Why Am I attracted to bad games?

#1 Posted by JohnTheGoat (49 posts) -

This definitely isn't the only game that has this effect on me, it just so happens that this is the latest in a long line of bad games that try their best to pull me over to the dark side and make me pay money for the nonsense they spew forth. I know fine well that I will hate this game and anger myself that I have effectively voted in favour of this game with my wallet if I pick it up... But still, something makes me want to go get this. Am I the only one with these impulses? Maybe I just need help.

#2 Posted by Animasta (14460 posts) -

because you like getting angry at things? probably? I mean this is probably different than a B-movie thing, which are loved ironically.

#3 Posted by mtcantor (922 posts) -

Some people are just suckers for abusive relationships.

#4 Posted by Jayzilla (2538 posts) -

Some people are just born with bad taste. That way you can maximize your bad taste is to buy stuff a few weeks after release. You can probably get that game in 2 weeks for really cheap.

#5 Posted by mtcantor (922 posts) -

That all being said I would totally buy this for under $10.

#6 Posted by JohnTheGoat (49 posts) -

Ha! I'd prefer to think of it as a morbid curiosity rather than bad taste... Still, you might be right.

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (34594 posts) -

Stop going to GameStop drunk and at 2 AM.

#8 Posted by MattyFTM (14243 posts) -

I have a certain affinity for bad games. There is something weirdly enjoyable about playing something that's terrible.

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#9 Posted by RioStarwind (370 posts) -

Usually I go into playing a bad game just to see how horrible it really is. But I usually just rent it or buy it when it's in the bargain bin.

#10 Posted by sodacat (212 posts) -

It's fun to search through bad games for little interesting bits. Like in a good game of course people are going to see the cool stuff and go 'Hey, that's cool'. In bad games they won't bother, though, so when you do stumble upon something not horrible its like a tiny private surprise.

My favorite surprise of this type is in the game Edo no Kiba. The whole game is a really dreadful beltscroller, but at the end of the game you have to stop a bunch of ICBMs from launching. Unfortunately they have already launched. The solution, of course, is to jump onto the last of the rockets and steer it so that you can get close enough to punch out the rest of the rockets.

#11 Posted by Ghost_Cat (1295 posts) -

Some people just need to see a doctor.

#12 Posted by triviaman09 (758 posts) -

There's a certain attraction to a bad game. It's interesting to see the ways in which games are bad, and a bad game serves as a kind of reference point to help you not take good games for granted. Also, when a review is as negative as the one Alex gave this game, it gets you to wondering if the game really can be that bad. This leads to poor life and monetary decisions.

Unfortunately (or perhaps in some ways fortunately), I don't have time to play good games, let alone bad ones.

#13 Posted by Wampa1 (592 posts) -

@MattyFTM: I put about 20 hours into the original Two Worlds. It was broken, messy and damn near unplayable. But there was just something compelling about seeing just HOW broken it was.

#14 Posted by JohnTheGoat (49 posts) -

I actually quite like the idea of finding interesting or little bits of class in bad games. Personally, I would describe the Toy Story 3 game as a bad title, the single player levels were a joke, didn't match up with one another and were just plain old not fun. That said, the town building mechanic in the free play mode was brilliant. It's just a shame that the levels in this mode were pretty stale even from the beginning. A nice little diamond in an otherwise arid plain.

#15 Posted by VisariLoyalist (2991 posts) -

gurl you need a man who respects you mmmhmmm

#16 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4866 posts) -

@VisariLoyalist said:

gurl you need a man who respects you mmmhmmm

Like if you're a strong, beautiful black woman who don't need no man.

#17 Posted by cloudnineboya (691 posts) -

because shit sticks.

#18 Posted by ShaggE (5980 posts) -

Aggressively bad games (as opposed to normally bad games... see "Garshasp" vs. "Alone In The Dark: The Gritty Reboot", to pull two examples off the top of my head) can be enjoyed in the same way a bad movie can. Nothing wrong with that. Just have a couple friends over, because games like that can go from "funny" to "depressing" really quickly.

