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Humor in Videogames (With Splosion man video)

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So I was playing through Splosion Man, and I got to thinking about humor in videogames, and why it seems as though funny games are good, and games that try to be funny fail and aren't. Most often suck.

Lets use a recent game and an old game for examples.

Recent funny game: Splosion man.

Get it?! Pimps and humping pink poodles are funny!
Lord this game is horrible, but I was suckered in with the promise of boobies... The boobies were not worth the price of my soul. The writing was stupid, crass, unfunny, not creative in the slightest. How can you try so hard for humor and not even amuse an at the time teenage boy that just wants boobs?

Granted these games are in different leagues, but I just wanted to use them as examples. I can't think of a bad game that uses humor in a good way, and I can't really think of good games that try to be funny that fail.

And I've been trying to figure out why that is.
Could it be that companies that make good games have more creative people, and those people are naturally funnier?

So I wanted to bring this subject to you all, and maybe see if there is are funny crappy games out there (intentionally funny, I know Two Worlds is funny for all the wrong reasons), or a great game that fails at humor. Why do you think Tim Schafer's games are always fun to play as well as funny as balls. Why not funny and kinda meh to play, is it his oversite? Or other talented people just get sucked in towards him?

Also, I wanted an excuse to post this Video, if you haven't beat Splosion Man yet, just pass it by, but if you have and haven't seen this... Enjoy...

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About GrumpyTurtleone of us since 1:09 PM on 01.03.2008



I play pretty much any kind of game aside from racing and sports game, though i do dabble in the racing world now and then.

Currently playing: Lost Odyssey(2nd time), Super Spike Volleyball, Rockband2, Chip and Dale, COD4, Burnout Paradise, Left 4 Dead, Zookeeper, Peggle, Tetris DS,(allways and forever)

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Collection:

NES:
Platoon(blarg)
Yo Noid(bought this as a joke for a friend)
3-D World Runner
Bases Loaded 2
Bigfoot
Defender 2
Tetris
Mario Bros
Super Spike Volleyball/Nintendo World Cup
Solstice
Kirby's Adventure
Dragon Warrior
StarTropics
Duck Tales

SNES:
(Boxed)
Aero The Acrobat
Chrono Trigger
Demon's Crest
Fatal Fury 2
Illusion of Gaia
Kirby's Avalanche
Kirby's Dream Course
Legend
Mega Man X
Ranma 1/2
Super Return of the Jedi
Secret of Evermore
Secret of Mana
Super Street Fighter 2
X-men
(non boxed)
Super Mario World
Mario Allstars
Yoshi's Island
Uniracers
Aladdin
Mega Man Soccer
Super Gameboy
(girlfriend's nonboxed games)
Donkey Kong Country
Barbie
Beethoven
Pink goes the Hollywood
Blues Brothers
Mario is Missing
The great Waldo Search
Wheel of Forture
Jeopardy
Mortal Kombat 3

N64
(Boxed)
Banjo Kazooie
Banjo Tooie
Conker
Diddy Kong Racing
Donkey Kong64
Goldeneye
Mario Kart64
Mario Party
Perfect Dark
Super Mario64
Starfox64
South Park
Super Smash Brothers
Star Wars Rogue Squadron
Zelda Oot
Zelda MM

PS
Brave Fencer Musashi
Bushido Blade
Bushido Blade 2
Breath of Fire 3
Castlevania SotN
Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot 2
Crusader: No remorse
Chrono Cross
Darkstalkers 3
Dead or Alive
Fear effect
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy Anthology
Gran Turismo 2
Lunar Silver Star Story
King of Fighters 98
Mega Man X4
Metal Gear Solid
Parasite Eve
Pocket Fighter
Resident Evil Director's Cut
Resident Evil 2
RPG Maker
Samurai Showdown III
Silent Hill
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Thousand Arms
Tomb Raider
Tomba
X-men: Children of the Atom

PS2
Alien hominid
Beyond Good & Evil
Bully
Capcom Vs. SNK 2
Grand Theft Auto III
GTA Vice City
GTA SA
Guitar Hero
Guitar Hero 2
Guilty Gear Isuka
Hitman 2
Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts 2
Okami
Prince of Persia The two thrones
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 3
Silent Hill The Room
Street Fighter Alpha Anthology
Katamari Damacy
We Love Katamari

Xbox
Sega GT/Jet Set Radio
Burnout Revenge
Conker
Halo
Psychonauts
Riddick
Star Wars Kotor

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