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 • 904

  • Escapist
    Escapist   4 months back

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

    • Professor Cupcake
      Professor Cupcake  4 months back

      No thanks, your website is trash

    • ShadowWolfRising
      ShadowWolfRising  4 months back

      No, I don't think I will.

    • Harrison Fletcher
      Harrison Fletcher  4 months back

      Good god the escapist website is ass on mobile

    • jengoxfate
      jengoxfate  4 months back

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

  • O. K.
    O. K.  2 days back

    Well, there was Aardvark Software, who worked on the PS1 port of Duke Nukem 3D.

    • Elijah Schwark
      Elijah Schwark  2 days back

      Wait, did sony actually have a dead goat on stage? 😳

      • Rubz
        Rubz  5 days back

        Story time with Yahtzee.

        • marek011011
          marek011011  1 weeks back

          meh, Turok 2 still was one of my favourite games growing up

          • MK x90
            MK x90  2 weeks back

            You should review all the old disney mibues yahtzee, itd be fun

            • RdTrler
              RdTrler  2 weeks back

              Let's see, Bethesda...
              Overly ambitious marketing campaigns... check.
              Bad games with bad publicity... check.
              Lawsuits... check.

              • John Kersch
                John Kersch  3 weeks back

                This is the hardest I've laughed at one of your videos. My God, it's comedy gold

                • Daniel Williams
                  Daniel Williams  3 weeks back

                  Off to register Aardvark Ant-ertainment LLC

                  • Matt d
                    Matt d  3 weeks back

                    I feel like I'm the only person who remembers when they slaughtered a goat and served hors d'oeuvres from it's carcass at the God of War event

                    • Will
                      Will  4 weeks back

                      Man, I miss Turok. Talk about a series that died before its time.

                      • William Combs
                        William Combs  4 weeks back

                        you so missed out on an opportunity to call this video, "Acclaim's claim to fame: The Hall of Shame."

                        • BBCAT -
                          BBCAT -  1 months back

                          Yahtzee says all this about how your can put all the pr in the world behind a turd but it’ll still be a turd... but trump though

                          • Freelancer95
                            Freelancer95  1 months back

                            I actually own bmxxxx... it's fucking awful, I just keep it on my shelf as a talking point...

                            • FergOnFiction
                              FergOnFiction  1 months back

                              People thought it was “Akklaim” ?!

                              wtf 😂

                              • Herman Herman
                                Herman Herman  2 months back

                                Who see's EA tanking in the next decade?

                                • DingoDareDevil
                                  DingoDareDevil  2 months back

                                  Swear to god bethesda did the same thing with someone naming their child dragonborn.

                                  • Default
                                    Default  2 months back

                                    I really enjoyed Dave Mirra's freestyle bmx 2.
                                    R.i.p. Dave Mirra

                                    • Avadok Sorem
                                      Avadok Sorem  2 months back

                                      “There is no such thing as bad publicity, but it only works when the product is good.”

                                      Then please explain why Hatred was in your Top 5 Worst games list at one point despite being very financially successful.

                                      • Ace Player
                                        Ace Player  2 months back


                                        • Highlander
                                          Highlander  2 months back

                                          Burnout 2 and Turok were Awesome!

                                          • MrFlipperInvader792
                                            MrFlipperInvader792  2 months back

                                            0:28 why doesnt he say retarded anymore? :(

                                            • TehZee
                                              TehZee  2 months back

                                              Y'know it's a real tragedy what happened with Acclaim.. I mean, from my perspective they were responsible for some of my favorite games in my earlier to mid childhood..
                                              And... Then everything suddenly went wrong seemingly overnight and even I started rolling my eyes whenever I heard about something new of theirs... Around the time of Turok 3 if memory serves...

                                              • ekf5018
                                                ekf5018  2 months back

                                                YES! I love these ‘Let’s all laugh at an industry-’ videos

                                                • Klishar122
                                                  Klishar122  2 months back

                                                  "A motorized version of the Purge."

                                                  So, Boston then?

                                                • Sam Tamplin
                                                  Sam Tamplin  2 months back

                                                  "I mean what the fuck, your honor" tickled me a bit 😂

                                                  • skyler mosby
                                                    skyler mosby  3 months back

                                                    Now do Rockstar

                                                    • Klosteinmann
                                                      Klosteinmann  2 months back

                                                      Pretty simple ever saw a squirrel on RC vehicle yeah it's like that! Like look at our Stick then consequently digging their own grave after releasing their first live service game but I'm pretty sure not every other big publisher does that. That would be baloneey *glances at EA, Ubisoft, Valve, Activision, Square Enix, Epic Games* and they constantly try to blow out their candle on their birthday party when we quiuetly all know that's always the same cake just with a differnt topping.

                                                  • Ryusuta
                                                    Ryusuta  3 months back

                                                    I don't know what you're talking about. I think they lived up to their moniker of "Ack, lame!" admirably.

                                                    • Avi Haltmann CTSW
                                                      Avi Haltmann CTSW  3 months back

                                                      Funny enough, I went on a gap year program called Aardvark purely because it would be the top search

                                                      • LordYggdrasill
                                                        LordYggdrasill  3 months back

                                                        I wouldn't be opposed to naming my son Turok.

