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AVGN- Bad Game Cover Art -13 - Irritating Stick (PS1)

("We Wish You a Merry Christmas" plays and ornaments numbered 1-25 are seen on a Christmas tree. A raspberry sound is heard and the cover to Irritating Stick appears on the 13 ornament, along with shit.)

The Nerd: Irritating Stick for PlayStation. Irritating Stick??

The Nerd: Who puts the word "irritating" in the title of a video game? Does that make you want to play it? I don't even know what kind of game it is. But I don't care!

The Nerd: I'd rather go out in the woods and play with actual stick! Who buys a game called 'stick' when you can get sticks for free?

The Nerd: But that bright bold font tries to sell it the best it can, like this is going to be the most exciting thing you'll ever see. (Nerd yells) SEE IT FOR THE THRILL OF A LIFE TIME! ONE NIGHT ONLY! IRRITATING STICK!

The Nerd: The comic-style zapping effect seems like it DESPERATELY wants to emphasize HOW IRRITATING this stick is! As soon as you touch something with this stick, ZAP! It's so obnoxious, it fills the entire background! There's no room for any other artwork. It's all about the electric force of this horrible stick!

The Nerd: The original game was similar with Operation or the Wire loop game where you need to avoid touching anything or else you'd get an electric zap. But the word "irritating" doesn't describe it too well. It's just a bad choice of word, kinda like when Nintendo had a console called Revolution and they change the name to Wii.

The Nerd: It's not even like a sword or spear. Instead, a cheap plastic Lightsaber. Y'know, the kind that light up? Except this one hasn't even been lit! Yeah, the batteries are dead.

Moving on to the hands, it looks like the crappy in-game graphics of the time. Did they know that on the cover to the game you're allowed to make the artwork more realistic?

The Nerd: I guess it doesn't matter when you have a stick that's so irritating and emits lightning! It begs attention, and I've given it.