Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

I have been playing video games my entire life, the earliest memory I have is playing Super Mario Bros 3. Well when I say playing it, I mean my mother would be playing it and I would be holding a unplugged controller thinking I was playing. Ever since then I have devoted a lot of my free and not free time to playing and thinking about video games, video games are one of my biggest passions in life.

These are the games why.

1. Banjo-Kazooie

Banjo-Kazooie is my favourite game of all time. I have made this point clear to anybody who asks me, but I can find nothing wrong with Banjo-Kazooie. I think it looks fantastic, sounds fantastic, plays fantastic and I just absolutely adore it. Now some of you may think that my mind is clouded in nostalgia, being that this was the game that came bundled in with my N64 and I spent a large chunk of my childhood playing this I would agree with you. But there has not been a year where I have not played the game, in fact I'm going to say that since I acquired it I have beat it at least twice each year.

Banjo-Kazooie is everything I want out of a video game, it is a bright and colourful world full of interesting characters and environments. Banjo-Kazooie had a soul, which is where Super Mario 64 (For me) fell short. I love Super Mario 64 to, but the one thing keeping it from taking Banjo-Kazooie away from my heart, is Super Mario 64 had no soul. Banjo-Kazooie played better than Super Mario 64, had better worlds, had way more characters that often had humorous dialogue and its world just seemed more attractive than SM64's did. I never understood people who thought Banjo-Kazooie was not better than Super Mario 64, but those people are not me, so i will never know.

2. Super Mario Bros. 3

The earliest memory I have is this game, it wasn't the original version though it was the All Stars version. My parents told me that out of the four games on all Stars this was the only one that I was interested in playing. Looking at the games now it's easy to see why, Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros 2 never clicked with me, I have only finished Super Mario Bros once and not really got far in 2.

But I have completed this game dozens of times, I managed to beat it in my childhood at a young age, I think I was 5. Ever since then my parents knew that I loved video games. Even since childhood, I managed to squeeze time for this game into my life. I picked up the GBA remake, which is probably the best version of the game but this debate is for another time. I also went back and bought Super Mario All Stars and bought the Wii version. Anytime I crack out my SNES I always end up slotting in game that started it all, still having a complete and utter blast.

3. Mario Kart 64

Although I had Super Mario Kart, I never really got into the series until Mario Kart 64. Mario Kart 64 was just such an amazing game at the time and to this day remains my go to Mario Kart. It just has so much charm, each level had a certain amount of care put into the track making all of them unique and cool.

Did you know that you could go into the Super Mario 64 starting area? Did you know if you jump off the huge ramp on Rainbow Road at the start you can make a really long shortcut? Did you know that this game is awesome?

4. Conker's Bad Fur Day

I never had many N64 games a child, I think that the lifespan that console was relevant I had about 6 games. When I aquired a job aswell as buying a ton of new games for the current systems I had the money to go back and buy games I never did. My eyes were set on my N64 as I knew there were games out there I hadn't played. The N64 is a hard system to go back and play if you didn't play it back then, I acquired about 30+ N64 games since then and most of them I would play when i get it then never play it again.

Conkers Bad Fur day is probably one of the only exceptions, I played it in 2008 for the first time and have played it a few times since then too. I was a huge fan of this style of game, but Conkers Bad Fur Day may have looked like them but it sure as hell was a different experience. It is a fantastic game but that is not why I put it on this list, I put it on the list because playing through the game for the first time, I was able to treat it as a game not a N64 game. I wasn't stopping and thinking, man this looks shit or these references sure are dated! I was enjoying it for it being a funny and fantastic video game, that is reason enough. Although I can see why my parents never wanted me to have this one as a child, my parents were clever and saw the rating instead of all those stupid parents out there who assumed it was a kiddy game.

5. Pokémon Red/Blue

My mother got me and my sister a copy of this game each, I got Pokemon Red she got Pokemon Blue (This may be the reason why I always choose red over blue in multiplayer situations) but we only had one Gameboy, my one. We spent ages fighting each other to see who would get a go first in the morning, I always made the argument that because its my Gameboy I should get a go first.

Neither my sister or my parents saw it that way, because I was older they often told me I could wait and let her have a go first. Funny how every time it was my go the battery red light was on.. So yes I played a bunch, I replayed the game many a time, always choosing different Pokemon each time. Pokemon was a good holiday game, when your traveling or just sitting around waiting to go out Pokemon is a life saver.

6. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

It's hard to remember being jobless, I have been working since the summer of 2008, ever since then I have had a very large amount of disposable income. Its how I got 90% of my game collection today. Before I got a job the only way I would get games is through Birthdays, I got £3 a week pocket money, so I was able to get some games through that but they would have to be very cheap. So to make sure I could keep playing more and more games, I would only keep games the very best games, anything else would get traded back in so I could use that money to buy new games. Well one birthday my parents got me The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, I looked at it and said thanks but I was kind of gutted I didn't get the game I asked for. Well lets just say I have never been more wrong.

