrum is an indie horror game that can be played with or without a virtual reality headset, but survival horror is a million times more terrifying in VR. Especially when it involves running from flesh-eating monsters that won't hesitate to jump on faces.

The Brookhaven Experiment

Fight wave after wave of giant gory zombie creatures and try to survive the hordes for as long as possible in The Brookhaven Experiment. As the monsters multiply, they surround you in the center of a dark environment and gradually close in around you as they are left to fight for their life.

Dead Secret

Dead Secret is a murder mystery set in the very stereotypically creepy setting of rural Kansas in the 1960s. Find clues to uncover the truth behind what actually happened to a dead professor, because the killer is still close... very close.

Emily Wants to Play

In Emily Wants to Play, you're just trying to deliver a pizza when you get trapped inside a boarded-up house. Now, you have to frantically attempt to get out of the creepy horror house, and you certainly need to stay away from Emily and those terrifying dolls (and stay alive) in the process.

Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

This PlayStation VR exclusive is from the same minds behind Until Dawn and is perfectly horrific for anyone who's scared of clowns. You have to shoot your way through a creepy carnival - and try not to die at the hands of all the demonic carnies that lie within. Sounds fun, right?


Embark on a cryptic quest to find your missing sister in Alone?. There are plenty of terrifying things that are just waiting to be found in the dark corners, but it takes a brave soul to search through all of them.

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 02:21:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/scary-vr-horror-games/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[10 Reasons Majora's Mask Is the Creepiest Zelda Game Ever Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/scariest-zelda-game-majoras-mask/chris-abraham

If you're a big fan of the franchise, it's really hard to argue that Majora's Mask isn't the creepiest Zelda game ever made. Twilight Princess is dark, and Ocarina of Time has its moments as well, but with the moon falling from the sky and Link facing an impending doom, Majora's Mask simply doesn't have much competition when it comes to scary Zelda games. Between its soundtrack, creepy visuals, bizarre storytelling and overall mechanic of fighting against time, Majora's Mask is creepy in all the right ways. It's hard to even consider it a children's game, as its main theme seems to be the inevitability of death.

There are even theories about Majora's Mask that claim Link is actually dead the whole time, although this is not officially confirmed by Miyamoto himself. Here are 10 reasons why The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is hands down the scariest Zelda game of all time.

10 Reasons Majora's Mask Is the Creepiest Zelda Game Ever Made,

Clock Town On the Final Day

Time is an essential mechanic in Majora's Mask, with the terrifying moon getting closer and closer to Termina as the final day approaches. The game's central area, Clock Town, does a beautiful job of capturing this impending doom in more than one way.

One of the subtle ways this is accomplished is with music that changes from day to day. The first day is cheerful and happy, the second day becomes a little more melancholy, and the final day has really dark undertones that make it very obvious that something is wrong. The final hours before the moon crashes has a completely different song altogether, which is somber and almost an acceptance that life as you know it is about to end. It's a great touch to the game that really makes you feel like you are living through this horrible event.

However, it's not just the music that gives off this creepy effect, but the behavior of the townspeople as well. If you visit Clock Town on the final day, you'll realize the town has been virtually deserted. Only a select few have stayed, including the construction foreman who calls everyone cowards for leaving, and the soldiers who guard the exits, visibly shaken and terrified by what is about to happen. With attention to detail like  this, it's no wonder why so many Zelda fans consider Majora's Mask to be the best entry in the series, and why so many others consider it to be the creepiest.

The Garo

"To die without leaving a corpse... That is the way of the Garo."

Once Link manages to make it to Ikana Kindom towards the end of the game, he is confronted by the Garo. These ghostly spirits were once enemies of the Ikana Kingdom, and although they perished long ago, they still haunt the kingdom and appear to Link if he dons the Garo's Mask. Although confused, they still understand that Link himself is not a Garo, remarking, "Master! You called!...!!!...What are you???"  The Garo will then form a ring of fire around themselves and the player, to keep Link trapped while they fight to the death.

The creepiest part comes later when you confront the Garo Master mini-boss in the Stone Temple Tower. After you've defeated him, he pulls out a bomb and literally kills himself right before your very eyes, leaving you with the departing words, "Die I shall, leaving no corpse. That is the law of the Garo." Suicide in a Nintendo title? Way to go Majora's Mask.


The Hand in the Toilet

If you check the restroom at the back of the Stock Pot Inn between the hours of midnight and 6am, you will encounter something mysteriously know as "???" in the toilet. When you interact with it, a creepy hand emerges from the toilet, simply saying, "Pa-pa-pa-paper, please!" Link can turn over any item made of paper to the hand, such as the Letter to Kafei or one of his title deeds. In doing so, "???" will reward Link with a piece of heart.

Says Shigeru Miyamoto of the hand: "There are some ghost stories in Japan where- when you are sitting in the bathroom in the traditional style of the Japanese toilet- a hand is actually starting to grab you from beneath. It's a very scary story."

The Happy Mask Salesman

"You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?"

Although he made his debut in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the Happy Mask Salesman plays his most prominent role in Majora's Mask. Is there anything about this guy that isn't unnerving? The fixed look on his face when he's happy is strange enough, but anger him and he will sporadically lash out and begin to yell at you and even strangle you.

What's most mysterious about this man, though, is how little we actually know about him. Link first encounters the Happy Mask Salesman at the bottom of the Clock Tower, right after turning into a Deku Scrub. He appears out of nowhere, remarks that he's been following you, and somehow always knows what you've been up to, despite never leaving his post. Although he does teach you the Song of Healing, he loses his mind when Link tells him he was unable to recover Majora's Mask for him.

When the game is completed, the Happy Mask Salesman leaves you with these final, ominous words:

"Since I am in the midst of my travels… I must bid you farewell. Shouldn’t you be returning home? Whenever there’s a meeting a parting is sure to follow. However, that parting need not last forever… whether a parting be forever or merely for a short time… that is up to you.”

The Mask Transformations

In Majora's Mask, Link can put on three different masks that turn him into another creature (Deku Scrub, Goron, and Zora.) Pretty cool, right? Wrong. When Link puts these masks on, he is clearly in a great deal of pain during the transformations.

The mask takes hold of Link's face, and while a purple aura swirls behind him and he screams in pain, you can literally hear his bones breaking as he molds into whatever form he will be taking. You can skip these cut-scenes after you've transformed once, but the first time they occur you are forced to watch the suffering in its entirety. Pain. Suffering. Death. This is what Majora's Mask is all about.

Pamela's Father

At the top of Ikana Canyon, Link stumbles upon a music box house that has giant speakers attached to the top (although no music is playing.) When he first arrives and tries to open the door, he is denied by a voice on the other side, who tells him, "Keep away from our house! My father is not one of you!" However, once you've learned the Song of Storms and restore the water flow, the music box house will begin to play a creepy song, and the player hears the front door unlocking.

When you enter the house, you quickly learn there is nothing of interest on the main floor, leading you down to explore the basement. It is here that you see a lone closet at the end of the room, where a half-mummified man suddenly bursts out of and begins to approach you in an awkward, stumbling manner. His mouth agape, he is clearly in pain, and it's not until the little girl Pamela bursts into the room and tells you to stop that you realize this man is her father.

Pamela forces her father back into the closet, but once you play the Song of Healing for him, he is restored to his normal self. It is revealed that he went insane after venturing down into the well, where Link eventually must ascend himself. It's not often you get a happy ending in Majora's Mask, but even if this story ended up uniting a father and her daughter, it's still one of the creepiest segments of the game to play through.

The Creepy Moon That Will Inevitably Kill Everything

Seriously, remind me how this is a kid's game again? The feature game-mechanic of Majora's Mask involves constantly rewinding time, before 72 hours passes and the creepiest moon you've ever seen in your life crashes down to Termina and kills everything in sight. He smiles menacingly at you as he looms above and watches your every move; a grim reminder that if you aren't quick enough, you and everyone around you will be destroyed.

The game reminds you every 12 hours how much time you have left, even if you're in the middle of a dungeon. This adds a certain panic to your gameplay, as this timer is something not found in any other Zelda title. The terrifying moon is one of the many reasons why Majora's Mask is not only one of the most disturbing Zelda games ever made, but one of the most unique as well.

Elegy of Emptiness

"I grant you a solider who has no heart. One who will not falter in the darkness."

In Majora's Mask, the Elegy of Emptiness is a song that Link learns from the spirit Igos du Ikana, which allows him to create a hollow statue of himself. These statues are used for solving puzzles involving multiples switches that must be triggered at the same time, but unfortunately for the player, these statues are also complete nightmare fuel.

Just take a look at what this statue looks like in the picture above. WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO US NINTENDO? This hollow version of Link greets the player with dead eyes and a menacing smile, further proving that Miyamoto definitely wanted to scar children for life with Majora's Mask. In fact, the statue is so creepy that it spawned one of the scariest Creepypasta stories on the Internet, simply called "Ben Drowned." If you've never read this story, I highly recommend you don't read it before bed (unless you want to stay up all night staring at the ceiling.)


"They... They come at night... every year when the carnival approaches... They come riding in a bright, shining ball. A whole lot of them come down... And then... they come to the barn..."

If this quote from Romani sounds terrifying to you, that's because it really is. In one of the side quests in Majora's Mask, you are tasked with defending Romani Ranch from...aliens?! That's right- as if this game weren't creepy enough, they had to throw an alien invasion into the mix.

Simply referred to as "Them," these aliens arrive at Romani Ranch two days before the Carnival of Time, with the intention of abducting cows. At exactly 2:30am, "They" will begin to appear at the ranch. Link's job is to fend off the aliens using his Hero's Bow, until 5:30am when the sun comes up and the invaders all disappear. If you fail in your task and "They" reach the barn, the cows, along with Romani, will be abducted into a bright ball of light. If this happens, Link can come back to the ranch on the Final Day, where Romani has had her memory erased and can't remember anything of the night she was abducted. Isn't this supposed to be a kid's game? 


The Stone Temple Tower in Majora's Mask is one of the hardest Zelda dungeons ever made, and the terrifying mini-boss Gomess has a lot to do with that. This phantom-like shadow monster is covered in bats that Link must disperse before being able to strike him, and only appears once the temple has been inverted.

Gomess is creepy enough in appearance, but what really makes him spooky is that he seems to symbolize the Grim Reaper, further adding to the theory that Link is actually dead in Majora's Mask. In French, Gomess shares the name "Facuheur," which translates to "death sword." The French term for Grim Reaper is "la Faucheuse," and since Gomess is a cloaked figure who wields a scythe, it's impossible not to draw the comparison.

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:06:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/scariest-zelda-game-majoras-mask/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The 10 Hardest Legend of Zelda Dungeons in Franchise History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hardest-zelda-dungeons-of-all-time/chris-abraham

The Legend of Zelda series can be described in a lot of ways, but easy is not always one of them. The bread and butter of the Zelda franchise is its intricate dungeons, but as this list proves, not all Zelda dungeons are created equal. The intricate puzzles and infuriating bosses make the hardest Zelda dungeons masterpieces of rage, so we decided to take a look at the 10 most difficult Zelda dungeons from the series so far. Specific phrases like “Great Palace” and “Stone Temple Palace” make almost every serious Zelda fan shudder, but there are plenty of other rage-inducing dungeons that deserve medals of frustration as well.

If you think the most frustrating Zelda dungeon isn't on this list, let us know what it is in the comments, and why you struggled with it. This list is obviously subjective, but the 10 on this list are all objectively difficult.

The 10 Hardest Legend of Zelda Dungeons in Franchise History,

Tower of Spirits (Spirit Tracks)

The Tower of Spirits is the central dungeon from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. Just like the Temple of the Ocean King from Phantom Hourglass, you are forced to revisit it multiple times as you progress through the game. Although Tower of Spirits fixed the problem of having to replay the same parts of the dungeon each time in order to advance to new ones, the difficulty of this temple earns it a spot on this list.

The length of the dungeon is longer compared to other Zelda games, as it has a whopping thirty levels to it. The gimmick of this dungeon is that Link must possess the body of several different Phantom Knights, each with their own unique ability. If you direct one of these knights to the wrong location, you're going to have to start over, and by that time you've already forgotten what the hell you were doing in the first place.

Death Mountain (The Legend of Zelda)

Often referred to as Level 9, Death Mountain is the final dungeon in The Legend of Zelda for NES. Located in Spectacle Rock, Death Mountain is the longest dungeon in the game, with over fifty rooms to conquer. Link must overcome foes like Wizzrobes and Lanmoles before facing Ganon, the mentally taxing final boss. This was the original WTF Zelda dungeon that had players pulling their hair out, and it's difficulty still holds up almost 30 years later.

Great Bay Temple (Majora's Mask)

You might groan at two different water temples being included on this list, but many Zelda fans find the Great Bay Temple (including myself) to be really difficult. The third dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the Great Bay Temple is similar to Ocarina's Water Temple in that it involves manipulating water in order to advance. This time, however, you're manipulating the current of the water and which way it flows, rather than draining like you did in the previous game.

Collecting all the stray fairies (if you choose to do so) is a pain in the butt, and the boss Gyorg is fairly tedious and annoying as well. Let's not forget, you are on a timer as you play through the temple, which adds extra pressure to complete it before your three days are up.

Great Palace (Zelda II: The Adventure of Link)

Many hardcore Zelda fans consider Great Palace from The Adventure of Link to be the most unrelenting Zelda dungeon of all time. The last dungeon in the game, the Great Palace is located in the Valley of Death, where the Triforce of Courage can found. Although the confusing map layout and unforgiving pits of lava are some of the challenges in this temple, the main reason it's on this list is because of how tedious it is.

In order to defeat the Thunderbird (which isn't even the temple's final boss,) you HAVE to have a thunder spell. Where do you get it? A random guy in town, who makes you collect 4 magic containers that are very well hidden before finally handing it over to you. Only then do you stand a chance of maybe defeating the Thunderbird, which again, isn't even the final boss. Let's not forget you can get a Game Over as well, forcing you to start from the BEGINNING of the game if you fail (which you probably will.) F*ck you Great Palace; you are legitimately awful.

Ice Palace (A Link to Past)

The fifth Dark World dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to Past, the Ice Palace is unique in that it is the first ice temple to appear in a Zelda game. With ice floors in almost every room, your walking traction is majorly reduced, making for very difficult maneuverability and frustrating combat with enemies (especially those damn green penguins.) The Ice Palace also involves a ton of backtracking, which is super annoying considering the map layout is confusing and you're slipping and sliding all over the place when you run. Kholdstare, the final boss, is fortunately not located on an ice floor, but is still pretty difficult nonetheless.

City in the Sky (Twilight Princess)

Before Skyward Sword took Link above the clouds to Skyloft, there was the City in the Sky dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. One of the final dungeons in the game, City in the Sky is difficult for several reasons. It features a very large and disorienting map, where you're traveling both vertically and horizontally using your clawshot and eventually double clawshot (which is a really fun aspect of the dungeon.) The City in the Sky features a ton of spinning obstacles that you need to attach yourself to, which can be disorienting and often times confusing for the player. It's definitely the grand finale of Twilight Princess; if you can make it out of here alive it's all smooth sailing from that point on.

Sand Ship (Skyward Sword)

Although it was one of the better-designed dungeons in Skyward Sword, the Sand Ship was still fairly challenging for a multitude of reasons. Using time shift stones, the player must switch between past and present to solve puzzles, which can get really confusing. Some of the enemies in this dungeon were frustrating to fight as well, considering Skyward Sword has the trickiest control schemes of any Zelda game. A room with three Beamos you fight at the same time? No thank you!

Water Temple (Ocarina of Time)

Considered the hardest temple in the game, the Water Temple from the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is notoriously difficult for first-time Zelda players. Hell, the Water Temple is practically an internet meme at this point, as even non-Zelda fans have probably heard about how harrowing it can be to complete.

Why is the Water Temple so difficult? The main gimmick of this dungeon involves raising the temple's water level up and down to solve puzzles, which gets confusing and involves a lot of experimenting and backtracking before you finally figure out what you're supposed to be doing. In the original version for N64, you also had to constantly equip and un-equip the iron boots, which was tedious and annoying (although they fixed this in the 3DS remake.) Add a mini-boss fight with Dark Link to the mix and you've got one difficult Zelda dungeon.

Stone Tower Temple (Majora's Mask)

Stone Tower Temple is fourth and final major dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, and boy is it a doozy. The Stone Tower Temple is the epitome of taking what you learned from a game up to that point and applying the logic to one final challenge, as all three mask transformations are required to get through this dungeon.

You'll need the Goron Mask to walk through lava, the Deku Mask to fly, and sometimes you don't even need a mask at all when you think you do. To top it off, not only are there two difficult mini-bosses to take down, but you must also flip the temple upside-down to complete a portion of it. With puzzles that are anything but straightforward and a wealth of knowledge required to complete it, the Stone Tower Temple just might be the hardest Zelda dungeon of all time.

Palace of Winds (The Minish Cap)

If you've never played The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, you should! It's probably the most underrated Zelda game in the series, and can be downloaded for $7.99 on the Wii U virtual store. Once you get to the Palace of Winds, however, you might regret ever buying the game.

As the dungeon's name suggests, you will be dealing with a lot of wind that can knock you over the edge, causing you to fall to your death. Couple that with some difficult enemies and a weird cloning mechanic, and you've got a pretty frustrating dungeon that is not only difficult, but super long as well. Just wait until you're one blow away from finishing off the boss and fall of the edge- you might just break your controller.

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:13:09 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/hardest-zelda-dungeons-of-all-time/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[Which of my Favourote Video Games is the Best]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/which-of-my-favourote-video-games-is-the-best/tamis1966

Read the title

Which of my Favourote Video Games is the Best,

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Halo: Reach


Call of Duty: Black Ops

Batman: Arkham City

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag


Batman: Arkham Knight

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:03:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/which-of-my-favourote-video-games-is-the-best/tamis1966
<![CDATA[23 Insane Situations Only Sims Addicts Would Think Are Normal]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-of-a-normal-day-in-the-sims/dukeharten

Hear ye hear ye, gamers! Anybody who enjoys The Sims will love some of the craziest descriptions of day-to-day life in the game, featured below. This list takes cues from the popular Reddit thread, and brings you the best of anormaldayinthesims!

These funny "a normal day in The Sims" stories cover everything from adultery and death to dancing in puddles of pee. A normal day in the Sims jokes are nothing like your typical jokes - herein lie the craziest happenings from the game, like dying of starvation because there's too much clutter on the counter. 

23 Insane Situations Only Sims Addicts Would Think Are Normal,

Baby Mama Drama

The Lovelace family decided being rich and sexy wasn't enough, so they started a sex club. Barbie and Ken Doll were invited and Barbie got so jealous after catching Ken trying to knock up Jezebel Lovelace that she flat out died. Also, Jezebel has no idea whose baby she's pregnant with. Now Jezebel's husband and Ken are fighting in a windowless bathroom with a stinking toilet.

Flirty Cop Ruins First Day

It was my first day as a police officer. I was booking a criminal at the station and was about to search her. Suddenly my coworker jumped in front of me and started flirting with the suspect and showing off his muscles. Then he spoiled my favorite show and walked away. I'm not sure if I want to go back for my second day.

New Neighbor Might Be a Pyro

A new neighbor had moved into town - just a regular guy looking for a new beginning. I visited him and we talked for eight hours straight, becoming best friends. He also peed himself but that's not important. Soon afterwards, maybe out of frustration, he went to a random drawer and lit it on fire with his mind. Needless to say I invited him to move in with my wife and son and he accepted. The more the merrier!

Extramarital Extraterrestrial

My sim married a man on the top of his career, then cheated on him with an Asian man, who happened to be an alien in disguise.

Dead Husband Is Jealous

So I was married, but then got interested in a guy. My husband died so I thought it was okay to go ahead and start an official relationship with this new man. However, my husband's ghost has started rumors in town that I am currently cheating on him so now all my acquaintances are judging me. Am I expected to stay with my dead husbands ghost for forever? It's really complicating my social life.

Tired of Grandma

I had a sweet, loving couple for such a long time. They had such a successful marriage and life, but then the game prompted that soon the end would come. After a week of still living, it never came. So I made grandma run the treadmill and then woohoo two times until her heart gave. And since I can't woohoo grandpa to death, I moved him out as a lonely widower.

Family Affair

My father divorced my mother and married my girlfriend's mother. Now I'm engaged to my girlfriend who is my step sister. Help.

A Proud Father

One of my Sim couples was expecting their first child. I guess the husband got a little too excited because he got in the car and drove to the hospital without his wife, who gave birth at home, alone. You'd think the husband would come home after he realized his mistake. Nope. He proceeded to flirt with a random lady carrying her newborn child out of the hospital. She started to flirt back. Her husband got angry. My Sim husband went home only to ignore his wife and new child. My Sims are now divorced.

Dad Dies from Too Much Woohoo

I married a man much older than me so I could have a baby. And then when he got old I woohoo'd him four times in a row in an attempt to have him die from over-exertion. But when it finally happened, I felt bad because my son has no father now.

Grave and Ghost Unrelated, Probably

I moved into a new house and there was a grave in the backyard. I walk out to the grave everyday and cry over the loss of whoever it was. I've never met this person, but I assume they are someone worth crying over. I cry in bed then play games online and feel happy again. After a good night's sleep, I walk out to the grave and mourn the loss of this unknown person again. On an unrelated note, a ghost keeps coming into my house at night and I hate him.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:11:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-of-a-normal-day-in-the-sims/dukeharten
<![CDATA[10 Hyped-Up RPGs That Are Extremely Overrated]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/overrated-rpgs/joreljones

First thing's first: the games on this list might not be the worst RPGs of all time - you're not going to find F.A.T.A.L. on here - but in terms of the massive disconnect between player expectations and eventual reception, these RPGs really let fans down. Many popular titles made the list, but popularity is a must when it comes to hype. If you're wondering to yourself, "What RPG should I get next?", then read on - just in case you're considering one of these titles that often left players unfulfilled. 

No doubt, some readers will be rubbed the wrong way; however, it's important to remember that one poor game doesn't ruin a series. Many series have that one bad egg that beckons to be remade for the sake of the series. In some cases, great games catch bad raps solely due to fan anticipation. It's okay if you love one or two of these. There's a mix of old RPGs and new RPGs, but most of these titles are modern because the social media era did wonders for video game hype and pre-release drama. Vote up the RPGs on this list that really failed to deliver on their hype.

10 Hyped-Up RPGs That Are Extremely Overrated,


For all of the fanatics out there that suggest Earthbound is an all-time great RPG, there are about an equal number of naysayers. A big issue is the game's lack of replay value for non-fanatics.

To its credit, Earthbound was a pioneer of the RPG genre because of its battle system. Enemies will chase you or attempt to flee depending upon your strength level. Earthbound was ahead of its time in the PvE department and that deserves credit, but when you pick up this game as a player of many modern RPGs, it feels like something is lacking.

The characters, story, and modes of storytelling carry the load for Earthbound overall. This is likely why the title has been able to attract a cult following. Each character can be memorable if given a chance, and the story has solid pacing without lulls and dry spells. There's humor and horror, but those don't add up to an all-time great with all of the RPG releases that have come since.

Final Fantasy VIII

The hype factor on this one should be understandable for most: this is the title that followed the legendary Final Fantasy VII.

There are lots of players that will defend this title, though most of them are likely series fanatics. But here's the thing: this isn't the most clear-cut RPG in terms of the combat. Final Fantasy VIII changed the battle system from the FFVII style that won the hearts of many. Many players argued that the new fighting style was just too difficult to master, causing this game to be a huge let-down.

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

The third generation of Pokémon started a decline in terms of innovation for the series. Catching them all was entertaining in the first generation (Red, Blue, and Yellow) because the game was fresh. The second generation (Gold, Silver, and Crystal) took place in a more realistic and entertaining world than the third generation (Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald). Graphically, Ruby and Sapphire are top-notch; each takes great advantage of the GameBoy Advance hardware.

What makes generation three a disappointment is the lack of relevant time. At the game's beginning, players leap out of a truck filled with belongings and are told to set the clock in the bedroom. In generation two, the time you choose in the beginning determines when certain Pokemon are available to you during the play-through. Additionally, the sun goes up and down, which affects the look of each city and route. 

As an RPG, generation three feels incomplete when set beside each of its predecessors. To its credit, though, generation three presents a greater challenge for players than ever before. Acquiring the badges and defeating the Elite Four is more difficult in this generation than the ones before it.

Final Fantasy XIV

The unusual predicament with Final Fantasy XIV Online is, when you look at the game today, it seems pretty great. That's because what you're seeing now is Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Final Fantasy XIV Online was released in September 2010, and it was so poorly received that Square Enix, its developer and publisher, took the game offline in November 2012 and rebuilt it from the ground up, resulting in A Realm Reborn.

Like most Final Fantasy games, XIV was an anticipated release; promises of online play intrigued many players, including newcomers to the Final Fantasy series. However, once it came out, there wasn't much to be excited about. Fans and critics agreed that the launch had been a failure filled with unstable servers, a non-intuitive user interface, and uninspired quest design.

The problem was rooted in the game's design principles. Near-empty areas still required lots of processing power because simple objects like flowerpots were built from 1000+ polygons and 100+ lines of shader code. Graphically, it was impressive, but if you can't even see that flowerpot because the game crashes so often, then what good is it?

BioShock Infinite

This shouldn't be a surprising inclusion for many. Some would say that by the time the BioShock series reached Infinite, it should have been concluded. Nonetheless, there was a clamor of hype surrounding the release.

BioShock Infinite included some aspects that deserve to be excluded from a shooter. When playing through the original BioShock, players often feel secluded and that's part of what makes the game great. For this series, it's the whole alone-with-a-gun-or-two angle that drives the gameplay forward. 

BioShock Infinite flipped the script and threw in non-player characters to interact with. Perhaps the story called for it, but it didn't necessarily have to (and probably shouldn't have, given the genre). Switching over from alone-with-a-gun to dialogue sequences is a pain in the neck for many first-person shooter fans. Some series fanatics won't even bother convincing you to give it a go when you compare it to its predecessors.


Destiny is an enigma. Calling the game an RPG is slightly sketchy because Bungie's goal was to develop its own genre when releasing this title. There are RPG elements to the game, and certainly MMORPG elements like raids. Destiny had to make the list because with a budget of $500 million, the standards to judge the project become "take over the industry or bust."

Overall, Destiny is not a bust; however, as Bungie's first attempt at something new after selling their major success (Halo), the gaming community's standards were pretty high. But for those fans that were paying close attention, Destiny's shortcomings were foreseeable. 

The Halo franchise was declining when Bungie let it loose. From an eSports perspective, this is clear, given how far the series has fallen behind its competitors. Design decisions in the transition between Halo 2 and Halo 3 were questionable, despite Halo 3's major success in its opening years. Many players stomached the changes and kept with the series, but they only stayed for as long as their patience could last. With Destiny, Bungie ran into trouble with story elements. The narrative was disjointed, and worse, it felt unimportant.

Some consider Bungie to be a studio with its best years behind them. Whether or not that's true depends on where Destiny goes from here. It's intended to be a project that will evolve in the years to come, and only time will tell if that actually happens.

Fallout: 4

Bad game? No, of course not. Good game? Probably... yes.

This is the usual response you get from Fallout 4 players, and that's after you listen to their rant on how the story became confusing and predictable simultaneously. This game's failures are primarily centered on the plot. If you're looking for a fun game to play through, give it a shot. But be warned: Fallout 4 is a great example of how unexpected twists and turns can be a bad thing.

Many aspects of Fallout 4 raise questions, yet players are still able to predict game-changing parts of the greater storyline. The way Fallout 4 tells its story, character motivations are not all given. As a result, the gameplay can become less interesting than previous titles in the series. The consequences of your successes and failures don't seem to matter as much anymore.

While some may claim the series just got old, the real problem was the hype behind Fallout 4's release was very real, and the product just didn't deliver.

Dragon Age II

Dragon Age II is a great example of one the greatest mistakes a developer can make when trying to make a great game. It's the sort of thing you see all the time with movies and books made into video games: it was a rushed project.

Many of the elements that players saw in the original Dragon Age were also present in the sequel. In an industry that's constantly evolving, it's important to keep with the times and Dragon Age II didn't do that. Also, according to one Escapist forum poster, there were limited "amounts of weapons and inventory items in comparison to Baldurs Gate, Neverwinter Nights, [and] even Dragon Age 1." 


ArcheAge's reception is quite mixed, but the hype behind it in the weeks prior to its release was definite. This was not originally a North American game; it was ported over from Asia by Trion Worlds (a publisher with a history of poor game launches). The fact that ArcheAge doesn't hold a great stake of the MMORPG market is a shame in the minds of many.

