Catch 'Em All (but Maybe Avoid These)

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Each week throws off several new video game lists ranging from the humorous to the trivial. What's better? A list of those. Here's a roundup of the rundowns out there.

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10 Ridiculous Pokémon Products [UGO] I'm appalled that the Pikachu menstrual pad didn't make this list.

The 10 Greatest Poop Moments in Gaming [Ranker] We've all slurped from a commode in Fallout - - hey, don't act like you haven't. Revisit nine other great toilet humor punchlines in video games with this list, from Castle Crashers to Metal Gear Solid.

Top 12 Enemy Movement Patterns [1Up] Here's an interesting, and spot-on, roundup from 1Up, what is basically 10 AI clichés in video games. Drawn largely from platformers, I'm still a little surprised that "run toward the exploding barrels" didn't make the cut.

Useless Video Game Weapons [ShortList] Toy Laser Sword represents Dead Rising's arsenal of crap. Raphael's sais were crap in the cartoon (can't stab anyone, of course) and worse in a video game.

Five Things We Learned from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Games [Joystick Division] And on that note, here's Joystick Division with a look back at the universal truths dispensed by TMNT. "Sais are crappy weapons," would have made for a good No. 6

DISCUSSION

They totally left out on of the most annoying enemy movement patterns... The worst one, IMO...

THE MIRROR MOVEMENT PATTERN - When an enemy mirrors or mimics every move you make effectively rendering your strategies useless, or worse.... Self destructive!

It's one of the more rare patterns and the only characters that come to mind at the moment are Dark Link, Mega Man's Copy Bot and the Skinless Doppelganger Lara Croft. I believe there's been mimic bosses in Mario as well, though I can't remember exactly what they were called or which games they've appeared in. I hate mirror pattern enemies! Which probably means I hate myself.

Can anyone else name any mirror pattern enemies? I'm sure there's more.