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My Top 50: Video Games

For those that don't know, video games are my absolutely favorite hobby. So, I decided to stress myself out for no reason and do a list of my top 50 video games. Narrowing the list down to just 50 was an immense challenge. Ranking them? Was almost impossible. It should go without saying, but this list is just my personal opinion. I don't claim to know the top best games by some power bestowed upon me. I just listed them how I like them. Here goes!

50 - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

- After playing this game for the first time at a friend's house, I walked across town to two different stores until I found this game sitting on the shelves at Walmart. I picked it up for 40 bucks right then and there and walked back home so I could blow the rest of the day on it. I still here Superman by Goldfinger to this day...

49 - Robo Recall

- I love the Oculus Rift. This game was one of the main reasons I bought it. If you've ever seen it, you'll know why. It's just as engaging and entertaining as it looks. I'd like to say I've never yelled out loud when a robot scared me but I cannot tell a lie.

48 - Cave Story 3D

- Quote, Balrog and Curly Brace are just such adorable characters. I never played the original and I wasn't good enough to ever see the "best" ending but damn if I didn't have a blast along the way to my inevitably mediocre ending I was capable of earning.

47 - SimCity Series

- I still remember installing the original SimCity on my computer via 3 floppy discs. SimCity 2000, 3000 and 4 all stood as shining beacons of countless hours of city management entertainment. We don't talk about the latest SimCity.

46 - Overwatch

- I finally bought this and started playing it after watching multiple videos on Game Grumps and Kitty Kat Gaming. I usually have a really hard time with online games because I don't like people being mad when I completely blow a match. But somehow, Blizzard managed to craft something that's so much fun I don't even care. Did I just launch myself into a pit? Maybe. Do I feel bad about it? Meh.

45 - Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

- I love RPGs and this game nailed it with a combat system and character progression that married so perfectly with that special Mario charm.

44 - Metroid Prime

- I never really played Metroid as a kid. I was kind of a loner so the only games I ever had for a long time were whatever my mom bought. Which was totally fine, but we didn't know what all the kids were playing back in the day. So when I grabbed Metroid Prime and played that first, my mind was thoroughly blown. The crushing loneliness of this game on the scale it covers with the phenomenal game play? It was almost more than poor little Thomas could handle. I still remember freaking out when I saw Samus's face reflect in the inside of the visor because an explosion went off. Well played Nintendo, well played...

43 - Infamous

- This was one of those games I had to play through a few times just to enjoy the full experience. Whether you're playing the hero or the villain, the game is immensely satisfying. And the plot twist? Too good.

42 - Starfox 64

- This game was just pur, unadulterated fun. I can't honestly say how many times I've played this game all the way through for fun and for high was a a whole lot.

41 - Jak and Daxter Series

- I was a Nintendo kid for a long time before I made the jump to PS2. Finding this series was a huge win for me. Even as different as the first two were, the cohesive story, the characters and just the fun, action-packed pacing of it all is why it's still just sitting on my shelf in HD.

40 - Mario Kart: Double-Dash

- I know this is a divisive choice. I've met a lot of people that hate Double-Dash. But it is still my favorite to date. The added strategy of carefully picking two separate drivers on your cart and using them to manage the best collection of items? Don't even worry about how the karts and levels were flawlessly well designed. Perfect team combo? Both Koopa Troopas of course. No joke, limitless red shells forever.