Oblivion took over my very life, as a child I was only allowed to play video games on weekends and on Friday evenings, my parents never stopped me playing them on weekends of course but they always liked to encourage reading and studying. But after I got Oblivion my entire weekends would be spent lost in the world of Cyrodill, I haven't ever gotten so deep into a games world before. I think my total time is over 400 hours spent playing Oblivion over the course of two years, thats a lot of time. I had never really played RPG's before, I had never really played a game like this before, or a game that looked this amazing. My breath was taken away at the vast landscape and the very fact that I could travel anywhere and do anything made it all the more incredible.

I remember feeling quite scared, for the first 10 hours or so I never ventured far from the Imperial City. I made a name for myself in the Imperial City, helping out a local shopkeeper Thoronir, helping an old fisherman and fighting my way through the arena. But when the champion of the arena asked me to go out far away to a dungeon, that was it, I went out and didn't return for about 30 hours. I just got sidetracked and before you knew it I had forgotten all about the arena. Skyrim never clicked with me, I haven't played Oblivion since the release of Skyrim, but if I had a choice of choosing between Skyrim or Oblivion I would not hesitate when choosing Oblivion. Skyrim does fix alot of the issues that Oblivion has, but it seemed very dark and depressing where as Cyrodill had much more life and colour.

7. RuneScape

My parents never let me play World of Warcraft, they thought it was a crazy scam, why should they pay out monthly for a game when they just thought you buy a game and thats that. I still wanted my MMO fix, so I came across a site called Miniclip. I'm not sure if it still exsists, but Miniclip was a website in which you could play multiple flash games for free. Its where I found Club Penguin, which I was also playing at the time. I then stumbled onto Runescape, looked a bit more at it and it pretty much looked just what I wanted, plus hey its free!

So I signed up under the name FredGoon and spent the next month addicted like it was my drug, I spent many a time wandering the free to play realm of Runescape chatting with friends I had made, getting my skills up, exploring the world, completeing quests and just having a blast. My account later got banned, some guy tricked me into giving him all of my stuff and I called him a twat. That was abad move and I lost my account, after that I quit for a bit. Not for too long and I was back under the account name of Hizang, which is my account to this day.

This is where I spent the most of my time and effort, I remember being very proud of my prayer level that was at a very high level. High enough to get an immunity to melee, ranged and magic attacks. After I got a job I went back and bought a membership, that was where I fell off on the game though, I think the part I enjoyed about Runescape was how big and how small it was, it was big enough that i had lots of room to explore but small enough that I knew my way around. The membership area was far to big and way to different, so thats when I stopped playing. I go back every now and then to see whats different, but I will never capture the same experience again, locked in my memories.

8. Super Smash Bros.

I was never taken home after school, my mother worked at one of those after school club type things. So every day after school we would meet up with a bunch of other kids, then taken to a large building and slightly entertained until it was time to go home. The one thing that kept me sane through this was the N64, they managed to get there hands on a N64 with a copy of this game. It has been a while, but i think this is the only game they had, to avoid fights from people who want to change the game. It was pretty much most days just me and a group of us sitting around playing this until we went home, it's probably how I got so darn good at the game.

I also had the game at home so I played a whole bunch of this game, which again was why I was unbeatable. I could wipe the floor with any child there and my sister and even parents at home. I would main Kirby, always and forever, his ability to take abilities wasn't what drew me to him. It was his ability to fly and his downward sword strike and his ability to turn into an anvil. Fuck this game was awesome, even today I would much rather play this than Brawl or Melee, although Melee is a fantastic game.

9. The Simpsons Wrestling

I know what your thinking. I don't care what your thinking, I enjoyed the shit out of this game as a kid. I was a mega Simpsons fan back as a kiddy, I would watch it every evening, one episode would be on at 6 while the other would be on at 7. So when my dad got me and my sister The Simpsons Wrestling, you can guess how happy I was. I had never played any wrestling games before, so I had no bar to fall under or sore across.

I ate the game up, I spent ages playing through this game, I would not do the story mode as that got mad difficult towards the end. But me and my sister played a bunch, but what made this game was the cheat system. The cheat system added extra characters and even some characters and stages only made available through cheats (Itchy and Scratchy). No I haven't played it since I was a child, yes this game probably doesn't hold up anywhere as good as I would have liked it to, but I had more fun with this than I did with Pac-Man, there i said it!

10. Metal Gear Online

Prepare to be Snap Shot! That was my catchphrase, my name in the game was Snap Shot and before I started a match I would type that phrase in. Metal Gear Online was hated by many, loved by few, I was one of those few. Before this I had not spent much time playing online, I had recently started playing resistance Fall of Man online and that was my first console online experience. That may have had a hand in why I enjoyed it so much, I was also quite good. My weapon of choice was the sniper riffle, which is odd because I never really liked using snipers in games before and even now I'm not a huge fan. But I kept using it and got really good at it, I was also very good at rolling out of the way of shots.

My favourite mode was the Snake VS soldiers mode, I would keep playing until I got to play as Snake. It was incredible cool sneaking around stalking enemies with them not knowing where you are at all. Playing as the MK II was also really fun, if only to run around and tease the guards. I kept with the game for a couple of years, I made it into a few expansions, but by the time Raiden and Vamp came around I was long gone. I played some matches before it went offline, it's sad to see that you can no longer play this. But I'll always have the memories, plus all the friends I made along the way.

