What are video games supposed to be above all else? Fun, of course - the highest level of escapist entertainment where players can be transported to far-flung worlds and play a more active role in proceedings than in any other media form.
And while it's a pretty basic, general rule of business not to make your customers ever feel like they're stupid, these 10 video games all dared to do just that, for better or worse.
Rather than keeping the pleasurable dopamine hits coming as expected, these games had the gumption to go in the other direction entirely and make players feel like they boasted a mere double-digit IQ.
Whether a small facet of gameplay or a more prevailing component, in each case players were left exasperated, frustrated, and perhaps occasionally amused that the game dared to question their intellect quite so blatantly.
These games all left players reflecting on how smart they really were (or not) after all, having been shamed, hoodwinked, and otherwise humiliated by games that, more often than not, were otherwise pretty damn great...
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