The sandbox environment is an aspect of gameplay that PvP advocates had their eyes on for some time. The class system is highly unique and variable, which can create its own problems in terms of character balance for a game that claimed PvP would be at the forefront of gameplay. Nonetheless, Trion's efforts to present this anticipated title were lackluster at best. 

Trion Worlds quickly lost the trust of ArcheAge's player base; broken promises were a problem. Founder's Packs were sold prior to the North American release, which promised features like Guild castles (landholding is a significant aspect of ArcheAge). When the game was released, there were no guild castles to be found. To make matters worse, Trion's communication with the players was nearly non-existent.

Overall, ArcheAge as a game is a solid creation, now that the dust has settled from the release. But Many publishers should take a look at ArcheAge for an example of how not to port a good foreign game into a new region.

SimCity 2013

Electronic Arts has had its fair share of mess-ups throughout gaming history. This is one of the most memorable. The failure took place on two fronts: online and offline. When SimCity 2013 launched there wasn't much fun involved.

The Sims was a series that made its name by bringing the fun offline, though lots of players anticipated a large-scale online expansion or port. SimCity 2013 promised "New transportation options. Population determined by roads. And... an intricate multiplayer network that supports inter-city trading and requires SimCity to be online at all times." These are all exciting features, except for that last one.

Because SimCity 2013 required Internet access, the purchase became useless when EA's servers were consistently breaking down. The result was a highly disappointed fanbase, but EA did the right thing and gave away some free games in return. As a title under the Sims series, SimCity 2013 was a disaster that no one saw coming.

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:50:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/overrated-rpgs/joreljones
<![CDATA[Bad Video Games You Played as a Kid Because You Didn't Know Any Better]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/video-games-that-sucked-but-you-played-anyway/jacob-shelton

Before the Internet gave us the ability to learn anything about everything, more or less on a whim, there really wasn’t a way to figure out what video games to play. If you were lucky you had friends who could guide you on what games to pick up for your Nintendo, but if you were an only child with a non-existent friend group, you were stuck scanning the aisles at your local video store and grabbing whatever looked the coolest. This led to playing a lot of video games that sucked. Yet you still played.

Sometimes it was out of frustration - maybe you just hadn’t figured out how to master Hudson Hawk - and other times it was because you blew all your allowance on a game and you had to get your money’s worth. Keep reading to commiserate about old video games you hated, but still played.

There are a lot of players out there who wish for the simpler time of the SNES and Sega Genesis, but the fact of the matter is that a lot of those games were terrible. Most of them had really bad gameplay, or they completely misinterpreted an original idea to get a few bucks. We’ve put together some of the worst nostalgic video games in history, but you can always leave a comment with what game you really hated to play.

Remember to vote up your favorite awful video game from your childhood. 

Bad Video Games You Played as a Kid Because You Didn't Know Any Better,

Ecco the Dolphin

Can someone please explain why people love this game? What was so fun about driving a dolphin around the ocean and doing nothing else? It was like a Lisa Frank notebook come to life. 

Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero

Do you remember how cool it was that the Mortal Kombat games were going to branch out into a series of action-adventure games that explored the back stories of each character? Do you also remember how bad Mortal Kombat Mythologies was? This was the first time a Mortal Kombat game let the world down, and it definitely wouldn't be the last. 

Star Trek: 25th Anniversary

The Star Trek franchise has never been the best about giving their fans extra media outside of film and television (aside from the interactive VCR game The Klingon Challenge - that game is golden). Though there was one NES game that let players follow the adventures of Captain Kirk as he... does something? If you were a young Star Trek fan you probably walked around the maze-like levels of plants until your face hurt, but don't worry - it was Star Trek, not you. 

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

What a missed opportunity. For anyone that loved the original Legend of Zelda game The Adventure of Link was such a confusing misstep that it almost turned everyone off the series forever. As a kid it was easy to think that the problem was you, not the heavily botched semi-RPG. 


There was something wrong with this game. Not only did it ruin what should have been a relatively simply side scrolling, beat-'em-up game, but it introduced an incredibly complicated system of kryptonite that ruined the gameplay. But kids may not have immediately know that the game was the problem, so they spend an entire weekend trying to figure out the dynamics of this game only to consistently fail. 

Back to the Future

If we had a Delorean, the first thing we would do is go back in time and stop ourselves from playing this awful imitation of a game. For a lot of people this game was the beginning of their distrust with the entertainment industry. When will we learn that film tie-ins never work?

Batman Forever

Batman Forever was one of those games that looked awesome in the demo. Batman could morph into a bullet proof sarcophagus thing, he could whip his cape, he was a regular Captain Awesome. Unfortunately, all of that stuff was basically impossible to do if you were a 10 year old who hadn't yet mastered the intricacies of button mashing. 

Home Alone

Remember in Home Alone where Kevin has to hide all of his family's stuff while dodging ghosts? No? Huh, how'd that get into this horrible game, then?

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

What red-blooded kid wasn't excited about the promise of playing as a power ranger in a game that LOOKED JUST LIKE THE TV SHOW?! OMG! Well, it turned out that the "game" was more of a collection of cut scenes that left entire birthday parties full of 10 year olds bored out of their minds. 

Friday the 13th

A video game where you get to kill Jason should have been such a fun game, but this travesty of a side scroller was such a let down. That didn't mean we didn't spend months trying to run our way across Camp Crystal Lake dodging wolves and zombies. You know, like in the movie.

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:31:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/video-games-that-sucked-but-you-played-anyway/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Best Drinking Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-nsfw-drunk-games/jacob-shelton

Hanging out with your friends and drinking is fun and all, but you know what makes getting drunk with your besties even besiter? Fun, and slightly offensive drunk games! Before you start rolling your eyes and talking about how you don’t need a game to help you drink, hear us out. NSFW drunk games aren’t just fun because they give you an excuse to go HAM, but they’re also fun ways to get to know weird things about your friends that you never would have learned in another context. By playing the fun and super weird drinking games that we’re going to tell you about, you’ll learn which one of your friends is easily offended, who’s mildly racist, who isn’t afraid of anything, and you get to see what your friends look like when they puke. It’s a win win win win.

It doesn’t matter what kind of gamer you are, there’s a drinking game for you. If you want a the latest the board game world has to offer in the realm of drinking games Disturbed Friends will satisfy. If all you want from life is a deck of playing cards, a big cup, and a bunch of booze, there’s a game for you too. If you’re looking for an excuse to get turnt with your buds then start reading up on these super fun, but definitely NSFW drinking games and blow your latest paycheck at the liquor store.

The Best Drinking Games,


iPuke is not for the faint of heart. If you play this game you won't just get drunk, you'll make yourself look like an ass in front of your friends, see someone you love do something very embarrassing, and you'll definitely projectile vomit like a possessed 12 year old. It's kind of like truth or dare, but instead of the "truth" option, you have to drink. Play this game now. It's important.

D*ck... Or No D*ck

D*ck... Or No D*ck is surely one of the more disturbing games you can play with your friends. Luckily it's super easy. All you have to do is get a ton of booze, pull up Craigslist's ~casual encounters~ section, and guess if you're going to see a d*ck or not when you click on a particular ad. Anyone who guessed d*ck and is correct has to drink. So what if you have to see a bunch of weird stranger d*cks, the booze makes it all okay.


If you've got a bunch of friends together and you don't know what to do, throw Drawful on and try to guess the unique phrase your drunk friends are trying to draw while people yell things at them. It's like Pictionary but with more booze and your dad's not going to try to play (unless your dad likes to partay).

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever seems like an innocuous way to get drunk, but suddenly you've admitted to making out with a stranger in a pile of trash and then everyone thinks of you as the guy who got to second base surrounded by garbage. If you've never played the game, what happens is you and a group of friends sit in a circle and someone says "Never have I ever eaten gum off the sidewalk," (or any kind of fun question) and if you've eaten gum off the sidewalk you have to take a drink. You'd be surprised how often most of your friends are drinking. But be careful, if you're playing Never Have I Ever with your significant other your relationship might be one drink away from ending.

Dirty King's Cup

Maybe you've played a version of King's Cup, but until you've gotten really weird with it, you haven't lived. To play you assign a rule to each card in a standard deck of playing cards, and get a giant cup so you can pour booze into it. You can make as many weird rules as you want (when a three is drawn the last person to put their underwear on their heads has to take a drink, for example), but the main rule is that after all four king cards have been drawn somebody has to drink everything in that giant cup of booze.

C-SPAN Drinking Game

For all the NPR heads, there's finally got a drinking game for you. All you and your cardigan-wearing friends have to do is put on C-SPAN and drink every time a politician laughs uncomfortably, or when someone says the word "multiple," or "money." You can also switch up the words to whatever helps you get drunk quicker. And remember, whoever blacks out first has to recite the Preamble to the Constitution.

Sandler Masochism

If anyone tells you they didn't love Adam Sandler when they were 13 years old they're a liar. We all loved Billy Madison, but then we grew up and his movies got bad. The scientific term is actually "bad bad bad bad." Sandler Masochism takes you back to before you could drive by having you play drinking games to Adam Sandler movies (take a drink every time a man child learns a simple life lesson!), and once you're drunk everyone has to take a drink when they earnestly laugh at one of the gags.

Disturbed Friends

This game should be banned.

Disturbed Friends is a party game designed to find out how disturbed your friends are, but, more importantly, how disturbed they think you are.

You will be faced with horrible situations, sexual scenarios and unethical debates that may cause you to re-evaluate your friendships.

The game is simple, even a handicapped goat could play.

"Cards Against Humanity on steroids" – theCHIVE

Grab a copy now from Amazon.com here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X650PME

Monster Rejects


A ridiculous party card game where racist, homeless, senile, slutty & other fucked up monster’s battle for supremacy! The game is a combination of Uno, Crazy 8’s and Pure Evil.

Warning: Hitler would probably find this game offensive

Grab a copy now from Amazon.com here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DFKQGN6

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:46:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-nsfw-drunk-games/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[All 10 Old Microsoft Windows Games from the '90s, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-old-microsoft-windows-games/jacob-shelton

It’s safe to say most of us grew up using a computer that ran some version of Microsoft’s classic home PC software, and because you probably weren’t a child accountant, you likely spent your time playing the games that came with Windows. Microsoft was very cool about including different types of games for all types of players. There were puzzle games, pinball, and even classic card games for those of us who enjoyed an old school sensibility with the added class of not having to touch a filthy stack of cards. But which were the best Microsoft Windows games? You’re going to help answer that question in this ranking of all the old Microsoft games.

Maybe this is rose-tinted hindsight speaking, but there was something pure about '90s Microsoft games. They all had a simple conceit, but never lost their luster. If you don’t think that’s true, think back to the countless games of solitaire you played and try to convince anyone you didn’t love it. Could you have been outside chasing butterflies? Probably, but then you never would have seen the fireworks that go off when you beat a game of FreeCell in less than ten minutes. Now that was living.

Vote on your favorite old Microsoft Windows games and if you were too cool for mahjong get real in the comments and tell us what you liked to play. 

All 10 Old Microsoft Windows Games from the '90s, Ranked,

Chip's Challenge

For a lot of millennials Chip's Challenge was the first puzzle game you played, and it was the perfect primer to prepare your inner nerd for a lifetime of fawning over Legend of Zelda. Raise your hand if you still see that warp door in your dreams. 


Oh JezzBall, you're just an out-of-date computer game, so you'll never know how happy you made a generation of bored latchkey kids. The day a JezzBall app shows up for iPhones is the day all work on the planet stops. 

Microsoft Mahjong

Admit it, you tried to play Mahjong so many times on Windows 98 and never got further than staring at the large pyramid of tiles, trying to figure out what to do with them. Are you supposed to make pictures? Kung fu slice them? For the love of god, please! What is this?!

Rodent's Revenge

Rodent's Revenge was such a weird puzzle game, and it really doesn't get enough credit for being a kind of reverse Pac Man. Didn't the cats you trap turn into skeletons after the clock ran out? And isn't trapping cats kind of inherently weird? 


SkiFree probably offers the best gameplay to those who've never skied before IRL. Thing is, once you've been out on the slopes, you know there's no way it compares to being chased by a pixelated abominable snow man. Thus, SkiFree has ruined your skiing forever. 


Do you remember how frustrating it was when you saw people solve Minesweeper in one move? Most of us were never able to capture that magic, but it must've been very, very satisfying. Muy satisfecho, as they say en Español. 

Pipe Mania

Do you think Pipe Dream is responsible for millions of millennials being unable to fix real world problems with straight forward solutions? What's not to love about this game? It's kinda like Tetris, but instead of clearing out lines of weird Russian blocks, you got to make a giant mess.  


If you were born any time after 1985, you can probably count the number of times you've played solitaire IRL on one hand. Who knew Microsoft struck anti-boredom gold when they included this classic rainy day game on all of their computers? 


Most of us will never understand how FreeCell is different from Solitaire, but moms of the world insist it's a totally disparate experience. Maybe it's something you only truly understand when you're over 40 and have a son who won't stop pretending to be a ninja and you're halfway through a bottle of red and, like, seriously, this game is not the same as Solitaire

Black Hole Pinball

It was a revelation when computer users discovered they never had to go to an arcade again to play pinball. On one hand, the tactile nature of playing on big machines is unbeatable, but free games forever? YES PLEASE!

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:11:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-old-microsoft-windows-games/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA['90s Computer Games You Remember Playing in 3rd Grade]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nostalgic-90s-computer-games/jacob-shelton

The early '90s were a great time for any kid who loved computer games. Computers were big, bulky, and slow, but the '90s computer games we ran on them were absolutely amazing. It’s hard to whittle down the best computer games from the 1990s because what we played at that age ingrained itself in our brains and became deeply personal.

Your favorite game from the early '90s might have been a weird bargain bin find from an electronics shop, or maybe it was an educational game that just happened to be super fun. 

Vote on the top ‘90s computer games you loved in elementary school. If you don’t see your favorite '90s game on the list, tell us what you loved to play in the comments. 

'90s Computer Games You Remember Playing in 3rd Grade,


Doom helped create the first-person shooter genre. If you were sick and staying home from school during the '90s, you probably spent more than a few afternoons blasting your way through Doom's many challenging levels. 

Duke Nukem 3D

Your parents probably weren't psyched about you playing a game about a chauvinistic muscle dude fighting off an alien invasion, but if you grew up in the '90s you definitely found a way to play this one. One of the original first-person shooters, Duke Nukem paved the way for games like Mass Effect, Halo, and more. 


Myst was an incredible adventure/puzzle game that allowed its players to wander a desolate island and solve super spooky puzzles. For a young gamer, this seminal piece offered hours of game play and an escape from the regular world. 

SimCity 2000

Earthquakes, tornadoes, and all kinds of disasters plagued players of Sim City. Nearly everyone spent some time playing God with this city-building simulation. 


Laugh all you want, but SkiFree was the kind of simple game that sucked players into a never-ending world of snow and abominable snowmen. Whether you wanted to admit it or not, when you booted up SkiFree you were committing the next three hours of your day to hitting the digital slopes. 

Star Wars: Dark Forces

Think back, if you can, to a time before the Star Wars prequels. An era when all we had to stoke our dreams of a new story about the Rebel Alliance was this first-person shooter about a storm trooper going rogue and trying to take down the Empire from the inside. Why does that sound so familiar? Oh yeah, because Star Wars: Dark Forces let players do just that. 

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans

Back in the '90s few people would have guessed that the original Warcraft game would become a global phenomenon. Many kids spent hours building and supplying armies so they could take down the computer's AI.

Wolfenstein 3D

For a lot of kids, Wolfenstein 3D was a portal into the world of alt history, and the all-out nerdiness of the Nazis. What the game lacks in historical accuracy, it more than makes up for in first-person shooter fun and ridiculous story lines. And honestly who doesn't love a game that lets you kill Hitler?

The Oregon Trail

Back in third grade, the easiest way to pass the time in class without getting busted was to play a few games of The Oregon Trail. Even if you finished the game without dying of dysentery, you likely wanted to play this one over and over again. 

Math Blaster

Most people hate math class, but back in third grade, Math Blaster made solving simple equations kind of fun. 

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:01:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/nostalgic-90s-computer-games/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Most Grotesque and Hilarious Glitches in The Sims]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-the-sims-glitches/erik-barnes

The Sims can be a fun distraction from day-to-day life by creating unique experiences for your virtual family, but that's only half of the fun. The other half is all the glitches in The Sims that create funny yet nightmarish scenarios. Playing through and finding all of The Sims bugs can be just as entertaining as the actual game.

The Sims glitch-fest is arguably more fun than the game itself. Character models going akimbo, collision detection glitches that cause items to merge, and other outrageous glitches plague the game. Many of these funny Sims glitches have been posted, retweeted, and shared on Tumblr for all to enjoy in laughter or screech in terror.

We compiled a list of some the most outrageous glitches uncovered in The Sims for you to enjoy, giggle about, scream at, and rank. Here's our list of the most gross and/or hilarious glitches ever discovered in the The Sims video game series.

The Most Grotesque and Hilarious Glitches in The Sims,

I Said Get a Buttress, Not a Butt Dress!

Remember When Jesus Walked On Water to Hug a Cat?

That Moment When Your Baby Is E.T.

Cake Babies Are Equal Parts Cute and Horrifying


Introducing Footshins Thighknees and His Shattered Wrists


No Dessert Until You Finish Eating That Piano

Behold! CAT TENT!

"I'm a Fellow Dog, I Swear!"

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07:51:34 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-the-sims-glitches/erik-barnes
<![CDATA[21 NSFW Mods in The Sims You Won't Believe Exist]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-sims-mods/jordan-love

Even without mods, The Sims can be a pretty weird game. Add mods to the equation and it gets very freaky very fast. From massive orgies to pregnancy tests for men, there are a ton of weird Sims mods out there. Thanks to Rule 36, a lot of the weirdest mods revolve around sex and nudity, though there are a number of PG funny mods from The Sims.

With each new iteration of The Sims franchise comes more new mods. The Sims 4 is host to many of the strangest mods of the franchise. Chief among them is the WickedWoohoo mod, perhaps the most disturbing and graphic mod of the entire Sims franchise. What is this most depraved of weird mods from The Sims 4? Well, it's NSFW af and allows you to perform all kinds of naughty sex acts on yourself and others.

Not all of the mods out there are inappropriate, though. There are a lot of silly and funny mods from The Sims available to download. If you enjoy The Sims franchise and aren't playing with mods, read through this list of weird and funny The Sims mods and make your gaming experience even better.

21 NSFW Mods in The Sims You Won't Believe Exist,

The Exhibitionism Mod

The exhibitionism mod in The Sims 4 is part of the notorious WickedWoohoo mod. The mod allows characters to perform exhibitionist acts such as flashing others and public sex.

The Breast Augmentation Mod

To anyone who knows The Sims, it shouldn't being surprising there's a breast augmentation mod. This mod makes a character's breast a little bit bigger or a whole lot bigger.

The Teenage Pregnancy Mod

For gamers who never got to live out their weird teenage pregnancy fantasies, this mod is perfect. It allows teens in the game to become pregnant and have a baby. It's great for fans of 16 and Pregnant. It's also a way for pedo pervs to explore impregnating a teenager without doing anything that will land you in jail. 

The Murder Mod

If you've ever been bored by the traditional ways people murder characters, this mod is ideal for you. It turns the innocent act of pranking via hand buzzer into murder. It's as simple as getting someone to shake your hand. Before you know it, they're fried.

The Improved Death Reactions Mod

If there isn't enough sadness and despair in The Sims for you, you're in luck. The improved death reactions mod makes characters react much more dramatically to death.

The More Intimate Emotional Support Mod

The weird part of this mod is its exsitence. For one gamer, a hug just wasn't enough, so they made a mod that allows characters to emotionally embrace. That's all this mod does. It's minimalist, and surprisingly weird.

The Incest Mod

There's normal weird and there's just wrong weird, and the incest mod is the latter (unless you're into incest). Normally, characters who are related can't get intimate with one another. The incest mod removes that condition, making the game a lot creepier.

The Emotional Overcharge Mod

Characters in The Sims are sometimes too subdued for users. Enter the emotional overcharge mod, which intensifies every emotion, making characters act like hormonal teenagers on no sleep and a dozen Red Bulls. Sounds like the perfect set up to a sweatpants and Viagra party. 

The Naked Mods

There are more than a few mods allowing you to see Sims naked, if you're into that sort of thing (which, let's be honest, you probably are). From partial nudity to full-frontal, there are mods for all levels of modesty. There are even mods allowing you to enlarge specific bits of a character you feel are inadequate after seeing them naked.

The Sex Mods

There are quite a few sex mods out there for The Sims 4, by far the most prolific of which is WickedWoohoo. This mod is highly NSFW and allows characters to do just about anything to each other. If Sim sex is your thing, this is the mod for you.

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:31:35 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-sims-mods/jordan-love
<![CDATA[The Strangest '90s Video Games You Won't Believe Actually Got Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/strange-weirdest-90s-video-games/grantpa

Video games were frequently weird in the '90s. Like, "What were they thinking?" kind of weird. Looking back, it's almost refreshing in a way to see such bizarre attempts at entertainment, considering the relatively homogenous crop of mainstream games that fill game store shelves now. Indie games can still be strange, but few things match the earnest attempts at crossover success produced by developers during the golden era of cartridges in the 1990s.

Sometimes the weird old games were cheap knock-offs of established brands, and other times they were equally cheap attempts at advertising to children through gaming. In either case, the major recurring theme in weird '90s video games tends to be "cheap." That might be why these games fall into that Uncanny Valley level of enjoyment: they sort of LOOK like normal games, but even just a few minutes of playtime reveal their hollow insides. Here, we've collected the weirdest video games from yesteryear for your enjoyment.

The Strangest '90s Video Games You Won't Believe Actually Got Made,

M.C. Kids

Back in the '90s, it was generally more acceptable to love McDonald's than it is now, especially if you were a kid. Parents weren't yet concerned with things like "health" or "the obesity epidemic." So, somehow, M.C. Kids was made: a straight rip-off of Super Mario Bros. 3 but with McDonald's imagery. M.C. Kids was originally developed and released by Virgin Interactive (thanks, Richard Branson!) for the NES in 1992. The game stars two kids, Mick and Mack (you can't make this sh*t up), who enter McDonaldland to return Ronald McDonald's magical bag, which was stolen by the Hamburglar. If any of that makes sense to you, check and make sure you're not currently on drugs.

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

Once again, Sega is coming through with the weirdness. Released in 1990 for arcades and the Sega Master System and Sega Genesis, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker focuses on Michael Jackson finding and rescuing children. Hindsight tells us this is a horrifying idea and that Michael Jackson should never be trusted with rescuing children, much less doing so with magic spinning powers. You can kind of see why a Michael Jackson video game might make sense in the early '90s: he was the biggest pop star alive and Sega just wanted to sell some games. But understanding its context still doesn't make this any less completely insane and bizarre.

No One Can Stop Mr. Domino!

No One Can Stop Mr. Domino! was released for the PlayStation in '98 by a developer named Artdink who thought it would be a fun idea to control anthropomorphic dominoes. The idea probably came from a guy who looked at dominoes and said, "But what if these were my friends?" Obviously, that man was very lonely, but somehow he convinced enough other lonely people to make this strange game. 

Each of the five dominoes has a specific personality. There's Mr. Domino, he's a... man domino. Miss Domino is similar but, you know, a woman, so she skips instead of runs. Bruce is the devil domino, because why not. Pierre-Domino has glasses and runs slowly. And then there's the alien, D△M•?0.

This game makes no sense, but bless its heart.

Shaq Fu

The development meeting for Shaq Fu probably went something like this:

Person 1: "Shaq is popular."
Person 2: "Fighting games are popular."
Person 1: "Why are we still having this meeting? Let's just combine those things and make ourselves a nice amount of money."

Come to think of it, that "conversation" may have just been one deranged executive muttering to himself.

Released for the Genesis and Super NES in 1994, the game finds Shaquille O'Neal traveling to a dimension called the Second World where he must rescue a young boy named Nezu from an evil mummy called Sett Ra. Hopefully, that sentence was as boring to read as it was to type. Even though the game is pointless, it gained enough fans to successfully crowd-fund a sequel called Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, which is currently in development. See kids, it just goes to show: if you're dumb, pointless, and weird, you can make it far in this world with the right celebrity endorsement.

Yo! Noid

Before Papa John, the creepiest mascot belonged to Domino's and their "Noid" character. Domino's executives were so convinced this strange man in a red jumpsuit would be a hit with kids, they commissioned a video game based on the character for the original NES. Yo! Noid was originally developed in Japan as Kamen no Ninja Hanamaru but publisher Capcom teamed up with Domino's for the US market and swapped out the Japanese game's main character for the Noid and released this abomination in 1990. The game is fairly standard and uninspired: some half-thought-out creatures are terrorizing New York, the Mayor calls the Noid to defeat them, he demands payment in pizza. In other words, capitalism doesn't make sense and this ungodly creature was born as a result.



Seaman takes "wtf" to new levels of "oh god no." Developed and released for the Sega Dreamcast in Japan in 1999, it was a perfect storm of "wrong place, wrong time, wrong idea, please stop." You play as the lucky new owner of a Seaman, a mysterious species of fish with a horrifyingly lifelike human face. You have to learn how to care for the upsetting-looking thing, all the while trying to not to cringe so much your face just collapses in on itself. Sega prided itself on originality, often to a fault. The Dreamcast was ahead of the curve with online play and open-world exploration of minutiae (see: Shenmue, also super weird), but sometimes being too original just means being an outcast. 

Fun Fact: Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy provided the narration for the English language versions of the title, adding an extra element of, "Why is any of this?"

Tongue of the Fatman

Nothing makes you say, "Can't wait to get home and play with THAT!" like the title Tongue of the Fatman. A fighting game developed by Activision and released for MS-DOS in 1989, Tongue of the Fatman was also known as Slaughter Sport when it was released on the Sega Genesis in 1991. It was mostly known for being horrible, receiving universally negative reviews, and it continues to be listed among the worst video games of all time. Mondu, the game's antagonist and titular Fatman, is also infamous for being one of the grossest video game characters to ever exist. See, there's "good weird" and then there's "bad weird," and this one is definitely in the "horrible weird" category. 

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:46:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/strange-weirdest-90s-video-games/grantpa
<![CDATA[Every Monopoly Game Piece, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-monopoly-pieces/steve-wright

If you've ever played Monopoly, chances are you have a favorite piece. For some, the best Monopoly tokens are original classics such as the iron, the top hat, and the car. Other will tell you the best Monopoly playing pieces are in the wave introduced in the 1950s, such as the wheelbarrow or the dog. Every now and again, you'll even get someone who likes the bag of money.

One thing that's certain: all Monopoly game pieces are iconic. The best Monopoly pieces have a piece of history, as true symbols of Americana. This list features all the current Monopoly game pieces (as of 2016), along with retired classics like the cannon and horse & rider.

It's time to show you passion for that pewter token that took you to victory the last time you played Monopoly. Vote to have your voice heard on the best Monopoly pieces of all time.

Every Monopoly Game Piece, Ranked,

Howitzer (Cannon)

It's easy to feel sorry for the Howitzer (Cannon). It has a confusing name; no one really knows which of the two long guns it's supposed to be. It was also randomly dropped from the game without a fan vote or replacement campaign. It just suddenly wasn't in game boxes anymore. A sad end to a piece that had been around since 1937.

Shoe (or Boot)

The Shoe is the great time capsule of the Monopoly board. An original piece from the 1930s, it was clearly modeled on the work boots of the time period. By keeping the original design for the Shoe, Hasbro has created an icon out American grit and hard work.


The Wheelbarrow is such a niche token (used by only 3% of players) it's shocking it made the cut when the Cat was voted into the game in 2013. It placed dead last in a fan poll in 1998.


The Cat is the newest piece in the game, having replaced the Iron in 2013. The Cat won its place alongside the classics by defeating a diamond ring, a toy robot, a helicopter, and a guitar in a fan poll. This is a piece designed to give the game a more modern flavor, and, in a poll conducted after its addition to the game, was chosen as the new fan favorite piece. 

Horse & Rider

The Horse & Rider was introduced in a wave of changes in the 1950s, to bring new life to the game. The piece immediately became a fan favorite, appearing in all subsequent editions until it disappeared without any announcement from Hasbro. 


The Battleship remains the odd one out among standard monopoly tokens, as it is the only item you won't not find in the average American home (seriously, who owns a battleship?). The Battleship has been part of the game since 1937, when it was one of three new tokens added to the original seven. It was also used in the Parker Brothers war game Conflict. When Conflict failed, its premade tokens were recycled in Monopoly.