11. Mario Party 4

I never owned a Gamecube, my sister did though, me and my sister would wake up each Saturday and usually play a game of Mario Party 4. It was our first Mario Party game and although we did play Mario Party 5 and 7 for a while we never did get as in to them as Mario Party 4. Every weekend our mum would invite her friend over, her friend had a kid my sisters age, every time he came over we played a round of this three player for years. It was like a weird ritual, but hey this is a fantastic game and easily the best of the series. Mario Party 9 is just so off base and I do hope if they get another chance they bring it back to this kind of gameplay.

12. The Sims

PC gaming wasn't really what me and my sister did, The Sims was pretty much the only game we played. Both of us spent years and years playing around with The Sims and there expansions, but while she just messed about I went into crazy hardcore mode. I spent a year or so crafting my own unique story, I created every single person living in the town, created there house every single one was unique and fitted there character. I would use the rosebud cheat to have no limits, but I went even deeper. One of my characters was called Hizang (Where I got the name), he was one of the main protagonists Fred Goon (Google that!) best friends.

He was a celebrity chef, so I built a luxury house, I would get him a job as a chef and work my way up the career path in order to get him as a proper chef. This would make no difference though because the way I told my story was via the in game camera, which would take place on Fred Goon's house, but I went crazy detailed. The plot never finished, I spent years just going and going and going. It started around a slob who managed to get the job of s secret agent, who took down a criminal mob boss known as Randy Razor. Who was in love with Lacita Lovegood, who was in love with Fred Goon. It was a great story that had some very emotional characters, when I read it out to my parents i would use voices for each character. No Sims game ever came close to this, both Sims 2 and 3 failed in my eyes, it will never match the original.

13. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

As a kid when your parents tell you that you can't have something, you generally want it more. This was what I wasn't allowed but desperately wanted, all my friends at school had it and told me every day all the stuff that they get to do in this game. It sounded fantastic and once my friend snuck it over and I got a go, I had to keep pestering my father and eventually it worked. My father bought it on the condition that I wasn't allowed to tell my mother, granted again, I was 8-9 years old. Call it bad parenting, call it good parenting, I just called it a bloody miracle!

At long last i could roam around a city and do whatever I wanted, my sister got all wierd and followed the rules of the road and never commited any crime. Watching her drove me crazy, because when I would play I would drive around like a maniac running people over, using the weapon cheat so I can spawn a tank in and blow shit up! The story was great, but as a kid the story never grabbed me to much. All I cared about was getting far enough in the story that I had the ability to freely go on the second main island, then I could have the roam of the city. All I wanted was to drive fast and kill lots, oh to go back to the mind of a child. I can't do that kind of thing anymore as I get bored, but back then I loved it.

14. Metal Gear Solid

I have beaten the original Metal Gear Solid over 200 times, at the very least. Until I decided that Banjo-Kazooie was my favourite game at around 2008, if somebody asked me what my favourite game would be I would say Metal Gear Solid. My dad got the PS1 with a copy of this, my dad is not a fan of watching games though so soon decided it was not for him, he then gave me the game and the PS1. I spent the weekend playing through the game, I think I cried four times during them game, (I happened to get the Meryl dies ending) granted I was about 8 or 9 years old. I just had never played or even seen anything like this, I was used to watching cartoons and playing Spyro the Dragon and Mario, not getting attached to realistic characters and then getting crushed when those characters died.

The game itself was quite hard, or at least i found it hard playing through it back then, but playing the game isn't the best part about the game as I'm sure you all know, It was the characters and the interaction between the characters and the voice acting that made the game. The characters all were fleshed out and had there own personalities and fantastic voice actors, especially Solid Snake. I got upset multiple times as I mentioned, Wolfs death, Meryl getting shot, Meryl's death and Gray Fox's death. I was also blown away by the massive Master Miller is actually Liquid Snake reveal, I had zero idea it was him and I was literally gobsmacked and my parents where there when it happened, they said I didn't move for at least a minute. The reveal of Naomi being a villain torn me to shreds, I loved her as a character too, fuck this game is amazing.

These are why video games are a fascinating source of media, every single one of these dug there claws into me and would not let go for some reason or another. I'm looking for a game to do this again, I wonder what it will be?

#1 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

I have been playing video games my entire life, the earliest memory I have is playing Super Mario Bros 3. Well when I say playing it, I mean my mother would be playing it and I would be holding a unplugged controller thinking I was playing. Ever since then I have devoted a lot of my free and not free time to playing and thinking about video games, video games are one of my biggest passions in life.

These are the games why.

1. Banjo-Kazooie

Banjo-Kazooie is my favourite game of all time. I have made this point clear to anybody who asks me, but I can find nothing wrong with Banjo-Kazooie. I think it looks fantastic, sounds fantastic, plays fantastic and I just absolutely adore it. Now some of you may think that my mind is clouded in nostalgia, being that this was the game that came bundled in with my N64 and I spent a large chunk of my childhood playing this I would agree with you. But there has not been a year where I have not played the game, in fact I'm going to say that since I acquired it I have beat it at least twice each year.

