Dumping "Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of" by Stuart Ashen because no one else has.
Don't worry, I'm saging my posts after this so I'm not clogging up the first page.
Had to double check to make sure Super Gran was a real series and not a really dry joke.
That cover art would make a great reaction image.
Ever played one of those "9999 in 1" handheld consoles with the really primitive racing game? Car Race is essentially a HD version.
The face that pops up for fractions of a second in Ashen's videos.
Hey /vr/, this professional reviewer called OutRun the worst game he ever bought.
Listen to this while the rest of the book is posted.
Sorry for the delay, accidentally doxxed myself in one of the screenshots.
Ashen's own unreleased game is coming up.
I groaned a bit when I saw his portrait.
This section isn't ragging on any bad games, just talking about the 1980s game industry.
For the longest time I mixed up Larry with Barry from My Virgin Kitchen, because they're both fat british guys who show up in Ashens videos.
Imagine spending your time creating a game to make people happy, doing it out of passion for the medium, and years later some prick unearths it just to make fun of it for the sake of snarky "comedy".
If these games were freeware, I would agree with you.
I thought OP's couldn't bump their own threads? Or is that just /co/? I can't keep track of shit.
Either way, by hitting up PC's the author is going for low hanging fruit. There was an endless supply of shovelware and poorly made amateur shit for just about every PC platform, C64, Amiga, ZX Spectrum, you name it. You could make entire websites full of thousands of pages dedicated to them and still have thousands more to pick from.
At least this has some articles/interviews with some industry people.
That's true, but bad console games have been picked clean by literally everyone on Youtube.
I don't really follow the ecelebs, so I wouldn't know. Still, been thinking about writing an informational look at console gaming from the time of the Atari crash to Dec 31, 1999. Taking a look at the lifespan of various consoles and how the game libraries evolved and the different business and political forces involved and how they affected the choices made and whatnot. Would anyone be interested in reading this?
Sure. But if there's other books on that subject, you'll need some kind of hook to stand out. /vr/ could probably help with research.
SQIJ is the only game in this book I actually have heard of. An annual Spectrum "Crap Games Competition" takes its URL from it. http://www.sqij.co.uk
Buckle up, /vr/, because it's time for some controversal opinions.
And that is it. Last part of the book is a CYOA that doesn't really work if I upload it page by page.
Guess we could make this a 8-bit home computer thread.
>Stunt Car Racer
>Head over Heels
>The Last Ninja
"Passion" is irrelevant to the quality of a game. Regardless of how passionate you are, if your game sucks shit, it sucks shit.
I got the book for christmas and while I really love Ashens it was quite a disappointment due to various reasons:
1.You can write "plays horribly", "sounds terrible" and "looks awful" all you want but as long as you don't witness those things yourself like in his videos it will mean next to nothing.
2. It's short as fuck and the number of pages was padded out by the extensive use of large images - if those reviews were videos they'd be over in a minute or two.
Not to mention that like half of the 190-something pages are nothing but names of backers and greetings.
3.It would've been nice if it dug deeper into the technical details of the games like with SQIJ! where they showed parts of the ridiculous code or had interviews with some of the programmers behind those duds.
You forget two other things.
1. The guy is a Britbottle so 90% of these are games people outside Bongland have never heard of
2. He's unfairly picking on computer games at a time when most were written in a few weeks by a neckbeard in his basement
>1. The guy is a Britbottle so 90% of these are games people outside Bongland have never heard of
>2. He's unfairly picking on computer games at a time when most were written in a few weeks by a neckbeard in his basement
hence "Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of"
>1.You can write "plays horribly", "sounds terrible" and "looks awful" all you want but as long as you don't witness those things yourself like in his videos it will mean next to nothing.