Retro Game Fans Get Riled Up by the Twitter Poll from Hell

Retro Game Fans Get Riled Up by the Twitter Poll from Hell

You need to make a choice. What's it gonna be, kid?

I'm not a coward, I've just never been tested

I'd like to think that if I was, I would pass

Look at the tested and think, "There but for the grace go I"

Might be a coward

I'm afraid of what I might find out

While you were May-the-fourthing your way into Star Wars comedy oblivion yesterday, Twitter's retro gaming community burned merry hell thanks to a poll erected by one Eric "Nintendo Legend" Bailey.

Bailey is infamous for his troll-ish Twitter polls, each of which ask some manner of Sophie's Choice-style question. His latest project is asking the internet for its opinion on the "worst" NES game, then lists games that are the polar opposite of bad.

For example, on May 3 he asked, "Which NES game is the worst?" The answers were "Mario 3," "Kirby's Adventure," and "Contra," because everyone loves moral conundrums about whether it's ethical to run over one person with a trolley to save five people tied to the branching track.

Still, people grit their teeth and voted out Contra without losing too much sleep. So Bailey decided to up the ante.

The response was immediate and furious.

I admittedly voted, because a little pain makes me feel alive. But I reminded Bailey his actions are not going unnoticed by the very eyes of Notre Dame.

Human history (and Persona games) dictates that people's dark sides will inevitably spill out when they're faced with a conflict. As the voting war between the games heat up, friend turned against friend, and neighbor scorned neighbor.

Other participants fell into the black tar of nihilism.

But most of us ultimately acknowledged that Super Mario Bros 3 is the not-worst NES game, though it hurt our very souls to vote against the Blue Bomber.

You will answer for your sins, Eric.

Bailey is already suffering, as Twitter clearly voted against his own preferred game. That's what happens when you dabble in the black arts, son.

Astute USgamer readers will notice I voted Super Mario Bros 3 over Mega Man 2. Like everyone else, I was darkly compelled to make a choice, though it was a bit like choosing between oxygen and water. I just had to give the nod to Super Mario Bros 3, though: It's a more influential game than Mega Man 2, and my personal history with Mario's third adventure runs incredibly deep. I actually didn't play Mega Man 2 until I'd already tucked away Mega Man 3 and 4.

When you're faced with a conundrum of this magnitude, your final choice is swayed by the small things like "How nostalgic am I for this game, exactly?"

…Also, Super Mario Bros 3 is much more visually interesting than Mega Man 2. Fite me.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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