Banjo-Kazooie is everything I want out of a video game, it is a bright and colourful world full of interesting characters and environments. Banjo-Kazooie had a soul, which is where Super Mario 64 (For me) fell short. I love Super Mario 64 to, but the one thing keeping it from taking Banjo-Kazooie away from my heart, is Super Mario 64 had no soul. Banjo-Kazooie played better than Super Mario 64, had better worlds, had way more characters that often had humorous dialogue and its world just seemed more attractive than SM64's did. I never understood people who thought Banjo-Kazooie was not better than Super Mario 64, but those people are not me, so i will never know.

2. Super Mario Bros. 3

The earliest memory I have is this game, it wasn't the original version though it was the All Stars version. My parents told me that out of the four games on all Stars this was the only one that I was interested in playing. Looking at the games now it's easy to see why, Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros 2 never clicked with me, I have only finished Super Mario Bros once and not really got far in 2.

But I have completed this game dozens of times, I managed to beat it in my childhood at a young age, I think I was 5. Ever since then my parents knew that I loved video games. Even since childhood, I managed to squeeze time for this game into my life. I picked up the GBA remake, which is probably the best version of the game but this debate is for another time. I also went back and bought Super Mario All Stars and bought the Wii version. Anytime I crack out my SNES I always end up slotting in game that started it all, still having a complete and utter blast.

3. Mario Kart 64

Although I had Super Mario Kart, I never really got into the series until Mario Kart 64. Mario Kart 64 was just such an amazing game at the time and to this day remains my go to Mario Kart. It just has so much charm, each level had a certain amount of care put into the track making all of them unique and cool.

Did you know that you could go into the Super Mario 64 starting area? Did you know if you jump off the huge ramp on Rainbow Road at the start you can make a really long shortcut? Did you know that this game is awesome?

4. Conker's Bad Fur Day

I never had many N64 games a child, I think that the lifespan that console was relevant I had about 6 games. When I aquired a job aswell as buying a ton of new games for the current systems I had the money to go back and buy games I never did. My eyes were set on my N64 as I knew there were games out there I hadn't played. The N64 is a hard system to go back and play if you didn't play it back then, I acquired about 30+ N64 games since then and most of them I would play when i get it then never play it again.

Conkers Bad Fur day is probably one of the only exceptions, I played it in 2008 for the first time and have played it a few times since then too. I was a huge fan of this style of game, but Conkers Bad Fur Day may have looked like them but it sure as hell was a different experience. It is a fantastic game but that is not why I put it on this list, I put it on the list because playing through the game for the first time, I was able to treat it as a game not a N64 game. I wasn't stopping and thinking, man this looks shit or these references sure are dated! I was enjoying it for it being a funny and fantastic video game, that is reason enough. Although I can see why my parents never wanted me to have this one as a child, my parents were clever and saw the rating instead of all those stupid parents out there who assumed it was a kiddy game.

5. Pokémon Red/Blue

My mother got me and my sister a copy of this game each, I got Pokemon Red she got Pokemon Blue (This may be the reason why I always choose red over blue in multiplayer situations) but we only had one Gameboy, my one. We spent ages fighting each other to see who would get a go first in the morning, I always made the argument that because its my Gameboy I should get a go first.

Neither my sister or my parents saw it that way, because I was older they often told me I could wait and let her have a go first. Funny how every time it was my go the battery red light was on.. So yes I played a bunch, I replayed the game many a time, always choosing different Pokemon each time. Pokemon was a good holiday game, when your traveling or just sitting around waiting to go out Pokemon is a life saver.

6. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

It's hard to remember being jobless, I have been working since the summer of 2008, ever since then I have had a very large amount of disposable income. Its how I got 90% of my game collection today. Before I got a job the only way I would get games is through Birthdays, I got £3 a week pocket money, so I was able to get some games through that but they would have to be very cheap. So to make sure I could keep playing more and more games, I would only keep games the very best games, anything else would get traded back in so I could use that money to buy new games. Well one birthday my parents got me The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, I looked at it and said thanks but I was kind of gutted I didn't get the game I asked for. Well lets just say I have never been more wrong.

Oblivion took over my very life, as a child I was only allowed to play video games on weekends and on Friday evenings, my parents never stopped me playing them on weekends of course but they always liked to encourage reading and studying. But after I got Oblivion my entire weekends would be spent lost in the world of Cyrodill, I haven't ever gotten so deep into a games world before. I think my total time is over 400 hours spent playing Oblivion over the course of two years, thats a lot of time. I had never really played RPG's before, I had never really played a game like this before, or a game that looked this amazing. My breath was taken away at the vast landscape and the very fact that I could travel anywhere and do anything made it all the more incredible.

I remember feeling quite scared, for the first 10 hours or so I never ventured far from the Imperial City. I made a name for myself in the Imperial City, helping out a local shopkeeper Thoronir, helping an old fisherman and fighting my way through the arena. But when the champion of the arena asked me to go out far away to a dungeon, that was it, I went out and didn't return for about 30 hours. I just got sidetracked and before you knew it I had forgotten all about the arena. Skyrim never clicked with me, I haven't played Oblivion since the release of Skyrim, but if I had a choice of choosing between Skyrim or Oblivion I would not hesitate when choosing Oblivion. Skyrim does fix alot of the issues that Oblivion has, but it seemed very dark and depressing where as Cyrodill had much more life and colour.

