“What is your favorite game for every year you’ve been alive?”

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:

“What is your favorite game for every year you’ve been alive?”

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.


  1. 1988 was SMB 2 for me! It was rough to figure out 1980-1985 before the advent of Nintendo, but the 90s were easy peasy since they were the golden age of gaming.

    I looks like I finally lost! I was the reigning oldest blogger I saw to post this, but I must bow to you now. Gah…and I thought 1980-85 was rough for finding games o.O

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    • Aw, shoot. If anything, I’m in awe of all the bloggers who have posted their own lists, young and old. And I can’t wait to read yours! (We have a damn fine community here!) Don’t give up on those early years for yourself. You’ll find games that fit!

      The only reason that the older games stick out in my mind is because I was out nearly out of grade school when we got our first Atari, and it came with all those old games. And I was *still* playing them when the NES first came out! So those first few years were the easiest for me. Most of the 90s were pretty easy as well, as you say, thanks to Nintendo.

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    • Thanks much! I first debated doing this list in terms of how old I “feel” versus how old I “am.” The latter won out only because they didn’t have video games in Ancient Greece. 😛

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    • Thanks! It was a really fun and interesting list to compile, because some of the years had immediate answers, especially the early ones and all those Nintendo years. But there were several lulls that required a lot of memory-jogging, like the mid 1980s and the last handful of years (because I’ve haven’t been investing in many new games of late, and those that I have I wouldn’t call favorites. *ahem* ME: Andromeda *ahem*)

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  2. Great list and I like your spin on it with purchasing and playing within that year. I think I’d be awful at that as I seem to play less and less within the year that they were released. Some I buy within the year they were released but actually getting round to playing them that year doesn’t always happen…

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    • That’s exactly why I had a bit of trouble coming up with games for the most recent years. (I mean, I enjoyed Yoshi’s Woolly World, but there were older games I played in 2015 that I enjoyed quite a bit more.) I think I can count on one hand the number of games I’ve purchased *at launch* in the past five years. It’s easy to amass games but difficult finding the time to play them, as you say. That’s a most unfortunate side effect of being an adult. 🙂

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    • Surely there must be someone out there who can take the list back to Pong, or even earlier!

      And hey, you asked an awesome “Big Question,” so thank YOU for that! This was kind of like putting together a personal gaming genealogy. Sometimes it helps to remember were you were to understand where you’re going…in games and life. 🙂

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