Games

I have played a lot of different video games. Until I was 17, I thought my calling was to be a game programmer. Eventually all the other things that could be done with programming caught my attention, but I still love playing and exploring new games, and make my own little games every once in a while.

Please consider everything here full of spoilers!

A Way Out

Takes two to traverse

Beyond: Two Souls

Preternaturally pretentious

Celeste

Mountainous difficulty

Control

The Oldest House feels pretty new

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

The essence of Nintendo platforming

Flow

The flux and sway of microscopic life

Grand Theft Auto IV

Bowling with your cousin simulator

Heavy Rain

"Jaaaaaaaaaaason!"

Journey

Joyful jaunt generates jubilant jackpot

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Fast-paced bomb defusal communication puzzles

The Last of Us

Zombies, but done so much better

Mario Kart 8

Racing: the fun parts

Mini Metro

Hectic minimalist transportation planning

Red Dead Redemption 2

Dutch's gang does their thang

Snake Pass

Slithery collectathon with inventive controls

Stephen's Sausage Roll

Burnt sausage sokoban

Super Mario 64

The granddaddy of 3D platformers

TIS-100

Assembly programming: the game

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Avery's avaricious adventure

Top Ten

People often ask for such a list, but it changes all the time depending on my mood, what I’ve been playing recently, and so on. So here’s a list I made once. It’s probably not accurate anymore. I still think all of them are great games that you should definitely play.

  1. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
  2. Super Mario 64
  3. RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
  4. Antichamber
  5. Journey
  6. N++
  7. Shadow of the Colossus
  8. Factorio
  9. Portal 2
  10. Minecraft

My Games

Here’s a selection of some of the games I’ve made. I really hope to get back into this someday, but it does take an awful lot of time to make anything worthwhile.

Worth playing

Unfortunately I don’t have infinite time to write reviews of everything I’ve enjoyed, but here are some of the games I’d at least recommend checking out. If there’s a game you love that I haven’t included, I might not have tried it yet, so feel free to let me know about it!

Games make the list if I found them interesting and enjoyable, or if they’re important to the history/development of video games, or if they just have something unique that I haven’t seen in any other game. Games don’t make the list if I haven’t played them for a least a couple hours or if I’ve forgotten about playing them. If there are multiple games in a series, I might list just the prototypical one, or the ones I consider must-plays, or just put the name of the series.