My Top 10 Video Games.

I do not discuss my hobbies on here often, except for my hiking adventures from time to time. But with all the negativity going on in the world right now, I thought I would do something different. One of my favourite hobbies, since I was a young one, was playing video games. I still play video games from time to time, but with everything else going on, they tend to take a backseat. Having said that, here are my top 10 favourite games ever (in no particular order):

Crash Bandicoot Warped.

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Back when the Playstation was out, a 3D platformer with a cute, quirky animal called Crash Bandicoot was released. This game was simplistic, but really hard. All you had to do was dodge and jump on moving obstacles… and have the patience of a Shaolin monk. It was fun… but too hard. Crash Bandicoot Warped was the third installment in the series though, it was more forgivable, and by extension, more enjoyable. Furthermore, you could fly planes, ride cars and boats, with a bunch of levels that had different playing styles. Add in a vibrant colourful atmosphere, some quirky characters, and this game was a childhood favourite.

Crash Team Racing.

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Like with Super Mario, the developers of Crash Bandicoot decided to throw their characters into racing karts. In this game, you collect power ups to thwart your opponents. Yeah, it’s a Mario Kart clone, but it’s a good clone. Add in a ‘power sliding’ mechanic and you will quickly realise it’s an easy game to learn, but a hard one to master. I was really pleased then, when they remastered this game for the PS4, which basically takes the original game but added in a whole bunch of extra characters and racing tracks. If you’re into customising your karts, you can do that too.

Age of Empires 2.

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There are many real time strategy (RTS) games out there, but Age of Empires 2 helped popularise the genre and still stands the test of time. The gist of it is, you build an empire and then use your military to destroy your opponent’s base. OK, so why was this RTS so good? I don’t know, it just is, because it does everything that an RTS should. The game came out in 1999, but I still occasionally play it to this day.

Diablo/Diablo 2.

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The Diablo games are ‘hack and slash’ role playing games. Kill lots of demons, pick up new weapons and armour, repeat. There are many games out there that fit the bill, but the Diablo games do it better than most, because they give you so many different items and ways of developing your character. This gives you many different strategies you can approach when you play.

The Elder Scrolls series (Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim).

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Back in high school I remember visiting a video game store and seeing a box for The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind. I looked at the back and it said something about being the ‘most detailed world ever created’ and that you could ‘play and be any kind of character you imagine’. I had played a few role-playing games before, but this was the first one which was truly open ended. From the start, your character and appearance were completely customisable. There was a main story you could follow, but you could choose to ignore it and do your own thing. Boy oh boy there was a detailed world to explore, and that was satisfying. For its time, the graphics were amazing, but the gameplay was even better. Since then, more Elder scrolls games came out, those being Oblivion and Skyrim, and I lost hundreds of hours of my life to all of them.

Doom.

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I was never fully sold on first person shooter games, unless I had some friends to play with. Doom was an exception to this rule though. The premise is simple, you’re a space marine killing hordes of demon aliens on Mars. It was violent, gory and fun. Come to think of it, I was surprised my parents let me play this game as a kid. They probably shouldn’t have, but I would like to think I still turned out alright in spite of it.

Borderlands.

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Take a first-person shooter game and combine it with the ‘hack and slash’ role playing antics of Diablo mentioned earlier, and you have Borderlands. The fun aspect of this game wasn’t necessarily shooting aliens (although that is fun), but the leveling up and constant ‘loot’ that you find to improve your character. There are all types of weapons in this game, and you will find that no two weapons are exactly the same. The cartoonish looking graphics look pretty cool too.

Half Life 2.

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OK I’ll add another first-person shooter game to my exception list. Originally I got this game as a birthday present, but my computer couldn’t run it at the time. So I just forgot about it… Several years later I got the game as part of a discounted deal on Steam, and so I eventually got around to playing it. It’s difficult for me to explain here why this game here is so good, but if you like first person shooter games, then this must not be missed. The puzzle solving aspects and the atmosphere make this a game which stands out from the rest of the pack.

Portal 1 and 2.

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If you haven’t played these games, they’re platforming games with a puzzle solving aspect to them. Also, you have been missing out on something great. In Portal, you have a ‘portal gun’ which you use to navigate your environment by teleporting. Portal 2 extends the re-playability aspect of this game with a ‘co-op’ multi-player mode and an online mode. Once you get bored with the original game, you can create your own levels and play the levels which others have previously created, and there is some fantastic user submitted levels out there.

Pokémon Yellow.

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When I was 13, my parents gave me a Game Boy for Christmas, with Pokémon Yellow on it. Pokémon was really popular back then, but I never got into the TV series. But the Game Boy games? They were fantastic, if you like your ‘role playing’ games, that is. In case you’re living in a cave, the game involves catching these critters known as Pokémon and training them up for battle. The objective is to beat these ‘gym masters’ with your Pokémon, and collect them all, all 150 of them. Later Pokémon games had several hundred more to collect. I never bothered getting all of them, but it was fun to try out different Pokémon, since they all had different abilities and playing styles.

A question for you.

Did you ever used to like playing video games, if so, what were your favourite games?

12 thoughts on “My Top 10 Video Games.

  1. I recall playing Doom with Windows 3.1 (if I recall correctly)
    What a breakthrough in graphics. Yes quite blood thirsty!
    It was only later that our children introduced us to Crash Bandicoot. A great family activity!