#19 Posted by NegativeCero (2925 posts) -
@BestUsernameEver

@VisariLoyalist said:

gurl you need a man who respects you mmmhmmm

Like if you're a strong, beautiful black woman who don't need no man.

Oh, you mean a BBW? (I know)
#20 Edited by Rainbowkisses (472 posts) -

Don't worry. I have recently acquired a taste for them too. I recently played Haze and when my brother asked me what I wanted for Christmas I said Damnation and Fracture. You can't really understand and appreciate game design until you see executed poorly. I think part of the blame for my newfound interest has to go to Something Awful Let's Plays.

@Video_Game_King said:

Stop going to GameStop drunk and at 2 AM.

Yeah, mostly because they're not open at 2 AM though. The drunk part is fine.

#21 Posted by Killerfridge (289 posts) -

@ShaggE: I loved Alone in the Dark. Perhaps too much.

#22 Posted by ShaggE (5980 posts) -

@Killerfridge said:

@ShaggE: I loved Alone in the Dark. Perhaps too much.

I think that's what made it so bad for me. The ideas in it were excellent, but the execution...

That game could have used a horde mode, as the base combat was a ton of fun. It was everything else that really brought it down for me. I hear the PS3 version is (somewhat) better, so I might try it someday.

#23 Posted by LilithGamer (20 posts) -

@JohnTheGoat said:

This definitely isn't the only game that has this effect on me, it just so happens that this is the latest in a long line of bad games that try their best to pull me over to the dark side and make me pay money for the nonsense they spew forth. I know fine well that I will hate this game and anger myself that I have effectively voted in favour of this game with my wallet if I pick it up... But still, something makes me want to go get this. Am I the only one with these impulses? Maybe I just need help.

Why are you attracted by bad games? Hahah you suffer of the same syndrome as ' why are girls are attracted by jerks'? haha

Do you have examples of bad games you love?

#24 Posted by mordukai (7092 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

Stop going to GameStop drunk and at 2 AM.

That explains why he keeps waking up in a jail cell the day after.

#25 Posted by mordukai (7092 posts) -

@JohnTheGoat: So do you that the devs genuinely thought they were making a good game but ended up making a stinker, or do you think they knew they had a stinker on their hands they just ran with it?

#26 Posted by JohnTheGoat (49 posts) -

@LilithGamer: haha i think you are right, that is a brilliant analogy.

Its not that i like bad games, i just really really want to play games that get horrible reviews. Basically, i want to play a 1 star as much as i want to play a 5 star game, I have issues clearly.

#27 Posted by JohnTheGoat (49 posts) -

@mordukai: Man, i really hope they knew it was a stinker. Otherwise i'm not sure they have a future in game development. It seems to me they thought the Family Guy name would be enough to shift a decent amount of units to make some money.

The best i think we can hope for with this game is that it makes the company enough money to take a punt on something promising and move up the developer food chain so to speak. Thats my opinion anyway.

#28 Posted by qawsed (140 posts) -

I find it easier to finish bad games. With good games there's always the feeling that something is on the line, so there's always a bit of stress. They feel like they take more time because there's variety and they demand thought. Then I worry whether I'm playing them correctly and getting the most out of them.

Bad games are far less precious. I can play them for long stretches at a time. I don't feel like I need to take a break after each mission. And because of those longer stretches, I develop a weird attachment. I feel nostalgia for the long days spent playing bad games that I don't feel towards good games that I stretched out over several days.

#29 Posted by awesomeusername (4056 posts) -

@JohnTheGoat: Your name says it all. Stupid goat.

@NegativeCero said:

@BestUsernameEver

@VisariLoyalist said:

gurl you need a man who respects you mmmhmmm

Like if you're a strong, beautiful black woman who don't need no man.

