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I sit here on this fine Wednesday, the 21st of November, eagerly awaiting tomorrow, Thanksgiving, where I will stuff myself with plenty of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and eggnog to the point where I'll probably feel about ready to pop. Joking aside, I really do like Thanksgiving: you get to chill with your family, watch whatever classics might be on tv (or just watch the dvd if you have it), and for those who like sports, football (though you got to feel bad for the players and personnel who should get the day off to spend with family and friends). You can also, if you find time to yourself or before/after everyone's arrived/left, just play a game. Truth be told, whether you play or not isn't anything special, especially if you play video games year round. Yesterday though, I got to thinking about what games I'm thankful to have played in my life. There's been a lot that I've played, but I think I can narrow it down to a select few.Super Mario World
The first game I ever played and the one that started my practically lifelong love for the medium. Without having played Super Mario World when I was kid, I'm not sure how big into videogames I'd be today, or better yet, if I would even have took it up as a hobby. It's sort of sad that I can't precisely remember when I last played the game, but I know it's been a while. That's something I definitely need to changeChrono Cross
The first rpg I ever played and the game that got me to start paying more attention to narrative and the other things that help to support a game. Before I played Chrono Cross my daily gaming mostly consisted of marathon sessions of wrestling games like Wrestlemania 2000 and No Mercy, deathmatches in Turok II, getting my ass handed to me a sh**-ton of times in Mario Kart 64, and pretty much anything that didn't require high levels of patience to play. Initially, I was pretty reluctant to play it, but after watching my sister play I became interested. When I finally committed to Chrono Cross I could tell it was something special. The story was engrossing, the battle system fun, and the music was out-of-this-world fantastic. I'd easily consider it my favorite game of all time, and if not that, probably the most important one. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Hours upon hours spent just roaming the enormity of San Andreas, doing suicide missions with riot mode on for literally days with my brother and a friend, bringing the Grove Street Families back, and altogether just f****** around more than should be allowed in a game. Any open world sandbox game I've played since, I've held to the standard GTA: San Andreas set. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I probably know the map of San Andreas like the back of my hand. Still my favorite GTA game, and one of my favorite games of all time.Star Wars: Battlefront II
Another game that I wasted hundreds of hours of my life on. I have fond memories of sniper battles against my brother on Kashyyyk, warring with the heroes and villains of the series in the Hero Assault mode at Mos Eisley, and multiple games of Conquest at places like Coruscant, the Death Star, Kamino, Mustafar, and Mygeeto. Battlefront II was just a damn fun game to play, and it's a shame that we never got to see the third one completed.Mass Effect series
I find Bioware's epic space trilogy probably the best series of this console generation. Each game was great, and whenever I buy the first Mass Effect when it comes out on the PS3 I intend to go through the whole series again. I've always been one to think about what could be out there in the universe, and the Mass Effect games hit it out of the park with the multiple races and worlds in the series. Definitely one of the most fleshed out universes in any series I've played.Xenoblade Chronicles
If you read what I previously wrote about Xenoblade, then you already know how much I loved it. Now that my brother is playing the game, it's bringing that love back and reinforcing it. It's easily the best rpg I've played this generation, one of my favorite games this generation, and has become one of my favorites of all time. From it's initially daunting, but eventually addictive battle system, to the distinct, beautiful, and interesting worlds of the Bionis and Mechonis, Xenoblade Chronicles does a lot right. Whatever Monolith Soft has planned for the Wii U, you can bet I'm looking forward it because of how much I enjoyed Xenoblade.
I'm not sure most would agree with this list, and I'll admit there is probably more I could put in, but I just decided to put down the games that immediately came to mind. So, what games are you thankful to have played? Also, hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving. Take care and thanks for reading!