The top all-time games are old time games

This piece started out with a Twitter post, asking for people’s top five computer (or console) games. The idea was to put together a list for a “capsule” collection that would reflect the state of the art in gaming.

But I didn’t specify in the original post that the games needed to run on a current-generation device, such as an XBox 360, PlayStation, Wii or PC/Mac. What stood out was how affectionate many gamers are for the old-school games (and how British gamers, at least, hark back to the days of the Sinclair Spectrum and even the Amstrad).

Here’s the list so far (in alphabetical order, and for series, with episodes removed for simplicity). I would have to add Defender, my personal favourite from my early teens.

  • Baldur’s Gate
  • Call of Duty
  • Diablo
  • Donkey Kong
  • Elite
  • Gears of War
  • Goldeneye
  • Half Life
  • Mario Kart
  • Oblivion
  • PES 09
  • Space Invaders
  • Street Fighter
  • Streethawk
  • Tekken
  • Wipeout
  • Any suggestions for the original top 5 — the games anyone would need today to build a core collection — are most welcome.


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    3 Responses to The top all-time games are old time games

    1. Armand says:

      I would totally add the Monkey Island games, and a number of other Lucasarts hits to this. Pure awesome.

    2. Graham Thatcher says:

      Who could forget Manic Miner or the precursor to Streetfighter, Yi Ar Kung Fu from the Sinclair Spectrum days or Outrun on the Sega.

      I would start talking about Frogger but might start showing my age even more.

    3. Ross Brown says:

      I’d back-up Graham – but would put Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy (being its sequel) into the mix.

      When JSW came out it was a revelation, pushing the possibilities of the Spectrum beyond what anybody thought was possible. And a damn fine and addictive game it was too.

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