Pantheon: Gaming

Gaming

What makes you a gamer isn't the systems you use, it isn't the genres you play, or even how good you are. What makes you a gamer is that you realize it's never "just a game." Because whether it's to save one special person, or an entire world, if you want to be the greatest in a match, or the greatest of them all. We pour our hearts and souls into what we do, We get back up no matter how many times we're knocked down, and we keep going until we reach our goal, and that passion is what makes us who we are.
The Creed of the House of Gaming

The House of Gaming is a... colorful retro themed house, decorated with a number of game rooms with every console in existence across the multiverse scaled for any set of hands that can hold a controller, and an arcade area with a twenty-foot-tall anachronistic pinball machine and, of course, many arcade games. Outside of the gaming center, there's a department where many deities are revising their high scores, and an achievement zone. There are also rumors of a copy of Half-Life 3 being hidden in the house somewhere...

Many deities originating from the video game industry visit this house. They challenge in many activities aside from participating in tourneys and all, aside of alignments. The recognized legends of this house are Friendly Rivals Mario and Sonic.

This house is located adjacent to the House of Technology, and gods from one house frequently visit the other.

The release of the eighth-generation consoles (PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox One, etc.) has prompted fewer returns for defective units than the previous generation. Some believe the rash of Red Rings of Death that plagued the seventh generation. were caused by Newton Pulsifer's "unique" approach to machine assembly. Things have improved considerably with Fix-it Felix Jr. on the job.

Michael Jackson, an avid gamer, occasionally visits the house to provide music for certain games.

There has recently been a huge addition to this house for other kinds of games, like tabletop games, trading card games, board games, and poker games! It is simply known as The Inventory, and it is notable for being one of the few places where the gods can meet with certain mortals. Yes, CERTAIN mortals; you must be invited to this place if you're mortal. In fact, there is one mortal by the name of Reginald Van Winslow, former commodore for Guybrush Threepwood, mighty pirate. He is a prominent figure in this section of the House, ensuring that everybody has a good time, and is apparently is the right-hand man (or something) of the ambiguous manager of this wing. If you ever wanted to see different characters from different series play poker together, this is where you can find them, including Sam & Max, Strong Bad, the Heavy, Ash, Tycho, Brock Samson (non-ascended), and Claptrap (also non-ascended). However, the only mortal they just don't want to invite to this House is Justin Bieber, since it's already checked that his very presence would cause the Disgraces to rule and the end of the Pantheon and Fiction as we know it.

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The Four Avatars of Gaming

The Gods that guard this house, keeping everyone else in line.

    Mario 
Mario, God of Mascots (Mister Video Game, Super Mario, formerly Jumpman, The Whimsical Italian Plumber)

    Mr. Game & Watch 
Mr. Game & Watch, Avatar of Hammerspace, Master of Two Dimensions, Ruler of Handheld Games, The Elder Creation of Nintendo
  • Theme Song: Flat Zone 2
  • Overdeity
  • Symbol: Mr. Game & Watch waving his Scepter of Power. It only looks like a bell
  • Alignment: True Neutral
  • Portfolio: Hammerspace, Use of everything From Torches to Turtles to Fish to Buckets of Oil and Everything In Between, Flat Characters (literally), Secret Characters, Hyperspace Mallets
  • Domains: Darkness (he is monochrome, after all), Mechanus
  • Followers: All who were born in 2-D gaming, most famously Mario, Link, and Samus, even though those three are gods themselves in this Pantheon.
  • Opposed by: Tabuu. Mr. Game & Watch spends much of his time trying to catch up to Tabuu and get his revenge for Tabuu making him the worst boss ever. Also, the King of Dotnia, for being able to move in one more dimension.
  • Likes to show off his pan-dimensional Mismatched Sock Collection, made up of every sock in all of time and space that has ever been lost in the wash.
  • Whatever you do, do NOT mess with this guy. Besides being able to wield all Hyperspace Mallets and control all robotic implements that are too big to fit into a robot's body, he also has many, many, favors from Mario, Link, Sonic, Pit, all who gained their greatness in Nintendo, Deadpool, (G&W taught Deadpool a number of fourth wall weaknesses), and Solid Snake. You have been warned. If you don't want in over your head, and just want to see Spongebob vs. Deadpool, you can ask him.
  • It's possible that if he really wanted to, Game & Watch could cash in all his favors, battle Batman for the title of God of Preparations, and win, proving himself one of the most powerful beings under the Main House.
  • Mr. Game and Watch is looked up to by the CPU Candidates because they also represent handheld gaming.

