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Posted July 4, 2011 - By Nikole Zivalich




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The Best Video Game Fireworks -- No Reason To Leave Your House This 4th Of July

The Fourth of July represents everything amazing about our fine country. The icons of the holiday are as American as Mom and Apple Pie: copious amounts of food, wearing tacky patriotic clothes, and lighting things on fire. The latter is one of the most important aspects of any respectable Independence Day celebration. I'm of course talking about fireworks. Colorful explosions made of gunpowder and magic (made in China) adorn the skies every 4th of July. But if you're anything like me you won't actually be venturing outdoors this holiday. Instead, I'll be enjoying the best virtual fireworks that video games have to offer.

Left 4 Dead 2

Fireworks can be used as a valuable weapon when it comes to defending yourself from an oncoming horde of zombies. The Dark Carnival level in Left 4 Dead 2 has plenty of pyrotechnics for you to use. They're a signature of the Midnight Riders after all. For the best light show/most zombies killed, place the firework crates close enough to each other that upon the ignition of one, another will be blown up. You know, like dominos.

Peggle

If you prefer to watch fireworks from your cell phone you could always play Peggle. It's a simple game full of constant validation about how awesome you are at making tiny little balls drop into holes. Sort of like golf, the other American standard (next to football and baseball). Once you clear the level of orange orbs and your final metal ball falls off the screen you're bombarded with a firework show paired with a blasting rednition of "Ode to Joy." Explosions and classical music are pretty darn American.

Super Mario

Sometimes after a hard day's work all you want is something bright and colorful to blow up in the sky. I can't possibly be alone in thinking that, can I? That hard-working plumber Mario knows what I'm talking about. After crossing the finishing mark of a level fireworks would light up the sky, even though it was daytime. Combine that with Mario's little level-complete tune, and you've got one of the Japanese staples of the video game industry that we've adopted as our own.

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft's Midsummer Fire Festival is all about ... fire.  The Engineers' Explosive Extravaganza is celebrated on America's WoW servers on and around July 4th, and coincides with the end of the Festival. It's like a party of it's own within the Fire Festival. During this time NPC vendors will sell you fireworks, sparklers, firecrackers and booms. Stock up and join in on the festivities.

Boom Boom Rocket

I know as soon as you saw we were writing a post about video game fireworks you expected to see Boom Boom Rocket. You were right of course, we just saved the best for last. Your goal in Boom Boom Rocket is to send off fireworks in sync with music. With multiple firework types and over ten tracks, you'll be making explosions from the comfort of your couch, exactly the way George Washington would have wanted it. Cherry tree and all.


What about you? What are some of your favorite video game fireworks?

Planning a BBQ for the holiday weekend? Check out which video game characters we'd like to have join us around the grill.

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