June 19, 2018
For the past month I have written articles detailing my favorite games of all time. Since I am currently 27 years old I decided to limit my list to my top 27 favorite games. This list includes a lot of games from a lot of different genres. I tried to limit myself to only one game in a series. Throughout the month it took me to write all of these articles the list changed a lot. The original list included Sea of Thieves, but did not include Gears of War or Cloning Clyde. I feel like I improved a lot while writing these articles, or maybe I just remembered more details about games that I played more recently. I hope that you enjoy reading these as much as I enjoyed writing them.
Here is the list of my top 27 favorites games in chronological order with links to the original articles:
- Track & Field (1983)
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (1993)
- Mega Man X (1994)
- Super Mario 64 (1996)
- Pokémon Red/Blue (1998)
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (2001)
- Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)
- Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding (2001)
- Whacked! (2002)
- Resident Evil (2002)
- Animal Crossing (2002)
- Final Fantasy XI (2002)
- WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (2003)
- Lumines (2004)
- Halo 2 (2004)
- Viva Piñata (2006)
- Cloning Clyde (2006)
- Chromehounds (2006)
- Wii Sports (2006)
- Gears of War (2006)
- Mario Party 8 (2007)
- Rock Band (2007)
- Crackdown (2007)
- Mass Effect (2007)
- Civilization Revolution (2008)
- Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
- Catherine (2011)
- Coming Soon!
I truly believe that video gaming is a subjective experience. It is impossible to objectively place a number or rating on video games, when those games are not often experienced in a vacuum. We experience them with our friends, families, and significant others, people who may enjoy gaming or not. Perhaps a game about love and lust comes at a time when you are experiencing some real world questions about your relationships – this game may become more important to you because of the real world connection. I used to be terrified of Resident Evil, but one of my best friends in middle school loved the series, so I overcame my fears and watched him play, talked about the story, and fell in love with a wonderfully rich and complicated world. Sea of Thieves is a game about sailing a mostly empty ocean, there are no pirate mechanics, little progression, and few enemy types – but I love playing it because it provides an opportunity for my friends and I to just hang out together.
If I ever create a video game my philosophy will be simple: Provide an opportunity for players to come together. At the end of the day gaming is better when experience together. People love watching others play video games so much that twitch.tv has exploded in popularity and YouTube Let’s Plays dominate the charts. Single player games are not dead, but why not encourage players to discuss the complicated lore and secrets that are hidden throughout the game, or maybe let other players invade or alter your playing arena.
I hope to continue to write about video games and share my experiences. Because the way that I experience a video game will always be different than the way you experience it. Stayed tuned for more Spoon Deep soon.
Love as always,
Jake “prettyboyplaid” Fredericks