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The Top 7 - Fruitless Endeavors

Level 60/70
To reach level 60 in WoW or 70 in The Burning Crusade takes a lot of dedication. You know, it's not going to happen by accident. "How are you doing on your new game, son?" "Awesome – I only got it yesterday but I already hit the level cap". Nuh-uh. The upper echelons of the game's levels are reserved only for the elite. But there should be something waiting other than the respect (or, more likely, envy) of your clan members.

Nah. Level 70 is exactly the same as 69, only there's an extra integer on the level number and some minor stat increases. Only now there's no reason to keep playing. You've done it – you've hit the limit. If it can be said that you've 'finished' WoW, this must be that point. Yes, we know Wrath of the Lich King will extend the cap again. But that's just prolonging the inevitable.

Sure, you can still go on raids and get some new armour or some extra special weapons, but the chances are you've probably got everything you want by now anyway. Do you know what this means? You can go outside now! Better take some sunglasses though. That daylight's pretty harsh.


Beating the 99 Trial Mode
At the end of PS2's awesome Ridge Racer V, you get to compete in an endurance race, named the 99 Trial Mode. That means 99 laps around one course, which will last about 1h 45m. Fortunately, it's around that famous original track from the arcade, so at least it's a pleasant enough drive. And surely there's got to be something amazing waiting at the end of it.

The race ends. Eager eyes watch the screen. We get the usual medal for finishing the event. Incidentally, a music track unlocks as we passed the 250 mile mark during the event. It's by Mijk Van Dijk, whoever that is. And now for the big reward…

Nothing. That's it. One measly medal's all you get for racing 99 times around the same course, mostly without any competition. You can race on to 1,500 miles if you want, in which case you'll get a Pac-Man car. But after this snub, we don't want to. After goodness knows how many hours spent completing the game, it set us up for an ultimate prize. And gave us a medal. Curse you, RRV!


Above: 99 laps around here is no chore. But can't we have something for it?

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  • Kerfluffle - February 24, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    Hmmmmmmmmm..... Pokemon used to be about gettin em all when I was a kid. Now it's about the most powerful team for me. It doesn't matter anymore because all my friends hack now anyway, and they dont think its cheating. (EX. "I just found those 6 Shaymins in a patch of grass!)
  • legory - May 28, 2009 2:39 a.m.

    80 Hours to beat Pokemon D/P? Are you kidding me? Try less than 24. I filled my Pokedex in roughly that time. No Action Replay.
  • elilupe - April 22, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    I thought the ending of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts was pretty terrible. It made you finish that painfully annoying Grunty battle, and then only gave you a car that looks like banjos head. It doesnt even handle that well. Couldnt they have given you a super cool, powerful weapon that could go extremely fast and could handle perfectly?
  • CuddlyBomber - October 20, 2008 10:16 p.m.

    God DAMN that Luigi! The number of times I tried to get that star are... well... I lost count!
  • Manny-Faces - October 21, 2008 12:25 a.m.

    nice colossos vid i still need to beat it lol :D
  • purpleshirt - October 21, 2008 2:30 a.m.

    my friend used hax to fill his pokedex and i was like siiiick now i can see what proffsor oak says in eternia city good job!, im happy now go fuck off was pretty much the gist of it so im happy i decided not to sell my soul to that guy on the internet who promised me arceus in return. really happy
  • msfootball66 - October 27, 2008 1:51 a.m.

    haha its called cheats when i was little i got pokemon red and i just used cheats but im not really sure wat diamend and pearl are
  • slymaster - October 26, 2008 7:18 p.m.

    it only took me one day to beat the elite 4 and i got it the day it came out. started the next day and beat it around 11:00 pm never got complete pokedex (who realy does not like they give you any thing)
  • poplin - November 21, 2009 9:20 p.m.

    I'd like to nominate blast corps to this list. One of the best yet most stupidly hard games on the n64, you work your ass off to get gold medals on everything, and then you unlock the planets. you then have to get golds on each of the planets, each progressively more difficult. Once you do that, the game says "now go for platinum".... stopped playing after that message and never looked back
  • PhantomRose96 - January 7, 2010 11:05 p.m.

    I've been playing Pearl for years, trying to complete the pokedex. I've caught/evolved every pokemon available in the sinnoh region (which took long enough, especially for pokemon that evolve at a ridiculously high level.) I've "migrated" about a million from fire red and traded with my brother for pokemon from sapphire. I still have no idea where to find half the legendaries (which are the only pokemon I have left to obtain.) Then I read this article and wonder why I'm wasting my life... which doesn't mean I'll be able to stop.
  • unholychazer - September 28, 2010 3:16 a.m.

    493 pokemon? I didn't think anyone actually bothered, maybe it wouldn't be so bad if half of them didn't require events that few of us actually bother with, so for the rest of us, there's action replay
  • ombranox - September 29, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    Uhh... It took me like, 15 hours to beat the elite four.
  • CrazyPhish - October 1, 2010 4:45 a.m.

    I think it was Katamari 2 that you could spend forever collecting 1 million roses in one of the levels and you didn't get anything for it.
  • jamie-williams - January 29, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, when you beat the game, you get something really worth the effort (ON OPPOSITE DAY!): 1xp point. I am not telling a lie. Go look it up and see the if there are any WTF moments on YouTube.

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