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Top 5 Influential Games

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An interesting topic, and one I had to really think about. 30 + years of gaming makes for quite a large list of games played. Still, I'd have to put these games in my top five:

1. Pac-Man (Atari 2600) I know this wasn't the greatest port ever, but it was one of the first games I played when I was 3 and my father brought home an Atari 2600. I played it every day; it was one of my most prized possessions. Which proved problematic when my 6 month old sister threw the cartridge down the stairs. It survived, but this was the first time in my life I seriously considered inflicting bodily harm on another human.

2. Super Mario Bros (NES) Christmas, 1985. I had been playing this new system, the Nintendo Entertainment System, at a friends house and I was smitten. I proceeded to bug my parents every day. I didn't even bother with subtlety; I wanted this thing bad. My family has a tradition wherein we open one gift (opener's choice) on Christmas Eve, leaving the rest for Christmas morning. I picked a box that was large enough to hold the prize I sought. Imagine my dismay when it turned out to be socks or something like that. My parents have a very strange sense of humor. Dejected, I went to bed. I didn't sleep, of course, because Santa was on his way and I was going to catch that fat red bastard. I nodded off around 5 am. At 7, I was gently awoken by my sister screaming in my face that it was Christmas morning. As per tradition, we had to wait until our parents were awake before going out to the living room. Grumbling about the earliness (I don't think the sun was fully up yet) our parents escorted us to the living room. I started screaming with glee as soon as I saw that box marked "NES", and didn't stop until it was open and hooked up to the television. My dad and I spent the rest of the morning playing Super Mario Bros.

3. The Legend of Zelda (NES) I'll keep this one short. When I first started playing games my skills weren't exactly world-class. I owned my NES for over a year before I beat any of the games I had. This was the first one. There was much cheering as I unloaded that Silver Arrow into Gannon and collected the triforce needed to rescue the captive Princess Zelda.

4. Final Fantasy (NES) Although this wasn't my first RPG (that would be Dragon Warrior) this one means more to me mostly because my friend and I spent 3 days doing nothing but playing this game, only pausing to go to the bathroom and occasionally eat. Still don't think we beat the thing, though.

5. Portal (X360) Thought I should include at least one game that was made in this decade. I had picked up the Orange Box for Half-Life 2, which I was never able to run on my ancient computer. I had heard of Portal, but it wasn't the focus for me. After a particularly difficult series of rounds of Team Fortress 2, I decided to throw caution to the wind and loaded up Portal. And then I didn't stop until the final chords of "Still Alive" wafted from my speakers. This game is a revelation in storytelling in the medium of video games. It is smartly written, hilarious, the trans-spacial portal mechanic is brilliant and forces you to think in ways you're not used to in a game, and of course there's GlaDOS. Love GlaDOS.
The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda (NES)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Third-Person 2D Action RPG
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Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy (NES)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Third-Person 2D RPG
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Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. (NES)

Genre/Style: Action/Side-Scrolling Platform
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Pac-Man (2600)

Genre/Style: Action/Maze
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Portal: Still Alive

Portal: Still Alive (X360)

Genre/Style: Puzzle/Action Puzzle
Release Date: 22/OCT/08
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I don't know if I can create a top 5 list...I guess if I did one it would be the top 5 games that pulled me into RPG. I'll have to sit and meditate on this.
Very nice list. Mine would probably share many titles. The original FF for sure, I ended up memorizing the map to the Volcano from a friends strategy guide, it was many years before I finally forgot it. LOL

Also never forget the day I beat it. I was probably at the bare minimum level to even consider the final fight. I waded in and was doing good for a while. Both my mages got KOed and my Fighter and Black Belt both were about one hit away from dying.

Went ahead and issued commands expecting to die. Instead I beat Chaos and I screamed for joy. My Mom came running in asking me what's wrong? I laughed and told her I was just happy I beat the game. She shrugged and turned around with a look of "oh, it that all"

Good times :P
Final Fantasy will always be a classic because, obviously, it gave birth to an epic series - But that aside, I don't think I'll ever get more than five minutes into it. It's not the graphics, because I'm a *huge* retro gamer, I guess I don't know what it is. I've beaten two, and most of the rest - Even MYSTIC QUEST! Ewww lol. But something about the veeeery first one, just can't seem to get through it.
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