Miscellaneous, Video Games

TR Contest: Worst Videogame Adaptation Ever



?I’m going to hear a lecture on the history of videogame by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell tonight. I tell you this mostly because it makes me sound like the kind of impressive person that goes to hear lectures, albeit nerdy ones, but also because it made me think of that awesomely horrible E.T. Atari 2600 game, which in turn made me think of this contest.

Your mission: Create the worst videogame adaptation possible. It can be of a movie, a book, a cartoon, a comics, whatever — you just have to figure out the gameplay that does the source material the most injustice possible. Obviously, turning E.T. into a game where you purposely fall into pits over and over again is pretty fucking pitiful, but I’m betting you can think of worse.

You’ll need to write up a little summary — you can’t just say Les Miserables: The FPS and expect to win (although that’s a pretty awesome idea, now that I think of it) — but as always, try to keep them reasonably short. Two entries per person. The contest ends at 12:01 am EST on Monday, March 19th. And that’s that. Have a great weekend, folks! And try to stay warm. You do not want to come down with hypothermia, I assure.

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.