PC adventure games have seen a much-needed resurgence in the past couple of years, attracting newer audiences and developers who wish to get in on the fun. With renewed interest in the once-forgotten genre, we're seeing sequels to cult classic, new tales with familiar heroes, and in the case of some newcomers, those who dare to push the boundaries of convention. Going beyond simple detective stories, murder mysteries, and real-world trappings is welcome, and while we have a handful of modern examples doing so, the edgiest games were found in the genre's formative years. Some hardly made sense. Others ended up weirding out or offending and alienating audiences completely. We're celebrating the oddities of twenty of the strangest PC adventure games ever. Let's get weird.
Don’t let the clean, neat wires and airflow-maximized layouts of our “Build It!” projects fool you: your Maximum PC editors aren’t necessarily neat freaks – you did see “Inside The Bags of Maximum PC Editors,” right? – but we love us some efficiency. So, apparently, do the engineers at Kingmax. The company’s new UI-03 USB drive has a paper-clip-mimicking hook on the back, so you can, um, store files and collate papers on the run AT THE SAME TIME.
Okay, come on. You knew this was going to happen. No sooner did Apple announce a new version of the iPod Nano that looks vaguely like a watch, than users started thinking about using it as a watch. Now a company called iLovehandles has released a product to fill the need. Behold the "Rock Band". While we may question the utility of the product, you can't argue with the genius of that name. Although, the Harmonix people might have a problem with it.
For a mere $19.99, you can get a watch band that has the appropriately sized divot for the Nano to fit snugly into. The iPod is obviously sold separately. The PMP has a clip on the back, and can be set to display a clock each time it is woken up. It looks a little big for a watch, but honestly, we expect to see people actually doing this. Are you cool with this, or is it just another sign that people have too much time on their hands?
And we're not talking weird as in “Japanese pornographic PC game weird.” (At least, we really hope we're not.) Instead, we're talking good weird. Zeno Clash weird. For the uninitiated, Zeno Clash was a first-person brawler in which you explored a strange, colorful world and beat the stuffing out of its inhabitants, many of whom were bird people. And it was awesome. So anyway, we're fairly sure ACE Team co-founder Carlos Bordeu knows a thing or two about weird games, and he's willing to wager that you do too.
"I don't know whether it was because most people had already played Zeno Clash on PC, or that the console game launched a year later, but we definitely had much stronger sales on PC than on Xbox 360," he said of Zeno Clash's console port to Eurogamer.
"Zeno Clash was definitely weirder than most games, and it would be absurd to think that didn't put-off some people. PC players are maybe more open to trying weird games - games that aren't so mass market. But I don't know that I'd put it as harshly as PC gamers are smart and console gamers are stupid," he added.
In other words, it's a case of different strokes for different folks. Really though, even with as many off-the-wall indie titles as the PC has in its loony bin, we can't forget console gamers' favorite big old ball of crazy, Katamari Damacy. And how about Nintendo's toilet-paper unrolling, dog paw-shaking WarioWare series? Really, if anything, we're just glad that there are plenty of oddballs yucking it up on both sides of the great divide. In a gaming landscape dominated by gray shooters, brown shooters, and the occasional gray-brown shooter, it's comforting to know that plenty of color still exists if you just know where to look.
Any geek worth his mettle has, among other things, a bundle or three of Ethernet cables sitting in some box in a dingy corner of the basement. If you've considered tossing the cables in the garbage, don't do it. Instead, why not make a fashion statement?
That's exactly what took place in Medellin, Colombia, and could catch on if...who are we kidding, this will never catch on. Looking more like data disasters than data divas, one outfit, which was designed by students of the Pontificia Bolivariana University in Medellin, consisted of several bundles of different color cables used as a makeshift wig (see pic below). Another model appears to have covered herself in thousands of zip ties.