Monday, 1 March 2021

Top 100 Video Games of All Time - IGN.com

quote [ IGN counts down the 100 best video games ever made. ]

I just used the IGN article as a starting off point. The real stuff is in the extended.

To be clear, this is not a list of what I think the best games of all time are. These are the games I think people who have never played video games before should play, in order. Consider it a history lesson. Most of these games are still available legally in one form or another.

It's a bit hard to read because the formatting doesn't work.

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Pong - 1972 - arcade
Hunt the Wumpus - 1973 - PC
Indy 500 - 1977 - Atari 2600
Space Invaders - 1978 - arcade
Super Breakout - 1978 - arcade
Adventure - 1979 - Atari 2600
Asteroids - 1979 - arcade
Pac Man - 1980 - arcade
Donkey Kong - 1981 - arcade
Galaga - 1981 - arcade
Pitfall - 1982 - Atari 2600
Mario Bros - 1983 - arcade
Duck Hunt - 1984 - NES
Marble Madness - 1984 - arcade
Super Mario Bros - 1985 - NES
Dragon Warrior - 1986 - NES
Legend of Zelda - 1986 - NES
Metroid - 1986 - NES
Final Fantasy - 1987 - NES
Punch Out - 1987 - NES
Life Force - 1988 - NES
Mega Man 2 - 1988 - NES
Tetris - 1989 - NES
Space Quest III - 1989 - PC
Maniac Mansion - 1989 - PC
Dr Mario - 1990 - NES
Super Mario Bros 3 - 1990 - NES
The Secret of Monkey Island - 1990 - PC
Final Fantasy 2 - 1991 - SNES
Gradius 3 - 1991 - SNES
Sonic The Hedgehog - 1991 - Genesis
Super Mario World - 1991 - SNES
Lemmings - 1991 - PC
Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past - 1992 - SNES
Mario Paint - 1992 - SNES
Super Mario Kart - 1992 - SNES
Kirby's Adventure - 1993 - NES
Star Fox - 1993 - SNES
Doom - 1993 - PC
The Oregon Trail - 1993 - PC
Donkey Kong Country - 1994 - SNES
Super Metroid - 1994 - SNES
Bust-a-Move - 1994 - SNES
SimTower - 1994 - PC
Sim City 2000 - 1995 - PC
Crash Bandicoot - 1996 - Playstation
Super Mario 64 - 1996 - N64
Tomb Raider - 1996 - Playstation
Mario Kart 64 - 1997 - N64
Goldeneye - 1997 - N64
Age of Empires - 1997 - PC
Diablo - 1997 - PC
Zelda Ocarina of Time - 1998 - N64
StarCraft - 1998 - PC
Worms Armageddon - 1999 - PC
The Sims 2 - 2004 - PC
[SFW] [games] [+6 laz0r]
[by mechanical contrivance@6:18pmGMT]

Comments

steele said @ 7:45pm GMT on 1st Mar [Score:1 Funsightful]
mechanical contrivance said @ 7:54pm GMT on 1st Mar
+1 pornsightful
EvilNinjaX24 said @ 9:55pm GMT on 1st Mar
Man, I owned and/or played SO many of those games on your list, starting with Pong ('cause I'm old like that, but Pong is older than me). Nicely done.
bbrack said @ 1:14am GMT on 2nd Mar
Despite not being a fan of the Fighting or Sports genre, I feel like Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, and NHL '94 deserve a place on a list like this as well.

With the degree that basic mechanics of platformers and old games like these have been honed in the modern day, when I want to try and get a non-gamer or someone younger in I've found it usually is an easier sale to dig deep into something that was really weird or unique, like a Toejam and Earl or Parodius. Living in the middle of nowhere I also missed out on the classic arcade games, all we ever had was bubbletop hockey or golden tee, usually next to a pinball machine of whatever the latest blockbuster was. My favorite part of travel hockey league wasn't playing hockey, but getting to go to other rinks where they had the 4-player Ninja Turtle Game or X-men game.
mechanical contrivance said @ 2:42am GMT on 2nd Mar
I just realized I had forgotten those. I would add them, but the time for editing seems to have passed.
biblebeltdrunk said @ 6:28am GMT on 2nd Mar
hmm, making a list of top games is weird for me as I actively like systems that are not things I would recommend to someone who isn't already deeply familiar with games.
mechanical contrivance said @ 3:05pm GMT on 2nd Mar
Since many of us are already familiar with games, I'm interested in your must-play list. Not necessarily what you think are the best games, but the games that you think all gamers should try at least once.
biblebeltdrunk said @ 6:32pm GMT on 2nd Mar [Score:1 Insightful]
top games everyone should try once - grandparents edition
1990 - super mario world
1993 - NBA Jam
which ever rhythm game looks funnest to you - likely of Guitar Hero/Rock Band, ddr, or beat saber.
this list is a lot shorter due to 3d cameras not being a thing I don't know how to introduce to older people.


