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Video Game Chronology

GorblaxGorblax Registered User regular
edited February 2008 in Games and Technology
Whenever I play an RPG or any story-heavy game, I can't help but get sucked into the history of the world I'm trying to save at the moment. That's why every time I come across a timeline of a video game universe, it comes as a real treat to me. Sometimes, though, these can be very difficult to find, if they even exist at all. What do you all do when you need a detailed chronology of a video game series?

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  • steve-o99steve-o99 Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    i like to poke around here a lot
    http://www.zeldauniverse.net/

    lets just say that anyone that told you zelda had no canon or timeline is an idiot.

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  • FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Could say the same about people who desesperately try to fit all games of the Zelda series in a coherent timeline...

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  • SilvoculousSilvoculous Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    hey, hey, that timeline exists

    it's just that we'll probably never see it

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  • Speed RacerSpeed Racer Scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratchRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    steve-o99 wrote: »
    i like to poke around here a lot
    http://www.zeldauniverse.net/

    lets just say that anyone that told you zelda had no canon or timeline is an idiot.

    Zelda had no canon or timeline prior to OoT, and even now only has one in the very loosest sense. I didn't dig around that site at all, but I'm willing to bet it's constructed some sort of madman's timeline out of obscure developer quotes and migraine-inducing leaps of logic that aren't ever confirmed one way or the other by the games themselves.

    Anyway, I spent quite a long time flipping through the codex in Mass Effect, and I got pretty emotionally invested into Rapture. Mario Galaxy had a really cool world as well.

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  • TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    If you'd like, I could detail the sonic the hedgehog timeline... but it's not very interesting.

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  • slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Gorblax wrote: »
    What do you all do when you need a detailed chronology of a video game series?

    Wikipedia it up.

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  • YaYaYaYa Decent. Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    If you'd like, I could detail the sonic the hedgehog timeline... but it's not very interesting.

    TSR, everything you say is interesting.

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  • tardcoretardcore Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    YaYa wrote: »
    If you'd like, I could detail the sonic the hedgehog timeline... but it's not very interesting.

    TSR, everything you say is interesting.

    Seriously, you could talk about Sonic's bowel movements and it'd be interesting.

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  • TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    YaYa wrote: »
    If you'd like, I could detail the sonic the hedgehog timeline... but it's not very interesting.

    TSR, everything you say is interesting.

    well, I mean, even I find it uninteresting. I generally dislike sonic story lines, be they official or otherwise. Depending on where you are, the chronology for sonic will be different, as he has different timelines in the US, UK, and Japan.

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  • YaYaYaYa Decent. Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    YaYa wrote: »
    If you'd like, I could detail the sonic the hedgehog timeline... but it's not very interesting.

    TSR, everything you say is interesting.

    well, I mean, even I find it uninteresting. I generally dislike sonic story lines, be they official or otherwise. Depending on where you are, the chronology for sonic will be different, as he has different timelines in the US, UK, and Japan.

    Can you explain the timeline descrepancies, then?

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    steve-o99 wrote: »
    i like to poke around here a lot
    http://www.zeldauniverse.net/

    lets just say that anyone that told you zelda had no canon or timeline is an idiot.

    Zelda had no canon or timeline prior to OoT, and even now only has one in the very loosest sense. I didn't dig around that site at all, but I'm willing to bet it's constructed some sort of madman's timeline out of obscure developer quotes and migraine-inducing leaps of logic that aren't ever confirmed one way or the other by the games themselves.

    Largely the migraine logic. I hung out on the SNES boards at GameFAQs back in the days that the Zelda timeline was taking form (the consensus then was a bit different than what is in steve's link). Imagine all the Final Fantasy fanboys in the world trying to make a massive quilt out of aspects of every game bearing the Final Fantasy name to generate a semi-coherent continuity among the games.

    Granted Zelda games are a bit more consistent in many ways than Final Fantasy, but the concept was similar. The timeline was pieced together out of game storylines based on certain assumptions of how the Link/Zelda/Ganon dynamic works.

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  • TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    YaYa wrote: »
    YaYa wrote: »
    If you'd like, I could detail the sonic the hedgehog timeline... but it's not very interesting.

    TSR, everything you say is interesting.

    well, I mean, even I find it uninteresting. I generally dislike sonic story lines, be they official or otherwise. Depending on where you are, the chronology for sonic will be different, as he has different timelines in the US, UK, and Japan.

    Can you explain the timeline descrepancies, then?

    It stems from Sonic's origins. Depending on where you live, he has different origins. In the UK, he was created by Dr. Kintobor in a failed lab experiment. In the US, he's the nephew of uncle chuck who created his sneakers. I'll go into more detail later and try to type out a typical sonic post about the timeline of sonic. Most of the odd stuff in the timeline comes from later games anyways, like the extermination of the Echidna race, the ultimate weapon experiments with Gerald Robotnik, and of course the future with Blaze and Silver the Hedgehog.

    EDIT: Also confusing is that at the very minumum, the US timeline is considered canon by sonic team, but it's contradicted in Sonic Adventure 2 several times.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    My favorite story still involves Tikal.

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  • TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    My favorite story still involves Tikal.

    That would be the destruction of the Echidna race by Chaos.

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  • MasoniteMasonite Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Trying to piece together the Legacy of Kain timeline is a game in and of itself.

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  • PunkBoyPunkBoy Thank you! And thank you again! Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I'm fascinated with the Ace Combat world and timeline. Wikipedia does a good job laying it out, so I used that to look up what I wanted.

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