The Car was introduced in the first wave of tokens in 1937, and is the only one of the original group (along with the shoe) that is culturally relevant in the 21st century (original pieces that wouldn't fly today include a lantern and a free-standing bath tub).  The car also remains one of the most played pieces, topping a 1998 poll

Top Hat

The Top Hat is the joint second-most popular Monopoly piece, chosen by one in five players. The Top Hat has been part of the Monopoly set since the first tokens were released in 1937. According to a piece on Marketplace, those who play the Top Hat are typically introverted in real life, but aggressive and domineering while playing Monopoly. 


The steam locomotive token is relatively new in the Monopoly world, and is only available in deluxe editions of the game. Unlike most of the recently added tokens, the steam locomotive would have fit in perfectly with the design and style of the game in the 1930s or 1950s.

Scottish Terrier

The Scottie Dog is one of the most popular Monopoly pieces, despite getting a relatively late start to life; its only been around since the '50s. When the Iron was kicked out of the game in 2013 in a fan vote, the Scottie received more "keep it" votes than any other piece (29% of the total number of votes cast). 

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:11:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-monopoly-pieces/steve-wright
<![CDATA[13 Insane Yet Believable Fan Theories About The Sims]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-sims-fan-theories/jordan-love

With time travel, zombies, different timelines, and an incomprehensible language, it makes sense that there are a lot of conspiracy theories out there about The Sims. From explaining the mysterious disappearance of Bella Goth, to trying to figure out why Sims are so intellectually challenged, each Sims theory works hard to explain the unknowns of the game.

The problem is, a lot of things don't really make sense in The Sims universe. This makes it incredibly easy to come up with theories, but increasingly hard to support them. That being said, it also makes theories pretty hard to disprove. As a result, The Sims fan theories are often highly convoluted, but not entirely impossible.

Keep reading to see if any of these Sims fan theories even come close to making sense.

13 Insane Yet Believable Fan Theories About The Sims,

The Tragic Clown Drowned in His Own Tears

The Tragic Clown is an odd part of The Sims series. In The Sims 3, he's buried in the Sunset Valley Graveyard where his ghost roams. The fact that his ghost is blue indicates that he drowned. The problem is, the Tragic Clown has the hydrophobic trait, meaning that it is highly unlikely that he would drown. Because everyone is mean to him and he is often crying, many people have surmised that he drowned in his own tears, a tragic death that would be appropriate for such a sad clown.

Sims Are an Experiment Gone Horribly Wrong

Sims are odd creatures. They're quite unintelligent and they speak an increasingly ridiculous language. According to this theory, it isn't their fault. Sims are actually an elaborate science experiment gone horribly wrong. Based on their limited cognitive abilities, the experiment likely had to do with the human brain.

Sims now live in a secluded part of the world where they're closely monitored by scientists and other professionals who ensure that they never escape to the real world.

Bella Goth Was Abducted by Aliens

This is probably the most popular fan theory in The Sims franchise. The disappearance of Bella Goth from The Sims 2 is obvious, but never actually explained. There are other characters who pop up looking like her, and one that even has her name, but none appear to be the original Bella Goth.

The most popular explanation is that she was abducted by aliens. There are even kids in the game who mention their fear of alien abduction, suggesting that is what happened to Bella. Aliens aren't the only theory, though. There's also speculation that she may have been murdered.

We Are All Sims

According to Big Think, there's a 20-50% chance we're all Sims, living in an elaborate controlled simulation. It's a meta theory, yet one that many people have considered over the years. As our technology continues to evolve, it seems that this theory has become more and more plausible. If we are all Sims, then the only thing left to do is hope that our player isn't the kind that would drown you in the pool just for fun.

The PlumbBob Is Actually an Alien Spaceship

In The Sims, the PlumbBob is the little jade green diamond thing that indicates which character you're controlling, but according to this theory, it's more than that. It's actually an alien spacecraft that features a mind-control mechanism. This would explain why you can only control characters that have the PlumbBob directly overhead. It would also explain a significant part of the player's godlike power. 

The Sims Is a Sequel to Orwell's 1984

Specifically, The Sims games occur in the same world as 1984, only in the distant future. Thanks to the Thought Police, the language people speak has devolved into "Simlish," and people have largely lost the ability to think for themselves. If that weren't enough, the player is also the ultimate Big Brother, always watching over people with nearly unlimited power.

There Was a Zombie Apocalypse Between Games

After the events of The Sims 3 (which chronologically occurs first), there might have been a zombie apocalypse. Zombies are abundant in Supernatural, so much so that it seems like a zombie apocalypse would be inevitable over time. If a zombie apocalypse did occur after the events of the third game, it would explain many parts of The Sims, including the lack of descendants and the small overall population.

The Grim Reapers Are Sims Reincarnated

The Grim Reaper is a surprisingly entertaining part of The Sims franchise. It's also vastly inconsistent from game to game. From the wild Medieval Reaper to the more traditional Reaper in The Sims 3, each game's Reaper looks and acts differently. One theory suggests that this could be because the Grim Reaper is just a temporary role that a different Sim embodies until it's time for the next dead person to take their place.

Aliens Control the World

According to this theory, the world of The Sims is really just an alien sandbox. The aliens created Sims as part of some sort of experiment, and everything we see is just a progression of that experiment. All of the different creatures and odd beings were created simply to observe their reactions. The aliens programmed the Sims to be somewhat unintelligent so that they could easily control them throughout the experiment.

Sims Are Botched Clones

The Sims are kind of like failed humans. They're not exactly AI, but they also probably wouldn't pass the Turing Test either. One explanation for their strange in-between state is that they are, in fact, imperfect clones. This theory suggest that humans figured out how to clone sheep, but human DNA proved to be a tougher nut to crack.

Sims turned out nearly human, but not quite. Consequently, places like Pleasantview were created to house them away from the general population.

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:23:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-sims-fan-theories/jordan-love
<![CDATA[The Best PlayStation 4 Fantasy Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-playstation-4-fantasy-games/chris-abraham

Sometimes you just want to get lost in a fantasy, and if you own a PlayStation 4, you should be happy to know that there are plenty of great PS4 fantasy games just waiting for you to explore. Fantasy is kind of a hard genre to nail down, as many PlayStation 4 fantasy games could also be considered RPGs or action titles. From Bloodborne to The Witcher III, you really can't go wrong with the fantasy games for PlayStation 4.

One fantasy game for PS4 that has been kind of slept on is I Am Setsuna, an artistically beautiful game that also falls in the JRPG genre. It's not one of the greatest of all time, but it's really easy to get lost in the stunning environments. Vote up your favorite PS4 fantasy games below, and downvote any titles that you've played and wouldn't recommend to other fans of the fantasy genre.

The Best PlayStation 4 Fantasy Games,

Final Fantasy Type-0

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Final Fantasy XV

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Kingdom Hearts III

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls


Attack on Titan

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:31:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-playstation-4-fantasy-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best PlayStation 4 Simulation Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-playstation-4-simulation-games/chris-abraham

It's surprising how many PS4 sim games there are, considering that simulation games are usually found on PC. This list ranks some of the best PlayStation 4 simulation games, including Kerbal Space Program, Farming Simulator 15, and even I am Bread. One PlayStation 4 sim game that critics are really enjoying is Overcooked, a top-down arcade game where you work with a partner to prep food and cook meals for people. It's way more fun with a partner, as you'll find yourselves frantically giving each other instructions as you try to prepare you ingredients and not burn your food.

Do you have a favorite simulation game for PlayStation 4? A lot of these are actually car games, but they fall into the sim category in different ways. Vote up the best PS4 simulation games, and downvote any you've played and didn't like.

The Best PlayStation 4 Simulation Games,

Elite: Dangerous


Kerbal Space Program

Project CARS

Goat Simulator

Assetto Corsa

Farming Simulator 15

F1 2015

I am Bread


Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:23:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-playstation-4-simulation-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Wii U Fighting Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wii-u-fighting-games/chris-abraham

When it comes to fighting games for Wii U, your options are kind of limited. Luckily for you, however, the two best fighting games on Wii U make up for the lack of variety. The obvious choice for a Wii U fighting game (and must-buy for the console period) is Super Smash Bros Wii U. With over 50 characters, it's Nintendo's most ambitious Smash Bros game yet, boasting characters like Cloud Strife, Pacman, Ryu, and plenty of other mascots we never thought we'd see in fight each other. The other great game which was released in 2016 is Pokken Tournament, a game where we finally get the chance to have Pokemon fight each other in a fighting game style.

There are some other good Wii U fighting games, so please vote up the titles below that you've played so that other gamers  have some good recommendations for what to buy.

The Best Wii U Fighting Games,

Final Fight


Street Fighter Alpha 2

Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Pokkén Tournament

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends

Lego Marvel's Avengers

Super Smash Bros Wii U

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:23:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wii-u-fighting-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Playstation 4 Platform Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-platform-games/chris-abraham

Although Mighty No. 9 was a bit of a letdown, there are so many good Playstation 4 platform games that it's hard to even know where to begin. This list ranks the best PS4 platforming games, including Guacamelee!, the remake of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, and Shovel Knight. If you're a fan of Metroid-Vania types, then you simply must play Axiom Verge. The insane part of this amazing game is that is was created by a single person, a project that was years in the making. It's eerily similar to Super Metroid, but with enough character of its own to categorize it as more than just a clone.

It seems like '90s kids would appreciate these PS4 platformers more than current-gen gamers who play a lot of shooters, but let's not make generalizations! Vote up the platform games for Playstation 4 that you enjoyed the most, and downvote any that didn't float your boat.

The Best Playstation 4 Platform Games,

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee

Ratchet & Clank


Shovel Knight

Mighty No. 9

Rogue Legacy

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Grow Home

Axiom Verge

Tearaway Unfolded

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:31:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-platform-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Playstation 4 Action Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-action-games/chris-abraham

Playstation 4 action games come in all shapes and sizes, but there truly is something for everyone when it comes to the action genre on PS4. From GTA V to Mad Max, this list ranks the best PS4 action games currently available on the console. It's pretty obvious that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is the best action game for Playstation 4. The fourth game in the Uncharted series, A Thief's End wraps up the story of Nathan Drake in a masterful way that is both story driven and action packed.

What is your favorite action game on PS4? Many people enjoyed the newest Ratchet & Clank game, a staple in Playstation's history that fortunately was a lot better than the most recent movie that they based off it. Upvote the titles below that you would recommend to other action lovers who own PS4, and downvote any titles that really didn't blow you away.

The Best Playstation 4 Action Games,

Hitman: Codename 47

Ratchet & Clank

The Last of Us

Grand Theft Auto V

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Far Cry 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Just Cause 3

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 12:51:30 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-action-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Playstation 4 Puzzle Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-puzzle-games/chris-abraham

If you own a Playstation 4 and love puzzle games, you're in luck! This list showcases the best PS4 puzzle games, featuring an array of puzzle sub-genres that are sure to entertain just about any gamer's preferences. It's hard to argue that The Witness isn't the best Playstation 4 puzzle game. Created by Jonathon Blow (creator of the indie sensation Braid,) The Witness takes place on a massive, beautiful island, where you solve puzzles and attempt to unlock the mystery of the island. Other good puzzle games for PS4 include the newly released Inside, a side-scrolling puzzle platformer, and The Talos Principle.

Vote up your favorite PS4 puzzle genre games below, and downvote the titles you played but didn't find very entertaining.

The Best Playstation 4 Puzzle Games,



Escape Plan

Tiny Brains



The Witness

Never Alone

The Talos Principle

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 22:51:20 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-puzzle-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Xbox One Shooter Games You Should Be Playing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-xbox-one-shooting-games/chris-abraham

Between the Halo franchise, Destiny, Doom, and Overwatch, there's an Xbox One shooting game for every kind of fan out there. The best Xbox One shooter games on this list include multiplayer shooters for Xbox One, single player shooters like Doom, and even third person shooters. In fact, it's pretty easy to say that shooting games on Xbox One offer the most diversity more than any other genre, probably because it's the most popular genre with young gamers today.

This list includes first-person shooters for Xbox One like Call of Duty: Black Ops III, as well mech shooters like the newly released Titanfall 2. If you've played a lot of these games, we need you to help improve the lists with your votes. Vote up the Xbox One shooters that you play and love, and downvote any that you wouldn't recommend to other gamers.

The Best Xbox One Shooter Games You Should Be Playing,

Grand Theft Auto V

Borderlands 2


Far Cry 4

Fallout 4

Titanfall 2

Sunset Overdrive

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:31:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-xbox-one-shooting-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Xbox One Adventure Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-xbox-one-adventure-games/chris-abraham

Wondering what the best Xbox One adventure games are? This list ranks them all, with the help of votes from gamers like you. One of the best adventure games for Xbox One is Rise of the Tomb Raider, the follow-up to the 2013 reboot Tomb Raider that made Lara Croft relevant again. Luckily for Xbox owners, this is exclusive to the console, but will be coming to Playstation 4 eventually. Both Tomb Raider games are fantastic adventure games available on Xbox One, basically serving as the Microsoft equivalent to Playstation's Uncharted series.

Inside is an indie adventure side-scrolling game that has gotten a lot of praise recently, so definitely check that out if you were a fan of Limbo (they're made by the same developer.) Vote up the Xbox One adventure games below that you would recommend to other XBone owners, and downvote the titles you didn't really enjoy.

The Best Xbox One Adventure Games,

Resident Evil 4

Tomb Raider


The Walking Dead


Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Rise of the Tomb Raider


Assassin's Creed Syndicate


Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:41:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-xbox-one-adventure-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Wii U RPGs You Should Be Playing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wii-u-rpgs/chris-abraham

Nintendo has always been known for producing some great role-playing games, and the Wii U RPGs on this list certainly back that claim. It's tough to say that Xenoblade Chronicles X isn't the best Wii U RPG- the scope of the game is massive, and scale and variety of enemies to battle is really impressive. Other great role-playing games for Wii U include Child of Light and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, a fantastic Wii U JRPG.

What is your favorite Wii U RPG that you would recommend to other fans of the genre? Vote them up on this list, whether it's the port of Mass Effect 3 for Wii U, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, or anything in between. Downvote any of these Wii U role-playing games that you played but couldn't get into, since gamers will be coming to this list for recommendations from people like you!

The Best Wii U RPGs You Should Be Playing,

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Monster Hunter Tri

Mass Effect 3

Trine 2

Darksiders II

Child of Light

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate


Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:11:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-wii-u-rpgs/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Xbox One Strategy Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-xbox-one-strategy-games/chris-abraham

Looking for good strategy games for Xbox One? This list ranks the best Xbox One strategy games, all with their own unique quirks and gameplay mechanics that will challenge you mentally. One of the most talked about strategy games on Xbox One is Kingdom: New Lands. If you like minimalism and pixel art, you'll love the strategy and resource management aspects of New Lands. Other Xbox One Strategy games worth playing include The Banner Saga 2, Dungeon of the Endless, and many more.

If you've played many of these games, vote up your favorite, whether they're indie strategy games for Xbox One, or AAA titles (although there aren't a ton.) Downvote any titles you got your hands on but wouldn't recommend to other gamers.

The Best Xbox One Strategy Games,

Prison Architect

Defense Grid 2


Plague Inc: Evolved

Worms Battlegrounds

Dungeon of the Endless

This War of Mine: The Little Ones

Tropico 5 Penultimate Edition

The Banner Saga 2

Kingdom: New Lands

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:23:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-xbox-one-strategy-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Playstation 4 Shooter Games You Should Be Playing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-shooter-games/chris-abraham

Considering it's one of the most popular genres in gaming today, it's not surprising that there are a ton of good shooter games for Playstation 4. This list ranks the best PS4 shooter, including first-person shooters for PS4, as well as third-person shooters. Playstation 4 boasts an impressive array of multiplayer shooters, including Destiny, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and Star Wars Battlefront.

If multiplayer isn't your thing, then titles like Doom and  Far Cry 4 are probably more your speed. These single player shooters for Playstation 4 are not only highly rated, but feature addictive gameplay and beautiful graphics. Doom in particular is an incredible feat, especially when you consider how long the game was in limbo.

Vote up the best Playstation 4 shooters on this list, whether it's a first person shooter, third-person shooter, multiplayer shooter, or anything in between.

The Best Playstation 4 Shooter Games You Should Be Playing,

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Grand Theft Auto V


Far Cry 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Fallout 4

Destiny: The Taken King

Battlefield 1

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:01:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-shooter-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Playstation 4 Adventure Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-adventure-games/chris-abraham

With the arrival of No Man's Sky, it's time to rank the best Playstation 4 adventure games released on the console so far. Although it suffered from being announced too early and gigantic expectations, No Man's Sky is clearly one of the best adventure games for Playstation 4. You take away what you put into it, with potentially thousands of hours of gameplay at your fingertips if you feel like really role-playing a very specific character.

Other good PS4 strategy games include Until Dawn, and the artistically beautiful ABZU, a game that many are calling "Underwater Journey." There is also Firewatch, one of the more talked about adventure games for PS4, which is admittedly short but tells a captivating story. You certainly can't talk about adventure games for Playstation 4 without mentioning Uncharted 4, a game that finally gave us an ending to Nathan Drake's story.

Vote up the best PS4 adventure games that you've played so far, and downvote any titles you've gotten your hands on but didn't really enjoy.

The Best Playstation 4 Adventure Games,

Heavy Rain


Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

The Last of Us

Until Dawn

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Tales from the Borderlands

Assassin's Creed Syndicate


Life Is Strange

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:41:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-adventure-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Xbox One Horror Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-xbox-one-horror-games/chris-abraham

So you've bought an Xbox One, and you're dying to play some good horror games. You're probably wondering what the best horror games for Xbox One are, which is why we've created this ranked list of scary games on the console. From Outlast to Dead Rising 3, these are the best Xbox One horror games that you can get your hands on right now. There are plenty of upcoming titles that gamers can't wait to get their hands on, including Resident Evil 7, and Outlast 2. Those titles games don't come out until 2017, so for now you'll have to stick to the scary Xbox One games on this list.

The Evil Within is a must-play horror game for Xbox One. Bethesda rarely does the gaming community wrong, and they delivered another frightening hit with The Evil Within. Seriously, even the intro of this game is disturbing and tense. It's hard to find a game that delivers such intensity from the jump, but TEW somehow managed to pull it off.

The Best Xbox One Horror Games,

Resident Evil 4

Dead Island

Metro 2033

Resident Evil 6

The Evil Within

Dying Light


Slender: The Arrival

Dying Light: The Following

Overkill's The Walking Dead

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:01:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-xbox-one-horror-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Playstation 4 Strategy Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-strategy-games/chris-abraham

Between indie games and AAA titles, there are a ton of good Playstation 4 strategy games available for your PS4. Many people cite SteamWorld Heist as the best PS4 strategy game, a follow up to SteamWorld Dig but with a larger focus on turn-based strategy. PS4 games in the strategy genre also include the critically acclaimed Invisible, Inc, as well as Banner Saga, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, and much more.

If you own a Playstation 4 and have played many of these turn-based strategy games, vote up the titles you would recommend to other PS owners. Downvote games that you played but didn't love, but only if you actually have experience with the title.

The Best Playstation 4 Strategy Games,

Invisible, Inc.

Dungeons 2

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered

Battle Worlds: Kronos

Lost Sea

SteamWorld Heist

There Came an Echo

The Banner Saga 2

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:23:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-strategy-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Most Boring Things About No Man's Sky]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/boring-no-mans-sky-things/jason-robbins

It's not really fair only discussing the boring things about No Man's Sky. While the anticipated game is monumentally boring in a gameplay capacity, it is a landmark achievement in game design and software toolsets. The ability of the game to procedurally generate an entire virtual universe of quadrillions of unique planets to visit and explore is awe-inducing, and something in which Hello Games should take great pride.

That said, what you do in said universe, and what you can find during said exploration, fall far short of standards for compelling gameplay. You can't procedurally generate thought-provoking archeological wonders, and you can't procedurally generate compelling storytelling. That's nothing to say of exciting and mechanically satisfying combat, or challenging enemies to fight. These things need to be cooked up from scratch with the love and talent only seasoned writers and game designers can provide. This is where No Man's Sky falls short.

And so, it gives me no pleasure to present to you this list of reasons why No Man's Sky is boring. But, DAMN, is the game boring...

The Most Boring Things About No Man's Sky,

Mining for Resources (90% of the Game)

Waiting to Stumble Upon Controls and Shortcuts the Tutorial Never Explained

Exploring the 728th Identical Habitat

The Cumbersome and Quickly Maxed-out Inventory

The Walking and Walking and Walking Some More

Talking to the Cardboard Cutouts Passing for Intelligent Alien Life

Constantly Charging Your Life Support & Radiation Protection with Resources You're Never in Danger of Running out of

Waiting to Acquire Atlas Passes

The Story (Or Lack Thereof)

Deciding Which Isotope or Alien Trinket to Dump to Make Room in Your Inventory for New Isotopes and Additional Trinkets

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:31:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/boring-no-mans-sky-things/jason-robbins
<![CDATA[The Best Xbox One Fighting Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-xbox-one-fighting-games/chris-abraham

Although Street Fighter V is a PS exclusive, there are plenty of great Xbox One fighting games that are worth checking out. Mortal Kombat X is definitely a fan favorite, especially after they added DLC characters like Xenomorph and Leatherface. Other good fighting games for Xbox One include Tekken 7, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Dead or Alive 5 Last Round. If pro wrestling is your thing, WWE 2K17 is right around the corner, which undoubtedly be one of the best Xbox One fighting games. Injustice 2 is also a fighting game for Xbox One that fans are looking forward to in 2017.

Vote up your favorite fighting games on Xbox One, and downvote the titles you've played but didn't really like.

The Best Xbox One Fighting Games,

Tekken 7

BlazBlue: Chronophantasma

Dragon Ball Xenoverse

Mortal Kombat X

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

Dragonball Xenoverse 2

One Piece: Burning Blood

Killer Instinct

Lego Marvel's Avengers

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:23:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-xbox-one-fighting-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Xbox One RPGs Released So Far]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-xbox-one-rpgs/chris-abraham

So you've just bought an Xbox One, and are looking to satiate your appetite for role-playing games. Microsoft has never been known for RPGs on their platforms, but there are still a lot of good Xbox One RPGs that are worth your time. What is the best role-playing game for Xbox One? Many will cite The Witcher 3 as the top title, given it's gigantic depth and hours of gameplay that can keep you entertained for hundreds of hours. Other enjoy Child of Light or The Banner Saga, which are a different change of pace but just as fun.

What is your favorite Xbox One role-playing game? Vote up the titles below that you would most recommend, and downvote the games you've played but didn't necessarily enjoy. If you think the top Xbox One RPG isn't already on the list, add it so others can vote it up too!

The Best Xbox One RPGs Released So Far,

Final Fantasy XV

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dark Souls II

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Child of Light

Fallout 4

Dark Souls III

Destiny: The Taken King

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:41:34 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-xbox-one-rpgs/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Playstation 4 Fighting Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-fighting-games/chris-abraham

Although this current generation of consoles is admittedly not the best for fighting games, there are still plenty of PS4 fighting games to keep you entertained and satisfy your lust for stringing combos and out-spacing your opponents like the fighting master you are. The best Playstation 4 fighting games include new releases like Street Fighter V, as well as Mortal Kombat X, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Tekken 7. All of these games have pretty active communities, so it's hard to say which you should choose over the others.

We want to know what your favorite PS4 fighting game is, so speak up with your votes! Vote up the fighting games for Playstation 4 that you would highly recommend to other gamers, and downvote any titles you've played and didn't enjoy so much.

The Best Playstation 4 Fighting Games,

Street Fighter IV

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Tekken 7

Dragon Ball Xenoverse

Mortal Kombat X

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven

Injustice 2

Street Fighter V

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

WWE 2K16

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 15:01:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-fighting-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Playstation 4 Horror Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-horror-games/chris-abraham

With Resident Evil 7 coming in 2017, people are beginning to wonder what the best PS4 horror games are. This list ranks the scariest Playstation 4 horror games, including top-rated titles like The Evil Within, SOMA, and much more. Interactive horror games like Until Dawn have exploded onto the scene in the last few years, becoming one of the more popular horror genres for PS4. Horror action games for PS4 like Dying Light have also received praise, and there are plenty of horror ports like Resident Evil and Dead Island available for PS4 as well that were previously released on older consoles.

If these scary PS4 games don't phase you at all, you must be the type of person who watches LiveLeak videos while eating lunch. Vote up the scariest horror games for Playstion 4 below, and downvote any that you wouldn't personally recommend to other gamers.

The Best Playstation 4 Horror Games,


Resident Evil 6


Until Dawn

The Evil Within



Alien: Isolation


Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:51:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-horror-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best Playstation 4 RPGs Released So Far]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-playstion-4-rpgs/chris-abraham

PlayStation has a rich history of releasing some of the best role-playing games, and the PS4 is no exception. This list ranks the best PS4 RPGs released on the console so far, including a wide array of RPGs that vary in sub-genre. Once upon a time, RPGs had a pretty cut and dry formula of turn-based combat, but the role-playing genre has become a bit blurred since then. Games like Dark Souls III are more about real time combat, whereas best-sellers like The Witcher 3 are about exploration and adventure. That being said, there are still plenty of Playstion 4 JRPGs worth playing, as well as traditional role-playing games like Final Fantasy.

Naming the best Playstation 4 RPGs in an objective way is almost impossible, but that's where your votes come in. Vote up your favorite PS4 RPGs released on the console so far, and downvote any you wouldn't really recommend to other gamers. The PS4 role-playing games on this list aren't necessarily console exclusive, so you may see ports like South Park: The Stick of Truth or Bastion that were previously released PS3.

The Best Playstation 4 RPGs Released So Far,

Final Fantasy XV

Diablo III

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dark Souls II

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt


Fallout 4

Dark Souls III

Destiny: The Taken King

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:01:34 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-playstion-4-rpgs/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Best PS4 Racing Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-racing-games/chris-abraham

Fortunately for Playstation 4 owners, the PS4 boasts a wide array of racing games that come in all shapes and sizes. There great PS4 car racing games like Dirt Rally and F1 2016 for all the car buffs out there, but not every racing game on PS4 involves cars. Take Trials Fusion for example, a fantastic bike racing game that boasts custom track creation, competitive online multiplayer, and more. People are also saying really good things about Riptide GP: Renegade, a water racing game that harkens back to the days of games like Wave Race and Jet Moto.

What is the best PS4 racing game? We need the help of your votes to answer that question! Vote up your favorite racing games available on Playstation 4, regardless of whether or not they are exclusive to the console. If you've recently purchased the console and haven't played any of these, use the list a reference to see what PS4 racing games you should buy first.

The Best PS4 Racing Games,

Need for Speed Rivals

The Crew

Project CARS

Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo


The Crew: Wild Run


Dirt Rally

Riptide GP: Renegade

F1 2016

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:01:30 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-ps4-racing-games/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[10 Crazy The Last of Us Fan Theories That Change the Game]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/last-of-us-fan-theories/jordan-love

The Last of Us has inspired some smart fan theories. As is often the case with most story-driven games, the narrative leads players to concoct their own elaborate explanations, even for elements of the story that weren't mysterious. From ideas that explain Ellie's past to possible crossovers from other video games, The Last of Us fan theories abound.

A big reason for all the fan theories is the moral ambiguity of the game. Joel, the hero, is forced into difficult situations where there's often no obvious answer. Players search for clues and reasons why things turned out the way they did. When there isn't an obvious one, they often come up with their own theories to fill in the holes in just the same way people invent conspiracy theories for confounding events in the real world.

Not every The Last of Us theory is perfectly sound. Some seem pretty ludicrous while others appear to be pretty likely, but that's just the nature of fan theories in a nutshell.

It should go without saying, but there are The Last of Us spoilers ahead.

10 Crazy The Last of Us Fan Theories That Change the Game,

Joel Didn't Want to Save Humanity

In the end, Joel saves Ellie by potentially sacrificing the future of the species. Most people see this as a gesture of love and humanity in itself. However, one theory suggests that Joel didn't choose to save Ellie so much as he chose to let humanity die. He's seen firsthand the awfulness of which people are capable. They took his daughter from him, and now they're willing to murder another young girl right in front of him. He doesn't think that humanity deserves the cure that Ellie could provide.

The Last of Us and Uncharted Occur In the Same Universe

Fans love to consider the possibility that some of their favorite games are playing out in the same universe. In this theory, The Last of Us and the Uncharted series take place a few decades apart on the same timeline. The idea is that Nathan Drake is indirectly responsible for the infection. In Uncharted 3, Drake foils a plot to find a sunken vessel with what is essentially an ancient chemical weapon in it.

If Drake failed, the villainous Marlowe would have uncovered the vessel and perhaps unleashed the Cordyceps virus on the world of The Last of Us. The chronology could work, but this Uncharted 4 newspaper Easter egg is the only real evidence of a shared universe.

