How Would You Describe Yourself In 10 Games

How Would You Describe Yourself In 10 Games
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Considering the wide gamut of experiences offered by video games, and our collective memories of them all, you can say a lot about a person through 10 games. So if you had to describe yourself, what games would you pick?

It’s a fun exercise that came across my social feed, and you can take it in plenty of different directions. If you want to use games where the description is purely through the character – a bit like that Disney+ DNA ad that’s been flying around lately – that makes total sense. But if you want to use games that describe you through various themes, like conquering civilisations or rising up from the ashes, that works too.

But if it makes the most sense to describe the 10 games where you have the strongest memories – maybe a particular round of Unreal Tournament, a group session of Until Dawn or some other singleplayer game you shared with a group – then go for it. That’s what I’ll be doing below, and I’ve largely only said the following so you have some context for understanding why any video game editor would put CSI Miami: The Video Game in any list.

1999 games

  • F-117A Stealth Fighter
  • Magic: The Gathering (Shandalar)
  • Counter-Strike
  • Unreal Tournament
  • Virtua Pool
  • Life is Strange
  • CSI Miami: The Video Game
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Jackbox Party Pack

All of those games are largely based on the memories I had around those games, who I shared them with, the laughs at the time. F-117A is an exception in that it was the first video game I ever played, and it was largely my dad and brother laughing at me for nosediving into the tarmac, but that’s not the worst result in the world. As for Mass Effect 2, that’s not really a shared experience, but for some reason I do remember the feeling I had when I finished the game very vividly.

I really should go back and replay that sometime.

So, it’s your turn. How would you describe yourself in 10 games?


  • Untitled Goose Game
    Hatsune Miku Project Diva f
    Little Deviants
    Katamari Damacy
    Never Alone
    Street Fighter
    Burger Time
    Red Dead Redemption
    Tamagotchi (it’s cheating a bit, but that’s kind of a reflection of my life).

  • Super Mario 64
    Mario Kart
    Ocarina of Time
    Breath of the wild
    Street Fighter
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    FIFA 13
    The Simpsons Hit and Run
    Warcraft III
    The Last of Us

  • Kind of chronological:

    Double Dragon (Arcade)
    Street Fighter II (Arcade)
    Wings (Amiga 500)
    Unreal Tournament
    World of Warcraft
    Civilisation 4
    Mass Effect Trilogy (Cheating, I know)
    Dark Souls / Bloodborne Series (More Cheating)
    The Witcher 3
    Fire Emblem: Three Houses (First FE game I have played)

  • Tricky. Alright games that represent me in some capacity
    *R-Type (Amiga 500)
    *Commander Keen
    *Doom (Game that made me realise that modding and by extension games dev were things and made me want to do them)
    *Trespasser (I completed Trespasser unpatched. I think that probably says something about me)
    *Katamari Damacy
    *Planescape Torment
    *Sea of Thieves (The perfect relaxing and chatting with mates game for the slightly aging gamer)
    *Spongebob Squarepants: The Yellow Avenger – Nintendo DS (My first credited commercial game release)
    *ARDragon: (The one that people kinda liked)

  • Dark Souls
    Dragon Age 2
    Max Payne 3
    Witcher 3
    Supreme Commander
    Stardew Valley
    God of War (2018)
    Va-11 Hall-A
    Curse of Monkey Island

    • (It should be noted that I powerfully relate to games which feature grizzled old white dudes with beards, and had to trim out a number of titles where that was the primary draw.)

  • Selected for a thematic or character based description, not game quality.

    The Witness
    Stardew Valley
    The Stanley Parable
    VA-11 Hall-A
    Neverending Nightmares
    Night in the Woods
    Human Fall Flat
    Getting Over It with Bennet Foddy

    • I actually feel like I’ve got a solid idea of a personality from this list (whether it’s close to yours or not), nice list.

      • Having just finished Disco Elysium, I think it’s combination of existential dread and social anxiety would fit well in this list also haha

  • El Shaddai
    Pokémon Snap
    Final Fantasy X
    Yakuza 3
    Elite Beat Agents (Japanese version DS)
    Friends of Ringo Ishikawa

    … Damn this is hard

    Two Crude Dudes
    Muscle March

  • From earliest memory to most recent…

    Wizardry 1 – (Werdna will always be the first end boss I encountered in gaming)
    Elder Scrolls Arena
    Return to Zork
    Mortal Kombat (arcade and console)
    Goldeneye 007
    Harvest Moon (gamecube)
    We love Katamari
    Mass Effect 2
    The Walking Dead season 1 (made me feel emotions I never wanted too feel ????)

  • On a more serious note, at the grand old age of 47 this could take me a while (to both think, and think back so far to the 1970’s to the first games that define who I am as a gamer).
    I feel truly lucky that I got to play and be part of the birth of so many new gaming forms which for twenty years just totally blew up!
    Before my first home experience with Pong, it was all about the arcades as it was the only place that had games and the top game (and still probably the most influential game of all time):

    1. Space Invaders!
    Then things got 3D (ish)

    2. Battlezone
    3. Star Wars

    Then the 1980’s also brought the ZX80, ZX81, and then every ZX Spectrum so it would have to be:

    4. Jetpac
    5. 3D Deathcase
    6. Ant Attack – first isometric 3D game

    Then after a series of soulless IBM’s, the first true modern PC experience was on the Apricot Xi and it was brilliant. One year before the Apple Mac and it actually had games on it.

