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#1 coleco82 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:28 AM

I am tired of the ET bashing. ET is actually fun and playable if you read the manual and use your brain. If you cannot read or use your brain then of course to you its bad!.
I could beat ET in less than 10 minutes once I figured it out.
Now.. Firefly is horrible, worse than a taco bell burrito coming out of satans butthole.
I have played firefly so lets see.... poorly programmed.. the game is I think 4 or 5 screens long.. when you shoot a group of 3 enemies, all 3 disappear instead of the one you just shot.
Once you get past the 3rd or 4th screen (which takes 2 seconds) this alleged "poopgame" is done
Members of the AA community please feel free to list truly "bad" games for the Atari 2600, I would like to know what are the truly "septic tank" games.

#2 Bill Loguidice OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:21 AM

There is nothing wrong with classifying ET as amongst the Atari 2600's collection of bad games. If you like it, though, great, it's all just personal opinion anyway, and I'm sure there's some people out there who would defend even the likes of Superman 64.

 

The one problem with coming up with a list of bad games today I think is that we may in fact classify certain games as bad with 40 years of heightened expectations. With that said, a bad game then is definitely still a bad game now. I know one game I was crushingly disappointed in was Sneak n' Peek. The visuals on the box promised so much, yet the gameplay was simply not there. I absolutely wouldn't play that game today.



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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:37 AM

Worse than ET:

Swordquest Fireworld
Swordquest Earthworld
Probably Waterworld too, but I've never played it.
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The one problem with coming up with a list of bad games today I think is that we may in fact classify certain games as bad with 40 years of heightened expectations. With that said, a bad game then is definitely still a bad game now. I know one game I was crushingly disappointed in was Sneak n' Peek. The visuals on the box promised so much, yet the gameplay was simply not there. I absolutely wouldn't play that game today.


I thought the visuals of Sneak n' Peek were close to what the box promised. And the game is simple hide and seek. But I think maybe the problem there was that Hide and Seek isn't a game that translates well to videogames? Especially when one player is forced to close their eyes.

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:39 AM

You are obviously in error.  Decades of editorials paid for by the current rulers of the videogame world as well as thousands of half-wit internet personalities desperate to prove their "street cred" have taught us that E.T. was the worst game of all time.  Please report to the nearest re-education center for correction to your programming.

 

::looks around::

 

Swordquest: Earthworld is worse.

 

 

 



#5 Bill Loguidice OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:42 AM

I thought the visuals of Sneak n' Peek were close to what the box promised. And the game is simple hide and seek. But I think maybe the problem there was that Hide and Seek isn't a game that translates well to videogames? Especially when one player is forced to close their eyes.

 

To clarify, what I meant was was that the visuals promised more than the gameplay could back up. It's a shame those visuals were wasted on that gameplay.



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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:44 AM

Worse than ET:

Probably Waterworld too, but I've never played it.

 

Actually WaterWorld DOES have a rhyme and reason behind solving it.

The manual certainly doesn't explain it to you though!

However, as you drop and pick up items, you are constantly getting picture clues on the top bar of the screen.

Start writing them down, and possibly what you did to trigger them, (been a while since I played... maybe I will again...) you will soon unravel a puzzle; and when you do, running around and seeing the fruits of your labor pay off... it really was a fun play through when I did it, but that was over a decade ago now...jeez... more like 15 years... anyway I was in the mindset these games had logic to them and was trying to figure them out. Long story short, that was how I found AA here and learned so much more. In the end, EW and FW are just pointless Peesashitz, but WaterWorld surprised me when I actually figured it out.

 

I wonder what the prices are like on EBay these days... I really would like to have it for my collection, even just the loose cart.

 

EDIT: Holy shit... there's ONE listed... for 300 bucks!!! I remember them being listed complete with ALL the paperwork for like a hundred (....uhh 15 years ago...) and I thought that was crazy! nope wait, two... the other is only $180... phew! almost wasted some money there! ;)


Edited by Torr, Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:51 AM.


#7 Tempest OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:44 AM

Worse than ET:

Swordquest Fireworld
Swordquest Earthworld
Probably Waterworld too, but I've never played it.

 

I agree 100%.  Even with the contest those games just aren't ANY fun.  E.T. is an acquired taste, I kind of like it although it's not one of my favorites or anything.    

 

BTW I'd also add all the Mythicon games to that list along with some of the Froggo and Data Age games.  All much crappier than E.T.



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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:48 AM

I have read the manual. And the extra tip sheet thing that came with E.T. And you know what? I still think it's a bad game. I get absolutely no enjoyment out of running around looking for the randomly placed magic patches of grass where E.T. can use his powers. I'm just as sick and tired of the "just read the manual" posts as I am the "E.T. caused the crash" posts.

You want games are worse than E.T.? Try Shark Attack and Donkey Kong Jr.

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:56 AM

Members of the AA community please feel free to list truly "bad" games for the Atari 2600, I would like to know what are the truly "septic tank" games.

http://www.atarimani...i-bi_12329.html

It's unplayable due to a bug.

 

And ofcourse this one:
http://www.atarimani...ong_s12649.html

Horrible creation.

