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All kids love video games…some more than others. And all kids have favorite video games. There are the obvious classics (that everyone loved) and the diamonds in the rough (that only a few of us had the luxury to enjoy). I’m gonna come right out and say it…”I still to this day have never played Zelda” and was out of the video game mind-state by the time the Halos and Modern Warfares rolled around…but I’ve finally narrowed it down…and in this month’s 7 on 7…I’m going to tackle the age old question as to which video games are the best ever. So here they are…the 7 Greatest Video Games Of All Time
FYI: I was born in 1985 and grew up owning the following gaming systems…Nintendo, Sega, Gameboy, Playstation and Playstation 2. Those factors will, without a doubt, affect my ranking.
7) Twisted Metal 3 – Playstation: Fast cars and violence. What more can a teenage boy ask for in a video game? When the object of the game is to blow up your opponent while driving around in futuristic cars attached with bombs, guns and missiles…you can easily see how this game became a “time occupier” for my brother and I during our youth. I still credit 989 studios with my knowledge of the words “Napalm” and “Mortar” but bottom line…Twisted Metal was “vehicular combat” at it’s best.
6) NFL Blitz – Playstation: As if Football wasn’t a violent enough sport right? NFL Blitz took the term “over the top” and brought it “over the top.” Late Hits? Try closelines and power bombs. It was the WWF meets the NFL and I loved every second of it. Part of me, looking back at it now, thinks I liked this game so much because I always got to score a lot of points and beat up the quarterback after the play. Two things that rarely happened in my actual high school football days. There’s nothing like releasing your violent ways through the healthy form of virtual entertainment.
5) Street Fighter 2 – Sega Genesis: Geez…by now you guys are probably sensing a little bit of a violent theme here huh? Well my parents did a good job raising me and I would argue with anyone who claims violent video games make violent people. And if you didn’t like my argument…I’d beat your f*cking a$$. Now back to the list. Street Fighter…classic. The original came out in the 80′s but I remember playing it in the 2000′s…which means it had one hell of a run. They made (and I proudly owned) a movie based on it. And the game was very informative. Before every level you’d see a world map and a plane land wherever the fight was taking place. I thank Capcom for all of my geography knowledge today…and think this game is a huge reason why I’ve decided to travel the world. Can you read the sarcasm in my words? I just liked the fact I could electrocute people with a green beast named Blanka.
4) Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt/World Class Track Meet – NES: I wasn’t sure if this counted because it’s a 3-in-1 game. But then I remembered that this is my list and I make all the rules. Mario Brothers was Mario Brothers…enough said. Duck Hunt came with a big red gun…enough said. And World Class Track Meet introduced me to defensive footwork drills that I still do to this day in professional basketball practice. It was Wii Fit before Wii Fit and in my opinion was never given enough credit out of the 3 video games. It was the first video game I ever owned and the last one I was willing to throw away…
3) Ms. Pac-Man – Sega Genesis: This one has a sweet spot in my heart because my parents used to come in and play this one with my younger brother and I on a few occasions. They couldn’t work with the Genesis controller like they could in the arcade but they held their own. The theme was so simple but still so much fun. Namco really outdid themselves with this one. And the way those bonus points fruits looked…oh my goodness. That’s definitely the reason I eat healthy today. Thank you Ms. Pac-Man!
2) Grand Theft Auto San Andreas – Playstation 2: Carl CJ Johnson. Rockstar games had me living like a rock star in this “open world” action-packed ‘third-person shooter” game. At times I felt like I could be just like the character…minus all the drugs, killing, prostitutes, and every other crime a human being was able to commit. Well on second thought, I guess I never felt like I could be like CJ…but any vice I had deep down inside of me…I could just make him do, and feel good about myself afterwards. The best part of the game was the fact that whether you were playing (or in my case…watching your younger brother play) it was entertaining. The missions kept you on edge, the strategy involved made you use your brain, and the soundtrack was one of the best ever. #StraightWestCoastin’
1) NBA Jam – Sega Genesis: Midway…all I can say is thank you. The same people that brought “over the top” to football in NFL Blitz brought “over the top” to basketball in NBA Jam. Two on two with the best players on each team. No fouls. High scoring and 100% entertaining. There is not, and will not, ever be another video game created that could top NBA Jam. It was the first of it’s kind…it was the best of it’s kind and when I heard they were re-releasing it…I strongly considered buying a gaming system and the game immediately. Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf FTW. If those two weren’t a foreshadow for what my life has become then I don’t know what is…So there you have it…the 7 Greatest Video Games of All Time…according to @blackhercules21
I only got one question…Is it the shoes?…and I only got one answer…You damn right! Boomshakalaka!!
Tetris – By far the best puzzle game of all time. Another one of those simple themes turned fun. I credit Tetris with the mathematical problem solving section of my brain being so strong. You can blame a lot of bad things on the Russians…but boy oh boy that Alexey Pajitnov deserves his own holiday.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 – Probably the most popular Sega game at one point, it was good for what it brought to the table…but I would have a hard time trying to replace one of the top 7 with it. Tails and Knuckles helped out later on down the line but Sonic and friends would have to wait until I dropped that Top Ten List.
Others Taken Into Consideration
Kirby’s Dreamland (how could you not love a big pink ball that worked like a vacuum cleaner? #pause) GoldenEye (would be higher if I owned a N64…not enough time spent with Bond) Tomb Raider (Lara Croft was a hottie) Zombies Ate My Neighbors (Teenagers killing zombies with waterguns? Are they really making a movie?)