Friday, July 24, 2009

Top 50 Games

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.


  1. First off, I would like to say I'm a long time reader of HG101 and a first time commentor on either the website and the blog. I am very impressed with the whole aspect of HG101, and I want to thank you for helping me discover many titles I may have overlooked. Easily my favorite gaming website on the net.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your list!

  2. Thanks for the feedback. If you're so inclined, feel free to check out the forums!

  3. This project sounds perplexing, not to mention intimidating. However, if there was one site that had a shot in hell to do it right, it's this one.

    If Guardian Heroes isn't on there I'll eat my hat.

  4. Again, this is a personal list. I'm sure my top 50 would be a completely different beast from DiscoAlucard's or Sotenga's or Vysethebold's, for example.

    Unfortunately, you'll have to eat your hat, as Guardian Heroes won't be on this list, although Gunstar Heroes probably will be. Not because I don't like the game, but because I never owned a Saturn and thus can't exactly give an opinion on a game I've never played.

  5. I did this a couple of years ago myself, but with 100 games. It was exhausting, but a lot of fun revisiting things to find that many stood up quite well.

    Some things have turned up since that would seriously challenge the higher spots, but I like to give them a decent amount of time to see if they have staying power.