I knew at an early age that I wanted to make a career out of writing about games, and now I have. You'll find most of my stuff right here on HonestGamers, of course, but don't be surprised if my name pops up elsewhere. Living out my dream keeps me very busy, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
A message I just received suggests that maybe a public service announcement is in order.
Before I say anything else, let me first thank all of you who frequent this site, whether you contribute reader reviews or not. I am grateful for your support, and I hope that it will continue. I don't want any of you to remove your reviews, especially because reviews are the lifeblood of this community and clearly the primary component that makes it great (with the other component being the discussion that reviews promote, so perhaps you can see why I consider reviews so vital).
Right at this particular moment, here are my top 50 NES games, ranked. Ask me again in 5 minutes.
A list of my favorite 50 games for a given platform will change often. By the time I finish typing this paragraph, it could change. And yet here I am, listing my top 50 NES games. The list currently looks like this:
01. Super Mario Bros. 3
02. The Legend of Zelda
03. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
04. Mega Man 2
05. Dragon Warrior III
06. Duck Tales
07. Dragon Warrior II
08. Final Fantasy
09. 1943: The Battle of Midway
10. Ultima: Quest of the Avatar
11. Super Mario Bros. 2
12. Mega Man 4
13. Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers
14. Mega Man 3
15. Mario Bros.
16. Little Samson
17. Dragon Warrior IV
18. Mega Man 5
19. Duck Tales 2
22. North and South
23. Pinball Quest
25. R.C. Pro-Am II
26. Donkey Kong Classics
27. Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt
It should be easier than ever to work on review projects.
I've made a few minor tweaks to the Site Statistics pages on the site. You can access them whenever you like from the Users area, as always. They now break down the information a bit differently than they did in the past.
Previously, the page listed all games in one big chart. That approach tended to be useful in some respects, but it's not super practical for most purposes I had in mind when I originally built the page. I decided it would be helpful if games are sorted by region.
Learn more about the man and the project that will tell the inside story of the arcade games that impacted a generation.
Midway Games has gone out of business now, but we're still feeling the impact of the great titles it produced in the 90s and beyond, even if we haven't played all of them ourselves.
Josh Tsui, a game developer at Robomodo, is in a unique position to tell the story of those early games, with help from the people who were producers and directors at the time. The interviews he is gathering could make for fascinating viewing, and Josh is hoping you'll support his new Kickstarter project that will turn that dream into a reality.
The industry is full of stories of Satoru Iwata being an awesome person, particularly today as many learn about his passing. I won't summarize them here, because it's better to let those other people tell their own stories, some of which are truly touching. They paint the portrait of a man who surely deserved to live much longer, another victim of cancer that left us too soon.
Of course I didn't know Iwata, and so I could only do what nearly everyone else did and watch his Nintendo Direct appearances and such, but he was perhaps the perfect leader for Nintendo. He really "got it," as his numerous interviews made clear. In particular, there is a quote now making the rounds that originated at the 2005 Game Developers Conference:
A complicated story about young love, minus the usual fan service you might expect.
In a lot of movies and television shows and even in a fair portion of the anime I've watched, love is a simple thing. You like someone. They like you back. You dance a little dance and the two of you fall in love in the end. That's how things are supposed to be, right?
Now it should be easier than ever to track the games you own.
I don't know how many of you use it, but for a VERY long time, the site has had a feature that lets you track the games you own. You can click to add a game to your collection individually from any game profile page, or you can click "Games" on your blog and follow the links to select titles you own for various systems from a list.
None of that is new. I've been using it for years, and so have a few others. Along the way, there have been a few tweaks to improve things. This weekend, though, I decided to make some more ambitious adjustments so that the feature will better help people to track their collections.