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My Bottom 16 NES Games

Last week I made a list of my Top 30 NES games, after the NES Classic was announced. Thirty is a big list for a single console, it’s 2/3 of the NES games I’ve played. So I thought it would be interesting to look at the 16 games that didn’t make the cut. A number of these games are of superior quality to the games I put on my top 30, so why did they get left out?

The Addams Family – The biggest strike against this game is that I barely remember it. I rented it one time and couldn’t tell you much about it. I think there was an owl at one point? /shrug

The Adventure of Link – My entire recollection of Zelda 2 consists of this boss (mini-boss? I don’t know). I borrowed the game from a friend and I could not beat this thing. I actually think the game looks pretty cool, but I can’t really put it on a top list if I only remember 5 seconds of it, can I?

Zelda 2

Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 – Not much different than the first entry, but a whole lot more expensive.

Contra – I dislike it because I’m bad at it.

Deja Vu – Just say no to point and click adventure games with an NES controller. Besides problems with the controls making everything terribly slow, the puzzles are extremely obtuse.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid – I shoot bubbles with my tail? No, do not like.

Donkey Kong – I suppose it’s a classic, but it’s a little on the dull side.

Double Dare – Only played this very briefly. The controls are terrible.

Duck Tales – That fucking pogo stick.

Home Alone – Repetitive and offensive to my eyes and ears.

Pac-Man – Another classic, but better on arcade.

Prince of Persia – The controls are rage inducing. The 60 minute time limit is inexplicable.

River City Ransom – I like RPGs, I like beat’em ups, but this combination of both did nothing for me.

Sesame Street ABC – I played this while sleeping over at a friend’s house when I was really young. The first word it spelled was BUT. Not knowing the difference between BUT and BUTT, I found this hilarious. (No, that doesn’t explain why it wasn’t included on the list).

Where’s Waldo? – I loved Waldo books, but the graphics on this game were too terrible to find anything. Plus it has what, 6 puzzles?

Yoshi – Not a bad game, I just forgot it existed until Murf pointed it out.

 

My Top 30 NES Games

Today Nintendo announced the NES Classic, a mini-replica of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, that will come with a pre-loaded library of 30 games. The 30 games selected are not surprising (for both licencing and popularity reasons) but it raises the question – what are your top 30 NES games?

I came up with a list of mine. My total NES games played probably tops out short of 50, so most of the games I’ve played will appear on this list. Inclusion doesn’t necessarily denote quality 😛

  1. The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants
  2. BreakThru
  3. Legendary Wings
  4. Hudson Hawk
  5. Maniac Mansion
  6. Dr. Mario
  7. Bubble Bobble
  8. Tengen Tetris
  9. Galaga
  10. Adventure Island
  11. Super Mario Bros. 2
  12. Duck Hunt
  13. Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers
  14. Classic Concentration
  15. Flintstones: Suprise at Dino Peak
  16. Gun.Smoke
  17. Super Mario Bros.
  18. RBI Baseball
  19. Klax
  20. Kirby’s Adventure
  21. Panic Restaurant
  22. Tetris
  23. Monopoly
  24. Mega Man 2
  25. Adventures in the Magic Kingdom
  26. The Guardian Legend
  27. Super Mario Bros. 3
  28. Star Tropics
  29. Felix the Cat
  30. Gun-Nac

It looks like there’s an overlap of 9 games between my list and what’s going to be offered on the NES Classic.

Podcast Suggestions

I’ve added a number of new podcasts to my feed recently and just wanted to share some of them in case you’re looking for more good things to listen to:

Pop Culture Coven is a brand new podcast from Tzufit. I have to say, I’m missing Justice Points, so I’m really glad to hear Tzufit on a new podcast. Each episode features her talking to one guest about one character from media (games, movies, shows, books), and lasts only 20 minutes. There have been four episode so far and it’s great! A lot of editing goes into it, and it offers a highly polished, in-depth look at some great characters. I was a guest on the second episode, where we discussed Skyler White from Breaking Bad.

This Week in Ladies is a podcast I just started listening to, but it’s already a new favourite. Becca and Allison discuss things that ladies are interested in. So… everything. Though their comics segment goes over my head I really like their discussions on topics like sports movies with lady athletes (where they appreciate the best ever sports movie – A League of their Own) and Oscar winners.

