My daughter has a favourite toy. It’s a Squishmallow named Serene. Serene is round-ish and a turquoise squirrel. You might not be interested in soft toys. 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 my daughter’s best friend. We decided to purchase another Serene because Serene is prone at being thrown from her buggy due to her lack of foresight. “Let’s buy a clone of Serene, a new one, just in case,”As I was browsing through the toy shop, I saw the large Squishmallow display and I told my wife.
It was so. The squirrel is now spotless and untarnished. 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. Sometimes I would lie awake at night thinking about her and wondering about her life. “living with Grandma.”Maybe I would look at a pile of toys, Serene 2.0 staring at me, 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.
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The Best Game was once called a clone 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, which is a Metroid copy, is a brilliant Metroid title that combines pin-sharp gameplay with a great feeling of adventure. If you haven’t already, please do. There’s no reason to not check it out on all platforms. There’s a sequel, but I have not yet been sucked in the exact same way.
Alex – Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat is my favorite clone video game. Back in the day, everyone referred to this game as a Street Fighter copy. However, its core developers maintain that it was primarily inspired by an older fighting video 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 inextricably 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. It could be argued that MK was clearly American just as Street Fighter was unabashedly Japanese. They engaged in a war just as violent and divisive against Sonic. Street Fighter was the first fighting game. MK helped cement Street Fighter’s potential for mass market success. People still call MK 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.
This is evident in Untold Legends Brotherhood of the Blade 2005, a PSP launch title. This Diablo clone has the added benefit of being on a portable console that features retro futuristic discs, which still spin in their plastic cases even after you remove them from the handheld.
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