101 Video Games That Made My Life Slightly Better sprang forth from a pub conversation about how dull most ‘Best Games of All Time’ lists are. The same old games seem to crop up on these countdowns again and again – the Zeldas, the Metal Gears, and so on – but in reality there’s plenty of entertainment to be had away from the recognised canon of ‘top games’.
So that’s where 101 Video Games steps in. This unashamedly subjective list champions games that raised an involuntary smile, that inspired unexplainable devotion, that made us laugh out loud… in other words, games that made our lives slightly better. Only slightly better mind you, but better all the same.
You’ll notice a few glaring omissions – where games are part of a series we’ve tried to pick the one or two we remember most fondly or that had something unique and interesting about them. And some well-known ‘top’ games don’t appear at all, simply because we don’t like them very much.
You might be surprised at some of the more, er… mediocre games on the list, but each one has something that clicked with us, something that made it stand out from the crowd – even if that something was that it never arrived or that it makes us think of an old TV show.
So without further ado, where better to start than at the beginning?