everyone should try once - passing familiarity.
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in addition to your list-
conway's game of life - 1970
excitebike - 1985
Joust - 1982
Streets of Rage - 1991
NBA Jam - 1993
playing at least 10 minutes of myst- 1993 before you get bored, as most players did


broader recommendations

one of the mid 90s piloting games to see how obsessive the controls and details of customization got, like MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries 1996

At least one immersive sim
Deus Ex 2000 - cyberpunk, system shock 1994/prey 2017 -space, bioshock 2007 - dieselpunk and underwater themes., dishonored 2012 -steampunk. If you are just checking them out passively Double check if the looks are something you can deal with as some have aged, otherwise start with your favorite aesthetic. If you liked one or are interested in all of them, system shock is large name in the genera with most of the list being direct spiritual successors. The first one is getting a remake with you might look in to as the controls are absolultly awful and the are is one of 4 games to give me motion sickness, or the enhanced edition is an option if you just want better controles.

fighting games
street fighter 2 in some form, your choice of mortal kombat 1-3 or 9-11 so long as you can try a fatality system, and a smash bros game. All preferably with a group of friends.

metroidvania games
castlevania as for a game in metroidvania games that focuses on melee weapons as well as one that focuses on guns like Metroid.
castlevania symphony of the night and its spiritual successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for a look at how the series high points has progressed as well
mechanical contrivance said[1] @ 8:43pm GMT on 2nd Mar
After much consideration, here is my revised history of gaming curriculum.
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Pong 1972 arcade
Hunt the Wumpus 1973 PC
Indy 500 1977 Atari 2600
Space Invaders 1978 arcade
Super Breakout 1978 arcade
Adventure 1979 Atari 2600
Asteroids 1979 arcade
Pac Man 1980 arcade
Donkey Kong 1981 arcade
Galaga 1981 arcade
Pitfall 1982 Atari 2600
Mario Bros 1983 arcade
Duck Hunt 1984 NES
Marble Madness 1984 arcade
Super Mario Bros 1985 NES
Dragon Warrior 1986 NES
Legend of Zelda 1986 NES
Metroid 1986 NES
Final Fantasy 1987 NES
Punch Out 1987 NES
Double Dragon 1987 arcade
Life Force 1988 NES
Mega Man 2 1988 NES
Tetris 1989 NES
Space Quest III 1989 PC
Maniac Mansion 1989 PC
Dr Mario 1990 NES
Super Mario Bros 3 1990 NES
The Secret of Monkey Island 1990 PC
Final Fantasy 2 1991 SNES
Gradius 3 1991 SNES
Sonic The Hedgehog 1991 Genesis
Super Mario World 1991 SNES
Lemmings 1991 PC
Street Fighter II 1991 arcade
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time 1991 arcade
Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past 1992 SNES
Mario Paint 1992 SNES
Super Mario Kart 1992 SNES
Kirby's Adventure 1993 NES
Star Fox 1993 SNES
Doom 1993 PC
The Oregon Trail 1993 PC
Mortal Kombat 2 1993 arcade
NBA Jam 1993 arcade
NHL 94 1993 Genesis
Donkey Kong Country 1994 SNES
Super Metroid 1994 SNES
Bust-a-Move 1994 SNES
SimTower 1994 PC
Sim City 2000 1995 PC
Crash Bandicoot 1996 Playstation
Super Mario 64 1996 N64
Tomb Raider 1996 Playstation
Mario Kart 64 1997 N64
Goldeneye 1997 N64
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 1997 Playstation
Age of Empires 1997 PC
Diablo 1997 PC
Zelda Ocarina of Time 1998 N64
StarCraft 1998 PC
Worms Armageddon 1999 PC
The Sims 2 2004 PC
Wii Sports 2006 Wii
cb361 said[1] @ 9:42am GMT on 2nd Mar
I think the IGN list may be mixing up seminal games and great games.

