LibrarianGMR here. The inspiration for this blog comes from a book I picked up last month called 1,001 Video Games To Play Before You Die, a massive tome of greatest hits compiled by Tony Mott. The book spans the entire history of gaming (up until 2010, at least) and out of all the different games out there, Mott created a core gaming list that everyone should experience in their lifetime. I ran through the online version of the list while waiting for the book to arrive and discovered that I had conquered about 320 games out of 1,001. It wasn't long before I started thinking, "Huh, maybe I should play through the remaining titles?" A daunting task, sure, but one I thought could be fun and give me the opportunity to play the games I missed out on for one reason or another.
What sort of content can you expect to see here? Each post will give a rundown of the game along with how it was acquired. Browsing the list, I immediately recognized a significant roadblock: many of the games, especially those for PC and first generation consoles, are too old and somewhat difficult to find. I will do all that I can to track down the original versions and stay away from ROMs or Java-based emulation unless needed for a last resort. The entries posted on this blog won't offer comprehensive reviews, but instead present thoughts and musings of each title as well as their place in the master list.
So there you have it! 640+ games to play through before I complete the list. Will I succeed? Will I crack under the pressure? Will I have fun? Only time will tell!
Update: When I started this little project, the intention was to simply check off the games listed in Mott's book that I haven't played. The only problem with that is I can't just write about 640+ games for a blog called 1,001 Games Played! With that in mind, I've decided to just go ahead and do all 1,001 titles.
What, exactly, have I gotten myself into?