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Today I saw a note in my Facebook feed that started with the following text:

“Don’t take too long to think about it. 15 video games you’ve played that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen (or more) friends.”

Instead of tagging 15 friends, I’m tagging all of you. Below are my fifteen. Comment with your fifteen!

-BF

1) Final Fantasy IV (Originally Final Fantasy II in the US)

What can I say? Kickass music, a nice twisty plot, and great characters. And–while it’s controversial–I’m just gonna say I like how they kept it manageably short as opposed to the eleventy-billion-page novel that was Final Fantasy VI.

2) Chrono Trigger

You take a kid who likes Back to the Future and RPGs and sit him in front of this game, he’s gonna have a good time. The soundtrack is a bit hot and cold with me, but when it’s good, it’s a-fucking-mazing.

3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Classic, yet innovative. It was to the Zelda series what Super Mario Bros. 3 was to the Mario franchise (and not just because it was the third installment). For my money, it’s the only Zelda title that can compete with Ocarina of Time for the title of “arguably the best Zelda game”

4) Thief: The Dark Project

This was the game that got me into PC gaming. No memorable music to speak of, but I can’t think of another game that has ever gotten my heart to race like this game when it first came out. Thief was a pioneer of the “stealth shooter” concept, and to this day holds up as one of the most immersive gaming experiences ever.

5) Deus Ex

The RPG genre has been combined with platforming (Zelda II), action-adventure (Secret of Mana) and even the Disney universe (Kingdom Hearts). But rarely has it been combined with the FPS category. Deus Ex was a groundbreaking mix of both, and the genius of its concept has never been duplicated–not even in its disappointing 2003 sequel.

6) Road Runner’s Death Valley Rally

I’d be afraid to dust this game off today, because it’s probably really bad. In 1993 though, it was one of the only new games I had for the SNES. Basically, this one wasn’t so much life-changingly good as just a game I spent many hours playing.

7) Mega Man 3

This was my first Mega Man game and as far as I’m concerned it has the best title theme of all time. Some of the design choices are questionable, and it’s a frustratingly long game considering the simplicity of the Megaschtick, but it had a great soundtrack, particularly the boss fight themes and the ending credits theme.

8 ) Final Fantasy

I got to Final Fantasy a few years later than most kids. It had sold so many copies that Nintendo Power was giving it away to longtime subscribers. Having played Dragon Warrior, it was easy enough to understand. Delicious but now-obscure tunes completely INFEST the soundtrack, and it’s easy to see how one of the biggest franchises in history grew out of this humbly ambitious game.

9) A Boy And His Blob

Not a perfect game, but definitely one that made you think. It really only had one song looping throughout the entirety of the gameplay, but it must have been good considering how many  nights I skipped homework to be chased around by an obese, candy-addicted beanbag.

10) Civilization

Ultimate jurisdiction. Ultimate oversight. Ultimate power. As a young kid with very little influence on the world around me, I got to exercise plenty of executive decision-making with this franchise. Also Civilization II was the first game I’d ever played that had live-action video as part of the gameplay; at the time it was amazing.

11) Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers

I picked this particular installment in the Street Fighter series because it was my favorite growing up, due in large part to Cammy’s adorable win animation where she shows the player her perfect I-would-eat-scrambled-eggs-off-of-it ass for a few seconds and then smiles. It was a magical time for my wiener and I. Also, over the three-year process of writing the musical I’ll Be Damned, my collaborator and I often rewarded ourselves for a hard day of work by blowing off some steam playing this game. To this day, it’s the only fighter where I feel confident talking trash.

12) Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!

This game is like a big, fun cartoon. It’s got real suspense and white-knuckle moments paired with endless charming details and good tunes.

13) Banjo-Kazooie

I didn’t play many games on the Nintendo 64 because the 64’s heyday was right around the time I was becoming a PC gamer. This game stuck out though, due in large part to its super-fun soundtrack. I also really appreciate the detail and thought that went into the game, made most apparent in the fact that as you walk around a level, different areas have slightly different musical arrangements for the same song.

14) Super Mario Bros.

This is definitely a facepalm entry to any list, but I feel it’s important. Most 80’s babies whose family owned an NES bought the bundle that came with the Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt cartridge. This shaped our perceptions of video games forever; how would gaming be different today if the bundle game had been Donkey Kong, the original Legend of Zelda, or even Metroid? Super Mario Bros. set a standard of excellence and brilliant simplicity and one could argue that it is chiefly responsible for the early success of the NES, as well as the revival of the home arcade industry.

15) Mario Paint

Picture this: A person with all of the creative potential and urgent need for attention as yours truly. Now imagine that person is eight years old. It was the late summer of 1992, and I had seen the ads for Mario Paint. I had read about it in Nintendo Power. I had to have it. Back before the internet and before every household had a computer, there weren’t as many ways for a kid to express himself through technology. These days, any punkass five-year-old can use a webcam and upload a Youtube video, but in the early 90’s, creativity and readily available technology rarely mixed. With Mario Paint, I could compose my own tunes, draw complex pictures and even animate my own characters. I’ll never know exactly how much of an impact this game had on me as an artist, but I can say with certainty that it gave me a safe place to experiment artistically. In school, you’re always writing and making things that will be seen and reviewed by teachers and parents. Mario Paint allowed me to try stuff I would never do in school. In short, it was a huge part of my creative development and I am thankful that it came into my life when it did.
Those are my fifteen… what are yours?

-BF

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  1. In my one (and only) attempt at selling things using the classifieds, I tried selling 3 Super Nintendo games that I had been thoroughly finished with for a long time. I honestly can’t tell you any of the games that I put out there.

    One of the people interested wanted to do a trade. My (insert name of game that I wanted to get rid of so badly that I can’t even remember its name) for his Final Fantasy II (Japanese IV).

    I had never played an RPG before, but I always thought I wouldn’t be able to keep up. After the initial time of “Figure out what the hell you’re doing with a new game genre”, I was off and running. The plot was entrancing and the combat challenging while still engaging.

    It was my first RPG ever, and in my mind, still the best.

    The term “replay value” doesn’t really mean much to me. I usually finish a game and after that, it’s done, I don’t need to revisit it. I have purchased far more remakes of this game than I care to say in public. But every time I relive the story, I am swept away with the story that the characters tell. Strong characters, back stabs, love stories, spoony bards. It all adds up to a game that has survived the ages and still stands strong as ever.

