Expensive Games for the Rich (i.e. not me)

MAY ISSUE: POST #26

Oh, here we go, I apologise in advance. Let’s take a look at the stuff we can’t afford and wallow in sadness. Actually, it’s probably not as sad as it is funny. How some of these video games became so expensive and how some of them are actually sold in the end too beats me. Some people must desperately want some of these games. I’m guessing because it’s either very special to them, they own a museum or they want to brag to every nerd on the planet.

This post is to show off the games that you can buy if you have a thousand pounds of loose change in your pocket, and just to say, I’m using the ‘worldwide’ option on eBay (which is very useful actually). Also, because I am merely looking at eBay, some of these prices may not be exactly accurate, but they’re definitely a good estimate.

So let’s take a look at what we can waste thousands of coins on.

Stadium Events 

Released: December 23rd, 1986 (JP)
Developer: Human Entertainment
Publisher: NES
Selling For: Approx. £1000, I believe. Although it has been sold for 
upwards of 10,000/20,000 dollars before, since it's less rare in Europe.

This game is basically a sports fitness game, where you can take part in events such as the long jump, triple jump and, of course, the 100M dash. You can play with friends, or you can try and beat the computer. When you defeat an opponent, you receive a medal or a trophy, so that’s nice. I like awards. Apparently, this game is the rarest licensed NES game available in North America, hence why it’s so expensive, so I don’t think I’ll be adding this to my collection anytime soon. Especially since I don’t even own a NES to begin with. Although I must admit, the graphics of this game look pretty neat for a game back then, and I bet the sound effects are just as charming too.

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Final Fantasy 

Released: December 18th, 1987 (JP)
Developer: Square
Publisher: Square/Nintendo
Selling For: Nearly £4000 (new and sealed)

Of course, we all know the Final Fantasy series, but did you know that you would have to pay nearly £4000 for a new and sealed copy on the NES? I didn’t know that until now. The game follows the story of four young people called the Light Warriors, who each carry one of the earth’s four elements which have been unfortunately darkened by evil. So, they must all go and restore the light and defeat the evil. ‘Dadadada da da da dada!’ Of course, just because this version is super expensive doesn’t mean you can’t play the game. I personally have it on PSP, but it’s always a shame when you can’t try out games on their original consoles. There’s always some magic when you do that.

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Super Mario 64

Released: June 23rd, 1996 (JP)
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
Selling For: Approx. £500  (new and sealed)

If you want to snag Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64 sealed, then you’ll be looking to pay around £500 pounds for it. I personally grew up playing this on the DS, and I do still own it too, however, I don’t think I’ll be splashing out £500 for a boxed copy on the N64. But it is pretty neat, and I would understand anyone who would pay that for it. It’s not too expensive for what it is, but it’s still a lot more than us people have to spare. This game obviously features Mario, who has to obviously rescue Peach from Bowser. We know the story, to be honest, but this game in particular really did impress us all with its 3D design. Even to this day, it holds up pretty well. (But don’t ask me why I selected this image. I just had to.)

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Tetris

Released: June 14th, 1989 (JP)
Developer: Bullet-Proof Software
Publisher: Nintendo
Selling For: Approx. £1000 (new and sealed)

Oop, another game for around a thousand pounds coming through! If you want a copy of Tetris sealed, for the original Gameboy, then you’ll have to sell a lot of your furniture. To be honest, I haven’t played too much of Tetris and because of that, frankly, I’m terrible at it. However, my husband loves it, and it’s quite saddening that I won’t be able to get him the sealed version anytime soon. Or ever. I don’t think he minds though since I think breaking into it would be a legitimate crime. Tetris itself was originally created by Alexey Pajitnov, and this was the portable version of his idea. The fun of the game is to stack the shapes and stack the blocks until you make a complete row and the blocks disappear. It’s, of course, one of the most widely-known and addicting puzzle games to date.

