Have you ever had an innocent thought that goes something like: “Hmm, I wonder what would happen if Master Chief went up against Dante or Kratos?” How about witnessing a Mario vs. Pacman showdown? Yeah, me too.
At times, we all wonder what would happen if some of the legendary icons of gaming decided to stop saving the world for a second and had an Mortal Kombat-style tournament. Luckily, our curiosity may at last be satisfied!
Tvigle, a Russian portal centered around animation, has been producing a series of cartoons that pits characters from various games, films and even fairy tales against each other in short, stylish matches with hilarious consequences. The cartoons certainly have their own charm, from bizarre pairings (Tetris vs. Contra, anyone?) and cutely misspelled names, to simple yet effective visuals. Check it out:
By now, we’ve probably all seen the character models that Blizzard, at long last, released this month showcasing the female worgen. They’re still lacking hairstyles, but regardless those models, I must say, look quite sharp.
So, why did it take so long for Blizzard to release any information on what the female model looks like? Well, certainly part of that has to do with building up anticipation for Cataclysm, but I suspect part of it also has to deal with the fact that they’re dealing with a subject that has been largely ignored in popular culture.
Werewolves have been terrorizing people in folklore with their super-human size and strength, not to mention fangs and claws, for hundreds of years. The phenomenon of their transformation from man to wolf still remains pervasive in pop culture today — but that’s just the issue at hand. The transformation usually is from man to wolf, yet rarely woman to wolf.
Let’s poke at some of these pop culture references, take a look at a thesis for the reasoning of why this is and talk a bit more about Blizzard’s role behind the cut.