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    1. The graphics look pretty basic now, although the DOOM remakes certainly have a lot more detail and gore!The Crash Bandicoot games were always good to play,but you needed to have some patience.

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  2. Wow! I love video games too but our preferences do not overlap at all 😂 I am pretty much exclusively a Nintendo girl so my favorites tend to be Zelda and Mario etc. I don’t play any Pokémon but my husband LIVES for Pokémon, has every game, etc. I think his preferences would overlap with yours more than mine do 😁

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    1. Nintendo has some great games too. I enjoyed playing the Mario games as well,although I never really owned any Nintendo consoles besides the Game Boy and an emulated SNES for my PC lol.

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  3. I haven’t played any of these! My favourite of all time is definitely the Sims games. Prior to that, I loved NFS Underground. I also got into Unravelled, but got stuck and could never get past one point. Other games I’ve played are LOTR, Mortal Kombat, Tekken and Street Fighter.

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    1. They’re all pretty good games, but quite different to the Sims so hard to say if you would like them. I’ve played a few of those fighting games with friends, but I am awful at them. I loved the NFS games too but I’ve only played the really old school ones, 2 and 3, and High Stakes.

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  4. Many video games are like movies, in that popular originals (yes, I actually used DOS commands on my Commodore 64 to begin my computer playing) have spawned a host of of related extensions with ever-advancing technology capability. Building games like Civilization is a core game that introduced us to tech trees and choice for research advancements and are now almost as a standard part of any game. (I still play Civ 2 on occasion.) The Unreal and Quake engines revolutionized graphics. (I have dozens of shelves filled with well over a thousand computer and video games) and my adult son who grew up through and with this digital revolution – and now works administering IT – has not just the latest and greatest of systems (with his own game server and private chat enabled gear to work with real world allied war game modeling) but a VR room that reminds me of the holodeck on STNG. This is the world of video games these days. All very cool.

    I have to mention how MMOs have altered the landscape of gaming. I have a lot of praise for World of Warships and the challenges these kind of platforms offer but I still pull out a host of Star Wars games from time to time. Favourites? I have only a few hundred!

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    1. A VR room? wow that sounds pretty high tech. I remember playing Quake on servers at school lol, good game. No doubt many of the games these days were inspired by earlier games which came from a period before most people had a computer, or even knew what one was supposed to do!

      There is a lot more I could’ve put on here but I chose to just stick with 10 lol. Nowadays I only play a game if it really captures my interest – and then I will play it to death. Otherwise I don’t bother with it.

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      1. I’m the same: play it until I tire of it. Hasn’t happened in World of Warships yet. That’s something.

        Yeah the VR room is more by necessity. Anything in the way may result in injury! But it’s a pretty cool way to exercise, too. Stuff like sword play, climbing, skiing, that kind of stuff. I can see this is the future of video gaming.

        One thing I have noticed is how many games are switching to the Play Station hand controller as thhe default. Playing something like Jedi Fallen Order on the keyboard is very difficult because it hasn’t been designed that way. Bummer. I never got into the stand alone video stations because one could do so much more with the computer, so most of my games are for the PC. My son wanted to play Halo and so we began the XBox progression… until he had to buy his own games. At that point he convinced me I could upgrade my desk top to his old desk top system for half the price of him buying new… which not only saved us both money as we both upgraded but created a HelpDesk guy for me if I ran into trouble on his old system. And by ‘old, I mean something well above the standard of the day so that I never had a system insufficient for any game. The trick now is to have all the obsolete Operating systems on board my desk top so that I can continue to play ‘older’ games by switching the OS easily … namely, for games that I have learned how to play!

        I always allowed my son to play on the computer independent of me and had a host of learning games loaded up for him, which he devoured. I found him one day when he was about 4 going through the kernel of the operating system – I think it was Win 3.1 – to find my passwords so that he could gain access to some of the games he wanted to play. My spouse was terribly worried he was going to spend too much time in the make-believe world of computers rather than learn about the real world but I always saw the computer as a means to new experiences and knowledge beyond the local. He graduated college with way more money than he started with (co-op) and bought himself a Tesla as his first car. Bastard. He then went straight into employment in network and admin stuff and is a highly prized asset for his employer. He now he makes more money than his parents combined – and we’re both professionals! – and smiles all day long at work. That’s how you recognize the IT people wandering hallways with this smile on their faces because everyone is so appreciative when they fix problems. He designed a fire response phone app utilizing a host of GIS information just because he could. The Fire Chief was intrigued so she decided to try it. After 6 months, fire response time was 7 minutes faster and the exact information for hydrants and hose length was right there on the phones for the firefighters to use. As payment, he can get his car washed for free at the fire halls.

        I like to take some credit that as new parents we understood the importance of the oncoming wave of digital technology and so tried to do what we could to insert it in his overall education. But no schools teach this up-to-date stuff and most parents recommend stuff 20 years out of date so kudos to him for using all this stuff to add value and meaning and fun to his life.We’ll end up living in his basement.

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      2. I am more of a PC gamer myself. Had a computer built about 7 years ago. It still runs well and plays most games, although the latest games require better graphics cards for optimum settings. It seems there is this arms race between the graphics cars manufacturers and video game developers. Someday I will upgrade again but not willing to spend just yet. Of course I have a ton of old games which are still fun to play and run smoothly.

        Congratulations on your son’s success, I bet you’re proud of him, with a touch of envy hehe. I was always told off for spending too much time on a computer as a kid, yet now we are all glued to our computers lol. Much more than just machines for wasting time on.

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