I’ve been at my new library post for almost three months now, and I’m finally settling into some degree of regularity with my schedule, which means I’ll be able to settle into drawing more again. I was looking for something to do as a warm-up to get me back in the groove, so over the past week I’ve been working on headshots of the playable characters from Maniac Mansion and its sequel, Day of the Tentacle.
I’ve never actually gotten to play either of the games – Maniac Mansion was released two years before I was born (in 1987), and DotT was released when I was 4 (in 1993), but they’re readily available online and I’m certainly interested in playing them. What caught my eye recently was how easily these games and one of my favorite weird games, an FMV title called Braindead 13, could happen in the same universe. (And that was after I realized that due to the 1990s settings Braindead 13 and Five Nights at Freddy’s could be set in the same universe.) I haven’t played a point-and-click game in years, but this would be as good a time as any to get back into that sort of thing. I mean, those games can generally be played in one sitting and they often have pretty cool art.
Buuuuut it’s me, so I have to put out some extra effort to try to find a really weird and/or bad one because I love games that are really weird and/or bad. And obviously, that disqualifies Maniac Mansion and Day of the Tentacle, because they’re pretty great. I need to broaden my horizons and find a really bad one. It’s a bit hard to find one just from a Google search, so I’ll likely have to try Newgrounds and see what the worst-rated ones are.
The thing with bad games, though, is that not just any bad game will do. If a game is run-of-the-mill bad, it doesn’t stick with you and you generally end up tossing it aside. It has to be so bad that it becomes some sort of bizarre masterpiece. See, for example, Big Rigs. Big Rigs is so bad that it’s amazing. This is the same reason I still use Storybook Weaver, actually. It’s so bad that it’s hilarious and I love it. Sometimes, finding the best bad game to play is actually kind of hard and takes time. I know that’s a weird thing to say, but it’s true.
So in the meantime, I’ll have to content myself by playing and/or watching good games. That’s fine, too.