Beavis and Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity

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Beavis and Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity
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North American packaging of Beavis and Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity
Developer(s)ICOM Simulations (Credited as Viacom New Media)
Publisher(s)
  • NA: Viacom New Media
  • EU: Viacom New Media
  • JP: B-Factory
SeriesBeavis and Butt-Head
Platform(s)
ReleasePC
  • NA: August 31, 1995
  • EU: 1995
PlayStation
  • JP: January 29, 1998
Genre(s)Adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

Beavis and Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity is a point and click adventure computer game based on the American animated television series created by Mike Judge, Beavis and Butt-Head, that was developed by ICOM Simulations and published by Viacom New Media. It was released on August 31, 1995.[1]

It featured vocals from the series' cast of voice actors, including Mike Judge.[2] Besides the main game, four mini-games are featured, called Hock-A-Loogie, Court Chaos, Bug Justice, and Air Guitar.

The main game plots the two main characters, Beavis and Butt-Head, trying to get into Todd's gang. Over the course of the game, they have to complete tasks[3] and explore areas in the fictional town of Highland, Texas.

It was originally released on the PC. A CD-i port of Virtual Stupidity was planned but was cancelled due to falling sales of the console. A Sony PlayStation port was released exclusively in Japan in 1998 with dubbed voice acting by Owarai duo London Boots Ichi-gō Ni-gō.

Plot[edit]

The game starts with Beavis and Butt-Head working at Burger World. They are met by Todd, who threatens them. Despite this, Beavis and Butt-Head like Todd because of his power and consider him "cool." They decide to try to join Todd's gang.

At Highland High, the duo are forced to stay in Science Class and dissect a frog. Eventually, they manage to skip class after lying to the science teacher that they are going to the bathroom. They manage to slip from school after spitting on Principal McVicker from the school rooftop, causing him to leave the school entrance.

From then on, Beavis and Butt-Head explore various areas from Highland, including their house, BurgerWorld, the park, and Maxi-Mart, completing various tasks, in order to get closer to Todd and his gang.

Music videos[edit]

Three full-length music videos (with included commentary by Beavis and Butt-Head) are viewable on various television sets in the game:

  1. GWAR – "Saddam a Go-Go"
  2. Primus – "DMV"
  3. Sausage – "Riddles Are Abound Tonight"

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PC Gamer (US)90%[4]
Next Generation4/5 stars[5]
Computer Games Strategy Plus4/5 stars[6]
Computer Game Review85/65/78[7]
PC EntertainmentC[8]
Award
PublicationAward
PC Gamer USBest Adventure Game 1995[9]

According to senior artist Tom Zehner, Virtual Stupidity achieved sales above 100,000 units.[10] The game was a commercial success.[11]

Virtual Stupidity received mostly positive reviews from video game magazines and websites. It held a 76.86% average at GameRankings based on seven reviews.[1] Reviewing the PC version, a reviewer for Next Generation said it "may be one of the funniest games to ever hit store shelves." He applauded the game for "flawlessly" recreating the look, sound, and humor of the TV show while having enough strong gameplay to make it stand on its own as an outstanding adventure game. He scored it 4 out of 5 stars.[5]

PC Gamer US named Virtual Stupidity the best adventure game of 1995. The editors wrote, "This game is a textbook example of the right way to bring material from another medium to PC gaming."[9] In 1998, the magazine declared it the 24th-best computer game ever released, and the editors called it "a great piece of adventure gaming".[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Beavis and Butt-head in Virtual Stupidity for PC". GameRankings. Archived from the original on July 31, 2016. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  2. ^ Jeffrey Adam Young (May 1, 1996). "B&B-H: Virtual Stupidity Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  3. ^ Rob Michaud (October 10, 2003). "Review: Beavis & Butthead in Virtual Stupidity". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  4. ^ Bennett, Dan (February 1996). "Beavis & Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity". PC Gamer US. Archived from the original on March 11, 2000. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Uh... That's Cool". Next Generation. Imagine Media (14): 174. February 1996.
  6. ^ Staff (February 10, 1996). "Beavis and Butthead in Virtual Stupidity". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on October 7, 1997. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Snyder, Frank; Chapman, Ted; Honeywell, Steve (January 1996). "Dillweed's Delight". Computer Game Review. Archived from the original on December 21, 1996. Retrieved June 5, 2019.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  8. ^ St. John, Donald (February 1996). "Beavis and Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity". PC Entertainment. Archived from the original on October 18, 1996. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Editors of PC Gamer (March 1996). "The Year's Best Games". PC Gamer US. 3 (3): 64, 65, 67, 68, 71, 73–75.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20170701061735/http://www.tomzehner.com/virtualstupidity.html
  11. ^ Scorpia (May 1996). "You Have No Clue?; Crystal Ball". Computer Gaming World (142): 111.
  12. ^ The PC Gamer Editors (October 1998). "The 50 Best Games Ever". PC Gamer US. 5 (10): 86, 87, 89, 90, 92, 98, 101, 102, 109, 110, 113, 114, 117, 118, 125, 126, 129, 130.

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