The Dumb Sh*t We Do In Video Video games

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Typically taking part in a online game is extra than simply our experiences following their tales and finishing every little thing we’re tasked to do. Whether or not the video games wished us to or not, we have discovered numerous alternatives through the years to go off the rails and spend hours participating in all method of eccentric conduct or subjecting ourselves to self-imposed handicaps only for the enjoyable of it. The GameSpot workers has accomplished some fairly dumb stuff in video games in our time, and we’re prepared to guess you might have too. It is a massive a part of what we love concerning the medium, in any case.

Beneath we recount a few of our fondest recollections, each previous and new, spent attempting to interrupt a sport’s guidelines, participating in a humorous exercise we made up after we have been bored, and rather more. However what dumb, humorous, or peculiar issues do you do whenever you play video games? You should definitely share with us within the feedback under!

Endlessly Subjecting My Dad To My Favourite Customized Guidelines In Halo – Kallie Plagge, Opinions Editor

After I was a preteen, I might play numerous Halo 2 multiplayer with my dad. I all the time insisted that we use customized guidelines, and I made my poor dad 1v1 me on Lockout with rocket launchers solely each time. I might principally simply soar round and attempt to make issues explode. Then Halo Three got here out, and I added low gravity to the combo so I may rain down rockets from above. I feel it is as a result of one of many first video games I can bear in mind is Quake, however regardless, this was the one manner I might play Halo for an embarrassingly very long time till my dad determined we would need to take turns choosing customized guidelines.

I used to be additionally actually into piloting Banshees and would attempt to match them into ridiculous locations mid-match. My dad was actually, actually affected person.

Spamming The Taser In A Syphon Filter Demo – Chris Pereira, Engagement Editor

The unimaginable graphics that PS1 supplied after years of taking part in on SNES inevitably resulted in me simply poking and prodding at video games, admiring their visible constancy and lifelike simulations of actuality. Living proof, I spent hours with the primary stage of Syphon Filter, which was featured on certainly one of my valuable demo discs, lengthy earlier than I ever bought my arms on the complete sport. And that is not as a result of I used to be exploring each nook and cranny–in truth, I typically would not make it previous the brief stretch of a metropolis block that you simply begin in.

That is all thanks to at least one weapon particularly. Alongside Syphon Filter’s customary arsenal of ballistic firearms is the taser, a weapon with infinite ammo, an extended efficient vary, and a cinematic digicam that minimize to your goal when used. It is also a weapon that causes enemies to burst into flames and shout in hilarious voices if you happen to maintain down the Fireplace button for lengthy sufficient. Mix this with a unending provide of enemies who would climb over the wall on the finish of the street–and each the humorousness and quantity of free time {that a} 12-year-old has–and you’ve got bought a recipe for hours of sporting out the R1 button and laughing hysterically with buddies. Will you depend on the auto lock-on, or pull off a trick shot by manually aiming? Or how about being an actual badass and performing a trademark Gabe Logan roll earlier than taking down one other terrorist? The world was certainly our oyster on that metropolis block.

Character Function-Enjoying Even When It is Inconvenient – Jordan Ramee, Affiliate Editor

I play just about each sport as realistically as doable and thus management my character as to how I think about they might transfer given their character and the sport’s style.

Meaning Resident Evil 3’s Jill cannot reload her pistol till it is virtually empty–in actual life, reloading a gun after one or two photographs is a waste of bullets and never one thing a skilled officer would do. Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Villager solely takes just a few assets from every island he visits and solely catches just a few bugs and fish every day, as razing an ecosystem would finally destroy it. Oh, and Breath of the Wild’s Hyperlink stops each night to eat, relaxation, and watch for dawn, seeing as how backpacking lengthy distances with an enormous stock is exhausting–you cannot do this for days straight with out relaxation. In different phrases, it sometimes takes me for much longer to finish video games compared to most individuals.

Why do I do that? I genuinely do not know. However I am compelled to play most video games this manner (there are only a few exceptions). It is not only for single-player video games both. If I am taking part in as Octane in Apex Legends, I’ll actually by no means cease transferring. I’ll spin in circles quite than stay nonetheless in a nook as a result of that is what I assume the idiotic adrenaline junkie would do!

