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For The Love Of Bad Video Games

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While others spend their time debating the best games of the year, commenter EcksJay22 finds enjoyment at the bottom of the barrel. Show your love for the worst of the worst in today's Speak-Up on Kotaku.

I have a confession, an addiction of sorts.

See, my friends and I were having a ball last night. We were playing several games, and I'm sure audible laughter could be heard in the hallway. It's not often you can say that about a game, right?


Those games included, but were not limited to, Pimp My Ride for X360 and Street Trace: NYC for XBLA. Now, I know you may be thinking that those games are terrible, and that's my point. I, on occasion, enjoy playing bad games. Laughing at the production values, fighting broken controls in a competition for supremacy, you name it.

Have you ever played a DDR style mini-game that only required you to hit one button? I have. Not only that, but I did so while Mr. X-to-the-Z himself told me how much of a damn pimp I was. Know what else? My friends and I found it hysterical. The same goes for Street Trace's horrible voice acting, or Cabela's African Safari's overt racism and ability to shoot a chimpanzee at point-blank range with a .50 cal. You just have to laugh.


So yeah. I've played all these games. And, in a way much different from how I might say the same thing about a game like Mass Effect, I enjoyed them. I got an hour or two of fun from laughing at these games, but is that any less valid than any other enjoyment?

Am I alone here? Does anyone else have any good memories with shitty games.

Screw it, I'm not going to bother defending it. I love my bad games.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go play some Backyard Football on my Xbox...

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