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Top 7… Sports Games Nerds Actually Like

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Selling points:
Million point combos, skating culture, grinding

Why we love it:
Even if Hawk’s popularity has waned in recent years, the aging skater’s franchise was the first of its kind to really tap into not only the skate culture, but also a hobby that doesn’t really extend past your early-twenties. Sure, just about anyone can score a touchdown in backyard football, but not everyone can wall plant into a Christ Air without destroying their testicles.

Hawk’s gameplay structure has what every growing gamer needs: collectible widgets, high scores to break, fetch quests and open-ended levels. When you think about it, Hawk kind of resembles a platformer when compared to most other sports games - be they Xtreme or not. Even with EA’s Skate trying to muscle Hawk outta the way, we still have a soft spot for the insane flips that only Hawk and co. could perform. Who needs realistic kickflips when you’re grinding guardrails at Alcatraz?

Would suck if:
Entirely realistic like Skate, combos were dropped, skateboarding was a crime

Selling points:
Mario, Goofy-ass weapons, Themed tracks

Why we love it:
Never mind the heaping spoonful of “meh” the latest Mario Kart fed us, we’re still hooked on snaking around corners and laying more bananas on the track than Vaudeville did in its entire existence. But yuks aside, Kart’s design rests on finely tuning an exciting multiplayer experience that’s equal parts simple and immensely competitive.

Unlike the feature-rich Gran Turismo, Mario Kart doesn’t need minisucle engine tweaks to be fun. Eschewing much of GT’s details, MK’s depth boils down to the essentials: racer (or racers if you’re playing Double Dash), vehicle selection and circuit. At the same time, each colorful track is filled with creative designs and its own brand of hazards. Often imitated (seriously, knock it off developers), Kart taps into every nerd’s dream of winning a boxcar derby.

Would suck if:
Rubberbanding AI persists, realistic handling

Did we miss something? Is there a game we missed? Something with a little Boomshakalaka, perhaps? Maybe we were too high to notice. Anyway - let us know in our forums. Either that, or distract yourself with more amazing Top 7 lists.

Jun 30, 2008

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16 comments

  • GRwarrior - March 21, 2009 7:22 p.m.

    lol mario kart rules
  • WouldYouKindly - July 26, 2009 9:04 p.m.

    @iceman unless you watch National Geographic all day, most TV shows YOU watch are fake.
  • Ultar - August 10, 2009 6:40 p.m.

    Whats that? a British journalist missed a baseball game in his list? Oh wait that actually makes sense!
  • Turkeykilla7 - August 10, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    I knew Mario Kart had to be one. Those games are just the best.
  • SOLIDSNAKE1983 - September 11, 2008 4:42 p.m.

    Mutant league football was EXCELLENT!!! I remember the witty comments after each player was killed or scored a touchdown!
  • iceman1987 - September 17, 2008 8:05 p.m.

    wrestling is for kids its totaly fake
  • suicidalstickman - August 29, 2008 7:06 p.m.

    The weapons in WWE smackdown are funny.
  • andyAK47 - August 29, 2008 10:18 p.m.

    i know nerds who play smackdown
  • danny343 - August 30, 2008 2:48 p.m.

    wrestling is ace
  • mr_brightside - August 31, 2008 9:56 p.m.

    lol mario kart! i wasnt thinking of that! very nice!
  • DanAmrich - September 2, 2008 10:23 p.m.

    NBA Jam: Live by the turbo, die by the turbo. I used to play that on Xband on Genesis and in the NYC arcades. Oh man.
  • drunkenfish - September 8, 2008 12:23 a.m.

    Lol I'm no nerd but I gotta check these out... spell 2 words...Kirkby??
  • Heathan - September 14, 2008 5:53 a.m.

    You guys completely missed the best nerd game ever: Base Wars! I mean how can you beat robot baseball. WIth upgradable weapons, and the ability to attack other players in battles to the death, the game was great fun, and I hate baseball.
  • BodyDamage - November 2, 2009 10:07 p.m.

    disappointed to not see NFL blitz on the list. best NFL game of all time.
  • kaleb-mayhew - September 23, 2012 6:11 p.m.

    hawk!
  • PatHan-bHai - March 11, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    Tony Hawk's Underground 2!! Best skating game i've ever played :3

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