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#1 Edited by Popskinz (409 posts) -

Yesterday I experienced what video game frustration is truly about (as evidenced by the video I've provided) and it convinced me to spark a little discussion here on GiantBomb about what games you loathe the most, and what games have frustrated you the brink of insanity. I personally think it's a really interesting topic, since some people have vastly different opinions and experiences regarding this. I've heard people cry out in anger over games like Super Meat Boy, whereas some people have breezed through it while experiencing no frustration whatsoever.
 
What games have frustrated you guys the most?
 
Now, to quickly summarize this slightly entertaining video, I take a second stab at the "World's Hardest Game" -- an internet flash game -- and you can sort of guess where it goes. Keep in mind, I'm not trying to garner views or subscribers, I just thought this video was funny and worth sharing with the rest of you all, while also trying to spark some discussion in the process.
 
Have a nice weekend and take care!
 
  

#2 Posted by MikkaQ (10344 posts) -

Yeah it's generally games like Super Meat Boy, Trials or SSX where I want to constantly one-up my time or score and beat friends on leaderboards. Basically when a tough game encourages playing through those levels a million times to compete with friends. It brings my blood to a boil, even though they're also the most fun I have playing games usually.

#3 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3924 posts) -

Getting absolutely demolished online in any incarnation of Street Fighter 4 gets me real frustrated. That's why I don't play it.

#4 Edited by Ravenlight (8011 posts) -

Temperatures exceeding 211 degrees Fahrenheit.

#5 Posted by Twinsun (494 posts) -

Recently, playing the Jak II and Jak 3 HD Collection. Some parts of both those games really made me cuss up a storm, especially Jak II.

#6 Edited by Fozimuth (168 posts) -

Street Fighter IV is fucking infuriating playing as Abel (in vanilla and AE before the balance patch) and sometimes Dudley.

#7 Posted by whyareyoucrouchingspock (975 posts) -

Sins Of The Solar Empire having a fucking awful tutorial with practifcally no tips. Playing a game for 4 hours only to be beaten by some stupid shit the game didn't bother to explain. Waste of time.

#8 Posted by Popskinz (409 posts) -
@Fozimuth: Yeah I remember Street Fighter IV, that cunt of an end-boss made me cry.@MikkaQ said:

Yeah it's generally games like Super Meat Boy, Trials or SSX where I want to constantly one-up my time or score and beat friends on leaderboards. Basically when a tough game encourages playing through those levels a million times to compete with friends. It brings my blood to a boil, even though they're also the most fun I have playing games usually.

I agree, chasing leadboard positions can be a taxing endeavour.
#9 Posted by MocBucket62 (1259 posts) -

I know this is gonna sound lame, but the campaign on Battlefield 3 on Normal-Hard. I died 23 times defending my troops on top of a bridge.

#10 Posted by N7 (3666 posts) -
Frogger Returns. I've never seen such an anger-to-death ratio go out of hand so fast. I am so glad I got it for free.
#11 Posted by Popskinz (409 posts) -
@MocBucket62 said:
I know this is gonna sound lame, but the campaign on Battlefield 3 on Normal-Hard. I died 23 times defending my troops on top of a bridge.
Oh! Now that you mention it I actually remember the part where you're operating the tank turret and a suicide-bomb car tries to ram right into you. I could not shoot that care in time to save my life until the 7th try I think.
#12 Edited by Grissefar (2830 posts) -

Hehe pretty funny video, man. I really dislike the way some people act while playing a hard video game in front of a crowd, making it out to be much harder than it is. Sort of making all sorts of sounds and sighs and grrs. Really looking like they are concentrating and talking to themselves, telling how hard it is. Basically acting in a way they would never do by themselves, where they wouldn't flinch a muscle. It's like they are trying to draw the crowd in, which just falls flat and feels fake. Brad does it too, which can be seen in the Meatboy video shot behind his shoulder in the old office and others too. But I guess you had to make a video, so it doesn't piss me off quite as much. Ha! Ha!

Anyway, I don't get frustrated anymore since I started listening to Bombcasts or similar while playing. Now I can tackle Ninja Gaiden without getting pissed whatsoever even though I still hate Alma and certain gauntlets on Master Ninja.

#13 Posted by Bobby_The_Great (1012 posts) -

Any online game where I get decimated without a single chance to defend myself at all. Battlefield 3 spawn kills tend to do that, so I quit playing. Also, and fighting game when it starts lagging, that bugs the shit out of me. 

#14 Posted by innacces14 (737 posts) -

Just thinking about fighting games kind of does it for me. Don't get me wrong. I fuckin' rocked Kens with my Guile, but the moment SSF4 was announced I quit because I didn't want to keep having to relearn each character's behavior with each new iteration. The fact that an SSF4 is out there just destroys my love for SF4 cause I'm also one of those peeps that constantly hit the "check for updates" button. If it ain't the standard then going back to it becomes hard.

