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  • The eponymous author in Alan Wake is supposed to be a gifted-though-frustrated novelist who is unsatisfied with his "schlocky" work and suffering from two years of writer's block. During the game, he has to dash off a horror novel in two weeks to satisfy a malevolent Reality Warper Genius Loci. These are made available to the player in game, and they're as corny as you expect.
  • Alien Hominid's mini-game "Super Soviet Missile Mastar." See it for yourself!
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  • In Artist Colony masterpieces produced at lower skill levels are the perfect example of this trope.
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: The portions of the game that are set in the modern era allow you to hack into the computers of Abstergo Entertainment to uncover various confidential company documents; among them are internal marketing evaluations of the protagonists of the previous games in the series. These are presented in a stilted, flat tone of voice that mispronounces their names and utterly dismisses the cultural context in which they lived. You also get to watch various promotional trailers for the pirate movie that you're researching, which are hilariously myopic and overacted in what can only be Self-Deprecation from Ubisoft directed at its own industry.
  • Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning looks terrible, but only to induce a specific kind of nostalgia by emulating an old, poorly made Edutainment Game from the 90's. The game is actually a surrealist horror; the maths problems are either super-easy or impossible to solve, and Baldi is an Evil Teacher who will try to kill you for getting even a single one wrong (and you will get more than one wrong by design). Due to the Uncanny Valley effect, it's surprisingly scary.
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  • Baldur's Gate II has a play performed by troupe that lacks its leading actor and replacement Biff the Understudy is hilariously bad at filling his shoes, turning the play into one of these (naturally, Minsc thinks it's a masterpiece). A bard CHARNAME can inherit the theater after completing the associated quest line and put on a play: Depending on how much money, time and effort you put into it, the play can end up as one of these or become genuinely good.
  • In the Girls Anthology event of BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!, the girls of Afterglow work together to try and come up with a manga plotline; naturally, all their ideas end up a Cliché Storm of sudden swerves and barely-explained plot devices. Moca admits early on that she came up with all the cool, exciting scenes first but they can't work out the stuff leading up to them so it isn't actually very interesting. And when they try to mash all of their ideas together into one barely-coherent story, they all agree that it's awful and they're not even sure what's meant to be enjoyable about it.
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  • The mini-game "Hero Klungo Saves Teh World" in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, developed entirely by Klungo. All you do is jump your way to the end as the game auto-scrolls and the only obstacles in your path are Bottomless Pits, badly drawn critters, and walls that will squash you against the screen. The graphics make the NES look like a next-gen console, the music consists of crappy chiptunes, the text is filled with Klungo's Sssssnaketalk everywhere, the boss is the Holy Grail of all Anticlimax Bosses, the Excuse Plot consists of Klungo literally saving the world by carrying the Earth in his hands the game screen is framed by a contrasting Animesque border and best of all, it randomly crashes (after which Klungo will reset the game for you while noting that he was sure that he fixed the crashes).
  • Very small example: At one point in Bioshock Infinite, Booker and Elizabeth have a quiet moment where Booker plays a guitar and Elizabeth sings. During rehearsal, their voice actors (Troy Baker and Courtnee Draper) were perfectly in sync, which would have been a bit odd for a pair of amateurs who have never made music together before. In the finished product, Baker's playing is more casual, and Draper's singing doesn't quite match the notes.
  • Borderlands 2 has a mission where you have to help Scooter write a poem to impress a girl by finding inspiring scenery to photograph. Such as a guy who hung himself on a tombstone and a corpse and a robot that look like they're spooning. Needless to say, the poem is not exactly Shakespeare quality. It's so bad that the girl the poem is supposed to impress shoots herself.
    Daisy, I like you a whole lot
    More than that bandit liked spoonin' that ro-bot.
    You are a diamond in the rough
    Or a flower surrounded by shrapnel and stuff.
    I will hang myself from my own tombstone
    if within you, I cannot put my bone.
