The most undesirable games ever

There was a bit of apprehension in the air before writing this list. Our line of thought was that by writing about undesirable games this article itself would become one that people would choose to avoid reading. If you’re reading this then thankfully that isn’t the case. Presenting eight games that are so undesirable, you …

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The not very shocking truth behind claw games

If you’re anything like us, then you’ll have suspected that the claw games – or UFO catchers, as they’re known in Japan – are rigged. It may even be common knowledge to some that they’re designed to not grip the goods inside properly every time. It’s not such common knowledge, however, that the user manuals …

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The six strangest Skylanders

The Skylanders come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but most are easily identifiable. Thanks to Spyro’s involvement there are a fair few dragons, plus a few knights, elves, skeletons and dinosaurs thrown in for good measure. Then you have these chaps below, who are somewhat harder to describe, with faces only a mother …

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Ten games we’re glad were canned

If anybody is saddened by the fact the ten games below were never released, then you probably need to take a good long look at yourself. We’re mildly confident that they’re the best of the worst. Jamster All-Stars – PlayStation 2 After the undeserved success of the two Crazy Frog Racing games the publisher started …

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Where did all the movie tie-ins go?

Ten years ago movie tie-ins were incredibly lucrative and publishers were quite happy to make games out of anything they thought might turn a quick profit, even if the source material wasn’t ideally suited to being turned into a game. Looking back through the release lists, a decline in movie tie-ins has been happening since …

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Digi-me-do! Remembering Teletext’s Digitiser

Cast your mind back to 1993 for a moment. The internet was still in its infancy, the Mega Drive and SNES were wooing gamers, and the most up to date source for gaming news and reviews were the copious amount of magazines that filled row upon row of a newsagent’s shelving. Then along came Digitiser, …

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Games Asylum fun facts

We’re celebrating ten years of Games Asylum all month, but today is our actual birthday. Since YOU haven’t thrown us a SURPRISE PARTY, we have no choice but to present ten fun facts about Games Asylum. Enjoy. We’ll be in the corner singing Happy Birthday to ourselves. Games Asylum is ten years old, but its …

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Review intros: choice cuts

I’ve been looking back through the 200-plus reviews I’ve written over the last decade. It was definitely a couple of years before I remotely found my feet, but after that it’s not all bad. In an act of almost unconscionable self-indulgence, I present ten intros which I think bare repeating – an awkward mix of …

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Games of a Decade: World of Warcraft

As part of 10 Years of Games Asylum, the site’s fine writers are each choosing one game to represent the last decade. Now it’s Adam’s turn. Despite Matt’s fondness for Viva Piñata and random budget games, it turns out we almost made the same selection for our ‘game of the decade’. Matt picked Fallout 3, …

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Reviews: the good, the bad and the ugly

Looking back through a decade of Games Asylum reviews makes for interesting reading, especially when the one of the first sentences I laid eyes on was: “Nintendo aren’t afraid to show their kind.” What? Exactly. Not all my reviews from the early days were filled with typos and grammatical errors, fortunately. Rather than blow my …

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Ten lists of 10

On our 5th birthday we ran a feature called ‘A Bunch of Fives’ – some lists of five. Never wanting to be too original, we’ll double that for our 10th birthday. Let’s start this off by remembering some of the things we’ve had to say goodbye to. Companies RIP Bizarre Creations (2011 – closed by …

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Games of a Decade: Fallout 3

As part of 10 Years of Games Asylum, the site’s fine writers are each choosing one game to represent the last decade. Now it’s Matt’s turn. Having to choose a ‘game of the decade’ was of course a colossal task. Shenmue II and Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic were both contenders but Fallout …

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What’s changed in a decade?

Ten years is a long time. But has much actually changed since Games Asylum was born into this world? Yes. And no. I’ve dredged the archives to illustrate. 1. Walls no barrier “Another technical marvel contained within is the RF module. With this you can play against up to three other players within a ten …

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Games of a Decade: The Wind Waker

As part of 10 Years of Games Asylum, the site’s fine writers are each choosing one game to represent the last decade. Jake is up first. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was responsible for an unreasonable amount of unrestrained emotion flowing from my brain, through my fingers and keyboard, and onto the web. …

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A month of self-indulgence

March 2011 sees Games Asylum turn ten years old. If you want to be precise, we launched on 26th March 2001. Surprised that we’ve been around for a decade? So are we. To celebrate ten glorious / anonymous / ignominious years (delete as appropriate), we have a month of hugely self-indulgent features planned. We’ll choose …

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