Top 10 Tastiest Foods & Drinks in Gaming

So much of our American culture is focused on food. Many people will tell you that’s an issue, but I say quit whining and sit down at the table with us. From power lunches to midnight snacks, birthday cakes to Christmas cookies, quick breakfasts on-the-go to slow-cooked meals, if it’s a special occasion or a not-so-special occasion, food can (and probably is) involved.

And don’t forget the drinks! Sodas, juices, cocktails—we live in a society where not only do we have several kinds of bottled water, people have their favorite water brands.

Food and drink are everywhere in our society, so one night while ordering my dinner on Eat24 (shameless, uncompensated plug because they rock that hard), I thought about what foods and drinks are in gaming. This list only took all of 20 minutes to build, because food items are everywhere in gaming just like in American culture.

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So much of our American culture is focused on food. Many people will tell you that’s an issue, but I say quit whining and sit down at the table with us. From power lunches to midnight snacks, birthday cakes to Christmas cookies, quick breakfasts on-the-go to slow-cooked meals, if it’s a special occasion or a not-so-special occasion, food can (and probably is) involved.

And don’t forget the drinks! Sodas, juices, cocktails—we live in a society where not only do we have several kinds of bottled water, people have their favorite water brands.

Food and drink are everywhere in our society, so one night while ordering my dinner on Eat24 (shameless, uncompensated plug because they rock that hard), I thought about what foods and drinks are in gaming. This list only took all of 20 minutes to build, because food items are everywhere in gaming just like in American culture.

And now, fresh from the oven, here are our top ten tastiest treats in the gamersphere. Don’t see your favorite on the menu? Let us know in the comments.

10. Aperture Science Cake (Portal)

Sure, finding out you’re trapped in a test chamber because you’re an orphan and basically a horrible excuse for a human being (it says so clearly in your test records) is a bit of a downer, but you know what makes it all better?

Cake. Cake makes everything better. I mean, I’m pretty sure it’s at the end of this next chamber. Or maybe the next one. I don’t remember. It’s definitely not a lie. Just keep testing.

9. OverCharge Delirium xt (Sunset Overdrive)

Between two jobs and a healthy social life (sleeping), I often turn to energy drinks for a little extra pep in my step. I know they’re not the healthiest things, but they help in a pinch. But Rockstar, Monster, or even Red Bull can compare to OverCharge Delirium XT.

There are a few side effects to drinking OverCharge, like heart palpitations, crashes later, or turning into a grotesque mutant, but the upside? Refreshing citrus taste, that’s what!

8. Chef Peter Pepper’s Burgers (Burgertime)

Hamburgers are one of my all-time favorite foods, so how awesome is it that there’s a game that’s all about making burgers?

Granted, Chef Peter Pepper’s methods for burger creation are a bit… unorthodox… but just think of these culinary treats as haute cuisine. Also, Burgertime is proof positive that pickles are not just gross but downright evil.

7. Pretty Much Everything (Pac-Man)

Seriously, everything is food to this guy that looks like an incomplete pizza. The dots, the apples, the oranges, the Galaga… things… the key – he eats the damn key!

The power pellets, though… We’re pretty sure that’s food, but they do directly lead to the consumption of the ghosts, so it’s either food or trippy-as-balls psychedelic drugs.

6. Blob’s Jellybeans (A Boy and His Blob)

In several tasty and delicious flavors such as Cola Bubble, Tangerine Trampoline, Apple Jack, and Strawberry Bridge, not only are Blob’s jellybeans a fun treat, but they’re so useful too!

Well, except for Ketchup Catchup. Pretty sure those just sat in the bag.

5. Mario’s Mushrooms (Super Mario Bros.)

Of course, Mario’s Mushrooms belong on this list. Not only is it synonymous with Super Mario, it’s a gaming icon. Everyone knows that a green mushroom gives an extra life to Mario, and the red one makes him Super – if you haven’t found one within five seconds of starting Level 1-1, you’re Marioing all wrong.

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4. Lon Lon Milk (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

There’s nothing more refreshing than milk from the legendary Lon Lon Ranch of Hyrule. Not only will the tasty beverage refill all of Link’s hearts, but the satisfied wipe of the mouth after drinking screams refreshment.

