10 Guilty Pleasure Video Games No One Admits They Love

10. WWE Games

2K Games2K GamesEven though many of us "grow out" of watching the WWE's product as we get older, who can resist 2K's (formerly THQ's) series of WWE games? Still, what makes them a guilty pleasure exactly? For starters, the graphics are always several years out of date (though 2K are adamant that this will change with the upcoming WWE 2K15), and as technical as they've tried to make the brawling seem over the years, it's pretty simplistic stuff, as it absolutely should be. Many wrestling fans struggle to pluck up the courage to talk about their favoured past-time when meeting strangers because of the popular perception that it's a non-sport that anyone over the age of 12 should probably have grown out of. That same stigma penetrates through to the games: when you can play something as bada** and grown-up as Mortal Kombat, why would you want to control an underpants-wearing, oiled, muscle-bound guy as he attempts to resolve his latent feelings by tussling with similarly sweaty, burly men? The games aren't high art and they lack the visual fidelity of, say, an EA Sports title, or even 2K's other sports games, but there's something tremendously entertaining about taking control of Stone Cold Steve Austin, delivering a few Stone Cold Stunners, drinkin' a few beers, and high-tailing it out of there before anyone knows what happened. In many ways these games are a call-back to the nostalgia many of us associate with wrestling from our childhoods, and given how most of the recent WWE games have milked the Attitude Era nostalgia for all it's worth, our gravitation towards them actually makes a little sense, even if we don't like to talk about it at parties...
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