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10 Worst Video Game Trends!

Felix Kemp

Every industry has its inherent flaws they can't seem to shake. Film has its annual surplus of rom-coms and Eddy Murphy comeback disasters. Television has Hollyoaks and that really boring News show. Video-games are the new kids on the block, quickly establishing themselves as a financial force, but not without their own list of cringe-worthy problems. Here are the Top Ten Worst Trends in Video-Games!

10. Baldness10 Worst Video Game Trends!

Apparently a premature balding disease has swept across the gaming pantheon, turning its cast of heroes and villains into domed egg-heads. Nathan Hale, Hitman, Cole McGrath and even Max Payne now sport gleaming or stubbly scalps.

It’s no surprise most of those names mentioned are stern-faced and homicidal. They’ve seen Link, with his flowing golden locks and the carefully pressed fringes of the Final Fantasy cast, and they’re angry. Forget conquering the Chimera or assassinating your next target, these guys want their hair back! Cue the inevitable, Max Payne 4: The Quest for the Perfect Toupee.

9. Casual Games10 Worst Video Game Trends!

When Steven Spielberg declared he’d be partnering with EA Games to build a new project, jaws dropped.

But when the famed director eventually announced his project was Boom Blocx, a family-friendly Jenga rip off, a collective “What the Fuck?” echoed around the globe.

With the Wii ushering in a new era of cheap, profitable casual games, it’s only a matter of time before Epic announces Gears of War 3: Picnic Party.

8. World War 2 10 Worst Video Game Trends!

Seriously, are there anymore WW2 moments to pluck from the historical archives and develop a game around? Medal of Honour, Call of Duty, most avid gamers could probably receive a diploma in 1940s history, considering the surfeit of WW2 games that parachute in each year.

Why not try a different decade? A 60s hippy game? Or a 21st Century Duck Hunt with George Bush and Tony Blair as the eponymous targets?

7. Downloadable Content10 Worst Video Game Trends!

Fans of Elder Scrolls: Oblivion may remember the Horse Armour fiasco a few years ago, when Bethesda charged several dollars for a bunch of frilly-looking costumes for your much embarrassed steed.

This trend has continued, with companies desperate to squeeze every penny from their product. Want a multiplayer mode in Resident Evil 5? Oh, sorry, you’ll have to pay for it, because it wasn’t ready for the game’s release, but will be a few weeks later. Right…

6. Zombie-Alien Invasions10 Worst Video Game Trends!

Poor zombies and aliens. Maybe they’re just misunderstood, underneath their rotting skin and exotic armour, and enjoy rescuing wayward kittens and donating to charity, instead of feasting on countless human brains and invading foreign planets.

They should be given a well-deserved vacation, and in their absence, rampaging pandas and gun-toting, cigar-munching koala bears should fly the banner. Left 4 Dead proved it’s much more fun being the zombie, than beheading one!

5. Lethal Water10 Worst Video Game Trends!

Video-game characters have obviously never had swimming-lessons. In Grand Theft Auto 3, the protagonist could brave gunfights with mobs and gangs, survive a head-on collision with another car, but drop him in water, and he’d writhe about and eventually drown like an insect.

His successors finally learned how to swim, but the trend has continued, most recently with Infamous, where electrically-charged hero Cole McGrath will be fried alive if he comes into contact with water. I wonder what he does when he’s thirsty?

4. Amnesia10 Worst Video Game Trends!

Not so much a problem exclusive to video-games, amnesia is a lazy storytelling device most gamers wish they could forget. I’ll set the scene; a man or woman wakes up, they rub their eyes, stare in consternation at the strange room they’ve found themselves in, and then proclaim to know nothing of their past or present.

Prototype is the most recent example of an amnesiac character, blessed with superhero powers and yet more interested in his lost memories. Alex Mercer, you can run up buildings, surf dead bodies and swat helicopters aside like flies, and yet you want to know what colour your first bicycle was? Please…

3. Men of Few Words10 Worst Video Game Trends!

As well as being bald and amnesiac, most video-game heroes seem to have misplaced their collective tongues. Some speak very little, such as Master Chief or Ryu Hayabusa, while others, like Link or Gordon Freeman, say nothing whatsoever.

A lot of these guys deal with end-of-the-world, apocalyptic scenarios, so you’d think they’d have more to say than banal military jargon or action-hero clichés.

2. Spin-Offs10 Worst Video Game Trends!

Mario and Sonic heralded the arrival of video-games as a new force in the media, with the daring plumber and anthropomorphic hedgehog unlikely poster boys for the industry.