  • In BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm, the player can find a series of books based on the events of the game’s prequel. They start out decent enough, but quickly spiral into hilariously unreadable madness. Pretty much all of the “bad fanfic” clichés turn up at some point, from Rouge Angles of Satin to the gradual hijacking of the plot by a God-Mode Sue. The final volume, which reaches a level of Troll Fic writing akin to Half-Life: Full Life Consequences, simply must be seen to be believed.
  • Brütal Legend's intro features Kabbage Boy, a Nu Metal Fake Band that comes off as a Lighter and Softer Linkin Park. When you unlock their song for the in-game radio (categorized under the utterly pretentious-sounding "genre" of "Second Wave of American Tween Melodic Rap Metalcore"), Eddie lets out an exasperated groan.
  • Chaos CompleXX, a Super Mario World ROM hack which parodies terrible ROM hacks, complete with bad spelling and grammar.
  • The Deadly Tower of Monsters will often use intentionally fake looking monsters or creatures to evoke Special Effect Failure.
  • The Doom mod Mockery is a deliberately terrible map created as a parody of crappy Doom WADs. Since then, there's been plenty of likewise badly made "jokewads" released, such as WOOO.
  • The Elder Scrolls contain a lot of in-game books; most either contain background info about the gameworld, some advance the plot, and some are there for amusement, many of the latter group falling into this trope. Particularly notable is "The Lusty Argonian Maid". It is a semi-pornographic plays featuring a main character very similar to the author attempting to get his "spear polished" by the titular Argonian maid. It is godawful, but is popular enough in-universe (and out) to have spawned a sequel, a Gender Flipped version for the ladies ("The Sultry Argonian Bard"), and each is still in publication over 200 years after the first one was written.
  • In Final Fantasy VII, the infamous date scene involves Cloud and whoever his date happens to be viewing a ridiculously bad play involving a king and a dragon, one in which they're thrust into the main roles, with various levels of reluctance depending on the date.
  • In Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, Genesis will not stop quoting from LOVELESS, which (we are told), is an epic poem of such complexity, beauty, perfect writing, narrative depth, and popularity that it has been adapted as a play, and the play is so popular that the avenue hosting the theater that produces it has been renamed to LOVELESS avenue... it's practically at Dethklok levels of popularity. The poem we hear — every time Genesis opens his mouth — is a bunch of emotionally overwrought dreck.
    • Oddly enough Cid mentions going to see it in the original game, and he too thought it was overwrought drek.
    • Sephiroth also identifies a quote of Genesis' as coming from LOVELESS, but states that the only reason he knows it is because Genesis has "beaten it into [his] head."
    • Hojo doesn't seem to have a high opinion of it, either. That's mainly because it can't benefit his research, but he still hit the nail on the head when he called it "pure drivel."
  • Though we don't see all of it, in Final Fantasy IX the play "I Want To Be Your Canary" seems to be an overdramatic mishmash of several of Shakespeare's plays (it's even been penned by a "Lord Avon" and has characters named Cordelia, Leo, and Marcus). Oddly enough, there are flashes of quite good dialogue and some interesting story; it's just the onscreen acting that's melodramatic.
  • The infamously narmful laughing scene from Final Fantasy X. Common complaints are about how forced and horrible the laughing is. That's rather the point; their laughter is forced, and it's supposed to ring hollow. When you know the context, and what they're trying to cheer themselves up about, it's actually pretty sad. All the characters react accordingly to the horrible laughing. ("You probably shouldn't laugh anymore.")
  • The 2018 Starlight seasonal event in Final Fantasy XIV has you conducting a choir. If you mess up, the choir starts singing off key. The singing is done with real voices too, so the singers had to sing both the normal version of the choir and the laughably off key version for the game.
