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Ride to Hell: Retribution is a bad game, but it has an entertainment factor that cannot be denied. It’s the reason our Test Chamber of the game is so entertaining, and why a group of editors stayed up all night live streaming the game. It’s a hilarious train wreck with fully-clothed sex scenes, and you just can’t look away.
There are a number of games like Ride to Hell that are described as, “so bad, it’s good,” but I wonder if the second part of that statement – “It’s good” – is true. Do you actually want to play these types of games by yourself? Is there joy in playing these games without an audience, or is being part of the audience that watches the game be played the only way to truly enjoy it?
Pictured above: Tim Turi severely regretting his decision to play Ride to Hell: Retribution all night, and Ben Hanson. Photo courtesy of GI intern Brian Albert.
I was among the many editors that crowded around Dan Ryckert as he reviewed the game, and I tuned into the live stream to see more of it, but I will never take the time to play the game myself. How about you? It's hilarious, but it's an experience I am perfectly comfortable letting somebody else endure for my own entertainment.
Also, while we're at it, what are some of your favorite hilariously bad games?
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Friday the 13th for the nes. That game was hard as hell and made me jump everytime Jason popped up. I didn't know or think it was a bad game at the time, only in hindsight when i see it talked about online. Back in the old days we just played what we thought was fun...man times have changed.
Sonic the hedgehog (2006) that game was bad, but as a sonic fan i had to finish it.
Well, I have a strange fascination with movie based games so I've played more than my fair share of stinkers. Also, if a game has gotten particularly bad reviews I might rent it to see if it really is that horrible. Aliens: Colonial Marines fits into that category.
I do like playing bad games because it can give you a good laugh and make you understand the difference between a bad and a average game.
Play them? Hell, I bought several so that I could properly experience them. Shaq-Fu, Daikatana, Superman 64, Pit Fighter, E.T. (2600), Pac-Man (2600), etc.
All part of my shining collection.
In all honesty, I try to avoid bad games as much as possible. The concept of "So bad, it's good" doesn't really connect with me as much as it does with other gamers that I know and I actively check out reviews before I go purchasing any titles...
That being said, I've loved every Sonic game that Sega has put out aside from Sonic The Hedgehog(2006) and Sonic Chronicles. And yes, to a degree, that makes me a hypocrite. >.>
I'll never pay for a bad game, I simply don't want to spend the money or the time. On the other hand, I do watch bad films, it is a great thing to do with a few buddies, and it won't take 9+ hours of your life. Watching bad films is also a sort of badge you can put on your lapel, on the other hand playing bad games make you look crazy.
Not if I have a choice. That is one of the main reasons we tune into the features on this site don't we Kyle? BUT there are some games which I admit I would still give a shot because I was a fan of its earlier iterations (Silent Hill etc) but largely I avoid getting bad games if I can help it.
PS: I remember Tim being so upset when he thought there was a bad glitch in the game that reverts to a very early check point in the game. Ah Turi you need to stop taking every game seriously.
Do Dynasty Warriors games count?
Even though "bad" is subjective, not typically. If it's free, but I'd never pay for a bad game. In most cases, I do plenty of research before I make a purchase.
Feautring, Ben "Cheesedick/dirtpoop" Hanson, Tim "what it is" Turi, Dan "Annoy the hell out of him" Ryckert, Jason "LUCKY ***" Oestreicher, Hermes "WHEN IS SEX" 7282, Lisa "Sorry, am I too loud?" Oestreicher, and many more!
I don't know if it counts, but I loved the hell out of Rengoku II, even though everyone else in the world thought it was crap. And I have been curious to play Duke Nukem Forever, if I can get it between 1 dollar and free somewhere.
Final Fantasy Crystal Bearers. Poor controls, but I actually liked it alot... XD
No, I would even say I rarely indulge in "okay" games very often. Too many good games, too little time.
Don't we all if you who me a gamer who has never played a game ill show you a liar.
Earth defense force hands down. Lots of things wrong with the game but oh so entertaining
If I think its going to be bad , I check tons of reviews then make my choice.
I rented Star Trek from Redbox and got through that in a little over a day. Bad games can be painfully frustrating. I was exhausted after 5 hours of Star Trekking.