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    I was just thinking, as much as we like to remember the classics with rose-tinted spectacles, there is another side to nostalgia.

    The awful games. The disappointing arcade conversions, shoddy licenced games, the bad ideas gone hideously awry. It's always a good bit of fun to tear them apart. Retro Gamer does an occasional Retro Shamer article, but it isn't nearly enough for my tastes.

    At first, I thought it might be interesting to hear a sort of bottom ten. Then I thought, you are pretty booked, and the top ten should be saved for the good ones.

    What I would like to hear is a section in which each presenter dredges up something to discuss. Obviously in order to keep it interesting, they shouldn't be the obvious choices. Atari 2600 Pac-Man and ET have been done to death. Plus those of us in the forums could suggest our own digital nightmares to share.

    Besides, I always thought that ET deserved a bit better. It was a very ambitious game done in a short time with limited hardware, and Atari's legendary dumping of the game in the desert was more due to overproduction than it was to quality.

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    We have something right along those lines in the RGRUP laboratory!
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    Retro Gamer magazine do a similar section called "Retro Shamer"

    It's usually quite an entertaining read. They covered Rise of the Robots this month. I was a victim of the hype for that game and it ate my pocket money

    Look forward to hearing the RGRUP section!
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    I liked Rise of the Robots, the way that you worked up from working robots like a forklift to combat models was cool. The cut scenes were good and the in game graphics were impressive for the day. I suppose the weakness was the gameplay, I stopped playing because I just couldn't advance past a certain point. I probably attributed it to my game talent rather than the game, perhaps I was wrong?
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    The worst game I own is Data Age's Airlock. It's truly awful to look at and to play: non-animated "character" graphic (literally a box with two pixels for non-moving legs and arms), one boring screen for you to get to the top of, "triangle jump" gameplay... I'm not sure it has any redeeming qualities other than the animated title screen. I'm glad I own it, just because it's so bad, but wow...

    For what it's worth, I'm not a big fan of 2600 ET, but I always enjoyed 2600 Pac Man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BydoEmpire73 View Post
    .... I always enjoyed 2600 Pac Man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SubaruBrat View Post
    I probably attributed it to my game talent rather than the game, perhaps I was wrong?
    Which platform did you try it on?

    I can only vouch for the Amiga and SNES versions. Both of which looked pretty at the time (although far from what the pre-release screen shots promised), but the gameplay was clunky and stopped the fun.

    The difficulty did increase exponentially. It was frustrating to play even the easy opponents, so i'm sure a few joysticks got "over-waggled" at the frustration of the later ones.

    In short, I wouldn't worry about your gaming talent

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    It was on the PC. I don't recall how I had it spec'ed out but I was very into PC performance in those days so it would have been on the high end of what was available.
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    I remember going for a job interview at Absolute in the ~1995 time frame and they were working on Rise of the Robots 2. I asked them if they were going to fix the gameplay issues from the first game and the guy I was speaking to insisted that they were. They didn't. Pure cash in of a game that was a surprising success probably because it was ported to nearly every platform of the day and had pretty pictures (at least when not in motion).

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    I also think the 2600 versions of pacman and et are decent. Et no one took the time to learn how to play, it's surprisingly deep for a quickly made 2600 game. Pacman entertained me a lot as a child. It may not be arcade perfect but it was still fun to play.

    As a collector of console carts that also plays everything I buy, a LOT of early sports games were crap. Especially on the nes and early in the genisis life. Oddly enough, the sports games on nes I enjoy are not your standard stuff, but games like klash ball and basewars. On the 16 bit side I liked NBA jam and an early snes baseball game, the name escapes me but for baseball it was fun as hell.

    Also I don't like legend of Kage but I like demon sword. How's that for odd.

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