Joel's Ex-Wife Is Ellie's Mother

There are a few theories about Joel being Ellie's biological father, but that would ruin a lot of what makes their relationship special. A variation on that too-obvious theory suggests not that Joel is Ellie's pop, but that Joel's ex-wife is actually Ellie's mother. Somewhere along the line, Joel and his wife separated, but he doesn't appear to harbor any lingering hostility towards her. Maybe long after they went their separate ways, she became pregnant and gave birth to Ellie?

Ellie's Mother Makes the Whole Game a Crossover

This theory take a little extra imagination. It purports that Ellie's mother is actually Jill Valentine from Resident Evil. The two key pieces of evidence supporting this theory are pretty simple: Ellie's appearance and the presence of zombies in each game. Ellie and Jill look quite similar in many ways, and there are zombie-like creatures, but there isn't much else to support this theory. It also doesn't help that Resident Evil is made by Capcom and not Naughty Dog.

Joel Is Immune and Doesn't Know It

When you think about all the stuff that Joel has gone through, this theory makes a lot of sense. In addition to spending a lot of time with the infected Ellie, he's also constantly coming into contact with other afflicted folks. He fights them hand-to-hand on an all-too regular basis, yet he somehow manages to avoid it himself. Either he is incredibly lucky, or he's immune. If he is immune, there's a question of whether or not he's aware of it.

Ellie's Scar Is the Key to Her Immunity

There's something significant about Ellie's scar, but just what that is remains a mystery. Many people assume it is the product of a school fight or something along those lines, but what if it is actually the source of her immunity? This could work two ways: either she was experimented on and that's a surgical scar, or she had an encounter with an infected at a young age and her body has somehow been fighting it off ever since.

The Fireflies Wanted Total Control of the Cure

According to the Fireflies, Ellie needs to die so they could dissect her brain and discover the cure. According to this theory, that's only partly true. The Fireflies could derive a cure from Ellie without murdering her, but as long as she is alive, other factions, such as the military, can do the same. By killing her and becoming the only ones with the cure, the Fireflies would become the most influential organization in the world.

An Earthquake and Tsunami Kicked off the Pandemic

On the surface, it appears that the state of the world in The Last of Us is a pretty clear result of one thing and one thing only, but what if the start of the infection coincided with a massive natural disaster? Something like a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami would cause a lot of damage and force many people into close quarters. The infection could then spread quickly and exponentially before anyone could do anything to prevent it. This would help explain how conditions deteriorated so quickly.

The Fireflies Were Never Going to Find a Cure

When Joel and Ellie arrive, the Fireflies almost immediately decide that she must die in order to produce a cure. The problem is, all of their reasoning is very, very flawed. Instead of scientifically studying the only known immune person in existence, they immediately want to kill her without first running comprehensive diagnostics or tests. It's likely that even if they did kill Ellie, they wouldn't have the knowledge, ability, or patience to develop a cure from her brain.

Everyone Is Infected

Many of the characters in the game that are supposedly not infected nonetheless exhibit early signs of infection. Specifically, many of the characters lack peripheral vision. This is likely just a way to make stealth gameplay more balanced, but could there be more to it? 

It's clear that the infected rely heavily on sound, as the Cordyceps fungus grows over the victims' eyes. It's possible that just about everyone in the game is infected to varying degrees and they just don't know it. Perhaps an airborne strand of the infection is affecting everyone's hearing without turning them into crazies?

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:08:57 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/last-of-us-fan-theories/jordan-love
<![CDATA[The Best Telltale Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-telltale-games/jason-robbins

Telltale Games, creator of some of the greatest games in recent history, is a rare bird indeed. The company has single-handedly managed to accomplish two miracles in the games industry - feats that have long eluded all of their competitors.

For one, they have brought the graphic adventure genre back to mainstream success. Graphic adventures had their heyday back in the late '80s and early '90s, when today's video game mainstays of squashing things and shooting things took a back seat to story, exploration, and puzzle-solving. It was a grand time for people who liked to game and use their brains. But, eventually, people started hungering for violence once again, and companies like  Lucasarts and Sierra found themselves losing money. Soon the genre was all but dead. That is, untile Telltale brought it back.

Telltale's second grand accomplishment was finding a way to take popular licensed properties and make games out of them that don't suck. Gamers have long suffered adaptations of movies and TV shows that offered terrible gameplay and the bare minimum of fan service. Telltale has somehow found a way to break that curse. Games by Telltale actually have good storytelling and thoughtful game mechanics.

And so, Telltale has spent the last decade blessing gamers with faithful, inventive episodic content based on such beloved fanboy fiction as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Which is your favorite? The full list is below for your voting pleasure. Make sure the best Telltale games are at the top!

The Best Telltale Games,

Tales of Monkey Island

The Walking Dead

The Wolf Among Us

The Walking Dead: Season Two

Back to the Future: The Game

Tales from the Borderlands

The Walking Dead: Michonne

Game of Thrones

Batman - The Telltale Series

The Walking Dead: 400 Days

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:51:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-telltale-games/jason-robbins
<![CDATA[The Most Messed Up Things People Have Done in Minecraft]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/messed-up-things-from-minecraft/jordan-love

Minecraft is awesome, but it can also be pretty dystopian. The nearly limitless creativity means that plenty of amazing things are done and created on a regular basis. It also means plenty of very annoying people doing very annoying things. Depending on your sense of humor (or lack thereof), these things can be pretty hilarious.

Some gamers tend to turn the world of Minecraft into something that more closely resembles Grand Theft Auto than an innocent sandbox game. From massacring villagers to building perverted monuments, there are a lot of messed up things from Minecraft. To be fair, even some of the most frustrating elements are wildly creative. 

If you've ever been on the receiving end of someone's irritating actions in Minecraft, then you may not think they're funny. And there is certainly no shortage of people being jerks in Minecraft. The key is to remember that it's just a game, albeit one with near limitless potential to be as messed up as you want - until you get booted from a server, at least.

The Most Messed Up Things People Have Done in Minecraft,

The World's Most Dangerous Game

Ever wondered how to build a human trap? This video will you ten different ways to catch and murder innocent people!

You Can't Modify Penislandia, But Really, Why Would You Want To?

One Zombie, 1,000 Villagers: Who Will Reign Supreme?

This person put one zombie in a pit with 1,000 villagers. You'd imagine that the villagers could easily overwhelm the zombie, right? But you'll be surprised at what actually happens in this video.

A Very Literal Person Made a Very Literal Assh*le

Pretty Much Anything That Happens On the 2b2t Server

The Minecraft 2b2t server is one of the most diabolical places in gaming. It's a wasteland that would intimidate Mad Max. Most of the players either kill newcomers or berate them with a constant stream of obscenities. That being said, it's also one of the most unique and extraordinary places to visit in the game - if you know where you're going, that is.

Confirmation That YouTubers Are D*cks

This YouTuber went into a fan's Minecraft world and basically blew it all to hell. The sad part is, the fan is so excited to be talking to one of his favorite YouTubers, and then...

A Guy Came Up with 50 Unique Ways to Kill Villagers

If you play enough Minecraft, you'll probably kill at least a few villagers, but coming up with 50 different death traps is bordering on serial killer territory.

Dumps Like a Truck

Someone built a giant butt that took a giant dump on a whole village. No, seriously.

An Intriguing Crop Circle - But What Does It Mean?

The Murder Arena

This lovely contraption is a custom-built arena. But it's not an arena for playing concerts or sports. It's a murder arena, specifically designed to pit villagers against zombies and watch them fight to the death. Everybody loves a good ol' murder brawl.

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:41:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/messed-up-things-from-minecraft/jordan-love
<![CDATA[The Best Jobs for Pokemon Go Addicts]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-jobs-for-playing-pokemon-go/nikoberi

Do you have Pokemon Go in you blood? Are you angry about your boss telling you to get back to work instead of playing more Pokemon Go? Do you like Pokemon Go so much that some of your friends think you have a problem? Maybe it's time to make a career change into a job that's more accommodating to your addiction. To help you decide what career path you should follow, check out this list of jobs that will let you get out, get around, and catch 'em all. Vote up the best jobs for Pokemon Go players and then hand in your two weeks notice.

The Best Jobs for Pokemon Go Addicts,

Game Tester

Preacher at One of Those Pokestop Churches

Delivery Person

Outdoorsman (Or Outdoors-woman)

Pokemon Trainer

Bike Messenger

Taxi Driver

Mail Carrier

Unemployed Person

Dog Walker

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:31:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-jobs-for-playing-pokemon-go/nikoberi
<![CDATA[Things to Do While the Pokemon Go Servers Are Down]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-to-do-when-pokemon-go-servers-are-down/nikoberi

Pokemon Go's servers down again? Hopefully you have a plan, a list of things to do until you can finally get back off your butt and catch them all. Servers go down more than anyone would like and sometimes technical issues ruin a planned day of hiking backcountry trails in that endless quest to bag an elusive Gyrados.

Because it sucks having your plans fall through, here's a list of things to do when playing Pokemon Go simply isn't possible. It's a survival guide for those moments when you're waiting for somebody at Niantic to put out their server fire.

Vote up the best ways to pass the time when the Pokemon Go servers are down and don't forget, it's only temporary.

Things to Do While the Pokemon Go Servers Are Down,

Get a Little Drunk

Check Every 30 Seconds to See If Pokemon Go Is Back

Aimlessly Browse the Same Sites You Always Browse

Start a Book That You'll Abandon as Soon as Pokemon Go Is Back

Play with Your Real Life Pets

Pretend That Music Can Fill the Void Where Pokemon Go Is Supposed to Be

Plop Down on the Couch and Play a Console Game

Get Some Laundry Done

Loudly Complain About the Servers

Play an Old School Pokemon Game

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:51:33 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/things-to-do-when-pokemon-go-servers-are-down/nikoberi
<![CDATA[Things Pokemon Go Desperately Needs to Fix ASAP]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-go-problems/nikoberi

Pokemon Go is simultaneously the best and worst Pokemon game ever. On the one hand, it gets people to go outside, wander through the countryside, get lost, and talk to strangers - just like in the game! On the other hand, the game is poorly made. There are a lot of problems with Pokemon Go and it needs a lot of love if it’s going to end up being anything more than just a diversion that people forget about really fast. 

Everyone knows there are a lot of Pokemon Go issues, not the least of which are the Pokemon Go servers. The game has become a pop culture sensation, and the Pokemon Go problem fixes are simply not coming fast enough for ravenous fans. The Internet has been throwing out a lot of Pokemon Go hate because Niantic, the game's developer, has been slow to respond to issues. These are the bad Pokemon Go problems that Niantic needs to fix, like, yesterday. Vote up the issues that frustrate you the most.

Things Pokemon Go Desperately Needs to Fix ASAP,

Losing Pokeballs Is the Worst

Because Pokemon Go is a laggy piece of cruft with connectivity issues out the ass, sometimes the art of throwing Pokeballs is a bit like finger painting - not very accurate or detailed. This is why it’s a bit of a d*ck move that Pokeballs that don't hit their targets vanish into the ether, never to be seen again. This is an awful, frustrating experience, especially when other problems conspire to turn Pokemon catching into a latency-ridden game of chance.

Spawn Rates Are Crazy Inconsistent

Spawn rates in Pokemon Go are pretty inconsistent. If you’re near one or more Pokestops, you’re going to have more 'mons than you know what to do with. If you’re anywhere else, get ready to catch nothing but the occasional Zubat or Rattata. Yes, this is to encourage people to go out and hunt for new Pokemon, but what it mostly ends up doing is encouraging people to sit on their asses as close to a bunch of Pokestops as possible. 

Pokemon Gone

Part and parcel with all of the latency, server issues, and GPS problems in Pokemon Go is seeing illusory Pokemon. Every once in a while players get to see Pokemon pop into existence on their map only for them to vanish back into the ether as unceremoniously as they arrived.

The F***ing Crashes

Playing Pokemon Go is like driving drunk: crashes are inevitable. Pokemon Go has app stability issues far beyond what is acceptable for something made by a professional company and absolutely galling for a game utilizing one of the most profitable intellectual properties in Nintendo’s fold. Pokemon Go needs some stability patches, stat.

The Curveball Throw Is a Scam

When you throw a successful curveball in Pokemon Go, you're supposed to reap the prestigious award of an extra 10xp. Now, either Pokemon Go has extremely high standards for what counts as a successful curveball or there's a bigger conspiracy going on here. Users have reported that no matter how amazing of a curve they throw, Pokemon seems to refuse to shell out those bonus XPs. Ironically, some players have reported catching Pokemon normally and randomly receiving the curveball bonus. So while you've been wasting your time trying to throw the perfect curveball, your points have likely been going to someone who casually flung a Pokeball at a CP10 Ekans from their work desk.

The Tutorial Sucks

The tutorial in Pokemon Go covers only the very basics of throwing Pokeballs and making your character and then leaves you on your own for the rest. Wanna know what different items do? Good luck with that. Want to know what the little paw prints on the Pokeradar mean? Google it. This is just a pain that takes away from playing the game. Pokemon Go really needs to do a better job of explaining what its functions are.

There Aren't Enough Pokestops Outside of Big Cities

Playing Pokemon Go in the middle of a city is a dazzling experience that will have you walking between landmarks and seeing hundreds of other people looking at their phones and doing the same thing as you. When you play Pokemon Go in a city, Pokestops are all over the place and you never wind up short on Pokeballs, potions, revives, or eggs.

Playing Pokemon Go in the country or even in the suburbs is a completely different story. You’re lucky if you have even one good Pokestop within walking distance and you’re going to have to hang around it for a while to top off your items and eggs. Niantic really needs to consider upping the number of Pokestops or making ones in sparser areas give out slightly better drops to compensate for how few there are.

Egg Hatching Is a Nightmare

Hatching eggs in Pokemon Go is absolutely nightmarish. Though walking 2 to 10 kilometers (about 1 to 6 miles) may not seem like a terrible prospect at first, it's actually a bit more complicated than that. First, you have to keep the app on the whole time, which means you are going to burn through your phone’s battery, and depending on how hot your phone gets, probably also your hand.

Also, Pokemon Go is an app with the stability of a late-game Jenga tower that crashes with more frequency than a drunk driver - causing you to spend time wrestling with the app instead of hatching eggs. Finally, the GPS is touchy at best and will rarely register the full distance you walk. Make no mistake, when you set out to hatch your Pokemon eggs, you’re going to be walking 2+ kilometers for every 1 that the app registers. In the dead of one of the hottest summers on record, that’s just unacceptable.

It Drains Your Battery Super Fast

Pokemon Go is a glutton for your phone’s juice. Even with battery saving mode on, do not expect to be able to play Pokemon Go for more than an hour - and that's if you have a strong battery. Niantic really has to step up and work to make the app less battery intensive.

Screen Staring Is a Huge Problem

The core design problem afflicting Pokemon Go is that it is a game about going outside and walking around that insists that you have the app open, running, and in your line of sight at all times in order to get anything done. Pokemon Go desperately needs some way to let people know that there are Pokemon in their vicinity without them having to watch their phone screen like a hawk. Doing this will probably reduce the number of news stories we have to see about people chasing rare Pokemon into traffic, too.

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:21:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-go-problems/nikoberi
<![CDATA[25 Video Game Parodies You'd Buy Right Now]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-video-game-parodies/nathandavidson

Sure, video game franchises like Call of Duty and Madden are great, but isn't it time the video game industry spread their creative wings a little more? Game makers should learn something from the internet and start making awesome games like these funny video game parodies below. This collection of funny video game parody art and hilarious video game parodies is a look into the future of gaming. They may be parodies of video games now, but they'll all be a virtual reality very soon.

Titles like Halo Kitty, Donkey Bong, Gears of Wario, and many more hilarious parody boxes should grace shelves any day now. Vote up the most creative parodies below. 

25 Video Game Parodies You'd Buy Right Now,

Somebody Please Make This Happen

Give Me a Ring Sometime

The Game About Nothing

Breaking Ice

Live out Your Wildest Fantasy

Cinderella Story

Call of Doodie

Grand Theft Thrones

Whatever Floats Your Goat

You So Kitty

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 13:31:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-video-game-parodies/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[People Who Built Things from Video Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-built-things-from-video-games/jordan-love

When it comes to gamers, there are three tiers. The first, casual gamers. The second, hardcore gamers. The third, gamers so dedicated they take on video game DIY projects. These gamers will make everything from background props to functioning replica weapons. Sometimes gamers dabble in video game DIY just for cosplay purposes. Other gamers are so good at such projects, they've been able to make a living remaking things from games.

By far one of the most popular things to make IRL from video games is weapons. Gamers seem to love making weapons they use in games. A few such weapons are even functional, though most are as harmless as the plastic from which they're made. 

While just about every game has objects that can be replicated in real life, there are a handful of games people seem to turn to time and time again for their DIY projects. Borderlands, Fallout, and Halo are a few of the franchises from which gamers frequently replicate things. 

In the gaming world, there are plenty of people who built objects from video games. This list features just a few of the best.

People Who Built Things from Video Games,

It's No Ordinary Tommy Gun, It's Spray N' Pray from "Fallout 4"

It Took More Than a Minute to Make This "Fallout 4" The Last Minute Replica

The Cael Hammer from "Bastion," Reviving the World One Sancuatary at a Time

Homemade "BioShock" Rapture Records Bin, Minus the Apocalyptic Setting

"Gears of War" Cleaver That Could Cut Your Head Off Were It Not Made of Foam

A Lot of Willpower Went into Making These "Destiny" Willbreaker Swords

This "Fallout" Nuka-Cola Replica Probably Isn't Safe to Drink

The "Halo 4" Sniper Rifle, for When the Energy Sword Just Isn't an Option

This "Fallout 3" Laser Rifle Will Set You Back Quite a Few Caps

Replica "Skyrim" Mehrunes's Razor Looks Like It Could Be Even Deadlier IRL

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:20:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-built-things-from-video-games/jordan-love
<![CDATA[The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-space-simulator-games/ranker-games

If you’ve ever wanted to be rocketing through space at a million miles per hours or design an orbital launch system, then you would love playing some of the best space simulation games ever. Best of all, you don’t need to worry about being marooned in space like Major Tom. The best space games simulate what it’s like to be piloting spacecraft, which turns out can be a challenge! Who knew?

In Kerbal Space Program for instance, you take on the role of a mission commander and must design a rocket to get your Kerbal astronauts into space. One misstep and you’ll end up with dead astronauts—and no one wants that. But which space simulator games are the best? See what gamers think, as they have voted for their favorite simulation games about space below.

Don’t agree with the rankings? Voice your opinion and vote up your favorite space simulation games below. If you don’t see a particular space sim that you feel should be on the list, please add it! After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of games that simulate what it’s like to be an astronaut or spaceship designer/commander. If you prefer more combat in your space sims, then you probably should give these space combat sims a closer look.

In many top space simulator games, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing your spaceship hurtle through space at relativistic or near-relativistic speeds. But if the best space simulation games on this list aren’t fun for you, then you should go with something more down to earth, like these amazing war simulation games instead. For those that do love all things space related, vote on the best space simulation games!

The Best Space Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked,

Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War

Eve Online

Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter

X2: The Threat

X3: Reunion

FreeSpace 2

Universe Sandbox

Strike Suit Zero

Space Engineers

Kerbal Space Program

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:51:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-space-simulator-games/ranker-games
<![CDATA[The Funniest Video Game News Headlines Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-video-game-news-headlines/nathandavidson
The national media loves to blame video games for all of the world's problems. Whether it's behavioral problems, suicides or violent crimes, video games are usually the first thing a lot of people like to point the finger at. That being said, there is also plenty of evidence to contrary. Point is, this article isn't about the political issues surrounding video games and gamers. This is purely entertainment. As you'll see from these funny headlines and stories below about video games, gaming can lead to some of the funniest news stories. Honestly, you can't make this stuff up. From kidnappers trading a victim for an Xbox 360, to video game divorces, these are the funniest gaming news headlines ever.
The Funniest Video Game News Headlines Ever,

Call of Duty: SWAT Warfare

House of Games

When Andy Lost Sally

Six Years to Life

Seems Legit

Fair Trade

Typical Satan

Burn Notice

When Art Imitates Life

Think Inside the Box

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:01:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-video-game-news-headlines/nathandavidson
<![CDATA[All the Monopoly Properties, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/all-monopoly-properties/steve-wright
Monopoly is one of the most loved board games in the world. By way of proof, look at how many versions of the game there are - more than 1200 editions of Monopoly exist, and it has been printed in dozens of languages, because the core mechanics of collecting, trading, and money management are universal. This list is focused on the original version of Monopoly, set in Atlantic City, NJ, and contains all the properties. 

Everyone has their own strategy for Monopoly. Some buy any and everything early, others wait and buy only what they consider the best spaces. What makes the game fun is the perception and strategy of each player. The more you learn, the better at the game you become; familiarizing yourself with all the Monopoly properties, and understanding which are the best properties in Monopoly, is the place to start. Let this list of all Monopoly properties be your guide, and may you learn to own the board.

This list considers not just the cost of a property, but also the frequency with which players land on them and expected return on investment. For extremely detailed information on the actual value of all Monopoly properties, check out this calculator. 

NOTE: Frequency ranks are based on long-term game play, not a single run through the board, and differ depending on whether a player visits, or gets sent to, jail while moving around the board. The term "short" refers to visiting jail; "long" refers to being stuck in jail. 

All the Monopoly Properties, Ranked,

Atlantic Avenue
Real Life Equivalent: Over eight miles of commercial properties from Atlantic City to Longport.
Pros to Owning: The first of the yellow properties is the most landed-on in the color group.
Cons to Owning: Yellow properties are not as valuable as the reds or oranges, because the high cost and long distance from jail.

Frequency Rank: 14 short, 16 long

Ventnor Avenue
Real Life Equivalent: Ventnor Avenue runs into Ventnor City, the town directly southwest of Atlantic City. In this regard, it is very well named.

Pros to Owning: Rents with hotel reach $1150. That can be a game-changer late on.

Cons to Owning: Yellow properties are not as valuable as the reds or oranges, because of their high cost and distance from jail.

Frequency Rank: 16 short, 18 long


Kentucky Avenue
Real Life Equivalent: Kentucky Avenue has a real piece of Atlantic City history; the Madison Hotel was opened there in 1929. The hotel (now a Baymont Inn & Suites) reopened in 2014.

Pros to Owning: You can win a game with reds, and Kentucky Avenue is part of that set.

Cons to Owning: Reds are high risk/high reward, and Kentucky Avenue is the second least-visited of the three spaces in that color group.

Frequency Rank: 10 short, 12 long

Indiana Avenue
Real Life Equivalent: A tiny street that entitles you to the backside of Bally's Casino, and that's about all.
Pros to Owning: The $1050 rent with a hotel will cripple someones game.

Cons to Owning: Reds are high risk/high reward, and Indiana Avenue is the least-visited of the three spaces in that color group.

Frequency Rank: 13 long, 14 short

Illinois Avenue
Real Life Equivalent: Now named Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, the deed to this property includes the old Carnegie Library.

Pros to Owning: This is the most frequently landed-on space on the board, and the $1100 rent is a big deal.

Cons to Owning: Like all red spaces, this is a high risk/high reward property due to building costs.

Frequency Rank:
2 short and long
Water Works
Real Life Equivalent: Yes, there are water works facilities in Atlantic City.
Pros to Owning: The Water Works is cheap to buy and pays for itself quickly. This is especially true if you can pair it with the Electric Company. A good fire-and-forget card early in the game.
Cons to Owning: There is no explosive growth potential here, as with regular property cards or railroads.

Frequency Rank: 11 short, 10 long

St. James Place
Real Life Equivalent: St. James Place is a lot of history in a small space. While it only runs for a few blocks, there are countless classic buildings on the property.

Pros to Owning: This is one of the most valuable properties in the game as, statistically, the orange spaces are the most landed on group.

Cons to Owning: Zero cons. Always buy orange properties.

Frequency Rank: 12 short, 9 long

Reading Railroad
Real Life Equivalent: The Reading Railroad operated in southeast Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Most former Reading lines are now part of the Norfolk Southern Railway.

Pros to Owning: Buying or acquiring  three or four railroads early in the game is a great strategy. The railroads cost nothing to build up and will provide a constant income stream that will help fund everything else you do in the game.

Cons to Owning: If you get stuck with only one or two railroads, the cash flow isn't worth the initial purchase price.

Frequency Rank: 6 short, 8 long

Tennessee Avenue
Real Life Equivalent: Tennessee Avenue is a long street that takes in plenty of Atlantic City. Among other things, the street is home to the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.
Pros to Owning: A must-buy property. Any roll of eight when leaving jail will land a player here.
Cons to Owning: None. This is the best space in the game.

Frequency Rank: 7 short, 6 long

New York Avenue
Real Life Equivalent: Not the best street in Atlantic City. New York Avenue was once lined with innovative architecture, but in 2016 is an extremely nondescript street filled with parking lots, vacant lots, and warehouse-type buildings.

Pros to Owning: Rolling a nine coming out of jail will land a player here. Also, drawing a "Go Back Three Spaces" card from Chance will land a player here. As a result, New York Avenue sees heavy traffic.

Cons to Owning: None. It is part of the must buy orange set.

Frequency Rank: 4 short, 7 long

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:23:51 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/all-monopoly-properties/steve-wright
<![CDATA[Top 50 Cool Anime Characters Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-50-handsome-anime-characters-of-all-time-v1/ahmed-abdul-nasir
Top 50 Best Handsome Anime Characters. Comment Names If You Want Me to Add More Characters. Vote Plzzz
Top 50 Cool Anime Characters Of All Time,

Edward Elric

Kakashi Hatake

Tamaki Suou

Son Goku

Light Yagami


Itachi Uchiha

Zero Kiryu

Kaoru Hitachiin

Levi Ackerman

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:21:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/top-50-handsome-anime-characters-of-all-time-v1/ahmed-abdul-nasir
<![CDATA[The Best War Simulation Games of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-war-simulator-games/ranker-games
If you’ve ever wanted to be planning battles and strategizing instead of being shot at on the ground, then you would love playing some of the best war simulation games listed below. Best of all, you won’t need to have go through boot camp or officer training! The best war games simulate what it’s like to be a commander giving orders to troops, so you must carefully consider every decision you make.

In Graviteam Tactics: Operation Star for instance, you take on the role of commander and must win the battle for the city of Kharkov. One misstep and the other side could demolish you. But which war simulator games are the best? See what gamers think, as they have voted for their favorite war games below.

Don’t agree with the rankings? Voice your opinion and vote up your favorite war simulation games that feature tactical command and strategy as a central theme so that others may know what they’re missing out on playing. If you don’t see a particular war game that you feel should be on the list, please add it! After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of games that simulate what it’s like to be a military officer. If the combat portions of these games are what really excite you, then you probably should give these FPS games a try too.

In many top war simulator games, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing your grand strategy that you spent the last fifteen minutes planning and executing come to fruition. But if the best war simulation games on this list aren’t fun for you, then you should probably try these amazing action-adventure games instead. For those that are love giving orders to troops, vote on the best war simulation games below!
The Best War Simulation Games of All Time,

Company of Heroes

Europa Universalis III

Medieval II: Total War

Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific

Men of War

World of Tanks

Total War: Rome II

Wargame: AirLand Battle

Knights and Merchants

DCS World

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:24:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-war-simulator-games/ranker-games
<![CDATA[Best Police Games & Police Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-police-simulator-games/ranker-games
If you’ve ever wanted to be sitting in the driver’s seat of a squad car instead of the back seat with the perps, then you would love playing some of the best police games listed below. Best of all, you won’t need to have go through police academy! The best cop games simulate what it’s like to be an officer of the law, where you must carefully consider every decision you make. In LA Noire for instance, you play Detective Cole Phelps and must uncover the truth a slew of related crimes. One misstep or false accusation and the culprit could end up going free. But which police simulator games are the best? See what gamers think, as they have voted for their favorite police games below.

Don’t agree with the rankings? Voice your opinion and vote up your favorite police simulation games that feature crime fighting as a central theme so that others may know what they’re missing out on playing. If you don’t see a police game that you feel should be on the list, please add it! After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of games that simulate what it’s like to be a cop. If the combat portions of these games are what really excite you, then you probably should give these FPS games a try too.

