Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Gregg the Grim Reaper: A Funny Take on Death

Today let's continue our adventure into Halloween-ish gaming experiences by talking once again about Conker's Bad Fur Day.  Oddly enough, this game does have some elements that would fit in great with Halloween, despite being very humorous.

The first time you die in the game Conker is sent to the afterlife, where a gigantic hooded shadow slowly approaches him, speaking in a booming voice and claiming that Conker is dead.  However as this imposing figure steps into the light, we discover that he's a short little grim reaper speaking into a megaphone to produce the threatening voice.  The megaphone breaks as soon as the reaper becomes visible to Conker, revealing that the little guy has a hilarious squeaky voice.  And this is how we are introduced to Rare's version of Death: Gregg the Grim Reaper.

Death has never been this laughable.
Gregg's main purpose in the game is to explain how to collect extra lives, through the use of squirrel tails found throughout the levels.  According to him, as long as Conker has some tails in his inventory, he'll be "dead, but not quite" whenever he gets killed somewhere.

Besides being short (which Conker points out, but is shut up real fast thanks to a snappy reply from Gregg), another standout feature of Gregg is that he hates cats.  Multiple times he will go off on a tangent and start talking about why he can't stand them, and later on in the game Conker finds Gregg on a dock, attempting to kill (you guessed it) catfish.

Conker's conversations with Gregg are something that must be experienced, so for your enjoyment here are some videos of these encounters:

Gregg's introduction:


Gregg going fishing:


That wraps up our quick look at the non-scary grim reaper, Gregg!

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