Hehe. : ) Nice Topic.
I thought about it for a moment and then it hit me. There are three of them that all come to mind as being the worst ones. These three things are hands-down, the absolute dumbest, most stupid and ridiculous things I have ever done in all of my video game playing years:
1. Wizards and Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power - NES.
This game is fun, but quite difficult and very frustrating considering how much stuff you need to do in order finish the game. Not only is it challenging and full of extremely hard tests filled with nasty platforming-metroid-esque platform jumps, but you only have a set number of lives and when they are gone, it's game over. The game itself is not really all that short either, even if you know what you are doing. I'd say at least 5 hours of constant playing and there are no save points, no passwords, nothing. You absolutely have to finish the game in one sitting.
So, with all that in mind, I did enjoy the game, enough to try and finish it multiple times. However, on one of these subsequent playthrough's I managed to make it all the way to Malkil, whose always been the final boss of every installment in the series, who has a bit of dialogue with Kuros before the final battle ensues. However, this particular time I was speeding through the text, mostly because I had read it all before and I wanted to start the battle already. But I forgot one very important thing about that final conversation between Hero and Villain:
Malkil asks Kuros to let bygones be bygones and asks him to join him in an option to rule the world. The default answer is set to "no", and thus by button mashing through the dialogue, I selected "no". Guess what happens? : ) Malkil immediately kills you and you get a nice, big fat game over screen. You lose. Doesn't matter if you have extra lives in stock or extra continues. Nope. You choose the darkside, you choose to have a nice quick game over sequence for your five hours or more of work. Talk about a pisser! I felt so stupid for speeding through the dialogue.
2. Double Dragon - Arcade
This one still erks me even today. It's really something I'll never forgive myself. As many of us may have played this arcade classic, most of us know the basic gist of the story, but for those who don't. Billy Lee's girlfriend is kidnapped by a gang of thugs run by a nameless guy known only as the "Shadow Boss".
Well, unless you are "The Wizard" you'll mostly likely spend some time and some quarters getting to the end of the game, especially on the last stage of the game with all the cheap places to fall off, get stabbed, or shot down by the final boss, a man with a machine gun.
Well, in this particular situation I had worked very hard and spent some money playing Double Dragon from beginning to end, mostly by myself and under normal circumstances, I would have finished the game by myself and been a happy camper. However, this was a public arcade and someone else wanted to step in and play the role of Player 2, Billy's brother, Jimmy Lee. Well, I did most of the work and this kid stepped in pretty much right at the final confrontation with a room full of baddies and Machine Gun Willy. Together we defeated the last boss and we both awaited the ending of the game. For me at least, it was the first time I had ever seen the ending to Double Dragon, so I was pretty pumped about it, not to mention that it was technically my first Arcade game ever beaten.
But! To my surprise, the second player, Jimmy Lee turns out to be the friggen' Shadow Boss and because he is controlled by the second player, the game sets up a final duel: Billy vs. Jimmy in the quest to be victorious in battle and win the love of "Billy's Girlfriend, Marian", as she is watching the fight and will kiss the victor of battle.
"So, bring it on! It's me vs. you, nameless kid who just stepped up to the machine only coughing up 25 cents... You're going down!"
So I pound him with my fists, and kick him in the teeth. I throw him over my shoulder. And then I see it! The baseball bat! It's a rush to get there first and we are both heading toward it at the same time. He picks it up first, but before I can use it, I jumpkick his ass back down the floor. "No way you are getting this, buddy!" I pick up the baseball bat and "wham! Take that!" He gets up. "Wham again!" Meanwhile he is trying to move away from me and inching ever so closer to the bottom portion of the stage. "Wham!" Another hit with the bat. This guy has to be almost dead, right? No way he can come back from this! No way, not possible. And then it happens...
I move too far down the screen trying to chase him and fall off the freaking stage into a pit of spike below and die instantly.... It's over, and before I can even realize what has happened, Marian is free and "my in-game girlfriend" is kissing Jimmy Lee, the very Shadow Boss who kidnapped her in the first place! Gah! I was pissed and I had every right to be. But it was my own stupid fault for dying in the manner and I've never forgiven myself for that absolute blunder of a mistake...
3. Indigo Prophecy - Xbox
This one is short and sweet, but what makes this death very stupid is how it related to real life and things you should not do in real life let alone a game world. So I'm playing as Lucas, the main character of the story and I have just awakened in his apartment. Lucas makes a comment that he has a splitting headache and near the bed is a bottle of pain killing medicine. So I decide to take the medicine and sure enough it helps relieve some of Lucas' anxiety and the calmness meter goes up a bit.
So some time passes and I'm looking around in Lucas' apartment for other cool stuff to interact with and I start going through his fridge. Sure, enough there are more items to consume, including stuff like milk, which give him even more piece of mind. And then I find some alcohol and decide, "Hey, why not. I'll probably get a meter boost from this as well." So I pop the top off of it and gulp it down...
And then I die and the message said something along the lines of "And I found out the hard way that mixing pain killers and alcohol is never a good idea..."
I think I really did slap my head for that one. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Of course that might happen, sure as it would happen in real life! : ) It really did make me feel like an idiot.
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one that is striking at the root." - Henry David Thoreau
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