7. RuneScape

My parents never let me play World of Warcraft, they thought it was a crazy scam, why should they pay out monthly for a game when they just thought you buy a game and thats that. I still wanted my MMO fix, so I came across a site called Miniclip. I'm not sure if it still exsists, but Miniclip was a website in which you could play multiple flash games for free. Its where I found Club Penguin, which I was also playing at the time. I then stumbled onto Runescape, looked a bit more at it and it pretty much looked just what I wanted, plus hey its free!

So I signed up under the name FredGoon and spent the next month addicted like it was my drug, I spent many a time wandering the free to play realm of Runescape chatting with friends I had made, getting my skills up, exploring the world, completeing quests and just having a blast. My account later got banned, some guy tricked me into giving him all of my stuff and I called him a twat. That was abad move and I lost my account, after that I quit for a bit. Not for too long and I was back under the account name of Hizang, which is my account to this day.

This is where I spent the most of my time and effort, I remember being very proud of my prayer level that was at a very high level. High enough to get an immunity to melee, ranged and magic attacks. After I got a job I went back and bought a membership, that was where I fell off on the game though, I think the part I enjoyed about Runescape was how big and how small it was, it was big enough that i had lots of room to explore but small enough that I knew my way around. The membership area was far to big and way to different, so thats when I stopped playing. I go back every now and then to see whats different, but I will never capture the same experience again, locked in my memories.

8. Super Smash Bros.

I was never taken home after school, my mother worked at one of those after school club type things. So every day after school we would meet up with a bunch of other kids, then taken to a large building and slightly entertained until it was time to go home. The one thing that kept me sane through this was the N64, they managed to get there hands on a N64 with a copy of this game. It has been a while, but i think this is the only game they had, to avoid fights from people who want to change the game. It was pretty much most days just me and a group of us sitting around playing this until we went home, it's probably how I got so darn good at the game.

I also had the game at home so I played a whole bunch of this game, which again was why I was unbeatable. I could wipe the floor with any child there and my sister and even parents at home. I would main Kirby, always and forever, his ability to take abilities wasn't what drew me to him. It was his ability to fly and his downward sword strike and his ability to turn into an anvil. Fuck this game was awesome, even today I would much rather play this than Brawl or Melee, although Melee is a fantastic game.

9. The Simpsons Wrestling

I know what your thinking. I don't care what your thinking, I enjoyed the shit out of this game as a kid. I was a mega Simpsons fan back as a kiddy, I would watch it every evening, one episode would be on at 6 while the other would be on at 7. So when my dad got me and my sister The Simpsons Wrestling, you can guess how happy I was. I had never played any wrestling games before, so I had no bar to fall under or sore across.

I ate the game up, I spent ages playing through this game, I would not do the story mode as that got mad difficult towards the end. But me and my sister played a bunch, but what made this game was the cheat system. The cheat system added extra characters and even some characters and stages only made available through cheats (Itchy and Scratchy). No I haven't played it since I was a child, yes this game probably doesn't hold up anywhere as good as I would have liked it to, but I had more fun with this than I did with Pac-Man, there i said it!

10. Metal Gear Online

Prepare to be Snap Shot! That was my catchphrase, my name in the game was Snap Shot and before I started a match I would type that phrase in. Metal Gear Online was hated by many, loved by few, I was one of those few. Before this I had not spent much time playing online, I had recently started playing resistance Fall of Man online and that was my first console online experience. That may have had a hand in why I enjoyed it so much, I was also quite good. My weapon of choice was the sniper riffle, which is odd because I never really liked using snipers in games before and even now I'm not a huge fan. But I kept using it and got really good at it, I was also very good at rolling out of the way of shots.

My favourite mode was the Snake VS soldiers mode, I would keep playing until I got to play as Snake. It was incredible cool sneaking around stalking enemies with them not knowing where you are at all. Playing as the MK II was also really fun, if only to run around and tease the guards. I kept with the game for a couple of years, I made it into a few expansions, but by the time Raiden and Vamp came around I was long gone. I played some matches before it went offline, it's sad to see that you can no longer play this. But I'll always have the memories, plus all the friends I made along the way.

11. Mario Party 4

I never owned a Gamecube, my sister did though, me and my sister would wake up each Saturday and usually play a game of Mario Party 4. It was our first Mario Party game and although we did play Mario Party 5 and 7 for a while we never did get as in to them as Mario Party 4. Every weekend our mum would invite her friend over, her friend had a kid my sisters age, every time he came over we played a round of this three player for years. It was like a weird ritual, but hey this is a fantastic game and easily the best of the series. Mario Party 9 is just so off base and I do hope if they get another chance they bring it back to this kind of gameplay.

12. The Sims

PC gaming wasn't really what me and my sister did, The Sims was pretty much the only game we played. Both of us spent years and years playing around with The Sims and there expansions, but while she just messed about I went into crazy hardcore mode. I spent a year or so crafting my own unique story, I created every single person living in the town, created there house every single one was unique and fitted there character. I would use the rosebud cheat to have no limits, but I went even deeper. One of my characters was called Hizang (Where I got the name), he was one of the main protagonists Fred Goon (Google that!) best friends.

