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MTV’S Best and Worst Video Games

Posted in Other by notasfatasmike on November 18, 2006

(Props to the folks over at the Nuklear Power Forums, which is where I originally saw this.)

Apparently, MTV recently held some sort of poll to determine the 10 best and worst games of all times. The voting was done at Game Trailers. I’m sorry the information I have is so sketchy, but MTV’s website is damn near impossible to navigate. I found a link that supposedly went to the link, but it actually didn’t. So, no link to MTV’s website. Take that, giant media conglomerate!

Anyway, onto the list. I have lots of disagreements with this list. Let’s begin, shall we?

Ten Worst Games

10. Bad Boys: Miami Takedown – I’ve never played, but it’s a licenced game, so it’s probably terrible. But here’s my question: as far as I can tell, the only reason this is on the list is because it’s a recent licenced game that was bad. It seems to me that in the history of gaming, there were probably worse examples.

9. Barbie Horse Adventures – OK, you guys read Penny Arcade. Haha, very funny. Now, all of you who voted for this: raise your hands if you actually played this game. Yeah, 3 of you. That’s what I thought.

8. Bubsy 3D – This game is pretty bad, but I’ve only heard of it in one context prior to this list: Seanbaby’s list of the worst games of all time. And apparently, Seanbaby was on the show where this list aired, so it wouldn’t be surprising if this were only on here because people had previously heard jokes about it.

7. Zero Wing – Another game, another internet meme. I’m sensing a pattern, here, buddy.

6. Pac-Man (the Atari port) – Finally, a game that was available in decent numbers, and is truly terrible. This one deserves its spot.

5. The Legend of Zelda: Wand of Gamelon (CDi game) – OK, I’m fairly certain that, at most, 8 people owned anything that would’ve been capable of playing this game. Just to clarify, I’m not saying that these picks are necessarily unfounded – it just bother me that list seems to be “Top Ten Games that Gamers have heard are the Worst Game of all time ad infinitum” rather than gamers legitimately voting on games that they have played and found truly horrible.

4. Shaq-Fu – Hey, no argument here. Now might be a decent time to point you to the greatest Shaq-Fu site on the Internet.

3. Custer’s Revenge – Again, there were enough people who played a porn game for the Atari to believe that it was the 3rd worst game of all time? I guess I never expected “Atari Pornography Fans” to be such a huge demographic.

2. E.T.
1. Superman 64
-These two, I have no complaint about. Superman 64 was (unfortunately) widely available, and it is one of the most horrible things I’ve ever experienced. E.T. is probably on here more because of the copies buried in the desert than the game itself, but the game is terrible, too.

Now, onto the “10 Greatest Games of All Time”

10. Resident Evil 4 – I think it’s a little early to be claiming this. Not that I’m necessarily against recent games being on such list, but it is always a bit dangerous – will people still think about this game so fondly in, say, 5 years? Look at how well the original RE has aged, and you’ll get an idea why I’m saying this. The jury’s still out here, but this spot might be justified.
9. Halo – OK. I’m going to try really hard not to let my biases show through here. I am TERRIBLE at Halo. Pretty much at all FPS games, to be honest (with the insane exception of the Unreal Tournament games – go figure). My complaint is not that a game I’m no good at is on this list; That’s my problem, not the list’s. My argument here is that the importance of Halo, in my estimation is being vastly overestimated. It was the main launch title for the X-Box – of course it was popular. Having played it more than I really ever wanted to, I can tell you that it doesn’t really innovate in all that many ways. If they wanted to represent the FPS genre with this choice, they should have went with Doom or Goldeneye, no question.
8. Metal Gear Solid – No argument here. Innovative game, still fun to play today. Solid choice.
7. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – Errr, I don’t think so. GTA III was the innovator, and GTA:VC shipped with way fewer bugs than San Andreas did. What else did SA have going for it? It has a really big map? So do MMORPGs, and I don’t see those on here.
6. Final Fantasy VII – I’m not really fully equipped to talk about this (my moment of heresy for this article: I’m only about 10 hours into the game – Sorry, I didn’t have a Playstation when this came out), but the general impression that I get is that this game deserves its spot.
5. Tecmo Super Bowl – I want to ask a little mental exercise, of you, the reader: Go and play Tecmo Super Bowl. Dig it out of your closet, and play it, and then tell me, without a sense of nostalgia, that this is the 5th greatest game of ALL TIME. Fond memories of a game are all well and good, but when making lists like this you have to take in the complete gamut of gaming history, not just really old games you liked when you were a kid. This is not me saying that this game doesn’t deserve its spot because the modern Madden games look better or are more complex; that’s not something I would even try to argue. I’m just saying, I have a hard time buying that a decent-to-good NES football game is really the 5th greatest game of all time.
4. Super Mario 64 / Super Mario World – I don’t know how they got away with this hybrid entry, but it makes it kind of hard to argue against. I didn’t really care for SM64, but it certainly was innovative, and I have no quarrel with SMW. I think lumping two games from one series in as a single entry is kind of unfair, but I’ll let it slide.
3. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting – HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…..wait, what? No. No way in hell this game should be on this list. Maybe you could argue Mortal Kombat because it was innovative, but this is a much tougher sell. I loved the Street Fighter games, but they don’t deserve to come anywhere near “Greatest Games” lists that don’t also include the word “Fighting” in them.
2. Tetris – How crazy do you think I am? Of course this game should be here!
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – Well, I can see…HEY! For a second I thought that said “Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past”, a game that one could actually argue is the greatest game of all time. But “Ocarina of Time”? Really? Maybe this is a personal thing; I have to concede that this game is pretty much at the top of my list for “Most Overrated Games”, but this kind of helps my point. The plot is nothing new; it’s the same plot we’ve seen in every Zelda game prior and (almost) every Zelda game since. The controls are actually pretty clumsy, which everybody seems to forget. I generally minimize my complaints about sound, but for a game that essentially strong-armed you into actually playing with the sound on, they sure did put in a lot of obnoxious yapping from that fairy. “HEY! LISTEN!” Yeah, I already heard you! Shut up! And also, this game is really too easy. Oh, it takes a long time, sure, but that doesn’t mean it’s difficult. I’m sorry, but this is another case of nostalgia clouding people’s judgement.

So, yeah, I was a little bit unhappy with this list. You got a problem with that? Leave a comment and we’ll duke it out.

-Matt #2


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  1. Tydeus said,

    (Tydeus of NPF here)

    As to Ocarina of Time being romanticized over time — I was without a console for July and August, and when I moved, I came upon my old N64, and OoT. I playd the game again, and remembered how much I loved it, and how innovative it was. It basically laid all the framework for the cinematic storytelling that we now expect of a game for it to be called “good.” Yeah, the story wasn’t new, but the way it was told was. It changed what games could aspire to, and that kind of ceiling-shattering achievement is always a boon to the industry.

    Plus it was still really, really fun, what, like, eight years later? And there definitely are puzzles that do take some effort to complete. But, you rarely (if ever) get frustrated, and it’s satisfying when you do complete a puzzle, because they did such a good job of integrating everything you’ve learned/acquired thus far into each puzzle.

    And, again, it’s just darn fun. I have friends to whom money is no object, and who assume they will be getting all 3 consoles every generation, and shitloads of games. In short, you’d expect their memories and patience to be short, but they still play OoT. Seriously — they compete by playing simultaneously and trying to finish it first. I think they got it down to an even 7 hours.

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