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So that’s a short list of games that are a bit too expensive for my liking. However, there are still games for around the £100-£200 mark, which is expensive but are obtainable in time if you want to save up. However, most of the time, these prices are for boxed and new versions of games, so if you’re happy with owning just the discs or cartridges, then you’re probably going to save a lot of money. But, as a collector myself, I understand the frustration.

I personally feel like this post was a little lacking, but nevermind, I’ll definitely make another part in the near future if any readers are interested. I’m sure there are hundreds of games that are expensive to get, whether that’s sealed and new or preowned.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

Game Collecting on a Budget

MAY ISSUE: POST #11

Presuming you have little money to spend, how do you get all those games you want? I for one, know what it’s like to have little to no money spare for leisure, but I still go buy lots of cheap stuff anyway. I’m a cheapskate, to be honest, but at least it saves me a lot of money when I want to play games rather than look at how pretty they are.

I’ve compiled together points on how I tend to shop for games, and I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d love to buy a lot of games on release date and at retail price, but until my bank isn’t crying, I won’t be doing that. So what’s coming next is probably all obvious stuff, but I think it’s nice to get an insight to basically how I live my life.

Preowned Game Shops

If you live in the UK like I do, you’ll know of a shop called CEX. This is a preowned media shop where you can buy used games, electronics, movies, and CDs. It’s really useful, and I’ve bought a handful of games from here for 50p or a pound a piece. It’s definitely the place to go if you want a lot of options. Not everything is super cheap, but it’s probably cheaper than most places.
In the UK, there’s also Cash Converters, which is another brilliant preowned shop, which actually tends to sell more retro gaming items (not much, but some). I got two pretty good games the other week for 50p each, and the shop has cabinets full of consoles, games, and anything really- it’s not just full of media, after all, I’ve seen bikes and fishing rods in there before.

Charity Shops (Thrift Stores)/Antique Stores

No matter where I go, I always go into charity shops. Even if it looks like they’re just full of clothes from the outside, I tend to go in and walk to the back, where usually all the movies and games are held in secret. Usually, you’ll just find an array of sports games, but sometimes, you can be really lucky, and this is the trick here. Just take the time to look, or even ask what they have, you could stumble upon a treasure. I for one found Tomb Raider Anniversary: Collectors Edition for cheap in a charity shop, along with Dragon Age II. You really can’t go wrong, and once you get used to it, going into every single one you find gets addicting.

Also, surprisingly, a few antique shops I’ve been in also sell video games, which is really neat. I’m not saying that they’re cheap though, only that it’s worth a look.

Car boots (garage sale)

I admit that it seems that the content you find at car boots is way better in the US. But, there are still your handful of good people who’ll sell off their games for cheap in the middle of a field. There are usually those few families that bring their entire DVD collection and sometimes there are some games thrown in the midst of them. So you really have to master the ‘quick search’ skill through tubs and boxes. I remember I got DeBlob on Wii for 50p, so I was pretty happy with that. It’s definitely possible to find something that’s a treasure to you but trash to someone else. Whether that be games, consoles, or even that guitar you’ve wanted since your tenth birthday. You can find it.

Sales

SALES SALES SALES. Sales are a savior. Whether that be online sales or sales in shops. I’ve made a habit of popping into game shops such as GAME (an imaginative name, I know) or independent games shops and seeing if they have anything for cheap or for on sale. You just never know, and it’s best to look because you might miss something. I got a bunch of strategy guides and books in GAME for ridiculously cheap, and I mean it was close to being free.

Then, there are sales on SteamHumble Bundle practically on sites all over the internet. You have to keep searching, and adding stuff to your wishlists so you get notified when the price is reduced. It can really help you if you’re patient.

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These aren’t the only three sites, there are probably hundreds of them- sites that sell keys and all that for cheap. Humble Bundle, of course, is the most trusted source, and I recommend signing up to receive emails and updates since they have given out free games before and also their bundles are pretty darn good. You can choose between three tiers, and usually, the first tier consists of four to six games which you can get for around a dollar in total. I never usually pass up the bargain.

