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Which game taught you that video games can be bad?
18-Aug-22 10:42pm
#1
SupremeSarna
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Growing up, you look at media with starry eyes. Everything grown-ups make for entertainment is amazing! But then you find that one video game, that one movie, that one stage play, that teaches you these forms of media can sometimes be misfires. Which game made you realize that?

The earliest games I can remember disliking were NES Tetris and Metroid Prime, but that was more me being uninterested in those genres when I was 4.
EDIT: Both of those games are good. They were just the first games I remember not clicking with me, so I called them bad in my early days.

18-Aug-22 11:04pm
#2
KCPenguins
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Bart Simpson vs the Space Mutants (NES) - I was a big Simpsons fan. This was my birthday gift. I was extactic. The enthusiasm wore off quickly, though I pretended. Took a few weeks, months of hopeful optimism and denial. A little while later I genuinely felt bad for my parents paying that much money for a game that was that bad, I knew their sacrifices, they didn't play, I was old enough to know. I spent a few years playing it to justify their hard work, and the only saving grace the the mini games, like a crapty atari game. This was the turning point in asking for video games for me. From then on it was my decision, and I blamed nobody but me for getting it wrong. It was a phenomenal choice by them at the time, but they had no idea the crapshow that the NES and Groening had licensed.
18-Aug-22 11:20pm
#3
MrBean
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Tetris and Metroid Prime? The hell is wrong with you! Bart vs the Space Mutants, man I played the hell out of that game, loved it, and beat it multiple times (I was 9).

I'm clearly looking at the past in rose colored glasses, but I don't remember saying a game was truly bad growing up. Racking my brain but when did I say a game was bad? I'm a wierdo that enjoys everything though.

Gah, maybe not until n64 with Superman 64? Feel like that was a massive turd. Very high in those days so who knows.
18-Aug-22 11:43pm
#4
nonamesleft
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There's this one game in particular, on the Nintendo DS, that might be one of the worst games I've ever played. I even enjoyed Johnny Bravo in the Hukka Mega Mighty Ultra Extreme Date-O-Rama! more than this game, and Johnny Bravo wasn't great. Sure it was a bit funny, but the game hardly had any depth, and you could beat it really quickly. (It was like 5 bucks, so I figured hey, why not. But, imo, it wasn't worth it honestly.)

Anyway, that terrible DS game? It was so bad that I think my mind is shielding me from it. Okay, I'm kidding, sort of. I'm totally blanking on what it was. I just remember that it was so not user friendly that I tried convincing myself that it would be cool to get good at this really obscure game. All I really recall about that game is that there was something that was a shade of orange in it, and green, I think. That's how unmemorable it was.
19-Aug-22 2:17am
#5
SwiftJAB
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I don't recall anything specially, but I remember being disappointed in arcade ports for the SNES and games based on movies.

19-Aug-22 4:00am
#6
egg
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Mega Man X5 comes to mind. It maybe isn't the very first instance, but it was definitely a transformative experience for me.
19-Aug-22 8:48am
#7
Scott
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Can't think of anything on the NES. I definitely played some NES games that I now realize are bad, but I enjoyed them at the time. I feel like there has to be a SNES game I thought was bad, but nothing comes to mind. So I guess the first two for me were Quest 64 and Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon. Man I hated both of those games so much.
19-Aug-22 9:32am
#8
benstylus
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Chubby Cherub is and will always be the first game I think of whenever someone mentions 'worst game ever".

Anything Bandai from the NES era probably fits the bill, honestly.

