Inspired by a notion we recently saw floating around our Twitter feed, we’ve decided to pilot a small project involving our “favorite” games. And we don’t have “favorite” there in quotes for emphasis, but rather because this project involves us challenging the idea of favorites when it comes to games.
When we say “[insert game here] is my favorite game,” what exactly does that mean? Are we simply saying that the game offered a great, all-around experience? Or is there more to it than that? No game is without at least a few imperfections, so how and why are we able to overlook them in order to call a game a “favorite?” Do we have to put in a certain number of hours, gain a certain number of achievements, or play through a game a certain number of times (maybe playing in different modes and on different difficulties) before we should be allowed to say “[insert game here] is my favorite game?”
Okay, so that’s a lot of questions, and we don’t want to get too analytical (because games should be fun, right?), but we couldn’t help but be intrigued by this idea of revisiting “favorite” games. Awesome games come out all the time, so there’s got to be something about the ones that we perceive to like the most, something that makes them stand out above the rest. By taking another look at these games, maybe, just maybe, we’ll find out something about these “favorites” that either knocks them down a couple rungs or elevates them even higher.
So this month, Hatm0nster, The Duck of Indeed, and I are revisiting our “favorite” games, and then next month we’ll be reporting on our experiences. To keep things simple, we’ve each picked one game apiece, and it’s up to each of us how to approach it for the purposes of this project. Maybe the results will be spectacular, and maybe they won’t. But whatever comes of this project, we think it’s worth the effort to take a step back from crowded cityscape of games and spend some quiet time with those few games that once made a difference; that seemed to materialize at just the right moments in our lives; that caused us to proclaim them as “favorites.” Will we have to eat our words? Stay tuned!
What “favorite” games have you replayed only to discover that they may not be as great as you once thought? What “favorite” games of yours just keep getting better and better?