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If there's anything more sick than a disgusting video game, it's a
disgusting video game featuring a corrupted character who used to be
nice and decent. Don't think I hate mature games. I do appreciate a few
games with such mature stuff. I just don't like the idea of
transforming a cute children's character into an obscene psychotic. In
fact, doing so is about as sick as the way some programmers created a
nefarious version of Elmo on the internet.
So Rare decided to make something that would appeal to demented players. If they want to, they could just create a new critter from scratch. But they made this really bizarre decision they probably should regret or be ashamed of. While Conker's Bad Fur Day garnered some praise from game reviewers as well as some accolades, it was a commercial flop. The way the game flopped was perhaps so bad that Nintendo ended association with Rare. Rare was never the same promising company after that. I guess it would make better sense had they release that family-friendly Twelve Tales: Conker 64. Games catered to all audiences will always market better. Abominations like this one are destined to be forgotten.
Sometime 14 years ago, Rare decided to make an N64 game aim at
audiences who enjoy seeing pervertedness. But instead of making a game
from scratch, they altered one that's supposed to be for little gamers.
And in doing so, they altered the personality of the featured character
(Conker) who previously appeared in two games that are child-friendly.
I wonder if that was a good idea?
Yes the new altered game gained a so-called cult following. But what good is a cult following when the game had lousy sales, and the character's popularity didn't improve a bit? By contrast, an earlier game featuring Conker (Diddy Kong Racing) which was child-friendly was among best selling N64 games.
Unless Rare wants Conker to stay being an almost forgotten character, perhaps it would be best to revert him to being the nice decent critter he once was. To give a children's character such a grotesque makeover is an abomination. People who make really nice characters would never do that.
He was a character who probably showed potential during his debut. I
even thought he was destined for super stardom. But following a fatal
mistake applied to him by Rare, we may never know.
Some games are aimed at kids, while others are aimed at mature gamers. But in Conker's case, he first two games are targeted at children before the game makers made the unorthodox decision in going to the other direction for the next two.
Apparently, Conker didn't score well in those mature games, judging by the disappointing sales of Conker's Bad Fur Day. And because Rare did not give the character a sequel or even fixed his personality, the bushy-tailed rodent was just about forgotten. Perhaps Conker would have sold way better had he stayed being in kids' games.
By contrast, other Rare characters like Banjo and Kazooie were never altered. Because of that, those two continue to make games with good sales, therefore keeping their popularity up. I guess this goes to show that it's best never to alter characters, especially if their previous games have a good or at least fair reception. Also, games appear to sell better when marketed to kids or all ages.
Games aimed at mature audiences can be marketable too, that is if the characters are designed for that nature from the start.
In light of the events that occurred, Banjo and Kazooie will remain being Rare's most famous characters, and Conker will likely end up in the video game wasteland.
When the game Diddy Kong Racing was released for the Nintendo 64, it
was a big hit as it sold millions of copies. Following the game's
release, characters there like Banjo, Kazooie, and Conker would go on
to appear in separate games. While Banjo and Kazooie would experienced
big sales over the years, Conker would fade away.
What's wrong with Conker? After the character appeared in two decent games, Rare made a really strange move in presenting Conker in a game involving dirty humor. While the dirty game would get some positive reviews, it was a bomb in the market.
Some sources state that Rare's decision to corrupt Conker was a response to the way certain game fanatics ridiculed them for making games that are cutesy or childish. I don't think the ridiculing they got should matter to them because family-friendly games continue to be very marketable. Characters like Mario and Sonic have enjoyed seemingly endless fame because they are aimed at all ages.
Also, I don't think presenting Conker in mature games would be beneficial to the character. I mean a remake of this game was release for the Xbox. Unfortunately, the remake wasn't a best seller, and didn't even achieve platinum hit status.
Well unless Rare cleans Conker up, it'll be the end of the road for that squirrel. Cute but corrupted. Disgustingness and pervertedness are destined to be shunned.
When a creator creates a media for children, that's how everything
related to it is going to be all the way. This was not the case for
Rare as they corrupted a nice cute character who was initially applied
in children's games. How can they do this? No one would do something
that deranged. The little gamers who adored that squirrel through his
first and second games may have lost their love for him because of the
ugly change Rare put upon him and this game.
Sure the squirrel still looks the same. But deep down, he a very different fellow with a twisted mind. Rare thought this strange change would help the game commercially but it didn't. The commercial fiasco also indicates that Conker's star power may never improve.
I wish they bring the nice Conker back. Perhaps that would sell better and even help regain Conker's lost popularity. Why is this a good idea? Banjo and Kazooie have always been presented with such decency. Because of that, those two have three games that are best sellers.
What kind of game developers would turn a nice decent character into a
deranged freak? That's the case of the poor squirrel who was once
adored by young audiences prior to being corrupted. The developers made
that bizarre decision just to fare well with critics. But was the "new"
character a commercial success and did it improve his popularity? No.
