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Top 5 Video Game High Schools -- Welcome Back To The Virtual World

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Posted August 31, 2012 - By Brittany Vincent


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They say high school is the best time of your life, but no one really accounts for the other kids, zombie outbreaks, or general nastiness of those formative years.

But as dangerous as all that sounds, think about how entertaining life as a high school student in a video game must be. Plenty of juicy drama, monster hunts, and hijinks -- it's almost enough to make us want to gather up our books and go back. Almost. But for those of you who aren't keen on returning and starting back as freshmen, we're going back for you in style, exploring the best high school moments in gaming, just in time for our younger readers (and parents of said readers) to fully enjoy that back to school rush!

Lollipop Chainsaw

Lollipop Chainsaw

School: San Romero High School

Juliet Starling's titillating zombie-slaying exploits begin at the cleverly titled San Romero High School, where the entire student body has been turned into members of the living dead. Zombies lazily slide down hallways looking for fresh meat. The football team rushes at Juliet looking for a peek up her skirt, or a quick bite to eat. Even the teachers are particularly miffed, and you can't trust a teacher who wants to throw a desk at you. Is it test anxiety or some kind of peer pressure bid? Nope, everyone's just hungry for brains.

From shooting zombie basketball with freshly beheaded zombies to meeting up with old cheerleader pals, San Romero High is one bustling academy, even if there doesn't appear to be any learning going on. Seeing Juliet prancing around in her bloodstained cheerleader uniform really drives the illusion of the high school routine home too, since she's still dressed up and ready for practice. San Romero isn't featured as long as we would have liked in the campy, carnage-happy creep-fest, but it still gets us pretty nostalgic.

Bully

Bully

School: Bullworth Academy

The entirety of Bully is set in an actual school -- an academy, no less, and as you traipse through Bullworth Academy as the Bobby Hill lookalike Jimmy Hopkins, it's clear that Bully is one of the most faithful representations of the high school experience: wimpy kids always in your way, bullies worse than yourself to contend with, babes, embarrassing hijinks, and teachers that won't -- like a great man named Heisenberg once said -- crawl down out of a certain dank, dark place in your posterior.

That's the beauty of Bully, though, and why we can't get enough of the juvenile delinquent it stars. It's quite possibly the most authentic high school experience we've seen, except for the part, where, you know, you can get away with petty crime like it's nothing. Jimmy might be a bad boy, but we had our discrepancies back then too.

Persona 3

Persona 3

School: Gekkoukan High School

Who hasn't participated in an extracurricular activity? Don't lie. The infamous Gekkoukan High School of Persona 3 fame still resonates with us long after we blew a certain all-powerful being to hell and back. And while you're visiting the Archery club and forging social links like you're playing a dating sim, you tend to forget this particular school's horrible history eventually revealed in-game.

As you neared the end of Persona 3 you became well acquainted with this shining beacon of academia, and all the friends you could have possibly made within. The exams were cake, if you paid attention in class, and as long as you didn't doze off when your teacher was giving the day's lecture, pop quizzes were of no consequence. Gekkoukan's uniforms were no slouch, either. While most of the Persona series takes place within the walls of a high school, it's Gekkoukan and Yasogami that we can identify with the most.

Katawa Shoujo

Katawa Shoujo

School: Yamaku High School

Katawa Shoujo made a big enough splash when it hit the scene, focusing on an eroge narrative with disabled love interests, so it's no shocker that the fictional Yamaku High School intended solely for aiding disabled students should land on our list. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have lived through their schooling years without some sort of disability, and Katawa Shoujo's understanding school staff and wide range of activities for students is a more level-headed alternative to the chaos taking place in the previous games mentioned. The calmer haven is relaxing even amidst the students' finding themselves, and sometimes we wish we could have just gone there with Hisao.

Persona 4

Persona 4

School: Yasogami High School

We know, there are those of you who find Persona 4 superior to Persona 3 in every way, so in all fairness when you make a list of great high school experiences in gaming you've gotta give props to both. Yasogami High School was the center of attention throughout the investigation team's brush with the Midnight Channel, and where all the crazy rumors began. With the decidedly more sinister tone of Persona 4, the game needed a "safe" haven in which players could go and expect all of the normalcy to unfold, like normal student interaction and all that kind of stuff you actually might have done when you were in high school, yourself -- probably without never returning kung fu DVDs and all that jazz. Don't mess with Chie and her kung fu movies.

Did we forget your favorite video game high school? There don't appear to be too many out there, and aside from visual novels that are something we think needs to change. For such an influential time in our lives, there aren’t those many opportunities to relive them. Perhaps that's the point? In any case, let us know in the comments!

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