As a writer and all-around creative person, I absolutely love seeing fresh, original ideas being turned into games. A lot of games suffer from boring, overused plot or really unoriginal characters. Heck, a lot of the games I’ve tried playing during my short lifetime have been uninspired rehashes of other, better games.
#1 Dream Daddy
Okay, the whole “daddy” culture might be getting out of hand a bit, especially if it’s gotten to the point where you can date…hot dads. But I mean, Japan has all those romance games featuring schoolgirls (uhh) and young, pretty women, so why not something for the rest of us? The whole romance-dating-adventure genre thing has definitely existed for a while before Dream Daddy, but I give kudos to Game Grumps for designing an engaging game that definitely made waves in the industry! It’s not every day you get to play as a hot single dad and romance other hot single dads.
I really loved Portal and Portal 2. I loved both ending songs and tried to sing along with them and learn them. I would walk around in school singing them to myself. Yeah, I wasn’t one of the cool kids. Portal and Portal 2 are two of the most memorable games I’ve ever played, though my heart definitely remains with Portal 1. It was a first-person shooter that didn’t have killing or huge guns–it totally relied on your brain! I loved the mind-bending physics involved. Imagine being able to control distance and gravity in a post-apocalyptic world! And of course, who could forget GLaDOS? She was so annoying but so lovable, and by the time I got to the end of the games I really wished I could have more time with her.
#3 World of Warcraft
I remember going with my dad to the store and buying expansion packs for World of Warcraft. Blizzard managed to create an entire world inside of a video game, and in a lot of ways, it definitely felt more real than–well, the real world! It revitalized MMO games and at one point grew so big I’m pretty sure its population exceeded that of a bunch of small countries and states. Unlike a lot of video games where it’s easy to get lost in your own world, WoW forced you to interact and band together if you wanted to actually succeed on quests. It gave nerds a community to belong to!
#4 Cat Mario
There are so so so many Mario games that it seems impossible to list them all! I remember opening this variation of Mario (it’s not from Nintendo) back in high school or middle school, I can’t really remember. I was drawn to its terrible drawings and its insane difficulty! At one point it started trending, too, at my school. There are only four levels in Cat Mario 4 but they’re all crazy complicated, so if you manage to defeat it, do tell me!
QWOP was released in 2008 by the Cut Copy bassist Bennett Foddy. You control the limbs of an athlete named Qwop using the Q, W, O, and P keys. This game also managed to go viral! You have to try and finish 100 meters, which is probably impossible because the farthest I’ve gotten is 3 meters. And that was after over 3 hours of trying and failing. I checked the Wikipedia for this game and someone actually won a Guinness World Record for finishing 100 meters in 51 seconds. I don’t understand how that’s even possible! Mr. Foddy said that he even gets hate-mail because he created this game, which makes sense. Think how many hours people waste trying to play or even beat this game, or trying to get to the end and then wiping out at 90 or 95 meters!
#6 The Sims
The Sims is a really weird game that’s notorious for all the crazy glitches and funny things you can do inside it. The game designer, Will Wright, says that he was inspired to create a virtual doll house after he tragically lost his home in a fire. While rebuilding his home and purchasing furniture and trying to get back on his feet, he was inspired to turn his real-life experience into a game. At first, it didn’t get many backers but he brought it to Electronic Arts, who totally loved the idea. This game has broken Guinness World Records (5 in all), including World’s Biggest-Selling Simulation Series and Best Selling PC Game of All Time. It sold 16 million units even though EA initially expected it would sell just 160,000!
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