    So yeah, in short. I’m glad Final Fantasy IV is on your list.

  2. 1. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PC)

    Grand Theft Auto III was one of those surreal game experiences where I was overwhelmed by what was on offer. Do a mission? Find a plane? Type in some cheats and go nuts? Etcetera. Vice City took it that one step further and heightened the personality of the in-game world and the story in general. San Andreas was great, too, but it feels like an overstatement next to this punchier, more alluring predecessor.

    2. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (PS)

    My first PlayStation game, so it’s mostly nostalgic value for this one. Even so, it’s a well-designed platformer, with linear levels that acted as a refreshing antithesis to all the open-world run-around-collecting-shit Mario 64 knock-offs that were prevalent at the time.

    3. Beyond Good & Evil (PS2)

    One of the most enjoyable, beautifully designed games I’ve ever played. Nothing feels arbitrary or sluggish. It’s just a pitch-perfect example of the action-adventure genre. And I’ll rather play it than a Zelda game any day.

    4. Mashed: Drive to Survive (PS2)

    You probably haven’t heard of it. It’s a top-down Micro Machines-style racing game with very simple controls and even simpler graphics. The game as a whole is pretty average, but it’s one part of it that makes it so memorable: the multiplayer Battle mode. Hours upon hours of fun have been sunk into this by family and friends at my house. The rules are simple: keep lapping around the course, picking up weapons and trying to blow each other up. If you fall behind or go too far ahead of the camera pan, you die. Earn points by being the last man standing; first to a certain amount wins. It’s just damn brilliant.

    5. Crash Team Racing (PS)

    The Crash Bandicoot equivalent of Mario Kart, basically. This had the edge, though, through one simple addition: jumps. The tracks weren’t flat; they were loopy and bumpy and – thanks to a great feature where you got a speed boost after landing a big jump – heaps of fun. The single-player adventure mode was also really well done.

    6. Sonic 3 & Knuckles (DS, via the Sonic Classic Collection)

    The definitive 2D Sonic game. Three diverse characters, an epic number of levels, just damn FUN.

    7. World of Warcraft (PC)

    Scoff, snort, be derisive all you want. I’ve yet to have an experience with video games that’s more compelling and mind-blowing than this one. The title could not be more succinct; you are a hero in a living and breathing WORLD, and you feel it every step of the way.

    8. Kingdom Hearts (PS2)

    Truthfully, it’s not a fantastic game. Enjoyable, sure, but not a revelation. But I was head-over-heels OBSESSED with the series for a good two years or so, so it deserves a spot. The Disney mash-up was visually stunning and well-produced in general, anchored by a fun third-person action-RPG setup. Pity they’ve only made baby steps in evolving the series after, what, SIX titles?

    9. Grim Fandango (PC)

    My favourite adventure game. Terrific story, satisfying puzzles, awesomely creative overall. Solving the Year Two “murder” mystery without GameFAQs was one of the most gratifying moments in my time with games.

    10. Tony Hawk’s Underground (PS2)

    The best of the Tony Hawk series. Great controls, lots of different multiplayer modes, decent story mode, loads of fun.

    11. Jak 3 (PS2)

    While the previous instalments of the Jak & Daxter series were fun, they tended to crib several ideas from other, better games (#1 = 3D Mario; #2 = GTA). Jak 3 found a happy niche in tweaking the second game to perfection, eschewing the open-world wandering and mission structure for the platforming and vehicle-driving mechanics that set it apart, and concluded its story in a satisfying way.

    12. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (GC)

    As much as I’ve tried to enjoy them, straight-shooting RPGs have never fully took with me. This is the exception, thanks to some small action-adventure elements thrown into open-world navigation and turn-based battles that had a dynamic effect. I first played this at a friend’s house, not knowing what to expect, and was transfixed.

    13. Super Mario 64 (N64)

    Sure, I trumpeted the Crash Bandicoot series earlier, but that’s not to say this style of platformer was faulty. Mario 64 remains the quintessential representation of that sub-genre. No bullshit; just you, a castle and 120 stars. Excellent.

    14. Half-Life (PC)

    Another immersive experience, and the first genuinely scary game that I played to the end. Not much else needs to be said, really; everyone knows how amazing this one is.

    15. Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer [a.k.a. Ripto’s Rage] (PS)

    Another nostalgic favourite to round out the list, and another open-world platformer. It’s a walk in the park to play this nowadays, but this was a beautiful experience as a kid. Great presentation, solid gameplay, just beautifully made for all intents and purposes.

    Probably spent a bit more than fifteen minutes on that. Oh, well.

  3. 1. Super Mario Bros 3 (NES)
    My mom once confessed to almost waking me up to help her beat a difficult level in this game. Five years old, I told her “You should have!”

    2. Banjo-Kazooie (N64)
    Three things I love about this game: The music, the character’s “voices” and how difficult it got without ever becoming overly frustrating.

    3. Goldeneye 007 (N64)
    A video game store in my hometown used to let kids pay a couple bucks and play any game in the store for 10 minutes. I’d steal money from the “change jar” at home, and go play with total strangers.

    4. StarFox (SNES)
    I discovered this game twice: Once as a kid and again in high school, after I’d mastered StarFox 64 and wanted a new challenge.

    5. Home Alone 2 (SNES)
    I didn’t particularly like this game, but it’s burned into my memory. My dad would rent us game as a surprised now and then. He rented this game on 3 or 4 different occasions, thinking he hadn’t.

    6. StarFox 64 (N64)
    This is my favourite game. I got every medal in normal and expert mode. But my friends could always beat me in VS. mode for some reason. I loved this game so much that, in Grade 8, my friends and I wrote a 120 page novel based on the video game. I read it recently … It’s very terrible.

    7. Karnov (NES)

    I still don’t know where I got Karnov from, but it sucked me in. I never beat it. I could never get past that stupid T-Rex …

    8. The Simpson’s: Bart’s Nightmare (SNES)
    I hated this game at first because I couldn’t even figure out how to enter the levels. It was my dad who figured it out and, after that, I was hooked. I loved that you had to get an A+ on the essay that Bart was writing in order to beat the game.

    9. Final Fight (SNES)

    My cousins used to visit for a week every summer and my dad rented this game for us. We’d play all night and then re-enact the game’s violence outside the next day.

