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Today We Give Thanks

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Bethany is thankful for:


Brett is thankful for:

  • Nintendo – I bought a Wii U in March. A month or so later, so did one of my best friends. Then our other best friend bought one when he came in from Korea for the summer. We reunited with an old friend from school last weekend, crammed into my room, playing Smash Bros and Mario Kart while reminiscing. I haven’t really gotten excited for games in a long time, only buying one or two things a year for a while now, but the Wii U really reinvigorated me, and I’m so happy that my closest friends own one too so that we can all play and laugh with one another, even if one of us is currently in another country. And if we aren’t playing together, we’re usually sending obscene messages to each other in the Miiverse. Nothing says friendship like crudely drawn penises, right?
  • Anita Sarkeesian – For making awesome feminist video critiques. Also, thanks to loudmouths who hate her for making it very clear to me that I should avoid you. It’s good to know up-front you’re an asshole that I shouldn’t bother with, saves me so much time and energy.
  • Bethany and Jennifer – For being totally cool with letting an idiot like me contribute to such a great gaming site with my inane rambling! [Eds. Note: Awww! ♥♥]


Hannah (who is currently in Korea visiting family) is thankful for:

  • Portable games, such as Nintendo 3DS series and mobile games. My airline and train travels are not boring anymore!


Jennifer is thankful for:

  • Bethany Bryan and her twisted amazing hilarious brain and her beautiful bottomless heart. Y’all know Bethany is the reason this website still exists, right? When I grew too weary of shouldering the burden on my own and nearly abandoned it, Bethany trekked out to find G-vesc and me lying lost and almost dead in the wasteland and carried us back out again (true story!!). If you enjoy reading Gamervescent, you should send her a card, or at least a Facebook wall post of naked Alistair. [Bethany Note: This seriously made me a little teary. You’re too much.]
  • …and the rest of these jokers who contributed to this post and contribute regularly to this site. Luv u guysss, you are the best people who exist, seriously.
  • And also the best person who does not (yet!) contribute to this site, my wonderful friend who works at GameStop and made sure my guy and I got a Deluxe Edition of Dragon Age Inquisition even though we didn’t pre-order it. That’s love, man.
  • The vastly improved make-out physics in Dragon Age Inquisition’s romance cutscenes in comparison to those of previous DA games, dang!
  • Troy Baker’s vocal cords.
  • Admiral David Anderson’s never not hilarious workout plan.
  • Jake Muller’s henley.
  • Geometry Wars.
  • The Riot Gun.
  • Ghost Grant Collier, who watches over us all.
  • Photoshop, god bless it.


Joe is thankful for:

  • blocks that spit out mushrooms
  • the Tanooki Suit
  • bananas
  • barrels
  • Lon Lon Milk
  • Adam Jensen’s dialogue in Deus Ex
  • Dagoth Ur and the Sixth House
  • that there are two Warthogs accessible in the beach level of Halo: Combat Evolved
  • the eternal challenge of Trials HD
  • the wrench of BioShock
  • the combat tonics that improve wrench combat in BioShock
  • the way Mario does flip jumps in the Tanooki Suit if you get a star


Justin is thankful for:

  • that my birthday is so close to Thanksgiving I get a new game EVERY TIME
  • [relevant to the above:] Bizarre Creations’ newest Geometry Wars 3!!! I LOVED the first two in the series and now in 3D? Let’s do this!
  • Light bridges. When traveling becomes a bore, run across a bridge of pure light and try to complain – can’t. lightbridge
  • Yoshi plush toys. Because… this: yoshis
  • Dragon Age Inquisition’s in-depth character creation! I have never been able to make a believable Asian character until the new DA came along with its healthy number of toggles and swatches! Yeah, Haeinous has whitish-blue hair and more face tats in DA than she does in real life, but still. THIS IS AMAZING! IMG_1350


Kaylan is thankful for:

  • My boyfriend being patient with me whenever a new game I am super into is released.
  • My poppa bear always asking what games I’m into now (even though I know he has no idea what I am talking about).
  • That my friends understand how angry I get with multiplayer gaming and don’t bother me to join them.
  • Those who keep creating amazing flash games that have deeper meaning and challenge my thinking.
  • I am thankful for Gamervescent allowing me to geek out all over the place, as well as learning more about my friends and what gaming means to them. So thank you, loves! [Eds.: Awww, again! ♥♥♥]
  • Happy Turkey Day!


Laura is thankful for:

  • Cooperative games, because I love playing with my friends. My favourite evening is a Mario Party evening.
  • Having enought money to play World of Warcraft every month. It is such a great game.
  • I am thankful for the new versions of old games. Especially the Legend of Zelda games! Does anyone really have enough space for all the old consoles and the old games?
  • The rainy days. They are the perfect excuse for a gaming day. We don’t have many of those in Madrid, so that makes it much more special.
  • I am thankful for portable consoles. I used to have a Game Boy and it was huge, heavy, and the battery was shitty, so I couldn’t really play outside with it for a long time. Now I travel a lot and the Nintendo 3DS is perfect even for a 6-hour trip.
  • Finally, I am so thankful for those who make walkthroughs of difficult games and share them online. You guys are heroes.


And we are ALL thankful for you wonderful weirdos who visit this site! Have a great Thanksgiving, dudes.

The Medium Scary Haunting


Bethany is currently enjoying herself (presumably) at New York Comic Con (here’s hoping she gets to sniff John Barrowman again this year!) and is also reluctant to pimp her own genius on every available platform on the entire internet as I feel is warranted, so I am telling you: if you want to live your best life, you should visit Welcome to Bethville and read her latest Frightening Friday tale, The Medium Scary Haunting.