    Pac Man 
Pac-Man, Champion of the Arcade (Yellow Fella, Most Recognized Gaming Icon In History, Zac, The Yellow Bane of Ghosts)
  • Greater God (Borders on Overdeity, as he can freely traverse the gaming multiverse at will and summon forth beings of other worlds with ease.)
  • Theme Song: Pac-Man (Namco Museum Vol.1), Pac-Man Park & Block Plaza
  • Symbol: Cherries, strawberries, oranges, apples, pretzels. Alternatively, "a pizza with a missing piece" (basically the 8-bit Pac-Man).
  • Alignment: Neutral Good
  • Portfolio: Namco's Golden Boy, Consumer of All, The Origin of Powerups, Spectral Exterminator, Booking It, Turning the Tables, Seen Everything, No Concept Of "Quitting", Cool Fathers.
  • Domains: Fun, Arcade Games, Eating
  • Followers: Mappy, Galaga, Reiko Nagase, Dig Dug, Pitfall Harry, Centipede, dozens of Expies, The King of Town, Master Higgins, "Tom-Tom", Klonoa
  • Allies: Mario, Sonic, Mr., Game & Watch, Yoshi, King Dedede, Aila Jyrkiäinen, Fix-It-Felix Jr.
  • Rivals: Kirby, Garfield
  • Enemies: Missingno.
  • High Priest: Jr. Pac-Man/Pacster/Pac-Man II (His son).
  • Though predated by Game & Watch by a few months, Pac-Man was the world's first actual character in videogames, as the collective of Game & Watch would not spawn a representative among the nameless figures until some time later. A pioneer in an uncharted land, Pac-Man broke the barrier of objects and vehicles being the only player representative in games, giving the players at last a true ally in their quest for the highest scores.
  • After the notion of creating a "continuity" for Pac-Man was abandoned, the yellow fella found himself transcending all manners of boundaries — without any sort of ties or anchors to keep him in place, his presence and power snowballed to a degree the likes of which never seen before or since. The act of joining the Mario Kart events was something he was able to do on a whim, and finding his way into the world where the artifact Pandora was being fought for was no trying feat.
    • Thirty years under his belt, Pac-Man finally decided it was time to pass the torch to a new generation. Giving Namco consent to give him a "reincarnation" in a younger and more modern Pac-Man (who turns out to be his son, an all grown up Jr. Pac-Man), the legend respectfully allowed himself to somwhat retire, going out on top as one of the most important figures in gaming history.
    • Following his contacting by old friend and "student" Mario, Pac-Man consented to join the great gathering of Super Smash Bros. for their fourth tournament. It was only shortly thereafter that he became aware of the Pantheon's presence at all and, as he's oft to do, strolled right on in. His legacy was quickly acknowledged and, well aware of the kind of power held behind that deceptively lighthearted package, nobody was exactly keen on the notion of telling him "no".
  • Pac-Man, while respected for his significance in history, is also regarded by some of the higher-ups in the justice-oriented Houses as a secret weapon. With his ability to consume quite literally anything, it is kept in mind that this frightening hunger could be unleashed on any rogue member of the pantheon, no matter how great or terrible. Thankfully, Pac-Man's neutrality isn't absolute, and he recognizes that going on a hunger spree amongst the gods would be wrong.
  • It has been seen that Pac-Man actually appears distressed or aggravated when in the presence of Missingno, the renown glitched abomination. While the young/modern members of the House can't figure out why, Game & Watch and the House Legends are well aware that Pac-Man's almost instinctive exception to the glitch harkens back to the "Progenitor Glitch", Level 256 that halted his stride years before...
  • Made the mistake of taking Light Yagami's favorite bag of potato chips...and EATING them without adding the extra "awesome".
  • He and Kirby spend the majority of their time gorging in the dining hall, cleaning up after legendary food fights or eating everyone's leftovers, usually leaving (or in Kirby's case, spitting out) the plates to be washed. There is no waste in this House.
  • Has currently built a miniature robot that looks similar to Mokujin, meant for beating the life out of anyone who gets in his way of an all-you-can-eat buffet. Has also used the mech to hunt down an overweight man who has suffered a mid-life crisis and believes he is Mega Man.
  • Is currently the only being to consume Mystery Food X, an indescribably-horrid dish created by Yukiko Amagi and her allies Chie Satonaka and Rise Kujikawa, without any side effects. Despite which, Pac-Man would still prefer his good ol' power pellets instead.
  • Once tried to eat Pinkie Pie after eating a Power Pellet, believing her to be one of the Ghosts.
  • Participated in the First Pantheon Gourmet Race and ended up in a three-way tie alongside Goku and Kirby. He naturally has a life-time membership of the Gourmet Racer Club.
  • For some reason, PacMan seems to like hanging out on Sark's airship. Amusingly, Sark never seems to take notice of the stowaway.
  • He's weary of slingshots, thanks to the many cruel things players did to him in Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures.
  • One day, for a joke, Ed reprogramed Pac-Man's famous maze. When the ghost munching God entered for a round, he found that the maze was tilting about, forcing all the ghosts, and himself, to tilt with the maze. He has since forgiven Ed for the prank (Granted, when you have a stomach of iron, it's hard for you to throw up in a tilting maze, and 30+ years of bumping into walls have given him a resistance to head trauma), and certain Gods have requested to try out this new variant of his famous game.

