We're never going to know what the 10 best video games of all time are. But we sure can try.
Since early 2010, my friend N'Gai Croal and I have been trying in the most semi-serious, pseudo-scientific way possible to deduce the 10 top games ever. Our way is surely the best.
On Friday, in Boston, we'll update the world on our progress and allow our list to be changed yet again. We started this project, which we call Canon Fodder, one year ago.
We started with as flawed but neutral a list as we could find, the GameRankings.com list of the 10 best-reviewed video games of all time (who knew Metal Gear Solid on the Game Boy Color was so damn good?)
Then we went to the professionals, allowing game developers — and no one else — to each make a single change to our list. They could remove a game and put a new one in its place. They could swap the position of any two games on the list.
This was the starter list, pulled from GameRankings last year.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Super Mario Galaxy
3. Grand Theft Auto IV
4. Super Mario World
5. Metroid Prime
7. The Orange Box
8. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
9. Super Metroid
10. Metal Gear Solid (Game Boy Color)
We had 13 developers make their moves by the end of 2010's PAX East convention in Boston. (You can read about those moves, if it's not going to make you too angry.)