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  1. Jordan Haygood

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Atari

  2. With so many video games released every year it would be foolish to expect all of them to be marvelous. In fact, a great deal of them are fairly mediocre while others are downright stinkers. Every so often, a game manages to be so bad that it causes an uproar. Gamers don“t just avoid these special games, they rant and rave about them for months and years down the road. Will Aliens: Colonial Marines join their dubious ranks? It hasn“t been long enough to tell, but in the meantime, let“s visit the hall of fame which no game ever hopes to be inducted into. Daikatana Games are regularly seeing longer and longer development cycles, some of which are more infamous than others. Daikatana was one such game that seemed to languish in development for a while. Many began to see developer John Romero as a pompous, spoiled guy rather than someone trying to create their dream game. It was an ugly situation leading to launch and even uglier once the product was out. Thanks to numerous delays, Daikatana hit the market looking graphically worse than other games of the same year, despite having hoped to be technically superior. Then there was the gameplay itself which suffered many glitches. Aspects touted as revolutionary, such as AI partners, ended up being more laughably broken than anything else. A patch came to make the game more playable, but by then the damage was already done. Devil May Cry 2 The original Devil May Cry was a rousing success in creating a truly exciting action game with a real sense of difficulty. With such a high starting point, fans eagerly waited to get their hands on Devil May Cry 2. Unfortunately, the sequel did not live up to lofty ideals set by fans and even failed to attain the same finesse of the first. Criticisms were lobbed chiefly at lowered difficulty, although that wasn“t all it got wrong. The character of Dante seemed changed in personality as well, which is still something fans have wrangled with (see DmC). Basically, it seemed that all the changes to the game were ones which brought it down a peg from the bar Devil May Cry had set. It“s true that games must be updated at some point to stay innovative but this seems more an example of how not to handle sequels. Duke Nukem Forever When modern gamers reflect on games that truly defined the worst of this generation, it is Duke Nukem Forever that tends to come to mind. Initially, this 3D Realms-developed title looked like it would be something monumental. As the years wore on, and as the game got tossed around, it seemed that the game would never make it out of development hell. After fifteen years, Duke Nukem Forever finally launched, but it would have been better if it never did. Gamers immediately found themselves disgusted by the game. Not only did it play like a relic from years ago, but it had the mindset of a goofy teenager. While the “humor” and narrative might have passed for good in the '90s, it did not fly in 2011. Waiting years for a game that just turned out to be bad made gamers rightly unhappy, and now it stands as a warning to any games with incredibly long development cycles. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial The infamous Atari 2600 E.T. game never had the chance to be good. In anticipation of the Christmas season, programmer Howard Warsaw was given only five weeks to create a game based off the smash hit film. He did what he could, but there wasn“t nearly enough time to create something good with the license. What was sold to customers was a sore excuse for a game that“s biggest resemblance to the film is an E.T. shaped sprite. As it turned out, consumers were not ready to accept such tripe disguised as a game. Instead, people returned the game in droves, as well as the subpar port of arcade classic Pac-Man. Of course, that doesn't mean other bad games weren“t coming out for Atari, but these were the biggest names that flopped. It“s one thing to say a game sucks, but a whole other thing to be pinpointed as a reason why the entire video game industry crashed in 1983. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty There“s one untruth that still lingers about Metal Gear Solid 2. It isn“t that bad of a game. However, it received completely warranted hate when it launched due to how Hideo Kojima knowingly duped the gaming audience prior to its launch. It“s something only Kojima could conceive and seems impossible to pull off in this day and age. Basically, everyone involved in Metal Gear Solid 2 made sure to keep the game“s true protagonist a secret. Gameplay footage showed Snake just as everyone expected. Once the game was out, though, people began to play and realized that the large majority of it focused around playing as Raiden. Described as a “bishonen” by Kojima himself, Raiden being the star instead of Snake made fans rabid for being totally deceived. With all that said, there are dozens of other games that received strong negative reactions from gamers. Some games that are much loved now were the subject of much hate, such as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Resident Evil 4, Superman: The New Adventures, and more. On the other hand, some games that went mostly unknown in the past have gained a large following over their awfulness, such as the Nintendo properties on CDi. There will always be bad games coming out but hopefully players will be able to spot them from a mile away.
