Beavis & Butt-Head

I always kind of liked the show Beavis and Butt-Head because underneath the surface of sophomoric humor, I got the feeling that what it was really doing was making fun of its target audience.It’s kind of fun to think about all the uncool 14 and 15 year olds across the country, wearing their Megadeth shirts, watching these two guys, trying to emulate their every move; and all the while, Mike Judge is behind the scenes going “Yeah, you see these two idiots that are wasting their lives and will never get laid?That’s YOU!”

The warning at the beginning of the show telling everyone that Beavis and Butthead weren’t role models is almost ironic – it was there to keep MTV from getting sued the next time some stupid kid did something he saw on the show and got hurt or killed, but it was pretty good advice for life in general.B&B really weren’t role models in any sense – they were complete losers, the cool kids didn’t like them, and they got nowhere with chicks.The whole show was kind of like one big warning that mostly went right over the MTV generation’s heads.Kids who watched thought they were the coolest guys in the world, even though the show constantly went out of its way to show otherwise.

In a way, that’s rather brilliant.

Beavis & Butt-Head the video game, on the other hand, is terrible.Not terrible in any special way, but just the kind of junk you typically see from games based on TV shows.You know the stuff – bad gameplay and a bunch of ideas that don’t really work, slapped together into a game and shoved out the door so people can buy it before they get bored of the show and decided that what they really wanted is a Genesis game based on The Naked Truth, starring Tea Leone.

Anyway, it would have been really easy, and really lame, to have just summed this game up by saying “Heh, heh.This game sucks.”But that’s not really funny.That kind of obvious shit is the stuff the moron in the cubicle next to you – you know, the one who’s always misquoting lines from Family Guy– that’s the kind of lame-ass joke he would make.We have higher standards than that.

Besides, this game is way worse than that.The videos that made Beavis go “This sucks, change it!” were generally lame easy rock bands or pop videos or something only kind of bad.This game is more like one of those really awful videos of an all girl group sing a love song, like Wilson Phillips or something, where it would cut back to a close up of both their faces as they scream in unison and then rush to turn the TV off completely.That’s the degree of bad we’re talking about here.Or, as the show’s own warning might say:

The creators of Beavis and Butt-Head are not role models.They aren’t even real game designers.They’re hobos we found in the alley behind our game studio.Some of the things they do would cause a real game developer to get fired, banned from the industry, or possibly killed by an angry mob of gamers.To put it another way:We’re revoking the Seal of Quality for Beavis and Butt-Head.

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