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14 October 2010 @ 08:57 pm
15 Games  
The rules: Don't take too long to think about it. 15 games you've played that will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends.

I got tagged on Facebook, as usual I'm not tagging, but feel free to consider yourself tagged if you so wish.

1. Chucky Egg

In which you were a farmer in a very basic platformer and you had to collect eggs from vicious maniac chickens, no really! IIRC some friends of my parents had it and we got to play it when we visited them at Christmas. We must have visited at other times as well since I recall getting quite good at it. I acquired it under emulation a few years back. Terribly disappointing and I was useless at it!

2. Elite

We had two games on our early PC at home. Elite was one of them. Oh! the pain of learning how to dock with space stations. Our version didn't have missions, I gather other people had versions which did have missions. Wow!

3. Lemmings

The other game we had on our early PC. John McCarthy (the man who came up with the term "artificial intelligence" allegedly) has proposed Lemmings sd a drosophila for AI, by which he means that the physics of the lemmings' world is very simple, but unstated in the rules. Part of beating the game is figuring out the physics. He proposed it as a good test case for an AI, could it learn lemming physics? When McCarthy gave this talk to us at Edinburgh he also demonstrated Lemmings. He wasn't very good at it. My entire interaction with John McCarthy, giant of AI, has consisted in giving him hints on how to play Lemmings.

4. Final Fantasy VII

A bunch of us from Edinburgh used to go and stay in my mother's cottage on the West Coast of Scotland for holidays and one year JW brought FF7 and a playstation with him. I'd had no idea that computer games could have actual stories up until that point and FF7 is a pretty amazing introduction to the genre.

5. Arkham Horror

We play this pretty much every new year with claraste and family. We tend to play cooperatively with much shouting of "doom" as the counter creeps upwards. We play by Mr. claraste's custom rules which he insists make the came quicker and easier to win. Some of us are not entirely convinced. One year we will even be finished by midnight.

6. Mah Jong

Another game I only played as a child at a friend's house. And another game that has turned out to be rather less interesting as an adult.

7. Racing Demon

We used to play this with my grandparents. My grandpa used to fake (I think) a total inability to play. I remember fixing his deck for him in the hopes he would win. I've successfully played this once or twice with my nieces and nephews, though its attraction depends on the competing entertainment available.

8. Civilisation (Computer Version)

Every so often I play Civilisation compulsively for a week or two. I keep the level firmly on easy, since I don't like the idea someone might attack me. B. occasionally suggests that, instead of thrashing the computer mindlessly, I should maybe turn up the difficultly level a notch. I remain unconvinced.

9. Baldur's Gate

B. and I had huge fun playing two Baldur's Gate co-operative games on the playstation. The game itself is pretty mindless, but playing it together mostly meant that didn't matter. We also played and enjoyed Champions of Norath which was very similar, though with an even sketchier plot.

10. Urban Dead

I've been playing this for five years, and ended up briefly running one of the larger groups in the game. Considering it's about as low tech as an online game can get, and it would be difficult to invest more than about 5 minutes per day in playing it, the five years is pretty impressive.

11. Magic The Gathering

I joined the Edinburgh Roleplaying society, GEAS, just as Magic the Gathering was launched. We played it a lot for a year or so. Strangely my interest waned almost immediately I acquired roughly enough cards to build any deck I wanted. I feel there is a life lesson in there somewhere.

12. Wheetabix Doctor Who Game

I'm running out of steam here. So I've picked a game that is more for the surrounding nostalgia than the actual game enjoyment. I'm not quite sure how we acquired three wheetabix packets, plus the game tokens they contained. Our family certainly never ate Wheetabix, and this was long before I could have been considered a Dr Who fan. Never the less we had three game boards, two of which were duplicated but which nevertheless could be fitted together into a kind of uber-game and a number of interchangeable encounter pieces. It's really a basic roll-the-dice, win-the-race game, but I still have it in the cupboard upstairs.

We're into roleplaying games from now on. I'm not sure if this is cheating since, by and large, it is the GM and not the system that makes such games memorable. However I'm running out of other games that truly stick in the mind, although honourable mentions should go to Monopoly, Minesweeper and miscellaneous playing card based solitaire games.

