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SternisheFan writes: I am not a "gamer," per se. I grew up on "old school" arcade/Atari-type games. My question is: What are the very best games to own? Let's assume platform is irrelevant — any console, any computer, any operating system, any mobile device. I'd just like to know what you think are the most indispensable games to have in your collection. Let's expand this to include board games and other tabletop games as well. What games do you make sure to always have on hand for get-togethers?
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  • by Anonymous Coward

    leave the circle-jerks to reddit.

  • Classics (Score:3, Insightful)

    by jcfigueiredo (980114) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:03PM (#47775769)
    River Raid
  • by Woodmeister (7487) <woodford@jason.gmail@com> on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:04PM (#47775785)
    Neverwinter Nights
    • by mlts (1038732)

      NWN 1 to me (and this is IMHO, so take it for what it is worth; little to none) is a must have. However, I would also take in all the hundreds of very good player written modules as well. The OC for the game was more of a primer on how to write modules right than a decent game in itself. SoU and HotU had decent scripts, but I would say that the top tier player written content (with the CEP and CTP) was some of the best I've played. A number of persistent worlds were outstanding as well.

      NWN2 to a lesser

  • various card games (Score:5, Insightful)

    by halfEvilTech (1171369) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:04PM (#47775795)

    For get-togethers the easiest thing to use is just plain old cards. The number of games that can be had from just a couple decks is great.
    Common games for us -
    Blackjack, Hearts, Pinochle, Poker, etc

    for more entertainment you could always Check out Cards again Humanity for those with a twisted sense of humor.

  • by rogoshen1 (2922505) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:05PM (#47775799)

    If people aren't too uptight, cards against humanity is great.
    Mario kart (any version)
    trivial pursuit

    subjective lists are awesome! If you don't know your friends well enough to know what they like, you have other questions you should be delving into first :)

    • completely agree on both of these! I would also say yatzee and scrabble are must haves. I always find myself replaying Super Mario 1 and 3, so personally I'd include them as well.
  • Nethack (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fisted (2295862) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:06PM (#47775829)
    NetHack [nethack.org], preferrably on a public server [alt.org]
    Years of time can be wasted
  • You could look up games based off of their annual sales rank or based off of the number of awards they've won. Probably more accurate than asking everyone for their personal favorite. Some of the lists are broken down to genre specific categories, so if a first person shooter isn't your thing, you can always look for what is.
  • Old-school is best (Score:4, Interesting)

    by B5_geek (638928) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:10PM (#47775897)

    MOO2
    Civ2 - Call to power
    Descent
    NeverWinterNights 2
    Tribes (I & II)
    Seawolf
    MechWarrior
    Dark Reign

    • by Sowelu (713889)

      That's the first time I've seen anyone reference Dark Reign in a 'best games' list. Or ever, for that matter. Still haven't made up my mind on whether it's a true classic of an underdog, or yet another great concept that was woefully underexecuted (see Malkari).

    • MechWarrior (mechwars.exe) was terrible! MechWarrior 2, on the other hand, was quite awesome. The soundtrack alone should land it on this list.

      Also, I'd add Star Control 2, which is now available as FOSS under the title The Ur-Quan Masters. This is my favorite video game of all time.

      Warcraft 2 should be mentioned also. Maybe even Syndicate.
    • by brokenin2 (103006) *

      That's s good list.. I'd like to add to it, and make it a little more eclectic..

      Descent
      Mechwarior
      Portal / Portal 2
      DIablo
      Wizball (c64)
      Impossible MIssion 2 (c64)
      Raid over Moscow (c64)
      The old Ultima series (like Ultima IV)
      Quake
      Quake 3 arena
      Doom (it's classic, but it is hard to play these days after having gotten used to being able to look and move up and down)
      Empire (c64 BBS - You probably can't just keep this one around to play, but it was fun when it was out there)
      Legend of Zelda

      Arcade:
      Hard Drivin (I think t

  • Uno for long time friends who probably won't end up hating each other. Scrabble for a small group of newer friends. Apples to Apples for larger gatherings, since it can scale up to accommodate teams.
    • by Webs 101 (798265)
      Even better is the game Apples to Apples wants to be when it grows up: Cards Against Humanity.
  • My favorite video game of all time and all platforms is Star Control 2. Released in 1992 on PC Favorite NES: Dragon Warrior 4. Favorit SNES: Tie! Super Mario RPG & Chronotrigger.
    • by NoImNotNineVolt (832851) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @02:28PM (#47777137) Homepage
      Star Control 2 was the best. I still remember waaay too many of the quasispace portal endpoint locations in hyperspace.