    7. Prince of Persia
    8. Flight Simulator 4.0

    Then the 1990’s:
    9. Myst
    10. Half life

    Now there are obviously many more since, but have any of them influenced me further than the way those childhood memories have? Well yes but it happens less and less so some honourable mentions:
    Yes I love SUPERHOT;
    Counterstrike, Portal, XCOM 2, Left 4 Dead, but if I’m being harsh, they are all just echoes from their predecessors.

  • 1. Kingdom Hearts II
    2. Mass Effect 3
    3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    4. Dragon Age II
    5. Caesar III
    6. Persona 4 Golden
    7. Danganronpa
    8. Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
    9. The Simpsons: Hit and Run
    10. The Witcher 3

  • It’s a memories / interests thing for me, although I did for a brief period consider pursuing theoretical physics because WWGFD before I realised how awful I was at maths and how much I hated physics.

    In no particular order:

    Half-Life (First shooter I ever played, first ‘real’ game I ever finished, one of my all time favourites)

    Mass Effect (Uncharted Worlds [ME1 version] has been my alarm tone for the last 5+ years for a reason. I’ll defend those totally empty optional planets ’til I die, I loved them precisely because they were empty)

    Super Mario World (Memories of watching a friend play it, for whatever reason I was happy just watching back then. Loved the music.)

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Somewhere between nice modern graphics and the lower detail stuff that sparked your imagination, adored the environments and atmosphere)

    Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (really great atmosphere, the first narrative heavy game I was exposed to and the only game I ever played with my sister all the way through)

    Life is Strange (despite the awkward dialogue and total lack of subtlety it felt like what I remembered of High School and my adolescence. I loved this game)

    Metal Gear Solid 3 (Everything about it. Like that ladder sequence where you climb what feels like an endless ladder listening to the entirety of the main theme as a sort of interlude – genius.)

    N (the first [flash] game I ever completed – back when it only had three collumns of levels that is – it took a lot of work and no-one believed me, but I was damn proud all the same)

    The Music Machine (There are indie games I like more, see Gunpoint or Hollow Knight, but The Music Machine is a game I want to champion in ways I don’t for almost any other title. A one-man team project that feels at once weirdly intimate and hugely ambitious I recommend this game to almost everyone I talk to)

    and finally
    Team Fortress 2 (2,400+ hours and counting, some of the very best memories in any game, especially on a now dead custom server [shoutout to anyone that ever played on the GaS / Goldenage Servers, I loved playing with you all] and it’s still the only multi-player title I play. Not my all-time favourite game [Half-Life 2: Episode 2] but definitely the one I’d pick as my ‘desert island’ game and one that’s nearly perfect in my eyes)

  • I’ve picked the ones I have played the most hours on (probably)
    Space Invaders (Atari 2600)
    Tie Fighter (CD ROM edition)
    Warcraft 1
    Doom 2
    Civilization 2
    Need for Speed 1
    Total War: Medieval
    Kerbal Space Program
    Fallout 4
    Witcher 3

  • Doom 2 – Getting me interested in level design and creating a whole bunch of levels for single player, then having to relearn what makes a great level for multiplayer.

    Baldur’s Gate 2 – For playing through untold hours of the journey of multiple Bhaalspawn, and reveling in every moment with all the characters in my parties.

    Thief – The game that created my love for the stealth genre. While my initial copy was broken and lacked cutscenes, I finally got CDs for both 1 and 2. I played 2 and had no idea why Garrett hated Viktoria, but then went back to 1 and suddenly so many things made sense. I played through a bunch of times, including doing ghost runs.

    Warcraft 3 – Learning how to really do micro and learning build orders and strategies to pummel my friends… then getting absolutely wrecked online.

    Dota / Dota2 – Probably the game I have sunk the most number of hours into, learning and relearning how to play, to finally reaching a point where I barely play, but still find the game interesting.

    World of Warcraft – A brief 4 month period where the game pretty much took over my life until I quit cold turkey and have basically never played an MMO again.

    Neverwinter Nights 2 – Continuing my modding journey and making a 15-20+ hour adventure with bucketloads of roleplaying and different options.

    Dragon Age – The last thing I ever made a mod for, which was a fully voice acted standalone adventure, again taking 20 hours+ and offering a big variety of decisions and choices that would change what happened in the end.

    Mass Effect 2 – The highlight of a game series that shot itself in the foot at the final hurdle. Possibly the only time I’ve ever stood up and yelled “YES!” at a screen for a game.

    Nier Automata – Simply one of the most amazing games I’ve ever played, with great gameplay, fantastic writing, and simply gorgeous music.

  • Super Mario 3D World
    Civilization V
    Final Fantasy Tactics
    Final Fantasy VI
    Chrono Cross
    The Binding of Isaac
    Tales of Symphonia
    TLoZ: Majora’s Mask
    Shadow of the Colossus

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