I’m butting in on this glorious Monday morning to bring you some breaking news! Um…well…IT’S BIG! AND IT’S BREAKING!
Okay, so there is no news. None at all. The world still sucks and you’re alive.
Ew. Sorry. That was rather negative…just the sucking part. I’m glad that you’re still alive. Hmph. Maybe this is not a glorious Monday after all. Or, maybe it is. Because thanks the grand proliferation of ideas within this here blogosphere, The Well-Red Mage has infiltrated the ranks with another intriguing “Asking Big Questions,” this time in the form of a challenge. The fifth big question is:
Having only issued the challenge a mere week or so ago, my feed has been recently populated with numerous responses from numerous bloggers. Oh, and what fun lists they have all offered up! As someone who works (and occasionally lives) in the past, every list brought forth some new revelation about one’s personal gaming history, as well as gaming history generally. As such, I simply had to join in the celebration of the uniqueness of gamers.
But because I can’t do anything right, and because I have control issues, I had to go and put my own spin on the list, which will reveal itself should you chose to venture forth.
I’ve really nothing more to say, so without any further nonsense, here’s my list of favorite games for each year I’ve inhabited this round planet.
1975 – What the hell is a “video game?”
1976 – ditto
1977 – I dunno. I think there was a Pinball game released around this time? We had some kind of Pinball game for the Atari, and it was fairly primitive. So there. Pinball…maybe? I do enjoy a good pinball game, virtual or real.
1978 – Space Invaders
1979 – Asteroids, and omg, how terrible I was but still loved it so!
1980 – Pac-Man
1981 – Galaga, Galaga, G-A-L-A-G-A!!!!!!
1982 – Xevious
1983 – Dolphin
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…fucking Dolphin??! My final answer is Pole Position II.
1984 – Donkey Kong Jr. (Game & Watch)
1985 – Super Mario Bros.
1986 – Q*Bert
1987 – Double Dragon
1988 – Not a clue. But whatever it could be, it’s definitely NOT Assault. NOT ASSAULT IN A MILLION DAMN YEARS!
1989 – Prince of Persia
1990 – Super Mario Bros. 3
1991 – Super Mario World
1992 – Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
1993 – I love DOOM. DOOM-y, DOOM, DOOM.
1994 – Super Metroid, always and forever.
1995 – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
1996 – Street Fighter Alpha 2
I’m compelled to mention that, at this point, the list takes a turn, because in 1997 I received my very own N64 – didn’t have to share it with anyone and games didn’t have to be vetted by my parents. It was MINE! ALL MINE! Mwahahahahahahaha!
Anyhoo, from 1997 on, my goal is to name favorite games that I actually purchased and played in the year they were released.
1997 – Yoshi’s Story (yes, yes, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Final Fantasy VII. But see, I didn’t actually buy them or the PS1 I played them on, so… Also, Super Mario 64? If I had only had the N64 a year earlier.)
1998 – Banjo-Kazooie
1999 – Shit. Donkey Kong 64 wins by default, thanks to my stupidass rule. Not that it’s a terrible game, but a favorite? Eh.
2000 – Banjo-Tooie
2001 – Conker’s Bad Fur Day
2002 – Kingdom Hearts (if only in spirit)
2003 – The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
2004 – Fable
2005 – LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
2006 – New Super Mario Bros.
2007 – The World Ends with You (See, my damn rule trumps Mass Effect because I didn’t play the game until a year later. Dammit, Jim!)
2008 – Grand Theft Auto IV
2009 – Uncharted 2 and Fable 2 because I’m weak. SO WEAK! (Also, why no Dragon Age: Origins? See 2007. This list is so weird now.)
2010 – Red Dead Redemption
2011 – Batman: Arkham City
2012 – I’ll tell you what it’s not, and that’s fucking Epic Mickey 2. Fuck that game. I’m going with Sleeping Dogs. (Note: if I had actually played Borderlands 2 at release, it’d probably be my pick.)
2013 – Grand Theft Auto V
2014 – South Park: The Stick of Truth
2015 – Yoshi’s Woolly World
2016 – NOTHING! I didn’t purchase a single new game in 2016! What the hell was I playing, then? Ohhhh, Twilight Princess, that’s what.
2017 – South Park: The Fractured But Whole
2018 – Looking in the crystal ball, I’m betting on Red Dead Redemption 2, so long as it’s not a no-show.
T’would be interesting to revisit this list in another 20 years. If I’m still alive then. I’ll be glad if I am, and I hope you will be, too. Alive and glad.