I wonder if Hyrulians know what Oreo cookies are…

3. Yoshi’s Fruits (Super Mario World)

Mario loves his mushrooms, but his buddy Yoshi loves his… well, anything he can fit in his mouth. His favorites, though, are the fruits found all over Yoshi’s Island in the original Super Mario World. In later games Yoshi would find melons, grapes, and all sorts of fruity goodies, but in the original they looked like apples of some sort. They may have been berries, however, but one thing is for sure: they must have tasted great.

How great? When Yoshi got five of them, he’d poop out an egg that had either a power-up or a 1-up inside of it. That’s right, Yoshi has such a severe foodgasm he birthed a power up. Now that’s some tasty fruit.

2. Cup of Lifenoodles (Earthbound)

Food is a big deal in Earthbound. From cookies and sandwiches to actually telling the game what Ness’s favorite food is (tacos, if you were wondering), there is a plethora of food for Ness, Paula, Jeff, and even Poo. (Tee hee.) But who would have thought the most powerful would be the most affordable for the starving college student?

There’s no Phoenix Down in the city of Onett, Twoson, or any of the other crazy cities you travel to. But there is Cups of Lifenoodles! Brings the dead back to life, and does it on the cheap. I happen to like the beef flavored Lifenoodles, but chicken and shrimp are probably popular too, and last forever!

1. Full Roasted Turkey Platter (Castlevania)

Instant Thanksgiving! What makes the turkey platters found in the Castlevania series so damn tasty?

Well, they always say the best food comes from those hole-in-the-wall places.

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Article by: Ryan Bates

From the GameRevolution website

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JoyStik Entertainment’s Game of the Year WINNERS!

First of all let’s give a round of applause to the gaming industry in 2016 as there has been multiple innovations to gaming in general. This is the year in which we have seen VR emerge in the industry, 4K picture in gaming on the next part of next gen gaming consoles, and a slew of games capable of topping the all-time greatest chart. But as always when the year comes to an end the ultimate question is what is game of the year? This is a tradition the JoyStik Entertainment will continue to follow as long as there are video games.

First of all let’s give a round of applause to the gaming industry in 2016 as there has been multiple innovations to gaming in general. This is the year in which we have seen VR emerge in the industry, 4K picture in gaming on the next part of next gen gaming consoles, and a slew of games capable of topping the all-time greatest chart. But as always when the year comes to an end the ultimate question is what is game of the year? This is a tradition the JoyStik Entertainment will continue to follow as long as there are video games.

JoyStik Entertainment’s GAME OF THE YEAR winner!

  • Uncharted 4
  • Overwatch
  • Final Fantasy XV – WINNER!

  • Dishonored 2

This was the toughest decision of all the catergories, as following close behind was Uncharted 4 and Overwatch, which are both in other categories as well. In all honesty, Uncharted 4 holds the number 2 spot on this list, from the rich storytelling and perfect gameplay, but because of that reason, Final Fantasy XV wins. FFXV also has a wonderful touching story and very deep gameplay, but what seperates it from the rest is the depth of gameplay in the RPG leveling, open world map with side quest, and a game AFTER the game! Well done….Final Fantasy XV takes this reward and runs with it.

Exclusive Game of the Year nominees.

  • Uncharted 4 (PS4) – WINNER!

  • Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One)
  • Pokken Tournament (Wii U)
  • The Last Guardian (PS4)

Uncharted 4, like its previous games, captured the audience with beautiful voice actors, thrilling gameplay and story/cutscenes, and a gorgeous atmosphere. But Uncharted 4 went above and beyond the other 3 main games in the series. It used pieces of Naughty Dog’s other blockbuster game “The Last of Us” and integrated it into the world of Uncharted. Uncharted not only told a story that you played in, but also captured the story of the past, of the pirates that owned the treasure that Nathan and Sam Drake are searching for. It was truly a pleasure to play and will go down as one of the best video games ever. 

 

First Person Shooter Game of the Year nominees.

  • Titanfall 2
  • Overwatch
  • Battlefield 1
  • Doom – WINNER!

Doom, unlike the others on this list, gave an incredible story and hardcore gameplay that you crave when looking down the barrels of a variety of crazy guns. Doom felt like a brand new game, while also capturing the nostalgia of the past games, which is why I love that they called it “Doom” and not “Doom 4” or something else, because for once, a sequel really did feel like it’s own game! If you haven’t given this game a try, do it…it really is First Person Shooter of the Year.

Multiplayer Game of the Year nominees.

  • The Division
  • Overwatch – WINNER!

