Do you like terrible games? Of course not. No one wants to sit and home spending the day playing ET for Atari 2600, or Superman for N64, but there are some games that are so bad, they’re actually good. The New York University Game Center is holding an open exhibit of a few of these delightful disasters called: Bad Is Beautiful.
Bad Is Beautiful: An Exhibition Exploring Fascinatingly Bad Games lets players try games from the current generation that have garnered infamously bad reviews, but still have some degree of appeal. According to the exhibit’s curator, Owen McLean, Bad As Beautiful looks at games in the same sense as a B Movies:
“ Movies that are so conventionally bad on technical and artistic levels that they surpass ‘unenjoyable’ and somehow end up back at ‘entertaining’ – [have] existed for almost half a century.” says McLean “Some viewers embrace these movies because they allow them to rebel against movie snobs, and some simply find something beautiful and unique buried within the trainwreck. A pertinent quote floats around certain film circles that goes something like this: ‘Films should not be measured by success or critical acclaim, but simply by our affection for them.”
“Bad is Beautiful looks at games in this way. It explores the idea of forgetting whether a game is ‘Good’ or ‘bad’, and instead encourages thinking of it as ‘interesting’ or ‘not interesting’. It relishes the surreal moments that ‘flawed’ games unintentionally create. It brings games that challenge conventional ideas of ‘good’ out of the bargain bin and into the spotlight. It casts a skeptical eye on the Metacritic-trawling gamers of the world who stay in their safe, comfortable world of 8s, 9s and 10s and encourages them to take a risk, to explore the seedy underbelly of this art form they love so much, to diversify. It embraces the campy, the shattered, the rejected, the freakish, the dated, and the flat-out disastrous.”
Games open for play include: Deadly Premonition, Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing, Extreme Paintbrawl, GoldenEye 007, Earth Defense Force 2017 and more. This is an interesting line-up that represents a wide spectrum of “Bad” games. Deadly Premonition on its own has acquired a cult following of players and critics who insist that its merits more than make up for its many, MANY faults. Big Rigs on the other hand often turns up on “Worst Games Ever” lists due to its almost total lack of functioning mechanics. Earth Defense Force 2017is a self-aware B-Movie spoof (Or is it?).
The event will be held this Friday at the New York University Game Center. The exhibition is open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. Explosion.com will be on scene to take a closer look at all of the playable games and the other parts of the exhibit. Bad game enthusiasts can stop by on Friday, April 13th at 721 Broadway, 9th Floor Lobby between 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. You can RSVP for the event at the link below. Check back with Explosion.com for our coverage.