My Top 5 Most Played Video Games

Here’s something you didn’t know about me: I have a degree in video games.

I don’t mean that figuratively. I really have a degree in video games (although it goes by a slightly different name.)

Now, I realize that video games are going a bit beyond the scope of Makeup Files, but the Entertainment Software Association stated that 42% of gamers are women. So, I figured that at least some of you would just be itching to talk about video games.

That brings me to this week’s entry in the Top Most series. So far, we’ve talked about books and movies. This week, you’ll learn about my top 5 most-played video games.

I’ve been playing games avidly since I was a kid, so it was hard to make this list. I’ve played so many games over and over again. I’m adding an Honorable Mentions section at the end for those that almost made the list.

Here are my top 5 most-played video games, in no particular order:

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (2000, Nintendo 64)

I normally don’t like playing sports games, but there’s something incredibly satisfying about grinding rails outside of a high school on my skateboard, even if it’s virtual.

One of the many reasons why I love this game so much is because it introduced me to the band, Goldfinger, which you can here in the above gameplay video.

I played Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater so much that not only did I complete the game with every character multiple times, but, at the time, I also developed a bruise on the pad of my thumb.

Yeah, kind of embarrassing, but whatever. If you find that shameful, you’ll find this entire list embarrassing.

Doom (1995, Super Nintendo)

In Doom, you’re some guy who goes up to a space station to find that it’s overrun with monsters. You must fight your way through the various sections of the station, and they’re numerous.

This is the epitome of the first-person shooter. I played this so much as a little kid that I could still draw an accurate map of the very first level for you, from heart, including all of the secret areas.

This is also a bit of a horror game, and it can get really creepy. You’ll just have to take my word for it on that one.

They made a movie based on this game starring The Rock. I haven’t seen it, but most video game movies aren’t so great. Have you seen it?

Earthbound (1995, Super Nintendo)

This is my favorite video game of all time. I’ve played Earthbound all the way through too many times to count.

What makes this RPG (role-playing game) so unique is that it is set in sort-of modern times. Rather than some crazy medieval armor and swords, you wear baseball caps and ribbons and fight with frying pans, yo-yos and baseball bats.

Above is the intro video when you first turn on the game. I love this game so much, the sound of the in-game pizza delivery is my cell phone ringtone.

Kingdom Hearts (2002, Playstation 2)

I’m actually playing this game right now. Again.

Kingdom Hearts, another RPG, did a really good job because it married two different franchises: Final Fantasy RPGs, and Disney movies.

You get to visit Disney-themed worlds. There’s one for Alice in Wonderland, the Little Mermaid and Aladdin, for instance. And the best part is that it isn’t a kid’s game. It was marketed more toward teens and adults. The ones that grew up watching those movies and are now old enough to buy a house.

Kingdom Hearts

will always give me a warm happy feeling whenever I think about it. They’ve made sequels, and they’re also good.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006, Xbox 360)

This is the most recent of the games on this list. While I’ve only played it through twice, it has a distinction because of the sheer amount of hours I’ve invested in it. 400+ hours of playing this game. Yeah, that’s a lot, but it’s also over the course of 6 years. Doesn’t sound so bad now, huh?

I love Oblivion, another RPG, because of how open it is. You can wander around a huge virtual world and do pretty much anything you want. You can become a mage or join the Fighter’s Guild, become an assassin for the Dark Brotherhood, or just walk around the forests picking herbs and flowers to make potions with. It’s up to you.

A newer Elder Scrolls game is out now: Skyrim. It’s awesome and I love it, I just haven’t logged as many hours as Oblivion. Not yet, anyway.

Honorable Mentions

These games almost made the list:

  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
  • Super Mario World (SNES)
  • Super Mario RPG (SNES)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
  • Banjo Kazooie (N64)
  • Fatal Frame (PS2)

Now it’s your turn!

Do you play video games? If so, what’s your favorite? What have you played the most of any other? Have you played any of the games on my list?

Let me know in the comments!


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  1. I don’t play games that much, unless you count watching my nephews playing and once in a while pitching in as playing video games 🙂 However, I remember being really good at Sword Excalibur and the kids had to beg me to fight for them in a couple of rounds. My undergrad alma mater used to have an annual Halo tournament. I don’t know if they still do but it was so cool back then.

  2. I feel like such a failure hahahha, I don’t think I’ve ever played a video game in my life, besides those educational typing ‘games’ they had us play in elementary school. Yeah…that doesn’t count.

    Ok, but to save me from being a total disgrace, I do have a Goldfinger song in my music library! 99 red balloons 🙂

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