    10. Super Mario World (SNES)

    My fondest memory of this game was my whole family staying up past bedtime on a school night, watching my dad and 8-year old me pass the controller back and forth … until we finally beat Bowser!

    11. Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Game Boy)
    There are better Zelda games, for sure, but this one stuck with me because you could steal stuff from the shop. When you went back into the shop, the owner zapped you with lighting: Automatic GAME OVER. What?!?

    12. Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Advanced Holodeck Tutorial (Game Gear)
    I played this game for HOURS and HOURS. I worked my way up to the ranking of Captain and was really proud of me. But nobody I’ve ever talked to has ever heard of this game …

    13. Rockin’ Cats (NES)

    This game sucks. But I remember it.

    14. Super Mario RPG (SNES)
    Not the hardest or most ground-breaking RPG game out there, but this was my introduction to the genre … I was really proud of my game-beating team for some reason: Mario to attack, Geno to power-up and Peach to heal. I know. Ground breaking.

    15. Jet Force Gemini (N64)

    This game was underrated in my humble opinion. The music was epic, the weapons were fun to use and the chick character was kinda hot. (?)

  4. 1. Chrono Trigger (SNES)
    2. Final Fantasy VI (FFIII to US folks) (SNES)
    3. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
    4. Knights of the Old Republic (PC)
    5. Mass Effect (PC)
    6. Ogre Battle 64 (N64)
    7. Super Mario 64 (N64)
    8. Secret of Mana (SNES)
    9. Beyond Good & Evil (PC)
    10. Starcraft (PC)
    11. World of Warcraft (PC)
    12. Diablo 2 (PC)
    13. Braid (PC)
    14. Mario Kart 64 (N64)
    15. Golden Sun (GBA)

    No time to put reasons, but they’re all spectacular games for plenty of reasons.

  5. 1. Super Mario World (SNES)

    I’ll start with the first game I ever played. While the cape did make this game unfairly easy at times, I still found this to be my favorite of all the 2D Mario games. The level design, the music, and Yoshi all stand out as reasons why when I’m looking to get my old school platforming fix, I look here. And for what it’s worth, Road Runner was my second game and I thought it was terrible.

    2. Star Fox 64 (N64)

    Do a barrel roll! As annoying as the voice acting could be in this game (I’m looking at you, Slippy), it was still a heck of fun. This game introduced a feature many gamers take for granted these days – rumble. I remember hitting all the stations to send the train careening into the base on Macbeth and the ensuing explosion was tremendous. Branching paths and incredible missions made this game memorable to me.

    3. Grand Theft Auto IV (XB360)

    Yes, you will see some modern games on my list, starting with this one. A lot of times when I’m looking at message boards people tend to rag on GTA4 as not being as good as some other games in the series, but its my favorite GTA game. Niko as a main character resonated with me much more than the characters in any of the other games, and the story had a nice balance between wacky and gritty. Add in the much improved cover/combat system and you’ve got a premier action game in the HD era.

    4. Mario Kart 64 (N64)

    First off, 1A Mario Kart 64, 1B Mario Kart DS, 2A Mario Kart Wii, 2B Mario Kart Double Dash, 3A Super Mario Kart, 3B Mario Kart Advance. You could convince me to switch any two in the same tier but that’s it. MK64 controlled the best of any in the series, wasn’t too bright and cartoony like DD or MKW, had the right roster of characters (DK Jr? Waluigi? Daisy? really?) and had an awesome set of tracks, including my favorite Rainbow Road. The blue shell wasn’t as broken as it is in later games, and the rest of the items are perfect. It also had a pretty decent soundtrack.

    5. Kirby Super Star (SNES)

    From the easy but classic Spring Breeze to the incredible Meta Knight’s Revenge and Milky Way Wishes, every game in this collection delivers. It’s the gameplay that makes this one stand out. From the co-op gameplay where a second player could take the role of a reformed baddie to the powers that had multiple moves assigned to each, this was the deepest Kirby game in terms of gameplay. Add in an underrated villain in Marx and you’ve got one great game.

    6. Golden Sun (GBA)

    A classic RPG from Camelot. The Djinn/Summon battle mechanic was incredible. Assigning different Djinn to different characters to unlock different powers was fun enough, and then add to that summoning incredible monsters to aid you in battle pushed this one over the top. A compelling story didn’t hurt either. One of my favorite RPGs.

    7. WWF No Mercy (N64)

    I grew up a WCW fan initially (honorable mention to WCW/nWo Revenge), but when THQ brought its incredible wrestling engine of the 64 bit generation over to WWF, my allegiance switched too. It helped that the WCW product was seriously starting to disintegrate before our very eyes. The light/strong strike/grapple gameplay was easy to pick and play but still offered tremendous depth. The branching storylines were revolutionary for the time. Being able to create a character from scratch didn’t hurt either. My wrestling fandom may be gone, but my love for this game will last forever.

    8. Tetris Attack (SNES)

    Known as Panel de Pon initially in Japan and copied countless times, Tetris Attack was a match three puzzle game that kept the action going by constantly adding blocks to keep you on your toes. The risk/reward strategy of intentionally adding blocks until you almost lost so that you could find a match at the bottom that would set off a magnificent chain reaction is always satisfying. Add in an underrated original soundtrack and competitive multiplayer and you’ve got one of the best puzzle games from the 16-bit era.

    9. Mass Effect 2 (XB360)

    For the record, I scored with Tali. Mass Effect 2 got off to a slow start for me. I didn’t like that I was working for Cerberus instead of the Alliance and I missed my old crew. But as I gave it a chance and started getting to know the more interesting members of my new crew (sorry Miranda and Jacob, but you’re no Ashley and Kaidan) this game started pulling me in. I almost see Mass Effect 1, 2, and potentially 3 more as one game released in 3 episodes more so than other games in the same series. I cannot wait to see how this incredible story concludes, nor can I wait to play again to see how differently things can occur. For someone who is overwhelmed by games like Fallout 3 where you have too much choice but wants something more than a completely linear game like Uncharted 2, Mass Effect 2 really hit the sweet spot for me.

    10. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

    While Brawl was not as big a step forward from Melee as Melee was from the original Super Smash Bros., I still believe Brawl is the best of the three. To me, Brawl has the best cast of characters, stages, and items of any game in the series. I’d say my favorite characters are Pikachu (no I’m not a Thunder spammer), Zelda, and Wario. Online for Brawl may not have been great, but I believe this type of game is better played locally anyways, since there’s no loss of screen size and you can talk trash to your opponents face to face as they cower in fear at your prowess.