  • invoked After getting a surprisingly positive response to the product of a game jam that was never meant to be taken seriously, Coffee Stain Studios produced Goat Simulator. The game is filled to the brim with deliberately buggy physics. It's both Stylistic Suck: The Game and Good Bad Bugs: The Game.
  • Every so often on VCPR in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories are episodes from two very very very bad 1940s radio dramas, one of which revolves around a violently misogynistic private detective who spends more time hitting his girlfriend and shooting innocent people for being 'commies' than investigating the mystery, and another about a guy who time travels every time he goes on A Date with Rosie Palms. They're so bad that even the announcers admit they're terrible, but they have to broadcast them as part of their public service remit.
  • Guild Wars Nightfall has Prince Bokka the Magnificent's theatre. The plays he puts on are all comically bad (sadly, we don't actually get to see Summertime for Bokka). One instance of this, a retelling of events from the Prophecies campaign, is actually justified: the "actors" are in fact Kournan soldiers who staged the play to lure your party into a trap.
  • Guilty Gear XX gives Robo-Ky an alternate theme that is styled after his template's "Holy Orders," but is completely, utterly, and shamelessly mangled (by means of deliberately untuned instruments) in a way fitting only of... well, Robo-Ky. It must be heard to be believed.
    • Guilty Gear Xrd's art style is a half-example. By 3D animation standards, the animations are extremely choppy, but the whole point was actually to make cel-shaded 3D models and have them behave like 2D frames in the previous games, with animations done in individual frames instead of normal animation and with effects like animation smears applied that wouldn't have been possible with normal 3D animation. The result has been repeatedly praised for perfectly capturing the style and feel of the previous games even after the shift to 3D.
  • Hand Simulator, like many of the "Simulator" games, has intentionally cheap models, difficult controls, and minimal gameplay. For example a group of players can try to kill each other. The difficulty comes from the game itself as you can rest your arm in the place before the gun loads and watch it float away and you stay powerless to do anything.
  • The early areas of The Halloween Hack doesn't have much scary or technically impressive things, but that's to trick the player, to lower expectations.
  • The entire point of The House of the Dead: OVERKILL is this, presenting itself in a way that makes the series' infamously Narmy dialogue and voice acting intentionally hilarious by doing it like a Grindhouse film.
  • Just about any game from indie developer Jazzuo, up to and including his website itself. But especially Sexy Hiking. To quote the instructions:
    use the humer as if u were really climbing something and ull see
    • Though it's less blatant about it, the Spiritual Successor to Sexy Hiking, Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy, has many of the same characteristics. The graphics are better, but consist of an assortment of random generic objects jokingly described by the creator as "asset-core." The gameplay, perhaps moreso than its predecessor, consists almost entirely of Fake Difficulty (mainly due to the deliberately unintuitive and inconsistent mouse-controlled movement) and has no save points, because the entire goal of the game is to make players frustrated by forcing them to start over every time they screw up. Basically what you'd expect from the creator of QWOP.
  • John Cena's Sexy High School Adventure!!! is deliberately made to appear crude, with the title screen itself applying a liberal use of WordArt, and all the characters being the same picture of John Cena's pose (in the exact same location when multiple characters appear at once) with MS Paint edits.
  • Kane and Lynch: Dog Days has blurry pixelization effects used to make everything seem as if it was being recorded from somebody's cell phone. Unfortunately illusion becomes reality: the game is unstable and having to render those sketchy blotches often causes real lag.
  • Kingdom of Loathing's stick-figure aesthetic.
  • Nearly everyone in Labyrinths of the World 2: Forbidden Muse produces this kind of art/music/etc. Justified because the patron muse of the town the game is set in was divided into three parts by the villain.
  • In the last level of the First Year in LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4, Ron tries to put Fluffy back to sleep by whipping out a trumpet and playing Harry Potter's theme terribly off-key.
  • In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Midbus' dialogue is supposed to sound like a badly-dubbed kung-fu movie.