Doom was groundbreaking, but you probably wouldn't play it today except for historical reasons. And the list admits that Halo didn't do anything radically new, but implemented what it did do incredibly well.
C18H27NO3 said @ 8:11pm GMT on 2nd Mar
Answer me this : The friend that gave me the games I posted in shoutbox (Antichamber, Disco Elysium, and the Talos Principle) said that if I play for an hour a day, I'll be able to complete all three in a years time. A whole year?

Is that true? I could read War and Peace, Ulysses, all of Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and Atlas shrugged and I would have time left over.

We had lengthy discussions about gaming, and he likened it to reading novels and literature, but it's interactive. He said plots, story lines, etc, are the same with gaming. He has something like over 500 games, and was really enthusiastic to get me to "game." The last games I played recently were Dumb Ways to Die on my phone and before that asteroids and pac man. But that was a million years ago.
mechanical contrivance said @ 8:40pm GMT on 2nd Mar [Score:1 Underrated]
Games are a journey, not a destination. The true goal isn't to finish the games; it's to enjoy yourself while playing them. Finishing a game is merely an accomplishment you can be proud of.
Not all games have endings, either. Some games go on for as long as you want to play. That works because, again, it's about having fun, not completing a task. It's recreation, not work.
Paracetamol said @ 8:51pm GMT on 2nd Mar
This. And a lot depends on what works for you.
C18H27NO3 said @ 9:25pm GMT on 2nd Mar
So I guess goal oriented people shouldn't game? I understand it's about the journey, but if the journey is boring, then what's the point? And boring is subject to interpretation.
mechanical contrivance said @ 9:47pm GMT on 2nd Mar
Everyone has their own tastes. If a particular game isn't fun for you, find a different one. Since you don't have a lot of gaming experience, it should be no surprise that you haven't figured out what kinds of games you like.

Since I don't know your tastes, I can't make any specific recommendations. My best advice is to try a bunch of different genres and see which ones appeal to you. For examples of games to try, both my list and the IGN list are good places to start.
C18H27NO3 said @ 10:14pm GMT on 2nd Mar
All good. I understand. It's why the guy who recommended those games did so because he got to know me a bit. But I have to say I'm more open to it than I was 10 years ago.

And I couldn't sleep last night so I opened steam and played antichamber for probably an hour instead of reading a book. That's a major step.
mechanical contrivance said @ 12:01am GMT on 3rd Mar
That's good. You've taken your first step into a larger world.
C18H27NO3 said @ 1:48am GMT on 3rd Mar
See, that's part of the reason all this rubs me the wrong way. It's not a "larger" world, it's a different world. Gamers make it seem like it's the same as reading or any other activity. Or better. It's not.
mechanical contrivance said @ 2:18am GMT on 3rd Mar
I was quoting a movie. Chill.
C18H27NO3 said[1] @ 9:40pm GMT on 3rd Mar
What movie? And I'm totally chill. :)
mechanical contrivance said @ 11:31pm GMT on 3rd Mar
Star Wars
biblebeltdrunk said @ 6:20am GMT on 3rd Mar
I don't know if I agree with that. Major spoilers for Nier.
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That's the case with most, sure. But there are games that I've finish as are part of experiencing a narrative that are explicitly not fun, either in the process or in what happens. the ending of the game narratively erase my character so thoroughly I have an emotional connection to the concept of not playing it again.

in a similar vein, games like The Void and and Lucha, Born of a Dream are both games meant to cause stress as part of the mechanics as you are rushing against losing time. So while the experience is still about a journey, there are games that seek to give more emotions than just having fun.
biblebeltdrunk said[1] @ 6:23am GMT on 3rd Mar [Score:1 Insightful]
The average times each of those games takes for a completionist run of finishing every piece of content in the game is 8½, 41, & 28 hours, respectively. That falls to 6, 20½, & 16 hours for just going through the main story. That's from polls of gamers so I would add 5 hours for the worse case completionist time as a buffer and while that's an investment it's no where close to a year.
C18H27NO3 said[2] @ 1:46am GMT on 3rd Mar
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