Adam West: Batman, Mayor, Star Of Terrible Video Games

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The real joy of seeing Adam West do anything on the screen is that, even at his worst, he can make the most dreadful thing fun. Because he is Adam West.


From the 60s Batman series to Family Guy, that's been the rule, and it applies also to Golden Nugget, a game which might sound like it's about precious turds, but is actually about gambling.

Originally released on the PC, then later ported to the N64, PlayStation and...Game Boy Advance, it's a casino game. That's it. You get some money, you bet money on various games, you either win or you lose.


The awesome thing about Golden Nugget, though - and thanks to VGJunk for giffing it up earlier today - is that like so many PC games from the 90s, because it shipped on a CD-ROM, it felt the need to go that extra mile. Get some actors involved. Like, you know, Adam West.

The clip above, courtesy of Sardius, shows every movie clip in the game. You really should watch, there are few CD-ROM games (though this footage is actually from the PlayStation version) of the era that are this smooth. Or feature this many waggling cigars.

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The great thing about actors like Adam West is that they belong to a very special category of actor I like to refer as: "Bomb Proof"

A "Bomb Proof" actor or actress is capable of appearing in terrible movies that bomb at the box and walk away with their careers completely intact. It doesn't who their character is, what kind of role it is, who the director is, the medium, NONE of that matters. A Bomb-Proof actor is going to walk away from it smelling fresh as a daisy. And arguably the greatest of the Bomb-Proof actors is this guy:

This guy has been just about everything in everything and has a career and fan following to rival the younger, more "hip" Hollywood stars. If your movie has Tim Curry in it, it doesn't matter how bad or how awful everything about the film is, Tim Curry is going to shine through it.

Typically, Bomb-Proof actors and actresses are older and more experienced which is part of what makes them so Bomb-Proof. They have a track record behind them that shows where they've been, what they've done, and the more varied and illustrious the resume, the better.

Also, for a good example of a Bomb-Proof Actress: the best one I can think of is Betty White:

That woman can get away with ANYTHING! :)