  • Dying Light: The Following DLC
  • Pokken Tournament

What is there NOT to like about Overwatch? It is a game that was easily nominated for Game of the Year, Shooter of the Year, and obviously the WINNER of Multiplayer of the Year. This game is the definition of multiplayer, where if you don’t play as a team, you lose. It is as simple as that. An objective based multiplayer first person shooter, with a mix of characters adds up to a wonderful game to play for hours and hours with many different people. This will be a great game for years to come.

Best Indie Game of the Year nominees.

Firewatch

  • Inside
  • We Happy Few
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Stardew Valley – WINNER!

The Indie Game of the Year was a toughy, as Indie Devs are providing GREAT games all year long, which is much appreciated! Stardew Valley stuck out from the rest though. After playing hours and hours and hours of this game, I felt like I had hardly put a dent in the game. It is a mix of classic Zelda games with its combat….Animal Crossing with it’s friendship building and income building…Harvest Moon, for the obvious reason, with it’s farming…and a hint of Don’t Starve with it’s survival aspect through the day and night cycle. I can’t wait to continue playing this game for years to come during down time in between game releases.

RPG Game of the Year nominees.

  • Dark Souls 3
  • Final Fantasy 15 – WINNER!

  • Pokemon Sun and Moon
  • The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine DLC

Also the Game of the Year WINNER, Final Fantasy XV was without a doubt the RPG of the year as well. The leveling up system in place for this game was simple but complex, and you truly feel STRONGER as the game goes on. An RPG is even better when the story digs it’s hooks into you as well, which FFXV does times 10! Thank you again for a great experience.

 

Mobile Game of the Year nominees.

  • Super Mario Run
  • Pokemon GO – WINNER!

  • Severed
  • Hearthstone:  Whispers of the Old Gods DLC

Mobile games continue to compete with console and PC gaming, although most would say it isn’t for the hardcore gamer. That is, until Pokemon GO emerge, and my God did it…with MILLIONS of active daily users, this game brought out gamers who NEVER game, and brought them together in a community. MMO? Hell yeah it was….

Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #70 to #61

Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #70 to #61

At first glance, a Top 100 list seems like way too much, but in reality, it is very difficult to break down ONLY 100 games. We took on the challenge and finally finished after much help from the supporters at JoyStik Entertainment from all over the world. Please remember, this is OUR list and you will probably have some harsh words! Please do leave them below :). ENJOY!

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70) Max Payne 3 – Xbox 360 

“Max Payne is just what his last name is. A revenge story built from PAIN. A well put together 3rd person shooter with great gunplay, story, and at it’s time a fun multiplayer.”

69) Dark Souls 3 – PS4/ Xbox One/ PC

“Personally, I hate this game. Probably still salty from getting my a$$ handed to me. But there is no doubt, this is one of the most accurate controlled video games of all time. Precision is key!”

68) Splatoon – Wii U

“The revival of the Nintendo franchise came from this game. It is currently young still, but with such a fun new multiplayer setting as a family friendly shooter to fit the Nintendo brand it appeals to hardcore multiplayers and a younger generation being introduced to gaming.”

67) Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon – Nintendo 64

“Mystical Ninja is one of those hidden gems that some folks haven’t had to pleasure of playing, but that does not take away from it’s success. An incredible design gives a perfect Japanese feel as a cartoonish theme. There is humor, difficulty, and a unique leveling system. If you haven’t played it, bust out the N64 and give it a try.”

66) Star Wars Battlefront 2 – PlayStation 2

“Star Wars has always been about Jedi and the Force, but Battlefront put you in the shoes of the soldiers, playing through galactic battle with blasters and the occasional Jedi. Star Wars Battlefront 1 set the stage, but 2 took it to the next level.”

65) Bioshock 1 – Xbox 360

“The deranged setting of Bioshock gives a creepy feeling as you make your way through Rapture, an underwater city built to get away from normal society. Through the years, it has become corrupt with crime, and what you witness is the after years of damage. Incredible story and gameplay for this First Person Shooter for the ages”

64) Mass Effect – Xbox 360

“Mass Effect changed the way we see video games as developers created one of the largest open world…no…open universes we had ever seen!”

63) Mario Kart 64 – Nintendo 64

“Somebody order a pizza and get the gang together because it is Mario Kart night! One of the most fun multiplayer racing games still today.”

