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My Personal List of Best Stories, pt. 1

So yeah, lists.

Something about lists, about organizing one's believes and thoughts into an organized and recognizable fashion, is extremely therapeutic. At least for me it is. Generally, I'm not a very organized person; desk looking like a trash can, clothes on the floor, bed unmade. But then I have all of my games and movies organized in DVD towers in alphabetical/system based order. Dunno what that means. Dunno why I'm putting this part here.

Anyway, I think these games are important for one reason or another.

Shadow of the Colossus, and Ico

First and foremost, my favorite game series of all time. Created in a time when RPG was synonymous with "swords and sorcery," the Mother series dared to be different by making it's setting modern, or at least near modern. Swords were replaced with baseball bats, maces with yo-yo's, and magic with psychic powers.

Now, this stylistic change of settings could've been nothing more than a coat of paint over a tried and true system, which it really was: at it's core the games were nothing more than Dragon Quest clones. It was the quirky writing of copywriter and Japanese personality Shigesato Itoi that truly breathed life into the world of the Mother series. Strange and often amusing, sometimes heartbreaking, portraits of life were planted into the world, and a simple but powerful story driving it forward.

Honestly, as much as I love Earthbound (Mother 2) for all it's quirky breezy-ness, it's really the weakest of the three, speaking story wise. Sure, it has some great emotional moments, such as Ness' Sound Stone flashbacks and his poignant journey to Magicant, but on the whole they are few and far between.

It is really in Mother 1, and especially Mother 3, where Itoi's ability to conjure up strange and discomforting emotions rears it's head. Really to discuss them would be a disservice to anyone who hasn't played the games, so I'll just mention that they deal with such themes as abandonment, dissolution, rage, depression, failure, death's in the family, fate, transsexualism, and parricide.

And that's not even talking about the music.

That's our very own Dale North singing! So yeah, I like the Mother series.

I also like, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Crispix, Kix, Rice Krispies and Cheerios.

This is a lot longer than I was expecting it to be. More next time!
Expect Killer7, Half-Life, Hotel Dusk, Silent Hill, anything Tim Schafer and more!
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About Mooksone of us since 8:09 PM on 04.18.2009

My real name is Mark. But my name is also Mooks. It's short for Mookie. I want to be a writer, a director, a musician, a game designer, an actor, and a constantly awesome person. Most days I forget I'm a senior in college.

I have been gaming since I was a newborn, when my uncle put an unplugged NES controller in my hands. In some ways, I've never let go. From there I took the Nintendo/PC path down gaming lane. I had a Genesis, but the only games I had were Sonic games. My favorite game growing up was Earthbound.

I am obsessed with story in video games and am always looking for the next game that makes me laugh, cry, or think. Although I also love a good mindless shooter or puzzle game here and there.
On the topic of best stories in games, I believe these titles, in no particular order, showcase what I believe to be indicative of our medium moving forward as respectable artworks.

Mother (1 2 and 3)
Metal Gear Solid (particularly 2 and 3)
Anything touched by Tim Schafer
Shadow of the Colossus
Silent Hill
Eternal Darkness
Half-Life series

More to come as I think of them.

But yeah, that's it for now. See ya around D-Toid.
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