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:07 PM

I am tired of the ET bashing. ET is actually fun and playable if you read the manual and use your brain. If you cannot read or use your brain then of course to you its bad!.
I could beat ET in less than 10 minutes once I figured it out.
Now.. Firefly is horrible, worse than a taco bell burrito coming out of satans butthole.
I have played firefly so lets see.... poorly programmed.. the game is I think 4 or 5 screens long.. when you shoot a group of 3 enemies, all 3 disappear instead of the one you just shot.
Once you get past the 3rd or 4th screen (which takes 2 seconds) this alleged "poopgame" is done
Members of the AA community please feel free to list truly "bad" games for the Atari 2600, I would like to know what are the truly "septic tank" games.

 

Absolutely agree. Leave that manufactured hate to the Buzzfeeds and WatchMojos of the world who've latched onto E.T. as clickbait. 



#11 AtariWarlord OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:10 PM

I have read the manual. And the extra tip sheet thing that came with E.T. And you know what? I still think it's a bad game. I get absolutely no enjoyment out of running around looking for the randomly placed magic patches of grass where E.T. can use his powers. I'm just as sick and tired of the "just read the manual" posts as I am the "E.T. caused the crash" posts.

You want games are worse than E.T.? Try Shark Attack and Donkey Kong Jr.

You must have some issues with a lot of modern games, which often require running around looking for randomly placed objects just about more than anything else. Not that there's anything wrong with not liking modern AAA games, just trying to point out that E.T. may be more prescient than it's given credit for. 



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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:07 PM

Aren't you guys forgetting the perverted crap that was put out by Mystique and Playaround?



#13 DrSidneyZweibel OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:00 PM

Aren't you guys forgetting the perverted crap that was put out by Mystique and Playaround?

do you mean because they are bad games, or because you consider them "perverted"?

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:04 PM

Aren't you guys forgetting the perverted crap that was put out by Mystique and Playaround?

 

A few of them are more fun than E.T.



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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:05 PM

I get tired of hearing 2600 pacman and donkey kong getting bashed. They aren't great but IMO are fun in their own right and are not anywhere near the worst on the system.



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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:08 PM

Aren't you guys forgetting the perverted crap that was put out by Mystique and Playaround?

 

Among my favorites!



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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:13 PM

I am tired of the 'I am tired of E.T. bashing' threads.


Edited by toiletunes, Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:14 PM.


#18 DrSidneyZweibel OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:19 PM

The thing about ET isn't that it was a bad game. It's that Atari over marketed and overproduced too many of them at a time when Video games took a minor, temporary dip in popularity. Everyone calls it the "crash of 1984". But there wasn't really a crash. The market was over saturated, but the products weren't increasing in quality. So people started buying home computers, and went back to the arcades until 1985, when NES, Sega, and later Atari came back to home consoles with higher quality games.

If you want to blame anyone for the "crash", blame Colecovision, Atari's 5200, and Apple.

But it wasn't a crash. It was a generational transition. It was the first time home consoles got a big overhaul. Were used to every 6-8 years companies come out with a new console now. Back then, everyone wanted something better, but most companies were holding onto old tech to squeeze the life out of them, dollar wise.

Edited by DrSidneyZweibel, Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:20 PM.


#19 KaeruYojimbo OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:42 PM

I am tired of the 'I am tired of E.T. bashing' threads.

 

I am soooo tempted to start an "I'm tired of the 'I'm tired of E.T. bashing' threads" thread right now.


Edited by KaeruYojimbo, Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:43 PM.


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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:04 PM

If you do, please post a link in the thread thread (general chat).



#21 coleco82 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:09 PM

Apologies to anyone to thought I was starting a war, because I was not.

<BR> Donkey Kong I like even with its paltry 2 levels. </BR>

<BR> Yes anything by mythicon was uberpoop stuff</BR>

<BR> I stick with Activision, Parker Bros, Imagic, and some Konami too.</BR>

Too bad there was no us release of my golf that's a good golf game for the ol 2600.

My 0.02 cents

#22 Lauren Tyler OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:10 PM

do you mean because they are bad games, or because you consider them "perverted"?

 

It's not so much the perverted content that the fact that most of them are, well, pretty poor quality in terms of game play.  Like, Custer's Revenge, for example, all you do is move left and right dodging arrows, then when you get to the end, you rapidly press the fire button.  Granted, there's the variation with cacti, but still.  The only thing you do is move left and right and rapidly tap the fire button.

 

Also, Beat 'Em And Eat 'Em/Philly Flasher.  It's more like a cheap knockoff of Kaboom! in my opinion.

 

Knight on the Town/Lady In Wading is really unusual in my opinion in that you're trying to build a bridge in the shortest possible time.  My biggest gripe here is with the controls, in that your character moves rather slowly and the jumping mechanism is a bit off.

 

I could go into more detail, but that's just a few of my examples.  Yes, I know they're adults only games, but I still think the designers used the adults only theme as a way to appeal to older audiences in hopes that they'd ignore the poor game play.



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Posted Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:53 PM

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Posted Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:13 AM

Let's bash NES games, more fun. Start with LJN



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Posted Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:32 AM

Let's bash NES games, more fun. Start with LJN


Don't you dare say Friday the 13th is a bad game! It's a family favorite in this household. Lol.




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