Giant Gamers

From our collective addiction to Rocket League to that one 4-month period when we were glued to Overcooked, games are a significant part of the culture here at Forest Giant. To celebrate E3 2018, we asked the Giants about their relationship with games from the past to present.

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

What We’re Playing Now

“NFL Street 3. I just found my PS2 in the basement and that game was my childhood. Any game where you’re playing football while running on walls is timeless.”

“Skyrim for the 3rd time. I try to roll a different character for each playthrough, but I swear to God I always end up being some sort of sneaky archer after a certain point. It just happens.”

“Fallout 4. I’ve realized it’s an insanely deep game and I feel a little overwhelmed, especially when it comes to perks/attributes. There are probably choices I could make early on that pay off a lot over the long run, but I don’t know what they are. I liked the narrative elements of Fallout 3 more, as well as the voiceovers and such, but I think FO4 has more going on under the hood.”

“None! I’m a recovering, abstaining game addict.”

The Best Game We Ever Played

“Castlevania: Symphony of the Night really clicked with me in a way that almost no other game has. The Gothic setting, CD-quality music, and RPG elements blew my mind at the time. The scope of the game is really nuts - there is a moment when you think you are about done with the game, but you are only halfway there! I continue to play the game to this day.”

“Gran Turismo. My favorite in-game cars to drive are the Nissan Skyline GT-R and the Toyota Supra RZ. Manual transmission is the way to go for sure!”

“I get a lot of hate for it, but my favorite game of all time has to be Fallout 4. Skyrim is a close second, but the settlement mechanics, vibrant cities, and memorable characters really did it for me. Plus, I really like the Creation Club as well - I play through with a border collie companion just like my dog in real life.”

“Alternate Reality: The Dungeon consumed maybed four of my summers as a kid. It was this massive, sprawling RPG series created by a guy named Philip Price (the series was never completed, only going as far as part 2) that was enormously innovative for its time (and honestly, still remains innovative as compared to RPGs of today). There was a fairly complex alignment system (i.e., good, evil, neutral) that had interesting and far-reaching repercussions; a whole series of ‘hidden’ attributes (hunger, fatigue, conscience, etc.) that made it deeper than the majority of even current RPGs; it was visually groundbreaking for its time; and it was unique in having huge replay value.”

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The Worst Game We Ever Played

“E.T. was one of the first games I played. I loved E.T. as a kid - I had a cool iron-on shirt, a set of glasses…you know, normal 80s swag. One of my parent’s friends had a party and let all the kids play on their Atari. I saw E.T. and got super excited to play with everyone. We put the game in and proceeded to take turns to understand what to do, but it was impossible to figure out. I’m walking, a guy is chasing me, oh, I fell in a hole….man, this whole is much bigger on the inside - how the hell do I get out?! Oh, stretch my neck and I float. Cool. Oh, I fell in another hole. DAMNIT!”

“Call of Duty: Zombies. I definitely am not the kind of person that would have ever liked this game or any game like it, but it still sucked.”

“My mom bought us a karaoke game back in the day and her singing gave me nightmares.”

“Superman for N64. I don’t want to talk about it.”

Our Favorite Game Series

“I’m a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed series. They started to trail off with some of the most recent ones, but the history, storylines, and graphics in the first four games were amazing. AC Odyssey looks great. The graphics are on point as always. I am just hoping they put enough time into the story line to make it as good as it should be.”

“The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Oblivion, Morrowind, etc. It’s the only place I feel safe while being a sneaky archer with a pechant for conjuration spells.”

“I don’t consider myself to be a major fan of any game series, but I am loving Mario Odyssey right now on the Switch. I also loved Mario Galaxy on the Wii. “

Mushroom Kingdom

If you lived in the Mushroom Kingdom, who would you be?

“I’d be Pauline, the Mayor of New Donk City, from Mario Odyssey. She is not only the mayor, but an amazing singer. You have to play it to know what I’m talking about.”

“I would want to be one of the Hammer Bros. Those dudes were always hard to beat and they somehow had an infinite source of hammers to throw.”

“I’d live on Rainbow Road and would probaby rotate between Toad, Yoshi, Peach, and Bowser. Obviously the major risk of living there is potentially falling off the sides of my neighborhood. Pick up your trash, people. Littering is not cool - no banana peels allowed. We have already lost 3 ‘lil toadies this month alone!”

The E3 Games We’re Most Excited For

Needless to say, the past few days on Forest Giant’s gaming Slack channel have been filled with trailers and news from the 2018 E3 conference. Based on the responses, most of our Giants were tuning in to the Bethesda, Nintendo, and Sony showcases.

  • Fallout 76
  • The Elder Scrolls VI
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Overcooked 2
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Death Stranding
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Smash Bros Ultimate
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • The Last of Us 2
  • Anthem
  • Black Ops III
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Doom Eternal
  • Stormland
  • Control

We can’t wait to begin playing these games later this year and beyond, but let’s be honest…you’ll probably still find most of us gaming on dusty consoles with the games we fell in love with as children. It’s not the graphics that get us, but the nostalgia.

Jessica Elle
Digital Marketing