Acclaim Entertainment 'Hall of Shame' (Zero Punctuation)

  • Published: 07 August 2019
  • This week Yahtzee provides us with a history lesson on the many mishaps of Acclaim Entertainment.

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Comments • 838

  • Escapist
    Escapist   2 weeks back

    Watch this week's episode on Wolfenstein: Youngblood early at the link:

    • Professor Cupcake
      Professor Cupcake  2 weeks back

      No thanks, your website is trash

    • ShadowWolfRising
      ShadowWolfRising  2 weeks back

      No, I don't think I will.

    • Harrison Faloopa
      Harrison Faloopa  2 weeks back

      Good god the escapist website is ass on mobile

    • jengoxfate
      jengoxfate  2 weeks back

      @greenhowie Yangtze is to the escapist what pitch meeting is to screen rant

  • SonicBoom AXA
    SonicBoom AXA  10 hours back

    I'm surprised Yahtzee didn't mention the one good game from Acclaim, namely Re-Volt. For anyone who doesn't know, it was a racing game about RC cars.

    • Zolpi Diem
      Zolpi Diem  16 hours back

      Shadow Man 1 was such a good fucking game that nobody played.

      • sclSolitarium
        sclSolitarium  2 days back

        “Let’s all laugh at an industry / that never learns anything TEE HEE HEE!”

        Greatest. Jingle. Ever!

        • Caliggy Jack
          Caliggy Jack  2 days back

          Turok Evolution is a great game you take that back

          • Alukard TheDeathknight

            Acorn Entertainment oh yeah

            • Nicholas Rusanoff
              Nicholas Rusanoff  1 weeks back

              Meh.... boring points. Hyperbole was a failures are marketing were meh. I FUCKING WILL EAT CHILDREN BELOVED TO A “MARKETING”

              • MonsterHunter 66
                MonsterHunter 66  1 weeks back

                Turok: Evolution is one of my favorite games ever.

                • Falll Wolf
                  Falll Wolf  1 weeks back

                  What Steve Perry told himself when his marketing strategies kept failing:

                  *DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'*

                  • SpyderDragonDude
                    SpyderDragonDude  1 weeks back

                    RIP Dave

                    • kaelibw34
                      kaelibw34  1 weeks back

                      Also, anyone find it kind of sad that the turok thing didn’t work for acclaim but the dovakin thing worked for Bethesda?

                      • kaelibw34
                        kaelibw34  1 weeks back

                        I laughed my ass off at that courtroom scene. Dunno why but I find it hilarious

                        • The artist formerly known as 'An actual Faggot'

                          i got a super nintendo recently, Acclaim defined 'hit and miss'

                          • Josny13
                            Josny13  1 weeks back

                            1:20 That one was reserved for whatever would split off of acclaim. But no amount of cell splitting was going to help them survive.

                            • Matouš Mančík
                              Matouš Mančík  1 weeks back

                              Will you make video on "My Lovely Daugther", please?

                              • Dank Potatoes
                                Dank Potatoes  1 weeks back

                                You gonna do Fire Emblem: Three Houses?
                                Might finally explain the ancient riddle of "Who the hell is Marth" from the Super Smash Bros Review

                                • ZanaLyrander
                                  ZanaLyrander  1 weeks back

                                  Be fair, that still won’t answer that question. Though in all seriousness I would be interested to hear his opinion on Fire Emblem. On the one hand, he hates JRPGs and visual novel style dialogue. On the other hand, he’s frequently expressed enthusiasm for turn based strategy games. Honestly not sure how he’d feel about it, which makes things interesting.

                              • BrooklynV
                                BrooklynV  1 weeks back

                                can you please make a Retro Review on Legacy of Kain Defiance or the whole series? it's the best fkn game ever and still much playable due to its amazing dialogue and story and artstyle

                                • Xanider
                                  Xanider  1 weeks back

                                  have you done Ark: survival evolved yet? i can't find it if you did. :P

                                  • angeldeb82
                                    angeldeb82  1 weeks back

                                    So very funny with the funny jokes and the imps and stuff! XD Oh, and nice N.W.A. and Grinch references! :D

                                    • Sky Meersman
                                      Sky Meersman  2 weeks back

                                      You should do Deep Rock Galactic.

                                      • Backlog Buddies and Game Highlighter

                                        The funny part is how many of acclaims ips were sold to Activision

                                        • TheGreatYukon
                                          TheGreatYukon  2 weeks back

                                          He's actually not joking about the pigeons. Sweet Christ I didn't believe it. Bunch of loons ran that advertising department.

                                          • Klishar122
                                            Klishar122  2 weeks back

                                            Want to know who else could benefit from such lessons?


