Skip to comments.Ten Worst Games of All Times[Video Games]
Posted on 11/09/2006 1:40:15 PM PST by AppyPappy
The Worst Game of All Time
1. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Atari, 1982) Platform: Atari 2600
About a third of the people I quizzed came up with this title almost instantly, and it's not hard to see why. No matter how you rate it, E.T. was a misbegotten product that deserved to be buried. (And, as things turned out, it was. More on that in a minute.)
How, you may wonder, does someone screw up the one-two punch of the year's most popular movie and the number one video game console? Through a combination of poor planning and unbridled optimism. Warner Communications, then Atari's parent company, sealed the deal to make a video game adaptation of the blockbuster movie in the summer of 1982, aiming to have the cartridge out for the Christmas shopping season. (Remember the TV ad, with E.T. in a Santa outfit? No? You can refresh your memory.) The result was a severely compressed development schedule, giving programmer Howard Scott Warshaw a mere five weeks to pull the game together.
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total bs. i love et! one of my all time favorites. it gets ripped on way too much by the media.
I don't agree with this... I played Pac-Man(Atari) for HOURS on end and flipped it(turned the score over) a few dozen times
I also had ET, I don't "remember" it all that much but from what i do remember it wasn't "that" bad.
No way Prince of Persia belongs on that list. True, it had a more adult theme than the previous ones, but being chased by a monstrous, murderous time beast tends to make a person a little irritable, I would say. The only thing was, you had to find every little tiny secret to get the best ending, something you never would do without the help of a walkthrough.
Warrior Within's inclusion is ridiculous. I hated the "edgy" elements they felt they had to add, but it was still a solid sequel.
Q-Bert and Quix were pretty pointless IMO. HOwever, I disagree about Smurf rescue on Coleco. I thought that was pretty fun. Dang I'm old.
Tempest was fun. Tempest 2000 was even better, but not the "touching the face of God" experience the gaming mags made it out to be at the time.
How can they trash elf bowling, now I can understand if they trash frogger but there's something about knocking over a bunch of dwarfs by hurling a bowling ball at them that always seems to bring a smile to my face.
Hey did anyone see the game where the penguin uses a club to fungo seals?? Bloody and funny as hell.
Anyone want to post their top ten?
Assuming we're including computer games under the umbrella of video games:
Planescape:Torment, Legend of Zelda:Majora's Mask, Crystalis, Super Mario 64, Serpent Isle.
Those are my top five, not sure of what the next five would be... It would probably include Ultima 5 and Knights of The Old Republic II...
!!!! thats it... i was sitting here trying to remember the name!!! a girl down the street from me had a real tempest machine in her house. :)
Majora's Mask would be on my list of best games.
That's really cute. I can't stop laughing here.
I'll bet she did! ;)
^^ Not sure what that means, but. . . .
hey dad owned a bar/Resturant... she had a few different machines and pinball machines in her house
custer's revenge shouldnt be on there either!! im surprised they put that one on there and not beat 'em and eat 'em, another classic.
I owned three of those games and they were awful...with the exception of elf bowling. Come on, one of the greatest ever!!
thats it. :)
thats it. :)
For its time, I also liked Centipede and Galaga
None of the sports games for the 2600 were any good. I also had the Raiders of the Lost Ark game, which kind of blew.
Activision had a few duds, but I loved Pitfall.
"Anyone want to post their top ten? "
2. NCAA Football-ps2
3. Superbowl SUnday- Cmdr 64
4. Tecmobowl- nintendo
5. Doom- pc
6. President elect -pc
7. Mike Tyson's punchout Nintendo
8. Bard's Tale- PC
9. Panzer General- PC
10. Medal of Honor Ps2
Asteroids and Joust.
Funny story - A friend and I were playing Joust at a movie theatre and we were just wooping it up having a great time. We were so entertaining that we had people crowded around the machine feeding us quarters to keep us playing. I think we missed the start of our movie.
Top ten list (not in order):
1. Planescape Torment - Best RPG ever
2. Half Life 2 - best FPS ever
3. Starcraft - best RTS ever
4. Street Fighter 2 (and compatriots) - best 1 on 1 fighter
5. Mortal Kombat 2
6. Civilization III - best TBS ever
7. Final Fantasy I
8. Super Mario Bros.
9. Super Mario Bros. 3
10.Howard Dean's Mean Scream Machine
Pitfall and Skiing!
I loved Majora's Mask.
I agree, the PacMan for 2600 was NOWHERE near arcade version, but I played it ALOT... I also liked Pitfall and Jungle Hunt
Are those top ten you LIKE? Because there are several there that have no business on a "worst games" list, IMO.
It was great. It's the only lengthy game that I've ever finished and then turned right around and started again. Actually, I should say it's the first, because I've done the same for other Zelda games since. I've played through Minish Cap and the Oracle games at least three times each. Zelda is terrific.
Yeah. It was a repsonse to another poster who asked for (what I thought was) fovorite top ten.
It's lame by today's standards, but I used to love Yar's Revenge.
Oh, come on now. No NHL 93 by EA? That was a great game.
Not a hockey fan! :)
Pac-man Atari 2600 was terrible. I played it maybe a couple of teams and never again.
I wore out two controllers over the years, and rolled the counter on Missile Command, an awesome port. Asteroids and Space invaders on the 2600 were also both great.
Starcraft and Civ 3, Mario and Street Fighter.
I honestly think Starcraft might be the best game ever.
Tempest was an awesome game. Unique.
Where's Black and White? The whole "UI-less" thing sure sounded good in interviews with the designer but when it came time to cast a spell by making an inwardly spiraling square with your cursor instead of the spell that needed an inwardly spiraling circle the idea proved to be downright idiotic. The only really cool part about Black and White was leaving it to run on its own all day then seeing what your monkey had taught itself to do. You know when the best thing to do with a game is to not actually play it you've made a truly terrible game.
you have to include Half-Life 1 on your best list
That's Adventure. It's a total classic. It may be bad by today's standards, but it really laid the foundation for the genre.