In many top police simulator games, you have to work hard to fight crime without getting hurt or messing up the investigation. But there’s nothing more exciting than speeding through the city in your squad car trying to catch the perp, only for it to end in a rooftop gun battle. But if the best police simulation games on this list aren’t fun for you, then you should probably try these amazing action-adventure games instead. For those that are fans of law enforcement, vote on the best police simulation games below!
Best Police Games & Police Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked,

L.A. Noire

Police Quest: Open Season

SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle


Police Quest: SWAT 2

Lego City Undercover

Sleeping Dogs

Driver: San Francisco

Battlefield Hardline

911: First Responders

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 02:41:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-police-simulator-games/ranker-games
<![CDATA[The Worst Pokestops Found So Far in Pokemon Go]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-pokestops-in-pokemon-go/jacob-shelton
Pokemon Go is reintroducing all of us to our towns, and it’s a magnificent confluence of technology and reality that’s making for some very fun game play. Most of the Pokestops (areas that drop loot like Pokeballs, snacks, etc) are really interesting spots that offer a way to learn something while building your trainer status, but some Pokestops don’t seem to make a lick of sense. Thanks to the beautiful nerds over at Reddit we’ve been able to see some of the worst Pokestops in the game - everything from cars abandoned in trees to strip clubs apparently qualifies as a Pokestop, and that’s just the beginning. Rest your weary feet and take a look at these funny pokestops in Pokemon Go.

If you’ve played Pokemon Go for more than an hour then you know that the game has you going all over the city and into the middle of nowhere in search of Pokemon. For every national landmark that’s been turned into a designated Pokemon hotspot, there are plenty of funny Pokestops along the way. Users have found live animals being used as Pokestops, and even roadside sigils for dead relatives. It’s a weird world out there, we’re all just Pokemonning in it.

Vote up the worst Pokestops found so far in Pokemon Go, and if there’s a truly dismal Pokestop in your town, take to the comments and tell everyone about it.
The Worst Pokestops Found So Far in Pokemon Go,

Why You Gotta Be So Mean, Pokemon?

Are Pokemon Developers Paid by the Pun?

Think of All the Pokemon That Never Were

Sick Burn, Bro

There's No Crying in Pokemon!

You Might Not Catch Any Pokemon, But You'll Catch Something in There

Catch You Later, Alligator

Maybe You Don't Have to Catch Them All

Pokemon Go: Brought to You by Big Tobacco

Invisible Playgrounds Are Everywhere If You Really Think About It

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:11:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-pokestops-in-pokemon-go/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Pokemon Go Nightmares and Horror Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-go-horror-stories/jacob-shelton
For the most part, Pokemon Go is a really fun game that’s getting users outside, curing depression, and helping people connect in ways a video game hasn’t since the advent of two player mode in Area 51. But for all of the good press the new Pokemon game is getting, there are some terrible Pokemon Go stories circulating. As of July 2016, there haven’t been any Pokemon Go deaths, but there was a dead body discovered in a river, and plenty of people getting robbed. It’s almost like an episode of Black Mirror, without snappy dialogue and suspense.

Put down your phone for a minute and read about these horrible things that happened to people playing Pokemon Go.

It’s the sign of a true cultural zeitgeist that a video game generated seven billion dollars, a government conspiracy, a series of hoaxes, and a stabbing less than a week after being released. There hasn’t been content this engrossing released in at least a decade, and the stories on this list probably don’t even represent peak Pokemon Go. If you’re playing the augmented reality version of everyone’s favorite monster-catching past time, you’re fully aware of the dangers the game presents, so be safe. Don’t go down any dark alleys, or you’ll end up on this list of Pokemon Go horror stories.
Pokemon Go Nightmares and Horror Stories,

The Olympian Who Racked Up a Huge Phone Bill

In further proof that the 2016 Olympians in Rio de Janeiro can't catch a break, one Japanese gymnast racked up a nearly $5,000 phone bill while playing Pokemon Go. Although athletes have complained about the lack of access to Pokemon Go in Brazil, Kohei Uchimura apparently figured out how to access the mobile game but did figure out that his data plan wouldn't cover the usage. Oops.

San Diego Women Stumble on a Corpse in a Park
Three women playing Pokemon Go in Marian Bear Memorial Park in San Diego, CA, on the night of July 14, 2016, caught a dead human along with their virtual monsters. Police suspect no foul play - the man apparently died of natural causes, his corpse languishing in the park, in need of discovery. 
The Man Who Destroyed His Car
On July 12, 2016, a 28-year-old man in Auburn, NY, destroyed his car while playing Pokemon Go. Of course, he wasn't just playing Go, he was also driving. And he drove straight into a tree while trying to catch a Pokemon. Miraculously, given the state of his car, the man was uninjured. 
Pokemon Player Finds Body in a River
Shayla Wiggins, a 19 year old from Riverton, WY, found a body floating in the Wind River while on a Pokemon hunt on July 8, 2016. Wiggins told County 10 news, "I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water. I had to take a second look and I realized it was a body. I didn't really know what to do at first. But I called 911 right away and they came really quickly."
The Guy Who Drove Into a Parked Cop Car

A distracted motorist drove into a park cop car around 3:30 am on July 20, 2016. What was he distracted by? Pokemon Go. Two officers got footage of the aftermath of the collision (which is pretty minor) on their body cameras. Said the motorist (who seems to be a teenager) of the event, "That's what I get for playing this dumbass game." One of the officers came across a bit like DMX when commenting on the situation: “It’s not a game when you’re behind the wheel of a 2,000 pound vehicle.”

A Man Was Stabbed (Several Times) in a Park
A man playing Pokemon Go in a park in Anaheim, CA, was stabbed around midnight on July 14, 2016. According to police, the victim lost track of his surroundings while trying to snare some 'Mon and wandered into a dangerous area, where a group of men in their late teens or early 20s accosted him. The man was stabbed several times in the torso, though not fatally. 
Two Guys in California Walked Off a Cliff
On July 13, 2016, two men fell off a crumbling ocean bluff in Encinitas, CA, while playing Pokemon Go. Firefighters were dispatched to rescue one man, who fell 75 to 100 feet down the bluff, and found a second man, unconscious, on their way. Both men were taken to the hospital. In response to the blunder, Sgt. Rich Eaton of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said,“I think people just need to realize this is a game. It’s not worth your life. No game is worth your life.”
Florida Teens Shot at by Enraged Homeowner
Two teenage boys were sitting in their car on a residential street playing Pokemon Go early in the morning of July 18, 2016, when a homeowner strode across his lawn and opened fire on them. The boys sped off, uninjured, and later discovered bullet holes in the rear tire, hub cap, and fender. The incident took place in Palm Coast, FL, because Castle doctrine.

The boys report they were speaking about catching a Pokemon at the time the incident occurred. The homeowner says he saw a suspicious car, heard someone say "did you get anything?", and assumed the boys were burglars. So, as one does, he grabbed his handgun and went outside. 
River Bodies, Pokemon Go's Specialty
On July 14, 2016, a woman in Nashua, NH found a corpse in Salmon Brook, behind a Holocaust Memorial, while playing Pokemon Go. The incident occurred less than than a week after a woman in Wyoming also found a corpse in a river while playing Go. Sargent Clark Gaphardt, of the Nashua police, said of the incident, “It was at least one person playing that game, which led them to the area and they found the body." Good to know, Clark. Glad it wasn't fewer than one person playing the game. 
The College Student Who Almost Became a Statistic

University of Iowa student and football player Faith Ekakitie found himself facing police officers with guns drawn while playing Pokemon Go in a park over the weekend of July 22, 2016. He was mistaken for a man, also large, African American, and wearing all black, who had recently robbed a nearby bank. Ekakitie was listening to music on his headphones, and so didn't hear the police approach. The police took his failure to heed their demands as hostile. 

In the end, all was resolved. Ekakitie, a 23-year-old senior and defensive end for his school's football team,  took to social media to describe the event. “Today was the first time I’ve truly feared my life, and I have the media to thank for that...So with that, I would like the thank the Iowa City Police department for handling a sensitive situation very professionally. I would also urge people to be more aware of their surroundings because clearly I wasn’t. Lastly, I would urge us all to at least to attempt to unlearn some of the prejudices that we have learned about each other and now plague our minds and our society. "

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:46:13 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-go-horror-stories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Funniest Pokemon Go Posts and Memes on Instagram]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-go-instagram-posts/jacob-shelton
Pokemon Go is life. There’s not even a point to explaining what Pokemon Go is because you’re already playing it. And if you’re not busy running around the countryside, you’re at home posting Pokemon Go memes. There’s no need to hide it, this is what life is and we just have to accept it. Even if you’re one of the five people who aren’t staring at your phone while you chase down a Snorlax there’s still something for you in this collection of funny Pokemon Go posts, so don’t feel left out. Just know that your calves aren’t as defined as everyone else’s. Now put down your phone for 10 minutes and take a look at these hilarious Pokemon Go Instagram jokes.

It’s safe to say that if you’re looking at Instagram, Pokemon Go posts are making up the bulk of what your friends are posting. This list has all the best memes and posts about the game that netted Nintendo $7.5 billion in two days and will help you get in on the fun. You don’t need to go to a trainer’s academy in order to get these uproariously funny memes, as long as you’ve got a sense of humor you should be able to get into the Pokegroove.

Vote up the funniest Pokemon Go posts and memes on Instagram, and let everyone know how many Charmanders you’ve found in the last 24 hours.
The Funniest Pokemon Go Posts and Memes on Instagram,

If You Liked It You Should Have Put a Pokeball on It

A photo posted by Chris (@_theblessedone) on

Are Cops Fighting Types or Flying Types?

A photo posted by WorldstarHipHop (@worldstar) on

Quit While You're Ahead

Stop Trying to Catch Pokemon and Catch Pokemon

Snorlax... Final Warning

Just as Long as There's No Crossover

A photo posted by Elliot Tebele (@fuckjerry) on

Mom's Just Mad You Caught an Abra

A photo posted by Elliot Tebele (@fuckjerry) on

Can We Start Calling Our Calves "Poke Muscles?"

Thanks, Obama!

A photo posted by Chris (@_theblessedone) on

Why Does This Pokemon Keep Quacking?

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:41:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pokemon-go-instagram-posts/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Overwatch Heroines You'd Want to Have a Romantic Dinner With]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-overwatch-heroines/nikoberi
If you've been paying attention to the internet's reaction to Overwatch, you may have noticed a common response to the character design: pretty much everybody in this game is hot. The girls are hot. Most of the guys are hot. The fighters are hot, which makes the fighting hot. Everybody looks like the kind of person you want to take on a nice romantic date.

So, in honor of that age old internet obsession with hot video game characters, especially females, it's time to rank who you think would be the best Overwatch heroines to take out for a romantic dinner. Don't worry, the male heroes, both human and robots, get their own list. 
Overwatch Heroines You'd Want to Have a Romantic Dinner With,

Pros: A brilliant scientist and bubbly bunch of fun, Mei maybe isn't the first woman you think of when you hear the term "ice person."  A climatologist, Mei has an adorable little snow-making pet robot, in addition to many ice-based weapons. Given her love of puns, she will take you to her favorite restaurant and call it a-Mei-zing.

Cons: Mei has been frozen in ice for decades. Going on a romantic date with her will mean listening to pop-culture references that are decades out of date. And also she's way older than she looks, given how long she was frozen, which is maybe kinda creepy if things get physical. 

Pros: In addition to being an ace soldier, D. Va is a professional Starcraft player. A celebrity in South Korea, she may be able to use her pro-Starcraft and ace M.E.K.A. pilot rep to hook you up with a seriously awesome date - reservations at top restaurants, comped meals, VIP section. Who knows, really? She might even drive you there in her giant robot.

Cons: D. Va is a pro. Expect her to beat your noob ass at any and all games, and to make fun of you remorselessly. You'll probably feel about six inches tall after your date. 

Pros: Does staying young and healthy for a long time sound awesome? That's something Mercy provides in spades. As a healer, Mercy can help you rejuvenate, and bring you back to life if you happen to choke on the fondue at dinner.

Cons: Just because she can bring you back to life, doesn't mean she will. Try not to be too annoying. 
Pros: Symmetra, a light bending architect of the Vishkar Corporation, can make objects out of nothing. You don’t even need to go to a restaurant for a romantic dinner with her - she can build for both of you. She's also, according to background lore, a very good dancer.

Cons: Symmetra is borderline OCD, which means she'll want everything organized. If you’re the kind of person who likes spontaneity, consider looking elsewhere.

Pros: Pharah can fly. You know what that means? She can show you a world, one shining, shimmering, splendid. There’s nothing more romantic than being carried into the sky by a woman in power armor and violently joining the mile high club. Odds are you'll be eating something fantastic on top of a building somewhere.

Cons: Pharah has a lot in common with Robocop. She's a huge stickler for rules. This may extend to table manners and date etiquette. She may or may not blast your face off if you transgress. Your move, creep. 

Pros: Sleek, seductive, and in possession of a wicked French accent, Widowmaker is a femme fatale who will have you saying oh là là. The pinnacle of French sophistication, she would take you out to a fine restaurant in Paris, the most romantic city in the world, where you'd have champagne before your late-night walk along the banks of the Seine. 

Cons: Well, her name is Widowmaker, and she did kind of kill the last person she was in a relationship with (although in her defense it was after she had her mind reprogrammed).

Pros: As a strong, powerful, and humble soldier of the Russian Federation, Zarya probably doesn’t expect too much in the way of ostentatious luxury. The optimal date with her might entail you spotting her at the gym, then heading to your place for a high-protein snack.

Cons: Zarya hates robots. She might get in a fight with your roomba, if you have one. Or, if you're a robot, she might blow your face off. Not ideal blowing for a first date. 

Pros: Tracer is the most popular character in Overwatch, and it's easy to see why. She’s quick, cheerful, and a load of fun. Tracer is the kind of character with whom you'll always have a good time, no matter where you go and what you do.

Cons: Since she's the most popular character in Overwatch, you'll have a lot of competition for her.

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 16:02:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-overwatch-heroines/nikoberi
<![CDATA[The Best Construction Simulator Games Ever, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-construction-simulator-games/ranker-games
If you’ve ever wanted to be an architect, construction foreman, or mayor, then you would love playing some of the best construction games listed below. Best of all, you won’t need to actually do any physical labor! The best construction simulator games succeed in approximating what it’s like to build an amazing project from nothing at all. In Construction Simulator 15 for instance, you get to directly control construction equipment in order to build an office or house. Be careful though--one mistake and thousands of virtual dollars could be lost. But which construction simulation games are the best? See what sim gamers think, as they have voted for their favorite construction games below.

Don’t agree with the rankings? Voice your opinion and vote up your favorite simulation games that feature construction as a central theme so that others may know what they’re missing out on playing. If you don’t see a construction game that you feel should be on the list, please add it! After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of games that simulate construction. You should also give these great city-building games a try too, as they are very similar.

In many top construction simulator games, you have to work hard to balance your budget, time schedules, and building quality. Some such as Spacebase DF-9 let you play the role of planner and foreman all at once! In those games, there’s nothing more exciting than building out an entire town or city filled with buildings you designed and built. But if the best construction games on this list aren’t fun for you, then you should probably try these amazing action-adventure games instead. For those that are fans of the undead, vote on the best construction games below!
The Best Construction Simulator Games Ever, Ranked,

Bridge It

Space Engineers

Demolition Master 3D

Construction Machines Simulator 2016

Construction Simulator 2015

Bridge Constructor

Bridge Constructor Playground

Bridge Project

DIG IT! - A Digger Simulator

Construction Machines 2014

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:11:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-construction-simulator-games/ranker-games
<![CDATA[The Best Bus Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bus-simulator-games/ranker-games
If you’ve ever wanted to be sitting in the driver’s seat of a bus or manage bus routes and schedules, then you would love playing some of the best bus simulator games listed below. Best of all, you won’t need to have a special driver’s license! The best bus simulator games succeed in approximating what it’s like to drive a bus and make you carefully consider every decision you make. In Cities in Motion for instance, you have to carefully plan the public transportation system of a giant metropolis. One misstep and thousands of digital citizens could be late for work. But which bus simulator games are the best? See what sim gamers think, as they have voted for their favorite bus sims below.

Don’t agree with the rankings? Voice your opinion and vote up your favorite simulation games that feature buses as a central theme so that others may know what they’re missing out on playing. If you don’t see a bus sim that you feel should be on the list, please add it! After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of games that simulate driving a bus. You should also give these top survival horror games a try too, as they are very similar.

In many top bus simulator games, you have to work hard to balance time schedules. Others, like  Bus Simulator 16, even let you take direct control of the wheel! In those games, there’s nothing more exciting than speeding through the city trying to make it to your next stop in time. But if the best bus simulation games on this list aren’t fun for you, then you should probably try these amazing action-adventure games instead. For those that are fans of public transportation, vote on the best bus simulation games below!
The Best Bus Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked,

Bus Driver

City Bus Simulator 2010

OMSI: The Bus Simulator

Cities in Motion 2

Cities in Motion

OMSI 2: Steam Edition

Bus Simulator 16

Driving School Simulator

New York Bus Simulator

Munich Bus Simulator

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:21:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-bus-simulator-games/ranker-games
<![CDATA[The Best Zombie Simulator Games of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-zombie-simulator-games/ranker-games
If you’ve ever wanted to be in the middle of a zombie apocalypse or get turned into a member of the undead, then you would love playing some of the best zombie simulator games listed below. The best zombie sims succeed in building tension and making you consider every move you make, similar to what would really happen in a zombie apocalypse. In Zombie Training Simulator for instance, you have to learn how to get your aiming on point for when the zombie apocalypse really happens. But which zombie simulator games are the best? See what gamers think, as they have voted for their favorite simulator games with zombies below.

Don’t agree with the rankings? Voice your opinion and vote up your favorite zombie apocalypse sims so that others may know what they’re missing out on playing. If you don’t see a zombie simulator game that you feel should be on the list, please add it! After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of simulator games with zombies. If you like zombie sims, then you should also try out these combat flight sims, as they are also Adrenalin inducing.

In many top zombie simulator games, you have to work hard in order to survive and not get turned into a zombie. And in some such as Left 4 Dead you get to play as a member of the undead! In those games, there’s nothing better than taking down survivors. But if zombie games aren’t fun for you, then you should probably try some of these relaxing farming simulators instead. For those that are fans of the undead, vote on the best zombie simulator games below!
The Best Zombie Simulator Games of All Time,

Resident Evil

Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 5

Dead Space

Left 4 Dead 2

Dead Space 2

The Walking Dead

Dying Light

State of Decay

Project Zomboid

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:51:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-zombie-simulator-games/ranker-games
<![CDATA[Super Mario Fan Theories That’ll Blow Your Mind]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/super-mario-fan-theories/cehudspeth
Super Mario fans certainly get points for creativity. They've followed Mario in video game form, films, and cartoons, so it's no surprise that they've come up with some fascinating conspiracy theories about their favorite Italian superhero over the years. Here are just a few of the amazing Super Mario fan theories out there, to fuel speculation and discuss among your gamer friends.

Super Mario Fan Theories That’ll Blow Your Mind,

Luigi Sticks Around Mario to Avoid Losing Control of His Own Power
Why is Luigi rarely seen without Mario by his side? One theory speculates that Luigi is incredibly, dangerously powerful, and he hopes Mario will minimize the damage he causes. This theory is pretty deep, pointing out that in Super Paper Mario it’s implied that Luigi is a reincarnation of Count Bleck's Great Grandfather, and the perfect host for the Chaos Heart, which is an artifact that’s capable of destroying every world in existence.

Could it be that actually Luigi is profoundly powerful and simply leans on Mario to keep him in check? The full argument may soon have you convinced.

Mario Went to Mushroom Kingdom Once, And Everything After Is Him Milking His Fame
In this theory, Mario went to save Princess in the first Super Mario Bros., but when he comes back to the real world from his magical adventure, he begins milking the fame for all it's worth. According to this theory, Super Mario Bros. 2 is a result of Mario constantly dreaming about his experience, and Super Mario Bros. 3 is an epic play he puts on retelling his story.

The full theory goes much deeper, even explaining the spin-off games, and you might be left believing that Mario is simply trying to cash in on that one time he did something awesome and heroic.

Why Mario and Luigi Are Called “The Mario Brothers”
Is Mario a first name or a last name? The gaming community is still divided over this point. While the "Super Mario Bros." movie from 1993 explains that Mario is a family name, Redditor wsw82 pointed out that in the games themselves, Mario and Luigi's last names are never spoken. One explanation has to do with the Mushroom Kingdom's culture and its naming conventions. Specific characters are consistently named after their own species, with individual names being far less common: Toad of the Toads, Yoshi of the Yoshis, and so forth. The theory goes that when Mario first introduced himself to the Mushroom Kingdom, he announced, "My name is Mario," and everyone assumed that was the species name for him and his brother.

Another user, Thin-Man, supported the "last name" theory by pointing out that residents of the Mushroom Kingdom might follow Japanese naming convention, putting their family name ahead of their given name.

Princess Peach Is Bowser Jr.’s Mom
A GameFAQS user named Quittaboi78 makes three quick points to support this scandalous idea:

1) Peach had ample opportunity to deny it and go "eww, never" during Super Mario Sunshine, but she didn't.
2) Shigeru Miyamoto didn't exactly deny this theory either during his infamous Koopalings interview.
3) Peach disappeared entirely in the year 1989, and then returned to the Super Mario Bros. universe. Is it possible she had a good reason to need more than nine months off?

Peach Was Only Legitimately Kidnapped One Time
How many times can one princess get kidnapped? Not as often as you might think, it turns out. One theory from GameMachineJames on Reddit speculates that Super Mario Bros. 1 was the only time Peach was actually kidnapped. If Super Mario Bros. 2 was a dream story, and Super Mario 3 was a play retelling Super Mario Bros. 1 with embellishments, then the only time Peach was really in any danger was the first game. It's a complicated idea, but it makes a weird amount of sense if you think about it.
Super Mario Bros. 3 Never Happened
All the world is a stage in Super Mario Bros. 3, according to this theory. From the opening screen’s curtain to the shadows on the backdrop to platforms hanging from the roof, it looks a lot like the characters are just acting out the story in a play. This theory even got validation from Nintendo creator Miyamato in 2015, who told a fan that it was correct.

The Coins in Mario Are Actually Lost Souls
Here's an insanely interesting concept about the gold coins Mario collects throughout the game, broken down in great detail by Reddit user SamuelEarl666. The fire flower shoots fireballs, “burning its victims to a crisp,” which begs the question: why is a coin left behind? Because they’re souls, as the theory goes, and that's why they give you extra lives when you collect them. Useful, but creepy.
Yoshi’s Eggs Are Actually Poop
Redditor Elranzer noticed something suspicious about the spotted eggs that Yoshi lays. The "eggs" only appear after he eats something like fruit or his enemies, never after hooking up with a female Yoshi, which is how you'd expect eggs to be produced. A few other salient facts: Dinosaurs are ancestors to birds. Bird poop is white with dark spots. Therefore, there's a good chance the "eggs" are just turds. (The fact that Yoshi emerges from an egg in other games puts an icky twist to this particular theory.)

Why Super Mario Sunshine’s Secret Levels Look Like They Were Designed by a Child
According to this theory, it’s because they were, in fact, created by a child. Redditor 2brostudio explained:

"I've been replaying this gem for at least the 10th time right now, and finally brilliance struck. The secret areas have always been one of my favorite parts of the game, but I always wondered why they had a poorly drawn train skybox or something of the like. If you're unfamiliar with the game, this is what I'm talking about. I just accepted the wood toy-block theme, but the background is what stuck out to me. It looks like a 5-year-old drew it. Then it hit me. It literally was drawn by a 5-year-old. Bowser Jr. created the secret levels himself, with the aid of the Magic Paintbrush."

Wario Isn’t That Bad of a Guy
Simply put by Redditor jamenlang:

"At the end of Super Wario Land, when Mario shows up in a helicopter and takes the giant Princess Peach statue away, Wario doesn't get angry, he shrugs. Then when the genie tells him he can only have one wish, what does he ask for? He doesn't ask for a giant Peach statue worth millions and he doesn't wish that Mario's helicopter would crash into the ocean. He just wanted a simple place to live!"

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:41:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/super-mario-fan-theories/cehudspeth
<![CDATA[25 Crazy Facts You Didn't Know About Casinos & Gambling]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/casino-facts-and-statistics/kellen-perry
Casinos are a huge source of interesting myths, legends, and stories that almost seem too good to be true. There are tales of tremendous good luck ($25 million from slots?), dubious capitalism (atomic bomb parties?), and disgusting personal hygiene (adult diapers to keep a hot streak going?). Some of the most interesting facts about casinos and gambling come from societies where it isn't allowed, proving that it's hard to keep people from the allure of a potential big win.

Gamblers in Japan are forced to exploit a huge legal loophole to get their fix, while one of the world's most famous casinos in Monaco forbids locals from playing at all. In the United States, Las Vegas reigns supreme, but Indian reservation casinos across the country are a huge force in the industry as well - despite humble origins. Here are some of the craziest, most interesting facts you probably don't know about the wild world of casinos and gambling.

25 Crazy Facts You Didn't Know About Casinos & Gambling,

"Craps" Comes from "Crabs"
Why is the popular North American casino dice game Craps called Craps? It's a simple equation: language + time = bonkers. Historians think it all started with an old British dice game called Hazard (such a better name). In Hazard, rolling "snake eyes" was called rolling "crabs" (for some reason). French settlers in New Orleans in the mid-1700s kept Hazard alive, but over time, the combination of French and English-speaking players and changes to the game's rules slowly turned "crabs" into "craps" (for some reason) and a whole new game was born, eventually leaving Hazard nothing but a distant memory. Viva le Craps!
The Sandwich Was Basically Invented in a Casino
The legend goes something like this: in 1765, John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, was such a huge gambler that he didn't want to leave the gaming table to eat. Instead, Montagu told his servants to just bring him some meat between sliced bread so he could eat and play at the same time. Thus the "sandwich" was born... sort of.

In reality, the Earl wasn't much of a gambler, but he did enjoy his namesake meal. The legend came from a French travel guide about London and is the only source of the gambling tale. The story caught on, however, and soon people throughout Europe were craving sandwiches. Montagu didn't invent the meal - it's meat between bread, after all; people had likely been eating this combo for centuries - but he did give it a name and a cool story to go with it (whether he liked it or not!).
The First Casino License in Las Vegas Was Issued to a Woman
The pioneers of the Las Vegas casino industry weren't all male mobsters: the first legal casino license was issued to a woman named Mayme Stocker in 1920 for the Northern Club. Stocker was a respectable wife and mother who was frequently written about in the local newspaper society pages. She opened the casino under her name (her husband Harold didn't want to be associated with it at first) and offered the only five games legal in Vegas at the time: stud poker, draw poker, lowball poker, 500, and bridge.
Vegas Casinos Capitalized on Atomic Bomb Testing in the 1950s
It sounds like a sick joke straight out of Fallout: New Vegas, but it's true: starting in 1951, the U.S. Department of Energy began detonating more than one thousand test nukes just 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, a scary spectacle that "turned night into day" and left mushroom clouds visible from casinos in the burgeoning tourist hotspot. Vegas being Vegas, the city turned the horror show into a business opportunity, promoting the detonation times via official Chamber of Commerce calendars touting Atomic Bomb Parties and offering special "atomic cocktails" at casino bars. There was even a "Miss Atomic Energy" beauty pageant at one casino, complete with little mushroom cloud outfits!
No, Casinos Don't Pump Oxygen Onto the Gaming Floors
Casinos breed superstition and lore, with plenty of stories about techniques and tricks used by players and casino owners to somehow game the system in their favor. One persistent myth is the idea that casinos pump oxygen onto the gaming floor to keep gamblers alert and gambling.

It isn't true: besides being a felony, it's also a fire hazard. Where does the myth come from? The Godfather author Mario Puzo's novel Fools Die featured a fictional casino, Xanadu, that pumped in oxygen, perhaps leading readers to think it was a common practice.
American Roulette Is Harder to Win Than European Roulette
Gamblers playing roulette in America are going to have a slightly harder time winning. Originally a French game, Americans have tweaked the formula to include 38 instead of 37 possible places for the ball to land (adding a "00" as well as a "0" house pocket to the wheel). It used to be worse: in 1866, a version of the game featuring an American Eagle symbol added yet another opportunity for the house to win it all.
Citizens of Monaco Can't Gamble at the Monte Carlo Casino
The infamous Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco is a gambler's paradise... as long as you're not actually from Monaco. In that case, you best go elsewhere: Princess Caroline made it illegal for citizens to gamble in the casino in the mid-1800s, insisting that the revenue generated come only from foreigners. The good news? Citizens don't have to pay income taxes since Monaco uses the casino money instead.
The First Slot Machine Wasn't Even in a Casino
When mechanic Charles Fey invented the first slot machine in 1895, it wasn't even played in a casino, and it was far from Las Vegas. Fey's "Liberty Bell" machine was actually at his auto shop in San Francisco for customers to play while they waited for their cars to be fixed. It became so popular that casinos started buying them to give gamblers something to do when the table games were fully occupied.
Card Counting is Legal (But Could Get You Thrown Out)
"Card counting" is a perfectly legal strategy in blackjack that involves keeping track of which cards have been dealt and which remain in the deck as you play. Movies like Rain Man and 21 make card counting seem like wizardry, but it's actually fairly simple arithmetic. That hasn't stopped casinos around the world from stopping card counting, however, especially if the player is less-than-subtle in their approach (actor Ben Affleck, for example, was banned from a casino in 2014 for his trickery). Besides asking players to leave or play another game, casinos also combat card counting by changing the rules slightly or shuffling the deck more often.
You Can Voluntarily Ban Yourself from a Casino
If your addiction to gambling is getting out of control, several states allow you to ban yourself from casinos, making it a crime to step foot on the gaming floor. Ohio, for example, has a so-called "Voluntary Exclusion" program for gamblers looking to kick the habit that allows them to ban themselves for either a year, five years, or life. If you choose the lifetime ban you better mean it: there is no way to get your name off the list once you commit to quitting for good.

