Kotaku's Top 5 List Of Top 10 Lists

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.

Eight Games That Should Never Become Movies [The Kartel]I think the fundamental problem with this genre is that no one has ever written or filmed anything that obscures the fact you're looking at a 90-minute advertisement for a game. You go in knowing that, and it makes all its flaws even worse. So, here's a list of great games that would be utterly ruined by a process that has turned out nothing but disappointments. Mass Effect, Fallout, Grand Theft Auto are the top choices. I'd like to add a movie that never should have been a game or a movie: Wanted: Weapons of Fate.

The 15 Most Influential Games of the Decade [Wired]Spoiler alert! The Sims is No. 1, Grand Theft Auto III is No. 2. Halo is No. 6, a bit low for such a groundbreaking title.

The Five Worst Video Game Marketing Campaigns of 2009 [Set on Stun]The keystone kops who ran Dante's Inferno's publicity can't even fail into the top spot here. That's reserved for Evony, an online game I've never played but apparently run by people who couldn't find their own arse with both hands and a map. Modern Warfare 2 was No. 4 thanks to the FAGS video, which probably falls outside the scope of official marketing. And I think, on the whole, the game sold rather well despite that.

Top 10 Celebrities That Look Like Video Game Characters [VGChartz]Oooh! Oooh! I can play this too! Was Bib Fortuna in a video game? Because that sucker is a dead ringer for Jack Thompson. Also, separated at birth: Uncharted 2's Nathan Drake and former SMU running back/college football analyst Craig James.

Top 10 Video Games That Almost Never Happened [Ask Men]I'm calling bullshit on No. 1. Grand Theft Auto IV? Really. Because, what, it's a boutique brand that can't recoup its development cost? No, it's because the franchise is such a media pariah and Hot Coffee was such a scandal. Uh huh. We're talking about a company that just infuriated investors and analysts by not announcing plans for Grand Theft Auto V in 2010. If it failed to produce GTA IV, Take Two would have been sold well before now.


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    I read the Askmen article a while ago, and I’m not impressed, here is the real #1 game that almost never got made

    The entire Metal Gear Solid series
    Hideo kojima makes Metal gear for the MSX2 in 1987, After it’s finished he has no desire to go any further on the series. Konami goes ahead and makes unofficial part 2 called “Snakes revenge” (1990) for the American Market. Hideo has no idea about the existence of the game until it’s finished and already out on the market, by sheer coincidence Kojima meets one of the games developers on a train ride to Tokyo and they get to talking. After playing the game Kojima asks Konami to make an official sequel to Metal Gear. Metal gear 2: Solid snake is a huge critical success in Japan and turns Kojima into a big name in the world of Video game developing. And this all eventually turns into the MGS series.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_Gear_2:_Solid_Snake#Production

      I'm calling bullshit on the article as well as the comment I'm replying to.

      The SHOULD-BE number #1 is the Final Fantasy series as a whole. As we may or may not know (depending on who you are) Square was fighting some tough times themselves when they managed to get around to releasing Final Fantasy. The game was also the last game of it's designer. Fortunately, the game actually managed to pick up a buttload of money, and eventually ended up today, with hell knows how many games under their belt.

      In my opinion, it's not one of the BEST game series that nearly never happened, but it's one of the biggest and most influential to the world.

        Well a lot of games have almost been something else if you think about it, take the most iconic video game character ever for example, Mario, the very first game featuring Mario almost never happened as we know it. In 1980 after many Nintendo games had failed in America, They were trying to acquire the rights to a Popeye game they hired Shigeru Miyamoto to come up the basics of the game. Popeye (Jumpman) was going to save Olive oyl (Peach) from Bluto (Donkey Kong). Anyway that deal never ended up happening, so rather than scrap the whole game they turned it into Donkey Kong.

        Nintendo actually made that Popeye game 2 years later (if you look at the screenshots you can kind of see the original foundations for Donkey Kong) But just imagine if this game had been DK, it would have been a mediocre arcade game(it never really sold that well, but by that time Nintendo were rolling in the cash) and we would have never had the likes of Mario, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Peach, Diddy Kong, Toad, Yoshi, Luigi, Wario. And every other character from the Mario universe.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye_(arcade_game)

        So yeah, pardon me if I roll my eyes when you sat GTA4 wasn’t going to be made because people got upset over hot coffee.

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