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The 40 Most Underrated Moments in Gaming History

December 25, 1992

Mel Gibson leaves a shocking, anti-Semitic, racist rant on Ocean’s corporate answering machine concerning Lethal Weapon’s framerate and shooting mechanics.

June 28, 1990

I saw Craig beat the underwater level in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

February 12, 1982

Inspiration strikes amateur paperboy and budding computer programmer Freddie Fowler as he accidentally ingests LSD before a shift one day. The vivid hallucinations he endures while delivering the day’s newspapers go on to inspire the classic series of Paperboy games. He did actually stop an armed robbery by throwing a newspaper at a guy, by the way. That part was real.

November 12, 2001

Samantha Massey successfully fakes a bellyache 25 days in a row in order to stay home from school and beat the infamously long Dragon Warrior VII. 

March-May 1996

Alex Conway of Detroit successfully keeps three cigarettes and half a joint hidden from his parents for an unprecedented two months inside his copy of Daytona USA for the Saturn, utilizing the oversized jewel case exactly as SEGA had intended.  

May 5, 2007

In what will later be described as “the heist of the century,” Ty Sears appears on Deal or No Deal having trained extensively in the Game Boy Advance adaptation, studying the game’s patterns and memorizing the Banker’s rhythms. When all is said and done, Sears has somehow taken the show for 8 million dollars, and Howie Mandel still flies out to see him on his birthday every year to this day, as per the discussed terms of the show’s final offer. 

June 12, 1996

This Virtual Boy title got young Sam Haley of Toledo Ohio so sick he threw up right into his Virtual Boy on purpose so it would never work again. Brilliant strategy, Sam!

March 20, 2006

Rush Limbaugh urges his fans to boycott Sony and Microsoft until they release a game called White.

July 11, 2001

Conker’s ribald antics and lewd sense of humor corrupt young Leo Warren so badly that upon beating the game he promptly ejects it and bludgeons his entire family to death with the plastic cartridge. This factoid isn’t very cool, but certainly a relevant moment in gaming history! Ouch!

November 19, 2006

Determined to buy the highly anticipated motion control sword fighting game Red Steel, Riley Drake mows a record 49 lawns in a single whirlwind day to be able to purchase the game. Once she plays it she thinks it’s okay. 

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