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(The New Yorker)   How the worst video game ever created has raised a million dollars for sick children in seven years and is still bussing along   ( newyorker.com) divider line
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Qel [TotalFark]
2013-07-10 07:45:51 AM  
Am I the only person on this bus?
 
2013-07-10 07:50:10 AM  
A Boy and His Blob?
 
2013-07-10 07:51:08 AM  
I didn't know they were doing a charity drive for Bioshock Infinite.
 
2013-07-10 07:53:33 AM  
E.T. isn't doing shiat for anyone.
 
2013-07-10 07:57:55 AM  
I want to play this game now. sounds fun.
 
2013-07-10 08:00:50 AM  
It's actually pretty cool the charity stuff they do with this.  They just have fun with it, and raise a bunch of money.
 
2013-07-10 08:10:45 AM  
A couple of years back, a buddy of mine came up with the idea to try and beat 4 Zelda games in 48 hours. We called it Zelda 448, and streamed ourselves playing it online. We managed to speedrun through ocarina, windwaker, and twilight princess, and but majoras mask was incredibly difficult, and kept freezing at a particular point, so that was a bust. It was a lot of fun, and we raised several thousand dollars for child's play.
 
2013-07-10 08:12:19 AM  
Platoon for the NES?
 
2013-07-10 08:14:34 AM  

AntonChigger: and kept freezing at a particular point


The hands that grab you under water in the water temple? Doesn't freeze but there is a glitch where you can't break loose from their grip. I remember that part all too well.
 
2013-07-10 08:16:21 AM  

djZorbof: AntonChigger: and kept freezing at a particular point

The hands that grab you under water in the water temple? Doesn't freeze but there is a glitch where you can't break loose from their grip. I remember that part all too well.


No, it was during the boss fight in majoras mask where you fight the giant sand worm thing. It would just freeze in the middle of the fight. This was on the wii, so maybe that was part of it.
 
2013-07-10 08:17:34 AM  
Smashing Pumpkins Into Small Piles Of Putrid Debris?
 
2013-07-10 08:18:02 AM  
I came here expecting Daikatana or ET but this also sounds bad.
 
2013-07-10 08:20:46 AM  

AntonChigger: A couple of years back, a buddy of mine came up with the idea to try and beat 4 Zelda games in 48 hours. We called it Zelda 448, and streamed ourselves playing it online. We managed to speedrun through ocarina, windwaker, and twilight princess, and but majoras mask was incredibly difficult, and kept freezing at a particular point, so that was a bust. It was a lot of fun, and we raised several thousand dollars for child's play.


That's a really good charity.  Speaking of boring (not so much the game, but the concept), there's a guy who is playing an older version of Minecraft walking to the farlands (extreme coordinates where the game glitches) to raise money for them, he's raised thousands so far.  The concept is boring, but his commentary is hilarious at times.  His youtube name is kurtjmac I believe.
 
2013-07-10 08:35:34 AM  
I've been donating to Desert Bus for years. They're just getting around to covering it? Of course the article goes up months away from the actual event, so as to make anyone interested completely forget about it. Ah yes, and don't mention any of the work the charity does either. Good job, New Yorker, you've done it again!
 
2013-07-10 08:36:13 AM  

AntonChigger: We called it Zelda 448, and streamed ourselves playing it online. We managed to speedrun through ocarina, windwaker,


I call BS it takes 48 hours just sailing from one island to the next one in Windwaker.


/I keed.  I actually really liked Windwaker.
 
2013-07-10 08:37:04 AM  
Update the graphics, loons, who's gonna play a game that looks like that?!
 
2013-07-10 08:41:38 AM  
Penn and Teller are the pinnacle of awesomeness.
 
2013-07-10 08:47:21 AM  
Both hilarious and heart warming.
 
2013-07-10 08:47:38 AM  
If you want to see some real interesting stuff, watch Summer Games Done Quick (July 25th-29th). I think this year they're sponsoring Doctors without Borders (but don't quote me on that).

Tricks like you'd never believe. Hours of practice.

/I watch twitch.
//probably too much.
 