    11. de Blob (Wii)

    Talk about an incredible soundtrack! de Blob casts you as a glob of paint and gives you the task of restoring color to Chroma City to defeat the dull INKT corporation. Okay, so the gibberish voice acting can be annoying, but the best part of this game for me was that each color was associated with its own musical instrument, and as you paint the town red (or orange, or purple, etc.) the instrument of the color you selected would improvise to the jazzy beats. It’s creative expression at its most pure. Seriously, no amount of boring text can do this game justice, you’ve got to try it out for yourself!

    12. Kirby’s Dream Course (SNES)

    Sadly I lost this game when I was a kid, but the Virtual Console for the Wii has brought this long lost treasure back into my life. I’m not sure whether to call Kirby’s Dream Course a sports game or a puzzle game, but it basically takes golf and adds defense. As Kirby rolled up into a ball you must use ground strokes and air shots to destroy all the enemies on the course, navigating various hazards along the way. Naturally, you can steal your enemies’ abilities to give you an advantage. The last enemy remaining becomes the hole, and once you get Kirby into that hole, you win! A simple concept with plenty of variety.

    13. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (SNES)

    Alright, now we’re getting into games I could consider the best ever made. DKC2 is by far my favorite in the Donkey Kong series. The pirate theme and darker tone of this game really made an impression on me. This is another game with an incredible soundtrack as well. It had the best cast of animal buddies, introduced hidden DK coins in each level to add to the replay value, and had the best set of levels in any 2D side-scroller to date, if you ask me. A true classic.

    14. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)

    I think we all tend to look fondly on games that came out on the first system we grew up with. Super Mario RPG stands out to me as a masterpiece in gaming. The characters introduced in this game were so unique, and combining the action oriented gameplay of Mario with an RPG was revolutionary for its time. This is another game with an underrated end boss. Smithy’s multiple heads forced you to change your strategy on the fly. I can’t count how many times I’ve replayed this game.

    15. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

    Take the incredible Super Mario Galaxy. Revise the overworld to make it significantly more manageable and easy to get to whichever galaxy you want. Add in incredible new levels and bring back Yoshi. What you get is a game that is just so dang fun it’s unbelievable. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to play this game and not smile. I still haven’t gotten every star there is yet, but I imagine this one will be in my rotation for years to come. On a side note, I think it’s fair to compare Super Mario 64 to Super Mario Bros. (proof of concept, set the new standard), Super Mario Sunshine to Super Mario Bros. 2 (less appreciated and most different game in the series), Super Mario Galaxy to Super Mario Bros. 3 (similar music, more powerups, the return of airships), and Super Mario Galaxy to Super Mario World (Yoshi, the music, the world map). This being the case, I can only wonder what’s next for Mario? Thoughts?

  6. Hummm..well done, Brent. Here are my 15, hope you read them. No particular order, except the ones that cross my mind ATM:

    1.-Super Mario Allstars + World: Yes, 5 different games. But, well. It was Christmas ’94. Iwas six at the time, and I got my first console. It came with this special package of 5 games in one. Amazing. Even though I had already played the NES versions, as my cousin owned one, these remastered versions were even better. I spent so many nights trying to beat Super Super Mario Bros. 3 as I like to call it, in just one sit. My first SNES cartridge. ‘Nuff said.

    2.- Legend Of Zelda, Ocarina Of Time:
    I LOVE, and I Mean LOVE A link To The Past, it game me many hours of fun and beating it with 100% of items was a challenge. But what was a challenge here, many time sbecame impossible in OoT. Besides, it has a deeper storyline, not to mention the graphics and the battle system was revolutionary at the time. The hirst time I saw link on 3d my jaw dropped.

    3.- Grim Fandango: The first time I played this game I could not stop laughing. Being mexican, I imediately got al the references. This game has it all, a complex and epic storyline, awesome characters and really good humour. And an amazing soundtrack as well. Also, to the date it has some of the most complex puzzles I’ve seen ona videogame. That year three slot opening door or trying to put the damn arrow signs on the forst is actually frustrating.

    4.-Chrono Trigger:

    I’ll be honest. I never got it on SNES, mostly because I played it once at a friend’s house and I got bored the first five minutes I played it. iwas 8 at the time, and well, I was not that much into RPG’s.Not even because I’m a Dragon Ball fan and the characters somehow looked alike. Some years later, at 12, I stumbled upon it as a ROM, and gave it another chance. I could not stop until I finished it with all the possible endings. I regret not having payed much attention to it before. To date, I have it on my DS.

    5.- Dragon Ball Z: Super Boutoden 2.
    Living in mexico it is easy to find all kinds of pirated and counterfeit stuff. And once I ran into this game, an ACTUAL physical copy of the game. As I mentioned, I’m a huge Dragon ball fan, and I did not doubt it, and bought it. At the time, it was simply MARVELOUS. Granted, it was the japanese version, but it did not matter to me. Al that mattered to me was that I could control Vegeta and make a Final Flash. And the storyline was quite good, faithful to the series, and even if I did not understand shit, it actually changed, based on decitions and on whether you won or lost a battle. You could even get to face Broly and get a pretty good ending.

    6.-Mega Man X3: I know you’re not that much into the “X” series, but they marked my life and childhood. I had already played MM3 to 6 on NES, and when I got the first “X”, for me it was a HUGE improvement. I did not had any idea what happened with Wiley (If anyone knows, do let me know) and in fact it felt like a complete different game in many aspects, But I really liked it. When I got to X3 the experience only got better.

    7.-Street Fighter II: The New challengers: I’ve always loved fighting games. And my first fighting game was the TURBO version of SF II. It was damn good. loved it. But what happened when I realizaed there was another version with 4 NEW CHARACTERS and new movements? As far as I got it, couldn’t stop. Finally Ken and Ryu felt like two different characters. And there was this supposed mexican indian, that looked and had the name of a native American, but who cares? HE WAS FUCKIN’ MEXICAN!!!

    8.-Earthworm Jim 2: I never really played the first one. But the first vtime I played this game, I could not stop laughing. TALKING COWS?? SERIOUSLY?? THAT WAS YOUR REWARD FOR FINISHING A LEVEL?? And the fsrther you got into the game, the crazier it got. ALIEN COWS? FALLING GRANNIES? A GIANT SALT SHAKER?? I couldn’t help it I fell in love with the game. It never got old.

