Posted on December 10, 2007,

Time’s Top 10 Videogames Gets it All Wrong

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I don’t really expect Time Magazine to be an expert on videogames (or, as they would argue, “video games”), but if you’re going to publish a list of the top 10 games of the year, you better either know what you’re talking about, or be David Letterman. I’d argue Time’s top 10 list indicates neither of those.

The list, which can be seen here, is a part of Time’s “50 Top 10 Lists of 2007,” which includes things like Top 10 Worst Biz Deals, Top 10 Gadgets, and Top 10 Websites (none of which I had ever even heard of).

The list starts off with Halo 3 as the number one game, and proceeds to mention games like BioShock, The Orange Box, Mario Galaxy and, most curiously to me, Ace Combat 6 and Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.

I almost don’t even know where to begin, except to cite a few things: there are no PS3 or PC games on the list (Crysis, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, Uncharted and Ratchet all instantly come to mind as better candidates than either Ace Combat or Zelda)… and, well, actually I think that’s enough to raise an eyebrow.

Then again, lists like this are subjective… but doesn’t it make sense to have more than one author collaborate on something like this – especially when it’s for a major publication like Time?

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11 Comments on Time’s Top 10 Videogames Gets it All Wrong

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

On December 10, 2007 at 8:53 pm

The Orange Box could be considered a PC game, but I see your point.

What about Call of Duty 4?

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

On December 10, 2007 at 8:55 pm

EDIT: Bah, I should only attempt one thing at a time, I’m getting wires crossed. What about things like Wii Sports? Or any of the other innovative games that have come out?

used cisco

On December 10, 2007 at 9:31 pm

While I don’t agree with the list, there are a few things worth noting.

1. We don’t know what “top” means in the context of this list. To be honest the criteria seems to change as you read through the list.

2. Our opinions may simply differ.

3. Its not a list meant to be fair to all platforms. This list is not written by some anti-fanboy bent on appeasing the gaming “camps”. I think this list is platform agnostic. That being the case, their is no compelling need to include a game exclusive to the PS3 if there are no PS3 exclusives that meet the aforementioned lack of criteria. Thats not to say that uncharted or R&C are not good games, but only 10 can be the top. Thats why they make these lists, to show us what, to them, didn’t make the cut.

Hawkeye

On December 10, 2007 at 9:41 pm

I dunno….could be David Letterman in disguise….IT’S A TRAP!

Bryan

On December 10, 2007 at 10:19 pm

They don’t seem like unreasonable choices to me. Ace Combat is definitely questionable, and my list would look different (as would most peoples’) but these are all well-reviewed, well-respected games. I was expecting to see things like That’s So Raven 2 and Horsez on the list from reading the lead-in on here.

Zedblade

On December 10, 2007 at 11:28 pm

Halo 3 shouldn’t be at the top of any list, other then the Game that had most money spent on unachievable Hype list. What a disgrace. Other then that, the list is MEH.

Aviator

On December 11, 2007 at 12:22 am

zedblade, why wold you say that there still way over half a million people that play the game on weekends. im guessing your a ps3 junkie who is mad at everyone, when you should be mad at yourself for wasting the money on that system.

the only game i think should be goty besides halo is cod4, only because it came out for most systems.

Kareem

On December 11, 2007 at 4:53 am

These are all good games. Don’t get mad just cause your favorite game is not included. It’s a given that will happen with any Top N list. You can’t get up in arms over someone’s top n list that isn’t exactly like yours. It will never happen, so relax. These are reasonable picks and many of which are highly anticipated. They weren’t exactly way off the mark by listing ooo I dunno Hello Kitty Island Adventure.

Ace Combat is barely questionable. If you have been living under a rock Ace Combat is a very good and popular flight combat franchise. Anything Zelda is good. Nuff said.

Also COD4, The Orange Box, and BioShock are all PC games so…

Ron Whitaker

On December 11, 2007 at 10:26 am

Anything Zelda is good?? Twilight Princess is not good. Barely adequate, and not worth the difference between the purchase price and the trade-in value. Wind Waker was atrociously bad.

It’s never a good idea to fall in love with franchises, because you tend to get served crap down the line, as the developers realize that at a certain point, a large number of people will buy anything that you slap the franchise name on (Yes, Doom 3, I’m looking at you).

As far as this list goes, what do you expect from Time? Video games aren’t their focus, so they probably polled their reader’s kids or something. Regardless, any list of this type is subjective simply by design. It’s not unusual to disagree with such a list.

Putting CoD4 at 6th with Halo 3 and Bioshock above it is lunacy. I enjoyed Bioshock, but CoD4 blows it away. Halo 3 comes fourth in that group of shooters, behind both Bioshock and Cod4, as well as The Orange Box. If you simply switch CoD4 and Halo 3 on the list, it makes a lot more sense.

Xboxlenny

On December 11, 2007 at 10:34 am

the list i dont care for, however most games there are good titles. As for COD 4 it wouldnt be on my list. COD4 is a great game, i just personaly dont like it. I hope its like Rainbow Six vegas, it has to grow on you. I am glad i got it as a bundle at Bestbuy with assisans creed so no big loss.

Halo 3 yes #1, Bioshock the same. the rest i cannot comment on i have never played but are all good games. they must have done something right to be on the list.

b

On December 11, 2007 at 7:44 pm

God Of War 2….Is this a joke or what, Crysis isn’t even mentioned, its a good laugh if nothing else