Another thing I want to do with our expanded weekends is this: The List of Lists.
Each week throws off several new lists ranging from the humorous to the trivial - Top 6 Phallic Objects in Video Games; Top 12 Most Hated Non-Human NPCs from 1990s RPG, you get the idea. Rather than run one as a single post, I figured we can put together, in digest form, a roundup of the rundowns out there, ridiculous to sublime.
Here are five that caught my eye recently:
• 11 Downright Dirty Video Game Titles [The Bits, Bytes, Pixels and Sprites]
This list of dirty-talking game names, includes, of course, "Tongue of the Fatman," "Booby Kids," "Nuts & Milk" and even "GOLF Magazine Presents 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples," which sounds like gonzo porn I would never want to see.
• The Citizen Kanes of Video Games [Games Radar]
Games Radar spends about 3,000 words telling us that, yes, Donkey Kong, Tetris and Ocarina of Time were, in fact, important games. Most of the list of 25 games is predictable. Toward the end it heaps in a lot of sequels and shooters.The titles each game influenced are cited in making the case for their transcendent achievements.
• Top 5 Reasons Retro Games Beat Modern Games [MSNBC]
This gives equal time to the old school after MSNBC's Top 5 Reasons Modern Games Beat Retro Games of two weeks ago. Old games are definitely more of a challenge, but "they play longer"? Really? Longer than 100 percenting any of the Grand Theft Autos since III?
• 10 Recently Hyped Video Games that Disappeared too Quickly [Joystick Division]
Haze, Too Human, Mirror's Edge, we all sort of get why they flamed out sooner than their pre-release hype would have let on. But Assassin's Creed? Mass Effect? Street Fighter IV? By what measure are we saying they "disappeared"?
• The 10 Best Nuclear Explosions in Video Games [IGN]
This goes back to the beginning of the month, but it's still a big hit on Digg. Plus, who doesn't like explosions? Problem is, IGN serves up some tiny-ass pictures to go with the list. Anyhow the top 3, in order, are Fallout 3, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and World in Conflict.