    9.-M.U.G.E.N.
    Not actually a game,but a program. With this shit you could do your own fighting games. As previously stated I LOVE fighting games, and what could be btter than a fighting game where ANY character could be in? I remember downloading characters like crazy, many years ago. The game never ended.

    10.-Final Fantasy VIII: After I got into RPG’s, I started to love this saga. I played all from IV to VI. They were awesome. The thing got better with VII, and the storyline was even better. But VIII just stole my heart. Everything you have in VII, you have it in VIII, upgraded. Not to mention not dealing anymore with stupid armours. Instead, you interacted with the summons, the summons became like Pokemon!! You needed to train them, they leveled up the more you used them and learnt new techinques. AND THEY ALSO HAD A TRADING CARD GAME!! And the story of the game is so maginficent..so romantic. To the date, Rinoa keeps on being my animated love.

    11.- Pokemon Gold & Silver

    The POkemon fever struck when i was 10 or 11, so, it was inevitable for me not to get infected with it. I really enjoyed the conecpt of trading with your friends, it made a game totally interactive for the first time. And Gold & Silver made it even better with the concept of day and night. If you played at daytime, it was actually daytime on the game, and certain POkemon would only appear at that time. A truly innovative game.

    11.- Donkey Kong Country.
    A magnificent game, too bad the sequels were just good. It also had plenty of things, amazing storyline, puzzled, yes you could play the game straightforward, not caring about the bonuses, but if you did you were rewarded at the end. And you played as a couple of CHIMPS!! MONKEYS. WITH A TIE. AND A CAP. And it had also the amazing ( for its time) gact that each one of them was unique. Donkey could do things Diddy couldn’t. And viceversa. To really conquer the game you had to master not one, as with mario games, but TWO characters, knowing their weakneses and their strong points. And make them work as a couple.

    12.-Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3: The first MK I played, was II. And even though I was 6 at the time, I really did not care. I was suprised at the amount of blood, but not enough to be traumatized. In fact, I enjoyed making fatalities. It was a very crazy thing. When 3 came, i was kinda disappointed. Not enough characters. And many I liked were gone. So, it came the remastered version of it, the ULTIMATE version. And I loved it this time. A lot of characters to pick from, many hidden secrets and Kodes, one of which included one button fatalities. Now I could torture my opponent without doubting he would suffer. Or not.

    13.-Super Metroid: An amazing shooter. I must confess I had not played the other games, but I really learnt to love this game. A Lot of puzzles, strange enemies, and on top of that, a girl in bikini. Sometimes I died on purpose just to see Samus’ thong. For me it was like a mixture of Mega Man X and A Link To The Past. Simply perfect.

    14: Hybrid Heaven. This game may be for this time almost forgotten. But for me it had a huge impact. As you loved Deus EX becaues it merged ROG with FPS, I loved Hybrid Heaven because it merged RPG with fighting games. And a pretty solid science fiction oriented story.

    15.- Diablo II. I got the first Diablo many, many years ago. And I simply loved the gloomy and dark environment. And the storyline was amazing. The fact that the mpas were randomly generated made for a great replay value. You never got to fully master the game, becasue each time you replayed it, it was different. Diablo II took this to the extremes. I’m still waiting for III to come out.

    If you got this far, Thank you, Floss 🙂 You rock 🙂

  7. In no particular order my 15: (I’m just going to throw series into 1 group.)

    1. Mario Kart (NES) – Can’t count the number of all nighters I spent racing my cousin.

    Mario Kart (DS) – I don’t own many DS games….but I own a regular DS, DS Lite, DSi & DSiXL…and I have a copy of Mario Kart DS in every one of them. ‘Nough said…

    2. Super Mario Brothers (NES-Wii) – Every Mario game in the original series (even #2) would be on my list.

    3. Life Force (NES) – It uses the famous Konami Code…but I don’t need it for this game.

    4. Contra (NES) – I really only got into the first 2 games in this series, but they’re still fun even today.

    5. Ikari Warriors (NES) – Growing up there were a few games my dad would actually play with me. This was probably the one I have the most fond memories of with my dad. Others would include Jackal (NES) & Lethal Enforcers (SNES)…but Ikari Warriors is special to me.

    6. Triple Play Baseball (Playstation) – I think it was late 90’s when I really got into these games. I just loved the simplicity of the controls in the field & at the plate. Sometimes the freakin’ fielders would take crappy angles going after a ground ball…but you could deal with it.

    7. Dues Ex (PC) – Have 1 & 2, and they are 2 of the few computer games I’ve ever really played much of.

    8. Rise Of The Triad (PC) – This was the first PC game I ever played, and it’s one my dad played a little with me.

    9. Rainbow Six (PC) – After the NES was out dated this was the only series my dad would ever play. Up until his death we had every game in the series & we were both hooked on them. I sort of stopped buying the new games in this series after he died.

    10. Madden (Playstation 1-3) – Sure some years aren’t as good as others, but overall if you like football this has to be on your list.

    11. Tecmo Bowl – Same as above…if you liked football in the days of the NES.

    12. Maze Craze (Atari 2600) – By far my favorite game for the system…simple but a ton of fun on Vs.

    13. Alien Vs Predator (Atari Jaguar) – Oh shit no I didn’t… Yep, put a Jaguar game on the list. When the game first came out on the system it was pretty awesome to play alone in the dark. It was also no easy task to beat if you did it without cheating. I ended up getting graph paper & mapping out all the levels of the space station….but I eventually beat it.

    14. Recident Evil 2 & 3 – Ok I admit…I never beat the first one. Rented it once, and got stuck somewhere & couldn’t figure out where I needed to go. But I really liked 2 & 3…the series kinda out grew me recently though.

    15. The Legend Of Zelda (NES) – Honestly…when this game first came out I didn’t care for it much. The gold cartrige was cool, but I couldn’t get into it. The main reason was I didn’t have the game, but my cousin did. When I went to his house we normally took turns playing, but he would always go first…and you know 1 life in Zelda can last a LLLLOOONNGGG time. Later in life I bought a copy for my GameBoy Advance & finally got my playing time. I can see why everyone loved it now. :p

  8. Off the top of my head, and in no particular order:

    1) Final Fantasy VI – One of my favorite games ever, and damn near flawless in my view.

