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Blessing’s #Fave7Games And Why

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Twitter gives birth to various trends, memes, and cultural phenomenon. Some of these phenomenon are good, some are bad, and some are ugly. But every now and then, out of what seems like thin air comes a trend that everyone jumps at the chance to participate in. #Fave7Games is one of those trends.

As I have followed many gamers, from those who work in the industry to those who just play for fun, it is apparent that nobody is shy from sharing their love of games. This applies even more so for their most favorite games. That is why #Fave7Games has become a hot topic on Twitter over the past couple of days. So without further ado, here are my #Fave7Games with a brief description of why.

7. Grand Theft Auto V

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Keza Macdonald summed up my feelings about Grand Theft Auto V in her review for IGN. It may be a divisive entry on this list because it seems like for many people when it comes to Grand Theft Auto V, you either love it or you hate it. It is one of those games that is such a force that you can’t help but to have an opinion it. My opinion on it is extremely positive. I’m not just echoing Keza Macdonald when I say that this game is one of the best games ever made. Grand Theft Auto San Andreas was my first introduction to a game of this type and it blew my mind the more I played it. It was vast, diverse, interesting, and filled with so much to do. As a young kid playing Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, my only wishes for that game was that it had better graphics and an online mode akin to a MMO. Grand Theft Auto V answered my wishes and then some.

6. Super Mario Bros 3

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There’s not much I can say about this game. It’s Super Mario Bros 3. Not only did it enrapture me, it enraptured my family members who weren’t into video games. Its polish and mastery of the 2D platformer has yet to be challenged.

5. Shadow of The Colossus

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Shadow of The Colossus is the game that taught me that video games can be beautiful. From the visually striking colossi to the instrumentation and everything in between, this game crafts an experience unlike any other. It’s like I’m playing art and not in that “Journey” type of way (no offense to Journey). Each Colossus felt like its own moment. The emptiness of the land provided so much meaning when you finally discovered life in an awe inducing form and immediately had to take that life away. Shadow of The Colossus is beautiful.

4. Pokemon Blue

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I’ve probably put more time into this game than any other game I’ve played. I’ve certainly beat this game more than any other game. That is because Pokemon Blue provided so many ways to play. Building a team of Pokemon and raising them is something that never got boring. It still doesn’t. When I revisit the older Pokemon games today, it’s hard for me not to commit to beating the whole game. That’s how engaging Pokemon Blue is and that’s why I spent countless hours with it.

3. Metal Gear Solid 3

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If Shadow of The Colossus taught me that video games can be beautiful, Metal Gear Solid 3 taught me that they can be whatever they wanted to be. That includes being an engaging story that moves you and at the same time manages to stay cool and weird. Metal Gear Solid 3 was my first time playing a game of this kind. The characters and their relationships moved me more than anything I had played before.  The End’s boss battle to this day remains my favorite of all time.

2. Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

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GTA: San Andreas had me at one point convinced that games couldn’t get better than this. The world felt bigger than anything I had experienced before. The amount of content within the game felt endless. And the amount of fun I had with the game is a testament to what happens when you give a gangster a katana and a jetpack. More than anything, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas provided a setting that resonated with me. I didn’t grow up in the hood or in a gang or anything like that, but many of the themes in San Andreas resonated with me as a black dude. I’m not used to games doing that.

1. Super Mario 64

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This was the first major game that I owned. It still remains the best game I ever owned. Super Mario 64 does what I love games to do which is drop you into a world and lets you explore it. It doesn’t hold your hand through the process. It doesn’t give you a mini-map or specific directions. It just assumes you can put the pieces together. At the same time, Super Mario 64 does enough to guide the player let the player explore and have fun on the way towards solving whatever obstacle is present. Its levels are diverse and the game still holds up to this day. There is something magical about the game. It is mysterious. It does some really weird things that don’t make sense. There’s a weird acid pit in the basement of the castle that transports you into another world. There’s a bunny that is really difficult to catch. There are trap doors, walls that you can jump into, and you can race a giant penguin down a slope. Somehow despite all of this the game still pulls its weird self together to create something memorable. Every facet of this game is ingrained into my brain until today and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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