So let’s visit Yahoo.
Or Yahoo!, as it is correctly written I suppose. I always leave out the exclamation point.
Yahoo seems to have some sort of list in its top stories on the main page. Things like Signs You’re a Green Hypocrite and such. But once in a while something related to video games makes an appearance.
There were two such lists in the last week that I thought were interesting.
The first was the Most Overhyped Video Games of All Time.
You’ll have to go read their criteria and such, but the list was:
- Pac-Man for the Atari 2600 (1982)
- Diakatana (2000)
- Enter the Matrix (2003)
- Star Wars: Galaxies (2003)
- Killzone (2004)
- Wii Music (2008)
- Too Human (2008)
- Spore (2008)
I like this list for a few of reasons.
First, I bought that horrible, horrible version of Pac-Man on the Atari 2600. I saved my money and spent it on the game. $30 was some serious money back then.
It was so bad.
It was so very bad that we cannot let go of the disappointment almost 30 years later.
So bad that it is blamed for hurting the video game market.
So bad that it even has it’s own sizable entry on Wikipedia.
I think that game broke my relationship with the 2600 for good.
Then there is Star Wars Galaxies there in the middle. An MMO that isn’t Warhammer Online being tarred with the hype brush. Well, that is refreshing! And SWG being called out for something besides the NGE! It is a two-fer!
And Wii Music. I’ve already been down on Wii Music. Not sure how the hype really was, but the game itself… rubbish.
Finally, Spore. So much hype. So much copy protection. Such a “meh” game. Even the Zero Punctionation review of the game was probably the most mild review Yahtzee has ever done.
Still, is that really the definitive list of most overhyped games? I mean sure, Duke Nukem Forever didn’t make the list, having never actually shipped, but I’m sure there must be some other worthy titles out there.
The other list that caught my eye was the Top Selling Video Games of 2010 so far.
I immediately took to this list because its focus was only titles that were released in 2009 and 2010, so the whole thing wasn’t weighed down by the various boxed versions and expansions for World of Warcraft and The Sims. Or maybe it was just a consoles only list. They didn’t say that anywhere… in fact they were pretty sparse on the parameters… but these titles don’t totally go against what you see elsewhere. Have Sims sales dried up?
Anyway, the list for this year, so far:
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
- Pokemon SoulSilver (DS)
- Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360)
- God of War III (PlayStation 3)
- Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
- Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
- Pokemon HeartGold (DS)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360)
- Just Dance (Wii)
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
My first reaction was, “Wow, that is a lot of Nintendo focused titles.”
Nintendo seems to own us with 7 of the 10 titles on that list. At least only two of them are Mario.
That was quickly followed by “Wow, that is a lot of Pokemon!” If they hadn’t split them out, combined Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver would have been on top.
And then, I started to wonder how soon StarCraft II would break into that list. According to that other source I linked, it is closing in on the Top 20 world wide, is already in the Top 20 in the Americas, and has the usual Blizzard momentum behind it.