Wooing My Childhood Crush In The Sims – Nick Sherman, Content material Producer

After I was rising up–maybe eight or 9 years old–there was a household subsequent door to us that had youngsters roughly the identical age as my brother, sister, and me. We took half within the traditional gamut of belongings you do whenever you’re a child: we ran round outdoors, we had sleepovers, we performed Tony Hawk (nicely, I did not, due to the “wait-your-turn-but-you’re-not-actually-going-to-get-a-turn” older brother hierarchy). However there was one factor that catapulted us into the issues of maturity a lot sooner than anybody our age ought to’ve been subjected to, and that was The Sims.

Again then, I had a reasonably large crush on certainly one of my neighbors. Let’s name her–I do know; I will spell her identify backwards–Hannah! (…wait.) Sadly for me, my older brother did too. As an alternative of speaking to her about our emotions, or giving her Skittles, we figured the easiest way to type a union in the actual world was to take action in The Sims.

All of us modeled our Sims after ourselves to the very best of our understanding on the time. I, in fact, was fast-tracking my manner into turning into an expert athlete by swimming within the pool I had purchased with my “rosebud”-generated funds. On the similar time, my brother went the route of an expert musician. He performed guitar on the time, and I am fairly certain I owned a soccer ball sooner or later, so all of it checks out. Whereas {that a}**gap was out at guitar classes or studying how one can skateboard, my Sim was laying down a powerful sport on Hannah’s Sim. I might name her over to go to, and I might make her dinner. She’d go away her plate half-finished on the desk and stroll out with out saying goodbye generally, however no matter, we have been principally engaged, proper?

When it got here all the way down to sealing the deal, although, my Sim could not appear to make the primary transfer. He beloved to speak and gave some Mr. Rogers-level hugs, however for some motive, he by no means developed the choice to kiss her. I requested my sister what the issue was, and she or he informed me to deliver up how I had allotted my character factors. “Nick, you did not put any factors in ‘Outgoing.’ In case your character is not outgoing, they are not going to be courageous sufficient to ask folks to kiss or marry them.” “So, how do I repair it?” “You may’t. You will need to get her to suggest to you.”

I do know someplace my previous pc laborious drive is rotting and rusting in a landfill. There, my Sim remains to be calling over Hannah, watching patiently as she eats her meal, ready for the day she realizes her real love has been there all alongside, speaking her ear off about sun shades and pizza. Ah, to be younger once more and know love, however not but know what outgoing means. What a sense all of it is.

Enjoying “Freddy Vs. Jason” In Halo 3 – Jay Julio, Video Producer

Again when the Halo on-line neighborhood was nonetheless rising, I bear in mind hanging out with a few buddies within the Avalanche map for hours. It was unusual as a result of it is not like we have been attempting to give you battle methods or searching for map glitches; we simply roamed across the empty map, speaking about something and every little thing. It was good to have the ability to get the sensation of hanging out with buddies regardless that you bodily lived nowhere close to one another.

We would even take the time to play customized video games like “slappers solely” or my all-time favourite, “Freddy vs. Jason,” which was principally a considerable, timed sport of Disguise & Search. Two gamers have been both Freddy (purple staff) or Jason (blue) and everybody else was Blondes (yellow). Freddy & Jason may solely kill by utilizing the Brute Shot’s melee assault or automobiles, and Blondes may solely conceal and use a pistol. One of the best a part of it was we could not mute our mics, so that you needed to attempt to cease chatting or laughing when Freddy & Jason have been close by looking for you. You may think about how loopy entertaining it was to listen to certainly one of your blonde teammates being chased across the map solely to have them be a jerk and run into your hiding spot on goal. Ah, good occasions.