2013-07-10 08:51:49 AM  
Playing Goldeneye for charity?
 
2013-07-10 08:55:34 AM  

ianthetexan: I've been donating to Desert Bus for years. They're just getting around to covering it? Of course the article goes up months away from the actual event, so as to make anyone interested completely forget about it. Ah yes, and don't mention any of the work the charity does either. Good job, New Yorker, you've done it again!


Dude, this is The New Yorker. I'm sure half the editorial staff is convinced that Pac-Man is eating away our children's intellect
 
2013-07-10 09:04:19 AM  

Mike_LowELL: I didn't know they were doing a charity drive for Bioshock Infinite.


Didn't you get the memo, we are over Bisoshock Infinite now

Last of Us is the popular thing to hate now.
 
2013-07-10 09:04:29 AM  
I wouldn't say that is the worst game.  Dullest: yes.  Worse: far from it.  Just about any game that was based on a tv show or movie, not counting Star Wars, for the NES or SNES would qualify for contender for worst game ever.
 
2013-07-10 09:10:44 AM  

Great Janitor: I wouldn't say that is the worst game.  Dullest: yes.  Worse: far from it.  Just about any game that was based on a tv show or movie, not counting Star Wars, for the NES or SNES would qualify for contender for worst game ever.


What about Turtles In Time?
 
2013-07-10 09:11:10 AM  

Great Janitor: I wouldn't say that is the worst game.  Dullest: yes.  Worse: far from it.  Just about any game that was based on a tv show or movie, not counting Star Wars, for the NES or SNES would qualify for contender for worst game ever.


Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge, for SNES.

I had this game.  It was terrible.  It was beyond terrible.  It was so bad I think it ripped a hole in time and space and landed on Joe Quesada's desk sometime in the mid 2000s and convinced him to make One More Day.
 
2013-07-10 09:15:02 AM  

Great Janitor: I wouldn't say that is the worst game.  Dullest: yes.  Worse: far from it.  Just about any game that was based on a tv show or movie, not counting Star Wars, for the NES or SNES would qualify for contender for worst game ever.


It gets points for being terrible on purpose, so that's a good point.

My vote for worst game ever goes to Archon II for the Commodore 64. Go on, try to beat it on single player.

I dare you.
 
2013-07-10 09:15:06 AM  

Great Janitor: I wouldn't say that is the worst game.  Dullest: yes.  Worse: far from it.  Just about any game that was based on a tv show or movie, not counting Star Wars, for the NES or SNES would qualify for contender for worst game ever.


upload.wikimedia.org

There were so many broken mechanics in this game it's a wonder I ever finished it.
 
2013-07-10 09:18:49 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: E.T. isn't doing shiat for anyone.


This. Desert bus was boring to make a point, it actually succeeds at what it was made for, which was to show how reality based games suck.
 
2013-07-10 09:22:04 AM  
Everyone who named a game other than ET never actually played ET.
 
2013-07-10 09:24:05 AM  
That picture does not look like BIG RIGS: OVER THE ROAD RACING!!!!!.
 
2013-07-10 09:24:30 AM  

Great Janitor: I wouldn't say that is the worst game.  Dullest: yes.  Worse: far from it.  Just about any game that was based on a tv show or movie, not counting Star Wars, for the NES or SNES would qualify for contender for worst game ever.


The entire NES/SNES catalogue of LJN/AKKLAIM should do it
 
2013-07-10 09:28:09 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Everyone who named a game other than ET never actually played ET.


ET wasn't particulary bad compared to the standards of the time.

Its badness is an urban myth.
 
2013-07-10 09:30:06 AM  
Nice. Anything that gives to Child's Play is alright in my book.

Heard about this game before, and always thought about seeing if I could find a copy I could emulate. Just wanted to see if I could make it, seemed like the sort of thing I could brag about.

"Oh, you beat Contra without the Konami Code? Well I once beat Desert Bus!"
 
2013-07-10 09:35:32 AM  

spawn73: cameroncrazy1984: Everyone who named a game other than ET never actually played ET.

