As the art of the video game has progressed over the past four decades so too has the industry's ambition. Far from being content with a yellow hockey puck munching balls and fleeing ghosts in the dark, contemporary games seek to build entire interactive worlds for us gamers to dive headfirst into and forget about their awful, awful lives for a few hours. But with great power comes great responsibility, and sometimes games use that power to push us into doing some pretty strange things.
However, this isn’t a bad thing. Most people play games for escapism after all; we want to do things we’d never do in real life. But, be they insanely violent, heart wrenchingly emotional, brain-meltingly pointless or just completely f*!$ing bizarre, there are occasions where game developers asked us to do some stuff that borders on outright insane.
Crazy as they may be, more often than not it’s these moments which stay with us as standouts of the medium for that reason. Love them or hate them, you’ve got to respect anything crazy enough within a game that can leave a lasting impression.
So let’s buckle up and sing together an ode to the most insane things games have ever asked us to do.