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100 Best Video Games (That Never Existed)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  11 reviews

After rashly tweeting he would dream up an imaginary computer game for every 'like' received, Nate Crowley found himself on an epic quest to conjure up hundreds of entirely fictional titles. From 1980s hits like BeastEnders to modern classics like 90s Goth Soccer and BinCrab Destiny, this beautiful retrospective takes the reader on a
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Solaris
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Alex Sarll
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not just a collection of hilariously absurd game concepts - thought it works flawlessly on that level too - but an entire alternate history of gaming, from a world which, when you think about it, is hardly dafter than our own. Why shouldn't Nintendo's mascot be mute, belligerent diver Seapuncher, rather than a portly plumber with a mushroom habit? As knock-offs of or follow-ups to Pokemon, are Slugterra or that Magikarp game any less strange than Bincrab Destiny? Like Chris Morris or Charlie Bro ...more
Alasdair Stuart
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nate Craoley is quietly relentless. Not content with the magnificent, benthic zombie horror of Schneider Wrack, he’s also now produced this deep dive into the world of computer games that never existed, but, maybe, should have.

It would have been very difficult to produce a book this funny, inventive and weird and just have it be a listing of fake computer games. Nate has done this, and made it look easy. You can open this book to any page and find a detailed, elaborate and massively funny examin
Dean Burnett
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of satire and comedy. I'm really keen on alternate realities and 'What if...?' fiction. I do enjoy video games. Have always been interested in anthropological analysis, and the history and developments of modern cultures. If you'd told me a year ago that there would soon be a book that combines all of these things in one incredibly satisfying volume, I'd have thought you'd lost it. But, here we are nonetheless. 100BVG(TNE) is a brilliant read, easy to pick up and put down at your l ...more
Pete Harris
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Riotous and ridiculous fun. This book sprang from a legendary 1000-post twitter thread, and many of the best (by which I mean most absurd or horrifying) game concepts on that thread became enshrined as the titular 100, each having a 2-page spread with artwork and detailed sometimes very dark commentary.

In between groups of these, there are collections of lesser games with shorter descriptions. There is also an article on the entire sub-genre of Jason Statham games, and a footnote on the puzzling
Ian Mathers
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I had surgery earlier this year (I'm fine! let's blame that for how bad I've been at keeping up with reviewing), and I'd heard about this book and decided on a whim to order it to have something low-impact, easy to read in fits and starts, for when I was recovering. I actually didn't get around to it until I was about to go back to work, but that made this no less of a delight to read. Some of the jokes/reference are pretty UK-centric but I think I got most of them, and really video game knowled ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
100 absurd video game concepts! Brilliant! Comedy!

Except the author runs out of ideas and starts to repeat them frequently, the book is so terminally British that even a committed anglophile like me had no idea what the jokes were supposed to be. The 8-bit mockups are fine, but the art for anything after the 90s is pretty lame.

A few chuckles, and a lot of disappointment.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The concept of this book is pretty brilliant. Make up 100 fictional video games, and write an article about each and every one of them, including a screenshot. Naturally, that requires a writer who's got the skills to make it sound real, writing about the games as if they were real, existing creations with bugs, good and bad features, reviews, etc. And Nate Crowley has the skills. Mad skills. ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not for consumption from front to back, but if read a few pages at a time, this is great. Consistently funny, illustrating just how weird game ideas have to be to differentiate them from the weird crap that actually gets made into games. Also, I'd really like to play Seapuncher. ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wept with laughter more times than I can count. The parody in this book is done with such clever observance and clear affection for the subject matter. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone with a sense of humour! ...more
Richard Boyd
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. Amongst the clever and stupid and everything in between gags are some incredible ideas and games that could have been amazing had they existed.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts of well, but does seem to go down hill after the 90s . Worth a read , but don't expect lasting appeal. ...more
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