Guinness' top 50 game series will make you rage

We sort of thought the Guinness Book of World Records was a collection of definite, measurable achievements. Like, that's pretty much everything it represents... or not - the latest edition of the Guinness Gamers' Edition contains a list of the top 50 game series, not by total sales or anything factual like that, but as determined by a public poll. It's horrific.

We get it. The list brings controversy to a collection of otherwise strictly factual achievements, and with controversy comes publicity (this). There's nothing that puts gamers more on edge than a bunch of other peoples' dumb opinions about games... that's why we make lists, and read them, and rage about them. And you will rage about this one, so down a bottle of Hatorade and don't say we didn't warn you. Here's the list:

50. Pro Evolution Soccer
49. Crash Bandicoot
48. Burnout
47. Mario Kart
46. LEGO Batman
45. Diablo
44. Battlefield
43. Star Wars: Battlefront
42. Tom Clancy's
41. Pong
40. Ratchet & Clank
39. StarCraft
38. Gran Turismo
37. Chrono Trigger
36. Need for Speed
35. Left 4 Dead
34. Skate
33. KillZone
32. Bioshock
31. GoldenEye 007
30. God of War
29. The Elder Scrolls
28. Saints Row
27. LittleBigPlanet
26. Rock Band
25. WWE Smackdown Vs. RAW
24. Tomb Raider
23. The Sims
22. Madden NFL
21. Pac-Man
20. Final Fantasy
19. Kingdom Hearts
18. FIFA
17. Runescape
16. Counter-Strike
15. Sonic the Hedgehog
14. Half-Life
13. Fallout
12. Resident Evil
11. Pokémon
10. Grand Theft Auto
9. Super Smash Bros.
8. Gears of War
7. World of Warcraft
6. Super Mario Bros.
5. Metal Gear
4. Guitar Hero
3. Zelda
2. Call of Duty
1. Halo

It's a list of games that are popular with the youth right now (Halo rulez!), with some classics thrown in for good measure. Guitar Hero is better than Mario? And Pokémon? And Fallout, and Half-Life, and Final Fantasy, and... wait... is that Runescape on the list? RUNESCAPE is above Final Fantasy?! OMGRAGE!

And that's the desired reaction of this dumb list (and the previous ones they've published, which were based on polls of industry insiders, and are no better), but so what? There's nothing like a good bout of useless overreaction to ease some of that tension building in your shoulders, so go forth and comment rage - what offends you most about this list? Is it that "Tom Clancy's" is listed as a series? Is it that Skate is even on the list, never mind above StarCraft? Oh, there's so much to hate about, as Guinness put it, "the tastes of the average gamer."

May 6, 2010


  • mlouro - November 24, 2010 5:50 p.m.

  • american-idiot367 - May 28, 2010 3:12 a.m.

    WHAT!!?!? zelda only got 3?? oh well, at least a good game got number 1
  • Oddeh7 - May 27, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    @Spacegrass: Funny you should mention that. They gave a award to the Imagine series for "Most titles in a lifestyle series". And Imagine: Babyz was most succesfull. RAGERAGERAGERAGERAGERAGERAGEWRAGREGAREGARAGE
  • GameManiac - May 11, 2010 8:37 p.m.

    I wonder how much more hate there would be if this list was doubled to top 100?
  • GameManiac - May 11, 2010 8:35 p.m.

    Whoa! Spoiler alert! I bought that Guiness book weeks ago, and I was just about to get there! Anyway, If I had my haterade with me, I'd treat that book the way many people treat their phone books, by tearing them in half. But I was never like that. Not one bit. Personally, I'm pleased with where many of these games are placed (Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, SuperMario Bros., and Zelda in particular), but I believe that both Need for Speed and Gran Turismo could've been placed higher up......or lower down since the list goes south.
  • Mexiflan - May 9, 2010 12:26 a.m.

    Anyone who thinks Halo is the best game series ever is not a gamer,and will never be.
  • Ccm731 - May 7, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    omg i just raged i never rage. wtf elder scrolls #29 those games defined this century of gaming.
  • epicdominican91 - May 7, 2010 9:43 p.m.

  • DoctorMcNinja - May 7, 2010 9:19 p.m.

    lol L4D has had only 2 games. Lego Batman has only one, and it was horrible. Pong only had one game. Bioshock's had two. Goldeneye 007 is the name of ONE GAME. It should've been, "random games we like in no particular order."
  • kaaos - May 7, 2010 8:46 p.m.

    HELLL NO!fallout,final fantasy,and resident evil needs to be in the top 5.halo kan sukk my balls,gears of war is good where it's at,and they should have never put up runescape on that f***n list at all!!!!
  • Espir - May 7, 2010 7:29 p.m.

    everything about that list is RAGE!!!!!!!!~~~ D;
  • Snapp3r - May 7, 2010 3:27 p.m.

    Guinness really has no idea. Runescape. Bloody runescape.
  • Apollomon - May 7, 2010 1:52 p.m.

    @ LOTS OF PEOPLE I was thinking half of them are not series...LEGO batman was boviously first WTF much as i like classic games like pac-man, i bet they said "for this poll to get an ACURATE representation we must ask all age groups" so asked some people who are 60+ who only ever heard of pong and pac-man stupid pointless list should be revoked from shelves as mis-leading and mis-appropriate information
  • Silentboy - May 7, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    LEGO Batman is above Crash Bandicoot?!? WTF?! Seeing Runescape on there alone is bad but LEGO Batman beating Crash? These young'uns need to get better games.
  • pin316 - May 7, 2010 10:58 a.m.

    it's not even that there's no street fighter - with the exception of Smash Bros, there are no fighting series at all...that's: no Street Fighter no Mortal Kombat no Virtua Fighter no Tekken no Soul Calibur no Dead or Alive and that's just the main contenders - you'd have thought that at least one of them would feature...
  • Cwf2008 - May 7, 2010 4:46 a.m.

  • snothammer - May 7, 2010 4:23 a.m.

    To look on the bright side, at least Metal Gear and Zelda are basically where they should be. But no Metroid? Really?
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 7, 2010 3:21 a.m.

  • lymanzaar - May 7, 2010 2:46 a.m.

    first of f@#$@ all, Pong is not a series. Neither is Chrono Trigger. Lego Batman surelyly must be higher with it's 4.15 MILLION COPIES SOLD. ITS NOTHING COMPARED TO CRASH BANDICOOT, ONE OF THE PS1 HEROS FAILING AT REBIRTH. (poor spyro) Runescape isn't a game, it's an online application for 12 year olds. also pretty sure UFC blew Smackdown vs Raw out of the water every year since it came out. Half Life is ok if your into that kind of thing, but Sonic is only higher up because the good ones are old. Pretty sure the target audience hasn't played Metal Gear or Resident Evil. GTA is only on it becuz target audience's older brother had it and he went to college without it. and seeing as Harmonix made Guitar Hero and made Rock Band, as well as revoulizing the way we play music games...this list is dumb.
  • Modroneman - May 7, 2010 1:23 a.m.

    HULK SMASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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