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A History of Santa Claus in Video Games

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas one and all! ‘Tis the season to be jolly and all that, so that means the man in red will come back out, gracing our rooftops with Reindeer droppings. He’ll fall down a chimney like the world’s clumsiest rooftop repair man and he’ll then have the audacity to eat your mince pies and drink your milk, beer, baileys, expensive wines or otherwise. After all, Santa Claus knows how to have a good time; even if he is a good fellow at heart.

Santa Claus has graced our TVs for a long time, along with many films and much real life media, such as people dres– I mean Santa appearing in every shopping mall simultaneously. He’s one seriously magical being, whom we all love. However, whilst Santa has had some notable parts on film and TV, he’s also been in a few video games. Let’s have a look at some of Santa’s notable moments in gaming.

A History of Santa Claus in Video Games

Killing Floor (retail release – 2009)

We’ll start with the most recent, we’ll start with Killing Floor and work backwards through time. The Baddest Santa unlockable character is, well, exactly as you’d expect. He’s a Santa Claus gone terribly wrong. But when the entirity of London and indeed England is under siege by Zed’s, you know that the only present we’d need this Christmas is indeed, the Baddest Santa. He’s got a gut, he’s got a scraggly beard, he’s dressed in red, like the colour of the blood of his enemies.

Ho. Ho. Freakin’. Ho.

World of Warcraft (2004)

Of course, Santa Claus appears in all of his glory in World of Warcraft… However he’s named something completely different. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, as Shakespeare once wrote, this is still Santa Claus, even if they want to call him Greatfather Winter (or Great-Father Winter). During the Feast of Winter Veil world event, you can find Santa– Sorry, Greatfather Winter, in either Ironforge or Orgrimmar.

Secret of Mana (1993)

The Secret of Mana is a well loved title, which seriously, if you’ve yet to play it, you’re missing out on a truly special RPG. However, when you’re playing through, you soon enough come across an ice monster called Frost Gigas, whom, when defeated, turns back into Santa Claus. Apparently, this is what happens if we all stop believing in Santa Claus, so hey, let’s keep the dream alive for just a bit longer, alright?

ToeJam & Earl (1991)

When you’re not too busy jammin’, or being utterly groovy in the outright outrageous ToeJam & Earl, you have a chance to bump into Santa Claus himself, who is doing what he does best. That’s right – He is throwing presents to you, which can be taken and used. You can also scare Jolly Saint Nick into dropping many presents in one go, so long as you manage to keep him there and not zipping away in his jet.

Whilst the jolly Saint Nick is known for his holiday cheer, we have seen but a small portion of the games he’s made himself known in. From giving out gifts, to fighting – Santa is one seriously multi-skilled being. We’ve seen some of the best (and worst) Santa’s in this list, so hopefully you got a good laugh out of it.

This is the first in a mini-series revolving around Christmas, so now I put the choice firmly in your hands. What should be the next Christmas themed choice that I look into the history of? Please select which topic I should write about next in the polls below; The poll will close on Monday 11th.

As ever, thanks very much for reading – If you can think of any other notable examples of Santa in video games, let me know in the comments below. Do you remember or at least know about the above iterations of Santa Claus? Share your thoughts below or over on Facebook and Twitter.


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