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[Column] General: The 12 Least Popular Game Innovations of All Time

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,572MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

When is an innovation not an innovation? When everyone hates it, some of you undoubtedly answered. In today's Fair Game column, we take a look at some of the worst innovations in gaming history. See if you agree before adding your thoughts to the list in the comments.

1. Edible Armor: The idea being that backpacks looked silly and ruined one’s attempt to cut an adventuresome dash, one needed a way to do without them. Alas, adventurers have an unfortunate tendency to injury, and healing draughts simply have to go somewhere. Several attempts (and much chafing) later, and the idea for eating one’s own armor was born. If injured, one could simply start snapping off (and snacking on) one’s pauldrons. Edible Armor was available in three styles: Matzo Mail, Jerky Jerkins and Flowing Robes of Ramen; eventually discontinued after the invention of pockets.

Read more of Lisa Jonte's Fair Game: The 12 Least Popular Game Innovations of All Time.


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  • StrommStromm BrisbanePosts: 243Member
    Been on the "special" cookies again eh? :-)
  • birdycephonbirdycephon Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 1,314Member
    WTF did I just read?
  • flizzerflizzer Manchester, NHPosts: 1,550Member Uncommon

    Late April Fool's ?


  • ReizlaReizla AlkmaarPosts: 3,293Member Uncommon

    List has 13 items actually (between 2 and 3 :D)

    Character Classes - The standard mix of Warrior, Mage, Cleric and Thief, having long since lost its luster, has game designers ever on the hunt for something new and exciting for players to imprint upon like addled baby birds.

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  • JimmyYOJimmyYO Columbus, OHPosts: 520Member
    We should be able to vote for the most poorly written articles of all time.
  • PsychowPsychow SF Giants Territory, CAPosts: 1,784Member
    I don't understand this at all.
  • kastakasta Mineola, TXPosts: 512Member
    I think it was supposed to be funny but as Edmund Gwen said, "Dying is easy, comedy is hard."
  • C.L.O.U.DC.L.O.U.D Butthole, FLPosts: 363Member
    I was beginning to think I was just too dumb to understand what this article meant. I'm glad I looked at the comments above to realize I wasn't alone in this confusion.
  • BootezBootez Yucaipa, CAPosts: 57Member

    ^ What C.L.O.U.D. said.... 


    What the hell did I just read?

  • DracondisDracondis Reston, VAPosts: 176Member

    Woo hoo!  Fame!

    Wow...  That didn't last long.


  • nuttobnuttob Plantation, FLPosts: 291Member
    How about some real ones, like in eq1 where the more coin you carried, the more slowed down you would get.  Who the hell put that in the game hehe!
  • DracondisDracondis Reston, VAPosts: 176Member
    Also, I think that you're too subtle for this group.  You're going tohave to dumb down the sarcasm.  But I got it.  And it was clever.
  • PsychowPsychow SF Giants Territory, CAPosts: 1,784Member
    Originally posted by Dracondis
    Also, I think that you're too subtle for this group.  You're going tohave to dumb down the sarcasm.  But I got it.  And it was clever.


    Please interpret for the rest of us!!!

  • RandaynRandayn Sellersville, PAPosts: 883Member Uncommon
    It doesn't need to be dumbed's just really bad humor....I didnt laugh once.   I do give the writer credit for being creative...just didnt find it humorous.  I think it was because I was let down by the content not exactly matching the title.

  • SinkaelSinkael Crawfordville, FLPosts: 64Member Common
  • tawesstawess LkpgPosts: 2,532Member Uncommon

    Don't give up your dayjob...

    I am very curious of Dracondis explenation of the deep humor.. more so the the.. what ever it is up there.


  • VorthanionVorthanion Laguna Vista, TXPosts: 2,117Member Uncommon
    More importantly, why did the editor at allow this to be posted in its current state?

  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCPosts: 4,818Member
    Originally posted by tawess

    Don't give up your dayjob...

    I am very curious of Dracondis explenation of the deep humor.. more so the the.. what ever it is up there.


    Reading his post made me think of homer singing "I am so smart, S M R T".

  • VikingGamerVikingGamer Nowhere, TXPosts: 1,347Member Uncommon

    All die, so die well.

  • BTrayaLBTrayaL BucharestPosts: 595Member Uncommon
    WTF was that...?

  • Thats a special brand of crack ya'll smoke over there
  • HarafnirHarafnir VikingvillePosts: 1,324Member Uncommon
    Where is the "report for spam" button?

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    It should be thrown with great force"

  • xDracxDrac HamburgPosts: 183Member
    What is this shit?

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  • TelondarielTelondariel Ottawa, ONPosts: 1,001Member

    Ok, good..I'm not the only one left scratching my head over here.


    Why was this even published?

  • red_cruiserred_cruiser Milwaukee, WIPosts: 472Member Uncommon
    The problem with this article is that there are no doubt 12 unpopular game innovations out there that witty observations could have been made about; that people would have enjoyed reading and sharing their own insights on.   Taking absurd ideas out of real life and seeing how they could be shoe-horned into a vide game didn't seem to translate that well. 
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