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By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on October 24, 2004   |   Episode 35 (Show Archive)  

   

Punk'd promises to allow you to piss off everybody from Adam West to that asshole from American Idol!
We were all pretty excited when we got the call from Ashton Kutcher. Although I had seen him on That 70s Show, I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan of his work. Sure he can be funny, and I find it more than a little humorous that he's practically engaged to somebody twice his age . but who am I to judge? If he wanted to talk to me, then why shouldn't I hear what he has to say?

His show, Punk'd, never appealed to me much. It takes the "high brow humor" of Candid Camera and turns it on the celebrity of the month. He harassed boy bands, kid actors, his co-stars on That 70s Show, and anybody else he could get a rise out of. But somehow none of this appealed to me, I just didn't find it entertaining or exciting. Maybe I just think these celebrities needs more than a joke played on them, some need a good boot to the head.

But that's really beside the point, because Ashton wasn't asking me to like his show, he was looking for me to pitch his product. Seeing how everybody else was cashing in on video games, Kelso decided to come up with his own . and with the help of his friends at Rockstar Games, Ashton Kutcher has finally developed MTV's Punk'd: the Video Game!

Just the very thought of a video game based on the mindless acts of Punk'd was enough to give me a Super Sized head ache! Sure I thought it was strange to see Jackass celebrated in the various Tony Hawk games, but is there really a market for a game about pissing off celebrities?


Much to our amazement there wasn't even an Xbox Live coupon in the box!
Although I had already pre-judged this game, I decided to give it a fair shake and simply wait until the game arrived before passing a final verdict. Three weeks I waited for the UPS man to deliver my shiny new copy of Punk'd, hoping to answer a number of my lingering concerns. I ripped open the box and tore through the Styrofoam peanuts looking for the Xbox game. I sucked the plastic off, and then quickly negotiated those annoying anti-theft strips and opened it up to find . nothing.

That's right; there was nothing in the case at all. No instruction manual, no game, nothing. Confused I went back to the box hoping to find an explanation. At the bottom of the box, under the shipping invoice and shipping peanuts I found a note from Ashton informing me that I had been Punk'd, and that they intended to sell the game with no disc or instruction manual as a "joke."

I figured the only right thing for me to do was try to spread the word so nobody is fooled, er . Punk'd into getting this game. Or any Olsen Twins game, 'Nsync interactive product, or really anything based on shows seen on Nickelodeon. This is your wake up call! But still, at least it's better than Mortal Kombat Advance.
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