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My top 5 influential games, sort of

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What are the Top 5 Games that were most influential to your gamerDNA?

Actually I can't list five games and honestly say that those are without a doubt the five most influential games I ever played. I simply played too many games across different genres; I have to compare apples and oranges. Here is my attempt anyway, the list as I would compile it today, in chronological order.

Montezuma's Revenge is a platform game I played at a young age on the Atari 800 XL. After shooting identical invaders wave after wave after wave (which is fun in its own right), exploring all the different rooms in the Mayan temple, evading rolling skulls and spiders, trying to find the way forward offered a nice change of scenery. From this generation I could've just as easily picked Cavelord, or Joust, or a whole bunch of others, but I decided to pick one.

On the PC I started playing adventure games, and the science fiction and humour from first Space Quest game made me a fan of the series. I like the other Sierra adventure games as well, but I think SQ would have to be my favourite. Perhaps instead I should have picked the competitor's The Secret of Monkey Island, but there is not enough room such a small list, so I picked the game I played first.

SimCity was just what I was looking for at the time. It is almost like a painting tool, but it lets you paint something alive: a virtual city. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to get my cities to function better, and just enjoying myself, leisurely putting down building after building (technically: zone) making everything look neat and tidy. I thought about putting the puzzle game Lemmings here, or maybe The Incredible Machine, but no can do.

Perhaps the best platform game I played is Commander Keen episode one. I bought a Gravis PC GamePad so I could play games Nintendo-style (I would call it the "NES" now), and I actually got this really cool freebie with it. With a little help from my sister, I finished this game the very same evening. I also like the completely different kind of platform game Jazz Jackrabbit, and the The Lost Vikings deserve a spot as well, but I already have the final game picked out.

The FPS that had the biggest impact on me is Duke Nukem 3D. I have very fond memories of Doom, which I originally anticipated as basically: "Wolfenstein 3D, but with multiplayer, and just better!", but DN3D improved even that formula with more interactive, more "realistic" environments, more interesting weapons, and of course humour. For this game I picked my nickname, Deton8or, which eventually turned into the name I use now.
Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons

Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons (PC)

Genre/Style: Shooter/Platform Shooter
Release Date: 14/DEC/90
Duke Nukem 3D

Duke Nukem 3D (PC)

Genre/Style: Shooter/First-Person Shooter
Release Date: 29/JAN/96
Montezuma's Revenge: Featuring Panama Joe

Montezuma's Revenge: Featuring Panama Joe (A800)

Genre/Style: Action/Action Adventure
Release Date:
Space Quest: Chapter 1: The Sarien Encounter [EGA]

Space Quest: Chapter 1: The Sarien Encounter [EGA] (PC)

Genre/Style: Adventure/First-Person Graphic Adventure
Release Date:
SimCity

SimCity (PC)

Genre/Style: Simulation/Construction/Building Sim
Release Date:
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It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I'm all out of bubble gum.
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