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??? WHAT IS KUSOGE ???
posted by JHarris (30 comments total)
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From the Japanese for "shit", kuso
, and "game." They're relentlessly terrible video games that in some cases have attracted a following because of their awfulness. Here are some of the most commonly recognized examples:
Hardcore Gaming 101 offers periodic writeups on these games in Your Weekly Kusoge
. Here are some of the more egregious examples of the type.
Set during a peasant rebellion back in feudal Japan, the player collects money to give to downtrodden villagers while attacking ninjas trying to stop him. According to Wikipedia, this game inspired Japanese essayist Jun Miura to invent the term kusoge.
Hoshi wo Miru Hito
An early Famicom RPG with many gameplay issues, including invisible towns, vaguely representational graphics, a tendency for areas to exit back to the start location on the overworld map, and greviously unfair difficulty balancing.
Dr. Sparkle of Chrontendo on Hoshi wo Miru Hito
Trashy Games' test play
Seen recently here on Metafilter, it seems made to purposely annoy the player and make him feel stupid for playing a video game. Perhaps because of its blatant trolling, it seems to be rather fondly remembered in Japan.
Dr. Sparkle of Chrontendo on Takishi's Challenge
Dream and Friends' two posts on Takeshi's Challenge: #1
Let's Play Takeshi's Challenge
(First part of six)
A TV ad for Takeshi's Challenge
Super Monkey Daibouken
Chrontendo declared it the worst game of the Famicom's early period, and it may be the worst Famicom game of all. Combines the nonsensical world map of Hoshi wo Miru Hito with terrible side-scrolling action sequences.
Dr. Sparkle on Super Monkey Daibouken
The Cutting Room Floor reports on a secret (explicit) message in the game's code
(EXTRA: The Cutting Room Floor has a whole category on games with hidden messages buried in their code
The game's origins are Western, but its popularly is mostly Japanese. Your character dies if he falls more than a few pixels, but must survive an amazingly trecherous cave. Inspired the much better game Spelunky.
Hardcore Gaming 101 on Spelunker
An infamous unlicensed NES game that purported to contain 52 other games. None were programmed with any kind of talent. Active Enterprises sold this cart in magazines for $100, and their target market seems to have been rich, clueless old folks wanting to get their children something nice.
Cheetamen commercial (may never have aired)
Trashy Games' test play:
- Part 2
- Part 3
|tsr's scans of Action Enterprises' enthuiastic CES flyer
The even-more-obscure sequel to the Cheetahmen game from Action 52. Say what you want about NES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it was better than this. Cheetahmen II doesn't so much have an ending as a stopping.
|tsr's article on Cheetamen II
Trashy Games' test play
Menace Beach / Sunday Funday
These two are essentially the same game, the first version an unlicensed NES game by Color Dreams, the second an equally unlicensed game made by Wisdom Tree, which is Color Dreams after they changed their name to chase after the evangelical Christian market. Menace Beach is a fighting platform game in which a kid on a skateboard tries to save his sweetheart from street punks, who have chained her to a wall while her clothes rot away. Sunday Funday is the same with changed graphics; the sweetheart is now not chained to anything, is a noseless, orange-faced sunday school teacher, and instead of having rotting clothes she presents Bible trivia questions. Sunday Funday also contains a stupid side-game called Fish Fall, and a karoke sing-along for a Christian song called "The Ride."
|tsr's article on Menace Beach
|tst's article on Sunday Funday
Let's Play Menace Beach: Part 1
- Part 2
Let's Play Sunday Funday (first part of many - click through and use YouTube related links to continue): Part 1
Wisdom Tree's Christian answer to Zelda. Probably the best game on this list. It's not abysmal, just mediocre.
|tsr's article on Spiritual Warfare
Let's Play Spiritual Warfare (first part of many)
Another of Wisdom Tree's attempts to pander to the Christian market. Three side-scrolling action games using the same engine, in which various characters carry around animals and babies in a manner I'm guessing is not literally depicted this way in the Bible.
|tsr's article on Bible Adventures
Let's Play Bible Adventures (with an entertainingly surly narrator): Part 1 (Noah's Ark)
- Part 2 (David & Goliath)
- Part 3 (Baby Moses)