Time’s Top 10 Videogames Gets it All Wrong
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?