Also, follow these sites on Twitter! GOG actually gave away a bunch of free games the other week, and I only knew about it because of Twitter. Follow a bunch of them. It makes them happy and then you’ll be rewarded at some point with a tweet saying ‘like this for a free game!’ Hopefully. Maybe. Don’t hold me to that. But you should be more aware of cheap stuff, and who doesn’t like cheap stuff?

Steam/PSN

These two places are where I get a lot of my digital gaming items, even though I’m not much of a digital gamer. There are sales all the time and pretty cheap games if you’re not looking for anything in particular. Again, it’s good to make a wishlist so you can see when the item you want is reduced.

eBay/Amazon/Depop/Gumtree

Gumtree is like Craigslist, for anyone who doesn’t know. I was browsing gumtree for hours yesterday and was surprised at what I found in my local area. Sometimes you can find really great stuff right on your doorstep (maybe not that close, but your neighbour could be selling something). There’s even a free section, on which my partner found a free shrub. I mean, it’s not really up there with video games, but shrubs are nice. I’d take a free shrub.

eBay and Amazon and Depop all can be pretty bad when it comes to trying to find games for cheap. But this is why searching regularly is a good thing. You never know what’ll be listed tomorrow. Nearly everybody searches or uses eBay and Amazon, and there must’ve been a time when something was cheaper than you thought. So, make a wishlist, or look up all those games, and see what you can snag.

Depop is good because you can actually haggle if you’re good at that, too. I personally did it only once because I’m too scared to do it most of the time, in case I upset or anger someone somehow. But yeah, see how long something has been listed for. Maybe if a products been unsold for a year the seller might be a little kinder about giving it to you.

Borrowing

If you really can’t afford to spend anything, then these next three will help you. Why not try borrowing games instead? I’m not sure if libraries let you borrow games for free, I don’t think so, but if you have friends, why not see if they have some games you can borrow for a while? Or maybe even your enemy? Then you don’t have to give it back. (I’m joking of course. Maybe. Don’t tell anyone I told you that.)

Presents and Gifts

So what do I do if I want a more expensive game that won’t be lowered in price for eternity? I wait until my birthday or Christmas. I’m fortunate enough that I have family members who will get me what’s on my wishlist, and I’m very thankful. If there’s something you really want that you can’t afford, waiting for these special occasions is probably the best thing to do.

Don’t Buy Games

As much as it pains me to say it, this is the harsh truth. If you want to save money when buying games, just don’t buy games. Simple. Get all the free stuff, and then browse everything you can’t have. Or watch videos of gameplay. I know, it sounds like torture. But you can get that game one day, I’m sure. In time. If you’re lucky.

Or maybe you can switch this advice around. Buy nothing, and spend all the remaining money on games. You might not have any furniture, but at least you have video games. (Now I’m serious, don’t trust every piece of advice I give).

So there we go! This probably didn’t help anyone because it was all fairly obvious and you probably do most of this anyway, but that’s how I collect games. Practice being a cheapskate, but don’t be stingy either, and keep your priorities straight.

Thank you and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

What Gaming Means to Me

MAY ISSUE: POST #2

I thought I would do another simple post for today, as sometimes blogging a lot can get a bit overwhelming, and frankly, I’m still getting used to it all. But, this post will still be an important one, as I just want to type about what gaming means to me. It’s such an important part of my life, and I would like to voice as many reasons as I can, to show why gaming isn’t just a weird nerdy hobby (okay, it’s that too), and more a way of life. I know that sounds kinda cheesy but it’s true, and here are some points to back that up.

