When people think of video games, most people think of the same things. They either visualize a Mario Brothers game or a Call of Duty, and in doing so, they would be right. Most video games seem to follow the same blueprints and templates now, and most games just feel like cover versions of earlier games. Not to say that is a bad thing, but you would think by the eighth console generation there would be more original ideas. Truth is, there have been some VERY original (and very weird and WTF video games), but they weren’t always well received. Hell, sometimes they down right freaked people out, justifiably. Here are six insane, wtf video games that will melt your mind with just how out there they can get. Warning, some weird and shocking content ahead.
If want to talk about WTF video games, you cannot NOT mention Mr. Mosquito. A game based around the concept that you are a mosquito trapped in one family’s home and your job is to basically torture them and drink their blood without them swatting you.
While that, in itself, may sound kinda normal, did I mention one of the levels has you stinging the Mom in the family while she is bathing? Yes, very Japanese. Very WTF.
Seaman was a Dreamcast game that I still think of as one of the most ambitious games ever made (and one of the reasons I bought a Dreamcast). This game defined insane. It was like one of those virtual pets simulators that were so big in the late nineties, only this took it to insane heights.
So it starts out like a horseshoe crab and eventally evolves into a, well, it goes from a fish with a human face to things even weirder than that. But the catch with Seaman (yes, real name) was that you would use your mic and actually talk to it. And weirdest and awesomest of all, he was voiced by the late, great Leonard Nemoy.
Just watch the video above to get a better idea. I had some INSANE conversations with my Seamen in my 20’s. Yes that sentence sounded as awesome as I thought it would.
Don’t care what anyone says, as odd as this game is, it is as addictive as crack. Katamari Damacy is about a prince whose Dad is the king of the cosmos and he needs you to roll everything you can on earth into giant balls that can be used as stars in the sky. Yes, really.
Did I mention the soundtrack? Well, it is batsh*t insane and awesome. Possibly the most mainstream title on the list, that doesn’t make it any less of a WTF video game experience.
Catherine was one of those games (like Katamari) that I was shocked to see got made for American audiences. Essentially, a dating sim mixed up with a puzzle game, Catherine was so wrought with insanity and psycho sexual oddities, that it is really hard to even describe the game. An Oedipal sexual nightmare seems fitting.
I know that explanation seems odd, but just watch the trailer and try to make sense of it yourself.
Hey, you know what would be the worst game ever? An arcade shooter based loosely around the band Aerosmith! Someome should get high on copious amounts of cocaine and go make that game….said the worst game designer ever.
Seriously, the less said about this game the better. Brace yourselves, though, all has been minor compared to what comes next….
Super Columbine Massacre RPG
Granted, I am stepping away from the more mainstream, console releases here, but this might just be the most WTF video game ever made. I know people would think Postal or Killing Floor might make the list, but the prerequisite for this list was not shocking or violent. Just WTF. And nothing makes me say WTF more loudly than playing a game where I get to recreate a school shooting where many lives were needlessly lost. Granted, this was a browser game for computers, and there are a great many people who still don’t know it even existed (which is exactly why it made my list).
The creators would go on to say they thought the game would spark conversation, but we all know, some people do try to be shocking just to be shocking. To me, that ideal could ruin gaming. Glad the game basically got shit on by the public. That is what it deserved. Speaking of WTF….