ET wasn't particulary bad compared to the standards of the time.

Its badness is an urban myth.


No, no. It was quite bad. Poor gameplay and buggy code (fall in that pit? Might as well hang it up and call it a day!)
 
2013-07-10 09:37:53 AM  
Shaq Fu?
 
2013-07-10 09:39:28 AM  

sjmcc13: AverageAmericanGuy: E.T. isn't doing shiat for anyone.

This. Desert bus was boring to make a point, it actually succeeds at what it was made for, which was to show how reality based games suck.


In mid 2001 a friend and I were discussing making a really really bad video game.  I found a program that allowed you to make games similar to Final Fantasy Tactics.  The joke title was Tactics Muyo ("Useless Tactics", plus Tenchi Muyo was big back then on Cartoon Network), all the professions were going to be completely useless jobs for someone in a tactical situation, like Fry Cook and Minimum Wage Earning Unarmed Security Guard Working at a Box Factory On the Weekend Shift (we tried to figure out how to shorten that job class title).  Each fight was going to be exceedingly one sided making the player rely less on weapons but more on strategy.  Sadly, the program wasn't capable of that.  Really, we would have needed something that combined Final Fantasy Tactics with the creation of Minecraft (the ideas we had was like your weapons suck ass, but combine a can of spray paint with a lighter and you have a single use flame thrower).  I ended up using a RPG Maker program to create a game where you beat up children.  No monsters, just little children.
 
2013-07-10 09:40:38 AM  

the_rhino: Playing Goldeneye for charity?


img.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-10 09:41:22 AM  

spawn73: cameroncrazy1984: Everyone who named a game other than ET never actually played ET.

ET wasn't particulary bad compared to the standards of the time.

Its badness is an urban myth.


I picked up that game with about a dozen other Atari 2600 carts at a dollar store during the final days of that system's existence.

It was awful, but I was only 7, so I thought the problem was me. The idea that games could just plain suck hadn't really occurred to me yet. When I got internet years later and learned of its legendary status, it was a sort of vindication.

I actually beat the thing once, though it was a nightmare. Every time I lost a radio part, I'd just hit reset; it was the same thing, and at least this way your energy would be back to 9999.
 
2013-07-10 09:51:01 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Everyone who named a game other than ET never actually played ET.


I actually had a copy of E.T. for the Atari growing up.  At the time I never really thought of it as a bad game because there were no other Atari games that were actually winnable.  So the idea of actually completing E.T. at the time was as comical as the idea of completing Asteroids or Joust.

What makes later games worse, like 'Superman' for the NES, 'Knight Rider' for the NES, 'Transformers' for the NES, 'Lester the Unlikely' for SNES, so on and so forth is that with the higher standards that came with the NES and SNES, such games as the ones listed above shouldn't have been released as they were because they were almost unplayable.

Though, the game that is pretty much a waste of time completely: "Plumbers Don't Wear Ties".
 
2013-07-10 09:56:24 AM  

buckler: spawn73: cameroncrazy1984: Everyone who named a game other than ET never actually played ET.

ET wasn't particulary bad compared to the standards of the time.

Its badness is an urban myth.

No, no. It was quite bad. Poor gameplay and buggy code (fall in that pit? Might as well hang it up and call it a day!)


It was hyped, but not worse than all the other crap that plaqued that console.

If you want to see one of the BAD games for the Atari, then try looking up Strawberry Shortcake.
 
2013-07-10 09:58:02 AM  
I thought this was the worst game ever.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-07-10 09:59:30 AM  

Saiga410: That picture does not look like BIG RIGS: OVER THE ROAD RACING!!!!!.


Oh dang.  Missed that until moments too late.
 
2013-07-10 10:02:50 AM  

Great Janitor: At the time I never really thought of it as a bad game because there were no other Atari games that were actually winnable.


You just didn't have the right games!

atariage.com

/I never won it, but it was winnable
//also, I remember beating ET when I was 8 (or something around there)... don't know how I did it
 
2013-07-10 10:08:46 AM  

Two Dogs Farking: Penn and Teller are the pinnacle of awesomeness.