#15 Posted by Popskinz (409 posts) -
@Grissefar said:

Hehe pretty funny video, man. I really dislike the way some people act while playing a hard video game in front of a crowd, making it out to be much harder than it is. Sort of making all sorts of sounds and sighs and grrs. Really looking like they are concentrating and talking to themselves, telling how hard it is. Basically acting in a way they would never do by themselves, where they wouldn't flinch a muscle. It's like they are trying to draw the crowd in, which just falls flat and feels fake. Brad does it too, which can be seen in the Meatboy video shot behind his shoulder in the old office and others too. But I guess you had to make a video, so it doesn't piss me off quite as much. Ha! Ha!

Anyway, I don't get frustrated anymore since I started listening to Bombcasts or similar while playing. Now I can tackle Ninja Gaiden without getting pissed whatsoever even though I still hate Alma and certain gauntlets on Master Ninja.

Haha, yeah! Well you need to interact with the audience whilst making a video, so naturally I didn't keep my mouth shut the entire time, but yeah, the reaction at around 3:39 is entirely real! ;)
#16 Posted by krazy_kyle (715 posts) -

Call of Duty, Trials Evolution and Super Mario Bros.

#17 Posted by Popskinz (409 posts) -
@krazy_kyle said:

Call of Duty, Trials Evolution and Super Mario Bros.

Call of Duty? In what way?
#18 Edited by Still_I_Cry (2494 posts) -

Online FPS games.

Also, online fighting games.

#19 Posted by Deathmachine117 (376 posts) -

I remember being extremely close to breaking my TV and Xbox with Mortal Kombats online

#20 Posted by mrmanga (221 posts) -

The short answer would be fighting games with bosses. Mortal Kombat and so on.

The longer answer would be games where i feel powerless. Like a huge wall is in the way and i cant get over it, no matter how hard i try,

Had this problem with Mike Tysons Heavyweight Boxing for the PS 2 to mention one example.

#21 Posted by SockemJetpack (412 posts) -

Catherine. I just started playing it last night (been on the backburner for a while) and that game is infuriating!!! I guess I just don't have the brain for that block puzzle crap. I was biting my knuckle so I wouldn't call it off colour names and throw poop at the TV.

#22 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5154 posts) -

Super Meat Boy. Seriously fuck that game.

#23 Posted by ComradeKhan (686 posts) -
@Fozimuth said:
Street Fighter IV is fucking infuriating playing as Abel (in vanilla and AE before the balance patch) and sometimes Dudley.
Why? I don't doubt you, i'm just curious. What's so infuriating about playing Abel? (i've never been an Abel player).
#24 Posted by mrmanga (221 posts) -

@Twinsun: What parts of Jak 2 did you find hard? i really like those games and cant really remember too many frustrating parts. Well maybe except some of the driving stuff in 3 and "floatboard" in 2.

#25 Posted by kgb0515 (405 posts) -

COD: Black Ops. I've lost two PS3 controllers to that game. I'm just one of those people who will never be really good at FPS games, and I still try so hard it gives me fits. I've had some pretty shameful meltdowns, but I blame people like Sandy Ravage for making FPS look so easy. I almost got suckered into buying that SCUF gaming controller at one point too. Nice try though, Sandy.

#26 Posted by Jadeskye (4368 posts) -

@Popskinz: Stuntman for PS2.

#27 Posted by OtakuGamer (1285 posts) -

Super Meat Boy and Trials. God.

#28 Edited by Fozimuth (168 posts) -
@ComradeKhan
His only viable combos are one-frame links, no effective shoryuken equivalent but is susceptible to it himself (to the point that I would intentionally end combos abruptly and block to bait shoryuken, because if you miss the one-frame link you'll get hit by a shoryuken anyway), and there were only one or two high-level players to watch, while the vast majority of the rest of high-level SFIV was Ryu, Sagat, and Rufus.
 
Arcade Edition nerfed his damage, pointlessly nerfed one of his moves (c.hp) so it couldn't properly anti-air anymore, and introduced two new characters that he had a huge disadvantage against, to the point that top players who had been maining him since vanilla switched to characters like Makoto.  
 
Aside from Arcade Edition being a disaster for nearly everyone, Abel was never a bad character, but you need to actually learn how to play the character to be effective at all.  Which sounds ridiculous to any serious player, until you remember the vast, vast majority of players lnline were using overpowered vanilla Ryu (200 damage shoryuken with 3 frame startup and plenty of invincibility?  How fun) while I was trying to learn a new character with very little to go on.
 
The only frustrating parts of Super Meat Boy were the stupid gimmicks, like rockets and enemies.  You have to perfectly manipulate the rocket/ enemy/ whatever in just the right way, and if you're off by a tiny bit then your timing is completely blown and you'll get hit.
#29 Posted by MoseSSesoM (235 posts) -

Depends my mood but I can get made at some of the dumbest things in games.

