Getting To Know Me, Part III (games)

Yes, there is a part II somewhere out there in the pipeline, but some of you people just don’t know the meaning of the word patience.

To begin with, I have a bit of a confession to make:

I’m not a gamer.

At least not in the traditional sense. Jonas and a few other people I know, you throw them the name of a developer, and they rattle off a list of ten games that this dude has made. And they played at least eight of them.

I’m, well, a bit less versed on the subject. And I played almost (note: almost) exclusively RPGs and strategy games, mixed in with the occasional adventure game, most of them made by my husband.

So, after destroying what few illusions some of you may still have had about my geekity, here is the list of my ten favourite games in the world. A list which may change drastically in the next two months or so, because we’ll get Risen, Two Worlds II: The Temptation (winner of the 2009 Game Title Alliteration Award, bestowed by the Association of Alliteration Adoring Academics) and, somewhen in the hazy future, Arcadia: A Gothic Tale.

  1. Gothic II, 2002, Piranha Bytes
  2. Fallout II, 1998, Black Isle Studios
  3. Zoo Tycoon, 2001, Blue Fang Games
  4. Gothic, 2001, Piranha Bytes
  5. The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge, 2008, Jonas Kyratzes (Yes, my husband. The game is still bloody good.)
  6. X-Com: Apocalypse, 1997, Mythos Games
  7. Oblivion, 2006, Bethesda Softworks
  8. Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares, 1996, Simtex
  9. Two Worlds, 2008, Reality Pump
  10. Discworld, 1995, Teeny Weeny Games and Perfect 10 Productions (I also enjoyed the other two, but didn’t finish either of them. Not for lack of trying: in both cases the CDs crapped out on me.)

Honourable mention should be given to Companions of Xanth from 1993, developed by Legend Entertainment, which is the first computer game I ever played. And I still have fond memories of it.

Well, the list is, as I said, subject to change, quite probably in the near future. Risen is set to come out next Friday. Jonas and I can’t wait to get our hands on it. And the rest of the year looks good, too. I’ll keep you posted.