    Sonic The Hedgehog 
Sonic the Hedgehog, Arch-Enemy of the Polygon Ceiling and Progenitor of Animal Mascot Platformers (Blue Blur, Nineties Video Game Legend, Fastest Thing Alive, Rat, Knave, Knight of the Wind, The Hyperactive Hedgehog)
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Ambiguous Ranks

    Missingno 
Missingno (also known as the Entity) , the Glitchiest God That Never Should

    Naoki Kashima 
Naoki Kashima, God of Bonus Bosses (Demi-Fiend, Hitoshura)
  • Demi...Fiend. In terms of raw power, very likely an Overdeity.
  • Theme Song: The Nocturne Random Battle Theme and its many variations.
  • Symbol: A demonic magatama
  • Alignment: True Neutral (conflicting timelines make it hard to make sure)
  • Portfolio: Walking the fine line, Existing between Two Identities, Silent Heroes, Destroying the Indestructible, Turning Enemies into Allies, Real Life Mythology, Power Tattoo, Snapped Controllers, Being made in the Morningstar's own image, Defeating the aspects of death to become stronger, and prove his power as the hope of the forces of Chaos, Hybrid Power, From Nobody to Nightmare
  • Domain: Philosophy, Balance, Order, Chaos, Strength, Diplomacy
  • Followers: Margaret (Persona 4), Elizabeth (Persona 3), Serph (Digital Devil Saga), Kazuya (Shin Megami Tensei)
  • Opposed by: Light Yagami, The Joker, Black Mage
  • Allies: Dante, Caerula Sanguis, Lain Iwakura, Lelouch vi Britannia, Cu Chulainn, Medusa, Raidou Kuzunoha XIV, Yu Narukami, Akemi Nakajima, Minato Arisato, Aleph, Hyodo Issei
  • Rivals: Flynn, Absolute Virtue, The Fiends (especially Matador)
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork with: Guts, Flynn (if the Yamato Reactor is in danger)
  • Is... really tough to beat in a fight. Because of this and their respective reputations, he has something of a friendly rivalry with Absolute Virtue.
  • Is ambivalent about Lucifer. Says something about Lucifer as well since he inherited Lucifer's will.
  • Is unassuming and speaks little to casual acquaintances, but has made some friends among the gods, mostly like-minded fans of puzzle games. One notable exception is Dante, after giving said demon slayer one hell of a fight.
  • Lelouch has managed to rope him into a game of chess. He didn't do too badly, actually.
  • Finds Lain Iwakura's search for knowledge and understanding poignantly close to his heart, and speaks with her more often than with others.
  • Has worked with Cu Chulainn before, and became fast friends with Medusa. Since both of them were originally from Real Life pantheons and Medusa's a likewise contemplative sort, this is not all that surprising.
  • His initial meeting with Serph and the Embryon Tribe was... strained.
  • Due to his experiences, he and his followers are virtual encyclopedias on Real Life pantheons. While this info is far less useful where he is now, the sheer number of stories he knows and his generous donation of his Demonic Compendium makes him a semi-frequent and unexpectedly popular guest at the Library.
  • Near the end of his original journey, he met with Akemi Nakajima as Izanagi and Izanami, who gave him a fragment of their power. While this was rather unneeded, Izanagi insisted Naoki deserved it after witnessing him finish the grueling Amala Grave Run.
