Evil.JP: The Kusoge Chronicles – Shadows of the Damned

“Kusoge” (ku – soh – gay) is a Japanese term, deriving from the terms “kuso” (meaning “crap”) and “geemu” (meaning “game”). In other words, a crap game. In broader context, though, the term has been used with both revulsion and endearment, labeling licensed Famicom garbage such as Takeshi’s Challenge – which was reportedly designed while the famous comedian on which the game was based happened to be fully inebriated – to more modern titles that, for all their faults, manage to find followings in spite of them. In other words, something that’s “so bad, it’s good” – the game equivalent of the B-movie.

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