I love Video games, they’ve been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’m also somewhat partial to a good drink, specifically of the alcoholic variety. Recently I’ve noticed a few similarities between these two hobbies, so I’m going to share them with you, because I have far too much time on my hands. So without further ado, I present the similarities between four game franchises and alcoholic beverages.
Doom is the Red Wine of Video games:
Doom is the red wine of video games, not because of all the blood, although that would also make sense. No, Doom is like a red wine for a few other reasons. First of all, wine and Doom are both widely considered classics of their respective fields, when the original Doom released back in 1993, it was brilliant (an objective fact), while wine is a drink everyone knows about. Much like the Doom franchise as a whole, Red wine can be quite enjoyable in its early years, however both wine and Doom have shown potential for improving with age. In a similar fashion to a red wine, the Doom franchise has aged and matured over time. It didn’t necessarily become better, although it both gained and lost qualities along the way, ultimately becoming 2016’s Doom, a phenomenal game in its own right.
Duke Nukem is the White Wine of Video Games:
If Doom is the Red wine of video games, the Duke Nukem franchise would its white counterpart. While the Duke Nukem series originally began as a 2D platformer, the series really became famous with the release of Duke Nukem 3D in 1996. Just like a red wine, the Duke Nukem franchise was great in its early years, however it hasn’t aged well as the years have gone by, making it much closer to a white wine. While Duke Nukem 3D is very similar to the original Doom,( and therefore a red wine) it hasn’t aged as well. In many cases, white wine turns bad over time, becoming horrible, much like the Duke Nukem franchise, gaining some new qualities but overall degrading over time, eventually giving us Duke Nukem Forever, an we all know how that turned out.
Call of Duty is the Beer of Video Games:
When you mention drinking alcohol to someone, there’s a pretty good chance they’ll immediately think of beer, it’s the same with Call of Duty, even those with no interest in video games have probably heard of it. The similarities don’t stop at the popularity, a common criticism of the franchise is that the games only have minimal differences between each other, despite three different companies creating separate entries. Now I’m no expert on beer, but i have noticed that despite all the different types and brands of beer, they all taste incredibly similar, but maybe that’s just me. Either way, beer and COD are both widely popular, for whatever reason.
I also don’t like beer or COD very much, so there’s that too.
Ninja Gaiden is the Absinthe of Video Games:
Absinthe beverage that’s practically legendary for being extremely alcoholic, hard to stomach and was historically banned in France for being rage inducing. Do you know what else is famous for being ridiculously hard and potentially rage inducing? The Ninja Gaiden series, at least the first three anyway. While it was never banned because of it, Ninja Gaiden is famous for having a incredibly frustrating approach to difficulty. Ninja Gaiden and absinthe have a similar approach to difficulty, one relentlessly fills the screen with enemies, the other relentlessly fills your veins with alcohol. I’ve also never tried either of these, that’s another similarity.
So there you have it folks, four game franchises that have some remarkable similarities to various types of booze. I’m off now, I need to research this subject further, for purely scientific purposes of course.