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Namco's Game Changers

Each week throws off several new video game lists ranging from the humorous to the trivial. What’s better? A list of those. Here’s a roundup of the rundowns out there.

Namco’s Top 5 Revolutionary Firsts [Ranker] A couple of these stretch the definition a bit (I’m not sure Namco intended to create Pac-Man as a mascot; his popularity made him into one) but No. 5 I did not know until today.

Top 10 Angry Birds Rip-Offs [GamePro] Since everyone likes to smarm about Angry Birds ripping off Crush the Castle here are 10 games that rip off Rovio’s pride and joy, either in name or in gameplay.

The 10 Most Delayed Games (And Whether They Were Worth The Wait) [Complex] A lot of the names here are well known (such as No. 1, duh) but Complex puts them in order of the length of the delay and adds a note about their quality. Thus you get the double-smug of reading about a game that was both horridly late and shitty. Like No. 5.

The 11 Longest Video Games [UGO] A look at the longest-playing singleplayer games (because mutliplayer makes a game technically infinite) spanning video gaming history. Space trading simulator Elite from 1984 is the old-school entry. Surprised not to see Red Dead Redemption on the list.

Ten Worst Action/Adventure Clichés [GameRanx] This was a terrible week for top 10 lists. GamePro spammed the hell out of Digg with a list for just about everything. Someone else put together a list with “Real Steel” in a patently SEO-optimized headline, and it ended up being about favourite video game robots. And everyone did the best video game music/worst remakes fandango. Here’s a tolerable look at action/adventure tropes that I’m including simply because it didn’t say “exploding barrels.”