Wednesday, April 19, 2006

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Welcome to Games You Should Have Played! Collected here is my series of posts starting at 1980 and moving inexorably towards the present which details the videogames you should have played in order to have a good grasp of gaming history and the evolution of game design. Why 1980? Because it's the year I was born. I'm as old as Pac-Man, and now you can be too... in some sort of vicarious quasi-mystical way. Enjoy!

1980
Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Ultima, Zork, Rogue, Defender, Mystery House, Wizard of Wor, Tempest, Berzerk

1981
Donkey Kong, Frogger, Ms Pac-Man, Galaga, Asteroids, Wizardry

1982
Q*Bert, Dig Dug, Pitfall, E.T., Joust, David's Midnight Magic, Choplifter, Tron Deadly Discs, Pole Position, The Hobbit

1983
Dragon's Lair, Mario Bros, Star Wars, Ultima III, Mappy, One on One, Impossible Mission, Moria, M.U.L.E, Pinball Construction Set

1984
King's Quest, Ghostbusters, Lords of Midnight, Duck Hunt, Marble Madness, Karateka, Paperboy, The Ancient Art of War, Boulder Dash, Spy vs Spy

1985
Super Mario Bros, Bomberman, Ultima IV, A Mind Forever Voyaging, Little Computer People, Gauntlet, Bard's Tale, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Gradius, King's Quest II

1986
The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Bubble Bobble, Defender of the Crown, Rampage, Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Castlevania, Dragon Quest, Wonder Boy, Arkanoid

1987
Phantasy Star, Double Dragon, Dungeon Master, Sid Meier's Pirates!, Maniac Mansion, Final Fantasy, Skate or Die!, Leisure Suit Larry, R-Type, Mega Man

Feel free to berate and insult me for my choice of games. I like a good flame war!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

[Peter Kelly] [waylanderpk.livejournal.com]
You must have owned a commodore 64 ;)

You have missed out some great games (not that your list is bad), but Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy where firm favourites of mine. It was good see Lords of Midnight make your list, but Barbarian would have made mine (1988 If I recollect)

Its a shame that your so young, or you could have enjoyed those games in their hey day. Chalk one up for the middle aged b*stards ;)

GregT said...

I played both Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy; both good enough games but not doing anything new enough to get them a place in the games you should have played. You can talk 80s game design perfectly well without referencing either of them.

I've been gaming since I was about 6 (1986) and it didn't take me long to catch up the paltry offerings of the decade I missed.