In honor of VanillaWareís latest....erm....generous offering, we present to you a list of seven of the most shameful games anyone can ever be caught playing. The levels of shame are varying, of course, as are the reasons for that shame, but being caught playing any one of these games can leave you embarrassed and begging for forgiveness.
1. Kirbyís Epic Yarn
This one could get your man-card revoked, depending on who catches you playing it. Never mind that itís a fantastic platformer with a fun and original art style reminiscent of Little Big Planet. The narrator, art style, and story make this game come across as the ultimate soft and cuddly game for kids, and thatís all anyone is going to see. You may as well be caught playing Imagine Party Babyz. At least that could be passed off as a joke. I guarantee you wouldnít have as much fun though.
Yeah okay, so itís cute and cuddly. Itís still a great game though.
Based on the quality of the game itself, Iíll give this a caught crying at a movie thatís legitimately sad on the shame scale.
2. BayonettaBayonetta might be the best game on the list in terms of actual gameplay, which also makes it the easiest to explain to people when youíre playing it. Yes, Bayonetta is a sexy librarian built like a barbie, whose hair serves as her skin-tight clothing but can be used to summon demons, leaving her nearly naked. Yes, there are gratuitous close-ups of her boobs, butt, and even her crotch. Yes, she walks with a ridiculous butt-shaking swivel of her hips. BUT, itís a fun and visually-interesting (not just because of the butt-shots) game that does have plenty going for it beyond Bayonettaís vital statistics, so this one just sneaks into the list.
Again saved by the quality of the gameplay itself, Bayonetta just barely tips the shame scale at a rating of a small fart on a first date.
3. Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie SlayersThis is one I almost picked up, and would still consider picking up if i could find it for like $5, but I know Iíd get a lot of dirty looks for playing it, and itís probably not worth the money anyway. A bunch of sexy digital ladies running around in skimpy outfits and fighting zombies has just enough classic horror campiness to make me want to try it, but probably not enough to really convince people of the old ďso-bad-itís-goodĒ argument. Itíd be a hard sell convincing people Iím not just a perv. Iím so much more than that.
Itís actually very practical when you think about it. The less clothing you wear when fighting zombies, the easier your laundry will be.
Starting to get into the thick of things now, Onechanbara rates a respectable Iím still using myspace on the shame scale.
4. Cho AnikiThe classic ďwhat the fuckĒ series, Cho Aniki will embarass the hell out of you with its abundance of muscular men in speedos and its flat-out weirdness. If Alan Ginsberg wrote Dadaist poetry and that poetry inspired a series of games, that series would be Cho Aniki.
Despite its cult status as one of the most infamously mind-boggling games ever, Cho Aniki ratchets it up to a shameful boner at recess on the shame scale.
Yeah...this is normal.