So I couldn't sleep last night and I was surfing the interwebs. Found: someone has compiled a collection of "Best Of" video game lists, and used the lists to unscientifically determine which games are, in fact, the best games of all time. The writer sums it up by saying that he was "hoping to see if there appears to be any consensus as to what games truly are history's best."
The results are not too shocking...you can probably guess what they are. But it got me to thinking about what my "Top 5" games are. Numbers 1-3 were easy, but 4 and 5 were kinda tough. In my experience, the best games are the ones that you are thinking about when you are not playing them. This is, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the best indication (for me) if a game is good. So, here are mine:
1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
2. Dragon Quest VIII (PS2)
3. Resident Evil 4 (Wii)
4. Elevator Action (arcade)
5. Metroid Prime (GameCube)
I don't have the time (or energy, zzz) to support these choices at the moment...maybe later. Anyway, the writer also posts his own personal Top 10 at the bottom of the page, indicating that he picked the games that he admires most for their ingenuity. He also says something curious: "I'm not really that knowledgeable about video games... there are a lot of classics I've never played. But I know what I like." Dude, if you bothered to create a website that compiles lists of top games, you may not be that knowledgeable about them, but you're definitely a nerd!
So hats off to whoever you are, and thanks for helping me get to sleep last night.