Thursday, February 26, 2009

Screw you Rob Dyrdek! (Guinness Book of World Records)

Actually, I actually quite like that Rob Dyrdek and his Fantasy Factory! But since we're on the subject of Guinness Records, (the book, rather than the cascading yeast beverage), of which Rob has 21 for skateboarding and the like, today Guinness has released the all-time top 50 console games in their Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition.

Their task was to, get this, PLAY ahem review hundreds of games to create a list of the top 50 titles ranked "on their initial impact and lasting legacy" I want to get me that job!

Let us review the top 10 titles:

  1. Super Mario Kart (series) - The best selling racer title on SNES, N64, NDS, & Gamecube
  2. Tetris - The worlds most ported game, available on over 59 different gaming consoles
  3. Grand Theft Auto (series) - Most controversial game...ever! GTAIV is also recognized as the fastest-selling video game ever.
  4. Super Mario World (SNES)
  5. Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
  6. Halo (Xbox)
  7. Resident Evil IV (Gamecube, PS2)
  8. Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
  9. Street Fighter 2 (NES, Genesis)
  10. Golden Eye (N64)
What do you folks think? You agree with this list? Make some comments and noise below in the comments!


  1. It's a tough list to agree with I think.

    All the games are great ones, no doubt about that. But I don't see how the Mario Kart series could be over the Mario, Zelda, or Street Fighter games on just this list - those three games had larger initial impacts, AND created larger genres that have had wide-ranging impacts to this day than just kart racing.

    Resident Evil 4 is great, but I don't see why it's a top 10 title. Same with Final Fantasy XII, especially considering the rest of the series.

    And lastly, Halo and Golden Eye just weren't innovative enough to be top-10 listers I think. I think you've got to look more at the PC-based first-person shooters that they were just polishing the ideas from.

    So that's my take, but I don't feel like going to all of the work of making a new, better list.

  2. Where's Metal Gear Solid in all of this? I agree with Luau Larry that not sure Mario Kart is the #1 game of all time...that's preposterous!

    Final Fantasy 7, probably had more of an impact then 12, but I could be wrong. Halo, I can see that, it was the game that brought the FPS genre to consoles and did it well. I see it on the list for that innovation. But it's definitely missing some of the other 'no-brainers' - where's Pac Man? If Tetris is on the list, I'd rather play Pac-Man...well we can't argue with Guinness, now I'm off to drink one myself ;)

  3. where's Mortal Kombat, I'm saying if Street Fighter is on the list. I remember that game being very controversial