My 25 Most Influencial Games

My 25 Most Influencial Games

Image by Michael Heilemann
I’ve been doing a lot of research on my past gaming experiences in relation to a series of blog articles I’ve been writing lately.

Today I decided that it would be a good idea to gather all of the games that have influenced me the most and print them out as a poster for my office wall.

After printing it out I took it around and questioned some of my work mates on their gaming history; no one got all of them, can you?

Comments go here or in the entry on Binary Bonsai Also available at a slightly larger resolution.

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23 Responses to My 25 Most Influencial Games

  1. Jeff Croft says:

    I can’t name very many of them, but I think this is a cool idea. I’m not sure it would work for me, though. If I made a poster like this, it’d consist of: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 Tony Hawk’s Underground Tony Hawks’ Underground 2 So in the end, I don’t think it would be that interesting, :)

  2. josue salazar says:

    Tony Hawk’s on my list aswell. All that comes to my mind right now though, is Super Mario World on the SNES. What a game!

  3. Paolo.Pace says:

    Flashback Unreal Half-Life 1& 2 Monkey Island Full Throttle Wolfenstein Anachronox Doom These are the ones I recognize because I played them. Others are a combination of having read other people’s answers, so I’ve left those out.

  4. kenjisama says:

    NES classics? SMB??

  5. Vic says:

    Er, I can’t see Starquake. Nice choice tho.

  6. KimmoA says:

    Doom! I see DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! BTW… having to sign up for some blogger service to comment sucks.

  7. traveller_sam says:

    Tomb Raider 2. Best version ever. 3 and 4 are also nice. Then this thing is getting really bad.

  8. Bryan Veloso says:

    I’m sorta biased in this comment, but I would have included one of the Final Fantasy games if I were making a poster like this. :]

  9. Isaack says:

    I see, 1.1 Deus Ex, 1.2 1.3 Wing Commander (3?) 1.4 Wolfenstein 1.5 Another World 2.1 Beneath a Steel Sky? 2.2 Flashback 2.3 Doom 2.4 Beneath a Steel Sky 2? 2.5 Omikron? 3.1 Descent 3.2? 3.3 Monkey Island 3.4 Half Life2? 3.5 Half Life 4.1 Civilisation? 4.2 ? 4.3 Outcast 4.4 Halo 4.5 Bladerunner 5.1? 5.2? 5.3 Unreal 5.4 Full Throttle 5.5 Star Wars? Heh, had it been some years ago, I would have named them all, it’s a good thing that most of them are old timers :) So, are you gonna fill in the blanks Michael :)

  10. datoh says:

    1.2 Ultima 6? 2.5 Deus Ex? 4.2 Dreamweb (great !!!) 5.2 DOTT

  11. says:

    Wow. Full Throttle! That was an amazing time for me. LucasArts blew me away with that one. Although Riven (which I don’t see there) was the only time I’ve locked myself in for a week and couldn’t stop living there.

  12. Mathias Bynens says:

    (The link to the larger resolution image doesn’t quite work, you’ll have to remove the trailing dot.)

  13. Isaack says:

    Nice use of picture tags! Daim! I was wrong about quite a few of them. Thanks for the listing! Dreamweb sure sounds like a freaky game! And you are right about Outcast’s voxels, they were very impressive even in low resolution. A shame that the technique never caught on, it could really have been interesting. And we would probably have machines with 4GB of RAM by now, hehe.

  14. kilikina says:

    WHAT? NO CS? :)

  15. Ravensky says:

    No, no CS. Counter Strike is where smacktards and cussing racial idiots are born.

  16. scionga says:

    Man, i so agree with the DIG. I wish there were more games like it. I still play it once every two years or so.

  17. waxpancake says:

    Heavy on the Lucasarts! Great to see Dreamweb, Another World (aka Out of this World), and Flashback getting their due. All were excellent games.

  18. Hans_ says:

    No Quake 3? Ok, not any LAN Games =)

  19. Jonnalicious says:

    You haven’t finished Flashback yet?! You’ve had 13 years for gods sake! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Tom (hmm a rosa tint) says:

    Flashpoint is very fun, I thought you might have added some C&C games? Red Alert was a big fav for me.

  21. Elke & Sven says:

    suprises me you finished some of these games i never could, and didn’t finish one of the few i did ๐Ÿ˜‰ day of the tentacle that is. finish it, it’s hella funny ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. loadedrealityflickrfix says:

    Excitebike (NES) Sacrifice (PC) Super Mario Brothers 3 (NES) Gran Turismo (PS) – They all would have to me on my list, it just wouldn’t be ‘gaming’ without them.

  23. Dr-Leech says:

    Dreamweb was a really great game! and Id Software ones too. Nice collection. But do you forget Maniac Mansion?

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