Alrighty, without further ado here’s the real giveaway:
There are so many diverse and fascinating games out there in the world today, just like how many fascinating ants exist! So let us celebrate their diversity with a giveaway, inspired by the millions and millions of militaristic, xenophobic and expansive critters that this crazy person keeps in a closet.
Discothyrea: The Pygmy egg-eating ants: Strange, almost alien looking, and referred to as ‘Discos’ within the ant community (See Fisher & Cover’s Ants of North America: a guide to genera). These are subterranean brood thieves. For this otherworldly ant, we have an otherworldly game. Strange, odd, almost alien but beloved nonetheless: Garry’s Mod.
Oecophylla: Weaver Ants: When it comes to creating and holding territories, no ant can compete with the arboreal weaver ant, warding off all comers from the trees they claim as theirs. Weaver ants engage in warfare constantly with those around them, and with millions of ants spread across hundreds of nests they hold borders across multiple trees, making them more like nations than a single colony. Take on the role of a nation, and become the most prosperous and most successful in Crusader Kings 2 to celebrate the success of the weaver ant.
Neivamyrmex: The New World Army Ants: Army ants are one of the most amazing wonders in the natural world, a living tide of death and destruction, scouring the earth clean. Unfortunately, because army ants are sometimes so blind to their own orders, they march in an endless ‘circle of death’ from which there can be no escape (pictured above). Reflect on this while you play Spec Op’s The Line.
Cephalotes: Turtle ants: Defense! Defense! Defense! Turtle ants are incredible little doorstops, preventing anything from entering their nests. You too can protect your home from those who would seek to destroy it in Orcs Must Die 2.
: Big headed ants: Pheidole
has two kinds of ants, minors and majors. Minors are in charge of basic nest maintenance and construction, while the majors are in charge of defense. In the spirit of dividing labor, we bring you: Kingdom New Lands, where you (as royalty) assign peasants to either protect or build.
: Fat belly Ants: Though the sun may always shine here, I must always be true to my ice-encrusted homeland. These ants keep some workers stuffed to the gills with food, forming ‘repletes’ allowing them to forage even during the winter. These repletes just sit around waiting for another ant to come by that needs food. You too can keep yourself active and avoid hypothermia by solving some interesting puzzles among the freezing tundra, plus enjoy the unique hospitality of people sitting around waiting to feed you that is Minnesota nice: Puzzle Agent.
Odontomachus: Trapjaw-ants: Predatory ants that have been honed by evolution into the perfect ambush killers, sneaking up to their unaware prey, then with a speed that cannot be matched in nature, they launch their assault. Hitman-Absolution-Elite Edition lets you exercise a similar level of perfected killing machine instinct, sneak up and catch them unawares or destroy everything.
Solenopsis: Thief ants: Although famously containing the Red imported Fire ant, the genus Solenopsis contains a tremendous diversity of small soil dwelling ants that steal brood from other ants, sneaking around invisible to others in the soil, then breaking into the nests and making off with the goods. To celebrate this, take the breaking and entering game: Gunpoint.
Now to enter for one (or more) of these games, I ask for you to include a picture of an ant (other than those included here) you think looks really interesting!
Winners will be chosen by discobot in 3 days.
In case you didn’t notice, the shtick is that the ants are similar to the game being given away.