If you want your game to make great sales, it should be aimed at audiences at all ages. A media featuring a deranged character as well as various obscene themes is certain to flop at the market 80% of the time. Never mind what detractors say on what you do for a long time. If what you been doing is selling fairly, then it's best to maintain that trend.
Poor Conky. Kids certainly missed the clean cute critter you once were. I can only hope those developers reconsider.
Young gamers probably adored that squirrel when he debuted in Diddy
Kong Racing, and appearing in his first solo game in Conker's Pocket
Tales. When it was announced that Conker would appear again in what
could have been Conker 64, the young gamers were perhaps looking
forward to it. But when Rare suddenly came up with the bizarre decision
of changing Conker 64 into the unspeakably crude Conker's Bad Fur Day,
those gaming kids were probably quite disappointed either because of
the replacement game's obscenities, or their parents discouraged them
from playing or even looking at it. To make matter's worse, Rare never
again bothered to make a Conker game that's family friendly, thus
alienating the young gamers who make up much of the character's fan
Why did Rare turned a nice child's character into such a demented fellow indulged in vices? A convincing answer has yet to be given. But what Rare did to poor Conky is like turning a sweet kid into a hideous and vicious monster. If they need a character for audiences who enjoy such crudities, it's best to make another one.
One may claim that crude game is one of the greatest Nintendo games. I guess that maybe true, although I don't see the game's name on the list of great Nintendo games in Wikipedia.
What makes a book a best seller? In some criterion, a book is a best
seller if it sold a certain number of copies within a certain period.
But in the case of video games, a game is considered a best seller if
it sold 1,000,000+ copies. This is why if you look at Wikipedia for the
best selling games of a particular console, they only list those that
sold at least a million.
True, Conker did made a best seller game in Diddy Kong Racing where he made his debut. Sadly, this will be his only game that made such sales, considering how things gone over the next few years.
When studios create characters aimed at children, almost always that's how those characters are going to be for the rest of their careers. But in Conker's case, the unthinkable happened, and it probably shouldn't happened at all. Following two outings by Conker, the game makers corrupted the nice sweet squirrel by turning him into a fool drinking dizzying beverages. As a result, the game with the corrupted character sold way below expectations.
Perhaps this goes to show that Conker was better off being the way he was before he got corrupted. Too bad those game makers didn't see it coming. I hope they learned their lesson. A character directed at all audiences always sells better.
If Conker stays in this corrupted state, he'll be pretty much forgotten. Young gamers for years to come will never know that this once promising character even existed.
After two promising decent games in Diddy Kong Racing and Conker's
Pocket Tales, Conker was to appear again in Twelve Tales: Conker 64
which is also decent. But before the third game could ever be released,
the game developers were already getting vicious taunts from hecklers
regarding them and the game. Apparently, the game developers listened
to the hecklers, and therefore fell into what later turned into a trap.
They changed the really nice Twelve Tales: Conker 64 into the utterly
dirty Conker's Bad Fur Day. I have seen a number dirty games in the
past but none are as dirty this one.
Why was listening to the hecklers such a trap? When the dirty game was released, sure it was given some thumbs up. But all those positive responses would be meaningless as the number of buyers are less than inadequate. True, there are a handful of likers who embrace it in such an obsessed manner but that doesn't imply that the game is popular which it may never be. Nintendo might have taken a lost, considering how much it costs to make the game's cartridges.
But what if Twelve Tales: Conker 64 was released instead of its disgusting replacement? Needless to say that one might have been a super hit because it's suitable for all ages. Perhaps that explains the successes of nice games like Diddy Kong Racing and Banjo-Kazooie. Also, Conker might have stood on top of Nintendo's mountain alongside Mario and Donkey Kong. Sadly, that never happened.
As a child I began playing video games regularly when I was in first
grade. I then got familiar with famous video game characters like Mario
and Sonic. Although I knew many characters in my day, I never knew
Conker. In fact I only heard of him only about two months ago. Why is
such a cute character that's been around for more than a decade still
in the shadows?
Conker first debut in Diddy Kong Racing. Like most Nintendo characters, he was initially designed to be family-friendly. His next game, Conker's Pocket Tales, would be his last outing being suited for all ages. Then came an announcement of another family-friendly game of his which would be released on the Nintendo 64. While that N64 game was only days away from hitting markets, critics already gave their reviews. Game developer Rare took the criticism personally and decided to give the squirrel a bizarre makeover. If there's anything I hate, it's turning a nice friendly critter to a deranged sicko. If Rare needed someone to be aimed at the adult market, they could have created another character rather than corrupting one that's targeted at children.
Yes, Conker's Bad Fur Day, which was aimed at mature audiences, got a lot thumbs up from reviewers. But all those praises would only matter a little when the game performed miserably in the market. Perhaps that other game Rare changed for this one might have sold better.
I wish Rare would bring back the nice family-friendly Conker. If Rare continues to present this deranged version of him, Conker will forever remain being an obscure character. He'll never even achieve half the star power of great characters like Mario and Sonic.
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