                                                        • Jefferson Maverick
                                                          Jefferson Maverick  3 months back

                                                          Corrections: The dead goat was for GOW2. The Shadow Man 2 campaign had actual volunteers, but it would've required too much workload to do so. Gladiator was thought of, but thankfully didn't go through (Quite ahead of its time despite its idiocy). BMX XXX is a fascinating story on its own.

                                                          Yeah, Acclaim weren't the brightest lamps around. Only most of their N64 and GC outputs & Fur Fighters were worth it in the end. Good riddance. Hacklame is more appropriate.

                                                          • Jefferson Maverick
                                                            Jefferson Maverick  1 months back

                                                            The fuck? Never heard of that before.

                                                          • Jonah Falcon
                                                            Jonah Falcon  2 months back

                                                            Too bad Yahtzee didn't mention that the event also had women with their tits out hired by Sony too.

                                                        • Jeff Bumgravy
                                                          Jeff Bumgravy  3 months back

                                                          I liked Acclaim's insanity

                                                          • VeNoMziV
                                                            VeNoMziV  3 months back

                                                            Haha what a good video

                                                            • TSH
                                                              TSH  3 months back

                                                              Bethesda offered free games to anyone willing to name their child dovakhin

                                                              • Brithwyr
                                                                Brithwyr  3 months back

                                                                Wow. Yahtzee does more research than actual game journalists.

                                                                • A C
                                                                  A C  3 months back

                                                                  How did you actually miss the best part? Acclaim tried to get its way back into the industry after going bankrupt and subsequently getting their company back somehow and tried getting into the whole free mmo craze, only to go bankrupt yet again. For real, though, what happened to Turok was a shame. I thought 1, 2 and rage wars were both amazing games. Shame 3 and evolution were such massive disasters.

                                                                  • BioActiveScout 629
                                                                    BioActiveScout 629  3 months back

                                                                    Yahtzee you prat, there was practically no error in Turok: Evolution besides that marketing campaign

                                                                    • Mrkabrat
                                                                      Mrkabrat  3 months back

                                                                      Reality surpasses fiction in such ways I never thought possible

                                                                      • Umar Wazir
                                                                        Umar Wazir  3 months back

                                                                        The jingle is back! Yay!

                                                                        • S'Jet Xie
                                                                          S'Jet Xie  3 months back

                                                                          Please make an episode of retarded moment with Zoe Quinn

                                                                          • Ray Caster
                                                                            Ray Caster  1 months back

                                                                            S'Jet Xie the new management at the escapist (and Moviebob) might not be happy with that.

                                                                        • Robson Pommer
                                                                          Robson Pommer  3 months back

                                                                          Jesus F Christ... though i knew those stories, i'd never realized they were all from Acclaim! Are you sure their P.R. weren't killing goats for Santa Monica studios?

                                                                          • sonicwingnut
                                                                            sonicwingnut  3 months back

                                                                            In the UK Acclaim basically became Atomic Planet - a company I had the misfortune to briefly work for (somehow getting in on a work experience job) in the early 2000s. While a few of the guys there were great I was stuck helping out on Miami Vice for PS2. Holy shit was that a dumpster fire of a game. They also told us at one point they wanted to make a Vietnam war FPS, but we had about 9 weeks to do it.. no that is not a typo. Basically there was some decent talent there but one of the producers was a complete arsehole with literally no idea what the fuck he was doing. They actually put me in a designer position which again was mental because I was pretty damn inexperienced.

                                                                            • Morgan Bush
                                                                              Morgan Bush  3 months back

                                                                              God, The Vicar of Dibley. That's a callback and a half.

                                                                              • Morgan Bush
                                                                                Morgan Bush  3 months back

                                                                                Please be... please be... please be... YES!

                                                                                • Aindreás The Vulgar Irishman

                                                                                  God I miss the Turok series... well the first 2 games... maybe the third, but only cause it had the gun that fired black holes. Remember how happy we were when Doom came back and we could kill interestingly designed demons again? No more shooting at little brown terrorists or fighting the same 4 types of zombie (normal, fast, tank, the one that explodes) over and over again. We actually had a proper fucking selection of enemies that we could fight with a fuckload of weapons that we could hold more than two of at a time.
                                                                                  Well, Turok had aliens of all shapes and sizes (cyborg insects, giant ape monsters, giant blind savages with super senses), time displaced barbarians and cybernetically enhanced dinosaur mutants! It also had like... ALL the weapons! When I think about the sheer variety of weapons in Turok 2 alone I can feel my trousers tightening. Name another FPS that has a Xena warrior princess Chakram and a portable Nuke rifle that kills every thing in your area of the map?! Not to mention the upgrades! Only game I know where you can get an upgraded version of the hand to hand weapon.

                                                                                  Anyway, I just want a complete revival of how we used to do FPS games back in the day with the tech we have now, is that so wrong?

                                                                                  • DataProwler
                                                                                    DataProwler  3 months back

                                                                                    Ah yes, I remember the conversation Yahtzee had with Vie during the Darksider 3 twitch post-ZP on this topic. Conversation was one of the more notable things that stream, with how the gameplay was. Or was it the Devil May Cry 5 post-ZP?

                                                                                    • SidheKnight
                                                                                      SidheKnight  3 months back

                                                                                      BMX XXX sounds like a fun game..

                                                                                      • sutta aur chai YT
                                                                                        sutta aur chai YT  3 months back

                                                                                        Abbe Randi ke bacche kya bakke ja Raha hai..