Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Top Five Games I played with my Dad (Father's Day Special)

I know it's a little late for Father's Day, but today is my Dad's birthday. Therefore, I am going to post the top five games my Dad and I would spend time playing together when I was younger. My Dad wasn't a huge video game fan, but once in a while, a game would come along that he really enjoyed playing. The list is below:

5. Desert Strike

Dad couldn't get enough of this classic Super Nintendo game. I remember him spending a lot of time trying to rescue the green little guys, while trying to destroy the targets. I tried playing the game a few years later on my own, and it just wasn't the same without him.

4. Super Mario World

Super Mario World was one of those games that the whole family enjoyed playing together, and my family was no exception. I was very young when it first came out, so I would have to ask for help from my family. In time, however, I far surpassed them in skill, and it was I who finally completed the star map and defeated the extra difficult levels.

3. Tomb Raider

My Dad would play Tomb Raider a lot, and I would mostly offer helpful little suggestions. Later, when I got complete control of the game I realized that the controls completely sucked, and that I preferred giving him helpful hints to actually playing the game. I'm not sure if he ever beat Tomb Raider, but I know that he played it a lot and really seemed to enjoy the title a lot more than I did. Still, I remember having fun watching him play.

2. Wii Bowling

The whole family plays Wii bowling whenever I come home for an extended period of time, and it's usually Dad who convinces us to play (though it's Mom who usually gets the high score). One night he got my sister's boyfriend, a friend of mine, and myself completely plastered by making it into a drinking game. I still don't really understand the rules of the game we were playing, but I do remember that it forced my friend to do some serious praying to the porcelain God.

1. Super Mario Kart

Dad was good at Super Mario Kart. Scary Good. He knew how to lead you with green shells so that you'd run right into them. He knew how to take you out with banana peels. He knew how to trick you into trapping yourself. He knew how to laugh at you when you did something stupid. This was quintessential bonding time for Dad and I, him embarrassing me one a best of 3 match of Battle Mode in Super Mario Kart, and it was one of the most fun things we ever did together.


  1. Desert Strike was a classic, i loved all the "strike" series games.

  2. I never did hear which 5 games from my list that you haven't tried out yet, but would want to.

    I'm back updating again. Hope to see your own updates again soon.

  3. Sorry about posting here, I didn't find a way to contact you directly. This video should be right down your lane, major NES-nostagia for the old-school heads! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xmWa_u1ENs