Just how scary is The Medium Scary Haunting? Let Bethany explain:

Medium scary means that you will probably not have to prepare for fear the way you would with a super scary story. A super scary story might cause you to pee your pants or lose consciousness or run in fear. But a medium scary story means you’ll only do those things halfway. You might lightly tinkle your pants, swoon, or prance away in mild alarm. You might even sleep peacefully tonight, instead of lying awake staring at the dark ceiling of your bedroom, hoping you’re all alone. So, rather than turning on all the lights and grabbing your teddy bear right now for comfort, as you would with a super scary story, you will only need to light a few candles and hold the hand of a distant cousin before you read…

Permíteme que te ayude a enamorte de los shooters

Original: Let Me Help You Fall in Love with Shooters, Bethany Bryan

Traducción: Laura Collado

Halo Shooter

La semana pasada, dos personas diferentes (que creo que no forman parte de una siniestra conspiración para preguntarme cosas parecidas) mencionaron que «la verdad es que no le gustaban los shooters», pero querían saber más sobre BioShock Infinite y otros juegos similares.

Así que pensé en explicar un par de cosas para todas esas personas a las que no les gustan demasiado los shooters y quieren darles una oportunidad pero no saben por dónde empezar. Continue reading Permíteme que te ayude a enamorte de los shooters

With our powers combined…

Hey squidoos, hope you’re well! Got some very exciting news for you! The lovely and amazing Bethany Bryan is joining me as co-editor of Gamervescent, and together we shall be STRONGER THAN EVER BEFORE!!

It happened something like this: One day we were just standing around doing nothing in a boring gray world, and then Bethany had an idea.

Hey Jenn



And Jenn asked her to become co-editor of the site so they could bring more wonderful weird gaming-related media to the masses, and then they lived happily ever after.

Check back later today for cool stuff!

A “The Last of Us” Review I Meant to Write Months Ago and Now Can’t Remember the Details For

The Last of Us

Several months ago I  had the opportunity to play through The Last of Us, a post-apocalyptic game developed by Naughty Dog. If you haven’t played this game, you really should and soon. Why? I can’t remember because I played it months ago and forgot to tell you about it then, but trust me when I say it’s worth your time.

OH MY GOD! At the beginning of the game, something HUGE happens. If memory serves, it’s terrifying, and you spend a lot of time biting your nails and screaming in terror as you try to navigate through some stuff that has totally slipped my mind. Was it a car crash? Were some guys chasing me? I CAN’T REMEMBER. But it’s possible that both those things happened, and you would be a total idiot to not play that game and re-live the experience that I can no longer remember.

I recollect that I spent a lot of time in hiding, scrounging for ammo and tools to help me along my path to wherever I was going. I seem to remember shooting guys and throwing bombs and running away and running away some more. But it’s possible that all these months later, I’m mixing The Last of Us up with another game, and it was really one of those puzzle games where you swap candies until you can’t anymore and then pay your phone 99 cents for more turns.

Now, maybe at some point the Joker showed up as well, but I can’t verify that at this time, as I’m also trying to write a review of Arkham Asylum.

In short, if you like running away from clicking zombies, throwing bombs, shooting stuff, voice actresses that aren’t Ellen Page, brooding main characters who make questionable moral decisions, a pretty engrossing storyline that I can no longer remember, and possibly the Joker, The Last of Us is for you.


Bethany Bryan writes funny things at Welcome to Bethville! and xoJane.

The Walking Dead is Dead to Me

The Walking Dead

Ewwwww! The grossest thing happened to me the other day. I was playing The Walking Dead, and there was this zombie. So, I went to kill him right in his face, and I realized that I hadn’t inverted my Y-axis.

And here’s where things got super gross. THERE WASN’T AN OPTION TO INVERT THE Y-AXIS. What the lump, Telltale Games? That zombie ate the crap out of me because I couldn’t even defend myself, like some useless guy who stands with his back to a glass window and says, “Those zombies will never get in here!”

So, I did a bunch of research on the internet, and a lot of people are mad about this. Per usual, I’m late to the mad people party. And I guess my question now is, “WHYYYYYY????” I wanted to play The Walking Dead really, really bad. I downloaded the demo and saved up my nickels to buy the full game. I was all excited to finally have all the fun other people seemed to be having. And then my fun was ruined by that part of my brain that learned how to play shooters on N64 where the Y-axis is automatically inverted.

It’s unfair, man! UNFAIR I TELL YOU. It’s like they don’t even care about how my brain works.

So, here’s what I did. I put that game right back in the box and returned it and got a copy of Resident Evil 6 instead. What do you think about that, Telltale Games? Not so funny now, is it?

I’m so mad right now, I could attempt to aim for a face with a shotgun and then accidentally point my gun at the zombie’s feet instead.


If you want to be REALLY SCARED by more SUPER SCARY THINGS like no option to invert the Y-axis controls, you should check out Bethany Bryan’s Frightening Fridays.

My Little Pony Mod

Let it be said here that my friend Meredith has good ideas. A few weeks ago, one of her ideas was to mod some My Little Ponies, and ever since she mentioned the idea, the tiny wheels in my brain have been turning.

I still have most of the My Little Ponies from when I was a kid. Even that one that the dog chewed up that time. And it was that sad, chewed-up pony that I decided would be perfect to turn into Elizabeth from BioShock Infinite.

Here’s what I did.

First! I removed her mane. (Her tail was already long gone.)

Then! I made her hair, skirt, and choker using polymer clay.

After that! I baked the whole mess at 175 degrees for 40 minutes.

And finally! I painted my wee Liz pony.

My Little Elizabeth

I’m doing Songbird next. Stay tuned.


Bethany Bryan writes funny things at Welcome to Bethville! and xoJane, sells the very best splicer masks on Etsy, and mods plastic ponies.