^^^^^THIS^^^^^

This shiat sounds awesome. Not awesome enough to play that shiatty ass game, but awesome enough to donate some cash when we get our feet back under ourselves. I agree, from the description, I can think of no worse video game. 8 hours of droning drive, and you can't just point the thing straight and go, cuz the damned bus needs an alignment. No pausing, no saving. WOW...
 
2013-07-10 10:10:41 AM  

buckler: spawn73: cameroncrazy1984: Everyone who named a game other than ET never actually played ET.

ET wasn't particulary bad compared to the standards of the time.

Its badness is an urban myth.

No, no. It was quite bad. Poor gameplay and buggy code (fall in that pit? Might as well hang it up and call it a day!)


Agreed, it was bad.  It was not the worst thing out at the time mind you, but it was still bad.

I had way more fun playing the really simple Pinball game that came with the Atari.  Sad but true.
 
2013-07-10 10:15:15 AM  

spawn73: cameroncrazy1984: Everyone who named a game other than ET never actually played ET.

ET wasn't particulary bad compared to the standards of the time.

Its badness is an urban myth.


Nobody invited anyone over to play ET, ever.  (Atari 2600 version)

If you had only two cartridges available and were already tired of the other game, you'd ask your parents if they still have that Sears branded pong game around somewhere or if maybe there were some extra chores you could do.
 
2013-07-10 10:25:31 AM  

spawn73: buckler: spawn73: cameroncrazy1984: Everyone who named a game other than ET never actually played ET.

ET wasn't particulary bad compared to the standards of the time.

Its badness is an urban myth.

No, no. It was quite bad. Poor gameplay and buggy code (fall in that pit? Might as well hang it up and call it a day!)

It was hyped, but not worse than all the other crap that plaqued that console.

If you want to see one of the BAD games for the Atari, then try looking up Strawberry Shortcake.


Or some of the "pornographic" games, if you can even call them that.  Never had them as a kid, obviously, but I've played a few roms, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, and one horribly offensive cowboys & indians type one (Custer something?), all hilariously terrible.
 
2013-07-10 10:37:27 AM  

nekom: one horribly offensive cowboys & indians type one (Custer something?)


Custer's Revenge
 
2013-07-10 10:38:47 AM  

Big_Fat_Liar: spawn73: cameroncrazy1984: Everyone who named a game other than ET never actually played ET.

ET wasn't particulary bad compared to the standards of the time.

Its badness is an urban myth.

Nobody invited anyone over to play ET, ever.  (Atari 2600 version)

If you had only two cartridges available and were already tired of the other game, you'd ask your parents if they still have that Sears branded pong game around somewhere or if maybe there were some extra chores you could do.


I disagree entirely. Atari's Raiders of the Lost Ark started me on a lifelong quest for RPGs, and ET was miles more imaginative and interesting than 99% of everything published for that console at the time.

Yeah the pits sucked. But I could beat that game when I was 13 in about 10 minutes, tops. It was sort of brilliant and ground-breaking in ways that everyone is too embarrassed to admit, cause gamers have been taught to learn "OMG ET SUCKS!" over the decades.

Bet you never beat it.
 
2013-07-10 10:46:04 AM  

Great Janitor: cameroncrazy1984: Everyone who named a game other than ET never actually played ET.

I actually had a copy of E.T. for the Atari growing up.  At the time I never really thought of it as a bad game because there were no other Atari games that were actually winnable.  So the idea of actually completing E.T. at the time was as comical as the idea of completing Asteroids or Joust.

What makes later games worse, like 'Superman' for the NES, 'Knight Rider' for the NES, 'Transformers' for the NES, 'Lester the Unlikely' for SNES, so on and so forth is that with the higher standards that came with the NES and SNES, such games as the ones listed above shouldn't have been released as they were because they were almost unplayable.

Though, the game that is pretty much a waste of time completely: "Plumbers Don't Wear Ties".


Plumbers Don't Wear Ties wasn't a game, it was a documentary told in real time.
 
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