This is something I’m shamelessly ripping off, based on something I saw on YouTube.
Randy Yasenchak of ElderGeek.com had the really nice idea of building a list of games for his young son to play as he grows up, and I was totally smitten with it, so I’ve decided to do the same thing myself, for my son.
Games are a massive part of my life, they have been for as long as I’ve had a computer, which must be about 1984 (give or take a year or so). It started with a Sinclair Spectrum 48K and kept going from there.
Along the way there have been some games which are indelibly etched on my memory for one reason or another. They’re not necessarily the greatest games in the world, nor the most memorable for most people I expect, but they’re important to me and tend to flood me with memories. These are the games I want RAR to play when he’s old enough to, just so he has an idea of what it was that has kept me playing to this day, almost thirty years later.
I told my wife about the idea and her initial reaction (after giving me a ‘really?!?’ expression) was ‘Twenty-five?! That many?’ I guess it seemed like a lot to her, but quite honestly I wondering how I’m meant to whittle it down to that few.
So now my task is to build a list of the twenty-five games which define my video game history. No mean feat! Off the top of my head as I sit here writing this, I’m looking at the following systems to potentially pick from: ZX Spectrum 48/128K, Sega Master System, Sega Megadrive, NES (although to be fair I didn’t pick one up until I was nearly thirty), SNES, PC, Amiga, Gameboy, Coin-op, Playstation, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Gamecube, N64, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS. (I’m probably missing some.)
Narrowing down this list is going to take some real thinking, but I’m looking forward to it, for nostalgia’s sake if nothing else. I’m debating making myself play right through each one again too.
So, does anything spring to mind for you? What would be immediate picks for you?