Memeing As an alternative Of Attempting To Win Trials of Osiris Matches In Future 2 – David Ahmadi, Video Gameplay Producer

Each weekend for the final 4 weeks, I’ve logged on and tried my very best to not get crushed into the bottom in Future 2’s pinnacle PvP exercise, Trials of Osiris. The last word bragging rights, the sickest gear, and the Flawless emblem have been all up for grabs. Solely downside? My fireteam and I could not cease making intentional and unintended memes of our loadout and ourselves all through this course of. This Included GameSpot’s Leisure Supervisor Mike Rougeau utilizing a hilariously dumb but extremely efficient loadout of creating his fusion grenades explode on impression, to having these goofy detonators glow and follow our enemies as they ran round unwittingly. Our buddy would come out of nowhere and pop up behind enemies who would not see him, and it was simply this good comedic second sport after sport in what’s purported to be essentially the most difficult exercise in Future.

After all, there isn’t any world the place we may fairly get seven wins in a row, the required quantity to go “Flawless”–not after we ignored the present Onerous Mild meta and simply clowned round half the time. However is not that what makes video games a lot enjoyable generally? It actually was for us, and regardless of every of us ultimately making it to the Lighthouse, the ridiculous variety of hours we have spent in current days and the ways we have been utilizing are simply equal components dumb-as-hell and superb. It is moments like these which might be the principle motive why I really like video video games a lot.

Insane Grinding in Secret of Mana — Dave Klein, Leisure Video Producer

It is a incredible expertise whenever you play an RPG and the sport is so nicely balanced that you simply solely need to do minimal–if any–grinding, however nonetheless really feel your character progressively rising stronger. Secret of Mana is one such RPG that manages to hone in on that stability. And but, after I beat the sport as a child, I made a decision to develop into essentially the most overpowered character of all time.

Usually, you solely have to be inside three to 4 ranges of every boss in Secret of Mana to outlive, however that wasn’t ok for me! I made a decision to achieve 10 ranges earlier than going through each new boss. For instance, for the 2nd boss of the sport, you would possibly solely have to be round stage 6 to comfortably defeat them, however I might roll in at stage 20. In the event you’re a fan of JRPGs, I’m certain you’ll be able to think about how rapidly I began steamrolling every little thing that got here my manner.

Whereas it was a enjoyable idea to be this overpowered, to get there, you are combating the lowest-level enemies who offer you meager expertise factors. That meant hours upon hours upon hours upon hours of grinding for me. As a lot as I really like the music and artwork fashion of the sport, it was a brutal, boring, and depressing expertise. I don’t know why I made a decision to do that, or why I saved it up for so long as I did. I feel I lastly stopped after the fourth boss as I could not take it anymore since, at that time, I might in all probability spent sufficient time grinding simply to complete the sport usually.

Making The Dumbest Customized Characters Doable — Tony Wilson, Video Producer

I’m horrible at making customized characters. I’ve seen folks make picture-perfect replications of themselves in The Sims, or create spot-on movie star Miis, however that is simply not a ability I’ve. So I am going the wrong way and make my avatar as weird because the menus will permit. I beat that Bernie Sanders customized character meme to the punch is what I am saying.

Fizzlesticks, my Bloodborne hunter, was a purple-haired Joker lookalike with a goofy Grinch-style smile. My Ryder twin in Mass Impact: Andromeda was a green-haired, purple-lipped, dead-eyed jerk who by no means mentioned a sort phrase to his shipmates. Issues solely bought funnier when he stood subsequent to his “twin” in cutscenes.

The one exception to that is my Animal Crossing villager, who rocks a customized Deftones hoodie and really does resemble a chibi model of myself. Possibly I will make an effort within the subsequent RPG that lets me customise my face… Who am I kidding, Fizzlesticks Jr. will in all probability present up first.

Road Fighter II Jousting — Tamoor Hussain, Senior Editor

Like many, I had an ongoing Road Fighter rivalry with one explicit pal who believed he was higher than me. Within the Road Fighter II days, for some motive, we concluded that merely taking part in this combating sport designed and developed to determine who was the higher participant empirically was not the very best measure of ability. As an alternative, we determined this might solely be decided with Hurricane Kick Jousting.