      The FOSS remake (The Ur-Quan Masters) lacks one "feature" from the original Star Control 2 released by Accolade: in the original, it was possible to sell your last planet lander, and then to sell one more (?!), which would leave you with (practically) infinitely many more. This gives you limitless RU right from the start of the game (well, at least once you clear the moon, kill the Ilwrath scout, and gain full access to the human starbase), which makes it much easier to trigger the Yehat schizm in time to save the Pkunk.

      For those that have never experienced this masterpiece, here's one of my favorite bits of dialogue. The protagonist asks the Zoq-Fot-Pik (an alien race, or really three alien races that originated on one common world) "what was your history like?"

      Our past? Quite a broad topic for this short conversation
      but we'll share a key piece of our history with you.
      After we killed off the last Zebranky
      we faced an interesting dilemma.
      Should we proceed, and establish a culture
      which would advance in art, technology and social sophistication?...
      ...Or should we just go back into the forest
      and kick back and enjoy ourselves
      knowing that a Zebranky wasn't gonna jump out of a bush and eat us!
      Well, we DID go back into the forest.
      We stayed there for about five thousand years and had a great time
      Then, one stormy day, a Zoq, a Fot, and a Pik were walking up a steep path
      looking for something good to eat, when a bolt of lightning struck nearby.
      With a huge flash of light, the bolt of energy
      carved a strangely-shaped chunk of granite out of a cliff.
      It was a disk, with a hole in the middle!
      As the rock began to roll down the hill, toward the three terrified beings
      some dry grass got caught in its hole, and since the rock was still hot
      the grass caught on fire.
      When the rock finally got to the Zoq, the Fot, and the Pik
      they simultaneously discovered the Wheel, Fire, and Religion
      thus catapulting them on to the road of progress.

      Which has led us to this day, Captain.
      Oh! How did the flaming wheel give religion to our Culture, you ask?
      I will explain.
      You see, when it got to the threesome, the flaming wheel was going at a pretty good clip
      and it ran smack into the Zoq, killing him.
      The Fot and the Pik felt so bad
      they really liked that Zoq!...
      ...that they decided the Zoq hadn't really died when the wheel flattened him
      he had just gone to `a better place.'
      Presumably one without lethal flaming wheels.

    • Re:Star Control 2 (Score:4, Informative)

      by Balinares (316703) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @04:14PM (#47778311)

      Oh, good example. Y'all probably know that already, but Star Control 2 is now available freely under an open source license [sourceforge.net], just under the different name of Ur-Quan Masters due to trademark issues.

  • by jellomizer (103300) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:13PM (#47775959)

    The best games are the ones I have played between the ages of 10-18.
    The ones before that are too primitive, the ones after that are just full of eye candy and attempts to just harness a bunch of money.

    Oddly enough a lot of my favorite movies and TV shows were during that time too.

    I guess things were just better during the time where you didn't have any responsibilities.

  • Trolling (Score:5, Funny)

    by Zalbik (308903) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:13PM (#47775961)

    I like to play a game called "Troll the Internet"

    You pick some category (music, books, movies, etc) and then ask a question along the lines of "Which is better?". You can even do it with entire categories (e.g. "What are the best songs to have in my music collection?" "What are the best books to read?")

    It's hilarious watching the infighting and attempts to justify responses to a subjective question.

    The game has gotten a bit out of hand though. I've even seen it being played on popular tech forums like "Slashdot".

  • by kruach aum (1934852) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:14PM (#47775965)

    Baldur's gate II is the best of the infinity engine games, all of which are already great. Dark Souls and Dark Souls II have the best method of story delivery in any RPG I've ever seen, as well as easily the most engaging and immersive combat. To illustrate, when I was fighting one of DSII's new DLC bosses recently I did something I hadn't done since I first picked up a controller: I moved my physical body to dodge an incoming blow, instead of pressing the relevant button. The last time I did that I was 7 years old and jumping on goombas. It's that good.

