Saturday, 6 February 2016

My Top Ten Video Games

My Top Ten Favourite Video Games

There is something about immersing yourself in an alternative, interactive world that is awesome. That's my excuse for the huge number of hours I've wasted playing video games over the years, at any rate. If it wasn't for the arrival of seventh gen gaming, and obligatory contact with other human beings to complete quests - as though the whole point wasn't to sit alone in your bedroom, completely cut off from the outside world - I'd probably be a hardcore gamer today.

As it is, I've sold off all my games and consoles, and replaced them with miniature replicas. Seriously. Check out the Nintendo History Collection from Takara and, even better, the Sega History Collection by Yujin. I just need the Sega Mega Drive now and I'll have the full set!

Sega History Collection console by Yujin
1/6 scale Sega Mega Drive, Mega CD and 32X picture from the Sega Memories blog. The detail on these miniatures is so amazing - the cartridges are interchangeable, and all the wires can be unplugged!

Anyway, back to the games. In no particular order we have...



#10. Lemmings

Nothing says fun like marching small innocent creatures to their death. The game was originally released for Amiga, PC and the Atari ST in February 1991, but went on to become one of the most widely ported games in history. We had the Sega Mega Drive version and many happy - if frustrating - hours of my life were spent murdering lemmings.


#9. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
Originally released for Sony's Playstation in August 1999, Tony Hawk's Skateboarding, as it was known in the UK, quickly became a video game staple. The games had great soundtracks, fun gameplay, and copious amounts of blood to punish your virtual character for failing you, over and over again.


Pokemon Yellow
#8. Pokemon
I loved Pokemon. I watched the show, collected the trading cards, and thought Pikachu was the best thing since sliced bread. The problem was that I hated the Game Boy with its tiny little screen. Nintendo came to my rescue with the Transfer Pak bundled with 2000's Pokemon Stadium. It meant I could play Pokemon Yellow - clearly the best of the Game Boy releases - on the TV via my beloved limited edition Pickachu Nintendo 64. Happy days!


#7. Resort World
It's almost embarrassing how much I loved this online simulation game from Game Insight. Basically an earlier version of Paradise Island, it was released to Facebook and VK, and you could also play via Gaia Online. Play I did; I logged in every day for years to keep my holiday resort ticking over. I still haven't forgiven whoever it was who made the decision to pull the plug back in 2012.


#6. Banjo-Kazooie
Banjo-Kazooie, a Nintendo 64 exclusive released in 1998, has a plot. What it is exactly is neither clear nor important - all that mattered was getting past each puzzle, and not being driven insane by the in-game music...


Tetris Logo
#5. Tetris
Tetris, along with vodka, matryoska dolls, and the Buranovskiye Babushki, is one of the greatest things Russia has given to the world. Originally released in 1984, it was the brainchild of Alexey Pajitnov who, despite creating one of the most popular video games of all time, only began seeing royalties for the game in the 1990s. Still, it did bring a whole new meaning to the phrase: Be there, or be square...


#4. Farmville
There are better games, much better games, but Farmville got me through morning (i.e. all day and all night) sickness, so it will always have a special place in my heart.


#3. Shenmue
Shenmue is one of the greatest games ever made - and it's not just me who says so. You play as Ryo, a teenage boy intent on avenging his murdered father. Allegedly. In truth, Ryo seems more interested in collecting gashapon (capsule toys), racing a forklift at his part-time job, and getting his butt kicked by sukeban (school girl delinquents). That's what makes the game so much fun though. You have a bit of everything; random chit chat with the old people who work on the market stalls, feeding a cute homeless kitten you find at the local Shinto shrine, and you can even get Sega Saturn games to play on the console back home in Ryo's dining room. It's so meta I can't even.

Originally released in Europe back in December 2000, on the ill-fated Sega Dreamcast, some awesome news came out of Japan last year. Shenmue III is in development after a massively successful crowdfunding campaign, and is slated for release to PC and PS4 in late 2017. Fingers crossed they'll be porting the first two games at some point too!


Final Fantasy VII
#2. Final Fantasy VII
The Final Fantasy series has been going since 1987 but VII, released for the Playstation in 1997, is where it's at for me. The storyline is fairly involved for a video game, with the corrupt Shinra Corporation conducting weird human experiments and draining the life force from the planet in its never ending quest for profit. Last year it was announced the game is getting a high definition remaster for the PS4. It's like fate is telling me which console I ought to be buying, or something.


Sonic the Hedgehog
#1. Sonic the Hedgehog
As a Sega kind of gal Sonic will always be my video game mascot. It's hard to believe that everybody's favourite blue hedgehog has been around since 1991, when the first game in the franchise was released. It was the first video game I ever really played, and each subsequent release features large in the memories of each section of my life. 