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:01:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/casino-facts-and-statistics/kellen-perry
<![CDATA[The Best Medical Games Ever: Hospital & Surgeon Simulators]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-medical-simulator-games/ranker-games
If you’ve ever wanted to be a doctor or hospital administrator without all that actual responsibility or work, then you would love playing some of the best medical games listed below. The best medical sims should present the important concepts of operating on a patient or managing a hospital while being fun. Many bad medical games often make the mistake of prioritizing accuracy over fun. Other terrible medical games, such as 2009's Hospital Tycoon, are just all around bad without being accurate. The medical sim games below get the balance just right, as voted by fans of simulation games.

Voice your own opinion and vote up your favorite doctor and surgeon simulation games while voting down the ones you think suck. If you don’t see a sim that you feel should be on the list, please add it for others to vote on! After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of medical simulators. You should also give these top economic simulators a try too, as they are similar. Also be sure to try the Donald Trump mod for Surgeon Simulator 2013!

In a top medical sim, you have to work hard to make virtual people healthier—quite the opposite of a shooting game. And you quickly come to realize that curing diseases isn’t easy! Thankfully, the top medical and doctor simulators make it a challenge that you can actually overcome and there’s no need to actually go to medical schoolunless you want to that is.

Critics of surgeon sims often say that they’re boring, but they probably just haven’t fully explored Surgeon Simulator 2013 yet. Who doesn’t love messing up an open heart surgery? But if medical simulators aren’t fun for you, no matter how much you try to like them, then you should probably try fighting games instead. For those that are fans of doctor sims, vote on the best medical games below!
The Best Medical Games Ever: Hospital & Surgeon Simulators,

Theme Hospital

Trauma Center: New Blood

Trauma Center: Second Opinion

Trauma Center: Under the Knife

Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward

Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2

Plague Inc.

Trauma Team

Plague Inc: Evolved

Surgeon Simulator 2013

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 23:01:15 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-medical-simulator-games/ranker-games
<![CDATA[The Best Business Simulator Games Ever, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-business-simulator-games/ranker-games
If you’ve ever wanted to actually be a business owner without risking real money, then you would love playing some of the best business simulation games listed below. The best business sims should present the important concepts of operating a business while being enjoyable to play. Many bad business games often make the mistake of prioritizing accuracy over fun factor. The business sim games below get the balance just right, as voted by fans of simulation games.

Voice your own opinion and vote up your favorite business simulation games and vote down the ones you don’t enjoy playing. If you don’t see one that you feel should be on the list, please add it! After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of business simulators. You should also give these top economic simulators a try too, as they are very similar.

In a top business sim, you’ll have to overcome the struggles of operating a profitable business. You quickly come to realize that making money isn’t easy! Thankfully, the top business simulators make it a challenge that you can actually overcome. For example, one of the hardest things to do in Game Dev Tycoon is to ship consecutive platinum hits, but it feels great when you finally get it right.

Critics of business sims often say that they’re boring, but they probably just haven’t fully explored RollerCoaster Tycoon yet. Who doesn’t love building a money-making vomitorium? But if business simulators aren’t fun for you, no matter how much you try to like them, then you should probably try instead. For those that are fans of business sims, vote on the best business simulation games below!
The Best Business Simulator Games Ever, Ranked,

RollerCoaster Tycoon

The Guild 2

The Movies

Euro Truck Simulator 2

Game Dev Tycoon

Beach Resort Simulator


Cities in Motion 2

A-Train 9 : Railway Simulator

Cook, Serve, Delicious!

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 18:51:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-business-simulator-games/ranker-games
<![CDATA[The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-tank-simulator-games/ranker-games

If you’ve ever wanted to actually be part of a tank crew or just pretend you were, then you must play the best tank simulator games listed below. The best tank sims approximate the difficulty of piloting a tank and fragging enemies without being a chore. The tank simulators below get the balance between accuracy and fun just right, as voted by fans of blowing things up with sabot rounds.

Voice your own opinion and vote up your favorite tank simulator games and vote down the ones you don’t enjoy playing. If you don’t see your favorite tank game on the list, please add it! After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of the best tank sim games. If you want something faster pace, then you should probably give these twitch-friendly FPS games a try.

In a good online tank simulation game, you’ll  have to pilot your multi-ton behemoth against other players and you quickly realize that being a tank commander isn’t easy! Thankfully, the best tank games make it a challenge that you can actually overcome. For example, one of the hardest things to do in World of Tanks is to get all of the achievements, but it feels great when you finally get them.

Critics of tank games often say they’re too slow paced, but those critics probably just haven’t played Tanarus. While an older game, Tanarus was one of the fastest paced online tank shooters. Think Quake II fast. But if tank games just don’t seem fun to you, no matter how much you try to like them, then you should probably try economics sim games instead. For those that are fans of tanks, vote on the best tank simulator games below!

The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked,

Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad


ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead

Steel Armor: Blaze of War

WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger

World of Tanks

Battlefield 4

War Thunder

Graviteam Tactics: Operation Star

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:01:21 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-tank-simulator-games/ranker-games
<![CDATA[The Best Roller Coaster Simulator Games of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-roller-coaster-simulator-games/ranker-games

If you’ve ever wanted to actually be a roller coaster designer or just pretend you were, then you just have to play some of the best roller coaster simulator games listed below. The top roller coaster simulator games should approximate the important concepts of designing and building roller coasters while keeping it simple and fun. Bad roller coaster sims often make the mistake of prioritizing accuracy and details over fun and simplicity. The roller coaster simulator games below get the balance just right, as voted by fans.

Voice your own opinion and vote up your favorite roller coaster sim games or vote down the ones that you think are truly terrible. If you don’t see one you feel should be on the list, please add it! After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of good roller coaster simulator games. You should also give economics sim games a try too, as they are very similar.

In a top roller coaster sim, you’ll get to design your own thrilling and vomit-inducing rides. You also quickly come to realize that designing coasters isn’t easy! Thankfully, the best roller coaster simulator games make it a challenge that you can actually overcome. For example, one of the hardest things to do when designing a coaster is to not make it too intense.

Critics of roller coaster simulators often say they’re too boring, but they probably just haven’t fully explored RollerCoaster Tycoon yet. Once they do, they won’t be able to get off Mr. Bones Wild Ride! But if roller coaster sims just don’t seem fun to you, no matter how much you try to like them, then you should probably try fast-paced and twitch-friendly FPS games instead. For those of you that are fans of roller coaster games, vote on the best roller coaster simulator games below!

The Best Roller Coaster Simulator Games of All Time,

RollerCoaster Tycoon

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3

Theme Park

Thrillville: Off the Rails

Ultimate Ride

Adventure Park

RollerCoaster Tycoon: Deluxe

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2: Triple Thrill Pack

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:01:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-roller-coaster-simulator-games/ranker-games
<![CDATA[The Most Devastating Ultimate Moves in Overwatch]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-overwatch-ultimate-moves/nikoberi
Overwatch is such a literal and figurative blast that video game fans will have a hard time remembering the last game that was as much joyous, undiluted fun. Ultimate moves are a crucial component in Overwatch battles, adding to .

The ultimate moves that each of the characters can utilize after they've kicked enough ass are some the highlights of Blizzard's combat bonanza. Each of these moves is, in its own way, a game changer that can turn the tide for your team if you use it just right. Still, in spite of there being no bad ults in Overwatch, this list will determine the popular favorite.

Vote up your favorite Overwatch ultimate moves from Dragonstrike to Transcendence!

The Most Devastating Ultimate Moves in Overwatch,


Who uses it: Symmetra

What it does: Provides Symmetra with a teleporter exit at her location and an entrance in her team’s spawn.


Who uses it: Genji

What it does: Genji draws his absurdly sharp and powerful katana to strike his enemies.


Who uses it: Hanzo

What it does:
Launches two energy dragons that deal damage to all enemies they touch.


Who uses it: Junkrat

What it does: it's a remote controlled tire loaded with explosives that Junkrat can drive into the middle of the enemy team.


Who uses it: D.Va

What it does: D.Va ejects from her MEKA and has a few seconds to run away from it before it explodes, inflicting massive damage.


Who uses it: McCree

What it does: McCree takes aim with his pistol and shoots all enemies in his line of sight. Depending on how long he aims, it may be an instant kill. 

Graviton Surge

Who uses it: Zarya

What it does: Opens a black hole that sucks in and immobilizes Zarya's enemies.


Who uses it: Pharah

What it does: Shoots tons of rockets at Pharah's enemies as she hovers safely in the air.


Who uses it: Mercy

What it does: Resurrects all recently killed teammates in the surrounding area.


Who uses it: Mei

What it does: Meideploys an adorable ice drone that freezes and damages all enemies in a huge radius.

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:31:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-overwatch-ultimate-moves/nikoberi
<![CDATA[21 Amazing Video Game Cake Wins That Earned a High Score]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cool-video-game-cakes/jacob-shelton
Is there anything better than a delicious cake decorated to look like your favorite video game character? Yes there is. Twenty one of them. Twenty one cool video game cakes that take their inspiration from some of the coolest games and make them into an edible accouterment to your specific fandom. The cake makers on this list went above and beyond with their designs, and the final products are some of the most neat-o video game themed cakes that you’ll ever see. The tasty treats that covered here take their inspiration from a wide range of games that include old school classics like Pac Man, modern masterpieces like Legend of Zelda, and even newer games like Skyrim and Mass Effect. After you get a good look at these amazing video game cakes, you’ll definitely want to take a trip to your local bakery.

If only you’d taken Home Economics seriously when you were in school you too might be included on this list of awesome video game cakes. The desserts that on this list were made by everyone from experienced bakers, to amateur kitchen rats with an eye for design. Some of them feature giant fondant reproductions of characters and video game items, while others simply create a piece of art on the cake that you won’t forget, even after you’ve eaten all the corner pieces. 

21 Amazing Video Game Cake Wins That Earned a High Score,

Just Cut the Cake Already

Where's the Water Level?

The True Companion Cube

Cake-arina of Time

You Need to Collect All of the Pieces of the Tri-Force Before You Eat This Cake

First You Save the Galaxy, Then You Eat Cake

The Couple That Games Together, Stays Together

Can Doctor Mario Cure Diabetes?

Zelda Should Be Able to Eat Her Way Out of the Palace This Time

Fondant Chief

Mon, 09 May 2016 14:37:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cool-video-game-cakes/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[21 Video Game Cakes That Will Give You Game Over]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/video-game-cake-fails/jacob-shelton
Everyone loves cake. Cake is delicious. End of discussion. But the thing about cake is that everyone thinks they can make it and that is just not the case. Especially gamers who fancy themselves bakers. Some of you amateur bakers out there are making very bad video game cakes. If you can’t make a good cake then you might as well just order one from a store. Don't think they could possibly be that bad? Just take a look at these video game cakes.

The worst of these video game cake fails aren’t the cakes that flew too close to the sun and failed miserably. The worst cakes are the abominations that had barely any effort put into them. There’s nothing sadder than a Minecraft cake that no one cared about. After you visually chew your way through each of these video game cake fails, you’ll understand that if you don’t have what it takes to make a cake, then a cake you shouldn’t make.

Check out these 21 video game cakes that will make you want to turn off your Nintendo without saving, and then throw the game out the window into a wood chipper that’s on fire.
21 Video Game Cakes That Will Give You Game Over,

How Do You Screw Up a Pokeball?

The Angriest Link

Why Is That Angry Bird so Wide?

Creeper Cake or Penis Cake?


The Laziest Portal Cake

Kill It With Fire

This Cake Makes You Feel Dusty

Who Doesn't Remember Sonic's Catchphrase "Gotta Go Fast?"

If You Have to Put the Thing by the Cake, You Did a Terrible Job

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:08:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/video-game-cake-fails/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Best Racquet Sports, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-racquet-sports/ranker-sports
During the summer, nothing beats a good racquet sport for killing time and getting a workout. This list contains information on racquet sports, ranked from best to worst by fan votes. It's not just tennis either, as there are many other racquet sports to play. Some are played for speed while other fun racquet games are played for points. Many of the best racquet sports have huge competitive scenes with teams from all over the world competing in the Olympics.

What games will you find on this best racquet sports list? Of course, tennis is one of the most popular. Whether playing singles or doubles, on glass or on clay, a good tennis racquet helps players on their path to victory. For those who prefer fun in the sun, beach tennis is a good version of the classic racquet sport that can be played near the ocean. Pickleball is another one of the most popular racquet sports in the country.

In badminton, a racquet is used to hit a feather birdie back and forth over the net and racquetball uses a hollow yellow ball to score points. Other great games that are featured on this top racquet sports list include squash, speedball, and platform tennis.

Do you have a favorite racquet sport? Give the best racquet sports a thumbs up and please add any others we may have missed.
Best Racquet Sports, Ranked,



Table Tennis


Basque pelota

Platform tennis


Paleta Frontón

Beach tennis


Sun, 27 Nov 2016 14:51:36 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-racquet-sports/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Most Monstrous Dungeons & Dragons Monsters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dungeons-and-dragons-monsters/jacob-shelton
Dungeons & Dragons is full of monsters that you have to defeat in order to complete your quest. Even though they only exist to drain abilities and devour items, every player still has a favorite creature or two from the Monster Manual. The best Dungeons and Dragons monsters aren’t just the standard hack and slash creepy crawlies that we’re all used to. Either they update an iconic piece of mythology to suit the gameplay, or they have a backstory that fills out the world, making the game seem even more real. Prepare your party for the most monstrous Dungeons & Dragons monsters.

Of all the features of the best D&D monsters, one of the things that raises them into the upper echelon of monstedom (a real thing that we didn’t just make up) is its power to stay with the player, even after the creature has been defeated. Some monsters, like the Rot Grub, are so gross that they can give you nightmares if you’re squeamish. While The Drow have found their way into pop culture on TV shows like Community. Every player has their favorite in game monster; did yours make the cut? Take a look at the greatest monsters in Dungeons and Dragons and find out.

Vote up your favorite monsters from the Monster Manual, and if we didn’t include your favorite baddie, cast a spell typing on our comments and let us know what you would have included.
The Most Monstrous Dungeons & Dragons Monsters,

The Manticore is a mythological beast with the head of a man, the body of a lion, and dragon wings. It's a classic monster from D&D, and it's never a creature you're happy to encounter. The Manticore throws spikes at your characters, and it deals out poison damage which can affect your players after they vanquish the creature. 
Gibbering Mouther
The Gibbering Mouther (which is a great name for a band by the way) is an aberration that not only drives your characters crazy, but it's a super gross writhing mass of goo covered in mouths. Not only are GMs hard to sneak up on, but they produce a sound that confuses everything within a 60 foot range.  
The Drow are dark elves and one of the most feared races of the D&D universe. Not only are they a pain to do battle with, but their cunning and intelligence makes warring against them a veritable chess game of drawn-out violence and horror. 
Aboleths are basically a tangle of sentient eel monsters, and if that wasn't bad enough, they have psionic abilities on par with Mind Flayers. Aboleths are from the Lovecraftian side of D&D, and they're basically Chtulu-lite. Hope you like going insane!
First of all, how could you not be freaked out by a monster that combines the innate spookiness of an owl with a bear's insatiable hunger for honey? It may sound silly, but when the Owlbear wraps you in its arms and starts pecking at your head, you'll be singing a different tune. 
The Tarrasque is sort of like a dragon, but it's not a dragon. It's just a very hungry, very large, and very angry lizard that's basically unkillable and unmagickable. The best you can hope to do against the Tarrasque is to make it go to sleep. 

The Gith are some of the coolest looking monsters in the game, making them a fan favorite since they appeared on the Fiend Folio in the late '70s. But don't get suckered in by their star quality, these bad boys have latent psionic abilities and they're almost always evil. 
Rust Monster
So the Rust Monster isn't so much a towering evil as it is the biggest nuisance in D&D gameplay. If you don't have any metal on you, this NPC doesn't pose a threat. But if you're wearing any type of armor or carrying a sword, then prepare to be chased down by the Rust Monster to stand by helplessly while it chomps down on your delicious metal. 

What's creepier than a giant eye with a mouth, covered in smaller eyes? Nothing. Beholders have been around since D&D first started, and even though they're a pain to deal with (can you say "anti-magic cone?") they're still a fan favorite. 
Mind Flayer
The Illithid, or Mind Flayer, is one of the many Lovecraftian beasts in D&D, which means that it's not only awesome to look at, but it can also drive you mad. Illithids tend to use other monsters as slaves, but if you go toe to toe with one, you better have a member of the undead on your side or some baller summon spells. 

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:41:29 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-dungeons-and-dragons-monsters/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Special Things Every Mario Kart 64 Character Does Better Than The Others]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/markiokart-unique-skills/steven-petite
Mario Kart 64 (sometimes misspelled as MarioKart) holds the distinction as the first great Nintendo game featuring a playable ensemble cast. Sure, Super Mario Kart came first on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, but the 1996 Nintendo 64 classic is the one that took couch multiplayer sessions to the next level. 

While much can be said about the concept of luck in Kart, each of the eight characters have their own distinct capabilities and positive qualities for every sort of player. From novices to enthusiasts, every character lends a unique set of skills that will help any player pass the finish line at the front of the pack.

Here are the specialized skills that make each of these brave Mario Kart characters good:
Special Things Every Mario Kart 64 Character Does Better Than The Others,

Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong has come a long way from throwing barrels at Mario. Since then he has made six title appearances—not counting remakes—in the Donkey Kong Country series. Nintendo's lovable gorilla is, not surprisingly, a heavyweight racer in Mario Kart 64. However, he is the most balanced in his weight class when it comes to speed and acceleration. He is tied for quickest off the starting line in the class, and reaches upper level speeds quicker than one would expect. He stands out because his brutish physique makes him a difficult driver to push off course, and his simple handling makes turns easier than lighter characters. Although he is slower to start than lighter drivers, he can remain at high speeds on wider track stretches than other characters. Consistency is Donkey Kong's most prized virtue, as he maintains a high speed like he is on autopilot.
Poor Luigi, always overshadowed by his more famous brother. Even when Nintendo has given the reigns to the green-hatted, taller and slimmer plumber, they have placed him in situations of frights and terrors--Luigi's Mansion and its sequel, Dark Moon--but that doesn't change the fact that he is a decent option in ensemble cast games like Super Smash Bros. and, yes, Mario Kart 64. It's no surprise that Luigi shares many of the same attributes as his brother, but their differences in the N64 racer are enough to give credence to idea that Luigi may actually be better suited for some players than his genetic counterpart. Although Luigi reaches upper and top speeds at longer intervals than the other middleweight, Mario, his key mark is his initial speed on the throttle. This is particularly useful for novice players who tend to tap the brakes more vigorously at wide turns, as Luigi can get back on course, and often surpass Mario to the straightaways. Therefore, Luigi is best suited for the novice player that is perhaps a little too cautious. His smaller frame also makes him less prone to targeting as a middleweight driver.
Without Mario, there would obviously be no Mario Kart. The leading man in nearly all of Nintendo's most iconic games within the Super Mario canon is the best playable character in the N64 iteration of the Mario Kart franchise--for beginners, that is. Mario is a jack of all trades. He is easy to handle, has admirable acceleration and speed, and is one of the most balanced racers in terms of stats. He is one-half of the middleweight class in the game. He isn't the fastest out of the gate, but he reaches his top speed in just over five seconds, and maintains his ease of handleability even after being subjected to a Koopa shell or a banana peel. Mario is good, if not slow, around winding turns, but he is comforting for the novice player, especially when avoiding walls and falling off tracks like Rainbow Road. While avid Mario Kart enthusiasts ditch the titular Italian plumber after a few Grand Prixs and rounds of couch multiplayer, Mario remains the most well-rounded player for beginners and otherwise non-game players, and offers the most rewarding and reassuring ride because of his splendid and superb mediocrity. 
Princess Peach
Mario's love interest (or Luigi's, depending on who you're asking) is one-third of the lightweight drivers in the game. While Princess Peach has only ever received one main adventure of her own, Super Princess Peach for Nintendo DS, she is not to be mistaken as a mere damsel in distress in this kart racer. As the only female character in this game, Peach is probably the best introduction to the lightweight class due to her similar handling and same top speed as the aforementioned twins. Her acceleration is her main positive, as she reaches mid, upper and top speeds at rates that are more than a second quicker than the middleweight racers, without compromising her handling too much in the process. For lightweight racers that are prone to being spun out from contact with heavier drivers, her stellar control is what makes her a great lightweight racer for novices.
Princess Peach's loyal companion—who has made appearances in nearly every Super Mario iteration—has also starred in games like Super Mario Bros. 2 and Wario's Woods, but he didn't get a title role until the Wii U spinoff of Super Mario 3D World, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Ironically, Toad moves painstakingly slow in his first true foray as a leading man. In Mario Kart 64, Toad is the lightest and all around fastest racer. He reaches mid and upper speeds faster than Yoshi. Even though he can get bumped around from small nudges from competing racers, he is a small enough target and has enough of that fiery starting speed to make up for what is usually a bumpy ride for the pint-sized mushroom man. As a lightweight racer, Toad is best used by fans of the quick and nimble who are not afraid of his whiplash handling. When used to the best of his innate abilities, Toad's lightweight, easily turned wheels are his most dangerous trait.
Wario is the nefarious alter-ego of Mario, and thus an antagonist in many Super Mario games. He has been popular enough to land his own leading roles in the Wario Land and WarioWare series'. He is more than just a wretched villain to Nintendo fans. He is misunderstood, and charismatic in his own unique way. In Mario Kart 64, Wario closely resembles Donkey Kong in statistical numbers. Wario isn't technically the best at anything. But what he has over his closest rival, Donkey Kong, is his ability to reach his top tier speed quicker, and his frame doesn't extend out over the sides of the kart as much. In terms of heavyweight drivers, Wario is best for novices, because of his middling stats that combine to create a solid all-around racer.
Everyone's favorite dinosaur has been a beloved staple in Nintendo's classic universe since his role as Baby Mario's protector and savior in Yoshi's Island. His time spent lugging the little hero around has apparently made him light on his feet, as Yoshi is one of the two fastest characters in Mario Kart 64. Also, he is arguably the most popular because of his speedy nature. Yoshi's best feature is his ability to hit top speed faster than all other characters in the game, meaning that for the best players, he is a sure fire pick to remain ahead of the pack out of the starting line. Although Yoshi is more likely to fall off ledges and run into walls because of his feathery stature, his acceleration allows him to get over this detriment and get back into the race after a Shy Guy sets him back on course.
The big baddie. Bowser has been trying to disrupt balance in the Mushroom Kingdom since the original Super Mario Bros. and, unfortunately, despite all of his "valiant" efforts, the King Koopa has never been bestowed the honor of leading man in his own game. Sure, he was one-half of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story for Nintendo DS, but he wasn't really the true focal point (his name appearing after the iconic crime-stopping brothers and all). But that hasn't stopped Bowser from trying to steal the spotlight in ensemble cast games like Mario Kart 64. He is the fastest to reach upper and top speeds among the heavyweights, and even hits full flight quicker than lightweights Peach and Toad. Even with his unexpected speed, Bowser's best and most indispensable asset is his weight. He can't be bullied around by other characters and that includes the likes of Wario and Donkey Kong; he can wreak havoc on other racers, intentionally or not, which, coupled with his impressive speed negates his cumbersome maneuverability. 

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:43:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/markiokart-unique-skills/steven-petite
<![CDATA[The Worst Dungeons & Dragons Spells]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-dungeons-and-dragons-spells/jacob-shelton
Dungeons & Dragons has given millions of people an unlimited amount of fun, a reason to stay inside, and a whole world built specifically for our imaginations. The role-playing game has helped forge friendships, and it’s probably helped a few players meet their significant others. But with each new edition, the game introduces utterly useless Dungeons and Dragons spells. No matter what version of the game you’ve played, you’ve experienced bad D&D spells, and probably even wasted a turn trying to make them work to your advantage. Continue reading, dear reader, if you wish to learn about some truly bad Dungeons and Dragons spells.

There’s something to the argument that in D&D, there are no bad spells, just bad players. But then you decide to cast Green Blockade and your entire argument disappears faster than an object cursed with There/Not There. On this list of the worst D&D spells, we’ll be looking at spells that have been in just about every version of the game, and a few that were almost immediately revised, if not removed altogether. If you’ve lost a PC to anything on this collection of the worst Dungeons and Dragons spells, you have our condolences.

Vote up the least helpful spells in D&D, and there’s a spell that you think wastes the time of everyone playing, feel free to tells us about it in the comments.
The Worst Dungeons & Dragons Spells,

What it does: Use this to transfer an item to the Astral Plane for one hour per level. Although it could come back damaged. 

Why it's useless: Using this spell to lug around an extra item isn't worth the wasted space in your spell book. 

But maybe: If you have two super cool items that you just have to have, then cache might be worth keeping around. 

There/Not There
What it does: If cast onto an object, each time a viewing creature stops looking at it and then looks again, the object has a 50% chance of not existing for that creature.

Why it's useless: The only purpose this spells serves is to throw off another character, which has its benefits, but it can also totally backfire. 

But maybe: If you're trying to cause chaos among other players, this spell is perfect for you! Unfortunately it's only in the 2nd edition. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Tree Shape
What it does: It allows you to turn into a tree, for spying and stuff. 

Why it's useless: This is a druid-only spell, but druids already have the ability to wildshape, so why be a tree when you can literally be anything else?

But maybe: If you find yourself in a battle that you're not ready for, Tree Shape does give you a +10 natural armor, so there's that. 

Vicious Mockery
What it does: This spell allows you to let out a string of vaguely magical insults at anyone within hearing distance. Great.

Why it's useless: Not only does this spell do very little if it's used correctly, but if it doesn't succeed, you lose psychic damage on the next turn. 

But maybe: Once you make it to the 5th, 11th, and 17th levels, the spell's power increases exponentially, which is better than nothing. 

Sticks to Snakes
What it does: It turns sticks - get this - into snakes. 

Why it's useless: More often than not, you're not going to be in an area with an abundance of loose sticks, so putting this spell in your bag is a waste of space.

But maybe: If your character is in a heavily wooded area and you're looking for something that can throw your enemies off in a pinch, this would definitely be it. 

What it does: Basically, by casting Unluck you're making negatively affecting anything random that the targeted player does. 

Why it's useless: Statistically, Unluck doesn't do anything for you. You're better off actually trying to cast a spell on the other players than you are using this in the game. 

But maybe: If you're feeling lucky, use this spell as much as possible. 

Affect Normal Fire
What it does: Essentially you can make dim fires brighter than they normally are, or you can reduce the light of a fire as long as its within 10 squares.

Why it's useless: Not only are there so many better spells that you could be keeping in your arsenal, but if someone in your party doesn't have a torch on them then you should pour Mountain Dew on their head. 

But maybe: If you're going to use Affect Normal Fire, it could come in handy when you're trying to make things very dark, very fast. 

What it does: With this spell, the player harnesses the mighty power of the mandrake root! Remove it from its jar and hear its screams!

Why it's useless: It only works within a 15 foot radius and is easily negated by will. 

But maybe: In a million years, no one would expect you to use Mandragora, but that kind of trick only works once. 

Green Blockade
What it does: It raises a barrier of plant life that keeps out anyone who can't chop it or isn't DC15. 

Why it's useless: You're literally growing grass in front of you to stave off your enemies. You can do better than this. 

But maybe: If you're playing against a few low-level PCs and you want to mess with them, this spell will definitely make you look like a real jerk. 

Speak with Plants
What it does: It imbues plants within 30 feet of you with the  limited sentience and animation, allowing you to question them about creatures and the weather. 

Why it's useless: Not only are plants incredibly unreliable, but they're a bore to talk to. 

But maybe: If you're tracking a character this might come in handy, and it can also be fun if you meet the right plant (the weirdest sentence ever written). 

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:51:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-dungeons-and-dragons-spells/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Subtlest Adult Jokes You Never Caught in Kids' Video Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/adult-jokes-in-kid-video-games/jordan-love
Hidden adult jokes aren't just for SpongeBob and Disney, plenty of supposedly kid friendly games are riddled with mature jokes and innuendos. Sometimes the jokes feel innocent enough at first glance but other times their adult content is immediately apparent. From implied prostitution to drunkenness, some kids' video games are filled to the brim with adult jokes.

To count as a kids' game on this list, a video game has to be appropriate at least at first glance. Some of the adult jokes in kids games are put their secretly by the developers while others are part of the original script. Luckily for us, more than a few have gotten by the ESRB raters and end up in the final cut of the game. There have even been a few infamous instances where dirty jokes in video games where scrapped half-hardheartedly so that somewhere in the game you could still find their remnants if you looked hard enough.

A few of these adult jokes require a special code or button sequence, but the best ones are the ones that are hidden in plain sight. Some are more subtle than others but one thing is for sure, adult jokes in video games that should be appropriate for kids are just a little bit funnier than everything else.

Enjoy this list of adult jokes you never noticed in kid's video games.

Subtlest Adult Jokes You Never Caught in Kids' Video Games,

Princess Peach's Sex Toy
In Super Mario RPG, Mario finds something carefully hidden in Peach's room and she flips out on him when he sees it. It could be something else, but...

Donkey Kong and the Hooker
If you have any doubts about the sexual undertones of this scene, just listen to the music and the fact that her name is Candy.

The Strip Club in Crash Bandicoot
No explanation needed. 
Prostitution and Sexual Favors in Hyrule
The Zelda series has more than a few inappropriate jokes in it, including allusions to prostitution and sexual favors.

Super Mario DUI
In the original version of Super Mario Kart, pretty much all the characters got drunk on champagne after they won a race.

The Naked Woman in Kirby's Dream Land 2
Okay so it's not exactly a naked woman, but it is certainly the anatomy of a woman.

The Naked Lady In Secret of Mana
In this old game, every once in a while when you flipped to a certain page in a spell book, a naked woman would appear instead of a spell. Maybe she was the spell.  The world will never know.

Jak's Personal Time
The Jak and Daxter franchise was full of great fourth-wall-breaking jokes and questionably inappropriate humor.

The Banjo-Tooie Penis Map
You can try and say it looks like something else, but you'd be lying to yourself.

Mega Man Gets an Eyeful of Tron Bonne
When Tron Bonne loses all of her clothes, Mega Man just can't look away.

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:05:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/adult-jokes-in-kid-video-games/jordan-love
<![CDATA[The Best Cue Sports You Should Play]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cue-sports/ranker-sports
What are the best cue sports? They're sometimes referred to as billiards sports and have been played for centuries and will likely be played for many more years to come. Some popular variants are played for speed while others are played for points. Many of the best cue sports even have teams from all over the world competing in the World Games.

What are some of the best cue sports? One of the most well known is eight-ball, a classic game that can be played by people of all skill sets. The goal of this billiards game is for each player to get their balls – either stripes or solids – into the pockets and then sink the eight-ball. Sometimes this fun cue sport is conducted where players need to call their shots. Nine-ball is another fun cue game that takes place in pool halls across the world.

Snooker, which is popular in the UK, is a cue sport played with 22 snooker balls with each color being assigned a different point value. Other good games that are featured on this top cue sports list include speed pool, bank pool and cutthroat.

Which billiards game is your favorite to play when you get together with friends? Give the best sports a vote up and share any fun variations that you add into the mix.
The Best Cue Sports You Should Play,


Bank Pool




Russian Pyramid




One Pocket

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:11:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-cue-sports/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[The Best Water Sports]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-water-sports/ranker-sports
Every summer people always get interested in the best water sports. When it is blazing hot outside, there is no better feeling than surfing on top of cool water. If you don’t want to be on top of the water however, you can give deep diving and snorkeling a try. What do you think is the best water sport?

If you enjoy aquatic activities such as the water polo, then you definitely need to check out the intense water workout that is rowing. Best done with friends, rowing is a team sport that is both competitive and recreational. Another fun water sport that you might like is kite surfing. It combines aspects of wakeboarding with windsurfing and paragliding.

Swimming is one of the most popular aquatic activities for people of all skill sets. Everyday people can stay in shape by swimming laps at the local pool and Olympic athletes can stroke and kick their way to gold. Fun Fact: American swimmer, Michael Phelps, is one of the most decorated Olympians of all-time with 22-medals to his name. Surfing is another one of the most fun sports to engage in on the water.

Adrenaline junkies might enjoy white water rafting, while folks who prioritize relaxation might prefer paddle boarding. Other great activities that are featured on this top water sports list include diving, water polo, and kayaking.

As you can see, the answer to what is the best water sport varies from person to person. But whether you prefer watersports featuring competition such as water polo, or those that focus on teamwork such as rowing, you’re sure to find one that is fun for the summer.

What do you think is the best aquatic sport? Vote up the ones you like or add one you think is missing! This is your chance to share your love of the best water sports with others!

The Best Water Sports,




Synchronized Swimming


Water polo


Jet Skiing

White Water Rafting


Fri, 01 Apr 2016 21:01:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-water-sports/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[Fantastic Indie Games for Under $5]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fantastic-inexpensive-indie-games/steven-petite
With the increasing popularity of game clients like Steam, and the growing trend of downloading games, indie games have never been as popular as they are now. The indie game developers that make these titles are in large supply. While it's sometimes daunting to wade through the less than stellar offerings that seem to pile up by the truckload, there are many excellent indie games that rival AAA games with astronomical budgets in the most important category: fun.

The following are some of the best indie games around in a wide array of genres. All of these games were developed by small teams (a few created by a single developer) and they all showcase creativity and a passion for the product. These games are love letters to gaming as a medium, and sometimes that's more appealing than fancy graphics and special effects-laden explosions. Best of all, these indie games are all under $5. Given the superb quality of the titles below, they might as well be deemed free; the few bucks spent offer experiences that remind us why we play games to begin with.

Fantastic Indie Games for Under $5,


“What if you reversed gravity instead of jumping?” That’s the whole concept behind VVVVVV. This addictive platformer isn’t about timing crucial jumps, but about learning when to initiate a reverse gravitational pull to avoid obstacles and navigate to the next stage. Retro style graphics fit well in this 2D side-scroller, and the main quest includes roughly three hours of content, with additional bonuses and features not included in that measurement. This novel idea is innovative, but most importantly, it's ridiculously fun.

VVVVVV is available for $4.99 on Nintendo 3DS, PC, Mac, and Linux, and $2.99 on iOS and Android.

The Binding of Isaac

By now, The Binding of Isaac probably doesn’t need an introduction. Helmed by one-half of Super Meat Boy, Edmund McMillen, The Binding of Issac is a game that never ends - well, there is an end but it urges players to keep going. It’s a rogue-like game, with randomly generated (procedurally generated) levels making the experience change with each play-through. The gameplay touts the classic arcade twin-stick shooter. With a seemingly endless amount of loot, secrets, and “Easter eggs,” this is a game that can be played for hundreds, if not thousands of hours. Best of all, it is great for short spurts as well as long descents into the depths of Isaac’s basement. It’s $4.99 and available on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam.

Since its 2011 release, a remake and multiple of expansions have been launched. All are worth the price of admission, but the original is great for skeptics and those wondering if the sometimes grueling difficulty will be manageable. With each death comes new lessons, and The Binding of Isaac is addictive enough to be worth the struggle.

Super Hexagon

Super Hexagon is a game about precision and intense concentration. If you blink, you will probably die, but that’s okay since Super Hexagon is as brilliant as it is grueling. A simple game visually, it transcends its minimal aesthetics by offering a surprisingly deep action game thats runs often last less than a minute. The goal is to keep the little triangle cursor from being trapped inside a hexagon. It’s chaotic and filled with fitting techno music in the background. Not quite a rhythm game, and not really puzzle game, Super Hexagon is unlike anything else in its ability to offer a wholly original experience with a bare bones level of content. This serves it well since it is all about reaction time and needless distractions often times become fatal.

Super Hexagon is available for iOS, Android, PC, and Mac for $2.99. Play it for a minute and you’re hooked.

Who's Your Daddy

Don’t mind the suggestive title, but Who’s Your Daddy still has a zany premise. A casual 1 vs. 1 game where one player takes the role of a new father and the other plays as his infant child. The dad is tasked with keeping his son alive, while the baby is tasked with stirring up trouble. Although the game can end rather morbidly with the baby's death, that’s the point. Play this with a close friend and it’s sure to be a nice bonding experience. Shack up in the house with a random opponent and it’s likely to become a whole lot weirder.

Who’s Your Daddy is available on Steam for $4.99. It’s currently in the Early Access program, but it’s been making its rounds on “Let’s Plays” on Youtube by personalities such as Pewdiepie and he sure seems to be having fun with it.

Gunman Clive

The brainchild of two Swedish developers. Gunman Clive and its sequel, Gunman Clive 2, are side-scrolling action games with appealing aesthetics and tight combat. Featuring an authentic Western soundtrack and futuristic elements akin to that so-terrible-it’s-kinda-good Will Smith flick Wild Wild West, these two titles feel surprisingly fresh in a genre that has been so played out in almost every entertainment medium except for video games.

The first is available for $1.99 on Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, iOS, Android and PC via Steam. The sequel is available for $2.99 on 3DS, Wii U, and PC. Both are great budget titles with deceptively low production values.

Cubit the Hardcore Platformer Robot

Cubit may appear to be a cute robot, and the gameplay is presented as relatively simple, but as the title suggests, this action platformer is anything but a walk in the park. Cubit cleverly inserts music to assist players as they attempt to avoid obstacles and stay on solid ground by pressing only a single button. Cubit moves on his own, and there is no stopping him. The soundtrack gets catchier as progression is made, and over time, balance is found from trial and error. Cubit is an impressive feat by any standards, but it was developed by a single person. At times the game is frustrating, buts its charm reigns above its difficulties.

Cubit the Hardcore Platformer Robot available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $2.99.

The Room

The Room and its two sequels are throwbacks to the time of puzzlers coated in text adventures. Part visual novel, part mystery puzzles, The Room is undeniably gripping and ingenious as a whole. Add in a lush, beautiful, and well-rendered 3D world and this series couples appealing visuals with clever riddles in a way that is often tried on mobile devices, but rarely done to great success.

The Room is a cool $0.99 on iOS and Android, and a full-enhanced HD version is available on PC for $4.99. The Room 2 and The Room 3 are available for $1.99 and $4.99, respectively, for iOS and Android. The Room trilogy is a wonderful investment for serious and casual gamers alike.

Unholy Heights

Tower defense and simulation combine here to create a surprisingly good and unique game. Basically, the apartment building is filled with monsters handpicked by The Devil. As the landlord, you are tasked with keeping the tenants happy. The simulation aspects will appeal to anyone who has ever been engrossed by The Sims. The added layer of complexity comes when heroes try to evict the monster occupants, and you have to rally the apartment dwellers to battle. The more well-managed the landlord, the better the chances are for survival.

Unholy Heights is an odd blend of leisure and action that offers dozens of hours of solid gameplay. It’s available on PC via Steam for $3.99.


Literally a game about navigating down a well. Avoid obstacles and baddies in this retro style black and white platformer. Each level is procedurally generated and the weapon upgrades and items keep you coming back for more. The real draw here is the speed at which the game flows. It’s fast paced to the point where it seems like the fast forward button has been smashed in indefinitely.

Hectic and addictive, Downwell is one of the best ways to spend $2.99 on PC, iOS or Android. Seriously, it's arguably as good as its spiritual predecessor, Spelunky.

Game Dev Story

Do you ever wonder what its like to run a video game company, but don’t want to take the actual risk of putting your underwhelming ideas to production? Game Dev Story is your answer. This addictive simulation game lets you build your company from the ground up. Manage your staff and unlock new game genres and wider business ventures as you work, towards developing that multi-million dollar blockbuster. It’s the kind of game that’s perfect for short spurts or long sit-downs.

Game Dev Story is available for $4.99 on iOS and for the bizarre price of $2.36 on Android. Either way, money well spent.

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:09:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/fantastic-inexpensive-indie-games/steven-petite
<![CDATA[The Best Snow Sports to Play and Watch]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-snow-sports/ranker-sports
In this list, you'll find only the best snow sports, whether to play or watch. Ranging from the classics such as skiing to new sports such as snowboarding. You'll even find some of these top snow sports in the Winter Olympics, which hosts some of the best athletes in the world.

A perennial favorite amongst the jet set elite, skiing is one of the most popular winter sports that is fun both competitively or recreationally. There are many kinds of skiing that you can enjoy throughout the winter, including cross-country skiing and even ski archery.

And of course who can forget hocket? It is a winter snow sport that can be played all year round inside arenas and stadiums. But sometimes, there is nothing like playing on natural ice on a brisk winter day. Sledding is another one of the most popular winter snow sports.

Snowball fighters are a great time and they get competitive when Yukigassen tournaments – which were first made popular in Japan – take place in winter months. Other great winter games that appear on this top snow sports list include ice skating, bobsledding, and dogsled racing.

What is your favorite snow sport or either watch or play? Give your favorite winter activities a vote up or add any that you don't see on this list. Either way, share your enthusiasm for the best snow sports with others!
The Best Snow Sports to Play and Watch,








Dogsled racing



Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:01:26 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-snow-sports/ranker-sports
<![CDATA[23 Tattoos Inspired by Mario Bros.]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/super-mario-bros-tattoos/jakebaumgart
Mario: If you're a gamer, odds are you have loved this little plumber since he first popped up in 1981. Having spent hours playing Nintendo with him, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi in our own homes some gamers are closer to Mario than their own families! So it makes sense that gamers and tattoo fans have taken ink to skin in order to immortalize the Nintendo mascot. Some of these tattoos are absolute pieces of art (and some you just have to see). That's why this list collects the best Mario Bros. tattoos! 

It doesn't just stop with Mario either. Pretty much every aspect of the little dude's crazy career and cast of characters has been stenciled onto a die-hard fan. Fans have even taken some creative license with the Nintendo license and added their own spin to the look of Mario''s world. Zombie Yoshi anyone? 

Maybe it's because Mario's world is so colorful. Maybe it's because of the hours spent playing Super Mario 3. Maybe it's just because these tats look rad as hell. Whatever it may be, feast your eyes on this list of the coolest Mario Tattoos!

23 Tattoos Inspired by Mario Bros.,

Early Mario Tribute

Magical Mario

Piranha Plant

Better Than Brass Knuckles

Yoshi's Back!

Real Life Mario Bros.

Dia de los Marios

Bad Guys UNITE

Don't Play Mario Kart with This Guy

Mario Zombie

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:51:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/super-mario-bros-tattoos/jakebaumgart
<![CDATA[The Biggest Mistakes and Inconsistencies in Firewatch]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-things-about-firewatch/steven-petite
Firewatch is one of the most anticipated and talked about video games of 2016, and has already eclipsed the 500,000 sales mark in its first month. Campo Santo's "Walking Simulator" places gamers in the shoes of Henry, a troubled man who takes a job as a summer fire lookout in Wyoming. His only link to civilization is the woman on the other end of the radio, Delilah, another fire lookout stationed at a nearby outpost.

The "Walking Simulator" is a relatively new genre of game that mostly focuses on – you guessed it – walking. The genre favors narrative exploration, characters, and emotional themes over high-octane explosions and action. Firewatch can be described as the walking simulator to end all walking simulators. The critical acclaim around Firewatch almost invariably focuses on how beautiful its world is – perfect for screenshots that actually do make for wonderful wallpaper. Thanks to that beauty, not to mention plenty of buzz, Firewatch's publisher Panic returned their investment on the game in a single day. Firewatch has been one of the top reviewed games of this year, too.

But for all of its good reviews and high sales, Firewatch has a number of flaws. The characters fall flat, the narrative is filled with inconsistencies, and glitches hide amidst the stunning scenery. Here are a few of the big mistakes and odd little details found in Firewatch.

The Biggest Mistakes and Inconsistencies in Firewatch,

Firewatch has a scale problem. Multiple miles can be covered in minutes, and signposts like these skew the scope of the environment. It's strange that a story emphasizing the exhaustion of long, grueling hikes allows you to travel so quickly between points.
Delilah's Cache Box
In Firewatch, the cache boxes that hold supplies are all opened with the combination 1234 – except for this one. Worried that they were being spied on, Delihah changed the combination for Henry. There are two problems with this plot point: one, she gave the combination over the "tapped" radio. And two, it would have made more sense to deliver the radio in person, given the circumstances.
No Middle
Firewatch's chapters are separated by days, but some of them last longer than others. The beginning and the end of the story are well represented, but the middle sections are just splices of gameplay that are only a few minutes long each. This lopsided structure makes it hard to track key factors in the game – most significantly, the growing relationship between Henry and Delilah.
Fishing and Hunting
At one point in the narrative, Henry sets out to go fishing. Some extra activity would be a nice addition to this walking simulator, but Henry's adventure stops when Delilah asks him to track bear footprints instead. And speaking of animals, where are they? Firewatch is set in the wilderness, but animals are absent from the entire game.
Stereotypical Teenage Girls
There aren't many characters in the game. In fact, you never come face-to-face with anyone. Still, Firewatch manages to bring in a pair of stereotypical teenage girls. Complete with annoying dialogue and overactive imaginations, the girls seem more like caricatures than people.
That Boombox by Lake Jonesy
This boombox sits on top of a rock blaring '80s pop music, and the volume doesn't change even when it's knocked down. This may seem like a small problem, but it's a missed opportunity for the developers. Why not make the game's environment more interactive, especially when the dialogue is so canned?
Discussion About Kids
During the introduction, the player learns that Henry and Julia met in 1975. This back-and-forth takes place in 1979, and suggests that this is the first time the couple talks about having kids – four years into their relationship. That might seem strange enough, but even the dialogue is a little off. When someone asks you your thoughts on kids, it's pretty unlikely that your first response is a critical take on youthful intelligence.
Standing in Mid-Air
Character models appearing to stand in mid-air was a common glitch in games in the late '90s and early '00s. Today? Not so much. Henry, however, frequently finds himself apparently hovering above the ground.
Rope Physics
Other than walking, a lot of the activity in Firewatch involves climbing up and rappelling down ropes. But as Henry climbs up, the rope wiggles around like he's lighter than air. Pictures of Henry reveal that he's a burly man, but the rope never seems to tighten to the force of his pull.
Why Can't I Go There?
Occasionally Henry jumps across stone gaps and climbs up ropes, but limited programming stops him from fully exploring his environment. Henry can't swim in the lake, for instance, and can't even hike up slight inclines. All games have physical limits, but it would make more sense to contain Henry with piles of boulders or dense thickets of trees, instead of lots of invisible walls.

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:33:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-things-about-firewatch/steven-petite
<![CDATA[Worst Things People Have Ever Done in The Sims]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/terrible-sims-stories/rosa-pasquarella
The Sims are an integral part of any gamer's collection. Who doesn't love a game that lets you play God? From its humble beginnings to it's copious updates and expansions, players are able to create families, build houses, and rule their own little world... or at least that what they're supposed to do. 

Lovers of this classic video game over on Reddit opened up about the most bizarre things they had ever done with their Sims. From funny mishaps to sinister murder-suicide plots, these stories will make you want to find your nearest console and binge with The Sims.

Worst Things People Have Ever Done in The Sims,

User creates a party room, sets it on fire, and forces Sims to dance (or they die)
"I bought a giant mansion but made some modifications to it. By modifications I mean a room called 'The Party Room'.

The party room had dance floors, plenty of food, music and a nice sports car parked in the middle. What could go wrong?

I threw a party and invited everyone I knew into it and called them into the room. Suddenly the doors shut and a nightmarish hell began.

All the stereos switched to that annoying kids music, the strobe lighting kicked in and the fireplaces were placed. The doors disappeared magically.

The sims weren't allowed to leave the house. I had but three commandments: anyone who does not dance dies, anyone who tries to put out the fires dies and the last surviving member was allowed to live.

At least 30 Sims had to endure fire, starvation, piss-covered floors, strobe lighting, kids music, windows that pointed directly outside to freedom, ghosts and rotten food for about two weeks in-game. One by one the Sims were picked off through horrific torture."

Player forces family to play music while he kills off the family pet (who he turned human)
"In 'Makin' Magic' I had a brilliant dog called AJ who was loved by the whole family. He never had an off day and brought sheer joy to his owners. I decided to train my wizardry and get the spell that allowed you to turn pets into humans, so AJ could be even more a part of the family.

He turned out to be the biggest fucking ass-bag as a person, and was abusive to his family, so we had to take care of him. I built a monolithic tomb, and trapped him inside. The family stood out front playing music to him as he slowly starved. They bought a new dog and played with it happily outside AJ's eternal resting place to torture his trapped soul. Eventually a dragon burnt down the house and killed them all.

What a game."

Player stuffs entire neighborhood inside house with one toilet and no doors

"Killing Sims is (generally) too easy and vastly overdone. So one day I was an a mischievous mood so I decided to perform a 'social experiment'. I built a very bland house. Basically a big square of unpainted walls without windows and only one door. Once I had the whole neighborhood trapped inside, I removed the only way out.

Inside the house there was one refrigerator (no starving to death allowed) and right in the center of the house, a single toilet. I wanted to see which Sims would unashamedly use the toilet in full view of everyone else. Most did not want to.

Slowly I would shrink the walls as people moved away from them forcing everyone closer and closer to that one, lone toilet. The whole neighborhood, all fed and needing to use the toilet, nearly all too ashamed to use it standing around in a tight, confined space all staring at the toilet longingly. Many were standing in puddles. Woe betide them that fainted."

User creates maze from the fridge to the toilet that takes 48 hours to get through

"[I created a] giant two-story maze, room in the middle of the bottom floor had a fridge and the one up top had a toilet. It took 48 Sim hours to get through the maze."

Player forces husband to paint wife's affairs, hangs paintings all over the house

"One of my Sims had the desire to sleep with ten people. She had a husband who was an artist. He was always in his studio endlessly painting, he had a bed in there, he was completely dedicated. Every time she had a lover over I had him paint the scene in the bedroom. He never caught her as he rarely left his studio but all the time he was obliviously painting her infidelity. Obviously I hung these paintings all over the house."

User forces starving Sim to throw out pizza he secretly ordered; Sim cries while it happens
"I was starving my Sim and he sneakily called up for a pizza. When it was delivered I made him throw it in the garbage. Then he cried."
Player creates her ex-boyfriends, kills them off one by one
"One by one, I created my ex-boyfriends. I'd flirt with them, get a little woo-hoo action, them one day they'd have a little accident. Who knows why John decided to try to fix that broken dishwasher at two AM with no repair skill? Or how François got trapped in the pool in the middle of the night? How unfortunate."
Player repeatedly kills every man a Sim tries to marry, woman eventually dies
"I made a black widow: a female Sim who would marry men, and on the wedding day I would lock him up in the basement and basically starve him. Her secret cemetery/basement had like 20 urns. I didn't even do it for the money (I would donate it all away, she had the 'good' trait so it would actually benefit her too). I never had her have sex with any of them either, she died a virgin after adopting a baby girl and then I repeated the entire cycle with her as well."
Player drowns his Sim, has everyone show up to the funeral in bathing suits
"One time I killed a Sim by drowning. Then I made everyone show up to his funeral in swimwear."
Player makes clean-freak Sim, locks him in house with dead hamster and rotting food
"I made a guy who was a compulsive neat-freak. Put him in a really surreal little house with a wedding buffet and a hamster or something, and deleted the door. Eventually, he went insane from lack of cleanliness and depression over his little rodent friend dying, and starved to death once the banquet rotted. I put the resulting urn in the room. I then repeated an identical scenario several times, always keeping the urns in the room. Eventually the tenth iteration of this guy is up all night, every night, terrified of a parade of ghosts of himself."

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:41:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/terrible-sims-stories/rosa-pasquarella
<![CDATA[Classic Video Games That Actually Aren’t Very Good]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/classic-video-games-that-suck/steven-petite

In every medium there are bound to be revered classics that, in retrospect, actually aren’t very good. Occasionally, pieces of entertainment remain relevant over time not because they are necessarily great artworks, but entries in important series, or static reminders of the framework of their time. Video game history is interesting because unlike other major forms of entertainment like books, film, and television, video games have only been a part of entertainment culture for forty years. The definition of what constitutes as a “classic” is debatable within a field that has only recently learned how to walk on its own.

For the sake of argument, this list of fifteen classic games that actually aren’t very good covers games starting from the video game console that started the gaming revolution, NES, and spans to the infancy of the Playstation 2. Why? Because the natural halfway point between the release of Nintendo’s first home console and today is right at the turn of the millennium. While some may argue that games released past 2001 are modern classics, and others may argue that classics only cover the early days of arcade and action games of the mid-eighties and early-nineties, this list represents the progression of games from 1987 to 2001, a timespan in which games went through constant changes and evolutions to influence, and serve as a template for, what games are today in 2016. The entries here are sometimes fun experiences, but fun doesn't always equate to an overall good experience. 

Classic Video Games That Actually Aren’t Very Good,

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

Simon’s Quest, the 1997/1988 NES classic, is frequently listed as one of the best games of its time. It tried, for the second time in the series, to depart from the traditional action adventure elements that started the Castlevania series. Unfortunately, its myriad puzzles were not well-thought out to be kind, and farfetched to be completely honest. Because there were no clues to assist players, the role playing game elements that were thrown in appeared to be sculpted by a team that didn’t fully understand the successful tactics of implementing problem solving components. Because of this, Simon’s Quest is a game that mandates the use of a strategy guide unless the player is on an incredibly bizarre streak of good guesses built entirely on luck over skill. Furthermore, the dialogue was atrociously translated from Japanese, featuring such infamous lines like “Hit Deborah Cliff with your head to make a hole.” The context of the computer dialogue was lost in translation, therefore, expounding on the barriers for entry. Simon’s Quest influenced the pinnacle of the franchise, Symphony of the Night, and other marvelous entries that followed, but Simon’s Quest is a sore spot in the lineage of this great franchise. A jumbled mess of partially realized ideas.

Chrono Cross

Many say that Chrono Trigger is the greatest role playing game of all time. It’s successor, Chrono Cross, isn’t held to the same esteem, but is nonetheless considered a Playstation classic. It adheres to the mantra of no random battle encounters set forth by its predecessor, and updates the graphics admirably. But what made Chrono Trigger stand out was its rich story. It’s removed in the Square’s successor, replaced by problematic narrative pacing and baffling plot points. It culminates in a ambiguous ending that begs the question: “What’s the point?” Character development is important in lengthy role playing games, and here it is spread too far and focused too thin with too many major characters that resemble minor characters at best, and cardboard cutouts at its worst.

Golden Axe

In the same beat ‘em up classification as other games of its time such as Streets of Rage and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the best compliment that can be given to the Sega's 1991 Golden Axe is the protagonist's name, Gilius Thunderhead. Unfortunately, Thunderhead is the best of the three playable characters. His axe moves so slow towards enemies that it seems as if the game stuttered and failed to load properly. While axe’s are quite obviously heavy and cumbersome to handle, this technical aspect didn’t mesh well with early ‘90s hardware. Not to mention, every time an enemy is conquered, a horrific shriek accompanies its evaporating body. Perhaps they are actually the lucky ones to be removed from such banal environments that are nothing more than fragmented levels separated by disjointed filmstrip style loads, one after the other.

Halo: Combat Evolved

The primary reason that Microsoft is still in the gaming business is because of this 2001 shooter and its successors. Halo: Combat Evolved is propped up as one of the greatest games of all time. Was it really that great, or was it an average game on a desolate console? Appearing at a time when graphical overhauls were the norm, Bungie’s Microsoft savior, was flashy and ahead of its time. Pretty doesn’t mean good, and for what has been said about the high concept story, at this stage in the franchise’s life, it’s clear that the foundation was problematic. The level designs are too much of a mix between large areas with no enemies and closed off boundaries riddled with an abundance of rinse and repeat flows of mostly grunts and elites. The squad-based shooter has awful computer allies that are as useless as they are in the way. Worst of all, a sizable portion of the game is traversed by vehicles with amateurish and unapologetic handling. The multiplayer maps adhere to camping mentalities over head-to-head combat. Halo 2 and Halo 3 are Bungie's masterpieces, and take what was poorly done in the original, and expound upon it with glorious precision.


This 2001 puzzle-platformer has never been a commercial success, but it often appears on pretentious greatest of all time lists. It was unlike anything available on Playstation 2; different doesn’t always mean better. The platforming elements are aggravating and poorly designed. The companion system is more than a slight annoyance. The hero, Ico, is tasked with helping Yorda explore and escape the castle. She doesn’t make it easy on him, eroding the occasional sophistication of its sparse puzzles. The environments are all too similar and barren. The story is a minimalist showing, featuring a wretched Queen and her army of shadow creatures. The motivations are never fully explained and the emotional weight that is frequently credited here isn’t earned. Ico is best defined in modern terminology as a walking simulator, only without the gripping tale that makes modern takes on the genre so powerful. Team Ico did much of the same four years later in Shadow of the Colossus, but added engaging gameplay, interesting enemies and impressive environments - three traits that were amiss in their coming out party.

