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Desc:LJN's downfall wasn't because of their games, it was because of their toy guns.
Category:Video Games, Business
Tags:Nintendo, NES, videogames, LJN
Submitted:sasazuka
Date:02/17/15
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Comment count is 18
chumbucket
It all started with the lazily inspired company name.
Scrimmjob
This guy is alright. He get's stars for not once going full AVGN in this video.
Quad9Damage
It's refreshing to see a game retrospective/review video that doesn't use forms of 'fuck' for every pause in a sentence. I think this is the direction all Internet video reviewers should turn if the trend has any life left.

CornOnTheCabre
eh, fuck that. this guy's cool though.

Jet Bin Fever
IT IS THE FAULT OF THE GAY PERVERSION STEALING GODS SYMBOL OF LOVE THE HOLY RAINBOW. IT IS NOW AN ABOMINATION BEFORE THE LORD. READ REVELATIONS!!!!!
oddeye
wtf is ljn?
Nominal
The first 5 results for LJN on google?

oddeye
it's a company that makes shit games like 99.99% of anything else. Sooooooooo??

baleen
The story is about a successful toy company that made some of the most memorialized toys of the 70's and 80's (and probably before, if you're older) falling to pieces because a movie studio decided to exploit it as a tentpole crap dispenser for their children's movie franchises.

It's kind of the story of capitalism and it's interesting.

oddeye
yeah, but what IS it?
Maggot Brain
Is this that thing they call fear? IS THIS THE SOUL OF MAN!!!!

Robin Kestrel
(Actual video game critiques start at 6:20.)
infinite zest
"I wish I could show you JAWS but my copy doesn't work anymore.."

Umm, way to keep it old school I guess but it's not that difficult to find an emulator or something.. I really liked T&C and Jaws, T&C mostly because it was my only game for the longest time from Goodwill. Could never beat Jaws. Like, COULD you beat Jaws? Anyway I had no idea about the waterguns or the paintball. Speaking of the paintball, did anyone have one? Did they hurt as much as a normal paintgun shot? I still have a scar from one of those things.

infinite zest
I seem to remember a period of time when EA were putting out equally shitty quality games in the 80s, like just because they had a couple of licenses and names they could use. Of course there were some blockbusters (mostly the unlicensed ones) that helped but it would've been interesting to see what LJN would've been like if it had begun a decade or so later with a lot more development manpower and resources at their disposal.

I remember Spirit of Speed 1937 very well.. I had to reluctantly review it and acclaim were pretty much bribing me for a good review with all the shit they sent. Instead I just focused on the mystery of LJN and gave the game itself a very ambiguous review (luckily we didn't use grades or stars) and avoided the mentioning the game almost completely.

sasazuka
I'd love to see someone make a better version of that SPIRIT OF SPEED 1937 game (made by some outfit called Broadsword Interactive but published by Acclaim under the LJN label, officially the final LJN game ever according to this video).

Having a racing game that's focused on 1930s racers was an awesome idea even if the execution, from what I've seen of it, is subpar compared to other fantastic Dreamcast racers like TEST DRIVE: LE MANS or FERRARI F355 CHALLENGE: PASSIONE ROSSA. If I saw it at a thrift store for under , I'd probably still pick it up, though.
infinite zest
heh.. w/r/t my comment above, that was pretty much what I said about the game: that it was cool to see a throwback like that with so many people trying to out-Gran Turismo/NFS each other.. for a critic I was probably too lenient, but everybody at Acclaim was so nice to me even if they churned out some shit.

Quad9Damage
LJN gets a lot of flak for their garbage video games. This is an important reminder that mistakes aren't always the fault of just one.

I also think "Nightmare on Elm Street" was one of their better games. Maybe that's because it was one of the titles Rare developed.
Scrimmjob
LJN takes a lot of heat, but there were many publishing houses that released just as steady a stream of shit games for the NES. Jaleco comes to mind. Even the shittiest still came up with some good stuff occasionally, which made deciding whether or not to rent a game even more frustrating.

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