By CharlesAlanRatliff 17 Comments
*This post was originally written here on January 4th, 2010.*
Playing games since the age of four (or maybe earlier, who knows?!), a 21 year old is likely to have beaten a lot of games. Going through the entire Giant Bomb database, I made a list titled "Games I've Beaten", which consists of exactly what you would think. After finishing, I was surprised by my results. The following is a list of the number of games I have beaten per platform:
Arcade - 4
Game Boy - 3
Game Boy Color - 3
NES - 10
Nintendo 64 - 12
Nintendo DS - 9
Nintendo GameCube - 6
Nintendo Wii - 7
PC - 7
PlayStation - 21
PlayStation 2 - 30
PlayStation 3 - 16
PSP - 5
Sega Dreamcast - 5
Sega Genesis - 18
Sega CD - 2
Xbox - 22
Xbox 360 - 69
This all comes to a total of 249 games. The reason I was surprised by my results? I figured the number would be a lot higher. I was also shocked to see how many Xbox 360 games I've beaten compared to every other platform. Thinking back to my past though, these numbers started to seem less crazy.
Over the years, I have played A LOT of games. If I were to make a list of games that I've played but never necessarily beat, that 249 would turn into a much larger number. When I was younger, I owned several more games at once than what I do now. I would often get new games without first beating the ones I already had, and eventually the number of games amassed to such a large amount that I would never have enough time to play through them all. The new games became old, I would lose interest, and then I would get something newer. This continued until around the time of the Xbox 360.
Another factor that plays into the low amount of games beaten is local multiplayer. When I was younger, all of my best friends were my next door neighbors or people that lived on the same street as me. A game that a single person would play through once or twice and put down became a game that lasted several months amongst a group of friends. Games like Cruis'n USA (which I have discovered recently a lot of people hate), Super Smash Bros. (99 lives for all!), Mario Party, and various Sega Genesis games would be played for several hours a day. Even games without a multiplayer component, like Mega Man Legends or Pokémon Snap would rarely be played alone. Then of course, you had Pokémon Red/Blue, in which everyone had their own Game Boy and would sit outside playing through their own adventure, occasionally trading (and later came the actual trading card game, which also lasted us all a while).
Eventually, everyone moved away from each other, and with us all being console gamers and online play not yet viable, those several hour long multiplayer sessions sadly came to an end. Living in a new area full of douchebags I wasn't interested in associating with, playing games by myself became more common (until Halo, but that shall be reserved for a separate post). As I've become older, the importance of beating the games I play has increased, and I figured the new generation of consoles would be a fresh start and a great way to change my game playing habits. Now, with services like GameFly, playing through more games has become easier and cheaper than ever before.
So, I have decided to start a series of posts titled "Games I've Beaten", in which I dedicate a post to each game on my list. Going through the list alphabetically, I will write as much as I can about each game, so depending on the game and how long ago I beat it, the amount I write could be miniscule, or it could be quite long. I will stray from the alphabetical format for every new game I have beaten as well, after there has been enough time since its completion. This is to ensure I have had enough time to actually think about the game and the after effects of hype have worn off.------
Has anyone else made a "Games I've Beaten" list? I have seen a couple around. Were you surprised by your results as well?