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 • 834

  • Escapist
    Escapist   2 weeks back

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

    • Professor Cupcake
      Professor Cupcake  1 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

  • Nicholas Rusanoff
    Nicholas Rusanoff  4 days 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  4 days back

      Turok: Evolution is one of my favorite games ever.

      • Falll Wolf
        Falll Wolf  4 days back

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


        • SpyderDragonDude
          SpyderDragonDude  4 days back

          RIP Dave

          • kaelibw34
            kaelibw34  5 days 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  5 days 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  5 days 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  5 days back

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

                    • Dank Potatoes
                      Dank Potatoes  5 days 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  4 days 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  6 days 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  6 days back

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

                        • angeldeb82
                          angeldeb82  6 days 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  6 days 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  7 days 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  7 days back

                                  Want to know who else could benefit from such lessons?


                                  • XmasWithGuns
                                    XmasWithGuns  7 days back

                                    International standard book number number... yahtz pls

                                    • Mark Elders
                                      Mark Elders  7 days 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  1 weeks back

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

                                        • Barokai Rein
                                          Barokai Rein  1 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  1 weeks back

                                            Oh how I've missed that jingle

                                            • Mark Hashman
                                              Mark Hashman  1 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  1 weeks back

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

                                                • E.LA.O
                                                  E.LA.O  1 weeks back

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

                                                  • Paul Chapman
                                                    Paul Chapman  1 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  1 weeks back

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

                                                      • Firenter
                                                        Firenter  1 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?  1 weeks back

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

                                                          • Eric Mitchell
                                                            Eric Mitchell  1 weeks back

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

                                                            • SkorpyoTFC
                                                              SkorpyoTFC  1 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  1 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  1 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  1 weeks back

                                                                    HEY HEY HEY


                                                                    Turok Evolution was fucking awesome.

                                                                    • Briar Black
                                                                      Briar Black  1 weeks back

                                                                      I thought evolution was good. Q.Q

                                                                      • Pliny the Younger
                                                                        Pliny the Younger  1 weeks back

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

                                                                        • 0x777
                                                                          0x777  1 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  1 weeks back

                                                                            I thought the pigeon thing was a joke...

                                                                            • Rob Mortimer
                                                                              Rob Mortimer  1 weeks back

                                                                              So bad. Though Burnout 2 remains a classic.

                                                                              • Pixel Silzavon
                                                                                Pixel Silzavon  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                • holdbrillan100
                                                                                  holdbrillan100  1 weeks back

                                                                                  Come on maaan ,play outer wilds!!

                                                                                  • Terry Lynn
                                                                                    Terry Lynn  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Yahtzee has been broken since the last E3 or 4 or whatever, please reboot.

                                                                                  • OathKeeper
                                                                                    OathKeeper  1 weeks back

                                                                                    This is the sad part about Zero Punct... Yahtzee doesn’t really swear anymore... Sure swearing is bottom level in comedy if that’s all you got, but with Yahtzee’s charisma he was one of the few people who could make swearing at video games go from ‘Hobby’ to ‘Headline’.

                                                                                    • OathKeeper
                                                                                      OathKeeper  1 weeks back

                                                                                      CheckItOut x I didn’t say he doesn’t periodically swear, but he’s cut them down a hellova lot over the years.

                                                                                    • CheckItOut x
                                                                                      CheckItOut x  1 weeks back

                                                                                      He does swear, a lot. Just watch other reviews lol

                                                                                  • Bountiful Botany
                                                                                    Bountiful Botany  1 weeks back

                                                                                    So odd how this show is actually BETTER without subtitles

                                                                                    (even if it's nearly impossible to catch up to whats being said)

                                                                                    • Horus SC
                                                                                      Horus SC  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Speak for yourself... turning the subs on allows you to get the hundreds of references put in every video your automatic mind can't register.
                                                                                      That is genius.
                                                                                      You'll understand eventually.

                                                                                  • SirWaffleburger
                                                                                    SirWaffleburger  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Is he going to review Streets of Rogue? I would really like to hear what Yahtzee can complain about.
                                                                                    Like if you want Zero Punctuation to review Streets of Rogue.

                                                                                    • Somtaw
                                                                                      Somtaw  1 weeks back

                                                                                      To be fair the the "name your baby" thing...worked out alright for Bethesda.