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Top 10 most bizarre gaming plotlines

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FIBRE+ 7th August 2006, 15:11 Quote
Nice Article :D

What about How To Be A Complete B*****d, I used to play it on my friends Amstrad in ye old days.
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In the game, you play the part of Ade, wandering around a yuppie house party, making yourself as unpopular as humanly possible in the shortest time. Berilliant! Make a mess, throw up, smash things, put sneezing powder up girlies noses, you know the sort of thing, eh readers? But don't open the umbrella you'll find in the umbrella stand, 'cos as everybody knows that's VERY BAD LUCK! And it'd be just your bad luck to be turned into a gas cooker if you do it! Hah hah!
Gunsmith 7th August 2006, 15:18 Quote
i cant believe you missed out xenosaga with its ingenius yet wtf plot
GreatOldOne 7th August 2006, 15:20 Quote
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or pretend to be a rouge dark elf in Elder Scrolls Oblivion.

I know Elves are aledgedly a bunch of shirt-lifters, but do they actually use make-up? ;)
specofdust 7th August 2006, 15:23 Quote
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I know Elves are aledgedly a bunch of shirt-lifters, but do they actually use make-up? ;)

That's the latest mod for Oblivion. "Oblivion: make your self pretty". Contains everything a girl(or experimental guy) needs to impress the local nord population.
Bindibadgi 7th August 2006, 15:31 Quote
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My suspicions were aroused when I was asked to punch pink leaves from a falling tree.

Sakura (cherry blossom) petals have almost a religious and intimately cultural significance in Japan.

The lift boxes thing is reminisent of the "strike a sword for 1000 days and you will reach enlightenment" or similar. Basically you do the same move with your Katana 100 times a day for 1000 days and your muscles will retain memory of the movements and become used to the endurance. I suppose they tried to converse that to the game though: It's oh so very Japanese.

Anyone one have any news about Shenume 3 (+1&2) which are meant to be released as the final trilogy on the 360? #3 (chapters 11-15??) were already written and destined for the DC then Sega stopped making it and it was not resurrected until they committed to the 360 sometime last year.
Garside 7th August 2006, 15:41 Quote
Fixed the rouge spelling!
Darkedge 7th August 2006, 15:53 Quote
Ryan - you never heard of Manic Miner?
Miner Willy goes down a twisted abandoned mine to steal all the treasure. Eventually he escapes with the loot.
The Sequel is when he is a rich man and buys a huge mansion and has a party. His maid/wife won't let him sleep after the party untill he has cleaned up. Oh what was it called? Oh yeah Jet Set Willy. Not quite as bizarre as you thought then (silly yes)

Oh and it WAS possible to complete without cheating - that was a urban myth.

Loads of games are bizzare - especially on the early computers. Pssst! Pyjamarama, Chuckie Egg 2 (the one with the factory), the list goes on.

Ohhh little computer people!
whisperwolf 7th August 2006, 16:12 Quote
How about all of the Dizzy series. I mean he's a egg.... with boxing gloves.
Captain Slug 7th August 2006, 16:26 Quote
Also missing from list: Toe Jam & Earl
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As you near the end not only does your character die and get bought back to life as some kind of zombie
dire_wolf 7th August 2006, 16:49 Quote
Great article, I don't necessarily agree with the games on the list but it's a great break from the norm ;)
The_Pope 7th August 2006, 17:40 Quote
Hey guys,

Since there has been so many of you that have said you love this article, maybe you want to share it with a few more people. I have submitted it to Digg.com so if you want to kick start the discussion of the definitive Top 10 Bizarre Plotlines of all time, Digg it here
jjsyht 7th August 2006, 17:56 Quote
oh man!! Monkey balls.. Amazing fun game. skipped so many lectures because of that silly game.
Kipman725 7th August 2006, 18:15 Quote
hardwar has a pretty nuts story:

TITAN has been colinised by mining corporations a few centurys prior to the storys start. The mining corps then abandon titan and the people of titan are traped there with no means to go off the moon. (It's implyied for compercial reasons). You the intreped adventurer start reciving transmisions from aliens who have landed in a radiation scared crater of titan and a kind of race ensues between all the main fractions to get a trip on the alien space craft. You get on the alien space craft (helped by various nuts people like "psyco bob") and as it takes off old man lazlow who is an ex leader of one of the factions blows the whole moon up and you start firing your guns into the ceeling. compleatly nuts... (but an awsome game)
DreamTheEndless 7th August 2006, 18:20 Quote
Hate to do this with a game I can't remember the name for - but what about the one on the PSP where you play the role of the planet and by tilting back and forth and by "bumping" you maneuver a bunch of little balls of goo (Not the mod, the sticky stuff,) around your Mario-esque world -

