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Games make us do the strangest things from time to time. Some make us mad, some make us cry, some make us smile and some even make us laugh. Several games in particular sprang to mind as serving up the rofl-burger more than others, so here’s a list of ten games that really made our sides split, whether it was intentionally or by accident. Please note that this list is not in any order.
FF7 cross dressing
A little fun fact for you all: The German language has two different words for funny. Lustig means funny in the traditional “ha ha” sort of way, whereas komisch means a type of awkward or uncomfortable humour. The scene in Final Fantasy 7 that sees our protagonist, Cloud, dress up as a woman to infiltrate a pimp’s mansion would definitely be described as komisch. When I played through this section as a kid it was amusing enough, but it was only when I played through the game again in my adult years that I was truly able to appreciate just how odd this particular scene is.
Portal last boss
Portal is a rare type of game that possesses a genuinely witty script. The game’s main antagonist, Glados, is given many of the most quotable and humorous lines in recent gaming history and this earns Portal its rightful place in this list. You could almost take any line to demonstrate the uniquely dry sense of humour in Portal, but the last battle against Glados sums it up best.
This was yet another aspect of my gaming childhood that I wasn’t able to fully appreciate until later on. No matter which MGS game you play, if it has Ocelot in it, there are bound to some awkwardly amusing moments. The whole greased chamber line is just plain creepy, and there is no doubt that there is some serious homo-erotic sub-text to his character in Snake Eater. I can’t be just imagining this can I?
Yet another awkward, yet undeniably humorous, scene from Hideo Kojima. A naked Raiden sneaking around is funny enough, but the self-referential lines spouted by Colonel Campbell over the codec during this section of the game are classic. It’s MGS comedy at its best right here: Nice and uncomfortable.