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A Favourite Game for Each Year I’ve Been Alive

Having had a bit of a lull in gaming this month I decided to answer The Well-Red Mage’s question to the community: Can you name your favourite game for every year you’ve been alive?

Even though this was a really nice and easy post to do I ended up finding it really interesting, I never realised how clearly you can see my gaming phases via genres and consoles throughout my life until it was all written out. First of all, the first few years I’m kind of clutching at straws as I never played any of them but I recognise them as influencing games that I played later in life, then there’s the kiddy bit with Pokémon, Disney and Looney Tunes then we get to the GameCube and PC phase where I get a little more adventurous (I always thought of myself as more of a PC gamer back in my youth but looking at my list I realised that I actually played a larger variety of games on the GameCube and the Wii than I did on PC, but I probably spent more time on the PC), then there’s the Playstation phase, which I am still in, where suddenly there’s a lot more violence thrown into the mix.

I found that choosing games from the years 1993 – 1997 were really hard, probably because I don’t have a nostalgic link to any of the games that came out in those days, the only exception being Doom because my dad played that for years and the memory of that is burned into my mind. I have played every game listed after 1997 though. Another strange revelation was that 2002 appeared to be the year where some of my most nostalgic and favourite games ever came out and I never realised that before.

1993 – Doom.

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1994 – Super Metroid.

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1995 – Worms.

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They look kind of creepy…

1996 – Pokémon Red/Green.

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1997 – Final Fantasy 7.

Never played it but so many people love it (including my other half) so it’s worth a mention.

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1998 – Pokémon Yellow

OK, now we’re getting somewhere… This is a bit of a cheat because Pokémon Yellow didn’t come out in Europe until 2000 (according to Google) so I didn’t play it in 1998, it is still probably one of my oldest (if not first) game though and I still have it with its’ matching Gameboy Colour and both of them still work!

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Honorable Mention: Baldur’s Gate.

1999 – Planescape Torment.

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2000 – Donald Duck: Quack Attack

(or Goin’ Quackers, the name seems to change for some reason).

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2001 – Sheep Dog ‘n’ Wolf.

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2002 – This is the year that I properly fell in love with games. I couldn’t pick just one so I’ll list them all quickly… Neverwinter Nights, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Age of Mythology, Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, The Urbz: Sims in the City (don’t judge me, it seemed cool at the time and I loved it), Duke Nukem: Manhatten Project (I didn’t play this, this was my dad’s game that I used to watch and the catchphrase “Makin’ Bacon” is burned into my brain”).

2003 – The Simpson’s Hit and Run.

Best. Game. EVER.

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2004 – The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

First LoZ game I ever finished.

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2005 – God of War.

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2006 – Neverwinter Nights 2.

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Honourable Mention: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

2007 – Super Mario Galaxy.

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2008 – Mario Kart Wii.

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2009 – Borderlands.

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2010 – God of War 3.

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2011 – Skyrim

How could I say anything other than Skyrim?

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2012 – Far Cry 3.

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2013 – Dead Island: Riptide.

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2014 – Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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2015 – Life is Strange

Ssh! Can you hear that? That’s the sound of my other half slowly dying inside because I didn’t say Bloodborne.

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2016 – Overwatch.

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2017 – Dream Daddy

To my horror I realised this is possibly the only game from 2017 that I have played so far, what a game though.

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Do you agree/disagree with any of my choices? Is there a particular year where lots of games that you love came out? Are you shocked and appalled at some of the dates here? I’m always horrified when I remember that Twilight Princess came out in 2006 and that the last proper God of War (Ascension doesn’t count…) was out in 2010, God of War 4 coming out in April though… SO EXCITED!!!

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34 thoughts on “A Favourite Game for Each Year I’ve Been Alive

  1. This is a pretty diverse list, but keeps the trend rolling with loads of Nintendo picks lol. Seems to be the case on everyone’s list, including my own. I’m new to pc rpgs, so I picked up Planescape during the last Steam sale. Looking forward to that one. I like the Forgotten Realms lore, so would you recommend both Neverwinter Nights games today? If they hold up pretty well I’d love to give them a chance.

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    1. I suppose it was hard for us to avoid Nintendo! They’re everywhere! I would LOVE to recommend you Neverwinter Nights, they are brilliant. I would watch a couple of videos of people playing them first just to make sure that the graphics won’t bother you though, I think I can get past it because they are so nostalgic for me but my other half won’t play it because of that. If not then they are based on some books by R A Salvatore if you like the lore of it all and want something to read.

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      1. My GF has 50 or so of the Forgotten Realms novels up on our bookshelf, haha. Older graphics don’t bother me in the slightest. It’s usually the archaic mechanics of older games that make them harder to play. I’ll give them a look over, though!

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    2. I will also say that NWN2 is a lot more focused on developing a relationship with your party and it delves a lot more into the world (very similar to Dragon Age) but NWN1 is more like Planescape or Baldur’s Gate. So it sort of depends on what you prefer in that sort of way as well!

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  2. At least I think it was the Game Boy Colour I had it on. Pretty sure it was a handheld. It would probably look like a completely different game. I now want to go and check what I had it on… but that game would probably be in a box somewhere so that may not happen.

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  3. Definitely 1993 – 1997 were the hardest years for me as well but that’s because nearly all of my ultimate favorite games came out in those years. I was young so I was playing games like nobody’s business and man it was hard to chose between them. Good list!

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  4. Woot! Another young’un who knows that FFVII is the game of 1997 even though you’ve never played it 😀 It’s really amusing that this post is not only showing what people pick for games, but also gives me an idea of the age of my blogger buddies. So far I’m the oldest, and I’m okay with that. Along with VII this is a solid list ♥

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    1. It is on my list to play! Still wondering if I should wait for the remastered one or not though, although having said that I just started IX and I’m really enjoying that so maybe I’d be OK with the original VII.
      I didn’t think I’d be one of the youngest but so far it looks that way!

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      1. Hm, part of me says you should give the original a try. I’ve seen the other games your posted about, and I don’t think you’ll be bothered by the dated visuals or you’ll get used to them fairly quickly. Then you’d have a means to compare the new one when it comes out 😀

        IX is my second favorite game of all time. I’m a little jealous that you’re experiencing it for the first time!

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  5. Hey there! Thanks for the follow, I really appreciate it! I’m following you back as well! 🙂 You’ve got a really nice blog!

    I’ll definitely get to this question from the Well-Red Mage at some point soon (I hope)…. you’ve got a lot of great choices! And no judgment from me on liking The Urbz: Sims in the City… I put an ungodly amount of hours into that game when it came out on the DS, haha! 😉

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