Pick 5... Games That Make You Look Cool


Back on June 10, 2006 was when Gamespot had their first, of very few, installments of a feature called Pick 5.  That same day is when I put up my response to that very same entry in the feature.  Now it is 31 months later and I am going to present to you a revisit to that very first Pick 5 with an updated list.  Enjoy!

1. Cosmic Race (PS1)

Back in 1996, Ultra Game Players magazine had a game rating scale with the rating of 0.0 described as "cosmic race."  One of the issues that year featured a review of a Japanese Playstation game named Cosmic Race in order to explain why the rating 0.0 is known as cosmic race.  More than a decade passed and now I have a copy of this game and I can completely agree.  Worst Playstation game ever!


2. Radiant Silvergun (SAT)

As Greg Kasavin said in his Pick 5, "money buys coolness," so it stands to reason that my most valuable game is very, very cool.  Besides it being pricy, it is also an excellent shmup to boot!  In fact, one of the best shmups ever!








3. Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou (DS)

If you are into NES games, then you are certainly cool and what is cooler than a game that is made up of essentially new NES games?  Not much!  (coming out as Retro Game Challenge in North America this month)








4. Blast Chamber (PS1)

The back of the box proclaims: "It's 2096 and having a bomb strapped to you is a sport."  Looks like some people in contemporary times got a headstart.  I guess they'd think this is cool.








5. Pocket MuuMuu (PS1)

The PocketStation was cool and you'd know that if you ever had one, cool guy.  This is a title that simply gave you a ton more to do with it, like more games and little apps.  Now that's cool!








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Posted by Usagi

Back on June 10, 2006 was when Gamespot had their first, of very few, installments of a feature called Pick 5.  That same day is when I put up my response to that very same entry in the feature.  Now it is 31 months later and I am going to present to you a revisit to that very first Pick 5 with an updated list.  Enjoy!

1. Cosmic Race (PS1)

Back in 1996, Ultra Game Players magazine had a game rating scale with the rating of 0.0 described as "cosmic race."  One of the issues that year featured a review of a Japanese Playstation game named Cosmic Race in order to explain why the rating 0.0 is known as cosmic race.  More than a decade passed and now I have a copy of this game and I can completely agree.  Worst Playstation game ever!


2. Radiant Silvergun (SAT)

As Greg Kasavin said in his Pick 5, "money buys coolness," so it stands to reason that my most valuable game is very, very cool.  Besides it being pricy, it is also an excellent shmup to boot!  In fact, one of the best shmups ever!








3. Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou (DS)

If you are into NES games, then you are certainly cool and what is cooler than a game that is made up of essentially new NES games?  Not much!  (coming out as Retro Game Challenge in North America this month)








4. Blast Chamber (PS1)

The back of the box proclaims: "It's 2096 and having a bomb strapped to you is a sport."  Looks like some people in contemporary times got a headstart.  I guess they'd think this is cool.








5. Pocket MuuMuu (PS1)

The PocketStation was cool and you'd know that if you ever had one, cool guy.  This is a title that simply gave you a ton more to do with it, like more games and little apps.  Now that's cool!








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Posted by Willy105

Make me cool?

Wii Sports.

Other than that, it makes me a gamer.

Edited by SathingtonWaltz

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles


Super Mario Bros 3

Marvel vs Capcom 2 

Megaman X4

Final Fantasy 7 
Posted by PureRok

A game that makes me look cool? I don't think playing games can really make you look cool... except for maybe... nah, I can't think of any.

Posted by SonicHomeboy

LOL Cosmic Race. I remember you did a very of the game, and it was pretty awful. I don't see how this could make it in the list, but I won't complain about it. =P

Radiant Silvergun... I must play it someday.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Sorry folks, but as much as I love my gaming hobby and as mainstream as gaming has become, I don't think any game will ever make us look cool except to other gamers - and even then, that's a crapshoot.

That being said, there are certain games that can add a bit of fun to a party or be the reason for friends to get together.  My picks for those sort of "cool" games would be:

Wii Sports
Scene It
You Don't Know Jack
Guitar Hero/Rock Band
Mario Kart

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Posted by Usagi

SonicHomeboy:  It makes the list because it is so bad it is baffling and kinda funny!

Also, why are some people taking this so seriously?  It is just a bit of fun, so chill out.  Not everything needs to be serious business!

Edited by KivviJuice

games cant make you "look cool"

to the mainstream crowd, video games = what nerds and geeks do
Posted by xShR3Dx

Very intresting list man very intresting....

Posted by Ryu

UNO for sure!

Posted by Snail
Willy105 said:
"Make me cool?

Wii Sports.

Other than that, it makes me a gamer."
Oh, dude, so true.
Posted by lordofultima

I loved Blast Chamber! I can't believe someone else played it.

Edited by KnightsofRound

WOW, I have been trying to figure out what the name of Blast Chamber is for the last 10 years, I always just described it to people as 4-player football in a rotating cube.  I owe you an endless debt of gratitude.  I can't believe that you and lordofultima played this game too.  I remember playing this game with my friend at least 10 years ago (when we were both around 10-ish) and for some reason we thought it was like the funniest shit in the world.  I really want to play that game just to see what I think of it 10 years later.

Posted by Dalai

Pick 5... sounds like a lottery game.

Posted by Usagi

KnigntsofRound, lordoftultima:  Yeah, I can't believe it either!  I picked it up on a whim sometime last year because I remembered it from a Playstation demo disc from late 1995/early 1996.  That and the back of the box quote is funny!