62) Power Stone 2 – Sega Dreamcast

“Another hidden gem is the Power Stone series. It is actually very surprising that this franchise is not around today. If is wasn’t for the failure of the overrated Dreamcast, this game would most definitely still be around. A 3D fighting game, where players use weapons and magic stones to transform into a special character to bash each others heads in. Not literally”

61) Tetris – Any Platform

“The best puzzle game known to man. The simplicity of dropping different shapes from the ceiling has never been more clever. The game has continued to evolve but none will ever beat the original platform.”

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How to Decide Between Titanfall 2, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, and Battlefield 1

Well of course the gaming industry would bestow the burden on us of picking between 3 great first person shooters, but are they actually similar or can you make a decision on the game that fits you best? We are going to break down the 3 games and open your eyes to which game YOU should choose in order to have the best experience for your $60.

Titanfall 2

Short Summary

In single player, Titanfall 2 delivers a crafted experience that explores the unique bond between man and machine. Playable offline, the single player campaign in Titanfall 2 lets fans step out onto The Frontier as a Militia rifleman with aspirations of becoming an elite Pilot. Stranded behind enemy lines and facing overwhelming odds, players must team up with a veteran Titan to uphold a mission they were never meant to carry out. In multiplayer, Respawn is continuing to evolve their gameplay to provide a more robust experience that delivers expanded depth and variety that includes six new Titans, deeper Pilot abilities, more customization options, and a robust progression system that is sure to satisfy fans.

Who Should Choose Titanfall 2

  • Players who like fast paced shooters that require quick decision making and close combat.
  • Prefer futuristic warfare.
  • Fans of mechs like Transformers will be pleased in riding a Titan.
  • If you enjoy an abundance of multiplayer with a solid single player campaign on the side.

 

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Call of Duty Infinite Warfare

Short Summary

Infinite Warfare is the first game in the franchise to venture beyond the reaches of Earth, framing a plausible future war in our solar system. Infinite Warfare also introduces an original cooperative Zombies mode that takes players on a wild ride through a new storyline with unique gameplay features and mechanics.

Who Should Choose COD Infinite Warfare

  • Players who like a choice to fast or slow gameplay.
  • Prefer futuristic warfare.
  • Enjoy valuable extra content. (Zombies, DLC, ect)
  • Fans of the series can enjoy the Modern Warfare Remake.
  • Would rather play without vehicles. Prefet boots on the ground.

 

Battlefield 1

Short Summary

Intuitive destruction and dynamic weather ensure that no battle is ever the same. For even more gameplay possibilities, carve a path through walls and buildings, take down your enemies in creative ways, and leave your mark on the terrain around you through intuitive destruction. Through your actions, the pristine world around you change into a battle-scarred landscape, changing the world forever. With dynamic weather you will need to adapt your tactics to weather changes as the elements play a part in the battle. Playing the same map on a bright day, in heavy fog, or rain will impact what you see and hear, forcing you to adapt your play style on an ever-changing battlefield. Operations introduces a new way to play multiplayer. In Battlefield 1 you play a series of interconnected battles across multiple fronts. Play a sequence of battles where your actions have consequences beyond a single match, as you try to conquer territory or push back your attackers. At those times when you feel all is lost, call in the Behemoths – the largest fully player-controlled vehicles ever seen in Battlefield. Roam the battlefield and rain fire on your enemy to break their defenses. All-out war never felt so epic. Take control of the Armored Train, Air Ship, or the Battleship to dominate the battlefield across land, air, and sea. 

Who Should Choose Battlefield 1

  • Players who like a slower gameplay on large maps.
  • Enjoy older warfare. (World War era)
  • Enjoy using vehicles in first person shooters.

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Chrono Trigger, A Game Of The Past

A Game That Entertains Still Today

Anybody who grew up on Super Nintendo knows that JRPG’s took over the gaming world, from Secret of Mana to Breath of Fire. But my personal favorite has to be Chrono Trigger. I believe this game still holds up to the competition today, and if game developers were smart, they would take from that concept, and apply to today’s game functions.

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Chrono Trigger was released by SquareSoft in 1995 and wow did it take me by surprise. It was the first time I was emotionally attached to the characters in a game. Now days, you get attached to them all, if the game is any good! As soon as you get into the nuts and bolts of Chrono Trigger, you really start loving it more. The combat style is one that isn’t mimiced often. (honestly, I can’t think of a game to reference that is similar in combat). It’s not your standard turn based combat, but its not live action either. If you have played it, you know what I am talking about, if you haven’t…go get your ass a copy right now! (It is on the PSN store for PS3).