    2) Final Fantasy V – Yes, V. Some die-hards berate it for not having as deep a plot as IV, VI, or VII, but it has by far the best gameplay system out of any RPG I’ve ever played. Besides, if you want a good story, there’s always books.

    3) Pokemon Gold & Silver – 2nd generation is my favorite generation. Don’t get me wrong, HeartGold & SoulSilver are fantastic, but they just can’t capture the atmosphere that the originals had. That’s saying a lot, since I’m one of the last people to say “OMG THE NEW GAMES SUCK THE ORIGINALS WERE THE BEST”

    4) The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – Speaking of atmosphere, MM had one that was somehow able to simultaneously draw you in and freak you the math out. Like FFV, it gets more than it’s fair share of haters, but to this day it’s my favorite Zelda game.

    5) Chrono Trigger – I agree with pretty much everything you said, Brent, although there isn’t really any song on the soundtrack that I explicitly dislike.

    6) Golden Sun – I loved this game and its sequel. The story wasn’t as involved as, say, a typical Final Fantasy game, but it is absolutely worth playing nonetheless. It’s worth mentioning that the music is absolutely amazing. I just used the word “absolutely” twice. Absolutely.

    7) Super Mario World – My aunt and uncle had an SNES, and I would always play this whenever I visited them. I sucked at it, but it’s certainly memorable to me.

    8) Elite Beat Agents – It’s weird. It’s nonsensical. It’s got some initially questionable song choices. It makes me want to solve the world’s problems using only song and dance, and it made Jumpin’ Jack Flash one of my favorite songs. I want a sequel, dammit. Think about it – the final level has three guys in badass suits and sunglasses (or, if you’re playing on Hard Rock mode, three scantily-clad cheerleaders) harnessing the raw power of The Rolling Stones to inspire a world-wide dance party, the glowing blue aura of which creates a giant laser beam, destroying an evil alien spaceship. HOW IS ANY OF THAT NOT AWESOME!?

    9) Paper Mario – Super Mario RPG, the Paper Mario games, and the Mario & Luigi games are JRPGs for people who hate JRPGs (as well as people who don’t hate JRPGs, such as myself). This was such a fun game, and surprisingly deep gameplay-wise.

    10) Diddy Kong Racing – Ah, my very first N64 game. Good times. I was ALWAYS Timber (I had a thing for tigers when I was a kid).

    11) Kirby and the Amazing Mirror – It’s Kirby, but with an open-ended, Metroidvania style of gameplay. I have no idea why they haven’t made another one like this yet.

    12) Mega Man 2 – The very first Mega Man game I ever played, and it’s actually thanks to your “Mega Man 2 Title With Lyrics”, Brent, that I became a Mega Man fan. A Mega Fan, if you will. (“Air on Crash, Metal on Flash, Metal on Bubble, Bubble on Heat, Heat on Wood…”) The Megas’ “Get Equipped” has been in the CD player of my car for as long as I can remember.

    13) SimTunes – An artsy, music-making computer game from the folks who brought you SimCity and whatnot. It was like Mario Paint in that it was nowhere near equipped to produce professional-grade stuff, but I spent many an hour messing around with it. So much fun.

    14) Age of Mythology – The only “real” PC game I ever played as a kid. Had a good amount of gameplay depth. Too bad I never got the expansion pack.

    15) Tetris – I’m actually surprised that no one’s mentioned this yet. It’s the quintessential puzzle game. You give it to someone who has never seen or played it and they can figure out how it works. I know I speak for myself when I say that it’s one of the only puzzle games people keep coming back to.

    Honorary Mentions:
    Portal – C’mon, it’s freaking Portal.

    Astro Boy: Omega Factor – This is an elusive breed – a licensed game that’s actually GOOD. Part beat-em-up, part shoot-em-up, with an RPG-esque leveling system. When it’s easy, it’s a fun time-waster. When it’s hard, it makes you want to pull your hair out. Even though the Most Definitely 100% Completion Final Boss is pretty underwhelming, it’s worth playing.

  9. in no particular order:

    Zelda: Majora’s Mask (N64)
    the character depth was amazing, and the dark atmosphere was awesome and unlike anything I’ve seen in Zelda. my favorite game from my favorite franchise.

    Zelda: Link’s Awakening (GB)
    this is where my roots are. it’s mostly my favorite for nostalgia’s sake, but it is an absolutely fantastic game too.

    Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
    the best of the “save the princess” plots that I’ve played. it expanded well upon the first game, but didn’t overdo it/get boring like Ocarina of Time.

    Final Fantasy VI (Final Fantasy III in the US) (SNES)
    the plot, the characters, the music, enough said.

    Portal (PC / PS3)
    this game is just hilarious. it’s a damn shame it was so short. this is the only game that I felt it was worth sucking up my motion sickness for (it only occurs when playing in first-person perspective…and I predict it’ll kick in with the 3DS. sadness.)

    Assassin’s Creed (PS3)
    SO IMMERSIVE! I really can’t say enough about this game. the gameplay was excellent, the concept was awesome, the implementation of said concept was phenomenal, just…geez. it got a bit repetitive…I heard they fixed that in the PC version.

    Pokemon Yellow (GB)
    I stopped playing Pokemon after this one. it was fun when it was just 151, and catching them all was actually feasible with hard work. it’s just something to do, though, and didn’t have anything outrageously fantastic going for it. a simple, light game.
    I’ve picked the series back up since then, but nothing can compare to the simplicity of first generation. they’ve added way too much bullshit to it.

    Little Big Planet (PS3)
    a simple, fun, and extremely well-done little game. oooooor…a complex, imaginative, and extremely well-done little game. you can get whatever you want out of this. …and it was extremely well-done.

    Super Metroid (SNES)
    it was a fun game to run through, and then- OH MY GOD, THE ENDING…

    Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
    no better way to kick my boyfriend’s ass 😉 all my favorite characters duking it out, just awesome

    Chrono Cross (PS1)
    I just remember a beautiful game, and being surprised over and over again throughout the whole thing. if I played it again for the first time NOW, I don’t know that it’d still have the same effect, but it sure as hell was awesome THEN.

    Shadowgate (NES)
    another nostalgia game, and I kinda wish I hadn’t watched my brother play it through before I finally got my hands on it. I wonder if I could’ve solved the puzzles without him.

