Everquest - Sony Online Entertainment's (SOE) fantasy MMORPG is Banned in Brazil for generating 'moral conflict'. Puzzled? Gamertroll hasn't started on the overreaching social issues and outlandish economic ramifications of this seemingly innocuous game about Elves, Orcs and Gnomes. Evercrack, as some players affectionately call it, is a commonly associated with gaming addiction. To such an extent in fact, that following the heavily publicised suicide of an Everquest 'user' the charitable organisation Online gamers Anonymous was founded. Running from it's first appearance in 1999 to the present day, Everquest has seen 21 expansions to the original release. Despite the supposed prohibition of real-world cash transactions for in-game traded items and characters, the practice has been rife from the outset. Nobody knew how big an issue it was until 2002 when a BBC-commissioned Documentary to investigate the staggering scale of black marketeering uncovered that Everquest's virtual world was in real terms, the 77th richest country on earth, placing it comfortably between Russia and Bulgaria at the time. The game's GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per capita was found to outclass The people's republic of China and India. A follow up report made in 2004 calculated that the combined economies tied up in the virtual worlds of MMORPG gaming communities had a GDP equal to that of Namibia. As for the game, It's a direct descendant of the original MUD (Multi User Dungeon) genre with questionable appeal to non-addicts - You could probably have more fun nailing your nuts to your knees.
Eggman - AKA Doctor Ivo 'Eggman' Robotnik. One weird-looking bastard and Sonic's arch enemy back when Sonic games were worth playing. Cited as a clever riff on Teddy Roosevelt but Gamertroll can't see it. All Gamertroll ever saw was a moustachioed and endlessly reccuring level boss who liked turning cute woodland animals into poxy robots, a barely challenging irritation who only pulled his thumb out of his arse to change thumbs.
Electronic Arts - A monster publisher famously notable for it's monopoly on poe-faced sports sims and another eternal villain in the Games Industry. EA is usually the gamer's public enemy number one for their special party trick of aquiring beloved development studios shortly before callously shutting them down, but since 2014 both Activision's appalling exploitations of Gamer's finances and Ubisoft's commitment to churning out broken games have succeeded in pushing them out of the spotlight. Past casualties of EA's aggressive acquisition policy include: Bullfrog Productions, Maxis, Pandemic, Criterion, Batteries included, Origin systems, Westwood Studios, Brightlight, DICE, Danger Close, Playfish and Kesmai to name but a few. In 2013 The Consumerist awarded EA the title, "The worst company in America" or to put it another way, they're the least salubrious, crab infested slappers in the whorehouse.
Epic - Created by Digital Image Design, This 1992 space combat game for the Atari S.T. and Commodore Amiga drew heavily from the mythos of Battlestar galactica. The resulting game was slicker than greased weasel shit on a polished door knob. Notable also for causing an biliously acrimonious war of words between It's publisher Ocean software and Amiga Power Magazine who unfairly gave it a critical panning.
This story has been widely regarded with skepticism as an urban legend for the last 30yrs, but since 2013 when permission was granted for documentary makers to excavate the site, over 700,000 carts have been discovered. A tattered example is now on display in the Smithsonian. Let that be a lesson to all doubters to never discount any possibility when it comes to the often surreal world of video gaming.
There's a big catch though. Seeing as videogaming is probably the most accessible sport on the planet and every gamer practices for fun: being truly world class means you have to be extraordinarily gifted. Good luck with that.
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Gamertroll Loves video gaming so much that the temptation to do an especially sarcastic and cynical personal version of it's all-time A-Z has proved too much to resist.
It could just be the most fun ever or equally the most backbreaking task taken on since King James suggested having the Bible translated into Swahili. Time will be the decider because it's happening!
Please feel free to point out, "Oi Gamertroll, you've missed a bit!"
If you want to add something you see missing or you simply can't believe that your favourite game isn't listed, post a comment below and Gamertroll will add it - with a credit should you so wish.
Command and Conquer - A.k.a. C+C, seminal entry into the top-down Real-Time-Strategy (RTS) genre. In the interest of censorship the German version of the game had tiny robots instead humans LOL! etc etc etc.
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