5 Games Ruined By Memes

5 Games Ruined by Memes - Gamers Heroes

Memes can be found all over the Internet, but there’s no denying how lazy and tired they are. When a video game uses a meme, they substitute quality writing and humor for something that will likely be outdated by the time you read this list. The following games might have their merits, but they are ultimately ruined through sloppy use of these references.

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The Binding of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac pays homage to The Legend of Zelda’s top-down dungeons, and that would normally be OK. However, almost every weapon in the game is a reference to a meme of some sort. Some are especially dated — the laser-spewing power-up Shoop da Whoop dates back to 2007.

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The folks behind Guacamelee! must have logged some serious hours on reddit. In the first level alone, dozens of image macros and video game references dot the landscape. This also seeps into the gameplay — certain battles and objects are copypasted from other titles. It is one thing to take inspiration from other games, but outright recreating them makes players crave the original source material instead.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game

This one is technically cheating, as Scott Pilgrim’s source material prides itself on its “homages.” However, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game feels like a poser, throwing in a bunch of game mechanics and references without rhyme or reason. Put simply, its spritework cannot hide the fact that we’ve seen all of this before — many times.

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Lab Zero’s Skullgirls was designed to be a love letter to fans of fast-paced 2D fighting games like Marvel vs. Capcom and Guilty Gear. The trouble is, every single character in its roster is prone to dish out moves with roots from other games. It’s one thing to base an attack off of Wolverine’s “Ballistic Barrage” or Dio Brando’s steamroller — it’s another to have the player mimic it outright and even say the move out loud word for word.

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Borderlands 2

By far the worst offender on the list, the script writers for Borderlands 2 basically copypasted the front page of 9gag and called it a day. As a result, the game doesn’t have a personality of its own, relying on the half-baked jokes of others. Full of memes old and new, the writing in Borderlands 2 isn’t just annoying — it’s downright embarrassing.

  • Wow, if there was a list for ‘worst lists ever’ then this could actually be in the top 5. Really? We’re the games ruined by the memes? Did your face ball up into an uncomfortable cringe every time Isaac shoop-da-whooped his way to victory? References like these are meant to be tongue in cheek. A quick laugh here and there. Also, Skull Girls? Really? You’re putting it no. 2 on the list for games ruined by memes for being too similar to previous fighting games? Is being a tribute game, or rip-off, considered a meme? Yeah, remember what I said about this being Top 5 in Worst Lists Ever? More Top 3 and that’s only behind, “The Top 10 Reasons for being pro-Holocaust” and “The Top 5 Reasons why Vin Diesel deserves to have an oscar for his fast & furious movies.”

    • I agree, none of these games were ruined by memes.

      • xsudo

        Memes don’t ruin things, they make them funnier!
        Even a random overused meme can be funny when used in the right place.

  • TheChaseFace

    I like how the author says Scott Pilgrim was ruined by memes. No? It has some Mario, Zelda, and a cool TMNT 3: Turtles in Time reference, BUT THOSE AREN’T MEMES.

    When the main article picture is a bunch of rage faces and then the game is argued as being “meme-y” because it mentions Zelda, you know you’re just making aimless clickbait.

  • MagcargoMan

    Some of these aren’t even memes but just references to other video games (like #2).

  • Regressive Goosesteppers

    This article = Hipster douchebag whining about how old lame everything that didn’t happen within the past five minutes is.

    • Skye Sharpe

      “Drawn to the underground side of gaming, Casey Scheld has made it his mission to help out the lesser known heroes of gaming. JRPGs? Indies? Quirky platformers? If you’ve never heard of it, he’s reviewed, guided, and mastered it.”

      Very telling. This guy’s clearly just against the idea of “things people like in my indie titles”. God forbid popular internet culture make its way into games.

  • Dan

    The author of this obviously just thought of this list whilst in starbucks on his laptop and didnt think it through.

    • Are you serious? How dare you insult someone on such a personal level….. We’re a classy bunch here at Gamers Heroes. Costa Coffee all the way 😉

      • Well the author of this list is pretty moronic.

    • Are you serious? How dare you insult someone on such a personal level….. We’re a classy bunch here at Gamers Heroes. Costa Coffee all the way 😉

  • Dan

    The author of this obviously just thought of this list whilst in starbucks on his laptop and didnt think it through.

  • Sean Hixon

    Slow news/top-ten day or something?

  • Based on the title I expected something like Skyrim where the game was somewhat ruined by obnoxious arrow in the knee jokes. But oh no, instead we get Skullgirls, which doesn’t even have memes, just references to older fighting games (and it was in no way ruined by those references)

  • 003nicky

    This list is garbage these games are amazing and there are all highly rated this author if this page must have been high and drunk to post this.