I'll just share my favourite piece of Sonic trivia though - the 'Sega' noise you got when the game loaded up apparently took up 1/8 of the space on the 4 megabit cartridge. To put that in some sort of context, on a cheap 2GB memory stick you could store that same 'Sega' noise 32,000 times. Man, I feel old now! :)



What is your favourite video game?






If you liked this, why not follow me at -
Follow     


Keep Calm and Carry On Linking SundayNew Mummy Blog

30 comments:

  1. OMG! I loved Lemmings! When I was a kid we had a Commador Amiga and I used to play a game called the Newzealand Story with Tiki the Kiwi! I also had a megadrive so I loved Sonic and Crash Bandicoot too. Sarah

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had to go google that one as it had me intrigued - it looks so cute and colourful!

      Delete
  2. I do like Lego Dimensions. But only because of the Who level

    ReplyDelete
  3. Sega girl here! I got my first console when I was 5 from Santa, Master System II. Loved Sonic and Alex Kidd ❤️

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Alex Kidd! I spent so many hours playing that one :D

      Delete
  4. Wow you are too cool for school! I forgot about lemmings that was fun, but my fave was definitely Super Mario Bros, the little tinkly tune is stuck in my head.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The game music stays with you forever, it's like its seared into your brain, lol.

      Delete
  5. oh I remember getting Sonic on the Sega Mega Drive and being addicted, it seemed so cutting edge ha ha x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hehe, I know - we were living the future!

      Delete
  6. Oh man, this takes me back! Love Sonic so much. Now my son does so its fun to discover it all over again. That at Mario Kart - oh yeah! #KCACOLS

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've never actually played Mario Kart - my other half was a total Nintendo kid though so he says we have to make sure we get it for our daughter :)

      Delete
  7. I never really got into the whole video games thing, hoever I do remember being obsessed with Aladdin for the megadrive I think when it came out, I loved playing that and sonic of course! #KCACOLS

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I remember having Aladdin - even though I hadn't seen the film at that point!

      Delete
  8. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I used to the Tetris queen! I could go from level 0 all the way to the highest level and back to 0 again in one go! Ha, I remember the tune well. I dreamed about falling tetrominos every night!

    #KCACOLS

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is awesome! I still sometimes dream about computer games I used to play a lot - once they're lodged in there they don't leave!

      Delete
  10. I've always loved video games, but I've not heard of some of these.
    I have so many favourites! As a kid, I used to love Sonic and Toejam and Earl on the mega drive.
    Now, I still love to play video games when I can. My favourite at the moment is Assasins Creed!
    I don't think I'll grow out of it, and I'm ok with it!
    Laura xx
    #KCACOLS

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my gosh, Earl and Toejam! My brother was obsessed with that game so I was forced to play it so *so* many times! :D

      Delete
  11. I have to say video games just don't do it for me, and I've only ever played two of these-Tetris because it was a thing when I was at school-although I didn't have a GameBoy so would have to borrow other people's-and Sonic as my brothers played it. The theme tune to Tetris was pretty great. #TheBabyFormula

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tetris is just such an amazing creation - it has universal appeal that very few things have. x

      Delete
  12. I love, love LOVE Final Fantasy. All of them. So that would have to be my top. I have new one preordered and can't wait - though lord knows when I'll play with a 1yo and a 3yo 😂 #KCACOLS

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love, love LOVE Final Fantasy. All of them. So that would have to be my top. I have new one preordered and can't wait - though lord knows when I'll play with a 1yo and a 3yo 😂 #KCACOLS

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hehe, I know - it's not so easy to shut yourself up and play when there are little ones who want to 'help'! :)

      Delete
  14. OMG I was fan of Tetris! I used to play this all the time. I also loved Packman, what a classical games! Love it!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! :-) x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Pacman!! That was such a great game! :)

      Delete
  15. Tetris! YES! Still have that one on my phone... also my whole family bonded over Pacman... my brother and I loved Mario and Star Wars on our Gameboy, and also Mario Kart and Mario64... such a huge deal when Marios world became 3D! Also loved Lords of the Realm on the PC. I conquered the world so many times!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Definitely Sonic and Tetris!! I had a Gameboy with Tetris, wow, shocked by how long ago I last played it now :-O

    Thanks for linking up and hope you can next week too #TheBabyFormula

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It floods back so quick though - when I was writing this I tried out Lemmings on emulator, and it was so weird how intuitive playing it was! x

      Delete

I love to hear from you, so please don't be shy!

newerPageTitle olderPageTitle Home