You might have thought that there could be no more boring video game than 'Desert Bus' - the game where you have to drive a bus, across the desert, for hours, for no reason.
Indeed it would be hard to get more boring, since that game was specifically intended to be comically mind-numbing, for charity.
But as it turns out there is actually an entire genre of games - labelled "anti-games" - which are designed to be terrible. And now Wired UK has introduced us to the latest entrant in this diabolical race to the bottom, by covering the malevolent dark force that is... 'Waiting In Line 3D'.
Above: Waiting In Line 3D
At first glance, the game looks like a standard Doom-clone, albeit an authentically retro one. You view the game in the first-person, and underneath you have a standard health bar, timer and score.
But when you try to use the movement keys to escape the line of faceless people in front of you, and fail to move at all, you realise the awful truth: there is nothing to do here but wait and listen to the god-awful music that constantly plays in the background. You cannot move (though you can look behind you), you cannot jump, you cannot shoot. All you do is wait, and regularly punch yourself in the face to stay awake.
The trick is to manage your self-punches at a rate that means you (a) don't die and (b) don't fall asleep. The whole thing is so appallingly bad and boring that it's actually a pretty entertaining experience, for 15 seconds. Then you want to... well, hit yourself.
"The game isn't interesting, exciting or fun," the game's inventor, Rajeev Basu, said to Wired UK. "I think we succeeded."
Pokemon X & Y (Nintendo 3DS)
The latest Pokemon is the best yet, adding totally revamped and (partially) 3D graphics, great new pocket-monsters to collect, handy experience-sharing features and - as ever - hugely addictive quests to build you team and defeat whoever, for whatever reason. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/04/pokemon-x-y-review-3ds_n_4037123.html" target="_blank">We loved it in our review</a>, and for Pokemon fans it's a must.
Forza 5 (Xbox One)
Forza 5 is the Xbox One's flagship release racer, and it looks utterly amazing in person. The graphics and handling really are a step above anything you could have seen on the previous generation, and it gives us hope that there's a lot more graphical and mechanical power to wring from the next-gen in the year's to come.
Killzone: Mercenary (PS Vita)
Sony's handheld games machine hasn't had a lot of stand-out AAA games this year (indies is a different story). But the latest Killzone was different. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/11/killzone-mercenary-review_n_3906328.html" target="_blank">It's a rock-solid, feature complete FPS</a> with a dramatic (if silly) storyline, clever level design and touch-enabled features that make the best of the PS Vita's unique hardware.
Dead Rising 3 (Xbox One)
There are a few key things that the next-gen consoles enable you to do. One of them is mow down literally hundreds - <em>literally</em> hundreds - of zombies at once in a tank attached to a deadly fireworks rocket. It's amazing fun - shallow? Yes. Hilarious? Also yes.
Bioshock Infinite (Multi-Platform)
Bioshock Infinite came out much earlier this year - but Christmas is a perfect time to finally pick it up and give it the time it deserves. With an amazingly engaging storyline and rock-solid combat mechanics, it's hard to find fault with a landmark game of the generation. And with the new DLC - which takes you back to the underwater world of the previous two Bioshock games - there's never been a better reason to play it through again.
The Last Of Us (PS3)
Critically lauded at the time of its release, and rightly so, The Last Of Us is another gold-plated classic of the generation - and Christmas is exactly the right time to go back and see why it made such an impact for yourself.
Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo Wii U)
The new 3D Super Mario game is the best in the long-running plumber's series of Princess (or in this case, fairy) rescuing adventures in years. The 3D worlds themselves are charming, fun, fast and creative. It's a riot in multiplayer, and the new "Cat" power-up is adorable.
Make no mistake - the PS4 has its share of big-budget AAA games at launch. But this family-oriented 3D platform adventure is up there with the best of them thanks to its beautiful next-gen graphics, attractive and welcoming design and innovative use of the PS4's raw power to tell a story - as well as render amazing chainsaws.
Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One)
The idea of Zoo Tycoon might not set your heart racing. But trust us - there's something about building an ethical animal park with nothing but 12 kinds of bear, which you can feed with your own hands thanks to the new Kinect - which is oddly, totally thrilling.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Multi-Platform)
The new Assassin's Creed <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/30/assassins-creed-4-uk-review_n_4177896.html" target="_blank">is a snappy, fast and engaging open-world title</a> which rejects the last instalment's lumbering story for a truly free, fun and exciting adventure.