Let’s face it, gaming was a much more communal experience back in the day of N64. There’s something different about being in the same room with your opponents and being able to talk smack right to your friends faces. That being said, we all had that one friend who picked the OP character or screwed you over in the last lap of the race. Here’s my top 5 gaming moments that ruined your friendship.
5. Picking Oddjob in ANY James Bond game
It all started in Goldeneye. Oddjob was approximately 1/16th the size of any other playable character in the game which meant you had to actually manually aim downwards to attack him, which on the N64 is nearly impossible (okay, maybe I just suck but still…). Then came the Nightfire multiplayer, where not only was he still as short, but now was allowed to use his razor hat as an insta-kill weapon. I CALL SHENANIGANS! If you played as Oddjob, you’re dead to me.
4. Getting PK-fired by Ness for hours on end in Super Smash Bros.
For anyone who knew how to actually use Ness, he may have been one of the better playable characters in Super Smash Bros. However, most of us button mashers were nowhere close to tapping into the Earthbound hero’s full potential. Instead, we just used the “PK FIRE!” attack to get the damage counter up, then mashed “A” as hard as we could until Ness swung his own home run bat.
3. Getting block blocked in New Super Mario Bros Wii
With the introduction of the game pad into the Mario world, Nintendo gave our friends a whole new way to screw us over. I’m sure Nintendo envisioned this cheery group of five players helping one another get all the special stars and power ups. If that’s even happened once I will consider removing it from this list. However, we all know what really happens. Right as you’re about to clear a difficult jump over a vast canyon, your “friend” throws a block right above you sending you to your demise. The player with the game pad, has only one goal: make sure you all run out of lives.
2. Getting knocked off Rainbow Road while in 1st place
You were in first, now you’re in last. All because your friend couldn’t be the Cal Naughton Jr. to your Ricky Bobby and take second place. If they weren’t going to win, they sure as hell weren’t going to let you. Maybe they threw a red shell they’d been saving for just this moment. Maybe they sniped you with a green shell from fourth place. Or maybe they decided the kamikaze route was the only way to go and rammed you, sending both of you into the abyss that is space. Either way, that race ended and you probably punched your now former friend in the face.
1. Playing any Mario Party game
Fact: Mario Party games have ruined more friendships per captia than any other video game ever. True story. It only makes sense when playing a game based on making allies, then stabbing them in their backs for stars at the first chance you get. Don’t worry though, you have to play on their team for the next four mini games, so you can make it up to them right?! WRONG! After stealing a star, or three, you’re likely going to be put into a three vs. one mini game so all those you’ve wronged can team up on you. Don’t pretend those feelings of resentment didn’t carry over into real life. Sure, you knew you were playing touch football the next day, but your momentum couldn’t stop you, and the bastard that stole a star from you to win the game just happened to get pushed into the fence…
Outside of that weird tangent that definitely didn’t happen, it’s pretty clear to see any game with Mario has the most potential to destroy all semblance of friendship that you once thought you had. If you value your gaming sanity, stay away from the sadistic Italian plumber.
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