                                            • XmasWithGuns
                                              XmasWithGuns  2 weeks back

                                              International standard book number number... yahtz pls

                                              • Mark Elders
                                                Mark Elders  2 weeks back

                                                Outer Wilds was released on the Epic store earlier this year and I just discovered it. It's something special. Instead of shocking marketing, it seems to have just had... little marketing. Reward the creative game that didn't slaughter a goat to get attention and give it a review.

                                                • Jonatan Feigel
                                                  Jonatan Feigel  2 weeks back

                                                  Yahtzee, why won't you do Divinity original sin 2?

                                                  • Barokai Rein
                                                    Barokai Rein  2 weeks back

                                                    I've never taken this long to watch a single ZP episode. I had to pause and google all of these ridiculous things and yeah nah they were fucking true

                                                    • Barokai Rein
                                                      Barokai Rein  2 weeks back

                                                      Oh how I've missed that jingle

                                                      • Mark Hashman
                                                        Mark Hashman  2 weeks back

                                                        Say what you will about Acclaim's absurd PR stunts: they at least made being a games journalist at the time hilarious. I can't see anyone in the press seats at E3 these days cracking jokes about Ubisoft advertising the new Sassy Creedo with tattooed eagles, or their next Tom Clancy vehicle with monogrammed bullets, or something similarly ill-advised -- sure, they still do stupid marketing stunts, but they're not as funny.

                                                        • AlexanderDraconis
                                                          AlexanderDraconis  2 weeks back

                                                          Ahhhhh, I never tire of that jingle. I love learning about people stupider than I.

                                                          • E.LA.O
                                                            E.LA.O  2 weeks back

                                                            Amazing how these developers and publishers do the most insane thing.

                                                            • Paul Chapman
                                                              Paul Chapman  2 weeks back

                                                              0:20 for reference, see the Zero Punctuation videos about E.T, Daikatana, Capcom 5, the 5th console generation, and the Hot Coffee scandal.

                                                              • Luke Daniels
                                                                Luke Daniels  2 weeks back

                                                                How, why would anybody give this a thumbs down ? You would have to be a fucking moron.

                                                                • Firenter
                                                                  Firenter  2 weeks back

                                                                  Huh, I seem to remember them publishing an MMO in the late 2000's that was trying to do a "free to play but with a subscription as well" kinda model

                                                                  EDIT: Just looked it up, apparently somebody bought the name in 2005 and then started pumping out MMOs and making no actual money off them and then shut down in 2010

                                                                  • Why Name?
                                                                    Why Name?  2 weeks back

                                                                    Tbh, Turok wouldn't even be that bad of a name.

                                                                    • Eric Mitchell
                                                                      Eric Mitchell  2 weeks back

                                                                      Don't knock BMX XXX. That game single-handedly got me through at least one year of puberty (pun intended)

                                                                      • SkorpyoTFC
                                                                        SkorpyoTFC  2 weeks back

                                                                        All you'd really need to know about Acclaim is that they spawned the greasy shitbag that made "The Guy Game".

                                                                        • RandyLahey54
                                                                          RandyLahey54  2 weeks back

                                                                          I'd name my kid Turok for a sack of cash. I'd probably name my kid Turok anyways.

                                                                          • Johnny Two Hands
                                                                            Johnny Two Hands  2 weeks back

                                                                            A-C-C-L-A-I-M?!?! THOSE ARE C'S???!?!?! I thought it was AKKLAIM for like 25 years holy crap my mind was just blown and my universe is now collapsing in on itself like a super black hole!

                                                                            • Jessi Jinx
                                                                              Jessi Jinx  2 weeks back

                                                                              HEY HEY HEY


                                                                              Turok Evolution was fucking awesome.

                                                                              • Briar Black
                                                                                Briar Black  2 weeks back

                                                                                I thought evolution was good. Q.Q

                                                                                • Pliny the Younger
                                                                                  Pliny the Younger  2 weeks back

                                                                                  breakpoint is not something you want to see on a condom.

                                                                                  • 0x777
                                                                                    0x777  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Here's a novel idea: Take all the money you want to sink on blow and hookers for the marketing guys (actually, thinking about it again, fire those useless twats altogether, that way you free up valuable work time of those that actually work on your games because they no longer have to slap together mock-ups and teasers) and use that money to actually make a game that is more than the same game you dumped on us last year and slap a new number next to the title.

                                                                                    That just MIGHT work, ya know.

                                                                                    • MsStevieMarie
                                                                                      MsStevieMarie  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I thought the pigeon thing was a joke...

                                                                                      • Rob Mortimer
                                                                                        Rob Mortimer  2 weeks back

                                                                                        So bad. Though Burnout 2 remains a classic.

                                                                                        • Pixel Silzavon
                                                                                          Pixel Silzavon  2 weeks back

                                                                                          My only experience with Acclaim was Re-Volt and Machines, and I thoroughly enjoyed those games.

                                                                                          • holdbrillan100
                                                                                            holdbrillan100  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Come on maaan ,play outer wilds!!