19-Aug-22 10:05am
#9
Gypsy
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TES Oblivion was my first crushing disappointment. Some stuff I didn't love before that, but it was a real let down.
19-Aug-22 6:35pm
#10
Fitz
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Gypsy wrote:
TES Oblivion was my first crushing disappointment. Some stuff I didn't love before that, but it was a real let down.
Wow that's crazy to hear, solely because you liked Morrowind more or?
19-Aug-22 7:11pm
#11
longhornsk57
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For me I'd have to say Zelda. I couldn't really figure out what i was supposed to do and just ran around killing things until it got boring again.
19-Aug-22 7:15pm
#12
Cevil
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There were certainly others before these but Paper Mario Sticker Star Nintendo 3DS and Heroland Nintendo Switch were terrible.
19-Aug-22 7:53pm
#13
DrizzDrizzDrizz
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This is a great question actually. I think it might have been bubsy 3d on playstation lol
19-Aug-22 8:04pm
#14
Alaisiagae
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Fitz wrote:
Gypsy wrote:> TES Oblivion was my first crushing disappointment. Some stuff I didn't love before> that, but it was a real let down. Wow that's crazy to hear, solely because you liked Morrowind more or?That's what my reason was. Oblivion felt like a run of the mill medieval high fantasy, whereas Morrowind had so much creativity in the art direction and lore. Cyrodil is supposed to be a jungle (based on the lore, iirc) until the developers ret-conned it into a temperate forest. The unpatched bugs are also terrible - and the game-breaking save game bloat on the PS3 was never patched. I played Oblivion on the PC, I had so many mods running. Shivering Isles brought back some of the delightful novelty I was missing from the base game. The rest of the DLC was rather lackluster.

That said, they did make archery viable in Oblivion, whereas I found it finicky and neglected (few weapons and ammo) in Morrowind. I played all the guilds, I enjoyed the Dark Brotherhood the best.

I haven't played Skyrim yet. It's not a fantasy viking adventure in bland snowy landscape, is it?

19-Aug-22 9:37pm
#15
shadyfozzie
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Anyone remember state of emergency
20-Aug-22 8:25am
#16
EclipseLion
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Who framed roger rabbit (nes)

20-Aug-22 1:40pm
#17
Kommie
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Interesting question. I'm not really sure on an answer. Maybe Cliffhanger on SNES. I remember renting it or something and hating it for various reasons. As an adult, I'd say Mass Effect. Game was hyped up to be the greatest thing ever and the story was just a mish-mash of various existing Sci fi properties in a game. That works if you're playing Dungeons and Dragons, but you could at least attempt original content in a video game.
20-Aug-22 2:40pm
#18
Bleed_DukeBlue
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I forgot all about Cliffhanger. I rented it from Blockbuster with a free rental from getting As on my report card as a kid, and it was really bad.

Kommie wrote:
Interesting question. I'm not really sure on an answer. Maybe Cliffhanger on SNES. I remember renting it or something and hating it for various reasons. As an adult, I'd say Mass Effect. Game was hyped up to be the greatest thing ever and the story was just a mish-mash of various existing Sci fi properties in a game. That works if you're playing Dungeons and Dragons, but you could at least attempt original content in a video game.
20-Aug-22 3:03pm
#19
sa330206
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I remember buying Ahh Real Monsters on SNES from Babbages way back in the day. It was either $59.99 or $69.99 and I absolutely hated the game. I think I went back with my mom and cried and they let me exchange it for something else lol
20-Aug-22 3:21pm
#20
Scott
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Bleed_DukeBlue wrote:
I forgot all about Cliffhanger. I rented it from Blockbuster with a free rental from getting As on my report card as a kid, and it was really bad. Kommie wrote:> Interesting question. I'm not really sure on an answer. Maybe Cliffhanger on SNES.> I remember renting it or something and hating it for various reasons. As an adult,> I'd say Mass Effect. Game was hyped up to be the greatest thing ever and the story> was just a mish-mash of various existing Sci fi properties in a game. That works> if you're playing Dungeons and Dragons, but you could at least attempt original content> in a video game.
I feel like I also rented Cliffhanger once, but I don't remember anything about the game itself.
20-Aug-22 6:15pm
#21
Yoshi
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2600 ET, ya damn whipper snappers.

Which game taught you that video games can be bad?