The Escapist Presents: Escapist On: Frustrating Gaming Experiences

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Escapist On: Frustrating Gaming Experiences

The Escapist staff vents about their most frustrating gaming moments.

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Doug

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COMPLETELY agree about the Mafia level. That racing track level was completely ridiculous in terms of difficulty and the way it went against every other level in the game. Fortunately, the patch later on gave you the opinion to skip.
 

Lopunny

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Aww, thats the first time i've seen some of you guys. <3 Susan Arendt^^

And I can relate to the re-speccing just for a raid thing, *sigh* Molten Core... the guild wanted me to re-spec to frost cos they were low on DPS classes and I was pom-pyro for pvping, then they all get at me for SUCKING as a frost mage, despite having nevert done it before..
 

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Hey George, if it makes you feel any better, as a hardcore raiding healer-class, I made many different non-tanking tank classes who thought they should be able to raid just like everyone else cry. If they didn't want to commit fully to the raid, as far as I was concerned, they didn't need to be there. Even good friends of mine. Boo-hoo!

And that's why I made people I knew levelling new characters and wanting to raid, level as raid spec. Yes, it's slower going, but damnit, they were going to know how to play thier character before joining my raid group. Not after.
 

Caimekaze

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That was fun to watch.

I love Megaman-frustration. I love a decent skills challenge.

Eventually I will just rage-quit and play something else if it take too long, though, so flash games are ideal for me for that sort of challenge.

Oh, by fun to watch? I meant really fun to watch, giggled the whole way through~
 

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The last time I got frustrated by a game was in GTA Chinatown Wars when I was carrying a bunch of drugs but then because it's so damn hard to avoid getting police after you when driving I lost all of them, which essentially put me back to the beginning.
 

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Oh I remember that mission on Mafia.
I broke a keyboard in frustration.

Afterthought: It's weird seeing you staffers on video. I'm not sure why, but it is.
 

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I love these videos. they provide perspective on games. I had no idea what Russ looked like. amazingly cool look there Russ
 

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Oh my God! That Mafia mission was the work of Satan. It completely was out of place compared to the rest of the game and it had the shittiest handle for a car and the most atrocious track ever. Every driver AI was programmed to drive perfectly and some would ram you. There were no saves for the checkpoints and a minor collision would kill you. If you didn't get first place you were screwed.

I never finished the race. I had to download a saved game. I put some of my racing game enthusiast friends to the challenge to beat it. None of them did. One of them who was autistic took it so personally that he cracked my keyboard in anger and yelled.

Doug said:
COMPLETELY agree about the Mafia level. That racing track level was completely ridiculous in terms of difficulty and the way it went against every other level in the game. Fortunately, the patch later on gave you the opinion to skip.
The patches Illusion released were notorious for being buggy. Every patch I tried completely fubared the game. I then had to endure reinstalling the game through all four or five CDs.
 

Jon Etheridge

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Awesome vid guys. :)

I got one. GTA San Andreas: Now understand I bought a PS2 specifically to play this game. I had played GTA3 and Vice City on the PC before that but I couldn't wait to play this one so I broke down and bought my first PS2.

Got the game running and loved the hell out of it. (still do, It's one of my favs.) But I got to ONE mission. This ONE mission was the most frustrating thing in the world to me because I wasn't yet familiar with the button placement on the PS2 controller. It was the mission where you had to go to a beach party.... and dance to the song: Hollywood Swingin by Kool and the Gang.. It was as simple as hitting the right button at the right time but when you don't know where X or Square are yet... I failed that mission a good 50,000 times and was about to break my TV, PS2, and Dreamcast just for good measure.

I haven't been that mad in a while thankfully... although the 45 second load screen you have to sit though on Ghostbusters every time you die is starting to really piss me off...

-Jon Etheridge
-Creator of Apocalypse Lane
 

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My most frustrating moment was in the OG NES days.

1. Super Spike V'ball. I was at the championship which was 10x harder than any match up to that point, I spent hours trying to beat it. Finally I got soo frustrated, I hulk-smashed my NES Advantage Controller and broke the circuit board inside. Stupid game cost me an expensive controller.
 

mrhertz

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Two things come to my mind at 1st:

1) Turn Based Style (final fantasies and the likes)
But the best i can remember is the " TURN BASED THING ",

CHECK THIS OUT... a pic I made here --> http://digg.com/u16UJL

It expresses exactly what I think of turn based style. Do you agree with it?


