Worst ever video game gets a documentary

Somewhere on this site I’ve discussed the history of “ET: The Extra Terrestrial” video game.  It’s the most awful gaming experience you’ll ever have, well at least it was.

Today playing the game is a blast back into the past and its failures in game design are viewed with whimsy and reminiscence.

Earlier this year a major event took place to find the untold numbers of the actual game cartridges that were buried in a New Mexico dump back in the early ’80’s.  Yes, that is a true story as we now know, and there’s a documentary coming out this fall to prove it.  Below is the trailer released at Comic-Con last week.

Wreck-It-Ralph is All 8Bit Love

Bugs Bunny with his Disney rival Mickey Mouse ...

Disney is rolling out a new movie this year that is very much in the great spirit of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?“.  That great 1988 movie that not only mixed animated and live characters, but wonderfully brought cartoon characters from different companies together.  In fact, it is still the only place you will ever see Micky Mouse and Bugs Bunny on the same screen together (right).

The movie Disney is delivering this year is all animated, no live people, but does bring together video game character from many of the great video arcade games of the past.  “Wreck-It-Ralph” tells the story of Ralph, a big oaf of a guy that is the villain in a console game that looks similar to Donkey Kong called, Fix-It Felix Jr.  Basic plot:  Ralph wants to be a “good guy” now and begins to jump from game to game trying to find his new place and in the meantime we see characters from all sorts of video game greats.

You’ll see characters from PacMac, Sonic, Street Fighter, Super Mario, Q*Q*Bert, Mortal Kombat Frogger and more.

This all may play much better for an audience, like me, that was raised on quarter-dumping into standing consoles in arcades and 7-11’s across the country.  But hopefully, the youth today that was raised on playing games exclusively at home and online will have an appreciation of where that gaming heritage comes from.

This looks fun.  Its out November 2nd.

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Play Your Own Don Draper 8-Bit Hanky Panky

Somebody has a lot of time, creativity and love.  That person, listed as DOCTOR OCTOROC, presents it in the form of not only old skool 8-bit, but also “choose your own adventure” video gaming/storytelling with AMC’s Mad Men.

Yes “people under the age of 30”, this is how video gaming used to be.  We had a button, a joystick, linear storytelling and blocky-large pixel’d graphics, and we liked it.

This is so great, it hurts. (thnx to @McMike79 for bringing it to my attention!)



South Park: The Video Game?

On the whole, video games based on TV, movies or cartoons – suck.

But when it comes to Matt Stone and Trey Parker, you just have to think that if they are going to make a video game based on South Park, it will be awesome.


Because these two guys are the Radiohead and Pixar of their genre – their stuff generally just doesn’t stink, it’s really, really good.  Movies, cartoons and now Tony-winning musicals all are pretty good ammo that the two know what they’re doing.  (Ok, the 1998 South Park game for the Nintendo 64 was pretty bad)

So, now we hear that 2012 will bring us a game for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 by Odsidian Entertainment (Star Wars: KotOR, and Neverwinter Nights) and we can only hope that it captures the totally inappropriate funny of the show.

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