2016 in Video Games by WangA


I made a "2015 in Video Games" quiz last year, and apparently a year has passed already, so let's do this again.


Answer the questions below to the best of your ability without using outside resources. Outside references include (but certainly are not limited to) searching for an answer on the internet, looking at maps, using a calculator, or asking a friend (or foe) if they know the answer. Basically, you are relying on your brain (and maybe a pencil and paper).

For each correct answer, you will receive 25 points. You must also mark 5 questions as "money" questions. For each money question that you answer correctly, you will receive bonus points equal to the percent of players who answered incorrectly. (That is, if 25% of players got a question right, its money bonus would be worth 75 points.) You still don't get any points for a wrong answer, though, so try to select the hardest questions you think you have answered correctly. (Note: You can't use outside resources to help pick your money questions either.)

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Question 1

What 2016 game was heavily based on (and was made by the same company as) the 2013 game Ingress? An Ingress screenshot is provided.

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Question 2

In November 2016, after months of silence, the developers of what game announced the Foundation Update (version 1.1), which adds a survival mode, freighters, and building your own base, though notably _not_ the ability to meet with other players in-game?

Question 3

Who is this? (first or last name acceptable)

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Question 4

"Dragons", "Hero", "The Last Bastion", and, most recently, "Infiltration", are all popular animated shorts featuring characters from what game?

Question 5

What word has been censored from this image?

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Question 6

In Oxenfree, Alex uses this object to communicate with spirits. In Firewatch, there's a charger for this object in the lookout tower. In 2010, the Portal ARG involved carrying these objects to specific locations in the game. What object is it?

Question 7

What highly-anticipated game was finally released in December 2016, 7 years after it was originally announced at E3 2009 as the follow-up to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus?

Question 8

Also in "games that took a very long time to develop but are finally done" news, what indie platformer was released in November 2016 after starting development in 2007 and gaining quite a bit of hype in the meantime? A screenshot is provided.

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Question 9

Who's that Pokémon?

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Question 10

These clips are all from what video game?

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Question 11

At E3 2016, Hideo Kojima announced Death Stranding, his first game since his unfortunate break-up with Konami in 2015. The Death Stranding trailer featured what actor, probably best-known for his role in The Walking Dead? He was also originally slated to play the main character in the now-cancelled Silent Hills.

Question 12

In the unique solution to this puzzle, what is the length of the path? (for example, if the solution consisted of moving right 4 times, followed by moving up 4 times, the length would be 8)

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