Time Magazine Sounds Off On The Best Video Games November 15, 2012Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in Diablo II, entertainment, EverQuest, World of Warcraft.
Tags: Adventure, Lists, Time Magazine
I still love lists, so I am going to keep talking about lists.
Last week we had a rather controversial list of the 50 Best PC Games of All Time. EVE Online made the top spot there.
This week Time Magazine has a list of the All-TIME 100 Video Games, which includes consoles and arcade machines.
I have to say, it is much easier for me to get behind this list than last week’s list.
Some of the games you have to take in the context of their time, like Pong.
Others are just great regardless of when you set them.
Of course I had that screen shot sitting around.
Games I can totally support being on the list.
- Castle Wolfenstein (the original)
- Diablo II
- Lode Runner
- Half-Life 2
- World of Warcraft
Honestly, there are too many good games on that list for me to call out.
Hunt the Wumpus! I played freakin’ Hunt the Wumpus back in the day!
Okay, I’ll stop.
There are games on the list that I am not a big fan of. But the only one I am dubious of is Leisure Suit Larry. I always felt that people liked the idea of that game much more than they liked the game itself. I think it is there by legend alone. But that might just be me.
So how is this list? Is this a better list than last week’s list?
It almost makes me wish I didn’t cancel my Time subscription last week. Almost.
Adventure Recognized September 27, 2007Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in Ancient Gaming, entertainment.
For some time I have been trying to put together an article about one of my all time favorite games. It was certainly the earliest game I played that had that magic “Wow!” factor that kept me playing it over and over long after I had “won” the game.
In some very fundamental way, Adventure had for me, at age 13, everything a game needed. Playing it for the first time back in 1978 was every bit as enthralling as playing EverQuest for the first time was in 1999. I was hooked.
I am still going to write my entry on Adventure some day and recount the hours I spent playing and the different ways my brother and I invented to play the game.
But until that day, I will point you to an article over at Gamasutra titled “Game Design Essentials: 20 Open World Games.” The first game mentioned is Adventure. This is no less recognition than the game deserves, as for the time and hardware, it was something very special.
You can find some additional (and correct, relative to the Wikipedia article) detail here on the site of the man who wrote the game, Warren Robinett. (A name I have know for years, since it was in the game as part of the first in-game Easter Egg I ever saw.)