QOTW: What game do you always go back to?

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This week's question:

What game do you always go back to?

When you're done with the new and shiny, the one-night-stands and the passing phases, what game is always there, coolly calling to you from your shelf? Maybe you beat it years ago, or already spent hundreds of hours playing the multiplayer mode, but it never sits for long - certainly never gets dusty - because something about it... well, it just makes you feel like everything'll be alright.

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Below are some of our favorite answers from last week's question...

Last week's question:

What's your biggest hobby aside from gaming?

Schmegeggi wrote...
"My hobby is also my career: I am mixed martial artist, 4th degree black belt instructor and I own a successful dojo. I highly recommend getting paid for your hobby whenever possible. Anyone hiring TF2 Pyros?"

Wait, seriously, you OWN a dojo? That is so much cooler than anything we've ever done. Shit.

Gothbot6k wrote...
"I collect Ipods. I have 32 so far BIG COLLECTION FTW!!!!"

Above: These are iPods, if you weren't aware

You collect iPods? What? Can we have some?

Jedipimp0712 wrote...
"ha. im a Boy Scout. 17 years old. im going to be an Eagle scout too. I really like the outdoors, and i really like white water rafting, kayaking, and diving. along with hiking, climbing, and camping. especially cooking in a dutch oven. i make some BAD ASS apple cobbler."

OK, but could you make an apple cobbler WHILE white water rafting? Answer us THAT, scoutey.

fionnoh wrote...
"I play Hurling, it's an Irish sport. Basically 30 guys on a field hitting each other with sticks. There's supposed to be a ball and a few goals in there too, i figure..."

Hurling sounds like fun. We play something similar sometimes - it's also called "hurling," and it usually occurs after ten to fifteen pints. Eeh? Eeeh? Just imagine the rim shot in your head.

Yar wrote...
"I actually love reading. There's an image of gamers as being stupid and generally not interested in more respected hobbies, but reading is a great hobby. Especially powerful books like 1984 by George Orwell, or a Clockwork Orange. No matter how good games are at portraying storylines, books will always have the upper hand there.

Unfortunately, books are screwed when it comes to gameplay, graphics and sound, but they're still fun. Plus, there are books for just about everyone nowadays."

Is there a book for us even? We'll only read a book if has a lot of pictures and involves an alternate reality scenario in which the Harlem Globetrotters are Abe Lincoln's bodyguards.

KingEamon wrote...
"I enjoy wearing a monocle in public"

Sorry KingEamon, your comment worked better when paired with your Monopoly Man avatar image. We've just messed it all up.

TheWebSwinger wrote...
"...I just realized that my two major hobbies are video games and comic books. It's a wonder, frankly, that I've ever had sex."

Don't worry Mr. WebSlinger, is this wacky modern age, videogames and comic books are the new water polo and fine wine. You're totally cool and sophisticated.

triplesalmon wrote...
"My main other hobby is parkour/free running. I'm probably as close to obsessed as you can healthily be to it. I even ordered that absolutely terrible "Free-Running" game from Europe for the PSP. It's...well, absolutely terrible. I've been practicing for about a year now, and have matured quite well through the year. And yes, I was into it before Mirror's Edge came out."

Above: Not actual parkour

We believe you about Mirror's Edge, triplesalmon. We get the same thing a lot with our shuriken and nunchaku. It's like, "Uuuhh, yeah, we were carrying around ninja weapons waaaaay before the '80s. Psshh."

HMXsean wrote...

We were asking for that.

bmrskate wrote...
"Awww, you guys actually want to know more about me? I guess you figured out that I'm a sucker for sweettalking huh?

I have an unfortunate hobby that I like to call 'Chronic Eclecticism'. Let me explain the basic concept of it. I'll get introduced to some sort of activity that blows my mind and just to experience some sort of fleeting satisfaction or impress a choice few of people I practice obsessively until I literally burn out and plateau. After I overload from no noticeable improvement, I pick up said new hobby, look at it with a slight pout like a little kid holding an overused toy and say 'I don't want it anymore....' while dropping it and moving on to something else to cure my incessant boredom. Rinse, wash and repeat endlessly because we all know damn well that time is cyclical. Several years and cycles later, here I am pretty decent at a lot of things, but a master of none. Thus my chronic eclecticism hobby continues....

You know what's bittersweet about it all? The same sequence of events applies to gaming as well."

The remains of long abandoned hobbies litter our closets as well. Hang in there and one day maybe you'll be able to bake a mediocre lemon meringue pie, play a passable guitar solo, and construct a fairly decent origami crane.

Hydrohs wrote...
"I really like to go exploring in the woods. And pushing down dead trees. You have no idea how satisfying it is to push down a 20 foot tree, although those ones are hard to find."

Are you Paul Bunyan?

Mansicle wrote...
"I enjoy devouring a steaming hot bowl of cocaine every day. Also, scrapbooking."

Anything we might write in direct response to this post would definitely be misinterpreted by someone to mean that we endorse the consumption of hot bowls of cocaine. Dammit, now some nonsensical family values advocacy group is going to quote us as saying "we endorse the consumption of hot bowls of cocaine." Shit on you, context!

