Gaming’s Unscariest Clowns – Vidjagame Apocalypse 487

Everybody’s familiar with scary videogame clowns, from Sweet Tooth to Generic Zombie Clown #27, but how many pure, unironic clowns can you think of? This week, the legendary Chris Baker joins us to talk about five of them, after which we’ll get into his new game, Circus Electrique (out September 6), as well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, Destroy All Humans! 2 Reprobed, Big Chungus potentially joining MultiVersus, and the series you think could stand to get sillier.

Question of the Week: What’s a series you’d like to see collected with the same care and attention to detail as the TMNT Cowabunga Collection?


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10 thoughts on “Gaming’s Unscariest Clowns – Vidjagame Apocalypse 487

  1. QotW: Honestly? It feels like everything I’d want to have that kind of collection already has one.

    There’s already a Castlevania collection, a Contra collection, a River City/Double Dragon collection, multiple Mega Man collections…even a Disney Afternoon collection!

    Oh! I know, how about a Ghosts ‘n Goblins collection that also includes all the Gargoyle’s Quest games? Yes. Yes, that would do nicely.

  2. Qotw: I think Hannah Barbara is deserving of a collection of their licensed games. Those games have everyone from Tom and Jerry and the Flintstones to Dexter’s Lab and the Powerpuff Girls so everyone could find something they like. Having seen a couple of the lasertime streams of the Flintstones platformers I know a lot of the games aren’t great but they cover almost the entire history of video games and would be a fun history of different game types. Personally I loved to Scooby Doo games from the early 00s and would pay for a collection of just those too. Great show as always guys.

  3. Qotw: Since Nintendo is never giving us another worthwhile game collection, how about an art book containing of all their manuals and illustrations from the NES and SNES eras. Playing tunic has made me heavily nostalgic for those days where we would spend as much time rereading those manuals as we would playing the game itself.

  4. QotW: As DarthEnderX said, there isn’t too much I want because so much already exists, but there is one series that I think needs more love. Dragon Quest should really get a collection of the main series up till 11 and include spin-offs like DQ Heroes, Builders, Monsters, and even Rocket Slime Adventure. For games like Dragon Quest V, they could have the option to switch between the DS and SNES versions. What I really want is for the experience of the original games to be available in an accessible form that can appeal to newcomers and true fans, much like the Cowabunga Collection.

  5. QOTW: Wario Land. I recently replayed several of these from the GameBoy era through the 3DS Virtual Console and… they’re a little rough in places, but not enough to dampen my nostalgia. I got the first Wario Land game when I was a kid, probably on a Toys’r’Us employees recommendation to my mom, and I devoured that game. I read the manual so much the cover fell off. When it got stolen, I asked for it again the next Christmas. I’ve played most of the Wario platformer games over the years, but a few have still escaped me and it would just be nice to be able to pick them up in one spot.

    Also, Chrome is telling me there’s something wrong with your security certificate or something.

  6. QotW: the Goemon series especially if they translate the untranslated entries. Konami has done them for their other franchises so I hope they do one since I would like to play the entries beyond the SNES and N64.

  7. QotW: Like all fans, when something great comes along I can’t just sit back, enjoy it, and be satisfied, but I must ask, “What else do you got for me?” And because I am a huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan, I want them to keep going and build on what they have already given us. I would love to see 2 more collections to finish out all the Ninja Turtle games. The second one they could hypothetically include the rest of the Konami made games up through 2005. The next collection could include the games from 2006 and on by Ubisoft and Activision. Sure, most of the games are not great, but let’s be honest most of the games on the Cowabunga Collection aren’t either but that doesn’t mean I won’t play every single one of them and love every second of it just like I did with the Cowabunga Collection.

  8. QOTW: Not a game but I would absolutely love to see Nintendo release a digitized collection of Nintendo Power. National Geographic did something like this about ten years ago for all of their issues up until that point, and my dad (and dads everywhere else) absolutely loved it. I realize with most video game magazines, it’s a bit hard to do something like this due to ads and rights issues, but I feel like if there was any magazine where this has a slim chance of happening, it’d be Nintendo Power.

    And for a video game answer, the Medal of Honor series. Before it flamed out, that series really was a blast to play, and is a big reason why I became a historian. I would love to see some kind of compendium of all of the PS1/PS2/Early PC MoH games, with bonus content similar to the Cowabunga Collection.

  9. QOTW: Give me dem Dragon Ball games. The Snes RPGs to the ps2 fighting games like Budokai and give me on line.

  10. QOTW:
    I swear this answer isn’t just me trying to troll Chris: I would love a collection of MegaMan Legends 1 and 2 with The Misadventures of Tron Bonne and the unreleased demo of MegaMan Legends 3. Along with all the artwork and ads, there could be a documentary, complete with interviews of our own Mr Antista, about what went wrong with Legends 3. Please put that into my veins.

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