On a list of "The Top 10 Everything of 2008" – a list that includes everything from the to-be-expected "Top 10 Olympic Moments" all the way down to the grocery-checkout-glamour of the "Top 10 Fashion Faux Pas" – we find Time Magazine's list of the "Top 10 Video Games." First, a navigational tip to the folks at Time: Maybe it's just us, but we'd probably file this one under "Arts & Entertainment" (next to movies, book, plays, and TV) and not under "Business, Tech & Sports" (next to the "Top 10 Financial Crisis Collapses"). Moving on ...
We don't mean to undermine Time games guy Lev Grossman's picks by saying that the mag isn't exactly known for its writing on video games (unlike that other weekly news mag
), but we get the feeling that – while Grossman has some solid (and unexpected!) picks – it won't look anything like most of your top 10 lists. Mainstream news-gatherers like Grand Theft Auto IV
, Gears of War 2
, and Spore
make an appearance, but so do indie treats like Braid
, an iPhone tower-defense game, and the Flash-based Hunted Forever
Climb through the list and come back to discuss the placement. Grand Theft Auto IV
in the top spot? Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
in the Top 10? Isn't Braid
just for "people who smoke and people who drink"? Discuss!