How Did This Get Made – BMX XXX

maxresdefault (8)

If you read EGM back in 2002 you probably remember ads for a game called BMX XXX, a BMX-based action sports title that boasted big ol’ breasts and not much else.

How did this game ever get made and why? BMX XXX came out in the fall of 2002 for Xbox, Playstation 2, and Gamecube. It was published by Acclaim Entertainment under their AKA Acclaim banner and developed by Z-Axis. Both companies would later close in 2010. Z-Axis was bought by Activision in 2002 and put out one final game, X-Men The Official Game. Canadian video game publisher Throwback Entertainment ended up buying Acclaim’s long list of games in 2010.

Back in 2002, Tony Hawk games were all the rage. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 had come out in 2001 and Neversoft was busy working on THPS 4. Everyone wanted in on that extreme youth culture who Drank mountain Dew, watched Stick Death for hours on end and looked at porn on Newgrounds. Z-Axis had a few hits with Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 1 and 2 and some misses, Thrasher presents Skate and Destroy and Aggressive Inline. I quite enjoyed the Dave Mirra franchise despite growing up to be a “skate or die” kid who hated when BMXers would show up at our skate parks. My eleven-year-old self never did think the game needed some hi-polygon-def titties but apparently, someone out there did and thus BMX XXX was born.

BMX XXX promised nudity, foul language, and adult humor. You could create a female character that went fully topless and view live-action video clips of real life strippers, who also showed off their bare breasts.

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending how you look at it, the game was censored on the Playstation 2 in North America but the Gamecube and Xbox version featured full on nudity. How strange is it that a console that birthed Grand Theft Auto 3 would deny nudity, but family friendly Nintendo allowed it.

The game had a ton of publicity. I couldn’t open a gaming magazine back in 2002 without seeing the XXX letters in bright red against a black background. Unsurprisingly the game received just awful negative reviews and had horrible sales.

Rumors have it that the was styled after a raunchy sexy comedy movie due to the fact the game was shaping up to be an extremely subpar game. Nothing gets the kids more excited than seeing some boobs fall off a bicycle. In an effort to salvage the time and money already invested in a mediocre BMX game, vulgar humor and naked women were added to muster up some publicity in what was supposed to turn into sales. Originally it was even going use Dave Mirra’s name until he heard about the contents of the game. He refused to endorse the product and took legal action against Acclaim. He won and the company was forced to drop his name from the title. Well played Dave, well fucking played.

The game sold under 100,000 copies with Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and most major IEMA retailers refusing to sell the game altogether.

This game had disaster written all over it and just thinking about it makes me want to hang my head in shame. I can’t remember how I convinced my mom to buy me the game but she did. She was one of those cool moms.

The only positive thing about this entire game is the soundtrack. It had all my favorite pop-punk songs including “Cute Without The E” – Taking Back Sunday, “My Friends Over You” – New Found Glory, and “Basket Case” – Green Day. It also featured “Girls, Girls, Girls”  by Motley Crue, because of course it fucking did.

 The game is going for $65.99 New and $9.99 on Amazon but you’re better off saving your money. Sex sells unless you’re trying to sexify weird clay models on bicycles.

Next week I’ll be taking a look at Playboy: The Mansion and Leisure Suit Larry: Manga Cum Laude. Two other awful titles that 12-year-old me thought were really stupid and you should most definitely not buy.

Brock McLaughlin

Brock McLaughlin

Brock McLaughlin 🕹 🎮 Twitter @brockmclaughlin New Media (B)Rockstar. Blogger. Video Gamer. Podcaster at the Game Moose. UnBrocxer. Host/Producer at @comedygamers4u. Somewhat Charming.

Leave a Response