#30 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Games that lack a color blindness option where telling the difference between colors is important.....beating Puzzle Chronicles without being able to tell the difference between yellow and green gems sucked.

#31 Posted by TheHT (11777 posts) -

Any game where I get lag. Nothing annoys me quite like teleporting, rubber-banding or other latency-issue phenomenon, even in co-op games.

#32 Posted by musclerider (594 posts) -

Online fighting games are the worst.

#33 Posted by Popskinz (409 posts) -
@musclerider said:
Online fighting games are the worst.
I would have to agree.
#34 Posted by Popskinz (409 posts) -
@SockemJetpack said:

Catherine. I just started playing it last night (been on the backburner for a while) and that game is infuriating!!! I guess I just don't have the brain for that block puzzle crap. I was biting my knuckle so I wouldn't call it off colour names and throw poop at the TV.

Catherine looks fun and all, but yeah, it definitely looks annoying as hell.
#35 Posted by jakkblades (401 posts) -

Fez has made me mad as shit a few times. Still love the game though.

#36 Posted by Popskinz (409 posts) -
@jakkblades said:

Fez has made me mad as shit a few times. Still love the game though.

Wait, Fez? Really?
#37 Posted by Liquidus (942 posts) -

Devil May Cry 3 on Dante Must Die mode. It's ridiculous what you have to deal with in that game on that difficulty.

#38 Posted by jakkblades (401 posts) -

@Popskinz said:

@jakkblades said:

Fez has made me mad as shit a few times. Still love the game though.

Wait, Fez? Really?

Yeah. It doesn't play fair. It's always more complicated and arduous than it looks at first. And it's always there smirking at you in its 2D voxel cuteness.

#39 Edited by efman (212 posts) -

The first time you encounter the EFFING Minotaurs in God of War 3 on normal. I was teetering on the edge of clawing my eyes out because of my inability to, right away, sense their vulnerability. The game asking me to scale down the difficuly only added to my frustration and temperament. I bet if I go back, I'd still get hung up in that section, longer than I should. I stood up and cheered, feeling like I've made history when I killed those bad boys, after, give or take, two dozen times of dying -- probably more. Damn those things.

#40 Posted by mlarrabee (3060 posts) -

I really can't think of any. There are games that would do so, but I usually "calm-quit" before I reach the point of rage. Trials HD is definitely guilty of making me grit my teeth and power off the machine.

On a semi-related note, I have no respect whatsoever for game designers whose only goal is "make it ******* hard." I like a challenge, but I need a reason to want to attempt it. Moving a 2D block to avoid AI-less hazards to get to the end doesn't do it for me.

#41 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4284 posts) -

Resident Evil 5.  Some of the design choices just bothered me so much.

#42 Posted by Popskinz (409 posts) -
@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG said:
Resident Evil 5.  Some of the design choices just bothered me so much.
Yup. Singleplayer *cough*
#43 Posted by UltimAXE (414 posts) -

Lately, it's been Soul Calibur 5. Been a huge fan of the series since 2000 and have been playing as Nightmare/Siegfried the entire time. This is, without a doubt, the worst incarnation of the character. I can't think of a single thing that he has going for him in his favor, and it's a borderline chore to play as him. He's clearly supposed to be a character that trades speed for reach and power, but his damage output isn't anything special, nor is his reach, and he's probably the easier character to read in the game. Online has been so frustrating to play with ol' Siggy.

#44 Posted by Soapy86 (2619 posts) -

Call of Duty. It's not my favorite online shooter, but my friends love it so I don't have much of a choice.

Anyway, I don't know if you guys know this or not, but DICKS play that game.

DICKS AND JERKS.

#45 Posted by RedRavN (414 posts) -

Starcraft 2 does not make me rage really but It is so stressful sometimes I just cant bear to play it anymore.

#46 Posted by Moncole (636 posts) -

When a game is unfair I get mad. I was playing Tribes and I could t get a Shrike because a person was camping and killing everyone by the spawn station. I get mad at Super Meat Biy because it always lags and that pisses me off.

#47 Posted by spartanlolz92 (511 posts) -

league of legends

but that has more to do with the community.

-__-

#48 Posted by spartanlolz92 (511 posts) -

@Jadeskye said:

@Popskinz: Stuntman for PS2.

0___o omg i remember getting so pissed at that thing

i never got futher than the dukes of hazard part

#49 Posted by Popskinz (409 posts) -
@spartanlolz92 said:

@Jadeskye said:

@Popskinz: Stuntman for PS2.

0___o omg i remember getting so pissed at that thing

i never got futher than the dukes of hazard part

Haha, looks terrible!
#50 Posted by ShaggE (6699 posts) -

@mrmanga said:

The short answer would be fighting games with bosses. Mortal Kombat and so on.

This. Even when you know how to cheese Shao Khan, he's still a complete pain in the ass, and the direct opposite of fun. That goes for most bosses in fighting games, but Shao Khan is on a special tier of unfairness. (this applies to both MK3 and MK9)