Top Ten Gaming Blunders of All Time (#10-#6)
A list of the top ten most embarrassing, disappointing, or just hilarious failures of the gaming industry.
#10. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
This 1982 adventure game developed by Atari is considered by some to be, by far the worst game of all time. Anticipation was at an absolute fever pitch for this Atari 2600 video game, and it was one of the most sought after Christmas gifts of the 1982 holidays. Many different respected news publications viewed this game as the future of all games. Upon it’s release many many excited children and adults alike were disappointed with the simple, boring mechanics of the game and immediately rushed to the store to return their copy. Legend has it that Atari buried between 10 and 20 semi truckloads of the game cartridges somewhere in the New Mexico desert.
#9 Virtual Boy
Our next gem looks like something straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, yet is straight out of the mid 90’s and was a straight failure as well. Touted by it’s creator, Nintendo, as the first video game console able to display “true 3D” graphics straight out of the box. All it was ACTUALLY capable of displaying is something like this
and while you played it, you looked like this
Truly revolutionary, thanks Nintendo.
#8 Nintendo 64DD
Yes, that’s right, the second Nintendo entry in a row. I’m sure quite a few of you reading this have fond memories of your Nintendo 64. A few more of you may also have fond memories of eagerly anticipating this disk drive add-on to the popular console. Even fewer of you probably actually ever owned one as their were only 15,000 sold worldwide; and they weren’t even available in stores. It’s purpose was to bring more content to the 64 cartridges you already owned such as extra levels and mini games, and was essentially Nintendo’s answer to the Sony Playstation. The main reason it failed? The Sony discs were capable of holding much more memory and produced better quality graphics. This fine piece of equipment was released in 1999 to a very ‘meh’ reception and only 9 games were released for it before it was scrapped.
#7 Metroid: Other M
“Ah, Samus Aran the badass bounty hunter. The take no crap chick who does what she wants. Hey! I have an idea, let’s take her and put her in a game where she is neither of those things! Yeah! we’ll make her take orders from some random douchebag, and only let her use new weapons when HE says it’s okay!” Said the development team behind this pile of crap. I mean seriously, this game is basically a huge middle finger to long-time die hard fans of the series. Taking you from the usual “lone-wolf” play style of every Metroid game before it and putting you in a squad where you HAVE to follow orders was definitely a miss.
Also, it made Samus cry
#6 Sony’s boomerang-style PS3 controller
Announced at E3 in 2005….you know what? I think this picture alone explains by itself why this was a blunder of a move
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