Saturday, July 11, 2020

The Games of Eternal Life: An In-Depth Look at How Immortality Has Been Portrayed in Gaming

Must Read

Human Remains Reportedly Found on Tiger King: Joe Exotic’s Land

Some cadaver dogs have discovered human remains on Joe Exotic's former property.

SDCC 2020 [At Home] Saturday Schedule: “Bill & Ted,” “What We Do In The Shadows”

We've been doing our best to keep you appraised as to the schedules coming for San Diego...

Nerdbot Cosplay Spotlight: Meet Miss Ada Mist

Here at Nerdbot we have a group of beautiful women who love showing their geeky side called Nerdplay Girls, this is Ada Mist.
Nerd Voices
Here at Nerdbot we are always looking for fresh takes on anything people love with a focus on television, comics, movies, animation, video games and more. If you feel passionate about something or love to be the person to get the word of nerd out to the public, we want to hear from you! Visit the "Write For Nerdbot" Tab Above to learn more!

The concept of immortality is one that fascinates us. Explored throughout various forms of media, from books and TV shows through to video games and slots, it’s something we’ve all considered at one time or another: what it would mean to live forever.

For content creators, in particular, it’s the perfect tool for adding a complex and intricate element to their storytelling. They have to ask themselves questions about how immortality might impact everything from characterization to various plot scenarios, and the answers often make for highly compelling media.    

With this in mind, it’s not surprising that many games have focused on this topic, both in terms of featuring immortal characters and with regards to their game mechanics. Here are just three of the many video, slot, and computer games that have had this principle theme at their center.

Mortal Kombat

There are a lot of reasons why the Mortal Kombat franchise numbers among the most popular video games of all time, and one of them is its host of complex and compelling characters. Shang Tsung is definitely among these. First appearing in the series in 1992, he is the most powerful of warlocks, but he also has plenty of other fascinating abilities besides spellcasting and magic. Known to be a shapeshifter, Shang Tsung can morph at will into other characters, absorbing and retaining their powers, while also having the unique ability to steal the souls of the defeated in order to preserve his own eternal life force.

Related  NetherRealms Releases 'Mortal Kombat' Gameplay Footage: Here's What's Important to Know
Related  'Deadpool' Director Says He Exited the Franchise Because of Ryan Reynolds

Book of Immortals 

Available to play as a slot game from Mr. Gold and many other popular casinos, Book of Immortals is one of the most widely enjoyed titles on the market today. Set in Ancient Egypt, its primary cast of immortals is made up of a mix of heroes and gods who can never die. Drawn so that they almost resemble comic book characters, their costumes and characterization are primarily inspired by this long-ago period in history, helping to create an immersive and engaging experience. Featuring a five reel, ten payline setup, the stakes are attractive and the story fantastic.    

Planescape: Torment 

Another game that deserves a mention on this list is the ever-popular Planescape: Torment. Its protagonist is known as The Nameless One, and his complex characterization has been fascinating viewers since the RPG was first developed in 1999. While little is known about him, a defining feature of the character is that he was once human and is now immortal, and it’s this immortality that drives much of what he does. That’s because he has lost himself over the years, with each death and resurrection wiping his memory and causing him to drift further away from the man he was. It’s an interesting concept, and one that makes for some truly fantastic storytelling.

When it comes to finding ways to add an additional element of complexity and intrigue to a game and its characters, having immortality feature in-world is one surefire way to do this, as these three titles demonstrate. Tell us, which of them would you like to visit or revisit first? 

Latest News

Human Remains Reportedly Found on Tiger King: Joe Exotic’s Land

Some cadaver dogs have discovered human remains on Joe Exotic's former property.
Related  Artist Carves Beautiful Designs Into Food

SDCC 2020 [At Home] Saturday Schedule: “Bill & Ted,” “What We Do In The Shadows”

We've been doing our best to keep you appraised as to the schedules coming for San Diego Comic Con's 2020 edition of...

Nerdbot Cosplay Spotlight: Meet Miss Ada Mist

Here at Nerdbot we have a group of beautiful women who love showing their geeky side called Nerdplay Girls, this is Ada Mist.

Digimon Announces Two Online Conventions This Year

Digimon is going to have two online conventions this year. The first happening this month!

Celebrate Nikola Tesla’s Birthday with “Tesla” Advance Screening!

In a perfect world, schoolchildren would learn about the marvelous Wizard of the West, inventor and man out of time, Nikola Tesla,...

More Articles Like This