50 video game haikus for the poetic gamer

Since mankind first crawled from the primordial ooze, gamers have sought newer and more creative ways to express their love of video games through the subtle medium of haikus (it’s true – shut your mouth). Following in this spirit of literary expression, GamesRadar has unleashed the poet within to provide a more distinguished look into many of our favorite video games. Feel free to let these poetic contemplations inspire your own muse and share your haikus in the comments. Remember, the form is five beats, then seven, and then five again.

Street Fighter


This isn't so bad.
Just jump the Hadouken and...
F$%&! Shoryuken...


Shadow warrior...
Bushinryu adepts know
Ninjas wear sneakers.


The Killer Bee’s back
She still wears thong leotards
Thank you, God…thank you.

M. Bison

Shadaloo villain;
Astounding resilience.
Dead - not dead…what gives?


Spanish ninjutsu
Means I get steel claws; you don’t.
Bloody High Claw, bitch.


Impossible hair;
Theme goes with everything.
Eyebrows are for wimps.


Master assassin
Been dying since forever
Leukemia sucks.


Oh shit; not again
Stay away stay away stay…


Demon warrior
Always killing M. Bison
Never seems to take.


Stretchy Indian
The worst pacifist ever
Bitchin’ theme music.

Next Page: Halo, God of War, Demon’s Souls


  • Bagmun - August 11, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    I'm glad everyone enjoyed it. On a side note, haikus are more about "beats" than syllables when it comes to english. Real does have two syllables ('ree-uhl), but it only has one beat because nobody in their right mind says "Ree-uhl." Cool beans?
  • diddly - August 11, 2010 4:19 p.m.

    Oh and just realised it wasn't your article, but figured it might be since you were getting the most flak in the "real" discussion. Even still, great article
  • diddly - August 11, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    Chhhhhaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrlllliiiieeeeeee (like your talkradar intro) Why are these spammers messing with your article? And on a side note, great article buddy really enjoyed the MW2 ones, and the Halo 3 ones involving noobs. And truer words were never spoken about cougars. Great job buddy!
  • pollenski - August 11, 2010 4:03 p.m.

    ebay21, danxin and xanxin sell fakes dont go to their store
  • Fendaren - August 11, 2010 1:43 p.m.

    Commander Shepard: "This is my favorite store, On the Citadel."
  • pin316 - August 11, 2010 11:13 a.m.

    How about: - Legend of Zelda - Must save the Princess, please stop calling me Zelda, that is not my name - Assassin's Creed - Diving off rooftops, Templars keep f**king things up, Stab them in the face - Monkey Island - I am a Pirate, LeChuck is such an a$$hole, root beer conquers all
  • philipshaw - August 11, 2010 10:10 a.m.

    I have a metal gear one Snake sneaking in codec call inbound 20 min cutscene to follow
  • HawtKakez - August 11, 2010 8:57 a.m.

    Not a bad read. Had a few chuckles here and there. Thanks for posting.
  • DavidELDiablo - August 11, 2010 5:12 a.m.

    CoD MW 2 Another CoD game Started playing online once Kids made me lose my ears. Zelda Another Zelda game It might be best one ever Won't beat O o T. WoW Millions love WoW It is a real lifestyle more epic then life. Halo The best F P S multiplayer annoying lots of "Flag Dropped"
  • Swindleton - August 11, 2010 5:05 a.m.

    @Twilight Don't be so stupid Real is just ONE syllable Learn to speak English @that Panda guy Don't encourage him REE-ALL? Double You Tee Eff Just like yeehaw, right? ehhhhh...
  • Articblaze - August 11, 2010 5:03 a.m.

    Brutal Legend To assure sequel For game that rules from up high Shut Tim Schafers mouth.
  • Genericpenisjoketista - August 11, 2010 5 a.m.

    P.S. Thanks for the Haiku idea. I just wrote a shit-ton of lovey ones in a letter to my girlfriend and she's going to love me for that shit. You guys rock.
  • Genericpenisjoketista - August 11, 2010 4:28 a.m.

    I have one for Mass Effect: Fox News Really Hates You You Get Too Much Tang For Them Keep On Keepin' On (bonus points because the drink "Tang" was invented for astronauts)
  • greenjoker - August 11, 2010 4:19 a.m.

    poetry can be anywhere...thanks for the creative article
  • Fata1Stryke - August 11, 2010 2:59 a.m.

    Master Chief: He appears manly, 'Til you find out his girlfriend Is a hologram.
  • mahabat - August 11, 2010 2:51 a.m.

    haha shut up midwest isn't an accent its just how it is, so real is one syllable
  • Gobblemeister - August 11, 2010 2:30 a.m.

    The Demons Souls and Street Fighter ones were awesome. Especially Ryu's.
  • Helios - August 11, 2010 1:47 a.m.

    Never been a big fan of poetry, but these are pretty good. And for the argument about whether "real" is 1 or 2 syllables? How about we all compromise and just add 1 and 2 together to say that "real" has 3 syllables. *Sigh* Aren't compromises great?
  • Mamudo - August 11, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    Some of them gave me a chuckle, especially the one about Dhalsim, "worst pacifist ever"
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - August 10, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    "Real" is one syllable!!!

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