The Top 7... Unfunny games

They tried to make us laugh. Instead, they just made us angry

6. The Simpsons: Bart vs the Space Mutants
1991 | NES, Genesis, Game Gear, Sega Master System, Amiga, PC, C64

Yes, OK, this was the first Simpsons game, slammed out in a flood of clueless merchandising that hit when the show was still in its infancy. Yes, it was aimed at kids, and no, the geniuses at publisher Acclaim weren't about to hire anyone on par with the show's writers. Not when they could make just as much money ripping off the plot to They Live, a classic film in which ex-wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper uses sunglasses to see aliens wearing human disguises.

But even when we were slogging through this as children, there was one bit we realized was incredibly lame. Early in the first level, there's a payphone sitting right outside of Moe's Tavern. Hop up and get your quarters ready, and you can make Bart prank-call Moe Szyslak, thereby ensuring hilarity. Or it would, except that the fake names Bart gets Moe to call out to his customers - Isobel Ringing, Stu Piddiddiot, I.M. Adope - are only funny to little kids who like reading books about knock-knock jokes.

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After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.

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