  • I'll "me too" on this a bit.

    I own a MAME cabinet, with a (nearly) complete collection of ROMs and CHDs.
    I own an RFID enabled poker table, with the kit from VideoPokerTable.net
    I have a makeshift craps table, one Bally 70's era EM-series slot machine and an antique 36" roulette wheel.
    We're an XBox family, now with a One.
    My Cards Against Humanity set is mostly complete, only missing the extra-rare PAX sets and the misprint set, plus nearly all possible expansions, including 3rd party ones.
    I've been a Magic ner

  • Old Skool: The Mario Bros and Donkey Kong games are where my heart lies. 2D side scrollers.

    Tabletop: I've always loved the German style board/card games -- fun for the whole family, the outcome is pretty much random, and someone doesn't get ganged up on or eliminated early in play. The goofier the premise the better, it's the mechanics which makes them enjoyable to play in groups, and sometimes strategy is pointless or impossible.

    New Skool: I'm afraid I'm pretty much eternally hooked on Skyrim. I like

  • by theArtificial (613980) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:15PM (#47775991)

    Dominion [playdominion.com]! This is an excellent card based game. Not difficult to pick up, a warmup game clears up things quickly, and as a bonus they've got an official electronic version online at http://playdominion.com [playdominion.com] built using html and js, and there is a chrome extension too. You can play without signing up or logging in and against bots or other players not to mention the entire base game is free. You are not hindered with the "base game" and there are several expansions which add additional cards to the game. The game itself uses 10 cards at a time which you can randomly draw to keep things interesting or if you prefer you can build decks. Dominion shines with 3+ players and maxes out at 8. Games last anywhere from 10-45 minutes. I'm actually working on an IRC port of this since everything is better on IRC >.>

    Munchkin [worldofmunchkin.com] is another great party game.

  • My Favorites (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Computer Games: The original Master of Orion

    Card Games: Dominion (also on Mobile), Poker,

    Pure Board Games: Chess, Ra, Power Grid.

    My club's favorite boardgames: 7 Wonders, Dominion, For Sale, Forbidden Island, High Society, Incan Gold, Kingdom Builder, Kingsburg, Pandemic, Power Grid, Power Grid: The First Sparks, Puerto Rico, Qwirkle, San Juan, Stone Age, Ticket to Ride: Europe, TransAmerica, Tsuro

  • The Orange Box (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jeti (105266) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:24PM (#47776123) Homepage

    The Orange Box bundled:
    -Portal
    -Half Life 2
    -Team Fortress 2

    Seven years later, all three are still among the best games to have and play.

  • by Webs 101 (798265) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:28PM (#47776185) Homepage

    The "best" games depends on how many people you have to play, not to mention their tastes and time commitment.

    Nothing beats Diplomacy, but you need seven people, a whole day, and people who can be bastards when required.

    Other games I keep going back to are Civilization (the original board game that has nothing to do with Sid Meier), Kingmaker, Pictionary, Scattergories, and the Combat Mission series of digital war games.

  • by crackspackle (759472) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:30PM (#47776217)
    for taking years of my life (Fallout and Elder Scrolls Series). My love will only return as soon as you publish something else
  • Others are complaining, rightly, that this topic is junk. It's all down to taste, and these media are too widely varied for us to give useful answers even if it weren't.

    With video games though, there is one that can be considered more or less objectively a must-play: Deus Ex. Even if you wind up not liking it for some reason, it's important. It's like not reading any Shakespeare.

    For table games, it's much harder. They're definitely worthy of being called art, but they are obviously much less "literary"
  • (...and rather reinforcing the gamer=misogynist riff...)

