Worst Video Game Ever?

Earlier today, we ran a story about The Bachelor: The Videogame. It looks pretty bad, right? But it got me to thinking: what was the worst video game I ever purchased?

For me, the answer is easy: Pac-Man for the Atari 2600.

I remember the hype that led up to its release. I had saved up my allowance, birthday money, and money earned from odd jobs. Finally, I went to Record Town in the mall one Saturday morning and looked at the locked display of video games behind the counter.

Pac-Man was nowhere to be found. It was sold out.

I should have taken it as a sign.

The next week, I tried again. It was there! I talked my Mom into going home immediately so I could play it.

When I popped it into the Atari 2600 and started playing it, I couldn't believe my eyes.

It looked nothing like the arcade version.

The screen was the wrong color. The ghosts flickered.

It looked like a five-year-old kid had created it.

I was devastated.

I don't remember, but I'd be willing to bet I cried myself to sleep that night.

So now it's your turn. What's the worst video game you ever purchased?



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