  • It’s pretty much how I met my husband and how we bonded for many years as friends. Gaming has brought us together, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.
  • I haven’t made too many friends through gaming. But it is the reason why this blog is up and running now, and I have learned so much already.
  • It’s helping me cope with anxiety and unfortunately, grief. Video games and writing this blog are a great distraction and have made me a happier person.
  • It’s provided me with entertainment and fun growing up and currently provides me with the most enjoyment compared to movies or other hobbies.
  • Some games teach you lessons and stick with you for a long time. One of those games, unsurprisingly is Life is Strange, I still think about it even now.
  • So basically, if you need to practice feeling emotions, games can help you with that.
  • Beating games is so satisying. It’s nice to have these little goals of beating certain games or earning a certain amount of trophies.
  • SO MUCH ART AND MUSIC and it’s all so amazing.
  • Did I mention art and music?
  • Art and music.
  • Linking to the previous bullet point, I have been so inspired by the people who make video games, and that includes the mainstream games and the independent indie developers. It’s great to see so many people be so passionate.
  • It’s so great to actually be knowledgeable about something.
  • Being female and being a collector/gamer feels pretty cool, I’m not gonna lie.
  • Memories. So. Many. Memories. I grew up playing games with my parents, my cousins, my family in general! I miss doing this so much but it’s great to still have the memories there.
  • It’s helped me learn a language, and maybe even more languages in the future.
  • Just getting invested in a story, and escaping from reality for a while. A game is usually something that you control and you’re put into the shoes of the character in front of you, which, apart from being really awesome, helps you escape reality (I like feeling like I’m Lara Croft for a few hours).
  • I mean puzzles help your brain right? I like puzzles games. That’s gotta count for something.
  • Collecting is addicting, but fun.
  • Gaming is addicting, frustrating at times, but fun.

and yeah, those are a lot of bullet points, but I could go on forever. Gaming is great. It’s great to be a gamer.

What makes gaming important to you? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

Video Game Character Profiles: Letter A

APRIL ISSUE: POST #27

So, today is another day, and I thought I would start a new series called ‘Video Game Character Profiles’. It’s not the most imaginative name, I know. But I like the idea of creating some sort of index of video game characters because frankly, they can be easy to forget.

Naturally, I want to start with the letter A. Because the letter A is at the beginning of the alphabet. So this post has already thrown some unexpectedness in your face.

I’m going to keep each profile short so I can add more characters. I could probably write paragraphs for each being if I wanted to, but since this is more of a gallery and showcase of characters, I think I’ll keep it simple.

Abe

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Game (Series): Oddworld
Species: Mudokon
Sex: Male
Voice actor: Lome Lanning

Embarrassingly, I’m starting out with a character that I still don’t know too well, but he’s weirdly charming. I do own most of the Oddworld games digitally, and I can’t wait to give them a try. Abe, also known as Stitch Lips, is a protagonist in the series. He has a kind heart but he’s a little bit naive. The games follow Abe as the Oddworld universe continues to be corrupted, and you set out to save the day!

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Ada Wong
Game (Series): Resident Evil 
Nationality: Chinese-American
Born: c. 1974
Sex: Female
Voice actor(s): Sally Cahill, 
Megan Hollingshead, Courtenay Taylor

I haven’t played too much of Resident Evil either, but I do remember really liking Ada Wong when I watched my husband play, and I liked her in the movies too. She began as a private agent but is shown in the series as a mysterious antihero, as she works for the villains but also helps the protagonist Leon. She was also listed among the top 50 greatest female characters in video game history in 2007, and no wonder, she even looks badass.

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Game (Series): Super Monkey Ball 
Species: Monkey
Sex: Male
Voice actor: Kaoru Morota
Likes: Bananas

Wow, I’m doing terrible here. I haven’t really played Super Monkey Ball much either, but, I do know a little bit about this adorable monkey. He is the main character in Super Monkey Ball and has also appeared in games such as Sonic Riders and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, and well, he loves bananas. He’s a resident of Jungle Island and is given magical powers to try and reach Banana Island (yay! More bananas!) before his rival GonGon who actually becomes one of his best friends later in the series.

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Game: Alan Wake
Born: 1978
Sex: Male
Voice actor: Matthew Porretta

Alan Wake is a character I really like and he’s pretty brave in my opinion. I doubt I could fight monsters with a flashlight. Anyway, Alan Wake was a bestselling author who struggled to write for a couple of years because of writer’s block. His wife takes him on holiday to Bright Falls where she thinks it’s going to help him, when in fact, well, it doesn’t.