13. Nightfall

Nightfall was a live vampire game that was run in Edinburgh. It was, briefly, intensely complicated and interesting until it all fell a apart largely, I believe, because the GM never wanted anything to be resolved and so started negating hard won information.

14. Oxrandir's Shadow in the South

This was a Runequest game set in Middle-Earth. It was the first time I'd played an RPG where there appeared to be genuine decisions that hinged upon character rather than, you know, should we take the left-hand passage or the right hand passage? And of course, I'm still friends with many of the people Oxrandir brought together for the game.

15. NC's Chill game

I could pick almost any game NC ran in Edinburgh. He had a great ability to put together clever plots, with resolutions that depended upon character decisions and, at the same time, to generate a genuinely tense and creepy atmosphere. I'm picking the Chill game because everything in that seemed to come together particularly well. And because B's mild-mannered librarian character got to say "I suppose I had better leap through the window and garotte him".

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/22116.html.
philmophlegm: Midnightphilmophlegm on October 14th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
9 - It's important to note that the console Baldur's Gate games are not remotely like the PC Baldur's Gate games. Only the setting and some of the NPCs are the same.

12 - You know, up until reading this I had completely forgotten that the Weetabix cardboard Doctor Who characters were part of a game! That has jogged a 30 year memory!
louisedennislouisedennis on October 15th, 2010 09:23 am (UTC)
Yes we gather the Playstation version was a very different beast. On the whole it's a fairly so-so game on the Playstation, I would say, if you play solo, but it's a lot of fun as something relatively mindless for two of you to do together.
fredbassettfredbassett on October 14th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Bloody hell, I'm not sure I've actually played 15 games in my life!

I used to like Snakes and Ladders as a kid, then moved on to Backgammon played against my dad.

The only computer game I got seriously addicted to was Doom. I have rather fond memories of that that. The next generation of games went beyond me and made me feel car-sick!
louisedennislouisedennis on October 15th, 2010 09:25 am (UTC)
I'm not keen on hand-eye coordination games like Doom. I prefer puzzle/strategy style games, or games like Final Fantasy where its really just telling a story and you get to push buttons occasionally (that's a simplification, there's a fair amount of figuring out where the next bit of the story is, but mostly you play, or not, depending how interesting the plot is).
fredbassettfredbassett on October 15th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
By the time Quake and Unreal Tournament came out I was done for as it was just too bloody complicated. But the very simplistic 'shoot 'em up' of Doom did have a certain appeal. I'm totally useless at the puzzle games. I think it's because I have repressed urges to kick doors in, and can't seem to see beyond that. *g*
lukadreaminglukadreaming on October 14th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
I did the book and album memes fairly easily, but this one would stump me -- I haven't played five games in my life, let alone 15! Unless I can include sports *g*.
louisedennislouisedennis on October 15th, 2010 09:26 am (UTC)
I was surprised, given I've played a fair few, though not having a PC means I've not actually played a big range of computer games, how few I was actually prepared to say hand on heart would "stick in my mind".

It occurred to me this morning that Guitar Hero/Rockband should probably also be up there, although I've not played it often enough, and it's too recent to really be sure about.
MysteriousAliWays: Edge Bono mirror table by Echomysteriousaliwz on October 14th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's a generational thing, but pretty much all the games I came up with were board games:

The Tower Game
Apples to Apples
Snakes and Ladders
louisedennislouisedennis on October 15th, 2010 09:27 am (UTC)
I considered Monopoly and a couple of other classic board games like Mousetrap, Cluedo and the London Game but, with the exception of Monopoly, I'm not sure I have a great fondness for any of them.

I didn't write about Monopoly because, I suppose, I didn't have much to say about it beyond, you know. Monopoly just is.
ewxewx on October 14th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
Interview with the who wrote Chucky Egg.

Edited at 2010-10-14 10:18 pm (UTC)
louisedennislouisedennis on October 15th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
That's interesting. I had no idea Chuckie Egg was a classic game (or that it was spelled like that). It was just the game that was on the W family's computer.
Polly: polly and skordhjane_somebody on October 26th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
...oh my god. Hours of my life I've just lost to that site. I don't know whether to thank you or curse you!
sophievdennis on October 21st, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
How could you not mention The Letter Box Game?
louisedennislouisedennis on October 22nd, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
*facepalm* Indeed! How could I not?