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Well, I needed a quick blog tonight as I'm off on a business
trip tomorrow (no, not the underwater kind). I'll be up in Rhode Island if any
of my fellow gamers reside up there. Anyway, I finally got around to watching
(most of) G4TV's Top 100 Games (2012) this weekend. I vaguely remember when this
was first announced and released (mid-June) but since I don't watch a lot of
television (much a less a five part show) I just never got around to watching
it. But I was doing a little guide surfing and saw it on G4, so I set it up to
record and watched the final episode that has the top 20 this weekend. I also
watched bits and pieces of the other episodes.
I thought it was kind of odd that the show came out in
mid-June, but I don't really recall many people talking about it. I think Game
Informer ran a story or two about it (and with good reason, but I'll come back
to that), but I certainly don't remember any of the bloggers discussing it. If
you (or they) did cover it my apologies for duplicating topics. Not the first
time that's ever happened.
I'm not a big fan of ranking games or trying to classify
them into some kind of order. I've made that known before. I think it is nearly
impossible to pick out the hundred best games of all time and even more
impossible to come up with one that beats out the rest of them. But of the parts I watched, I
was finding myself agreeing with their picks and the reasoning behind the
ranking. Dare I say I enjoyed the show? I do believe I did.
Don't miss G4's highly
anticipated, and sure to be controversial, countdown of gaming's most defining
moments. Celebrities, athletes, rock stars and game designers will join the
X-Play experts to weigh in on which video games broke the mold and ultimately crown
one landmark title the greatest of all time.
From Mario to Master
Chief, 8-bit to hi-def, Angry Birds to Zelda - the battle is on to count down
the top 100 video games of all time... will your favorite make the list? -G4TV
What I discovered was I was a lot more interested in this
show than I thought, but not so much for the rankings; more just the discussions
about the games. The coverage for each game is nicely done and the show
interviews dozens of gamers from all walks of life, or at least from Hollywood -
from musicians to actors and everything in between. I wasn't too surprised to
see Robin Williams provide his comments (I know he is a big gamer) but was a little
surprised to see Matthew Perry on there as much as he was. Perhaps the most
notable guest, at least from our perspective was Andy McNamara. (Yes, that one!) I saw him
discussing a few different games. That was pretty cool.
What I really liked about the show was just seeing the wide
range of games that were featured and being able to say, "Ooh, I played that one."
Or, "I was never a big fan of that game and here's why." It was certainly a
nice little trip down memory lane. In the segments I watched, there wasn't a
game mentioned that I hadn't played or was at least aware of. Most of them are
the same games that you and I talk about in our blogs or chat with each other about. There were quite a few
older games, and it was nice to be reminded of them and their contribution to
the current state of the video game industry.
Another equally entertaining aspect of the show was
listening to all the interviews and commentary; listening to how certain games affected
our fellow gamers, knowing you felt the same way or had similar stories you could
share. It's amazing how often and to the degree that video games are criticized
by mainstream society, yet they are such a big part of our culture; a bond that
only strengthens over time.
The good news is if you haven't watched the show, the G4TV
website has it all bundled up in a nice and tidy little package that makes
viewing it really pretty easy. Each game has the video clip from the show, and
it looks to be commercial free, so there is another bonus. Even if you don't
have time to watch them all, it still might be worth looking at the Top 20.
There are certainly some remarkable games on there, and though I might not
necessarily agree with the list, I certainly can't dispute any of the picks.
Of course I won't spoil any of the results, save for #100 on
the list. Figure I'll kick it off for you.
Pong is one of the
first games to make it big in arcades, debuting to the world in 1972. With
simple 2D, black and white graphics, this table tennis simulation game was also
one of the first games to reach mainstream popularity and was the first
commercially successful video game.
Pong is credited with
forever changing the gaming industry for the better. Since its release, it has
been ported onto multiple home and handheld consoles. For many, Pong was the
first competitive multiplayer experience, solidifying Pong as one of the top
video games of all time.
You just can't have a top xx list of video games and not
include Pong. Anyway, if you're interested, check out G4TV's Top 100 Video