Alice Liddell 

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Game (Series): American Mcgee
Sex: Female
Voice actor: Susie Brann

This is one of my all-time favourite characters, and I currently really fascinated in researching all

about her. In Alice: Madness Returns though, Alice is the only survivor of a house fire that killed her family, which means from the get-go the game has some pretty dark and dramatic events. Alice is traumatized, which causes her reality to become more of an imaginary world, in other words, it becomes Wonderland. This game is really fantastic in my opinion, and the character Alice is smart and strong-willed.

Alistair 

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Game (Series): Dragon Age
Race: Human
Class: Warrior
Sex: Male

Excuse me while I fangirl for a moment. To be honest, I can’t play a Dragon Age game without obsessing over at least one character. It’s really impossible. I really loved interacting with Alistair in the first game, and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it all over again. Alistair is a Grey Warden and a skilled warrior. In the game, you play as a Grey Warden too, and when the city is engulfed in War, you are chosen to slay the archdemon, with the help of Alistair of course.

-Edit 6 hours after post was published-

I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT ANDERS FROM DRAGON AGE II. I literally just beat the game and I personally, love him more than Alistair. I know I’m a crazy fangirl but I feel like I’ve betrayed him. 

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Game (Series): Sonic
Formerly known: Rosy the Rascal
Species: Hedgehog
Sex: Female
Likes: Sonic

To be honest, I really like Amy, and not just because she’s pink. She was always my second choice in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (after Blaze) and frankly, I find her pretty funny. Amy is cheerful and has a lot of energy, although she has quite the crush on Sonic, and who can blame her really. The Sonic series basically follows a hedgehog, if you didn’t know, and he’s very fast.

Anna
Game: Anna's Quest
Sex: Female

I just wanted to add in Anna even though there’s not much information about her. I’m sure I could write a whole profile if I went through the game again, but unfortunately, I don’t have much for that at the moment. Anna’s Quest is a great point & click adventure game by Daedalic Entertainment about a young girl with telekinetic powers. She is kidnapped by a witch, but she doesn’t let this stop her as she’s determined to find a cure for her sick grandpa. Anna is a strong, young female character, and I think more people should know about her.

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Game (Series): BioShock
Born: 1911
DIed: 1960
Sex: Male
Voice actor: Armin Shimerman

Andrew Ryan is a little bit of a difficult character to explain, but the world of BioShock does revolve around him. He ordered the secret construction of Rapture, the underwater city in the world of BioShock. He originally wanted it to be a haven, but it quickly fell to destruction and all those mutated people started happening and killing things and the like. He started defending himself with these mutated people and hid away (tut tut). But overall, he is a very important person in the BioShock series, and you should really know his name.

 

April Ryan

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Game (Series): The Longest Journey
Born: April 14th 2191
Age: 18
Sex: Female
Voice actor: Sarah Hamilton

I didn’t realise that a small handful of my favourite characters begin with the letter A, but they do. April Ryan is awesome, but she does have her issues and a troubled past. She is affected by nightmares, and after a while, she notices very strange events occurring in her neighbourhood. She then ends up a shifter, a person who can move between two worlds, and she has to save the Balance that keeps these two worlds in order. It is honestly a fantastic series, and I recommend you try out the first game.

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Game (Series): Blazblue
Name: Lotte Carmine (formerly)
Species: Human (formerly)
Voice actor(s): Takashi HIkida, 
Spike Spencer
Likes: Knowledge

I always found this character to be the most intriguing from the Blazblue series, and sort of reminds me of something from Studio Ghibli. The Blazblue series is a fighting series that has a fantastic art style, with a lot of different storylines. Arakune, in particular, used to be a scientist, who was jealous of another scientist, which led him to experiment on himself and become Arakune. He’s basically a black blob with a face.

