0verhyped

Less than amusing ramblings from a jaded former gamer.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: Team Fortress 2

I don't think it's possible for that many people to stand like that and not look badass!

Cue the music!
(Hey, that means you! Click the picture!)

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. Today’s surprise is Team Fortress 2, probably the only Valve game that I think is genuinely great. (Or thought was great.)

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Big Disappointment: Portal

Meh...

This image really does capture my excitement for this series…

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. Today’s disappointment is Portal, an apparent slice of gaming perfection that I found annoying and somewhat dull.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Big Disappointment: Bit.Trip Runner

The horror... The horror...

I’d make a joke about running off a cliff. But he already does that, like, a lot… A lot a lot…

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. Today’s disappointment is Bit.Trip Runner, the fourth game in the Bit.Trip series, and the only one I didn’t enjoy.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Big Disappointment: Rhythm Heaven

Or just bang your fucking head against the wall...

Are we sure this title is an accurate translation? Maybe paradise is Japanese for torturous hell.

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. Today’s disappointment is the brutally unforgiving Rhythm Heaven, a deceptively cute title that’s more like a condescending music teacher than a fun rhythm game.

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Pointless Achievements: Kayak Master


What’s that? You find Fishing Resort way too calm and relaxing?
Well then, just try a kayak race and watch your blood pressure soar!

In case you hadn’t heard, Fishing Resort is possibly the greatest fishing game ever made, and just a good game in general. It can also be really relaxing at times. What with scenic surroundings and the mellow vibe it gives off. I even thought of holding a contest to give away a copy of Fishing Resort. Then I remembered almost nobody visits this site.

But even with its laid back gameplay, Fishing Resort isn’t above tedious goals with only a razor thin margin of error, nor am I above pursuing such pointless goals even though I really really should know better by this point.

Fishing Resort has achievements, or accomplishments, or whatever the hell you want to call them. All though a lot of them are a pain in the ass, they usually have something to do with fishing. Not the case with Kayak Master, which takes what should have been a simple diversion and turns it into a tortuous ordeal.

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Remembering the Rhythm: Mourning the Loss of the Music Game Genre

Hopefully all the plastic guitars they buried here won’t contaminate the ground water.

A.K.A. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE GENRE AND MY FEELINGS TOWARDS IT

In case you hadn’t heard, the rhythm music game genre has been declared mostly deadish. There are no more Guitar Heroes, and the only new stuff outta Rock Band is an iPad version of the already released iPhone version of Rock Band, some new songs you can buy for Rock Band 3, and Rock Band the board game. The only music software selling now is either dancing games or actual educational software on how to learn to play guitar.

Between me spending the last two days bitching about how Rock Band and Guitar Hero drove me and someone I know up the god damn wall with their bullshit and the fact that this place is called 0verhyped, you might think I’m happy that these easily exploited cash cows have meet a sudden and untimely demise brought on upon their own insistence on flooding the market with their mass produced brands of cheaply made corporate approved plastic crap.

But I’m not. In fact, I’m pretty bummed out about. Sorry to let you down, but I don’t actually hate everything or regularly take pleasure in other people’s failure. Unless someone I already hate is suffering, then I find their pain hilarious. But this isn’t one of those cases. Even though I got frustrated at the two big players in the rhythm game genre for a number of reasons, I didn’t want to see the whole genre fold. But I’m not bummed out just because the genre is gone, but what it means for the whole mainstream gaming industry. But I’ll get to that some other time. For now, I just want to reminisce.

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When Did Red Octane Forget They Make RHYTHM Games?

Fuck up my fret board?  I’m going to overload your amp and FUCKING KILL YOU!

A.K.A. GUITAR HERO 3 MADE MY SISTER CRY

See what I did there? In my last post I talked about how after the original teams behind the first two Guitar Hero games split, the musical half, Harmonix, went off to make Rock Band and sorta forgot all the GAME parts of Rhythm Games. By contrast, Red Octane, the makers of the controllers for the first couple of Guitar Heroes, teamed up with Activision to keep the Guitar Hero series going, and ironically forgot about the RHYTHM part of Rhythm Games.

Now as my brother once reminded me, It’s not always about me…then I tried to strangle him. Which is why I’m now on anti-depressants and occasional downers. But the point is, I’m not the only person who’s life has been made soul crushingly miserable by video games. And even more surprisingly, it’s not always us basement dwelling fanatics with no life who are driven to tears by your occasional video game. Something about certain games can attract otherwise fairly normal people into the trap of colliding you with a brick wall and then baiting you into pounding on it until your fists bleed because you can see one small crack in which a ray of hope shines through, assuring you there’s a better world on the other side.

Sounds crazy? Maybe, but it happens, as the story I’m about to relate illustrates. The following events are true, but the names have been changed to protect the innocent, and for the sake of a stupid joke.

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When Did Harmonix Forget They Make Rhythm GAMES?

Would you believe that this is one of the easy parts?

Also known as: FUCK GREEN GRASS AND HIGH TIDES FOREVER

In an earlier post that almost no one read I said “I still mostly enjoy [Rock Band] to this day.”, I also mentioned how to get measly but otherwise free amounts of redeemable money from Microsoft from pretending you care about their crappy search engine, so you might want to get in on that before they stop being so generous with their petty bribes.

And I do MOSTLY enjoy the Rock Band series. It’s fun to pretend to be a rock star, you get to play along with a variety of great music while your friends are all jamming out with you. I played so much Rock Band I actually learned to play the drums a little, which I parlayed into buying a real drum kit, getting lessons, and now I’m an honest to god amateur drummer myself. Yay!

But then there’s those small parts which account for those brief moments that make me “mostly” enjoy Rock Band instead of “always” and all though brief, they tend to be a constant and grotesque stain on an otherwise sublime experience that my obsessive tendencies just can’t look past.

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