He was a celebrity chef, so I built a luxury house, I would get him a job as a chef and work my way up the career path in order to get him as a proper chef. This would make no difference though because the way I told my story was via the in game camera, which would take place on Fred Goon's house, but I went crazy detailed. The plot never finished, I spent years just going and going and going. It started around a slob who managed to get the job of s secret agent, who took down a criminal mob boss known as Randy Razor. Who was in love with Lacita Lovegood, who was in love with Fred Goon. It was a great story that had some very emotional characters, when I read it out to my parents i would use voices for each character. No Sims game ever came close to this, both Sims 2 and 3 failed in my eyes, it will never match the original.

13. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

As a kid when your parents tell you that you can't have something, you generally want it more. This was what I wasn't allowed but desperately wanted, all my friends at school had it and told me every day all the stuff that they get to do in this game. It sounded fantastic and once my friend snuck it over and I got a go, I had to keep pestering my father and eventually it worked. My father bought it on the condition that I wasn't allowed to tell my mother, granted again, I was 8-9 years old. Call it bad parenting, call it good parenting, I just called it a bloody miracle!

At long last i could roam around a city and do whatever I wanted, my sister got all wierd and followed the rules of the road and never commited any crime. Watching her drove me crazy, because when I would play I would drive around like a maniac running people over, using the weapon cheat so I can spawn a tank in and blow shit up! The story was great, but as a kid the story never grabbed me to much. All I cared about was getting far enough in the story that I had the ability to freely go on the second main island, then I could have the roam of the city. All I wanted was to drive fast and kill lots, oh to go back to the mind of a child. I can't do that kind of thing anymore as I get bored, but back then I loved it.

14. Metal Gear Solid

I have beaten the original Metal Gear Solid over 200 times, at the very least. Until I decided that Banjo-Kazooie was my favourite game at around 2008, if somebody asked me what my favourite game would be I would say Metal Gear Solid. My dad got the PS1 with a copy of this, my dad is not a fan of watching games though so soon decided it was not for him, he then gave me the game and the PS1. I spent the weekend playing through the game, I think I cried four times during them game, (I happened to get the Meryl dies ending) granted I was about 8 or 9 years old. I just had never played or even seen anything like this, I was used to watching cartoons and playing Spyro the Dragon and Mario, not getting attached to realistic characters and then getting crushed when those characters died.

The game itself was quite hard, or at least i found it hard playing through it back then, but playing the game isn't the best part about the game as I'm sure you all know, It was the characters and the interaction between the characters and the voice acting that made the game. The characters all were fleshed out and had there own personalities and fantastic voice actors, especially Solid Snake. I got upset multiple times as I mentioned, Wolfs death, Meryl getting shot, Meryl's death and Gray Fox's death. I was also blown away by the massive Master Miller is actually Liquid Snake reveal, I had zero idea it was him and I was literally gobsmacked and my parents where there when it happened, they said I didn't move for at least a minute. The reveal of Naomi being a villain torn me to shreds, I loved her as a character too, fuck this game is amazing.

These are why video games are a fascinating source of media, every single one of these dug there claws into me and would not let go for some reason or another. I'm looking for a game to do this again, I wonder what it will be?

#2 Posted by Tireyo (6413 posts) -

You listed some great games there. Being a Banjo-Kazooie fan myself, I can see why you among others very much love the game no matter what. It's not my most favorite, but it's certainly one of my most favorite games of all time. Mad Monster Mansion, Treasure Trove Cove, and Click Clock Wood were my most favorite levels. The N64 was certainly a great system in it's time too with some great quality games like the ones you mentioned on the list. My only shock is that you didn't count any Zelda games or Banjo-Tooie or anything really new.

#3 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@Tireyo643: I am not a huge fan of the Zelda games, the only one I really enjoyed was Wind Waker. Banjo-Tooie is indeed a fantastic game, but I wanted to try and keep the list small, otherwise this list would have been massive. I do prefer Banjo-Kazooie though, much more contained where as Banjo-Tooie is a much longer game. Still awesome though, love that game to pieces and can 100% it with no guide.

#4 Posted by believer258 (11913 posts) -

I haven't played many of those games. I guess everyone's favorites will always be rooted in what they played as a kid.

Speaking of, the SNES is better and Super Metroid is the best game of all time.

#5 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@believer258 said:

I haven't played many of those games. I guess everyone's favorites will always be rooted in what they played as a kid.

Speaking of, the SNES is better and Super Metroid is the best game of all time.

I like the SNES, but I was really young so I don't have that many memories. But I can at least go back and play these games and appreciate them, where as with N64 its very hard unless its a game I used to play.

#6 Posted by Tireyo (6413 posts) -

@Hizang said:

@Tireyo643: I am not a huge fan of the Zelda games, the only one I really enjoyed was Wind Waker. Banjo-Tooie is indeed a fantastic game, but I wanted to try and keep the list small, otherwise this list would have been massive. I do prefer Banjo-Kazooie though, much more contained where as Banjo-Tooie is a much longer game. Still awesome though, love that game to pieces and can 100% it with no guide.

Wind Waker was absolutely genius. The longer the games are the better! More adventure!

What I've always hated about making favorite game lists is that it's very hard to exactly pinpoint what game you enjoyed over another. Keeping the list small was wise, but it will always seem incomplete and inconsistent if you know what I mean. That's why I never make them. You got your point across though.