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Game: Portal 2
Occupation: Android Test Subject
Voice actor: Dee Bradley Baker

ATLAS is the blue android that is a playable character in Portal 2‘s co-op campaign. Both he and his buddy P-body were designed by GLaDOS, and were made purely as test subjects. Portal 2 follows the events of Portal, in which there are a lot of puzzles and test chambers, and you use portal guns to make your way through them. Portal guns are fun. You should try them out.

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Game: Professor Layton and the 
Azran Legacy
Sex: Female
Voice actor(s): Jo Wyatt, 
Shiori Katsuna

I have to admit, I’ve only played the first Professor Layton game, (and seen the movie if that counts towards anything) but I do really enjoy trying to tackle all those overly frustrating puzzles. From what I’ve seen, Aurora looks like a cute little girl, who is calm but serious and grows to become friends with Layton and the others. I don’t know much about this games particular plot, but I really do like the look of the character design.

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Game (Series): Kingdom Hearts
Number: VIII
Voice actor(s): Quinton Flynn, 
Keiji Fujiwara

Oh, Axel. You and your long red locks. I first saw him in the game Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which is an RPG that focuses on the life of Roxas, before the events of Kingdom Hearts II. I’m not really sure how to explain Axel, to be honest, he’s a mysterious and cocky kind of character, but grows to be more friendly and laid-back after he becomes close friends with Roxas. The characters of Kingdom Hearts are really great, and there is no denying that anybody would want to explore the Disney worlds.

Aya BreaAyabrea
Game (Series): Parasite Eve
Nationality: Japanese-American
Age: 25-28
Sex: Female
Voice actor(s): Yumiko Shaku, Maaya Sakamoto,
Kathy Sokol, Yvonne Strahovski

I haven’t played Parasite Eve all that much but the character Aya Brea is really interesting to me (and very beautiful). I really love female protagonists in games, and I will leap at the chance to play as them. In Parasite Evea role-playing action horror game, you battle against the evil called ‘Eve’, which continues to threaten humanity and all life on earth. You have a bond with ‘Eve’ which of course, means you must hunt it down. Such fun!

 

This post went up a little bit late due to a doctors appointment I had, but I really liked exploring all these characters. Roll on the letter B!

Let me know what video game characters you like that I didn’t mention!

Thank you and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

All photographs obtained from the game's Wiki pages.

Games Released During Each Year of my Life

APRIL ISSUE: POST #24

The idea for this came to my mind because I think I saw a post similar whilst I was browsing through WordPress (if I have directly stolen the idea, then I apologise). For each year that I have been alive, I am going to be listing a couple of games that released during that particular year. I’ll be adding a little comment too, in case you want to practice reading more.

So first off, let’s start with the year I was born, naturally.

1996

Tomb Raider (The first Tomb Raider game fills me with joy, but also deep dark regret. I mentioned this game in a recent post ‘Games That I Started and Never Finished’ which you can read here if you want. Lara Croft is one of my all-time favourite characters though, hence why I had to mention this game)

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona (Even though I didn’t play this as a baby, I did obtain it digitally last year. I played it for quite a while, and I really should’ve tried to beat it, because now I’m going to have to start all over again. But, obviously, this is a world-renowned series, and I actually really love the first game. Although I will never forget the battle music. While it is awesome, it haunts me after hearing it millions of times already.)

Here it is in case you wanted to torture yourself more!

1997

Fallout (The Fallout series is really a series that I need to play more of. I’ve seen more gameplay than anything, and I’ve played the beginning of Fallout 3 way more times than I should have. I really want to go through the game with really low intelligence though. It’ll reflect how I’d act in real life.)

Final Fantasy VII (This is a game that’s important to me for a different reason, and that’s because my Dad loved it. My Dad played this when I was very small, and I always used to watch him involuntarily. Maybe it’s what helped me get into the magical world of gaming though, who knows?)

