The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. 20 video games you’ve played that will always stick with you. List the first 20 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Then tag 20 friends, including me, because I’m interested in seeing what games my friends choose.
This was the game Him Indoors used to reel me in to video games in the first place. It was the twisted cuteness of the game that got me – the savage humour that accompanied my inevitable defeat. We still quote lines like the squeaky-voiced “I’ll get you” to each other from time to time. An unforgettably charming game.
My addiction to Klax was even worse than my current Bejeweled habit. I think I might have actually broken down in tears once after losing a particularly fraught battle against the tumbling coloured blocks.
It’s rare for a video game to have a story that compares well to other media, but Bioware’s astonishing space opera fares well even next to the Star Trek reboot. The gameplay is mediocre (better on PC than 360), but the cutscenes will linger in your memory for years.
What sticks with me most about this strange and rather basic RPG with Bejeweled-clone gameplay is the music. The medieval-style soundtrack just goes around in my head all the time.
Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
OK, so it’s one giant masturbatory fantasy for teenage goths, but it’s also one of the finest games ever made. I’ve been playing it on and off for several years now – never quite completing it, and starting it many times – but despite all the bugs it’s still an endlessly entertaining and amazingly lifelike journey into the undead LA.