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The Top 7... Most embarrassing live-action game scenes

 
Four low-resolution fights on just two CDs! Prize Fighter was actually a decent idea for an FMV game, though as with many of the others, winning was mostly about memorization.  Regardless of its merits as a game, this has to have been ridiculous to shoot. Imagine bobbing, weaving, punching, and bear-hugging a camera for half-an-hour. How could you not feel like a complete ass afterword – especially since the day before you told all your friends how you were going to star in a movie. What other roles could that possibly lead to?

Oh wait, Ben Bray, who played Honeyboy in the game, actually went on to have a fairly prolific career in Hollywood stunts. And the referee was played by Gene LaBell, another big-time stuntman. Who else was in this thing? Billy D. Lucas… Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stunt double… Dick Miller… a real boxer and successful actor… Jimmy Nickerson and Manny Perry, both also successful stuntmen. Well, color me stupid.

Breakdown of embarrassment
0:00
– “I’m going to play this role like Clint Eastwood, trust me, it’ll be great.”
0:14 – In order to capture the player’s hands, someone had to crouch in front of a camera and hold his arms in the air. Somehow this realization tarnishes the whole thing.
1:34 – The ref says “what?” like he can’t remember where he is, or if he’s in a real boxing match.
1:47 – “Ok, now press your chest against the camera. Good, good.”
2:50 – Extreme close-up!



Super Wing Commander is a super obscure 3DO/Mac remake of Wing Commander. The graphics were completely redone, and the game introduced proper recorded dialog, but probably shouldn’t have.

Its talking heads were static images with blinking eyes and moving mouths - akin to the talking faces that once appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien (Oh Conan, that’s not actually Arnold Schwarzenegger!). The only difference is that in Super Wing Commander, they weren’t a joke.



Breakdown of embarrassment
0:38 – Oh god, that cardboard stand-up is talking!
0:46 – “So, you can do a Scottish accent, right?” “AUCH! NO PRAHBLEM!”
1:30 – Did he just fall asleep in the middle of talking?

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  • ScorpioMaurus - March 24, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    I find it hard to believe and a little sad that the opening sequence from Resident Evil PS1 didn't make it onto the list to me that's always been one of the worst.
  • TripleAD - May 17, 2009 6:39 a.m.

    7 and 4 made me wanna kill myself Anyway good article man
  • NottaFanboY - May 14, 2009 6:28 p.m.

    And now they don't put live action in games...Except command and conquer of course. Wonder why?
  • sprog - April 17, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    I too am surprised at the lack of RE intro movie. The fact that they kept Wesker's appearance the same all these years after that pose is a testament to Capcom's devotion.
  • planet5421 - April 15, 2009 6:40 p.m.

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  • CoD_22 - April 14, 2009 10:19 p.m.

    im posting this comment because of the recaptcha: Hated you
  • Cwf2008 - April 14, 2009 3:01 a.m.

    WTF?! NO!!! That C&C Video has been removed! Why Youtube why do you have to be so fucking gay?! reCAPTCHA: ambushes Russian
  • JHawk - April 13, 2009 11:37 p.m.

    I remember sitting around with my best friend playing Sewer Shark and Prizefighter and thinking to myself, "Self, is this the future of gaming because if it is you may want to take up sports."
  • thochaos - April 11, 2009 11:08 a.m.

    I'm also surprised by the lack of Resident Evil. I cannot believe I never noticed that chick take off her top in Night Trap before. Holy crap.
  • Baconator96 - April 11, 2009 2:26 a.m.

    damn! Why has the C&C video been removed due to TOS violation...WHY?!
  • MrPips - April 11, 2009 12:23 a.m.

    Lol, C&C just got owned by rights violations.
  • Geminiman82 - April 8, 2009 1:59 p.m.

    Oh Sewer Shark...how I loved playing you at Zappers all those years ago :) YEAH THAT'S RIGHT! I was a Zappers nerd. For those of you younglings who don't know what Zappers was...it was the game rental place that also has terminals to sit at and play the video games you could rent. You'd pay for your play time. I miss places like that.
  • sourpunch - April 8, 2009 6:18 a.m.

    My eyes, my eyes, my poor eyes, they died while watching these videos. Great top 7 though.
  • Brainspike367 - April 8, 2009 4:07 a.m.

    "Ahhh. Don't you love the smell of the sewers in the morning? They smell like VICTORY!!" God yes.
  • magicwalnuts0 - April 8, 2009 1:09 a.m.

    HAHAHAHA I remember the Seth one, I watched it like 5 times and I still laugh every time. The Wing Commander one despite being cool was also hilarious "those frothy targets, dead ahead". Too bad FMV's still look ridiculous today, although I can't help but love RA3's.
  • KillYouSD - April 8, 2009 12:09 a.m.

    ha ha i love total recall lol
  • StefanGrey - April 7, 2009 10:38 p.m.

    What no mention of the greatest game intro ever: Resident Evil 1 (PS1)?
  • Bassist94 - April 7, 2009 5:20 p.m.

    what a crap scottish accent lol
  • lawless77 - April 7, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    Holy crap! I actually owned all of these. FMV was the shit back in the day. Now it's just shit. I must admit though, I really liked Sewer Shark. But why does Mr. Ghost have to yell at me all the time? It really hurts my feelings.
  • Mumb00 - April 7, 2009 12:45 p.m.

    Another Digital Pictures gem was Crypt Killer. It had Vincent "Get off my TRAIN!" Schiavelli in it. One of the clips, not too long after the intro, when the female "love interest" is looking at your computer interface or whatever, says seductively, "I bet you can... turn it on!" WTF?!

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