Idle Weekend features Danielle and Rob having detailed discussions about video games, the game industry and what they’re currently watching and playing. Smart people saying smart things about video games.

 

 

Black Lodge Screening Room features Jessica (or Liore of Cat Context) and Max talking about horror movies. This monthly(ish) podcast talks about horror movies both new and old, analyzes new trailers and offer thoughts on both the good and the bad in scary movies.

The Read features Kid Fury and Crissle talking pop culture news and throwing shade. They also answer listeners’ relationship and life questions, and get mad about people who do dumb shit. It’s hilarious and cathartic.

 

Best Games of 2015

Somehow I managed to play 30 games that were released in 2015. That made coming up with a top 5 list a bit difficult. But, I managed to to do it. Here’s my video about the best games of the year.

If you’re not one for videos, here’s the list.

  1. Pillars of Eternity
  2. Ori and the Blind Forest
  3. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  4. Until Dawn
  5. Tales from the Borderlands

And since 5 is so few, there are a couple honorable mentions

  1. Stasis
  2. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  3. Witcher 3

What were your favourite games of the year?

My 2015 in Blogging

It’s the end of the year! I hope everyone’s having a good holiday. Mine has been busier than I’d like, but I’m getting through. Also, I got some awesome Christmas gifts! It seems like a good time for a bit of a wrap up of my writing this year. The year has had its ups and downs as far as writing goes. Some months I published very little, but I also posted 31 times for Blaugust (though, none of those posts are ones I consider my best). Getting into videos has sort of disrupted my writing. But, here are the things I’m most proud of.

This first one is the post that nudged me into video creation. I started writing it long before I published it and thought it would make a cool video. So eventually, after much writing and many, many hours of editing, it turned into one of my first YouTube videos, but I also posted the transcript here for those who’d rather read than watch. It looks at the trope of the insufferable genius, which is one usually seen in male characters, but is also seen in Kinzie Kensington from Saints Row.

Kinzie Kensington and the Insufferable Genius

The next article was also inspired by Saints Row. This one is about how game marketing materials and box art are often very out of touch with the players experience of the game as far as their created character is concerned. I love that I can create my own woman protagonist in games like Saints Row, Mass Effect, or Sunset Overdrive, but why do I always see the same grizzled white dude on the game box and on loading screens?

Under the Covers

Next up deals with a problem I have with RPGs. How much lore is too much lore? How can games better present walls of text that give the player background information about the game world?

Lore and the Codex – How to do it Better

This next one’s really just a plea to people to pay writers and value their own work. While for myself writing and making videos about games is a hobby, it’s also a lot of work. I had to work out for myself to what extent I’m willing to to these things for other people and sites.

Saying No and Not Working for Free

I admit, this one is also a little preachy. I’ve been making an effort to only spend considerable amounts of time on games that I really enjoy. I don’t want to do boring grinding, I don’t want to play games that make me frustrated more than happy. This post asks some questions about how we spend our time in games, and whether we’re actually enjoying ourselves.

Things I Don’t Get About Gaming: Respect for One’s Time

This month I wrote a couple posts I really liked (they’re actually my last 2 posts). The first is a bit of history about “censorship” in video games. This is the post that got the most attention this year.

Censorship in Video Games

And lastly, my latest post, inspired by a kind of comment a get fairly frequently on my videos.

One Girl Gamer to Rule Them All

Also, not writing related, but I got to be on Justice Points again this year on one of their last episodes, along with my good friend Kal and we got to chat about Bioware for a bit.

Episode #119 – “I’ll Wait For You, Kaidan”

Well, that’s my year in game blogging! I’ve got a best games of 2015 video coming up soon, and I’ll make a blog post for that as well. I just need to find some time to record it.

The bloggers who make me think

In the spirit of Listmas, I’ve been thinking about all the blogs I follow and the ones that most often make me think or want to comment and share my opinions. If you don’t already follow these blogs, you should check them out.