    Star Fox (SNES)
    yet another nostalgia game. the only Star Fox game I’ve played (so far). lots of hidden areas, fun times.
    I’ve played Star Fox 64 against friends, once. if I had the opportunity to sit down and play it, and play more often against my friends, it would likely take Star Fox’s place.

    Gauntlet II (NES / PC ROM)
    my boyfriend and I will go out and grab a bubble tea, and then play this on his laptop for hours. I just enjoy this so much ❤

    Katamari Forever
    the only Katamari game that I haven't played second-hand at someone else's house. this is how I roll.

  10. 1. Mario Tennis (N64)

    I got my N64 back in 2000, for Christmas. One of the games that came with my gift was Mario Tennis. I was hooked. It combined tennis with Mario for a fun, enjoyable experience. And when the GBC version came out a year later, I absolutely whored that thing out. Connectivity, playing as my built-up tennis star… gunning down the mini-games… life was good as long as I wasn’t grounded (or caught picking the closet lock. :D)

    2. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

    Hate me if you want, but this was actually the first Castlevania game I owned. And oh God, I LOVED it. The music was mostly fitting and warm to my ears, but I quickly turned off the sound effects and voices. That aside, the exploration, the secrets, and above all, the atmosphere of the game, have me popping in this cartridge even today.

    3. Super Mario World (SNES)

    Wow. This was like a godsend right here. The music was pretty cool in the castles and fortresses (and the Zircon remix of it was just off the chains), but other than that, I hated the sound. The gameplay, though, was undeniable. Almost a hundred gates and keyholes combined in all! Nine big worlds to explore! The secrets of the Special World! When I wasn’t Mario Karting or slashing up on Zelda: LTTP, I was on this bad boy soaking up reflexes and exit points.

    4. Baseball Stars (NES)

    Holy shit. Back in 1989 this was AMAZING. I actually often prefer this old cartridge to newer versions of the baseball video games. It harkens back a simpler time; the fielding is basic but deep. Fielders can dive, runners slide, and over-the-fence robberies occur. I created a dream team of all-ringers after what seemed like millennia of work. Did I feel good about it? You bet your ass I did.

    5. Double Dribble (NES)

    We mostly played this one when the babysitter came over. He spanked me up and down the court, but I recall it’s one of the first times I ever felt super-motivated to get better at something.

    6. Cool Spot (SNES)

    This was another fun little adventure. I dunno why it’s up here, really, except for the fact that it was one of the earlier games I beat fully legit, without the use of silly cheats and codes. I never got the “Grand Prize,” but I did manage to beat Hard with five letters.

    7. Monopoly (NES)

    Ah, simplicity. Instead of having a huge-ass problem with the real board game, Mom and I popped this into the NES and played our favorite little bartering game. She usually won, mostly because I had horrid luck. That and she cornered the orange properties.

    8. Tetris Attack (SNES)

    Yeah, I know this is Panel de Pon to you Japanese folk, but out here, we still got a solid and satisfying game. I could have done without the Yoshi characters, and hell, the character themes in general. But hey, this was one of the best puzzlers I played in my pre-teen years other than the next one on my list.

    9. Fire ‘n Ice (NES)

    Oh, GOD yes. That warning on the front of the box was true. I was hooked like a crack addict on this game. This one made me THINK like I had never done it before. The level editor was a beautiful touch, and made the game highly replayable even after the several years it took me to finally manage to beat Druidle. Solomon’s Key may have come first, but Fire ‘n Ice was the one that stuck.

    10. Super Mario 64 (N64)

    This got my 3D gaming career off with a bang. In all the time I spent gathering the 120 stars for the secret upper portion, I had fun pretty much the entire way. And then when I found out my reward for it, I wanted to smash the fuck out of my system. It was still SO worth the effort.

    11. Batman (NES)

    The stylish visuals and fun gameplay made for a pleasant trip through Gotham City. But the real joy came after finally taking down that smug Joker bastard at the end of it all. James Rolfe owes me a medal.

    12. Final Fantasy VIII (PS1)

    I disagree with everyone that says VII was the best in the series. Sorry, but I just don’t get the hype. I never liked it. VIII, on the other hand, was like meth. The magic system was awesome, the leveling and exploration was well-done and enjoyable, and I found myself far more engaged throughout any other Final Fantasy game.

    13. Pokemon Gold/Silver (GBC)

    I had already been hooked on Pokemon from the moment they first announced a US release date on the videotape. I was STOKED as hell. Then it came out. The first-gen games were fresh and welcome, even if the anime did suck. But, the second generation introduced new elements, Pokemon, and aspects that worked real-time, to provide a more real experience. I cherished the time I spent in Gold myself, building up my team to beat down on Blue and Red in the final battles. Check out the remakes if you missed them the first time around. You won’t be sorry if you’re a Poke-fan. If not, try the old ones anyway. Maybe you’ll find something in these old dinosaurs to appreciate.

    14. Kirby Super Star (SNES)

    You wanna talk about a hell of a value? Think Kirby Super Star. It was hailed as a nine-in-one. Games ranged from easy as hell, to difficult and thought-provoking. Patient exploration and thought led to secrets, which bumped up the completion percentages, earning you new games. My favorite, of all of them, was the Gauntlet. A battle royale pitted you against all the bosses in the entire cartridge, in a row, with just one life. Three tomatoes and power-ups helped, but that was pure skill, to finish off the last baddie. To see that 100% marker on my file select… a fine, fine moment.

    And finally… we come to this one… the one game that pretty much summed up what I loved about video games as a teenager and onward.

    15. Dark Cloud 2 (PS2)

    HOW IS THIS GAME NOT MORE LOVED. Seriously, what the hell. The people I meet up with in real life don’t even know this game exists. This is almost a MUST HAVE for any RPG fan. Exploration… inventions… customizations… photography… golf… transformations… towns to build, futures to save… this game had so much packed into so little. At its heart, it seems like a bland Mystery Dungeon ripoff. I like the random generation. It makes a level seem fresh and new. I gave this game several hundred hours of my life. And there’s not a one I’d wish to have back, not even the ones erased by my former best friend. (We didn’t cease the friendship because of that, in case you’re wondering.)

  11. 1. Final fantasy VII
    2. Castlevania
    3. Banjo Kazooie
    4. Zelda- a link to the past
    5. Zelda- Ocarina of time
    6. Super mario 64
    7. Super mario 3
    8. The legend of zelda
    9. Harvest moon
    10. Perfect dark
    11. Grand theft auto – vice city
    12. Links awakening
    13. Final fantasy
    14. Crash Bandicoot
    15. Legend of mana
    *bonus* Sim city

  12. Quite late to this entry. I should check this blog more often…
    Man, I saw the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt cartridge in an independant games shop just today. Re(tro)present!

