When Valve And MTV Approved The Lamest 'Crossover' Imaginable
A very long time ago, a really cool video game/interactive sandbox called Garry's Mod allowed for Half-Life 2 fans to create videos using the in-game models as well as the crazy spectrum of facial animations the game offered to create all sorts of in-engine videos. These ranged from that type of Internet comedy you can't explain why you liked back in the early '2010s …
… to surprisingly gritty and well-directed revenge dramas:
It might look and feel strange nowadays, but that opened the gates to a then entirely unknown form of entertainment. But that's not even the first time something of the sort was done. Disclaimer: get ready for a wave of cursed nostalgia that you'll probably need another 15 years to bury again.
Nearly half a decade prior, MTV2 had the bonkers idea of trying to get video game models to star in music videos for famous songs, regardless of how well the sounds meshed with the games in question. The developers were like,
are you high? yeah, sure.
Half-Life fans have spent their entire fan-life wondering about the origin and motivations of the G-Man, the most mysterious character in the Half-Life series (and gaming in general, if you forget that character from Pokémon whose name is straight-up "mysterious man"). While we can't provide any answers to those questions, we know he spends his spare time singing along to Breaking Benjamin.
This is all sorts of bonkers because Valve's a reclusive company known for protecting their characters under a big warm blanket sown from the fabric of mystery and elusiveness, so it begs the question: If Valve let that happen, then what the hell did other companies do?
You probably wouldn't be too surprised to learn the characters of Star Wars were being mistreated, so here's Anakin Skywalker begging to be taken out in front of a galactic audience.
Meanwhile, Rayne, the main character from the vampire hit BloodRayne, was performing a song from Evanescence.
Actually surprising is how Heuristic Park, the people behind 2005's Dungeon Lords, a game whose cover art looked like this:
Had its cast of DnD-style rough bros singing long to Hoobastank's "The Reason."
And before you angrily comment that there's no reason why anyone should be exposed to "The Reason" after so many years invested in a futile attempt to forget it, we'll remind you that it gets even worse. Here are the models from Spongebob Squarepants Battle For Bikini Bottom performing Blink 182's "All The Small Things."
That's an easy contender for the weirdest thing we've ever caught Spongebob doing, and we've caught him doing p**n and issuing death threats.
Top Image: MTV