Electronic Time Suckage

I saw this in another blog and it made me want to do one of my own.  The following is a top ten list (and an honorable mention) of my favorite video games.  I probably forgot something and will want to revise this list.  But as for now it stands thus:

Honorable Mention:
Aztec Challenge (1984, Commodore 64) This is the first video game I can remember playing.  And good news for all of you!  I found a link to play it on-line.  You’re welcome.

[Yeah, yeah–I skipped Atari.  I loved those games like Pac-Man, Asteroid, and Pong as much as anyone.  They’re just not included in this list.]

1. Bubble Bobble (1986, NES) I begged my parents for years to let me get a Nintendo.  And, right about when Super Nintendo was released, they acquiesed.  In my opinion one of the best games ever.  And I love the theme–it’s currently one of the ringtones on my cell phone.  Yay for baby lizards in diapers!

2. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (1997, PSOne)  My brother and I wore this game into the ground, playing constantly until we finally beat it.  Abe is one of the cutest video game heroes I’ve ever played.  You know, for a weird alieny guy.

3. Silent Hill (1999, PSOne) If you like scary games, this is definitely a series that you need to get into.  And out of all of them, the scariest is still the first.  Despite the PSOne platform and crappier graphics.  I mean, come on, little children run at you with knives.  That’s freakin’ terrifying.

4. The Sims (2000, PC) Who’d have thought that a game with no ending, where virtually nothing happens, could have become so popular.  Why do people like to create other people and watch them live out their day-to-day lives?  I don’t know.  But I love this game.

5. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001, XBox)  My favorite game to play with my brother.  Though the multiplayer on Halo 2 is better, the first game overall is the best.  (I haven’t played Halo 3 enough to judge whether it’s better than the first, though reviewers all say yes.)

6. Grand Theft Auto 3 (2001, PS2) The best thing about this game isn’t the missions, or the ending.  It’s turning on the “never arrested” cheat code and running through the city, killing everyone you can.  I have yet to get to the six-star wanted rating and, dang it, I’ve tried.

7. Morrowind: The Elder Scrolls III (2002, PC/Xbox) I never played this game correctly, but I loved it.  The point of the game is to fulfill quests and level, etc.  My brother and I would find cheat ways of leveling (1. Stand behind a non-moving NPC  while in stealth mode. 2. Go to sleep. 3. Next morning, hello super high stealth skill!) and run around the villages, stealing pretty much everything.  We had competitions to see who could steal the most stuff.  And for some reason, we focused on pillows.  It was like our thief calling card, to also steal the pillow of every house we hit.

8. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2003, GameCube)  I loved the main character to this game.  He was such a monkey.  I haven’t liked the following PoP games, simply because they frustrate me with their hard-to-see ledges and timing requirements.

9. World of Warcraft (2004, PC)  This game has been around awhile, but I’ve only recently gotten into it.  But you have to be careful with this game.  It will suck your soul.  I heard that a couple guys died because they wouldn’t stop playing to eat, sleep, or go to the bathroom.  I’m not sure if this is entirely true, but I can see how it could be.

10. Guitar Hero 2 (2006, PS2)  Though all Guitar Hero games are worth your money, the best of all is the second one.  I say this because I don’t like the Hammer on/pull off technique in the first game and the song list just isn’t as good in the third.

What are yours?

4 thoughts on “Electronic Time Suckage

  1. I'm a nerd, but I've never played much in the way of video games. We play Mario Smash with the kids. Does that count? (we bought a GameCube *just* for that game after J&C made us play it!)
    Ummm…Myst is the only computer game I've ever finished. Used to love PacMan.
    I just can't get the hang of the timing of jumping and turning and such.
    But if we ever get DSL or hi-speed out here, I'll join you in WoW, or at least give it a shot. It would be fun to play with friends!

  2. Mine are pretty boring. Dr. Mario and Tetris on Super NES. I haven't really played video games since Super NES. My husband is another story, but mostly I just watch him play games while I read and websurf.
    In college I played Unreal Tournament on my PC a lot.
    I have no sense of direction, so I've never gotten the hang of 3D games. I just get lost.

    • dr. mario is an awesome game! you might like the myst games. they are more puzzle solving and you don't really have the freedom of movement to get lost.

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