Let’s face it. Everyone at one time or another has taken the financial plunge and bought a bad game based purely on their own delusional expectations. I’m talking a game that is so bad and has had so many negative reviews, yet for some reason you still want to buy the stinking piece of garbage because surely, it can’t be that bad. A game so bad that if your console could talk, it would berate you for buying it and refuse to play the game lest its circuits get tainted with the stink of the retched game. Luckily in this day, gamers have more options to guide their game buying decisions. Often times, games will feature demos, or at the very least game play videos. Bigger drawing titles will be prominently featured on channels such as G4TV and in the various gaming magazines. Websites will also play a big part in getting the news about games out to gamers with their reviews and news stories.
However, in the past it was not the same gaming world that it is now. Game demos were not common place and were usually only available for this big, blockbuster titles that everyone knew would be reviewed and sell well. If a game like E. T. for the Atari system or Superman 64 were proposed today, those developers would probably be laughed out of the business. But yet, those games are part of gaming history with their remarkably awful controls and graphics.
One of my more recent examples of such a game is the Xbox 360 title, Shrek the Third. A game released to coincide with the 3rd Shrek movie in theaters around that time. I, however, did not pick the game because of my devotion to Shrek, even if I did enjoy the movies. No, sadly my reason for playing the game was because I was in a GamerScore challenge at the time and thought it might be a way to pick up an easy 1000 points to pad my score. Oh, was I in for a disappointment. The game just felt really clunky with controls that did not respond well. Often, the camera would seem to fight with me so I had no idea where I was going to end up when I would move or jump in the different areas. The voice acting, not provided by the actual cast of the movies, was painful to listen to and had none of the charm of the movies. I was able to make it through one level of the game, after many frustrating attempts. Shortly after that, I stopped and asked myself what I was doing and if it was worth it trying to get through this awful game. Sadly, even padding my GamerScore was not even worth this punishment and the disc was removed from my system never to be seen again.
I’d love to hear about your own bad game decisions, feel free to comment and share with everyone your own gaming shame.