tagged: Kusoge Advent Calendar

Kusoge Advent Calendar 2017: Week One

“Kusoge” (糞ゲー, or クソゲー) is a Japanese compound word—”kuso”, meaning “garbage, crap, shit”, and “ge”, short for “geemu”, the Japanese pronounciation of the word “game”. It means, quite literally, “shit game”.

 
Kusoge Advent Calendar 2017: Week Two

Before I started on this marathon, I said things like “You can’t subvert my expectations if I don’t have any.” This is a belief grounded in a universe that makes sense, where events logically follow each other through a chain of cause and effect. A universe like that couldn’t produce the games on this list, and so it naturally follows that I ended up being dead wrong.

 
Kusoge Advent Calendar 2017: Week Three

Somehow, it persists.

 
Kusoge Advent Calendar 2017: FINALE

The least important undertaking in human history.

 
Kusoge Vacation Calendar

October 2017. A 20-something Australian looks up from Jackie Chan In Fists Of Fire and fills the words “Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance” into a spreadsheet. After a moment of consideration, he hits Tab and amends the entry with three letters: “GBA”.

 
Kusoge Advent Calendar 2018: BEFORE

Everyone has a holiday tradition. Mine is a month of digital self-flagellation that will someday have paid service to every shitty fighting game ever made. This probably seems weird to you, but as far as I’m concerned it makes about as much sense as anything involving Die Hard.

 
Kusoge Advent Calendar 2018: AFTER

As usual, this batch of games was the most incomprehensible one yet, because some of them were actually pretty good. That’s the mixup. I guess it was a Christmas miracle that some decent games were added to the garbage, or I probably would have died.

 
Kusoge Advent Calendar 2018: FINALE

It always takes me a while to get around to these writeups. The elegant reason? “Writing takes time, and I want to approach these with some perspective.” The actual reason? “I absolutely cannot look at this shit anymore. Please god just give me some time. Fuck.”