Fans vote Black Ops for best videogame ending of all time

There are quite a few entries in the Guinness World Records that many would consider superfluous, but no matter how ridiculous some of them may be, they always have something in common — objectivity. Everything can be measured, weighed, quantified, or otherwise reduced to a value that everyone can agree upon as accurate, barring any accusations of cheating or the like. At least, they used to. I don’t know when Guinness started running user polls, but that practice needs to stop yesterday.

For the Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition book, 13,519 votes were collected to bring us the “definitive list of the greatest video game endings of all time.” By “definitive,” Guinness means not definitive at all by their own admission that “the list will cause heated debate.” The titles that dominate, which come almost exclusively from the last decade, don’t determine anything other than how much of a popularity contest these polls really are.

Call of Duty: Black Ops tops the list as supposedly having the greatest videogame ending ever. Oooooh! Zombies! Mind-blowing plot twist right there. Do the entries get any better further down the list? Well, #11 is Super Mario Bros. That game doesn’t even have an ending! The Princess just tells you to play hard mode! And Sonic Adventure 2 is just… wrong. You can check the full list below. Admittedly, some of the games have decent endings, but there is no rhyme or reason to the order. Seriously, this did not need to be a thing.

    1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
    2. Halo: Reach
    3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    5. God of War
    6. Red Dead Redemption
    7. Portal
    8. Metal Gear Solid 4
    9. Final Fantasy VII
    10. Heavy Rain
    11. Super Mario Bros.
    12. Pokemon Black and White
    13. Halo 3
    14. Halo: Combat Evolved
    15. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
    16. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
    17. Portal 2
    18. Grand Theft Auto IV
    19. Mass Effect 2
    20. Super Mario Galaxy 2
    21. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
    22. Kingdom Hearts
    23. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
    24. Shadow of the Colossus
    25. Assassin’s Creed
    26. Assassin’s Creed II
    27. Metal Gear Solid
    28. Sonic the Hedgehog
    29. Super Mario Galaxy
    30. Mass Effect
    31. Kingdom Hearts II
    32. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
    33. Sonic Adventure 2
    34. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
    35. BioShock
    36. Gears of War 2
    37. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    38. Fallout 3
    39. inFamous
    40. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
    41. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
    42. Super Metroid
    43. Half-Life 2: Episode Two
    44. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
    45. Call of Duty: World at War
    46. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    47. Crysis 2
    48. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
    49. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    50. Resident Evil 4
    Tony Ponce