Thursday, August 19, 2010

You and Me and Every Game I Own

I spend a lot of money on video games. Like, a lot of money. Too. Much. Because of this, and because Sony and GE stocks have not been maturing as well as Bernie Madoff assured me they would when I sent him that huge sum of cash through Western Union, I have decided to limit my game buying to ONE (1) game per year. It should be noted that I have already purchased my one game for the year, Blizzard's Starcraft II. I haven't been able to put it down since. It should also be noted that next year is going to be tough, as there are THREE (or possibly FOUR) games coming out which I will be unable to resist: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Diablo III, Portal 2, and possibly From Dust. Maybe I can make a "gift-cards from Christmas are O.K. to spend on games" clause... hmmm...

The point is, instead of lining the pockets of Big Game (kinda like Big Oil or Big Pharma...), I will dust of my Atari, get my lungs ready for NES cartridge-blowing, put fresh batteries in my Gameboy, and make sure my lunchbox er... Gamecube is plugged in, as I attempt to dive into my forgotten vault and play those gems which have been patiently waiting to be played with for years.

Now, I'm a goal oriented person, and because I will need every reason to play my older clunkier games instead of buying newer flashier ones, I have decided that my new project (in addition to reviewing French Dips and watching crappy movies, and another, more intellectually focused project in the works) will consist of me writing a little synopsis about my memories of the game growing up, playing and beating my old games (or unlocking all achievements, or whatever other challenge I decide to torture myself with) and penning a little review about how good the game is. For games I have beaten: Tough. They must be played again. No exceptions. If I cut corners and cheat, I'm afraid I will feel unaccomplished when I complete the final game (which should be around the time I turn 60).

This process will take variable amounts of time depending on the game; Super Mario Bros. 3 is going to obviously take less time to beat than getting the 300+ achievements on Team Fortress 2. Nevertheless I will take it upon myself as a project, nay, my duty to beat these games, to accomplish everything there is to accomplish in them, and report back to you.

And so, without further ado, here is the list of every game I own, and every game I will play. This list does not include free downloaded software nor games I have on emulators, as I could potentially own thousands of games if these were included. Also, no MMO's will be included, as there is no completion to be obtained in them.


Game List:


Yoshi (1992)
Double Dribble (1987)
Dr. Mario (1990)
Sesame Street ABC & 123 (1991)
Super Spike V'ball (1990)
Super Mario Bros. (1985)/Duck Hunt (1984)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)
Blades of Steel (1988)
Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 (1994)
Final Fantasy (1990)
Tom & Jerry (1991)

Atari 2600:

Asteroids (1979)
Adventure (1979)
Combat (1977)
Missle Command (1980)
Swordquest: Earthworld (1982)
Pac-man (1982)
Skiing (1980)
Space Invaders (1979)
Night Driver (1978)
Yars' Revenge (1981)
Star Raiders

Nintendo 64:

Pokémon Stadium (2000)
Mario Golf
Snowboard Kids
Goldeneye 007
Mario Kart 64
Star Wars Episode I Races
Paper Mario
Quest 64
Mario Tennis
Star Wars Shadows of the Empire
The World Is Not Enough 007
The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
Starfox 64
Donkey Kong 64
Super Mario 64
Dr. Mario 64
Star Wars Rogue Squadron
Diddy Kong Racing
The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask
Yoshi Story


Wii Sports
Wii Fit
Super Mario Galaxy
Mario Kart Wii
Super Mario Bros. Wii
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Fishing Master
Wii Play
Wario Ware Smooth Moves
The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess


Time Splitters 2
DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution
Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance
Guitar Hero 2
Lord of the Rings Return of the King


Assassin's Creed
Resistance Fall of Man
Resistance 2
Lord of the Rings Conquest


Legend of Zelda Collectors Edition
Soul Calibur 2
Star Wars bounty Hunter
Animal Crossing
Super Mario Sunshine
Legend of Zelda Wind Waker
Gauntlet Dark Legacy
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
Star Wars Rogue Leader
Paper Mario
Star Wars Rebel Strike
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Tales of Symphonia
Starfox Adventures
Sonice Adventure 2 Battle
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Metroid Prime 2 Echos
Metroid Prime


Zelda Oracle of Ages
Zelda Oracle of Seasons
Zelda Link's Awakening DX
Advance Wars 2 Black Hole Rising
Pokemon Pinball
Advance Wars
Metroid Fusion
Pokemon Gold
Pokemon Red
Pokemon Blue
Harvest Moon GBC
Pokemon Trading Card Game
Empire Strikes Back
Kirby's Dream Land
F-1 Race
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Donkey Kong Land
Conkers Pocket Tales
Mario Golf
Toy Story
Wheel of Fortune
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe
Super Return of the Jedi
Tiny Toons Adventure Wacky Sports
Star Wars
Super Mario Land 2 6 Golden Coins
The Pagemaster
Super Mario Land


Final Fantasy Tactics A2
Final Fantasy 3
Super Mario 64 DS
Kirby Squeak Squad
Final Fantasy Chocobo Tales


Black and White
Call of Duty Modern Warfare
Sins of a Solar Empire
Company of Heroes
Caesar IV
Carsar II
Rome Total War
Final Fantasy VII
World of Warcraft
Kings Quest 1-7
Half-Life 2
The Movies
Starcraft (and Broodwar)
Starcraft 2
Warcraft 2
Warcraft 3 (and Frozen Throne)
Diablo II
Medieval Total War
Empire Total War
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
Secret of Monkey Island
Team Fortress 2


List will be updated as I find more hidden away. Games will be played in no particular order, only whatever I feel like playing in a particular week.