However, in recent years their respective owners, or ‘pimps’ I suppose, have been forcing their mascots to participate in some unseemly productions. Mario Party, Sonic Riders… the embarrassed duo even made a joint-appearance in Mario and Sonic Olympics. If this trend continues, Halo Kart and God of Gardening are inevitable!

1. Anti-Heroes10 Worst Video Game Trends!

Video-games have suddenly become very… well, emo! Cold stares, dark pasts, and voices more gravelly than Christian Bale in the morning, the likes of Marcus Fenix and Sam Fisher seem to have had very traumatic childhoods.

Think of Mario, who for years now, despite his arthritic limbs, has been hopping from place to place, struggling to cope with a dangerous addiction to hallucinogenic mushrooms that have convinced him a giant turtle has stolen his girlfriend!

Phew, glad that’s over! There’s a lot to love about video-games, but there sure is plenty to hate, too! Imagine a game combining all ten Trends, with bald, amnesiac anti-heroes, afraid of the mere sight of water, running from zombies and aliens against a World War 2 backdrop drawn in colourful, casual strokes, with extortionate DLC and spin-offs lurking just around the corner…

Add a comment16 comments
DecoyJumping  Jun. 22, 2009 at 07:05

"hallucinogenic mushrooms that have convinced him a giant turtle has stolen his girlfriend!"


Christian T.  Jun. 22, 2009 at 08:27

What the hell is wrong with Boom Blox? Nothing as any sane human being as well as the majority of insane can see

Christian Bale  Jun. 22, 2009 at 13:53

Whats wrong with my voice?

Emma Kelly  Jun. 22, 2009 at 13:57

Oh, we've got famous commenters! Welcome to Dealspwn Christian Bale :p

Marcus Fenix  Jun. 22, 2009 at 14:20

I hate my life!

Anonimin  Jun. 22, 2009 at 15:16

This is the worst countdown i ever see , how pathetic

Gordon Freeman  Jun. 22, 2009 at 15:19

I have a really really dark secret Bale , Im Batman

William George  Jun. 22, 2009 at 16:04

I was kind of hoping Guitar Hero and Rock Band games would be on the list. Also FPS games since that's all the market pretty much is at this point. Stupid music games and bland FPS games.

dundundun  Jun. 22, 2009 at 17:12

The worst two trends have to be the cover system and regenerating health in shooters! It simply ruins the pace and general gameplay.

Just because it works well in Gears of War it does not need to be in every game!

RuddigerPez  Jun. 22, 2009 at 20:23

You forgot some:

Hardware that is faulty because it was prematurely released. (360)

Overpriced 1st party peripherals (All)

I know these aren't trends in the games themselves but they are related...

tombombadale  Jun. 22, 2009 at 22:13

down loadable content is not going to go away its another way to get people to play your game longer and the publisher gets more money from it. over all there mainly good things for it, and some times the publishers do stupid things whit there down loadable content, and then there having to have a internet connection to download it and have a credit card and they don't relay cost more than 10 $,15 $, 5 $ but internet connections are not that hard to find these days. i really don't see why you would put that on your list. and thankfuly some of the stuff on your list has been fixed with current technology

Super Mario  Jun. 23, 2009 at 00:30

Anyone know where I can get some shrooms ?

Allegionary  Jun. 23, 2009 at 01:47

I think you have your WW2 trend a little behind the times: We had 2 next gen WW2 games this year: COD: World At War and Brothers in Arms.

How many modern or near future shooters have we had? From 50 Cent Blood on the Sand, to GRAW, to Conflict Denied Ops, to Modern Warfare, to Killzone 2, to Battlefield Bad Company etc. etc. this is the real trend in games that is getting long in the tooth lately.

The problems with WW2 games is that they tended to tread the same ground (D-Day, Market Garden, Stalingrad, Normandy) but there were plenty of interesting campaigns that didn't always involve Americans or Russians. It is the restriction that any WW2 game has to have US missions that limits it. What about the Greeks fighting off the Germans on Crete? What about the Poles being Blitzed by Germany at the start of the War? What about the Expeditionary force trapped by the Germans? What about the Australian and PNG 'fuzzy wuzzies' fighting the Japanese in the muddy jungles on the Kokoda trail in Papua New Guinea?

Now we have 'Russian' green landscapes or sandy terrain with square Middle Eastern buildings to replace Normandy.

Roto13  Jun. 23, 2009 at 01:57

I stopped reading after the Boom Blox (not "Blocx") ignorance. Boom Blox is a fantastic game.

Gordan Freeman  Jun. 23, 2009 at 15:50


Sam Bell  Jun. 27, 2009 at 13:34

i cant wait for halo kart


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