Friday, September 02, 2011

A Game of Shit

There exists a video game — specifically a Pac-Man clone released for the MSX — whose title is Oh Shit! I am not kidding. Here’s the European cover:


And here’s the Japanese version, which truncates that title simply to Shit:


That title is no misnomer: According to Hardcore Gaming 101, the game is an example of a kusoge. Literally translating from Japanese as “shit game” or “shitty game,” the term refers to a purposefully bad game that is meant to be enjoyed in a campy way. Think of hipsters watching Mama’s Family and you get the idea. But be honest: How many times have you been playing actual Pac-Man or one of its less shitty knock-offs and met your death-by-ghost-touch in a dark, dot-lined hallway and exclaimed simply “Shit!”?

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  1. Honest question: I wonder which is worse (or better, I guess): The box art or the game?

    Regardless, I absolutely love the Euro box art. Can you imagine a kid picking that up and bringing it home, only to discover that the game is some sort of lame Pac-Man clone?

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  2. Being that he art has value and the game doesn't, I'm going to have to say the art's better. I mean, here we are discussing it.

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  3. Mama's Family is a GREAT SHOW! Its probably one of the funniest sit coms ever on TV. Certainly better than Friends of Sienfeld.

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    1. I dunno. Friends of Seinfeld is a pretty popular show.

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