A GREEN MUSHROOM

Void at A Green Mushroom has some eclectic game taste and shares first impressions of the games he’s playing. This can be quite handy for getting a quick look at games I haven’t played and deciding which should move up on my list of games to play. When he’s not reviewing games, Void asks interesting questions like Do you use the default character in games? or Is there a popular series that just doesn’t connect with you?

HERDING CATS

I think Liore‘s blog might be the one I comment on most. She doesn’t constrain her blog to games, and also talks a lot about movies and other pop culture. From thoughts on why she’s not watching your stream, to the occasional calling out of nonsense, to lists of the best horror movies, her posts are always interesting and welcoming of other people’s opinions. She also does TWO podcasts, which you can check out on her blog.

MURF VERSUS

And then there’s the progenitor of Listmas himself, Murf! Besides all he does to encourage blogging and participation in the blogosphere, Murf writes a lot of great posts and isn’t afraid of controversial opinions like MMOs are boring or DPS is dumb. He also makes a lot of cool little games and things like this MoviexGame mashup quiz and words gamers use.

IN AN AGE

Azuriel manages to get out solid blog posts multiple times per week. I wish I could do that. Recent posts on Gameplay and Pacing in recent big budget titles have particularly resonated with me, and I enjoy reading reviews of popular games that aren’t afraid to point out their (sometimes considerable) flaws.

STAR-FIRED BEEF

Dahakha‘s Steam challenge is a series of posts that particularly interests me, and occasionally gets me to post more about my own Steam backlog. Though I don’t always share his opinions on games, I like reading other thoughts on the games I’ve played like Mirror’s Edge or Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery.

Gamer Confessions: Classic Games I’ve Never Played

This post was inspired by Syp over at BioBreak, who confessed to never playing some games that are considered classics. I thought this was a fantastic idea for a post. I’ve played hundreds of video games in my lifetime, but there are a lot that many people consider classics and “must-plays” that I just never got around to.

Metroid

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You’d think with the dearth of female game protagonists in the 8-bit era that Metroid would have gotten onto my radar at some point. Nope. I’ve never played any Metroid game. As a kid I don’t think I had heard of it, and as an adult… there are just so many other things to play. I also prefer my NES games to be linear – backtracking and the ability to get lost kind of turn me off this sort of game.

Pokemon

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I know what (who?) Pikachu is, because I don’t live under a rock but when someone mentions Squirtle, Eevee… it usually ends in me running to Google to figure out what they hell they’re talking about. I know the core concept of the Pokemon games, and I think it’s kind of like pet battles in WoW, but there’s so much I don’t know. Why is there a Pokemon Ruby and Emerald and Gold and Silver and Black? So many. Are they different games? I don’t know if it’s my age or lack of a Gameboy growing up, but I feel like I’ve missed the boat on this huge part of gaming culture. I doubt I’ll ever play a Pokemon game.

Half-Life 2

half life

Every few months it seems, the Internet freaks out about the possibility of Half-Life 3 being released. I always feel left out of this particular hype since I never played Half-Life 2. Portal is the only Orange Box game I’ve played.

Final Fantasy (pre-FF7)

FF6-Snes

My first Final Fantasy game was FF7 on PS1. The first ones were never really on my radar as a kid, and I didn’t have a SNES to play the next few. I’ve heard nothing but good things, but for some reason I’ve never picked up any of them. Again, I like my retro games short and linear.

Warcraft

Warcraft-2-Tides-Of-Darkness-Pc

Never playing Warcraft 1-3 is probably the reason I never cared one bit about story in World of Warcraft. I did often feel like I was missing out on something (like being excited about new expansions based entirely on old games). I would actually like to pick up whichever one is considered the best of the 3 games at some point because I do really like strategy games.

Metal Gear Solid

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I have MGS 1-3 sitting on my shelf, waiting to be played. I loved Snatcher so much, so I want to see what else Kojima has made. One day I’ll get around to them.

Mega Man

Megaman

Alright, this is a bit of a lie. I have played one Mega Man game on NES (don’t ask which, I don’t remember) at a friend’s house as a kid. But that’s the extent of my experience with the little blue guy. I’ll probably have to schedule a review of one of the games in order to get me to finally play one.


 

Are there any classic games you’ve never played?