  • C. Evil Ryu is Arpa/Chainsawdentist's Take That! against the MvC: EOH project (a fan-project trying to recreate the feel of Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes in the M.U.G.E.N fighting engine, but whose huge roster falls victim to quantity over quality, with characters possessing moves that simply don't fit with the balance of the game). He has sloppy hitboxes, can throw in mid-air, unfitting moves, annoying voices from Yasunori Masutani and CvS hit sparks even though it is ostensibly based on Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.
  • Max Payne 2. The various TV shows the player can catch snippets of during the game (which often have plot elements reminiscent of Max's own experiences) have scripts ranging from Cliché Storm to pure Mind Screw, the dialogue is overacted, and the visuals consist of a small selection of still images. Especially funny is one scene in Lords and Ladies (a cheesy, Austenesque soap opera), where a villain is stabbed with a sword, but the actor is visibly tucking the blade under his arm; the arm facing the camera, at that.
  • The entire point of adventure game META, although of course some reviewers missed it.
  • The bulk of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is made up of extremely unsubtle repeats and allusions to the previous game, making it seem like a complete carbon copy with little redone but cosmetic dressing. Until you get to the Mind Screw ending, and it's revealed that it was intentionally done that way in order to give the new protagonist the same experience as the protagonist from the previous game. Which makes perfect sense until you found out that that person who was manipulating everyone, was being manipulated, although it's still possible that it was done that way as a part of manipulating him. The point is, MGS2 is confusing. In theory. There's also the tanker episode's quirky "MGX" computer program "SPRITE v2.21" with its vintage 2d animation.
  • One of the Multiple Endings in Meteos has Meteo getting stabbed by a giant galactic fork from nowhere; the ending's image resembles a sloppy crayon drawing.
  • Subverted in Mishap: An Accidental Haunting and Mishap 2: An Intentional Haunting. In the first game, a painting supposedly done by amateur artist Judith Kaufman is an attractive, tasteful fantasy work which doubles as an illustration of how her art was the only thing in her daily life which made her feel free. In the second game, a song supposedly written by heavy metal performer Mercedes Vixen is no worse than genuine examples of the genre and her voice actress is a decent singer.
  • Mondo Medicals: invoked low-res, blurry pixelated borderline MS Paint graphics, with Engrish Good Bad Translation. Of course, it just serves to increase the creepy.
  • Moshi Monsters has a species of skeleton musicians called Creepy Crooners. They de-tune their guitars and dislike "decent" music.
  • The ObsCure series revels in this, as part of its homage/throwback to late '90s teen horror movies. The first game's theme song is by Sum 41, for example, while the teenaged characters all speak in badly-researched/made-up slang.
  • Odallus: The Dark Call is a retro-style platformer. Neither the game itself nor the visuals suck, but the audio features digitized voice clips that are intentionally muffled as though recorded with a low sample rate typically used in 1990s-era video games with digital voices. The merchant's "Wel-Come" is particularly good example, as the ham-fisted delivery is accompanied by a noticeable amount of static.
  • The community for Paladins invoked this directly via the subreddit for the game. As a protest against the "Cards Unbound" card systemnote  implemented into the OB 64 patch, the community made intentionally bad fan art of the games' characters with MS Paint in a bid to attract the attention of the developers. The best part? The protest worked! Within a week, the developers took notice, and announced that the system would be restored to it's former glory, and would reintroduce the 15-point loadout system that the game used before OB 64, whilst keeping all cards free.
    • Not only that, the developers added some of the bad fan art to the game as sprays. Now players can tag walls with crudely drawn art alongside the regular, well-drawn sprays.
  • Taken to a new level in the third episode of Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, an entire game done in Retraux 16-bit style... with a sequence which the characters get trapped in an even retraux-er 8-bit game.
  • Pony Island is a Game Within a Game made by Lucifer himself which consists entirely of a badly-drawn pony running forwards and jumping over gates. Later parts of the game add more bad game design elements, such as unavoidable enemies and Forced Level-Grinding, that you must hack around.