The storyline's internally consistent - so, no big sudden plot twists like some of those mentioned, but still VERY bizarre.
LVMike 7th August 2006, 18:37 Quote
where is psychonauts? COme on a summer camp full of mentalists, and a evel where you run around all godzilla like crushing a town, full of lungfish, tring to help a reblion topple an evil super villian with crazy flying ninja moves?! Or the earry ever presents of meat?
Tyinsar 7th August 2006, 20:11 Quote
I really like this list. Thanks for the nostalgia. Who says games have to make sense to be fun?

I only wish Lucasarts was still making adventure games. There was I time when I struggled with these puzzles for days. My friends had the same games & we would compete to see who could finish them the fastest. Sadly I think it's the internet that killed these - It's just too easy to find a walkthrough for puzzle games now.

Anyway - YAY for Monkey Island (1,2...)
The_Pope 7th August 2006, 20:49 Quote
Tyinsar - I don't think it's the cheaters that killed the Adventure Game genre. I think it just had its time. Think about how old King's Quest, Space Quest etc are - they were massive in the 1980's and early 1990's. Then came FPS, and the ability to do really slick graphics. Sales of Adventure games nosedived and never recovered.

Unfortunately, market forces dictate that it's not "economically viable" to produce these games any more. I swear - someone should make a really good one using a GPL engine or something so that the limited number of people out there who WANT these games could buy it. The closest we have these days is stuff like The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
The_Pope 7th August 2006, 20:52 Quote
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Hate to do this with a game I can't remember the name for - but what about the one on the PSP where you play the role of the planet and by tilting back and forth and by "bumping" you maneuver a bunch of little balls of goo (Not the mod, the sticky stuff,) around your Mario-esque world -

The storyline's internally consistent - so, no big sudden plot twists like some of those mentioned, but still VERY bizarre.

Surely you mean LocoRoco ?
DreamTheEndless 7th August 2006, 20:58 Quote
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Surely you mean LocoRoco ?

:D - That's the one... Surely it qualifies as a "Bizarre Gaming Plotline"?

(By the way, if any of you haven't tried it and have a PSP - shame on you.... You can download a free demo that you can put on a memory stick. It's the most original game I've seen in a long long time........
Tyinsar 7th August 2006, 21:27 Quote
The_Pope, perhaps you are right. Though I suspect it's not the FPS games that killed the adventure game genre - though the introduction of FPS games did hurt a lot of genres (adventure, strategy, arcade style, ...). I think it was good RPG games that killed adventure games. After all, what is an RPG but a grand adventure game? Knights of the Old Republic was technically an RPG but to me it resembled the adventure games of old quite a bit. So perhaps RPGs replaced adventure games.

Wow, I never realised what a Lucasarts fan I am (though I was disapointed with the last 3 SW movies). I wish they would make more games (though it was Boiware that made KOTR).

OK, back on topic:

Perhaps it was the very craziness of these creators that made some of these games real fun.

"Earthworm Jim,
The soil he did crawl
Earthworm Jim,
A super suit did fall."
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Aren't games a little bit about escapism anyway?
stephen2002 8th August 2006, 00:34 Quote
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where is psychonauts? COme on a summer camp full of mentalists, and a evel where you run around all godzilla like crushing a town, full of lungfish, tring to help a reblion topple an evil super villian with crazy flying ninja moves?! Or the earry ever presents of meat?
I like that game! It was so insane yet made perfect sense :D
g-freak 8th August 2006, 00:53 Quote
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"Earthworm Jim,
The soil he did crawl
Earthworm Jim,
A super suit did fall."
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I can't believe i forgot about that game!
I loved it even though it was so annoying at times.
The music and sound effects still haunt me to this day. especally that one scream sound......

ahh nostalga.

I'm off to go find an emulator now.
Garside 8th August 2006, 00:54 Quote
I really love how everyone is able to add another game to the list, just shows how truly bonkers gaming really is. Love reading everyones views on the most bizarre storylines keep them coming
alastor 8th August 2006, 01:36 Quote
Loving the article, as you said games (and the Japanese) are just so bonkers that the list is virtually endless...

A big warm welcome to Ryan btw :D
zoot2boot 8th August 2006, 04:29 Quote
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They allow us to achieve escapism when we play games and make the dull reality that we all live in a far more habitable and happy place

speak for yourself :|
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