All About widdowson91
I have been a gamer for pretty much my entire life. My Dad had me playing Amiga games with him when I was as young as 2 years old, so you can blame my obsession on him. The first video game I ever played was Body Blows, a fighting game developed by Team 17 (who also made the Worms games). I hold a strong passion for video games, and my tastes encompass any genre you can think of. I would love to one day run my own video game website, a site made my gamers for gamers, without any of the rubbish we have come to expect from major gaming publications.
Formats I own: Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (PAL and NTSC), Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Colour, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Micro, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo 3DS, Master System, Mega Drive (Genesis), Saturn, Dreamcast, Game Gear, PlayStation, PlatStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360, Atari 2600, Atari Lynx, Atari ST520, 3DO, Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
Nintendo 3DS Friend Code: 3652-0514-0533
Nintendo Network: Retro-Boy
Xbox Live: Widdow1991
PlayStation Network: RetroBoy1991
My Games of the Year (1977-present):
1978 Space Invaders
1981 Donkey Kong
1985 Super Mario Bros.
1987 The Legend of Zelda
1988 Ninja Gaiden
1989 Mega Man 2
1990 Super Mario Bros. 3
1991 Super Mario World
1992 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
1993 The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening
1994 Final Fantasy VI
1995 Chrono Trigger
1996 Super Mario 64
1997 Final Fantasy VII
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
1999 System Shock 2
2000 Pokemon Gold and Silver
2001 Grand Theft Auto III
2002 Metroid Prime
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
2004 Half-Life 2
2005 Shadow of the Colossus
2007 Super Mario Galaxy
2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2
2011 Portal 2
If I wrote about this subject myself I doubt anyone would read it because the blog would be far too big. Luckily for us Jimquisition is here. Jim Sterling gets the point I wanted to make across far better then I ever could, and much quicker.
I was recently thinking about what game would so far be my game of the year. I won't disclose who is the number one contender just yet (mainly because we're only half way through 2013), but thinking about this made me want to write a list, dating back to 1977 (the year the Atari 2600 was released) and document my favourite game from each year from then until 2012.
So after careful consideration, and a lot of hard thought, here's my list:
1977 - Combat (Atari)
1978 - Space Invaders (Taito)
1979 - Adventure (Atari)
1980 - Pac-Man (Namco)
1981 - Donkey Kong (Nintendo R&D1)
1982 - Pitfall! (Activision)
1983 - Jetpac (Ultimate Play the Game)
1984 - Elite (Braben and Bell)
1985 - Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo EAD)
1986 - Castlevania (Konami)
1987 - The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo EAD)
1988 - Ninja Gaiden (Tecmo)
1989 - Mega Man 2 (Capcom)
1990 - Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nintendo EAD)
1991 - Super Mario World (Nintendo EAD)
1992 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo EAD)
1993 - The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening (Nintendo EAD)
1994 - Final Fantasy VI (SquareSoft)
1995 - Chrono Trigger (SquareSoft)
1996 - Super Mario 64 (Nintendo EAD)
1997 - Final Fantasy VII (SquareSoft)
1998 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo EAD)
1999 - System Shock 2 (Looking Glass Studios/Irrational Games)
2000 - Pokemon Gold and Silver (Game Freak)
2001 - Grand Theft Auto III (DMA Design)
2002 - Metroid Prime (Retro Studios)
2003 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (BioWare)
2004 - Half-Life 2 (Valve)
2005 - Shadow of the Colossus (Team Ico)
2006 - Okami (Clover Studios)
2007 - Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo EAD)
2008 - Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Hal Laboratory)
2009 - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog)
2010 - Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo EAD)
2011 - Portal 2 (Valve)
2012 - Journey (thatgamecompany)
For the purpose of making it easier for myself, I chose the release dates of each game in their English teritories. For instance, Pokemon Gold and Silver were released in Japan in 1999, but in English in 2000. So they were my choice for 2000 instead of 1999. So the same thing applies for all the games in this list. And if a game was released in America before Europe I chose the year it was released in America, and vice versa if the game was released in Europe first. I have also placed, next to each game, the company who made it in brackets.
What do you think? How would your list vary if you did one?
From the moment the PlayStation 3 was announced it really didn't appeal to me. I did eventually buy one, because the pull of Sony's exclusives is a little difficult to resist, but as a package I really wasn't impressed with the PS3. And this annoyed me, because I am a huge fan of both the PlayStation and PlayStation 2.
But Sony may have just won back this disillusioned PlayStation fan.
There has been a lot of complaining recently about the Xbox One, which seems to be a DRM-laden console that will do nothing other than piss off consumers. Of course there are those who think the Xbox One is not all that bad, but I can't buy in to a console that will periodically require me to be connected to the internet, or that may very well block used games.
So when Jack Tretton walked out on stage at Sony's E3 press conference, and declared to the gaming world that the PS4 wouldn't require online checks and won't block used games, and will allow you to lend games to friends, I really felt happy. As did the audience too, as just about everything he said was met with rapturous applause.
The only negative thing to come from the Sony press conference was that PlayStation Plus is now required to play games online, which relinquishes one of the biggest draws of the PS3 by not allowing a free-to-play option. But in many ways I expected this, and from what I have heard PlayStation Plus is more worth the fee than Xbox Live is anyway.
EDIT: Shuhei Yoshida has also confirmed, via Twitter, that the PS4 will also be region free. Again, another win as far as I'm concerned.
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