2) Even practicing since from my childhood, I am treated like a retard when an MMO asks me to keep pressing F1, F2, F3, F1, F2, F3... so on, so on. What happened to aim, shoot, get close, back off? All I gotta do is to press the damn buttons and expect to get lucky to get criticals and lots of HP potions.

This is completely against years of refinement on joysticks.


And lets be fair, the leveling system SUCKS! It completely takes off the point of the game, unless you enter on a mind trip of "grinding for 1340 items is fun"... "spending 5 months to reach a combat level is fun"... "using the same formation on raid bosses is fun (tank > double swords & rogues > archers > mages > healers)"


This is it.... see you on the next level.
 

Lvl 64 Klutz

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Jon Etheridge said:
I haven't been that mad in a while thankfully... although the 45 second load screen you have to sit though on Ghostbusters every time you die is starting to really piss me off...

-Jon Etheridge
-Creator of Apocalypse Lane
Wow, that's some junk 360. I've never waited more than 10 seconds.
 

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My recent most pique of frustration came from playing L4D recently. I was the only guy that was any where near the ten minute mark of the game, about half a minute. The other two idiots (The fourth having lost his connection during the game launch), who hadn't played the map yet (Construction Yard), remained on the top of the frame work while I remained in the lower level where it's much easier to defend. I kept telling them that the smokers were going to get them. What happens? Why yes, the smokers killed them. I managed to save them three times with pistols and almost single-handedly took down a tank by myself. Then they rage quit. Before that, I was playing the map that comes before at the elevator point and we were holding in the large room viewing the ammo and guns. Two idiots keep walking in front of the door way blocking my view and getting hit the odd time and start complaining that I'm shooting at them in the back. I point out that they keep running in and out of the way like idiots and they try to kick me. Luckily the fourth player wasn't an idiot like them and voted no. They rage quit after that and we managed to get gold medals for the two guys that joined a little later.

Though, my most frustrating moment in gaming? Playing Star Wars: Rogue Squadron and trying to get the gold medals. Anyone who has played this game will know what I'm talking about.
 

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Too human, the game was insanely hard and that death scene just can't be skipped. I really wanted to like that game, but I just didn't have a good time with it. I'm sorry Silicon Knights.
 

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I would have to say burnout. your just rushing through tracks EXTREMELY FAST and your dodging cars like frogger at light speed and if it's a time mission you have to do the whole thing while boosting. So your going extremely fast and your just dodging cars left and right well when your just about to hit the end there always seems to be a whole group of cars that just appear out of no were and crash right into you. You see your car pass the finish line and you think thank god, but they don't count that and send you back to were you crash and you basically miss the gold medal.

another problem with that game is you have to get in the zone to play it. you have to basically gain a sixth sense to tell where the cars will appear.
 

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good piece, very entertaining.

except, please, fix your audio levels on your videos
 

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My frustrating moment was when I just got Halo Wars and for about a week I was playing the story. A week or so later, I decided to give online multiplayer a try. The third match I get in to, I'm fighting players with the highest rank possible in that game, who do nothing but mass produce a single cheap unit like the warthog or the banshee and then rush before you can even begin to produce your own units.

And who thought it was a good idea to give Regret his shield right when he comes out. Soo many times players online would build the temple right when they start so he can quickly come out. Then immidently rush to the enemy's base and use his overpowered special to quickly decimate the place. You cant really fight back because his shield is too strong and hard to drain. And if you are able to get rid of his shield he can simply teleport back, recharge, and repeat his rush. It really ruins the game for me.
 

Acenan

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there are two tings i hate/(fustrats me) in gaming:

1. escort quest/mission

2. unlockable content for the multiplayer... that you have unlock in the singelplayer (and those ting you have to do is so screwd opp and game breaking)...

And i remember that mission in "freespace" the same happen to me i went:

Whata!! %&/ %&/ #¤%&" #".....