As an alternative of simply duking it out after the announcer informed us to struggle, his Ryu and my Ken (the superior character), would take just a few paces again and cease, there could be a fast “3, 2, 1” countdown, and on “Go” we would each enter the command for the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, which is tryhard for Hurricane Kick, the transfer throughout which each characters develop into little karate helicopters and, in a superbly straight line on a horizontal axis, spin in direction of one another with their foot out. After colliding with one another and performing some harm, we would decide ourselves again up, step away, and repeat.

The last word victor would often be anointed after a better of 50 matches. I nonetheless do not perceive the reasoning, however I feel it was purported to be a take a look at of who may persistently enter the command reliably. Regardless it was a disgraceful waste of time, however we took it very severely.

The issue was, often, numerous rounds would finish in a Double Ok.O. At a sure level, we determined that Hurricane Kick Jousting was now not cromulent, so we switched to Hadouken no Senso, which is tryhard for hold doing Hadoukens till certainly one of us is useless. That dude is now not my pal. I wasn’t kidding; he actually thought he was higher than me–as an individual. He tried to struggle me in actual life. Ought to have seen it coming, actually.

Enjoying Disguise & Search In Aggressive Video games — Dave Jewitt, Video Producer

For so long as I can bear in mind, if I used to be taking part in multiplayer video games with my buddies, I might ultimately attempt to shoehorn a sport of Disguise & Search throughout the constraints of no matter online game we have been taking part in.

In Halo, we’d go into separate corners of Blood Gulch or Dangle Em Excessive. On the similar time, whichever participant drew the brief straw counted to 60 as we waited to be discovered. In Name of Responsibility: Fashionable Warfare 2, we’d throw on Chilly Blooded and conceal within the grass from one another in essentially the most weird locations till we have been ultimately found. In every little thing from Purple Lifeless Redemption to Minecraft, if there have been an area large enough to hide ourselves, towards the top of an evening of gaming, we’d devolve into the infantile giggles that went hand in hand with the video games of our youth.

This conduct wasn’t one thing I did once I was a child, both. I used to be anyplace between 17 and 22 once I participated on this dumb nonsense, and actually, I even had a sport of Disguise & Search in Animal Crossing: New Horizons final week. And whereas we knew it was daft, I feel it was as shut as we may get to a socially acceptable sport of Disguise & Search as a bunch of males of their 20s. Nevertheless, so far as I am involved, you are by no means too previous to benefit from the panicked glee of watching your pal wander previous your hiding spot, or lastly discovering your most interesting hiding spot, whether or not that is in the actual world, or no matter digital one you and your buds really feel most at residence.

Obeying Visitors Legal guidelines In GTA: Vice Metropolis — Persia Hancock, Video Host

Out of each single Grand Theft Auto that I’ve performed, Vice Metropolis continues to be my favourite. However one factor I all the time do once I’m driving round and never on a mission in GTA video games is obey the site visitors legal guidelines. I am undecided why, however once I’m not out wreaking havoc, it is good to relax out and be a law-abiding citizen. I cease at each purple mild; I will keep caught in site visitors, I go away no less than just a few automotive lengths for security, all whereas in path to rob a retailer or take somebody out. It is my very own game-within-a-game the place I’ve to maintain a low profile, ya know? To not point out, I really like listening to the radio whereas cruisin’–that Vice Metropolis soundtrack was FIRE! It is foolish, however I actually like it, and it is considerably therapeutic. I’ve additionally accomplished this in open-world racing video games, like Import Tuner and Want for Pace, however it all the time felt totally different, and funnier, in GTA. Now that I give it some thought, I could not legally drive on the time I first performed GTA, which in all probability explains loads.

Watching What My Youngsters Do In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild — Aaron Sampson, Senior Video Producer

One of many superb components of being caught at residence these previous few weeks has been watching my youngsters take to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in actually sudden methods. My seven-year-old has now spent hours tending to chickens in Kakariko Village. She named every one and talks to them like she’s their mom. When it rains she takes them inside one after the other. She’ll additionally spend hours simply operating up a hill and gliding off whereas holding them or tossing all of them onto the roof of their rooster coop. Listening to chickens squawk for hours at a time will be maddening, however she enjoys it so rattling a lot that I’ve invested in noise-canceling headphones.

