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I have decided to start the rather futile task of playing all the video games.
Well, to an order of magnitude, 10 new games are released every week - I tend to pick up a new title to try at a rate of at most, one a week... There is a bit of a disparity here! Combine this with the fact that there are approximately 35,000 games listed in Giant Bomb's database, and in the past twenty-odd years I estimate that I've played, say, 1% of them. So even if I could keep up with the constant tirade of new releases - my current backlog is almost certainly insurmountable.
Where to start?
Julia Andrews once said "When you read you begin with A-B-C." Surely this rule of thumb could also apply to video games? Consequently, it is my intention to play through the games listed in Giant Bomb's database in alphabetical order, and to write briefly about my experiences.
I only intend to play games that I can obtain legally, practically and without prohibitive cost. Additionally, if I reach a game that is part of a sequence of games - I will most likely tweak my ordering and play them chronologically instead.
Game 000001: 005
005 is an arcade "stealth-em-up" released by Sega in 1981. An hour of research leads me to believe that there is no practical and legal way for me to play this game. Admittedly I haven't yet defined what I mean by "practical" - but purchasing a standalone cabinet is definitely on the wrong side of my personal line of practicality.
Reviews dotted around the internet lead me to suspect that I am not missing much, but surely no game where you can ice-skate past cops while simultaneously attacking them with laughing gas can be that bad? This video demonstrates the four levels in the game. The helicopter vs helicopter level is supposedly pretty tricky.