At the end of last month, I came across a post by THE LDG MAG about Alice: Madness Returns. It revealed how this action-adventure game is based is the novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which itself was possibly inspired by the real-life Alice Liddell. The article is an interesting piece on author Lewis Carroll’s fascination with the girl and Victorian views on children; I’d highly recommend getting over there to read it if you haven’t done so already.
Is it possible to have a favourite video game? 🤔—
Later Levels (@LaterLevels) May 17, 2018
The subject matter was interesting in itself but it was the first paragraph which really caught my eye and inspired me to write. THE LDG MAG’s post began: “Surprise, surprise. This post is about one of my favourite games. I swear I have too many favourite games. Although is there such a thing as a ‘favourite game’? I think there isn’t. There are too many games out there that it makes it literally impossible to narrow it down to just one.”
It’s an intriguing question and one which got me thinking. According to Google, the definition of the word ‘favourite’ is ‘a person or thing that is preferred to all others of the same kind or is especially well liked’. Does this mean that to have a favourite video game is to recognise a single title as standing out for us personally over all other releases? And is that even possible, when there’s a constant stream of new releases to play all the time?
Pop Culture Literary (@PopLiterary) May 17, 2018
Ask me at different times and my pick will change according to what I’m doing or my mood. If I’m feeling nostalgic or sentimental, The Secret of Monkey Island is the answer I’d give. If it’s Christmas and I’m on a fairytale vibe, it’s more likely to be Fable II. Then if we’re talking about titles with a bit of action, I’d probably name BioShock or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. And then if I’m after an engrossing story, either The Longest Journey or To The Moon are the games I’d turn to.
It seems as though I’m not the only one who doesn’t have a single favourite. When I posed the question ‘is it possible to have a favourite video game?’, Ian from Adventure Rules said on Twitter: “I feel like having a favorite game is so subject to current moods that it’s really hard to narrow down a single one. Zelda is my favorite… except when there’s a new Fire Emblem about to come out, or I’m feeling nostalgic about Paper Mario, etc.”
@LaterLevels I couldn't choose a favourite among my games. If the other games found out I'd be mortified.—
(@Zerathulu) May 17, 2018
Athena from AmbiGaming said: “Dragon Age: Origins is always my favorite game. And Metal Gear Solid 2 is always my second-favorite game. But I agree. For me, Origins is in a separate category, and then other games cycle depending on things like mood and how enthusiastic I am about what I’m playing.” And THE LDG MAG themselves replied: “For some people [it’s possible to have a favourite video game]. For me personally, it changes constantly (because I’m so indecisive).”
One of the things I love most about video games is the variety. Back when I was a kid, the most we had to look forward to was a new pixelated platformer every few months, and that was when we were finally able to persuade our parents to take us to the store. Instead we now enjoy entries in a wide range of genres, which tell all sorts of amazing tales (or not), and feature diverse characters with colourful backgrounds and powerful motives.
@LaterLevels I have favourite video games but A favourite video game? No. I cannot decide which one of my favourite games is the best.—
Brandon Green 🐝 (@ThatGreenDude95) May 17, 2018
Obviously there are always going to be types of releases which appeal to us more than others because of our preferences – it’s the adventure genre for me because I enjoy strong narratives and puzzles. But each title can speak to in a different way and teach us something new about the world or ourselves. There’s a video game out there for absolutely everybody and each has the potential to be somebody’s favourite.
So why limit ourselves to just one when there’s so much choice available? Keeping an open mind can lead to interesting discoveries and titles you may not otherwise have played; and who knows, they might just leave a lasting impression on you.
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.