1998

Parasite Eve (I started playing the first game last year, but then my husband finished it for me as I didn’t really feel like playing that genre at the time. But it’s definitely a series that I want to get into properly. Right now I just can’t forget the number of times my husband has wanted me to start playing it- my bad!)

Dance Dance Revolution (This is how I used to get most of my exercise. Actually, it’s still how I get most of my exercise.)

Grim Fandango (I love point & clicks, but this game is challenging. I haven’t gotten that far through it yet, but that’s because I kept getting stuck numerous times. Maybe I’m still too dumb for this. Or maybe I’m thinking too hard. Well, maybe I’ll get there eventually without blowing my brains out.)

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1999

The Longest Journey (I have to mention it. It’s one of my favourite games to date, and sometimes I can’t believe that games that extensive were being released in the 90s. Like, I was three years old, seeing complex games like that was incredibly surreal.)

Rollercoaster Tycoon (Crap, was this really 1999?! Well, blow me down.)

2000

The Sims (It makes me sad that EA have been frankly pretty crap recently, but The Sims is a series I love and I feel that it has to be mentioned somewhere. The Sims 3 was a big part of my teenagehood, and it’s surprising how addicting life simulation is.)

Jet Set Radio (Obviously there’s the HD port, but the original was released in the year 2000. I’m hoping everybody has heard of this game because the colours and style are rad, and how else are you going to skate around like that without getting killed?)

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Destruction Derby Raw (I’m so thankful that I still own this game because it’s a huge chunk of my memories from my PS1 days. It’s why I don’t plan on driving anytime soon though.)

2001

Burnout (Driving. Crashing. Burning. What more could you ask for?)

Cel Damage (and yes, another racing game. But this one is awesome. This one is celshaded and very fancy. You can hit other cars with a hammer.)

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (I played quite a bit of the PS3 Trilogy version and this series is great. I really want to play them more. I recently got Daxter on the PSP, and to be able to take Daxter around with me will be very exciting.)

2002

Animal Crossing (Oh look, it’s everybody’s first love.)

Kingdom Hearts (Okay, maybe this is everybody’s first love. Either way, both Animal Crossing and Kingdom Hearts are huge releases from the year 2002.)

2003

Starsky & Hutch (This is a game based off of a TV action series. My Mum used to watch it quite a lot, so when my Dad got us the game, we both proceeded to play a lot of it. For years. Unfortunately, we were not skilled enough to jointly get through most of the game.)

The Simpsons: Hit & Run (I would love for this or a game like this to return honestly. It was so much fun. I need this kind of fun back in my life.)

Tony Hawk’s Underground (The Tony Hawk PS2 games is one of the series that I played the most on PS2. You could actually drive a car in this one, and remember the character customisation?! Seriously, stuff like that is what games lack nowadays.)

2004

Driver 3 (I never actually knew that a lot of people didn’t like this game. This game was like an open-world adventure for me when I was younger, full of evil possibilities. I used to change the settings so the police wouldn’t come and get me, and then I’d just drive around and shoot people. Because that’s what true joy is apparently)

The Incredibles (I’m just mentioning this because I distinctly remember borrowing it from the library and trying it out. I didn’t get through much of the game, but the fact that I borrowed it from the library just sticks with me for some reason. Oh, and the movie is awesome. Who’s looking forward to the second one?!)

2005

Nintendogs (Do Nintendogs die? I don’t know if I want to find out.)

Lego Star Wars: The Video Game (LEGO games are great. You can’t disagree. Actual LEGO is a bit different because they really hurt your feet if you step on them.)

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2006

Saints Row (Once I finally get an Xbox 360, I’m going to get the first game for sure. I’ve played the third one a lot and honestly, I had so much fun with it. Running around naked was the best part.)

Bully ( I say it a lot, but I’ve watched gameplay of this game way too many times. Fortunately, I do own it though, and I really must get down to playing it. I didn’t like school that much, so I’m ready to rebel.)

2007

Portal (Again, another game that I watched a lot of videos for. I really want the second game physically for console, since I only own the first and second game digitally. Glados, are you there?)