    Death Race (Exidy arcade version)
    Custer's Revenge (Mystique, for Atari 2600)
    Leisure Suit Larry (Sierra)
  • Pacman
    Ms. Pacman
    Pole Position
    Battle Zone
    Jungle hunt
    Defender
    Dig-Dug
    Frogger
    and
    Robotron

    And they all fit on 2 150k (664block) floppies for my commodore 64 or 1 double sided 5.25" floppy. :P

  • I have over 1000 games at this point, and I have no idea how to answer this question. The problem is that games that I like might not line up with games you like. I would call Panzer Dragoon Saga a must-play, but if you don't like JRPGs, then you won't like it. I consider Radiant Silvergun the pinnacle of the vertical shooting genre, but if you don't like those, then why would you waste $120 and go through the hassle of making sure you can play Japanese Saturn games? At the same time, I'm not big on the har

  • by polar red (215081) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @01:40PM (#47776379)

    UT2004, certainly if you can invite some friends over.

  • I have a full-sized Dance Dance Revolution machine, always a hit at parties. If you don't have the space then Rock Band is a good party game too, basically karaoke + plastic instruments for the introverts. Other video games I like at parties are You Don't Know Jack and Typing of the Dead (for Sega Dreamcast as it supports 2 players) and Wii Sports. For Board games Apples to Apples and Cards Against humanity are popular party games but I find that The Resistance is a lot more fun once A2A and CAH have been p
  • When you have to entertain large groups of people, and you don't want to worry about any of them having to sit down and learn a new time-consuming game, keep copies of The Resistance and Are You a Werewolf around. (Yes, Werewolf is fine with scraps of paper, but the cards are fun.) You can explain them in minutes, and they make people a heck of a lot more social than most board games. The Resistance is better if you don't want any players to be eliminated, but you should only use it in groups that alread

  • All of my friends are assholes, so i only have Mario Kart 8 and Dokapon Kingdom around for game night.

    also now I don't host game nights.

  • Board Games (broad-ish appeal, nothing heavy):
    Cards Against Humanity
    Zombie Dice
    Settlers of Catan
    Ticket to Ride
    Pandemic
    Dominion
    A couple of Magic the Gathering starter sets
    Plain old deck of cards

    PC:
    Diablo II - This is the only game I think I consistently install from one PC to the next. It usually involves one of my friends saying "Hey, we should start an old-school D2 night once a week!" Because of this, I think every PC I've had since 1997 has had Diablo on it at some point.

    RPGs:
    Pathfinder, or whatever your

  • #1 STOP USING 'old school', you aren't, and you sound like a douche bag.
    #2 DICE - Zilch, 10,000, liar's dice...etc
    #3 A deck of cards, Canasta, Bridge, Poker, Pinochle.
    #4 Risk, Stratego, Masterpiece, Chutes and Ladders for the youngsters, and of course Monotony, aka Monopoly.
    #5 Dungeons & Dragons, or more preferably Gurps, but any pen and paper RPG is awesome.

    • by gstoddart (321705)

      #1 STOP USING 'old school', you aren't, and you sound like a douche bag.

      OK, Grandpa, yes, we know it's all been downhill since the hoop and stick you used to play with ... but, really, the Atari 2600 came out in 1977, and really is considered "old school" by pretty much everybody as far as video games are concerned.

      While you might be nostalgic for the old steam powered games of your youth, anybody up to the age of 50 considers the Atari 2600 as old school. Because prior to that was Pong, and actual mechani

  • by Nyall (646782)

    Attack From Mars
    Monster Bash.

    • you forgot

      RMF (Revenge From Mars Pinball)

      TSPP (the simpsons pinball party)

      LORT (lord of the rings)

      Shadow

      ACDC LE

      Banzai Run

      Batman (stern)

      Big Bang Bar

      Big Guns

      Black Night 2000

      Roller Games

      CV (Cirqus Voltaire) With 2.0 Roms

      Cactus Canyon with Continued mod

      MM (medieval madness)

      JP (Jurassic park)

      Last action hero

      DM (Demoltion Man) With the shear roms

      IJ (Indiana Jones) (not the stern one)

      JM (Johnny Mnemonic) Better then the movie

      Jolly Park

      Metallica LE

      NGG (No good gofers)

      Radical

      Road show

      Safe Cracker

      Scared Stiff

      Star Gat

  • The rules are simple and you can play with almost any number of people. Even people who don't like to play games often give a try.