    1. Chrono Cross
    I have yet to find a game more perfect in my opinion. Whenever I think, for whatever reason, “what’s my favourite game?”, this is always what comes to mind. I don’t understand why some people think it’s not as good as Chrono Trigger (and I suspect most of those people are looking at Trigger with the rose-tinted view of nostalgia). I would defend this game to the near-death, I really would. When Yasunori Mitsuda’s on music, and Masato Kato’s on story, there’s really no way the game can be bad (I ordered Sands of Destruction recently…).

    2. Lylatwars (Starfox 64 in America)
    Considering how much I value story when it comes to videogames, it’s kind of surprising how high on the list this is. You can learn every story element in this in only a short amount of time, but I still played the shit out of it. Starfox has never been better than this.

    3. Final Fantasy VIII
    Another surprisingly unpopular Squaresoft RPG. Despite how emo some people say this is, I have no shame in admitting that it had a strong influence on me back in the early 00s. I practically wanted to be Squall.

    4. Dragon Warrior Monsters
    A game I almost completely missed. A friend introduced me to it, and I was lucky enough to find a copy in a preowned bin somewhere. An extremely rare game, this. It was my first Dragon Warrior/Quest game. I still haven’t properly got into that series yet…

    5. Final Fantasy IX
    This also had a strong influence on me and a main character who I wanted to be. Back then, my favourite game would constantly switch between this and number VIII. The title theme is one of the first things I ever tried to play on keyboard. I wasn’t very good at it. I also tried the overworld theme and the Treno music, but I was even worse at those.

    6. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
    The best Zelda in my opinion. Beats the shit out of Ocarina of Time. I first played this round a friend’s house, and borrowed it from him the same day. Most people hated it for the graphics, and that makes them utterly stupid; a game doesn’t need to try to look realistic just to be good, dangit! This is probably the first game where I really enjoyed the music outside of the game’s context.

    7. Sonic 3/Sonic & Knuckles
    They’re practically one game, so I’m counting them as such. I’ve played through these so many times I could probably do it squinting through severe eye pain (I probably couldn’t do it blindfolded. I tried to think of something similar but still slightly sight-permitting). Back before I wanted to be human videogame characters, I wanted to be Sonic the Hedgehog. Soooo very much. The Mega Drive (Genesis) Sonics were incredibly influential in my taste in videogames. They’re colourful, fun, have great replay value, and don’t take themselves too seriously.

    8. Monster Rancher (Monster Rancher 2 everywhere else)
    This was so many kinds of awesome in its day. Getting new monsters out of whatever CDs you can find gives some rare kind of thrill. (“What will this album get?” “How about that game?”) Even if I didn’t intend to actually play the dang game, I’d always start it up every time I got a new album or something. Shame it was just this PlayStation one that came out here. America and Japan got like three PS2 ones.

    9. Ape Escape
    This was something we found on a demo disc that came with some PlayStation magazine my brother used to get. It was supposedly one of the first games to use both analog sticks, and was freaking amazing. My gaming reflexes would be nowhere near as good without this.

    (Dang I think I’ve taken longer than 15 minutes. Oh well…)

    10. vib-ribbon (which apparently wasn’t released in the US)
    I haven’t properly actually played this. This is another game we found on a demo disc. It wasn’t nearly good enough to actually buy, and I don’t exactly remember what it was like to play, but it’s something I make fun of a lot. It’s stuck in my memory for the lolz.

    (Ok I’m having trouble thinking of stuff now…)

    11. Jak 3
    Dang. What can I say about this? It’s… very good? Possibly the best 3D platformer ever. Possibly…

    12. Golden Axe
    We used to play this a lot back in the early 90s. I first completed it, like, last year. It’s, surprisingly, still quite challenging.

    13. Super Mario Bros. 3
    Back in the day, we had Super Mario All-Stars on the SNES. Mario 3 contains a few of those pointless things I’ll never forget, like holding down on the white bit at the start of the first level, and that you’re supposed to go through the sixth door in that castle where there are a load of doors. I remember quite clearly that it took us five years to complete it.

    14. Streets of Rage 2
    Old Mega Drive games FTW! Streets of Rage 2 had the ideal ratio of brilliance to cool. It’s technically better than the first one and has an ending song that I really want to rework in some way. It also had the most street cred ever!

    15. Shenmue
    I’ve barely played this game, and I didn’t get very far last time I tried (which was probably somewhere around ten years ago), but it’s a game I keep intending to try again. It did the running-around-doing-quicktime-events thing before Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy) did, and is way cooler than I probably knew at the time. Actually, I think the main reason I stopped playing it was because my sister made fun of me when the guy kept saying “I’m looking for some sailors”.

    Well that took way longer than 15 minutes. Dang. It’s like I can’t even think of fifteen influential games… (I’m not even sure about number 15…)

  13. Lets see..
    #1 Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt (the game that started it all)
    #2 Super Mario World (1st SNES game)
    #3 Super Mario RPG (1st rpg)
    #4 Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Favorite game of all time)
    #5 Mario 64 (3D FTW)
    #6 007 Goldeneye (1st FPS)
    #7 GTA III (1st PS2 game, lost sooo many hours in this sandbox)
    #8 MGS (1st great story)
    #9 MGS 3 Snake Eater (Gameplay & Story perfection)
    #10 MGS 4 Guns of the Patriots (1st PS3 game, just behind Ocarina as favorite of all time, made me cry hard)
    #11 Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic
    #12 Final Fantasy X (made me cry)
    #13 Sonic & Knuckles (1st game bought with my own $$$)
    #14 Pokemon Red
    #15 Dragon Age Origins
    Honorable Mentions: Monkey Island series (Hilarity ensued) , Uncharted series, Ratchet & Clank series, Oddworld series, FF VII & IX, The Sims, Paper Mario series, Mario & Luigi Partners in Time, Donkey Kong Country series, TMNT 2 & 4, God of War, Mega Man 2 & 3 & X1, X2 & X3, Batman Arkham Asylum, Fatal Frame 2 AND Oregon Trail! …

    Thats WAY more than 15 but all of these games came off the top of my head and had a significant impact on me.


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