Rock Band (I wish this game recorded hours because I am 100% sure that I’ve spent an entire year of my life playing this game. While saying this though, I wish I could boast about my skills. I can play on Expert Mode, but alas, some of the songs are impossible to the majority of the population.)

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2008

Imagine Teacher (I mention this particular game because I really liked quite a few of the Imagine games. I remember playing Imagine Teacher a lot, but I got stuck on the pottery class, as you do.)

Mirror’s Edge (A game that made me feel really paranoid, and I still haven’t beat it. But I like the whole concept a lot, and it has a minimalistic vibe.)

2009

Borderlands (I love the graphics, the characters, the music- the list is endless. Don’t make me go on.)

Dragon Age: Origins (I’m just surprised at how many hours I actually managed to put into this series. Over 50 hours? In the first and second game? I did that?! Crazy.)

2010

Limbo (I understand that you can get this on the PS VITA now too so I would love that. This game looked pretty dark and scary to me at first, but I think I could get through it. Although I think I might experience a little bit of arachnophobia. *nervous laughter*)

Heavy Rain (I beat Heavy Rain quite a few years ago now, and quite a bit of it has stuck with me. Some of it made me laugh, like the voice acting (JAAAASON), but you can’t go wrong with it really. It’s a must play.)

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2011

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (This series is a series I really want to play through again. Although, I have the unpopular opinion that the fourth game isn’t as good. The second and third are definitely my favourite, and I would marry Nathan Drake if I didn’t have a husband already, although don’t tell my husband that.)

Tropico 4 (I really like the Tropico games. The music makes you want to dance in your seat, which I do way too often and my chair is probably ready to give up on me. The gameplay can be challenging but it is rather addicting, and addicting games are what we live for.)

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2012

Mario Party 9 (Forever regret that I traded this in. Forever regret.)

Fantasy Life (I’ve mentioned that I loved this game a couple of times already, but it’s perfect for the 3DS. I haven’t really heard anything bad about it, and to be honest, even if I did, I would ignore it. I’ll protect the game forever.)

2013

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Honestly, some of these games, I can’t believe how long ago they were released. I remember sitting there with this game, playing it in Japanese, and writing down all the new vocab that I wanted to learn. Because of this though, I didn’t really get that far in the game. But I know how good it is for sure.)

Table Top Racing: World Tour (If you like pretending that you’re in a toy race car upon a table driving into ketchup bottles, then this game is for you.)

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2014

Castaway Paradise (If you haven’t heard of this game it is basically kind of a mix between Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. It really isn’t bad, but it is quite repetitive. But then again, these type of games are.)

Goat Simulator (You know about this game right? If you don’t I may have to drag you down the road with my tongue.)

2015

Cities: Skylines (i’m a sucker for city building games, and I really want to build up my collection of them, although I almost always end up in debt. It’s not my fault I swear.)

Life is Strange (I’m honestly still so emotionally attached to this game. That is all.)

2016

Superhot (I let my husband have the Steam key for this last year and I watched him play most of it. It freaked me out a little bit, but it had a really neat design.)

Punch Club (You should really check this game out if you haven’t heard of it. It has really cool graphics and the game can get pretty addicting too. Also, you’re a boxer. Punching things is fun.)

2017

Little Nightmares (I really want to play this, and it reminds me of Coraline. I love anything that reminds me of Coraline. Or Tim Burton. Or Neil Gaiman.)

Hellblade (I think I want this even more though. After all those awards it got too? Man. I really hope that there’ll be a physical release. I want to put some hell into my blade.)

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I’m going to end there since I’m always late to the party and I hardly ever get new video games and therefore can’t really write much about 2018. I even struggled with 2016 and 2017. Pff, and I call myself a gamer.

Wow. This post was pretty long though. While writing this out, I noticed that some years had way more and better releases than others, which is as expected. Please let me know if I’ve made a mistake with a release date, but apart from that, why don’t you let me know what games are the most nostalgic to you?

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG