My daughter has a favourite toy. It’s a Squishmallow named Serene. Serene is round-ish and a turquoise squirrel. Soft toys may not interest you. Squishmallows are very much in demand.
But the popularity of Squishmallows isn’t the point of this little story.
Serene is always with my daughter. She is her best friend. We thought it best for Serene to be bought another Serene. Serene is susceptible to being thrown out of her buggy because she lacks the foresight and understanding that babies have. “Let’s buy a clone of Serene, a new one, just in case,”As I was browsing the toys shop, I noticed the large display of Squishmallows, so I told my wife.
It was. The squirrel is now clean and free from any blemishes. He sits in a plastic bag, wrapped in a plastic bag, on top of my bedroom’s wardrobe. There is hope that Serene and clone Serene won’t be needed. But if the worst was to happen and OG Serene went to *wink* “stay with Grandma for a while” *wink* or *wink* “went to keep Mummy company at work” *wink*, this currently lifeless squishy toy would be subbed in. She’d be the same as before (“Serene has had a bath, how lovely!”We’d still know. Forever, we’d know what we’d done.
I would miss Serene, but I wouldn’t say anything. I used to lay awake at night thinking about her and wondering about her life. “living with Grandma.”Perhaps I would look over at a pile toy, Serene 2.0 staring back, eyes lifeless, but piercing. “Noooooo!” I’d attempt to cry out, but it would be too late. She would try to seize my soul. I would resist, but she’d be just too strong. I’d become trapped inside the lovable squirrel’s impossibly soft body. New Serene, the squirrel living in my body, would occasionally look at me with a wink. She’d won. Then one night she’d walk downstairs into the dimly lit living room, calmly and without saying a word placing original Serene down next to me.
“You never should have called me a fucking clone,” she’d whisper. I can’t even speak a word.
Welcoming to VG247’s Best Games PodcastEpisode 13: The best video game ever! “clone”Another game.
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“What is VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast?”You ask this question while trying to imagine your life with a soft toy. You can’t imagine it. This idea was straight out of The Twilight Zone, and it’s amazing. This podcast, which is why you are here (not because I am pitching horror fiction), is essentially a 30-minute panel conversation where people (me and others at VG247) select the best game within a particular category. That’s it. It’s good.
We’ve got some details on the show’s content below (if you want to get a refresher before heading to the comments to make a wonderful, considered post or don’t want to listen but do want to know what games we picked), so if you want to avoid spoilers, don’t scroll past this fan-made creation of what Chris Bratt would look like if he was on the end of a Mortal Kombat fatality, but he was a Squishmallow and also Sub Zero. (Support friends at VG247 and People Make Games. Patreon).
The Best Game, once referred to as a cloned version of another game
This is the topic of Episode thirteen of VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast. Here’s a rundown of who picked what.
Tom – Axiom Verge
This game is truly amazing. I don’t know why anyone would argue against it. Axiom Verge is a Metroid clone that offers a unique Metroid experience. It combines brilliant gameplay with a great sense for adventure. If you haven’t already, please do. There’s no reason to not check it out on all platforms. There is a sequel as well, but I have yet be sucked in that way.
Alex – Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat is one of my favorite video games clones. Back in the day, everyone referred to this game as a Street Fighter copy. However, its core developers maintain that it was primarily inspired a fighting game. Street Fighter had very little influence on the game that turned arcades upside down in the nineties. Midway did not approve MK because of Street Fighter’s success. Both are inexorably linked, for all eternity.
The truth of inspiration, whatever it was, didn’t matter at all to the press or the general public. Street Fighter’s louder, more attention-grabbing cousin, MK, was MK. MK was clearly American. Street Fighter was unabashedly Japanese. It could be argued. They engaged in a war that was as violent and divisive than Mario against Sonic. Street Fighter is the originator of fighting games like the one we know today. MK helped cement Street Fighter’s potential for mass market success. MK is still referred to as a Street Fighter copy. It’s a moniker that will continue to be used forever, whether it is deserved or undeserved.
James – Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade
There are many options available when it comes to Diablo clones. You only need to know some fantasy words and have lots of loot. You also need more rats and spiders that you could fit into the world’s largest, most bizarre terrarium. You can play for up to 80 hours without having to wrap.
Untold Legends Brotherhood of the Blade is a prime example of this. This Diablo clone is also available on a portable console equipped with retro futuristic discs which spin in their plastic cases even when they are removed from the handheld.
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