on Aug 15, 2008
So the problem presented yesterday was to figure out what these games are:
Answers below the fold.
It turned out that people solved it very quickly. By comment #16, Matt had the correct answer, just an hour and forty minutes after I posted it. By comment #41 Deltaway has recreated the list and posted the result.
Now, I know I called these my “top 5”, but in reality, I don’t think this is the sort of thing I’d try to set in stone. Is Half-Life 2 actually better than Fallout? Is ice cream better than steak? I don’t know that I could narrow a list and put it into a definitive numeric order and say, “This is the right and proper ordering of games for me.” So, I tried to pick a favorite for each genre, and then ordered them according to how I felt about them at the moment. I also limited myself to a single game from each franchise.
But even at that, should System Shock really be at the top? I think System Shock 2 is the better game. Not just because it looks better either. The interface is far better. The character-building is more interesting and varied. The gameplay is smoother. The story is better paced. But! The original is the one that got into my bloodstream and irrevocably altered my DNA. It’s the one that eventually caused me to write a book. How can one sort out such intangibles?
So, while arranging games into numeric lists is fun, I recognize that it’s also a little self-indulgent and meaningless.
Still, it’s worth noting: Of the games I listed, only one was made in this century. If you gave me three more slots, I’d most likely add Starcraft, Morrowwind, and Diablo II, also products of that bygone era.
I’m just sayin’.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.