Since the birth of the video game industry there has always been those games that you go back to time and again for their sheer addictiveness. Just when you think it’s time to call it quits something draws you back in and your love affair continues right through until the next installment or the next expansion pack. Here is a list of what I believe is 5 games with serious staying power and I’d be interested to hear whether you agree or not.
Guitar Hero, From 2005
For the musicians amongst us we know how life consuming learning and mastering an instrument can be, and the true joy that comes from the drawn-out process. So when a video game was made with plastic equivalents and only five coloured buttons it was almost unfathomable that it would take off in the way it has. Whether you’re someone who was never really into playing music or the iconic Slash – whether you’re with friends or all on your lonesome - strumming along to your favourite tunes on screen never loses its appeal.
Tetris, From 1984
It’s amazing that a simple block game that was created in the former USSR three decades ago is still popular and downloaded by millions today. Even more amazing is that very little tinkering has been made to the formula in that time and it still holds our attention for hours on end. There have been many variants over the years, with increased Tetrimino sizes, different shaped puzzle boards and the like, but there is just something mesmerizing and addicting about those seven shapes made from four adjacently connected blocks that will stand the test of time.
Call of Duty, From 2003
It might be a predictable entry but for me that’s the mark of a game that belongs on this list. The campaign might be short-lived, but the multiplayer goes on and on. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why the online play can hold your attention for so long, but the introduction of prestige levels has a fair bit to do with it – always giving you something to strive for. Challenges also play a major part and after some 300 hours of gameplay on Modern Warfare 3 there are still thing’s I’ve yet to complete and therein lay the constant need to better myself.
Mario Kart, From 1992
Millions upon millions of racing games have come and gone, but none can claim to rival the fun factor that a Mario Kart game brings. The series comes in for heavy criticism from some, highlighting the been-there-done-that approach, but ironically that has been its biggest strength over the years. Nintendo have tried to switch it up and evolve proceedings with entries like Double Dash, which is actually one of my favourites to date, but every time they step outside the box it’s met with an outcry from its worldwide fan base.
World of Warcraft, From 2004
There’s no arguing about the games extraordinary longevity, with the online community still flooded with inhabitants that have been strolling around its regions for the best part of eight years. In the time since its release many relationships have ended, appointments have been missed, and jobs have been lost to this gaming colossus. The words “just one more quest” have now become a catchphrase amongst an entire generation, and from now until the end of mankind there will be someone somewhere playing this game from dusk till dawn. To me and many others World of Warcraft is the very definition of a game you will never get bored of, but may lose your life to in the process.
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