Although not live on a front page update yet, regular forumites were keen to point out that we've reached our 50th entry on Your Weekly Kusoge. I hadn't even been counting! Looking through the staff forum it seems we were discussing the regular feature as far back as 2010, and now it's the 3rd Google result for the word "kusoge". To celebrate I've scanned an interesting article from Electronic Gaming Monthly 159, and I pose a mystery: who is Richard Del Medio?
In October 2002 issue (#159) of EGM there was an article on How Bad Games Get Made. It was written by a games developer under the pseudonym Richard Del Medio. His case example was a terrible game he worked for the N64 - a movie license, from a recent cinema flop. For a long time I thought it was Superman, the worst game on the N64. But that hadn't seen a film release for years. Then I searched through N64 magazine, and realised there was a terrible adaptation of Blues Brothers 2000. It received low scores and seems to match what few details we're given.
To be honest, this is one of the best features I've read in EGM. They tended not to do features like EDGE or GamesTM today do, focusing instead of straight game coverage, but this was an interesting look at how bad games could get made - and it also provides juicy inside gossip about the mysterious game in question.
I couldn't find a credits listing for Blues Brothers 2000 on MobyGames, but the more I think about it, the more likely this seems. Of course it could have been Superman, or another license. We won't know unless Richard Del Medio comes forward. In the meantime, right click these images into new tabs so they're big enough to read, enjoy an inside look at development of a crappy game, and then browse some of the atrocities on our YWK pages.