When not doing that, my daughter’s often up at Goron Scorching springs setting her underwear on hearth after which leaping in for a refreshing bath–thankfully, the swimming pools have medicinal unwanted effects. She has additionally crammed the complete stock with dishes she’s cooked merely for the love of cooking. In the meantime, my different daughter is obsessive about using horses. She will get up early each morning to take her horses out from the stables and get them train and meals. It is lovable.

Gosh, I did not count on it, however Breath of the Wild has wound up being the very best factor at the very best time for my youngsters and me throughout these unusual occasions.

Telling Randos Pretend Cheat Codes In Return To Fort Wolfenstein’s Multiplayer — Michael Higham, Affiliate Editor

Hear, after we have been younger, all of us bought a kick out of harmlessly trolling gamers or teammates. I used to be fairly well-behaved in on-line video games once I was a child as a result of I am not an a**gap, however you be the decide on this one. Return to Fort Wolfenstein was my favourite sport on the unique Xbox, and it was the right showcase for what on-line multiplayer could possibly be when it was in its infancy on consoles. Due to that, most gamers have been fairly gullible when it got here to promoting them on “glitches” or “cheats” you “discovered.”

What my buddies and I did was inform different gamers that you can give your self additional ammo (or spawn a panzerfaust, or regardless of the hell we wished) if you happen to hit a particular button sequence. We would inform them to press, “Begin, Up, A, A, actually quick.” And nicely, that will make you give up out of the sport. We would get a kick out of them falling for it and seeing the sport log say they left the match. However the very best half was that break up second the sport took to really exit the match as you can hear their disappointment over voice chat simply earlier than they minimize out earlier than they left. To combine issues up, we would additionally counsel urgent “B, X, Y, Begin, Up, A, A, actually quick” as an actual slick diversion.

Wow, we have been dumb. I do not know, man.

Punching Troopers Over Railings In The Engine Room Of MGS2 — Matt Espineli, Editor

Earlier than I used to be brave sufficient as a child to play via all of Steel Gear Strong 2 on my own, I might typically muck round in my older brother’s saves. He had invested into numerous replays of the sport, so he almost had all the key objects unlocked. A kind of objects was the stealth camouflage swimsuit, which totally cloaked you into your environment, guaranteeing enemy patrols by no means see you. It was a godsend for my cowardly 10-year-old self, who so desperately wished to play as Strong Snake, however could not deal with the strain of sneaking round and combating bosses. However with the stealth camo, I may understand my needs, in addition to discover a small portion of the sport to my coronary heart’s content material, free to make errors with out consequence.

As you’ll be able to think about, the time I spent roaming the corridors of the opening chapter as a bandanna-wearing, cigarette-smoking phantom finally led to messing with enemies. Of all my recollections participating in shenanigans, I most fondly bear in mind fooling guards within the engine room by knocking to draw their consideration, so I then may punch-combo them over the railing and down into oblivion. Listening to their horrified cries as they dropped threw me right into a match of hysterical laughter; I actually thought it was the funniest factor on this planet. And I might spend dozens of hours doing this repeatedly, cracking up at each single guard who fell into my entice.

However earlier than you name my 10-year-old self a lunatic, please perceive that each one the troopers in MGS2 had these hokey Russian accents that have been ridiculous and cartoonish to listen to even then, so it was oddly amusing once they screamed. (It nonetheless sounds a bit merciless, huh?) I did acknowledge among the troopers have been voiced by certainly one of my favourite voice performers, Michael Bell, who performed Raziel in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver amongst many traditional ’80s cartoon characters, in order that was fairly cool for me again then.

After some time, my older brother bought in on my antics too, and collectively we would change off punching and roundhouse kicking troopers over railings and laughing our asses off. Heck, I feel certainly one of my cousins joined in at one level once they came visiting one day–clearly, this ridiculousness ran within the household. Ultimately, the humor of all of it did get previous, however I will always remember my time doing this type of dumb stuff in MGS2. In any case, it helped me construct up the dedication and ability to play the collection all on my own!

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