  3. Have you ever heard the phrase “don“t judge a book by its coverâ€? Of course you have. If you haven“t, then you“re lying, because…come on. It“s a phrase that basically means that you shouldn“t judge something by appearance alone (usually pertaining to people). So if you ask me, this phrase is very relatable to video games. Whether you think a game is going to suck because you don“t think it looks fun, has unimpressive graphics in your eyes, looks too kiddy for you, or even if you think the game looks like the best game ever, just remember that you shouldn“t judge a game by its cover (hey, that“s the title of the article!). If you judge too quickly, you could really be missing out on something truly amazing… “Well THIS Game“s Gonna Suck…†Certain games sure do get a lot of hate these days. Now, it's one thing when you play a game and legitimately do not like it whatsoever, but then there are those people who hate on a game before they ever even play it. And oftentimes, these people don't even wait long enough for reviewers to review it before giving their final judgment. As soon as they see the game in action for the very first time, they're all like "well THIS game's gonna suck..." They're too quick to judge the game and often miss out on quality games they never give a chance. “The Wii U“s Gonna Bomb!†Ever since gamers got a look at Nintendo“s new home console, a lot of them seem to have convinced themselves that it“ll bring about the destruction of Nintendo. Now, realistically, that probably won“t be the case, but these people think it will. Why? Well, because they haven“t tried it out for themselves, that“s why. Even when almost every person who has gotten their hands on the Wii U has had mostly good things to say about it, the haters just won“t listen. And when they see the games for the Wii U (like Nintendo Land, for instance), they tell everyone that the console has nothing good coming along. We“ll see what happens when the Wii U is released, but I predict these people might be wrong. “It Doesn't Have the Best Graphics, So It's a Bad Game.†When people say “graphics don“t make a game,†they aren“t just saying that. Honestly, a game could look like real life and still be the worst game ever. But not everyone seems to think that. A lot of people are under the impression that if a game doesn“t have amazing graphics, it isn“t worth playing. That“s one of the things that just about killed the Wii for people who think they“re “hardcore gamers.†Of course, that“s not to say that all games with crappy graphics are good, but it ain“t the opposite either. Look, all I“m sayin“ is that a game shouldn“t be judged solely on how hard it is to distinguish between what you see in-game and what you see when you step back into reality. Graphics don“t make a game, and that“s that. “This Game is Too Kiddy for Me…†Oh boy, this one… Seriously, when people confidently tell others that a certain game is too kiddy for them in order to keep up with their “hardcore gamer†attitude, I just have to cringe. If a game was too kiddy for you, it wouldn“t be rated E for Everyone, but rather something more like E12- for Everyone 12 and under. It“s all personal preference, of course, but we aren“t talking about the people who actually care about their own gamer opinions. Instead, we“re talking about the people who flat-out won“t give a game a chance because it“s not violent or profane enough to be inappropriate for children to play. Their logic: if a kid is allowed to play it, it“s a kid“s game. But you wanna know a sad secret? Many of these “mature†gamers aren“t even in their teens yet… “THIS IS THE BEST GAME EVAR!!1!†It“s time to take a different stance here and talk about something that always tends to be a huge determining factor in gamer purchases: hype. Rather than gamers looking at a game and yelling “next!†before they even see what the game is like for themselves, there are many times in which gamers see a game and immediately decide that they“ll buy it on day one no matter what. Good examples would be any game in the Call of Duty series, Halo series, or Final Fantasy series; no matter where the series has gone in recent years (I“m looking at YOU, Final Fantasy XIII-2!). Another good example of something being overhyped is the old Atari 2600 game E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (*shiver*). That game was so hyped up because of the movie that it took the world until after they caused the game to outsell Space Invaders to realize that the game was the worst thing on the face of the Earth and had to be bulldozed into the desert to avoid Satan“s wrath from destroying the planet. “Violent Video Games Make Kids Violent.†Here“s a topic that parents and politicians love to try digging up legitimate evidence for, even though more evidence shows quite the opposite; these people see video games with any amount of blood in it as something that“s damaging their kid“s morals and turning them evil, thanks to a few nut-job gamers who decided on having some killing sprees. In their eyes, violent video games make kids violent, when all it really is are violent kids deciding to play violent video games due to their already violent nature (which could be due to other aspects of their life). But regardless, this train of thought (and the nut-jobs) has caused video game judging like no other. Whether it“s the judging of parents or politicians, or anyone else who believes these claims, there are plenty of people who will turn down a game, even if it“s an amazing piece of work, just because it has some violence in it. I guess they see these games as some sort of brain-washing to go out and kill. Now if you“ll excuse me, it“s time to go hunt me some zombies…