Category: Gaming Fail


Gaming Fail – Pressman Speedboard

The games industry has provided us with some pretty amazing stuff over the years. From gaming-on-the-go convenience of the Gameboy to the frankly all-out witchcraft of the Wii controller, gaming has conspired to inspire and amaze the public with newer and fancier technology that has pushed the boundaries of what we perceive as viable or even possible.

As part of this, gaming peripherals have been rife; from basic controllers with an extra turbo button, to full on controller systems for flight or driving games; niches have been identified and filled expertly. Read more …


Konami LaserScope – Gaming Fail

The games industry is a young industry, in the grand scheme of things, and like any of us it has a few moments in its past where it will look back and cringe with embarrassment. Our Gaming Fail series celebrates all these aberrations for what they are; glorious failures; gaming follies of the grandest order.

As part of the series we’ve covered some pretty flawed concepts; from the banality of the photographic “fun” of the Gameboy Camera to the frankly painful idea of using your eyebrows to play games with the Atari Mindlink.

Today’s entry, however, is flawed in its own very special way. Read more …


Gaming Fail – Wii Car Power

As part of my Gaming Fail series I’ve touched on a great many terrible things from the world of video games. I’ve covered games that’re designed to be ‘played’ as little as possible; I’ve covered accessories that don’t actually work and I’ve covered a peripheral that you operate by the use of your eyebrows. What I haven’t covered thus far, however, is something quite as down-right baffling and wrong as today’s offering:

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Kinect – I Trusted You!

When I first heard about it, I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one who thought that Project Natal would be the biggest thing to happen to the gaming since the birth of the current generation of consoles. Rumours were flying around about its capabilities; voice commands, pop up keyboards, being able to tell what sort of mood you’re in, this was the future. I should explain, I have a very rigid and opinionated view on what I consider to be the future and what is just a gadget. For example, The Kindle is the future, because it is a giant leap forward that an entire library of books can be stored on something that fits in your (admittedly oversized) pocket. The smart phone however is a gadget; it’s tacking extra functionality on to pre-existing technology. That isn’t to say that this is a bad thing; without my HTC my life would grind to a shuddering and tearful halt whilst my Kindle sits on its now empty bookshelf gathering dust. Read more …


Gaming Fail – Final Fantasy XIII

Across every genre of entertainment there are specific titles or releases that become synonymous with failure, that in the eyes of fans and critics alike embody the worst that the genre has to offer. They become the universal butt of any joke in that medium, the yardstick against which every other poorly-received release is measured. Movies have Highlander 2: The Quickening, for example. So derided is that film that its spawned a number of fan-edited remakes to try and salvage it.

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