Aside from combat, the story telling in this game is amazing. You start off as a boy named Crono, and your world literally gets turned upside down when your new friend Maria gets teleported by your other friend Lucca. Once you go after her, you realize you are in the past..VERY much in the past, to the Middle Ages. That begins the theme for the entire game, as you bounce back and forth between time eras and completely get sunk in the story! The characters are amazing, the music is engaging, and the graphics are top notch for that time period.

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Do you think Chrono Trigger still holds water today? I believe this game is still as entertaining as it was 20 years ago, and I plan to play it again very soon. Tell us what you think about Chrono Trigger if you have played it, and if you haven’t..please tell us why?! or if you plan on it!

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JoyStik Forums Community Ranking of the Infamous Series

The community has spoken without knowledge of why. I will be diving into the JoyStik community’s brains, finding out their opinions on games and randomly placing them into blog post! Recently the discussion was ranking the Infamous series and the outcome was wonderful. Thank you all.

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1) Infamous 2

“The second one. More powers, transversing the city was a bit faster, extra skins, and just all around more fun.” – Braden Harbin

“Infamous 2 was a bit more liberating and free-flowing a game than the first, and while the second son game is fun, infamous 2 had the best story of the bunch.” -Garret Rankin

 

2) Infamous 1

“The first I like the New York City layout and story more.” -Jonathan Adam Rachal

“The first game was pretty amazing. All three of the Infamous titles are pretty boss. One of the few “super hero” type games that isn’t Marvel or DC and is bad ass!” -Robert Steele

3) Infamous Second Son

“The second one had the better story, but I loved the gameplay of Second Son.” -Mike Zehring

“I can’t let Fetch go forgotten, so I’m gonna throw First Light in there. [DLC for Second Son] And honestly, a truly remarkable dlc/expansion/in addition to sort of game.” -Shaun Doyle 

 

Women Taking Gaming By Surprise!

First, I would like to wish everybody a happy National Women’s Day! Women equality is something that has been in the works for, what seems like forever, and women continue to succeed. So congratulations to all you successful women out there.

Gaming girls are coming out of the wood work as of recent. Women are streaming games on their personal channels on platforms like Twitch.tv and YouTube Gaming. They are not just a pretty face, but many of these women are GOOD at video games, and while this shouldn’t be shocking…it is. Gaming has always been known as a boy activity, at least as far as I can remember. Finding a gaming girl was rare, and when you did, you were stunned!

First, I would like to wish everybody a happy National Women’s Day! Women equality is something that has been in the works for, what seems like forever, and women continue to succeed. So congratulations to all you successful women out there.

Gaming girls are coming out of the wood work as of recent. Women are streaming games on their personal channels on platforms like Twitch.tv and YouTube Gaming. They are not just a pretty face, but many of these women are GOOD at video games, and while this shouldn’t be shocking…it is. Gaming has always been known as a boy activity, at least as far as I can remember. Finding a gaming girl was rare, and when you did, you were stunned!

Women are beginning to be the face of many franchises, from news…to video game characters.

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For example, Naomi Kyle from IGN has had an incredibly successful career so far reporting news. On the surface, she may appear to be a pretty girl that is used for attention, but after viewing her YouTube channel and seeing interviews about her, she truly is a gamer and loves the industry! Congratulation Naomi Kyle for such a successful career, and many more years to come.

Next, I can’t help but acknowledge women video game characters. Lara Croft, Clementine, Samus Aran, Bayonetta, and many more to say the least! All of these women have been main characters in top grossing franchises, and will continue to do so. This would have never happened before women equality took place. Women are even emerging in hardcore games such as Call of Duty. Who would’ve thought? 

Last but certainly not least, I find this to be the perfect time to announce our new partnership with the YouTube channel Hello Lab Group! This channel is run by a girl named Katharina, and she does Let’s Plays of Indie and Horror games (as well as many more). We are privileged to bring her onboard with JoyStik Entertainment. As she will still manager her personal YouTube gaming channel, we are excited to be in partnership with her and her channel!

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If you are a gaming girl, own it! People in this industry love it. It doesn’t make you any less of a woman! It just makes you are very hip woman, and to that, I take my hat off to you and bow. Game on ladies!