Most online games are designed to be fun. They’re supposed to be a fun way to kill time when you’re on your lunch break (or not) at work, or when you’re taking public transit home from school.
But there are a rare few online PC games that are so frustrating that you can’t help but play them. These games are so stupidly difficult that players have formed a love/hate relationship with them over the years.
Ready to try your luck at some of the internet’s most frustrating online games? Check them out if you dare:
Known as FTL by its fans, Faster Than Light only emerged onto the frustrating gaming scene within the last year. In FTL, you outfit your ship with the best weapons, crew, and technology in the universe. As a space captain, your goal is to travel safely through the universe at light speed.
Unfortunately, no matter how much you prepare for your journey, you’re going to die at least a few times. There are hundreds of ways to die in FTL, and most of them, you won’t see coming. Frustrating? Yup. Addicting? Definitely.
I don’t know if Braid is as frustrating as the other games on this list, but it certainly hurts the head. Braid involves bending the laws of time, space, and physics. And yes, things can get complicated and frustrating.
Whether you’re an Ivy League graduate or just looking to challenge yourself, Braid is a small game with high value. Sure, it’s frustrating, but it’s also very rewarding.
I’ll prepare myself to be flamed by hundreds of fanboys for this one, but League of Legends is perhaps one of the most frustrating popular games on the internet today. Its popularity is part of the problem, as a battle-hardened player base frowns upon any newcomers who can’t understand the game’s complex MOBA playstyle.
The problem with League of Legends is that there is a cast of over 100 players. And if you haven’t specialized playing as one character who is useful, then what are you doing with your life? Sure, the game is free to play, but prepare to be flamed by angry nerds if you jump into a battle and don’t know what’s going on (which you won’t).
Day-Z is about as frustrating as the real world would be if a zombie apocalypse started today. Picture this: you wake up in the middle of a field with no items, no survival gear, no weapons, no map, and no idea where you are or where you should go. All you know is that there are thousands of zombies in the world around you, and that there are humans with guns also trying to kill you.
Yes, that’s what Day-Z is like. And even if you find helpful people in the game, they can stab you in the back at any moment without consequence. It’s a realistic zombie apocalypse simulation, which is to say that there are a thousand different ways to die and nobody lives for long.
Experienced internet users will have undoubtedly expected to find QWOP on this list. It’s the worst game on this list because it seems impossible at the start. At least the other games on this list give you a fighting chance and let you play for more than a few seconds without killing you.
In QWOP, users are given control of an athlete who is attempting to sprint 100m down a track. The Q and W keys on your keyboard control the left and right thighs, while the O and P keys control the calves. Sounds reasonable, right?
Well, just give it a try here. I’ll be here in 4 seconds when you click back and realize the game is impossible.
But here’s the thing: QWOP is not impossible. With the right dedication, you can actually get that frustrating, jittery-limbed gentleman to run 100m. Here’s a video of that feat in action:
You see? Anything is possible. Just because a game is frustrating doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to beat. On the other hand, who has 3 days to spend learning how to play some online game?