So now Zero Punctuation has reviewed the most lacking in good and the most having in good games ever (joking, of course). Admittedly it did allow for more Let's Drown Out references in the faster form so who am I to complain?
Many publishers complained about Nintendo's third party licencing rules back in the NES days but it was all to prevent the atari crash all over again. So yeah someone did learn something....only to forget it many years later.
I find it funny that he brings up that notion of Nintendo stigmatizing gaming when they did that only a few years ago with Gabby Douglas drawing on a 3DS and declaring "I'm not a gamer" like it was positive thing.
The whole history of humanity is pretty learning lessons the hard way only to forget them pretty quickly so as to repeat the whole cycle all over again. As the saying goes the more things change the more people will fuck up...wait I may have gotten that mixed up.
I get the feeling next time we're going to be taking a look at the bit wars of the 90s. Maybe he'll bring up the 3DO. Remember that? I highly doubt it, considering what a bomb it was. I only ever knew what it is because of the AVGN.
On a side note, is anyone else getting a little paranoid about the flood of low quality indie games on Steam? It just has me nervous. It probably won't crash the entire industry, but it might cause a recession in indie games.
I'd like to live in the alternate world where Magnavox Odyssey prevented Atari & other consoles from ever existing. Then we could all have debates over Ralph Baer vs. Bill Gates when it comes to console vs. Windows PC.
And then maybe Humble Bundle & Steam wouldn't exist. So I couldn't make them take my money.
Still kind of odd ET is the worst game ever when compared to Custer's Revenge.
Well, it's certainly bad...but WORST?
I can think of less playable games.
"It caused the crash of 83'!"
No, not really. The shovelware gambit was going on for YEARS without relent or remorse at that point. E.T. is just the lynchpin because it was attached to a very prominent Spielburg film rather than the likes of "Contamination .7"
It's pure grain shit, make no mistake. But at least it doesn't crash every 10 fucking minutes, or wipe all your saves, or render the cart completely and utterly unplayable (Mega Man Battle Network 4 had a glitch that did exactly that).
I'm glad that Yahtzee actually brought that to light. Good on him.
Huh. Did anyone else think it looked like ET had a "coin purse"?
Anyway, that was an interesting diversion for the drought.
I too wonder what the games industry would be like if Atari hadn't pooed the bed, but kind of like Yahtzee said, ET was really just the final nail in their coffin. ;p
Also, don't worry Yahtzee. You'll be back to having too many games soon enough. ;D
Interestingly, I think nowadays there is has been a resurgence of the problem that led to the crash: that of 3rd parties running rampant. While it isn't because of inexperience it is because of ineptitude. While revenue has increased, profits seem to decrease perhaps due to budgets inflating. You can also blame this on developers not cutting back on worthless bullshit and pushing cinematic but ultimately shallow experiences that don't really do anything for the industry. Thus we have the gaming equivalent of the New Hollywood movement; a bunch of arrogant, wannabe auteurs wasting money like it grows on trees but unlike New Hollywood they don't have the talent to balance it out (there is a distinct lack of Godfathers, Taxi Drivers, Apocalypse Nows, and The French Connections in the industry). Thus we have an industry that thinks it's bigger than it really is and refuses to cut back even thought it'd be in their best long-term interests. Maybe I would believe it's due to cynical cash-grabbing if it weren't for the fact that too many company have been making stupid business decisions. If they're going to be businessmen, at least be COMPETENT businessmen.
And Rei Ayanami is clearly (clearly) the better embodiment of the word "waifu". Between her and Asuka, there's no debate. (Disclaimer: I have never watched Evangelion, but I have read the F*ckin' Otaku review [https://web.archive.org/web/20101120143240/http://catsonmars.com/otaku/articles/eva.php] of it.)