Hey all! This is Matt B., AKA Onyx. I'm actually taking a position of contribution here at HG101! I know, I know. Shock and awe.
Dual and I were talking about a top 50 games list in the HG101 IRC channel a few days ago and I think it'd be a pretty ambitious project to do. Not to mention a massive undertaking. Note that this would be a personal Top 50 list and wouldn't be representative of the community or even the staff's opinions. Just my own.
The plan is to gather my thoughts, look through my various collections, replay some stuff, and then narrow down things to a good 50 games. Then the hard part begins: ranking them.
Once I have an order down I'm happy with, I think I'll do write-ups on them in chunks of five or ten, probably with pictures of the older games that I can take screencaps of.
Needless to say, I think this will be very difficult. For older games, I'm going to have to replay them to see if nostalgia plays a part. For newer games, I'll have to see if they survive being something more than just flavor of the week and are truly great games, not just games I'm really enjoying at the time.
As an update, I have about 75 games on this list so far, and this is just from Nintendo consoles, PC, and Arcade (including Neo Geo). I haven't even gotten to Sony, Sega, or Microsoft consoles yet. But I can tell you the way it works is that I'll probably put what I think is the definitive version of the game as the sole entry, including all ports, revisions, etc. For example, if I put Street Fighter II on, it'd be represented by Super Street Fighter II Turbo, or if I put Final Fantasy V, it'd be represented by the Game Boy Advance port.
That's all I got for now.