#7 Posted by Coafi (1488 posts) -

So many awesome games listed here, I pretty much share the same story as you when it comes to the Sims, I never touched PC games until that came out, and that game was damn addicting!

#8 Posted by believer258 (11913 posts) -

@Hizang said:

@believer258 said:

I haven't played many of those games. I guess everyone's favorites will always be rooted in what they played as a kid.

Speaking of, the SNES is better and Super Metroid is the best game of all time.

I like the SNES, but I was really young so I don't have that many memories. But I can at least go back and play these games and appreciate them, where as with N64 its very hard unless its a game I used to play.

To be honest, early 3D games, especially the N64 and PS1, are very hard to go back to these days. The graphics and draw distance are much worse than anyone remembers and the controls are only half as responsive and they feel loose and bad for most of those games. The SNES, on the other hand, was mostly 2D and developers had pretty much mastered how to control a 2D game (which isn't to say that it was faultless, there was a lot of bad design on that thing as well). Even games I did really enjoy as a kid on the PS1 are not easy to go back to now (Spyro, for instance).

#9 Edited by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@Tireyo643: This isn't a list about my favourite games of all time, otherwise a lot of these would not be on here and others would. It's more a list of what games impacted my life the most, my video game life milestones if you will.

@believer258: Spyro is actually quite easy to go back to, not the first one because fuck that game, but Spyro 2 and 3 are both still fantastic.

#10 Edited by GunstarRed (5186 posts) -

@believer258: I plugged in my N64 at the weekend, Mario 64 was a pain to control, but I was really, really surprised, shocked even at how well Ocarina of time controlled.

#11 Posted by EarthBowl (164 posts) -

@Hizang:A Fantastic read, I too have enjoyed a majority of your listed games in my youth and found that playing these games with others around you (especially smash brothers, and mario kart) really enriches your own personal experiences and gives gaming that special "quality" that no other spaces of entertainment could replicate. I agree with your list and your reasons behind it 100%.

#12 Posted by Icicle7x3 (1180 posts) -

Everyone knows that Mario Party 4 is the worst of the series, it's so obvious.

#13 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@GunstarRed: Super Mario 64 is amazing, I think it controls fine, as long as its not that terrible DS version.

@EarthBowl: Thank you :)

#14 Posted by Evikull (60 posts) -

Great read. There's definitely some important games in there and almost certainly some that will be relevant to a lot of others, including myself, especially with The Sims.

I would say Simpsons Wrestling caught me out, but I also remember having fun with that game. Except fuck Flanders. I guess Hit and Run, which I still think is an excellent game, made me forget some of that. Shame it didn't let me forget Simpsons Skateboarding.

#15 Edited by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@Evikull said:

Great read. There's definitely some important games in there and almost certainly some that will be relevant to a lot of others, including myself, especially with The Sims.

I would say Simpsons Wrestling caught me out, but I also remember having fun with that game. Except fuck Flanders. I guess Hit and Run, which I still think is an excellent game, made me forget some of that. Shame it didn't let me forget Simpsons Skateboarding.

Flanders was so unbalanced in that game, his lightning bolt was just murder. Oh and hey had like two lives didn't he?

#16 Posted by TooWalrus (13202 posts) -

All quality games- though I've heard MGO is awful and I know for a fact that RUNESCAPE IS HOT FUCKING GARBAGE.

#17 Posted by GunstarRed (5186 posts) -

@Hizang: I'm willing to agree with you that Mario 3 is the best of the 2D Mario games. (Or the best game ever!)

I just didn't transition from 2D to 3D as well as others did, I was really stubborn and couldn't (wouldn't) get into Mario 64 at all. My little sister loved the hell out of it and got every single star, and I watched her do most of it, but I always felt a little alienated by it. I was so good at 2D platformers that it came as a real shock to discover I was terrible at Mario 64. It wasn't until The Ratchet games that I fell in love with 3D platformers.

I have no real nostalgia for the game and it's a hard game to go back to if you don't have any attachment like that, especially when games like Galaxy control and play perfectly. I only ever had three N64 games, but I bought a new one the other day,a nd am considering catching up on the few I missed. And yes it was prompted by the livestream on Friday.

#18 Edited by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@GunstarRed said:

@Hizang: I'm willing to agree with you that Mario 3 is the best of the 2D Mario games. (Or the best game ever!)

I never said Mario 3 is the best 2D Mario game, I just said it was one of the first games I remember playing. Mario World is clearly the best 2D Mario game...

Do you want any recommendations? I would of course recommend the best game of all time (Banjo-Kazooie) but hey why don't you check out Donkey Kong 64, Wave Race 64 and Paper Mario?

#19 Posted by TooWalrus (13202 posts) -

Oh, and I think that Tooie is better than Kazooie in just about every way.

#20 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@TooWalrus said:

Oh, and I think that Tooie is better than Kazooie in just about every way.

In all honesty though its like choosing which child you love the best, they are both probably the 1st and 2nd game I would put on my best game of all time list.

#21 Posted by GunstarRed (5186 posts) -

@Hizang: No, no you got it wrong. You definitely meant Mario 3 :)

I have Banjo on the 360, but I'm pretty interested in seeing Donkey Kong.