  • As of recent, he has been developing a rivalry with Flynn at the House of Personal Appearance. It doesn't help they are both of similar power ranking and have been approached by both Lucifer and Masakado with important plans for the future. Both are wary of each other, though having tasted the hells of war and having similar alignments, neither is willing to throw the first punch, choosing to err on the side of caution rather than risk conflict over a petty argument on power levels.
    • Recently aided Flynn in defending the Yamato Perpetual Reactor from a siege by Magical Girls, who were in despair after "The Great Upheaval". It was, for lack of a better term, a massacre. The two have a grudging respect for each other after working together.
  • He is one of several gods who could conceivably find a way to trigger the definite Z-Class Apocalypse How. Reluctantly he's made a deal with Flynn to keep either from actually deciding doing so is in any way a good idea. Naoki grumbles about it, but knows that between he and his followers, he has too much power to run unchecked. However, if he ultimately views the Great Will's control over the universe is far too great he will aid Lucifer and break the system. One world learned this the hard way.
  • Has no alignment to the Triumvirate Power of Bonus Bosses. Most gods fear what if him and the triumvirate fight over who will truly claim the title of Bonus Bosses.
  • Considering taking part in the Pantheonic Rebellion as an agent of balance. Holds no real opinion toward Madoka or her allies, but wants to make sure the Reactor isn't threatened again by her apostles if something happens to her. Pretty much his only goal is to ensure the Pantheon's balance between Law and Chaos, never allowing either side to fully dominate it, not even in the name of Good - he's too cynical to believe such pretty thoughts will last, citing Homura's rebellion as validation for this.
  • Got a surprise visit from Hyodo Issei, who asked to train with him to help him fight against a being immune to his Boosted Gear, that is Vali's hated grandpa, Rizevim Livan Lucifer. Issei spent most of the the training session flailing uselessly as the Demi-Fiend casually slapped him around, but ultimately it paid off: Issei learned Pierce, or Penetrate as he calls it. However, he was cautioned to be extremely careful with the ability: it is, after all, a product of Lucifer's power...
  • Keeps close contact with Aleph, likely due to his reincarnation Jyoji Hijiri being one of the Demi-Fiend's closest allies.

    Herobrine 
Herobrine, the Urban Legend of Minecraft
  • Unknown Rank
  • Symbol: A pair of pure white pixellated eyes on a pixellated brown background
  • Alignment: Evil, either Chaotic or Neutral
  • Portfolios: Humanoid Abomination, Urban Legend of Zelda, Griefer
  • Domains: Mystery, Shadow, Evil
  • Enemies: Steve
  • Herobrine is supposed to be the dead brother of Notch, creator of Mincraft, who roams the game, trying to ruin your gaming day. He is said to look exactly like Steve?, except his eyes are pure white.
  • Notch denies that Herobrine ever existed, but every major update has said that he has been removed...
  • Removed Herobrine.
  • Much like the Slender Man, Herobrine's existence and power is defined by those aware of him, and he's begun to be able to manifest himself in certain Minecraft worlds.

    Vic Viper 
Vic Viper, Patron Avatar of Shoot 'em Ups (Pilots: Variable, Itself, Anoa Aoba (Hyper Anoa), Leo Stenbuck)

Due to the dual attribute of his title, Keima Katsuragi, Self-Proclaimed God of Dating Sims has somewhat a personal spot near the Galge section of this house... which he rarely uses during his visits.