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The Top 50 Video Game Franchises Of All Time, Voted By Gamers

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The 2010 Guinness Book of World Records Gamer's Edition features a list of the Top 50 video game series as voted by the gaming public. Which series came out on top between The Legend of Zelda, Call of Duty, and Halo?

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Instead of opting to go with game review scores or a board of experts, this year Guinness put the top 50 video games series category in control of the players. A noble sentiment, but one that leads to results that scream popularity contest. For instance, Halo received more than 13,000 votes, putting it in the number one spot, while Call of Duty took second and The Legend of Zelda, the longest-running franchise of the three - took third.

"We decided to take a different approach with this list than we did in the previous edition," said Guinness World Records Gaming Editor Gaz Deaves. "Instead of asking developers, industry insiders and journalists to rank their favorite titles, we approached a different kind of expert: the players themselves! We are confident that this 'top 50' more accurately reflects the tastes of the average gamer and not just the critics."

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Like I said, a popularity contest.

Here's the rest of the list, from Guitar Hero all the way down to Pro Evolution Soccer.

Guitar Hero (#4)
Metal Gear (#5)
Super Mario Bros. (#6)
World of Warcraft (#7)
Gears of War (#8)
Super Smash Bros. (#9)
Grand Theft Auto (#10)
Pokémon (# 11)
Resident Evil (#12)
Fallout (#13)
Half-Life (#14)
Sonic the Hedgehog (#15)
Counter-Strike (#16)
Runescape (#17)
FIFA (#18)
Kingdom Hearts (#19)
Final Fantasy (#20)
Pac-Man (#21)
Madden NFL (#22)
The Sims (#23)
Tomb Raider (#24)
WWE Smackdown Vs. RAW (#25)
Rock Band (#26)
LIttleBigPlanet (#27)
Saints Row (#28)
The Elder Scrolls (#29)
God of War (#30)
GoldenEye 007 (#31)
Bioshock (#32)
KillZone (#33)
Skate (#34)
Left 4 Dead (#35)
Need for Speed (#36)
Chrono Trigger (#37)
Gran Turismo (#38)
StarCraft (#39)
Ratchet & Clank (#40)
Pong (#41)
Tom Clancy's (# 42)
Star Wars: Battlefront (#43)
Battlefield (#44), Diablo (#45)
Lego Batman (#46)
Mario Kart (#47)
Burnout (#48)
Crash Bandicoot (#49)
Pro Evolution Soccer (#50).

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sobullshit
bullshit reservoir is full

One, the list is wrong hurp durp. You knew I was going to say that. What I'll do differently is explain a very good reason WHY the list is wrong.

Think about the Zelda franchise. Think about your favorites. How old are they? Do you still play them/think about them? Yes? Okay. Think about the CoD franchise. Think about your favorite. Think about ten or fifteen years from now. See where I'm going with this? Gaming today (and this list) is all about "game of the week/month". Something awesome comes out, and I'll admit it's pretty good. But everyone just flips out like it's the second coming or something, when honestly it's NOT THAT GREAT. And everyone will admit and acknowledge that it wasn't that great in a few years when they're busy bowing to the next ones. Very very few games that come out nowadays are timeless classics. THAT's what is wrong here. We used to get/savor/vote for timeless classics.

"Gaming" now has forgotten all about a good game's place in the bigger picture, and is only concerned with the fact that RIGHT NOW MW2 (or whatever) is so cool. Nearly ALL of the "amazing" games that have come out for the HD-Generation are simply not that amazing, and will easily be left behind in a console generation or two. It makes me weep.