#22 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@GunstarRed: The 360 of banjo is probably better in everyway, it was the only game I really played when I had a 360.

I personally never got into DK64, but thats just me, I'd still recommend it.

#23 Edited by Superfriend (1554 posts) -

aw yeah Oblivion! I love how everybody has their own stories about how their character started out.

That game and especially some of the awesome quests and little stories in it still bring a smile to my face. Sure it had a lot of issues, but when I first played it I couldn´t care less for any of those.

#24 Edited by Sayishere (1840 posts) -

The majority of those games on your list i have played, and have really enjoyed. I guess you was more brought up with the Nintendo, me on the other hand will always be a Sega fanboy. Had a Master System, a Genesis, oh the good days. I owned a N64 as well, and seeing Mario 64 for the first time in a shopping outlet made me want one! Although at the time i had a PS1, so i couldnt afford a N64 :(

#25 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -
@Sayishere Yeah never was a Sega fanboy, Nintendooooo what Sega...Shan't, yea that will do nicely.
#26 Posted by Whitestripes09 (408 posts) -

Its funny how people have different experiences with games growing up. I feel that I was not in the majority of kids my generation that got a N64. My brother and dad had wanted to get the top of the line system at the time and went for the PS1 and then PS2. It wasn't until a little later that I actually got some of my first games like Spyro and Crash Bandicoot. Those games were just the most awesome games ever to me though. As a little kid the colors of the levels in Spyro were captivating and the crazy ass nature of Crash was hilarious. I need to play those games again...

#27 Posted by SuperWristBands (2266 posts) -

Banjo Kazooie is a gosh darn fantastic game and franchise. Easily one of the best games I've ever played (one of my all time favourites of course) and after playing it on the 360 I can say it totally holds up to this day.

#28 Posted by Tireyo (6413 posts) -

@Hizang:

Makes sence. :-)

#29 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@SuperWristBands: The 360 one makes people think it looks better than it actually did to be honest.

#30 Posted by Zebracal (74 posts) -

Good choices bro. Do you have an alternate list? Just out of curiosity.

#31 Edited by Colourful_Hippie (4351 posts) -

Wow this list is pretty fucking great.

@TooWalrus said:

Oh, and I think that Tooie is better than Kazooie in just about every way.

Yup.

#32 Posted by HansKaosu (757 posts) -

ughh.. Runescape is like stabbing yourself with a rusty dagger.

#33 Edited by Jeust (10651 posts) -

@Hizang: Being duped in a game to give all the belongings happened to me too, and but in Metin 2, not Runescape. Someone told me he would sell me a high level character for my items, so I gave him my loot, and but I was smart enough not to give what I was wearing. He then rushed off when I finished giving him my stuff, but I caught him, called his bluff, showed the stuff I had and called him out in global chat as a charlatan. I may have been robbed but I was satisfied in killing his fraud for a while, and preserving my virtual self.

#34 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4677 posts) -

Nice list. It is personal, I like that. I had Pokemon Blue and prefer being blue in shooters like Halo. We need to research this.

#35 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

@Zebracal said:

Good choices bro. Do you have an alternate list? Just out of curiosity.

What do you mean?

#36 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8699 posts) -

You had a great childhood.

#37 Posted by rentfn (1280 posts) -

Nice to see the Sims on there. That game was a flippin blast. I lost hours and hours to that game, building up an amazing house, using rosebud of course, and then burning it to the ground!!! I was working at a movie theater at the time as a projectionist. I was sad to see that was on the slacker work track.

#38 Posted by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

Vice City still gives me warm fuzzies. :)

#39 Posted by nintendork666 (203 posts) -

Hell yeah. I think Banjo Kazooie has aged damn well.

DK64 on the other hand.... bleck!

#40 Posted by Killerfridge (309 posts) -

@Hizang said:

@Evikull said:

Great read. There's definitely some important games in there and almost certainly some that will be relevant to a lot of others, including myself, especially with The Sims.

I would say Simpsons Wrestling caught me out, but I also remember having fun with that game. Except fuck Flanders. I guess Hit and Run, which I still think is an excellent game, made me forget some of that. Shame it didn't let me forget Simpsons Skateboarding.

Flanders was so unbalanced in that game, his lightning bolt was just murder. Oh and hey had like two lives didn't he?

I used to love the Simpsons wrestling, never got past Flanders and his goddamn cheap two lives.

#41 Posted by TheFreepie (82 posts) -

A wave of nostalgia reading this thread, video games have structured my life from the beginning also.

#42 Posted by Tireyo (6413 posts) -
#43 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5513 posts) -

I started playing Oblivion about a month before Skyrim came out. I put in around 30 hours into it. I probably would've sunk more if skyrim hadn't stolen my heart. I put in about 260 hours into it. I think for most people the first elder scrolls game they really dug into will always be their favorite. I will definitely be excited when a new one comes out, but I doubt that it will grab me like Skyrim did.

#44 Edited by Sanity (1907 posts) -

Heh, i can vouch for the runescape thing, i got 99 slayer on there and played the living hell out of it, i used to go back from time to time but i quit as my account got hacked. Sure its a grind fest but that game is funner then people give it credit for if you play with the right people, i remeber spending hours farming bandos with friends.