I read a lot about video games. I normally focus on sites targeting all levels of gamers, including big ones like Kotaku and Gossip Gamers. Additionally, I really try hard to read Gamasutra (which focuses more on the business side of making video games). Given that I have little to no experience doing anything besides playing video games, the subject matter goes over my head, but I find it fascinating regardless. (If you want to see some of the other sites I go to for VG knowledge, check out my blogroll.)
Recently, I’ve noticed that there are a handful of games that just keep coming up … and they’re nothing new. In fact, some of them are from as long as a decade ago. The problem is that I haven’t played them.
These are games that some people hail as classics, that defined a variety of genres in the video game world. People who I respect (like Leigh Alexander, for instance) really, really like these games, and often use them as points of comparison in their writing. This makes me mad, because then I have no point of reference. And I feel like less of a gamer.
So begins my research for what might be my most superfluous New Years resolution ever: PLAY THESE GAMES. Become more well-rounded, more well-versed.
I’m basically reviewing “top games” lists in order to cobble together a “to do” list for my gaming systems in 2010 (I can’t afford to buy a PS3, so no Uncharted 2 for me). Here’s the hit list so far:
- Super Mario Galaxy
- Resident Evil (I’ve actually never played any Resident Evil games)
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Metal Gear Solid (I’ve … never played a MGS game before, either)
- Metroid (again, another franchise I’ve never played)
- God of War
- Half Life (and 2)
- Tales of Symphonia
- The Darkness (Mitch Krpata’s review over at Insult Swordfighting made me put this game on my list)
- Persona 3
- Mass Effect
- Knights of the Old Republic (I’ve just started this)
- Dragon Quest VIII
- Fire Emblem
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Also, I haven’t given PC gaming a fair chance (with the notable exception of the Sims franchise) since about 3rd grade with Phantasmagoria. Here’s some games I’d like to try (especially because I share a 360 and sometimes I just don’t feel like fighting that battle):
- Diablo II
- Baldur’s Gate II
- Deus Ex
Hot damn that is a lot of gaming. It’s too bad I canceled my GameFly account … I could probably save some serious cash that way. I may have to get that thing going again.
Well, as soon as I beat Borderlands. Priorities, people.
Any to add to my list?
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