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Friday Video: Jackassery


We just didn't have high hopes for Jackass: The Game, and it turns out we were right. That's a relief. But just in case you're not convinced, we thought we'd point out not only IGN's review, but also some of their video footage from the title, which is both ugly and ridiculous. The weekly video spotlight can't always be about goodness and light, after all, or you'd never appreciate your time here. So go ahead -- suffer through. We'll be here for you.

As for the video? It may or may not be located after the jump. It works about as well as the game itself does, and if it's not showing up, you can go check it out at IGN directly.

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WRUP: Don't be that jackass edition


Looking over this week's releases, we're left with nothing new that we want to play. Sure, there's Jackass: The Game, but we ask that you not be that guy or girl. Seriously, don't do it to yourself and don't cause your friends great shame when word gets out that you voluntarily signed up for such an experience. Hey, here's an idea: go through one of your older games again, instead!

What will you be playing this weekend?

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Jackass: The Game is as painful as the show

At DS Fanboy, we like to advocate the idea that any task can be made into a game. Given the right goals and rules, any real-world (or other) activity can be an enjoyable game -- consider the example of Brain Age, which consists of normally boring tasks with timers and scores applied to make a game-like experience. For that matter, Cooking Mama starts with the idea of simulating the steps involved with cooking, and derives minigames from those steps. Designing a game around activities not normally associated with games is an interesting way of stimulating creativity, and adding some novelty to the medium.

It is for this reason that we don't really have an issue with the premise of Jackass: The Game. Our problem lies with the execution. Sure, we haven't played it, but we already know from the screens (and based on the fact that it's a licensed Jackass game) that Jackass: The Game won't be an avant-garde experiment in game design. It's just a game about hurting yourself in a shopping cart or whatever. One with no consistent visual style, for that matter, which is a bad sign. Some games are in 2D, some are in 3D. Maybe that's the experimental part.

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