May 14, 2009

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  • Kikole - November 16, 2009 5:10 p.m.

    I'm constantly going back to playing Super Smash Bros Melee. I'll be sure to preserve my gamecube/wii for many years of smash! Other games I go back to are any of the Metroid games, Need For Speed Underground 2 (rarely), any Zelda game, any Mario adventure game, Mario Kart, Final Fantasy games (prefer the SNES style), Halo 2, and Rock Band 2
  • Ryu27 - May 21, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    Any Street Fighter, specifically SNK vs Capcom 2, nothing more fun then trying to beat my score of 1100.
  • CARLINNIT - May 19, 2009 11:08 p.m.

    Fahrenheit! (indigo prophecy) for the PS2. That, and Grim Fandango. My two favourite games of all time, so naturally, i'm epically hyped for Heavy Rain. And i just did my yearly run-through of Grim Fandango. Never gets old. Amazingly brilliant. :')
  • bonerachieved - May 19, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    pokemon red, i will never play any new pokemon games other then blue or red, plus Super Ghosts and Ghouls is amazing for the Snes, and Im gonna have to agree, majoras mask and ocarina of time take the cake
  • Mr.Epic64 - May 19, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    Super Mario 64 for the Nes. I've always loved that game, got it when I as five for Christmas. I got the system with it. It never sits for long, except the fact that I can't beat THE LAST F***ING BOWSER! I hate that guy. I always get so close, and FAIL horribly!
  • LionheartAce - May 19, 2009 12:39 p.m.

    Oh, you're treading dangerous ground here with the love of my life... of course, I mean Chrono Trigger. The game responsible for my, now, very high standards when it comes to games. Beyond the fact that it was cleverly written, executed perfectly and had more endings than there are days in a week helped massively. The music is probably the best I've heard to date though Shadow of the Colossus came extremely close. Chrono Trigger is a game I play often, very often and now that its on DS you can place a safe bet that I play it even more often. It's the one game I can never get tired of, ever. Also, flux capacitor.
  • Oletheking92 - May 19, 2009 10:01 a.m.

    When im tired of the new games I often go finishing in Ocarina of Time. Heh, i'll bet im not the only one.
  • AntistaHungry4Love - May 19, 2009 6:40 a.m.

    I always go back to Mike Tyson's Punch out. Yup, that is the true Punch out to me! It is my favourite NES game of all time. I always love beating the shit out of every boxer,except fucking Mike Tyson. It's been 15 years and I still can't beat that rapist. When Fight Night Round 4 comes out, I am gonna make a boxer, name him little Mac and beat the rape out of that bastard.
  • super0sonic - May 19, 2009 6:02 a.m.

    Super Mario World is one game I always have to go back and play. The level design is fun and at times challenging without being unfair. Even now I own it on SNES, Wii, and the GBA cart. I have no plans on buying a DSi but if I ever do end up buying one and they put Super Mario World for sale up there and I will buy it. In fact I will buy this game for any and every system I own and it becomes available for.
  • Revolt189 - May 19, 2009 4:25 a.m.

    I would have to say Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. What a shame that Troika had to release it before it was properly polished...
  • CHIBBARD - May 19, 2009 2:41 a.m.

    Hello Kitty Island Adventure
  • RaIdEn - May 19, 2009 1:12 a.m.

    definately sly cooper. it was the first game i playd on my ps2 and i loved it. it was simple so you didnt get mad for it being to hard and i just love the characters. oh and if it doesnt get a fourth one, im gonna give the people at sucker punch a.............sucker punch
  • cardinal - May 18, 2009 11:59 p.m.

    Twisted Metal 2 That game never gets old to me. I still have all the codes memorized from years ago. I've beaten more times than any other game, and it's 1996 graphics don't bother me at all.
  • SlinkyDink - May 18, 2009 11:33 p.m.

    Dead Space.
  • SlinkyDink - May 18, 2009 11:32 p.m.

    Dead Space.
  • Jabba - May 18, 2009 10:51 p.m.

    I always go back to Final Fantasy XII. I have played it 164 hrs. and still haven't beat it. I would find a new game to play and then forget about it.
  • joebob286 - May 18, 2009 10:24 p.m.

    You can't forget good old Oblivion 150+ hours and i still find myself going back to that game when i have no new games and nothing better to do
  • SnarlingDonut - May 18, 2009 9:53 p.m.

    resident evil one on the ps1. the characters have such cheezy lines! its not horror, its comedy!!!
  • jhin2989 - May 18, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    SPLINTER CELL CHAOS THEORY and also ESPN NFL 2K5. I am still addicted to both those last gen titles.
  • noobeater - May 18, 2009 8:20 p.m.

    actually the only game i have went back on more then 5 times is to play banjo kazooie (my all time favourite game) Wanna know Why? because i have a life, you 292 as i speak people need to do the same, why go back to these good yet inferior games when Rare made this masterpiece. Yes i said it and i have the hidden identity of the internet to say this. So really theres nothing you can do about it. =D

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