  • ...seems to me somebody should address the question that was asked. My personal favorites have NOTHING to do with my answer, though many of you will find that unbelievable. From my experience:

    Jenga
    Darts
    Wii Sports (Wii)
    Mario Tennis (N64)
    Mario Kart 64

  • Here's [iphonemultiplayer.com] a listing of some of the most popular multiplayer games on iPhone. I've enjoyed playing all of these in groups.

  • Modern awesome ones to have (not going to name super obvious classics or reading other comments first):

    Beat Hazard [coldbeamgames.com] has everything that was great about old arcade games made for a modern systems and interlaced with music you provide.

    I consider World of Goo [worldofgoo.com] to be a must-have.

    As for social meat-space games Cards Against Humanity [cardsagainsthumanity.com]is a favorite, but not exactly for all company.

    One of my favorite board games as a kid isn't being produced anymore and I can't think of another that screams it needs to be considered

  • by tempest69 (572798) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @02:01PM (#47776763) Journal
    Throw in:
    Battlezone
    Stargate (defender upgrade)
    Joust
    Doom
    T-Mek
    Descent
    Mortal Combat
    Virtua Fighter
    Space Lords
    Police 911
    Crazy Tax
    Nethack
    Rtype
    BattleTech (mech pods version)
  • by Frederic54 (3788) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @02:02PM (#47776781) Journal
    Out Run, Space Harrier, Arkanoid, Ghost'n'Goblins, Commando, Boulder Dash, Sokoban, Tetris, etc.
  • My Essential (old-school) Games:

    - Camageddon (the first one, or the High Octane re-release, which the Android version is based on)
    - Final Fantasy VII
    - Kirby
    - Nethack
    - Crazy Taxi (way more fun than it should be!)
    - Die Hard: Arcade
    - Time Crisis II
    - Mortal Kombat II
    - Street Fighter II
    - Tony Hawk Pro Skater II (for the soundtrack as much as the gameplay)
    - Battletoads
    - BattleTech
    - Command and Conquer (original)
    - Frogger (original)
    - Spyro the Dragon (original)
    - Breakout

  • Hide The Salami.
  • let the all nighters begin.

  • Dungeons & Dragons RPG (Gary Gygax era).
  • by Charliemopps (1157495) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @02:33PM (#47777203)

    My list:

    Rogue: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R... [wikipedia.org]
    Seriously been playing this game since the early 80s and have never "Won" there are thousands of variants but there's a particularly nice Android version: https://play.google.com/store/... [google.com]

    Ultima 7/7.5: http://www.gog.com/game/ultima... [gog.com]
    Revolutionary when it came out. My friends and I in high-school literally sat their with our mouths hanging open the first time we launched the game. The MMO based on it was one of the first I'd call a true mmo: http://www.uo.com/ [uo.com] (let the flame wars begin on that statement, just so you know ahead of time: I don't care)

    https://www.everquest.com/ [everquest.com] -- first 3D mmo worth its salt. Huge time sink though.

    Robocraft -- Build robots out of legos... then blow them up. Super fun. It's my current game. http://store.steampowered.com/... [steampowered.com]

  • In no order as order changes per mood:

    Knights of the Old Republic (1 & 2)
    Dragon Age: Origins
    Everquest
    Counterstrike (all versions)
    Half-Life (1 & 2)
    Portal (1)
    Syberia (1 & 2)

  • No doubt about it. X-Com is the greatest game ever created in the entire history of mankind. Even once I figured out how to win in the first turn it was still fun to play.

    Next would be TOAW. It's the best war boardgame ever made. If it's been improved upon, please let me know.

    I also loved Delta Force Land Warrior--until the cheaters destroyed it.

  • FPS+RTS was awesome. Buggy launch killed it but still maintained by one of the original programmers.

  • by HnT (306652) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @06:08PM (#47779443)

    Portal
    Porta2
    SouthPark Stick of Truth
    Monkey Island 1+2 (+3)
    HalfLife (Source), Opposing Force, HalfLife2
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    Unreal Tournament '99
    Quake, QuakeWorld, Quake2, Quake3Arena
    F.E.A.R.
    Splinter Cell and/or Thief
    Sam & Max
    Neverwinter Nights
    Gianna Sisters

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