Thanks to this holiday, we've not only been given a large number of Christmas media, but so many "Christmas Classics." We can credit much of contemporary Christmas to Charles Dickens' wonderful novella, "A Christmas Carol" and we've seen it retold and parodied countless times. We have children's poems like Twas the Night Before Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas that manage to stay part of popular culture long after poetry's virtual death. Christmas specials like Charlie Brown and The Simpsons keep their respective franchises dear to our hearts. And there are many classic Christmas films that we watch every year, like It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. Then there's all that music...
There are a few sparse examples. Christmas NiGHTS was a Christmas-themed sequel to an obscure Sega Saturn game. The Costume Quest DLC, "Grubbins on Ice" took place in winter... though new additions to the game were not particularly Christmas-y. The flash game Winterbells has you playing as a rabbit, ringing bells in a snowy landscape. If those are the best I can think of then there certainly is a broad deficiency of Christmas games.
|Grubbins on Ice|
Sometimes developers might issue a holiday edition of their games. This is a cheap, re-skinning of an already successful property. One can see it done by games like Angry Birds. But these are as arbitrary and novel as the forced "Christmas episode" of any Sit-Com, but with perhaps less effort put into them. What possible message can be derived from putting Santa hats on the enemies in Killing Floor? Is... is it supposed to be funny? H-How is it funny? I don't pretend to understand these superfluous expansions of the game.
|Angry Birds Seasons|