  • Wheatley's first test chamber in Portal 2 is deliberately designed poorly because the developers wanted to give it the feel of being designed by a first-time level editor, complete with the corny idea of signing huge words into the scenery. This is done to exemplify Wheatley's severely limited intelligence in comparison to GLaDOS.
  • In an extremely subtle example: Hideo Kojima stated that he deliberately capped the frame rate for P.T. at 30fps in order to hide the game's true nature, making the reveal of the title and his own involvement more surprising.
  • Used straight for Captain Qwark's "video-comic" games-within-a-game in Ratchet & Clank. Also, his attack plans are drawn using crayons and childish doodles on lined paper.
  • Saints Row: The Third has several notable examples, particularly in the DLC content. Attack of the Clones features Pierce in a stereotypical (female) pop star outfit singing in a hilariously awkward and monotone manner. Gangstas in Space features the titular movie, which has a ridiculous plot and horribly stilted dialogue from the Boss.
  • Saints Row IV features a mission set in a 16-bit era side-scrolling beat-em-up, complete with heavily pixelated graphics, a reduced colour palette and badly delivered, heavily compressed voiceovers.
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police: The Devil's Playhouse is incredibly well-written, even the things that are Stylistic Suck are hilarious. The game has a puzzle in which Sam listens to audiobooks of Max's godawful and borderline plagiaristic (but nonetheless hilarious) 'ideas for novels', including some of his Self-Insert Fan Fic.
  • In The Sims 4, it's entirely possible for paintings like this to be considered masterpieces.
  • If you get an E Rank on a mission in Sonic Unleashed, the usual level completion theme will be played very, very badly. And it is hilarious.
  • The real-time strategy game Stalin VS Martians was obviously aimed towards So Bad, It's Good territory, but ended up in the other end of the badness spectrum. It is a perfect example that attempting this does not necessarily give the appropriate result.
  • Old (non-canon as of the official release) lore for Starbound has the book Floran Peace, intended to be the "Great Floran Novel" that would forever redeem the species and escalate them into high culture forever; the author was mentored personally by the Glitch scholar Professor Irondome for the specific purpose of producing the greatest writer of their generation. It... didn't quite work out. It's panned by every non-Floran critic in the known universe (as well as several actual Floran critics) for its poor writing style, unlikable protagonists who just solve every problem with gratuitous murder (admittedly in-character for Florans), and a lengthy (fifty-thousand word long) diatribe against the Hylotl being inserted midway through for no reason. A critique you can find mentions that Irondome's body was later found with a copy of the book wedged up his mouth. (The fate of the actual author is unknown.)
  • In Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective, the entire game is a hyper-clichéd and amateurish action movie that Strong Bad has written and directed, and much like its Flash cartoon predecessors, has hilariously low production quality. Everything about it is terrible, but most subtle is the bad camera work, which includes things that are hard to render in a video game. This includes bad handheld-camera zoom, ignoring of the 180 degree rule, and a split-screen camera which doesn't join up in the middle.
  • In Super Smash Bros. 4, many of Mega Man's animations are rather stilted and choppy — which is done to mimic his sprites from the original games.
  • SUPER MIARO BORS, a deliberately awful Mario fan game meant to resemble a newbie's first game development experience. Complete with oversized versions of Mario and Luigi from The Super Mario Bros Super Show! running around and killing badly JPEGed versions of their enemies from the same show.
  • supra mayro bross and supra mayro kratt. MS Paint graphics, horrible controls, music by a guy that can't play a guitar, a very Obvious Beta, and terrible spelling? All intentional.
  • The voices in Team Fortress 2 are supposed to be this, ranging from incorrect accents (Scout, who has a Brooklyn accent despite being from Boston), to incorrect grammar on foreign words the characters are supposed to be fluent in (Medic — it should be Schweinhunde and Dummköpfe), to tons of Poirot Speak. Apparently Valve wanted the feeling of a 1960's pulp novel written by Americans who didn't do the research. The voice acting is a blast to listen to, though, and you can tell the voice actors are having a lot of fun.
