Total Nerd Bad Video Games You Played as a Kid Because You Didn't Know Any Better  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up the video games you remember playing as a kid not because they were fun, but because you didn't know what else was out there.

Before the Internet gave us the ability to learn anything about everything, more or less on a whim, there really wasn’t a way to figure out what video games to play. If you were lucky you had friends who could guide you on what games to pick up for your Nintendo, but if you were an only child with a non-existent friend group, you were stuck scanning the aisles at your local video store and grabbing whatever looked the coolest. This led to playing a lot of video games that sucked. Yet you still played.

Sometimes it was out of frustration - maybe you just hadn’t figured out how to master Hudson Hawk - and other times it was because you blew all your allowance on a game and you had to get your money’s worth. Keep reading to commiserate about old video games you hated, but still played.

There are a lot of players out there who wish for the simpler time of the SNES and Sega Genesis, but the fact of the matter is that a lot of those games were terrible. Most of them had really bad gameplay, or they completely misinterpreted an original idea to get a few bucks. We’ve put together some of the worst nostalgic video games in history, but you can always leave a comment with what game you really hated to play.

Remember to vote up your favorite awful video game from your childhood. 


Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Bad Video Games You Played as a Kid Because You Didn't Know Any Better
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Do you remember how cool it was that the Mortal Kombat games were going to branch out into a series of action-adventure games that explored the back stories of each character? Do you also remember how bad Mortal Kombat Mythologies was? This was the first time a Mortal Kombat game let the world down, and it definitely wouldn't be the last. 

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Batman Forever


Batman Forever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bad Video Games You Played as a Kid Because You Didn't Know Any Better
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Batman Forever was one of those games that looked awesome in the demo. Batman could morph into a bullet proof sarcophagus thing, he could whip his cape, he was a regular Captain Awesome. Unfortunately, all of that stuff was basically impossible to do if you were a 10 year old who hadn't yet mastered the intricacies of button mashing. 

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#95 on The Best Comic Book Based Video Games

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Ecco the Dolphin


Ecco the Dolphin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bad Video Games You Played as a Kid Because You Didn't Know Any Better
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Can someone please explain why people love this game? What was so fun about driving a dolphin around the ocean and doing nothing else? It was like a Lisa Frank notebook come to life. 

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Friday the 13th


Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bad Video Games You Played as a Kid Because You Didn't Know Any Better
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A video game where you get to kill Jason should have been such a fun game, but this travesty of a side scroller was such a let down. That didn't mean we didn't spend months trying to run our way across Camp Crystal Lake dodging wolves and zombies. You know, like in the movie.

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#30 on The 25+ Best Video Games of 2017

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