Oh, you mean a BBW? (I know)

#30 Posted by Zekhariah (694 posts) -

I am a fan of aggressively flawed and a bit janky, but I can't say bad works that well. I did buy DNF for $1 at one point, and felt like I got more than my money's worth in 45min though, so I guess there is something to it.

Bad games can be interesting, in terms of not being focused (at all) and being a bit all over the map. They sometimes leave you with a bit more curiosity at what is going to come along next, as items like cohesive narrative and gameplay are not holding them down to any particular path.

#31 Posted by JamesJeux007 (454 posts) -

I used to love playing bad games, just because I thought it was kind of fun to see where my limit was. Then I played Alone in the Dark and Duke Nukem Forever back to back. Now whenever I play a game and realize I'm not having fun, I just say "F this shit" turn it off and play something else. I really hope this happens to you, because here's a spoiler: bad games are bad.

#32 Edited by phrosen (140 posts) -

I love a shitty movie. Sometimes I think I like them so I can appreciate good movies even more. But then again shitty movies are only about two hours long and demand nothing from me. The same can be said about music, I guess. But an awful book or a game demands an amount of effort and dedication that I can't muster. 
You sir, are a stronger man than I.

#33 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1583 posts) -

@MattyFTM: This is generally my feeling towards postal 2. It's the perfect blunder. I believe it's under what some may call The Room effect. It's just one of those things that's so pitiful that, in some circles, it is a huge success. Yet, I keep trying to convince myself to get postal 3 and cannot do it. Something about it is so reviling that I cannot possibly put forth the effort to play it... ever.

#34 Posted by Sackmanjones (4609 posts) -

because youre a very sick person....
#35 Posted by LilithGamer (20 posts) -

@JohnTheGoat said:

@LilithGamer: haha i think you are right, that is a brilliant analogy.

Its not that i like bad games, i just really really want to play games that get horrible reviews. Basically, i want to play a 1 star as much as i want to play a 5 star game, I have issues clearly.

You're certainly making really bad developers happy!!

Maybe we can make a list of crappy games for you to enjoy during the holidays? :P haha

What about Duke Nukem Forever? ;)

#36 Posted by MariachiMacabre (6936 posts) -

Fuck The Walking Dead! Family Guy: Back To The Multiverse has the best story ever told in a video game! Who doesn't want to fight Amish people and...boner aliens? Those are probably in the game.

#37 Posted by Slag (3338 posts) -

Life's too short for bad games.

#38 Posted by JohnTheGoat (49 posts) -

@LilithGamer: haha that is actually a good idea. Sounds fun.

#39 Edited by egg (1339 posts) -

I think it's the hope that the game is good, despite the odds.

Getting a good game is boring.. and honestly sometimes I think games get to be good just because they are not bad, not because they are truly fun. (or they are fun, but take longer to get going) Those games aren't why you are a gamer, they are simply entitled to your purchase.

#40 Posted by Gamer_152 (13970 posts) -

@JohnTheGoat said:

Ha! I'd prefer to think of it as a morbid curiosity rather than bad taste... Still, you might be right.

I think there's your answer. Bad entertainment has kind of a wondrous quality to it; we're so used to seeing popular entertainment meet up to a pretty high standard that when you find something that really falls down in most ways, it's kind of a marvel to see, like a train wreck, or a road sign with a spelling mistake on it.

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#41 Posted by JohnTheGoat (49 posts) -

@egg: That's actually quite an interesting thought. These so called "good" games feed my hobby and keep my love for gaming ticking over nicely, but its when a truly fantastic game in my own opinion grabs me that i feel most validated as a gamer. Conversely, maybe theres also something in playing a bad game that creates more of an appreciation and understanding of the better games.

#42 Posted by JohnTheGoat (49 posts) -

@Gamer_152: I think you nailed it. Brilliantly put.

#43 Edited by stoodspoon (538 posts) -

Masochism?

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