As someone who once spent the better part of a weekend trying to get C.J. to jump his damn motorcycle into the cargo jet already, I know a little bit about the conundrum of the impossible video game.  I never beat the final levels of ‘Punch-Out’ back in the day, mostly because I was playing ExciteBike instead.  For that matter, I’ve never completed ‘Knights Of Cydonia’ on hard difficulty in Guitar Hero, but I spent a lot of time trying, leading to today’s dynamic difficulty query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) actually gave up after my first couple of tries at the underwater level of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ for the NES and played ‘Sim City’ instead, asking: What digital entertainment is the most IMPOSSIBLE video game of them all?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. First place on my wall of shame of “never beaten” video games is TMNT 1 on NES. But some day I will, I’ve promised myself that and still got working console to do that.

    I used to play Punch Out so much as a kid that I still show off occasionally to my buddies wherever I happen to run into it and beat Mike Tyson. Timing and patterns are so ingrained in my muscle memory I still can do it, even if I’m not quite as quick anymore.

    Btw, password directly to Mike Tyson fight is 007 373 5963. I’ll never forget it.

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