Kid Icarus

One of Nintendo’s cult status staples. Kid Icarus has remained in the minds of gamers thanks to its protagonist’s, Pit, inclusion in the colossally successful fighting game series, Super Smash Bros. The NES action platformer is known for being brutally challenging. Difficult doesn’t mean bad by any sense of the imagination, but Kid Icarus was riddled with bugs, odd level design, and moments that were better defined as unfair, not purely hard. The controls were inaccurate, the music didn’t quite fit the tone of the game, and the graphics were strangely outdated in a time when graphics weren’t that breathtaking to begin with. The so called high-scaling demands for completion were actually quite annoying. A difficult game that doesn’t inspire you to wage on after succumbing to yet another death.

Kid Icarus' cult of fans finally influenced the first entry in the series since 1991 for Nintendo 3DS in 2012, Kid Icarus: Uprising, a serviceable on-rails action shooter that will likely be the last appearance of Pit besides future Smash iterations.

Killer Instinct

This arcade fighter was ported to the Super Nintendo and Gameboy in 1995 to commercial success. Borrowing from Street Fighter in terms of combat aesthetics, Killer Instinct was never as tactilely strategic. Instead of memorizing strings of button presses to perform combos, they are automated to a single press of the switch or flick of the joystick, removing the very aspects that make fighting games satisfying. It also attempted to introduce finishing moves akin to the fatalities in Mortal Kombat, but failed to do so admirably or as devastatingly. To compound its shortcomings, Ultra Combos allowed players to perform twenty or more attacks in a row which made the gameplay unbalanced. Fighting games are supposed to reward skill and precision, and Killer Instinct didn’t highlight either of those distinctions. Its influence remains strong; Microsoft brought it back on Xbox One with new waves of content and characters released steadily. 

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

The Legend of Zelda franchise is one of best of all time, featuring some of the most consistently superb, and a lot of the time, masterful games throughout the industry. Nintendo’s second foray into Hyrule is not one of them. Zelda II largely abandoned the top-down formula that made the original NES game so great, in favor of a mishmash of genres that felt forced and awkward. The overworld map transforms into a side-scrolling Mario/Castlevania hybrid when the hero, Link, makes contact with an enemy. The problem was that the overworld map wasn’t richly detailed due to the time spent creating the other half of the design, and the side-scrolling 2D portion was not nearly as satisfying as other games in the same vein. Exploration and discovery of new items and abilities is what makes Zelda games great, and it didn’t translate well here. If Zelda II hadn’t have been attached to its namesake, this classic would’ve likely been forgotten almost as soon as it was released.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Faster isn’t always better. Sega’s answer to Super Mario Bros. hinges on the concept of progressing as quickly as possible through stages. Because of this design aspect, the level design is bland, repetitive, and ripe with elements that serve no tangible value or reason for placement to begin with. Regardless, Sonic has been an iconic series despite being the source of much frustration to fans and critics, since a quality modern entry in the series has been few and far between. Modern Sonic games really are horrific, but with nostalgia goggles removed, Sonic the Hedgehog was a chaotic mess from the start.

Black & White

The game that put Peter Molyneux on the map before the commercial success of the recently discontinued Fable franchise. Black & White was released in 2001 to widespread critical acclaim. Essentially a “god simulator,” players are born as a god created by the prayers of a family. The gameplay was literally the “hand of god” working miracles, interacting with the world and its occupants and fighting off the villainous god, Nemesis, who threatens to destroy all other gods. In order to make progress, players need to reign supreme across all villages on the island setting. The story is filled with contradictions like this, and its pretentiousness is apparent in all aspects of the game. It supposedly stresses good versus evil, but asks the player to influence people for self-gain. A gameplay component that asks the player to control different creatures isn’t particularly troublesome at face value, but since the player is god, this aspect is worrisome. Since exciting gameplay isn’t the focal point here, the qualifications for it being good are solely realized from the emotional weight and philosophical testaments. And neither is ever earned.

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:21:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/classic-video-games-that-suck/steven-petite
<![CDATA[Video Games Most Likely to Take Place in the Same Universe]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/video-games-that-could-actually-exist-in-the-same-universe/jordan-love
Shared video game continuities have existed since before the Marvel Cinematic Universe linked dozens of movies and TV shows that all have intertwining plots occurring in the same universe at roughly the same time. Movies and TV shows aren't the only ones with shared universes though, several video games and gaming franchises inhabit the same universes, often in subtle ways.

Sometimes it's obvious when games take place in the same universe, but other times, it the connections are small details that could easily be missed. Now, we're not talking about crossovers here. Crossovers are something else entirely and involve characters from one franchise appearing in another. This list is concerned with games that seem like separate entities when they are actually happening together in one universe.

Some of these games exist in the same universes at roughly the same time. Many occur at  different times in the same universe, though, sometimes hundreds or even thousands of years apart.

Not every shared video game universe fan theory is watertight; some have their holes and some are built on sand, but they all have at least some basis in facst. For many fans and gamers, just the idea of seemingly disconnected video games sharing settings adds to their enjoyment. So join in their excitement and check out this list of video games that could actually exist in the same universe.

Video Games Most Likely to Take Place in the Same Universe,

Infamous and Chronicle (Movie)
Fans of this theory connect the similarities in the powers and the way people get them in the game and the 2012 found footage movie. The powers displayed in both are essentially varying levels of telekinesis and both are bestowed by a mysterious crystal thing that emits a blue aura. Chronicle isn't a game, but plenty of fans consider it a prequel to the Infamous series nonetheless.

Super Mario Bros and Banjo-Kazooie
The evidence that these two Nintendo classics exist in the same universe relies heavily on the fact that Mario and Donkey Kong exist in the same universe. Since Banjo is featured in Diddy Kong Racing down the line, it makes sense that Banjo and Kazooie are part of Mario's world. And there are references to Banjo's racing days in Banjo-Kazooie, cementing that his days with Diddy Kong are canon.

Basically Every Valve Game
If you want to read all the ins and outs of this complex theory, find the details here. Essentially though, it suggests that Day of Defeat, which takes place during WWII, is the first game in a timeline that connects Half-life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Counter Strike, and more, all the way to Dota and Dota 2 which are set in the distant future (possibly on a different planet).

Halo, The Thing (Movie), and Dead Space
This theory more or less revolves around the bad guys in these two games and the shapeshifting alien host in John Carpenter's 1983 horror classic. Their similar appearances and method of infecting hosts is the framework here, with several other small details lending a bit more credibility. If this sounds far-fetched, just remember that if it's true, then Halo, The Thing, and Dead Space still exist in vastly different time periods.

Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and Ghost Recon
This one is all about the Ubisoft titles. A lot of this theory revolves around the Abstergo brand that appears in three of these four games. This, along with strikingly similar technologies and names popping up across the different franchises has lead many to believe that they all reside in the same universe. In the case of Assassin's Creed and Watch Dogs, Ubisoft has confirmed that they do, in fact, exist in a shared continuity.

SSX and Burnout
The connection between SSX and Burnout was theorized among fans for quite some time, then Burnout Paradise came along and all but confirmed what everyone already suspected. Not only is the radio host in Burnout Paradise the same as the one from SSX 3, but he even reads a snow report from Mac Fraser, one of the riders in SSX 3.

Marathon, Halo, and Destiny
This theory suggests that all three of Bungie's biggest franchises exist in the same universe. It is based primarily on references and Easter eggs in each game, such as Halo 3: ODST's inclusion of the Destiny company Asklon and Halo games repeatedly nodding to Security and an outpost on Mars, the setting of Marathon. If Destiny does take place in the Halo universe, then it picks up roughly 150 later.

Counter-Strike and Left 4 Dead
Fans of this theory say that the events of Counter-Strike precede Left 4 Dead. They argue that at some point in the Counter-Strike narrative, the terrorists win and release a zombifying chemical weapon. The main connecting point between these two franchises is the similarities between some of the maps and destinations in each. The resemblances are uncanny enough to convince many that they fall at different spots on the same timeline.

Mario and The Legend of Zelda
It would make sense that two of the biggest names from Nintendo existed in the same universe, but this theory asserts that they don't exactly exist in the same universe. Instead, they share a "collective subconscious," a dimension that characters can enter and inhabit simultaneously. There is considerable evidence, such as games like Super Smash Bros. that find popular figures going toe to toe. The theory points to several overlapping characters, as well as the dream/sleep related games that frequently pop up in both the Mario and Legend of Zelda games.

GTA V, Manhunt, and Red Dead Redemption
It's pretty well established that the Grand Theft Auto games occupy the same universe, but this theory asserts that two other Rockstar games also share the same overall setting. The fact that the setting for Manhunt, Carcer City, is mentioned by the protagonist of GTA V is evidence of their connection while the appearance of the protagonist of Red Dead Redemption in GTA Online brings this theory full circle.

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:31:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/video-games-that-could-actually-exist-in-the-same-universe/jordan-love
<![CDATA[Good Games for 2 Year Olds]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/good-games-for-2-year-olds/ranker-games
This list has tons of good games for 2 year olds, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best games for 2 year olds come in many forms, but all little ones will find them fun. Some great games for 2 year olds are creative while other fun games will help stimulate learning and curiosity. Whether you're looking for board game ideas for two year olds or educational games for two year olds, you'll find them here.

What activities are ranked below on this best games for two year olds list? Peek-a-Boo is a classic game that two year olds can enjoy. Boys and girls both have fun rediscovering your smiling face each time it is revealed. If you have a whole gang of toddlers over for a birthday party, Duck Duck Goose is a fun activity that will encourage social interaction and physical activity.

When it comes to two year old girls, nothing does the job like a good old fashioned tea party. Other projects that you will find on this top games for 2 year olds list include pinatas, Simon Says, and The Hokey Pokey.

Which toddler activity is your child's favorite? Vote the best games to the top of this list and add any other easy games your two year old loves if they aren't already listed.
Good Games for 2 Year Olds,

Simon says

This Little Piggy


Blow the Biggest Bubble

Grab the Duckie from the Pool
Write numbers on the bottoms of rubber duckies and place them in a baby pool. Let little ones choose the perfect duck and give them a little prize that corresponds with each duck's number.

Hot and Cold
Hide something around the house and let your child know that he/she is either getting hot or cold as they move closer or further away from the item.
Sorting Colors

Fill the bucket
A perfect game for a day at the beach.

One for You, One for Me
Learn the joy of sharing by having your 2 year old share their treats with you.

Little Drummer Boy
Let little ones express their musical side by letting them play the drums on your pots and pans. Wooden spoons make for the perfect sticks.

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:17:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/good-games-for-2-year-olds/ranker-games
<![CDATA[Good Games for 3 Year Olds]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/good-games-for-3-year-olds/ranker-games
This list has all manner of good games for 3 year olds, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best games for 3 year olds come in many forms. Some great games for 3 year olds are creative and colorful while other fun games are intellectual and sure to inspire a love of learning. Whether you are looking for board game ideas for three year olds or educational games for three year olds, this list has plenty of ideas.

What activities will you find on this best games for three year olds list? Chutes and Ladders is a classic board game that is designed for ages three and up. Kids will have a blast moving their pieces up ladders and down chutes as they practice counting the spaces. Hungry Hungry Hippos is another fun game for three year olds.

If you are on a budget, free games for 3 year olds like Hide & Go Seek and Musical Chairs will have your little ones playing the afternoon away. Other activities that appear on this top games for three year olds list include Boggle Jr., Freeze Dance, and Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

How will we ever determine which game for three year olds is the best? Help us decide by voting your favorites up to the top of this list and add any other great easy three year old games your little ones love!
Good Games for 3 Year Olds,

Duck Duck Goose

Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Simon says

Freeze Dance

Matching Games

Hide & Go Seek

Hot Potato

Hokey Pokey

Hot and Cold

Tea Party

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:17:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/good-games-for-3-year-olds/ranker-games
<![CDATA[Good Games for 4 Year Olds]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/good-games-for-4-year-olds/ranker-games
This list has lots of entertaining games for 4 year olds, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best games for 4 year olds come in many forms. Some great games for 4 year olds are playful and inspire creativity while other fun games are intellectual in nature. No matter what you're looking for, from board game ideas for four year olds to educational games for four year olds, this list has got you covered.

What awesome activities are on this best games for four year olds list? Don't Break the Ice is a fun board game for four year olds that helps them develop critical thinking skills as they decide which pieces to remove from the board. Count Your Chickens and the Original Memory game are also recommended for kids age 4 and up.

Games are important on road trips and any four year old would love to play Spot It! On the Road when spending time in the car. Other good activities for four year olds include Freeze Dance, Musical Chairs, and Sesame Street online learning games.

Which game do you think would be the most fun for a four year old? Give your favorite activities a thumbs up and share some of your own creative ideas in the comments section.
Good Games for 4 Year Olds,

Candy Land

Don't Break the Ice

Hide and seek

Musical chairs

Simon says

Chutes and Ladders



Treasure Hunt

Freeze Dance

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:51:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/good-games-for-4-year-olds/ranker-games
<![CDATA[Good Games for 5 Year Olds]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/good-games-for-5-year-olds/ranker-games
This list is full of awesome games for 5 year olds, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best games for 5 year olds are all unique and will entertain your little ones in different ways. Some great games for 5 year olds will get their intellectual sides working while other fun games are just about creativity. Whether you are looking for board game ideas for five year olds or educational games for five year olds, this list has them all!

What fun, entertaining, and educational activities will you find on this best games for five year olds list? Five year olds have a lot of energy so games like relay races and hula hoop contest are a great way to have fun at a birthday party or any get together. Have little prizes available for the winners for added motivation. Any variation of Tag is also a lot of fun for five year olds.

Usually you want your kids to stay out of Trouble, but the classic board game marks the exception to the rule. Other great activities that you will find on this top games for five year olds list include Twenty Questions, Hopscotch, and The Limbo.

Which games do you play with your five year olds? Vote the best activities up to the top spot on this list and share some of your favorite versions of tag in the comments section.
Good Games for 5 Year Olds,

Egg and spoon race

Guess Who?

Red light, green light

Freeze Tag

Cartoon Tag

Hula Hoop Contest

The Limbo

Relay Races

Math Games

Race to the Treasure

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:17:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/good-games-for-5-year-olds/ranker-games
<![CDATA[Good Games for 6 Year Olds]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/good-games-for-6-year-olds/ranker-games
This list includes awesome and fun games for 6 year olds, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best games for 6 year olds come in many forms. Some great games for 6 year olds will get their creative juices flowing while other fun games are intellectual and will encourage a love of learning. Whether you are looking for board game ideas for six year olds or educational games for six year olds, you're sure to get some great ideas below.

What kinds of games and activities will you find on this best games for six year olds list? Some of the best board games are recommended for kids six and up. Operation and The Game of Life are great options, but Mousetrap allows six year olds to practice problem solving with creativity and skill. Connect Four is another fun game for kids who are six years old.

If you are hosting a birthday party for your 6 year old, consider playing charades. Other activities that appear on this top games for 6 year olds list include Fishing for Prizes, Legos, and Math Games.

What game do you think six year olds like the best? Give the best activities a thumbs up and share some fun stories in the comments section.
Good Games for 6 Year Olds,

Guess Who?

Monopoly Junior

Musical chairs




Balloon Bust

Memory Games


Relay Races

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:11:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/good-games-for-6-year-olds/ranker-games
<![CDATA[The Greatest First Person Sequences in Film History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/first-person-film-scenes/coy-jandreau
There's a reason first person shooter (FPS) games are so popular. They put you right there in the driver's seat for exhilarating and adrenaline-fueled moments. Naturally, Hollywood realized this too and has created some pretty spectacular first person scenes in movies, usually action sequences that allow audiences to experience adventure through the eyes of a character.

These POV shots in movies can be used to do everything from make the enemy even more intimidating, put you in the head of someone you'll never be, or even be used to great comedic or dramatic effect. There are even a view that appear to have influenced the design of first person games.
These movies with POV scenes stand out because they allow viewers to feel like participants in the action. These are the coolest movies with first person shooter scenes. Vote up the ones that most effectively drew you into the action.

The Greatest First Person Sequences in Film History,

Being John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich puts you in John Malkovich's head in many, many ways. The most straightforward of which is actually following characters into Malkovich-vision. That's like first person squared.
This adaptation of the seminal first person shooter franchise attempts to channel the gaming experience with a lengthy FPS sequence. It's an action scene through the eyes of Karl Urban as he uses a BFG (familiar to fans of the games) to mow down humans mutated into monsters by Martian mojo.

An instantly recognizable FPS-style perspective that communicates the alien nature of the titular beast in Predator. Knowing the Predator see in this stylized heat vision made the alien hunter even scarier.
Why was there never an awesome RoboCop FPS video game modeled off of this scene? Not only does it dramatically hold off on fully revealing RoboCop, but it allows anybody watching to feel what it's like to actually be Detroit's finest experimental cyborg cop.

The Dark Knight
This sequence not only brings Batman's white comic book eyes to the big screen, it also dips into the Caped Crusader's perspective as he takes in his environment via cell phone radar technology that maps out his surroundings.

The Terminator
With enemy scans and stats running along the bottom and sides of Terminator vision, the connection between James Cameron's sci-fi franchise and first person shooter games is pretty obvious.

The Amazing Spider-Man
Fans who always wanted to experience webslinging in 3D got their wish in the Spider-Man reboot, which briefly unfolds from Spidey's perspective as he hops and swings from building to building in Manhattan.

Gravity is already a rollercoaster of a movie. Watching it already feels like being launched into space, and is probably the closest most people will ever get to that experience. Then there's the FPS scene which ups the ante even more. It's disorienting, thrill-a-minute madness, and it's beyond beautiful.
There's plenty of POV shots in both V/H/S anthologies. This one in particular involves seeing through a very specific eyeball... as it falls out of its socket. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Hardcore Henry
Hardcore Henry is an entire feature film shot first person shooter style. Yes, it's a whole movie experienced from the vantage point of a cyborg super-soldier tearing around Russia, battling telekenetic psychos, hundreds of henchmen, homicidal strippers, and unstoppable super soldiers.

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:11:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/first-person-film-scenes/coy-jandreau
<![CDATA[19 Must-Have Snacks for Gamers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-gaming-snacks/loganrapp
It's happened to all of us - we're in the middle of a heavy gaming session, we start getting our hunger on, and we've just got to have some gamer snacks to keep us going while we're laying waste to anything that comes our way. There are plenty of options to choose from, and that can be daunting. So naturally, here's a list of video game snacks to serve as a guide to all the sources of cheap calories to keep your wits and thumbs working. Vote up the ones you love, and downvote those you don't think are all that great. 

Along with the actual food, there's plenty of caffeine and alcohol needed to go with your snacks for gaming. Whether Coca-Cola or good old fashioned beer, one of those has got to come with you. But you should probably keep napkins on hand. You don't want to have to deal with greasy or messy fingers when trying to snipe someone from across the map. 

So take a look at our list of snacks for gamers and vote up your favorites.

19 Must-Have Snacks for Gamers,

It's beer. What, do you need it spelled out for you? Beer. You drink it and feel great, unless you're under 21 years old, in which case you feel like your insides are boiling in an organ stew. Just try to stay in the sweet spot; you don't want to get destroyed because you drank too much. 
It's a classic. It'll destroy your teeth, sure, but you need to stay awake to get that last flag captured. 
French fries
An easy finger food, this potato-and-salt combo is probably one of the tastier choices on this particular menu. Pair with a bit of ketchup and enjoy yourself.

Heavy use of napkins are needed to handle the grease situation, but when you need cheese in your body stat, this is probably the best choice. 
There might be someone who says they don't like pizza, and they are someone you should not be friends with. Keep slices around at all times for proper snacking. 
And of course, water. It's a major key to life, it's a major key to not being dehydrated from all of that meatsweating, soda, and/or alcohol. 
Chicken Nuggets
Add some buffalo sauce, ranch, maybe some celery, and you'll have an excellent gamer snack that'll hold up the following day. 
Beware Doritos dust. Eat with napkins unless you want your controller to look like a crime scene. 
Zesty and great for the toss-and-catch, you won't have to take your eyes off the screen to get your snack on. 
Mountain Dew
You want caffeine? Well, you've got it. Mountain Dew is going to wreck your internal organs, but for this game session, you'll be in peak form. 

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:51:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-gaming-snacks/loganrapp
<![CDATA[A Fun Walking Dead Drinking Game for Your Next Viewing Party]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/walking-dead-drinking-game/lisa-waugh
Warning! Spoilers for anyone not caught up through season six.
If you’ve had a Walking Dead viewing party, you’re going to have your own rules for future parties. But if you’re new to throwing TWD bashes on Sunday nights, it might be nice to add a Walking Dead drinking game to your walker snacks and cosplay.  
Nobody is suggesting that you use all of these in your drinking game, but maybe pick a couple depending on which season you’re watching and just how much you hate Carl. From fake Glenn deaths to Daryl’s errant bangs, there are lots of way to get lit and have a roaring good time during your next Walking Dead party.  
When was the last time we saw Michonne without her katana? When that happens, it’s at least three sips or one big shot. How about when Carl wears that stupid hat? Everyone drinks because everyone loses. And when Rick monologues? You gotta sip all the way through that sucker. 
Vote up your favorite Walking Dead drinking game idea and make sure you have a secure place under the dumpster if the actual zombie apocalypse breaks out while you’re inebriated. 

A Fun Walking Dead Drinking Game for Your Next Viewing Party,

When a Character Takes a Turn for the Better
Take a shot when a formerly useless character decides to sack up and pull their weight. 
Carol Kills Someone or Threatens to Kill Someone
Take a drink, preferably from a goblet. Carol has certainly cut a swatch, but she does make a casserole or cookies every now and again to offset the menace. 
Cool Walker Kill = Drink

Everyone takes two drinks and makes an intense study of the maneuvers. They may come in handy later. By now, the gang have found some pretty clever ways of dispensing walkers. Thanks to Greg Nicotero and the FX department, the kills get gnarlier every season. 

Every Time Michonne Smiles

Take four deep drinks. It’s like an eclipse. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s glorious. 

Anytime Rick Says “Coral!”
Everyone takes a drink. You could be drunk within 20 minutes of many episodes. 
When Carl Wears That Stupid Hat
 Everyone takes a drink, because everyone loses when Carl dons that tired chapeau. Coral. Dude. There are only like a dozen girls your age left in the world, and you are never going to charm any of them wearing that hat. 
Whenever Daryl’s Hair Gets in His Eyes
Take a drink of something salty and delicious. And then pop some barrettes in the mail to Norman Reedus. Still, dude's got great aim despite the sweaty locks. 
Every Time Daryl Shows Up with Dinner
 Everyone takes two drinks to show some respect for this the group's resident hunter. Seriously, if it weren’t for this wily redneck, no one would eat. There are only so many casserole ingredients in Olivia’s pantry. 
When a Character Creatively Improvises


Take a celebratory drink when someone uses a unique object or reaches for whatever to dispatch a villain or a walker. Daryl is one the better improvisers, having used a car trunk, a chain, and a Georgia asphalt walker skull to equalize a threat. 

An Annoying Character Gets Killed

Take two gulps in celebration. Porch D*ck, Lori, Beth, Shane, Dale, Andrea, Deanna, Jessie and her two terrible kids Sam and Ron… this one’s for you. Byeee. Now, let's talk about Enid.

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:51:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/walking-dead-drinking-game/lisa-waugh
<![CDATA[The Best Two Player Games for Super Nintendo]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-two-player-games-for-snes/chris-abraham
For a system known for its single player experience, there are still a ton of good co-op games for SNES. If you had to pick, what would you say is the best co-op game for Super Nintendo? There were amazing two player racing games, brawlers, RPGs, and more that were a blast to play with a friend (or little brother who always had to be player two). Vote up your favorite two player SNES games that you love playing with friends, and add any games to the list you think we missed!

Did you know Kirby Super Star was the first multiplayer Kirby game? The coolest part was that player two could be a multitude of characters, depending on which enemy Kirby swallowed and then transformed into his helper. Super Mario Kart also launched on SNES, which paved the way for tons of future racing games, both in and outside of the Mario Kart franchise.
The Best Two Player Games for Super Nintendo,

Contra III: The Alien Wars

Final Fight

Killer Instinct

Mortal Kombat 3

Mortal Kombat II

NBA Jam Tournament Edition

Secret of Mana

Street Fighter II

Super Mario Kart

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:21:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-two-player-games-for-snes/chris-abraham
<![CDATA[The Top Requested Madden 17 CFM Features or Fixes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-requested-madden-17-cfm-features-or-fixes/shopmaster
This is your chance to get our top CFM needs for Madden 17 to EA SPORTS so they can get it in the game.
The Top Requested Madden 17 CFM Features or Fixes,

Set Formation Subs Via Game Prep Screen

Progressive Injuries

Fix Regression

Hire Offensive and Defensive Coordinator

Improved Game Prep

Set Active/Inactive Players for a Game

Improved Contract Negotiations
More information on this can be found here: http://cfmmovement.com/forums/topic/player-contract-negotiations/
True Draft Board

Highlight Show, Top 10, Weekly Wrap Up Show

Add Practice Squad

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:11:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/top-requested-madden-17-cfm-features-or-fixes/shopmaster
<![CDATA[The Best Jacksepticeye Videos on Youtube..So Far]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-jacksepticeye-videos-on-youtube-so-far/tom-islava
"high-fives" Top o' the morning' to ya laddies! My name is Tom Islava and welcome to "The Best Jacksepticeye videos on Youtube.. So Far."  Now you can vote for the your favorite videos on Ireland's loudest, most energetic lets-player, the last remaining boss from the planet Bossatronio, Jacksepticeye. And, In the words of Jack himself "If you liked (them),Punch that like button in the face, LIKE A BOSS!! And high-fives all around 'two high fives' ".

The Best Jacksepticeye Videos on Youtube..So Far,

South Park: the Stick of Truth-part 16 | MAKEOVER TIME!!

Get in Line | Papers, Please #1

ALONE WITH DARK THOUGHTS | Presentable Liberty

South Park: the Stick of Truth-part 13 | PREPARE FOR BATTLE!! SO MUCH CENSORING!!

PENGUIN POWER | Goat Simulator - Part 10

700, 000 Subscribers | GHOST PEPPER + TONGUE TWISTERS

Prison Break! | Escaping the Prison

VLOG | Chubby Bunny Challenge

THE BEST VIDEO I'VE EVER MADE | Goat Simulator-Part 1

THIS COMMENT IS SO OFFENSIVE! |Reading Your Comments- Part 72

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 19:41:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-jacksepticeye-videos-on-youtube-so-far/tom-islava
<![CDATA[27 Gaming Frustrations All Gamers Know to Be True]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/annoying-things-about-gaming/candice-darden
Have you ever been at the end of a level, about to face the boss, only to realize that you forgot to save beforehand, and now the game won't let you? What about being stuck on a team of inexperienced players with the shooting skill level of a bunch of stormtroopers, and you're stuck coaching AND carrying the team simultaneously? What about when you let one of your Sims make their own decisions for five minutes, and it ends in total disaster? This list is full of the top frustrations and annoying things that gamers face, from minor aggravations to meltdown-inducing frustrations. No matter if you play role-playing games, first-person shooters, or are literally game for anything, you'll be able to relate to the gaming GIFs on this list.

Covering wide-ranging video games from Mario Bros, Fallout, Chrono Trigger, The Legend of Zelda, The Sims, Mario Kart, Grand Theft Auto, and Skyrim, with such consoles as Gameboy, SNES, XBOX, Playstation, and even PC, these GIFs will feel way too relatable to any real gamer. Ready player one? Check out the most annoying gaming frustrations that all gamers face below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

27 Gaming Frustrations All Gamers Know to Be True,

When You've Played for So Long You Start Blending the Game World with Real Life

When Seemingly Benign Characters Turn on You

When You Want to Keep Playing, but Your Real-World Responsibilities Kick In

When You Forget the Most Essential Component

When You're Stuck with Teammates Who Can't Shoot

When You Successfully Pull Off a Series of Complicated Moves, Only to Bite It at the Very End

When You Have to Time Your Moves Just Right to Beat the Boss

When a Game You've Been Looking Forward to Gets Released on an Expensive Gaming System

When You Run Out of Time on a Level Right Before You Beat It

When You Need an Item to Complete a Quest and Can't Find It

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:55:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/annoying-things-about-gaming/candice-darden