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Monday, March 17, 2014

Could A Game REALLY Be That Bad?

Last night I had a dream that I went op-shopping, so of course the first thing I did today after class was go op-shopping. I went to a few thrift stores too, but they were mostly shite.
I had a good run with cheap PSone games mostly, with an overpriced N64 cartridge thrown in for good measure.

The first stop was a Salvo's and that's where I bought the game the title is referring too. Go on, guess as to what it is. Hint: It's the one that most likely smells like baby vomit. A double game pack of the Tweenies: Game Time and Bob the Builder: Can We Fix It?
Why would I buy such a thing you hesitantly ask? Well, I don't really have a solid reason. For one though, it was $3. Two, I'm probably going to have a killer-time reviewing both (hell, I might even create two separate reviews). The sad fact is, I just know they're going to be bad. A good kids game is as rare as a pigeon that looks like it's from a Pixar film and is about to explode.

I took this photo this morning, and honestly, I just can't stop laughing.
Both are developed by the BBC too, which is a bit worrying. Don't get me wrong, I love BBC television shows and their unbiased news reporting, but I just don't see them being a fantastic game developer.
Too add on to that, I remember in an issue of the Official UK PlayStation Magazine years ago where they punished the Tweenies game by letting a toddler destroy it, which I can't say is a good sign. Excellent piece though, maybe one day it will become a Retro Scan.

From the same Salvo's I also bought Speed Freaks for PSone too. This was also $3, and while I don't know too much about it, I have heard a few good things and it's developed by FunCom, who also developed Winter Gold on the SNES. At $3 it was an easy choice.

From there I went to a Anglicare WA Op Shop, which was devoid of gaming related items but I did pick up Need for Speed: High Stakes on the PSone also for $3. It is a platinum case (and one that's falling apart at that) but it was complete with manual, which the two other games were missing. I own a million Need for Speed games, so it was a fairly easy choice. One thing that did grab me though is the Holden HSV on the front case, which I've always believed to be an Australian only car. I could be wrong in that claim, but I'm too lazy to look it up because that car is primarily driven by rev-head dickheads. Whether pricks drive it is beside the case though, it's cool there is an Australian car on there none the less.

Lastly I bought Bomber Man 64 for the N64. This cost more than all the PSone games combined at $10, but it was from a thrift store so what can you do? I played the arcade version of Bomber Man a lot on this thing when I was a kid, so paying the ten smackeroo's wasn't so bad.

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