The Days of Past List
(Aka My Top 10 of Reminiscence)
Cafés are a great place for idea pondering or even the backseat of a car, listening to rock n’ roll while sleeping. After having a talk about games that I grew up with, I started to wonder about what I would consider my favourite games. At first I thought how could I even give this list a sense of order and understanding and thought about how many hours may have been spent playing them or even the memories I had of these games. So let’s start with my two honorable mentions.
Honorable Mention #2: Mario
OH MY GOD! How can I put this down here? What blasphemy? For me, I grew up with a Sega Genesis, Playstation and a computer, I rarely had access to a Nintendo system and when I did it was when I went to my babysitter’s for the afternoon or night. Her two sons had it and constantly played Mario; though my memories of game was usually fighting and me sitting on a couch rolling my eyes at them. Boys will be boys and no one wants to play Luigi it seems.
Honorable Mention #1: The Game That We Had For Sega But I Can Never Remember
As the title says, this game I remember playing but I never remembered the name. It was a dungeon crawler game that the final boss was a dragon and it was a very dark and old gothic feeling game. It used to give me nightmares as child and I had a tendency to hide behind the couch or my mum when it was played. My family used to play on the Sega and the Playstation together, yelling and screaming and enjoying the time together. I felt like this was one of my favourite games not because I remember how good or bad the game was but the time spent. If anyone can remember a game that was dungeon crawler with a dragon boss in a keep, let me know. I would love to have this mystery solved.
#10: Word Muncher
A Dos game that I’m pretty sure ever elementary school had or the other game called Number Muncher. Personally I was more leaning towards Word Muncher than the others because it was easier for me as a child to play with. This was a game that tied into my love of books and I was proud to say as geeky as it was, I usually had the high score in it. This game was one of the few that we had in our classroom for the computer until the Apple computers replaced the old computers in the library and the few computers each classroom had were removed. It was a sad day for all since we couldn’t play on them during a rainy day.
#9: Duck Hunt
Classic, annoying and pretty sure many enjoyed this game for same reasons. You didn’t get to play with a controller but the gun for the Nintendo system and EVERYONE wanted to shoot the dog. Who wouldn’t? That laugh was so annoying, always taunting you when you missed. This game was a lot easier to share than Mario was between the boys so I’ve put it higher up on the list. Good old nostalgia.
#8: American McGee’s Alice in Wonderland
Oh goodness this game. This one has to be one of the first games that I ever experienced gamer’s rage. My first introduction to this game was in Costco where they had it in such a large bulk on the table. It was one of the few games that had a box tab and within the creepy images of the Cheshire Cat. While the graphics weren’t exactly high on the list as the story was. This game was the definition of cult classic and the story of Alice in Wonderland was a cult favourite childhood story. While Lewis Carroll’s version was a bit more of an LSD trip, McGee took the story to a horror level while appealing to the masses’s hearts on a darker version of their favourite story.
My biggest issues with this game was the controls and why it’s so low on my lists. Oh how many times I fell to my death while kiting. The controls were either way too sensitive or barely there depending on how you adjusted them. They would drive me crazy when I first played the game and again when I played it in my first year of college and when the sequel came out. Gladly the controls for the second one was a lot better, less ragey for everyone.
#7: Mortal Kombat
I kid. I think there is very few people of my generation and those above and below who have experienced this game. This was the first game many people either played in an arcade or at home. It was well known for it’s ‘Fatalities’ where you could brutally execute your defeated enemy when the computer told you to ‘Finish Him’. While the game had an interesting tweak about the finishing moves, it had high level of bloody violence and gore which we were all excited about because not many other games where this crazy. The series is highly successful as time goes by and the brutality got worse. In the 2011 Mortal Kombat, the finishing move of Kung Lao against Mlieena is probably considered to be one of the most painful fatalities every created in the game.
#6: Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
No. This is not about World of Warcraft; there is no nostalgia there for that version for me. This is about the first Warcraft that we have ever experience and it was the first one created. I’m talking about the real-time strategy one. My family was big into the strategy games such as Risk and while we did play Starcraft, I felt this one was more nostalgic for me. I remember when my mum would work nights coming home about 4 in the morning and I would sneak down the stairs to watch her play and spend time with her before she sent me back to bed. While playing this game with her and on my own, it gave me a sense of strategy that I would have to say I fueled into chess and playing League of Legends and other MOBA and RTS games. I really enjoyed the phrases and little walk animations of the game; while the small side stories that were developed deeper into the second and third made a place in my heart.
#5: Super Puzzle Fighter II TURBO!
While this one will tie a bit into number 4 I feel like it has a place of its own, just because it’s just a whole bowl full of awesome for me. The title is a parody of Super Street Fighter II Turbo and it has a lot of characters from the Street Fighter franchise. It’s cute and different way of tetris; I’ve still highly enjoyed this game even when they brought out the HD remix of it. College parties with tetris have never been weirder.
Single… Double… Triple… Tetris!
Hearing those words bring such memories. One of the first games we ever owned as family was a game called Columns III for the Sega Genesis which was a kind of like tetris but more on the puzzle side. We didn’t own a pure tetris game until we got the Playstation and from there we had a game called TETRIS Plus. It had its own version of tetris with a small storyline and 52 levels of puzzle nightmares. It also had a second game added to the disc which was the good old traditional tetris without the fancy puzzle levels. Both are quite entertaining and I still like to crack open the case and play myself some old fashioned tetris but I have to say listening to the little professor in the puzzle tetris was quite entertaining.
#3: Final Fantasy VII
I’ve heard it all ladies and gents, why did I pick VII? Simple, it was the first one I ever owned and I do believe the second or third game for the Playstation we owned. I’m quite confused on what came second so I’ll just take a rough guess. At the time, this game was huge when it came out and was the first game that had a sequel created through Crisis Core which was really a prequel. It also had a movie… but that has nothing to do with why this was high on my list. It was the first game to use 3D graphics which made it three discs long! I enjoyed playing through the game while I was a child and again as an adult only understanding more and more about the storyline I couldn’t as a child. I enjoyed the franchise of the games considerably, owning and playing through almost all of them. Hell I even own the animation and model book they released after the movie.
#2: Baldur’s Gate
This game was the first game where I was introduced to Forgotten Realms Series of games and to Dungeon & Dragons. This game was so well loved in our house that the 3rd disc was so over played and scratched that you had to use turtle wax on it to keep it playing. This game ran on D&D rules for the advance 2nd edition and it had some modifications for it to works as game. This game was a huge tie in for everything I loved a child: fantasy, lore, knights, magic and DRAGONS! How can we forget dragons? One of my favourite characters has to be this crazy berserker called Minsc and his animal companion named Boo which he believed to be a ‘miniature giant space hamster.’ Stay crazy Minsc… Stay crazy.
#1: Sonic the Hedgehog
I kind of thought as I was writing this list that I feel obligated and honor bound of putting this here. My first console was a Sega and with it came Sonic. I had all the Sonic games for the Sega genesis and had a blast playing them. This was when they were actually good being with the new ones I find myself more and more disappointed but this is about what I enjoyed. These games were a good mix of challenging and fun. Some levels were more frustrating than they had to be while others seemed easy and whimsical. These games were ones I can still enjoy as much as I did as an adult and that’s why I put them as number one.
This wraps up of the first one my top ten lists, stay tune for the next one. Who knows what it will be about? I’m not even sure yet.
Cheers! Happy Gaming.