  • The adventure game Total Distortion is centered on creating music videos, and gives you an in-game editor to do so. But the songs, sound effects and video clips you start with are more compressed than the rest of the game's assets, since the whole point is to find new footage in the Distortion Dimension you were teleported to.
  • To the Moon has a holiday minisode where Neil makes a video game based on the events of the main game. All characters are represented by disembodied heads, the scenery is extremely pixelated (one pixel of the scenery is the size of one RPG Maker tile) and story is extremely vague, being told by Neil getting items from various characters and placing them elsewhere to open doors.
  • Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdom (or anything Encounter Critical).
  • Trio the Punch: Never Forget Me... was deliberately designed to be nonsensical and just flat-out bad all-around. It features a heavy amount of engrish, a complete lack of any plot or context (the game suddenly goes through locations such as a tropical beach, to a jungle, to a sci-fi area and the like with no explanation), enemies that are just odd (such as giant bronze statues and slime things that can take on Godzilla-like shapes), moments such as fighting a pink sheep that curses you into another sheep or going against a man that resembles Colonel Sanders, and an ending where you're forced to kill harmless animals before the camera pans down to show a pair of giant, orange eyes staring from the darkness underground. Towards the end, the game has the audacity to say "YOU FIGURED IT OUT," when it's really just one Mind Screw after another.
  • Ultima VII also had a play about the previous exploits of the protagonist, who indeed runs around at random spouting monosyllables like "name, job, bye". You get to apply for the role, but you won't get it since you don't look enough like, er, yourself.
    • Also, the anvilicious "Passion Play" put up by the Fellowship, which even your companions will complain was a terrible waste of their time to watch.
  • Undertale is intentionally made with 16-bit graphics MOST of the time, in spite of the game's engine, in order to mislead the player's intention of the quality of gameplay until it REALLY hits hard. Many attacks are vector-based and will subvert the player's traditional understanding of 16-bit projectiles. Entire animations will not adhere to the traditional expectations of a 16-bit character model. The final bosses are intensely detailed and will derail most players' flow of combat, forcing them to dodge like they've never dodged before. And all of this pixilation is designed to hide the true humor, horror, and everything in between until it's needed to make a joke. Also, it would be hard to animate Temmie in all her Cloudcuckoolander glory without low-res.
  • Upgrade Complete. The graphics start out low quality and it's up to you to upgrade them. Overall, the game takes unlock systems to the extreme (you spend money on things like better graphics, better sound effects and music, a proper character portrait, straightening the crooked menu, getting rid of that annoying hum, spelling the title properly, getting the store owner to stop insulting you...) And there's Upgrade Complete 2, which takes it up a notch.
  • Among the things a World of Warcraft rogue can pickpocket off NPCs are a couple of "Steamy Romance Novels." Opening them allows the player to view a couple pages of melodramatic Purple Prose laced with several game-related and groan-worthy double entendres. (It's doubly amusing to find one of these on, say, an enormous hammer-wielding ogre.)
    • The romance novels — there are around five of them — are Blizzard's joke items regarding erotic roleplaying.
  • The Waligie Bros. series, made as a parody of bad Clickteam product games. Graphics that consist almost entirely of pictures taken from Google, MIDI files and unfitting and overly loud sound effects everywhere, awkward physics, and enough bad spelling to kill a Grammar Nazi. And yet we wouldn't have it any other way. And then the Super Hyper Paper Deluxe Mario Bros. Galaxy World Land 4: Partners in Sunshine SuperStar Island & Saga of Time Advance 64 DS series inspired by it.
  • The microgames throughout the WarioWare franchise are made with varying degrees of skill (and the lack thereof) on the part of the in-universe developers.

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