There's a pretty good chance you're familiar with Angry Birds, seeing as it recently passed the holy-frak milestone of a billion downloads. So you've probably been in the situation where you've been forced to use the Red Bird to take out the pigs and their poorly crafted fortresses. This can be a frustrating situation for even the most hardcore of Angry Bird aficionados, because unlike its multi-colored companions, the Red Bird is completely useless. Director Kevin Smith said it best when he voiced his frustration with the Red bird, saying "I hate the lies of Angry Birds. I hate them like I hate the useless Red Bird that does nothing if you touch the screen. Accelerate, drop a bomb, explode, or get [out] of my army."
Roman Bellic, cousin to Nico Bellic—the European badass you control in Grand Theft Auto IV—is an intensely frustrating character. He manages to reach a level of annoying that would've been impressive if it weren't so, you know, annoying. It's like developer Rockstar Games threw Roman in to remind the player that life isn't all fun and games; there's bowling with your cousin, too. If I'm in the middle of running down pedestrians in an ambulance while going in reverse down a busy street and firing rockets at the cars behind me, the last thing I want to do is pick up my cousin so I can babysit him for twenty minutes.
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Starfox? If you answered "Do a barrel roll!" then bravo, you passed my first test. Now what's the second thing that comes to mind? It's Slippy, the most useless member of the prestigious Star Fox crew, right? I can't tell you how many times I fought off the urge to shoot him right out of the sky. More than once I found myself with his plane in my sights, my finger aching as it slowly crept toward the trigger, and every time he begged me to save him I felt my determination to be a team player crack a little.