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  • Old Shame: Jason Oda doesn't regard the games particularly fondly, seeing them as fairly immature goof-offs that got popular largely because there wasn't much interesting content on the internet in the early '00s. The games' homepage even has a letter that he wrote for the first game's fifteenth anniversary, in which he compares the experience of playing them again to going back and reading his cringeworthy high school poetry.
    "The first games I ever made were a series of badly programmed games about emo. They became pretty popular and were featured in SPIN, The New York Times, and on MTV. At this point, I have to say I'm pretty embarrassed I ever made these. They're pretty terrible and immature. The jokes are just barely funny. Back in the day when the internet wasn't very entertaining, these sort of games passed for fun. As much as I'd like to forget I ever made these, they are at this point, just an unavoidable part of my history."
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • Playing these games is like stepping back in time to 2002-04, what with all the pop culture references, '80s kid show nostalgia, emo treading the line between "underground" and "mainstream", Mandy Moore being a Jail Bait Teen Idol (she has since had a Career Resurrection as an actress and singer with an image far removed from her early days), and MTV still, at the very least, basing its reputation around music videos.
    • The Anti-Bush Game, as its name suggests, is a political agitprop piece that's firmly dated to 2004 by its references to the impending Presidential election and endorsement of John Kerry in that election, as well as controversies and issues from the early '00s like the war in Iraq, Bush's tax cuts, Janet Jackson's Wardrobe Malfunction, stem cell research, the Enron scandal, health care reform, same-sex marriage, and the power of the Christian Right. Notably, it doesn't contain any reference to controversies from Bush's second term in office, such as Hurricane Katrina, the housing bubble, or the onset of the Great Recession, due to the fact that none of these had happened yet. The fact that John Edwards, Kerry's running mate in 2004, appears in the game as a populist crusader for economic justice also rings Hilarious in Hindsight given how Edwards' career imploded in a sex scandal a few years later.
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    • The fact that the third game had become one of these to the mid-'00s, before it had been released and after that period of time had passed, ultimately led Jason Oda to cancel it.
  • Vaporware: Super Emogame III.
  • What Could Have Been: Some of the concept art for the third game showed an ultraviolent Grand Theft Auto parody (Grand Theft Omahathe most violenterest level eva!), levels that homaged Zelda and Contra, the main characters battling in a post-apocalyptic world, and a boss fight against Ashlee Simpson, who is mutated into a giant spider.


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