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The Best & Worst Video Games of All Time

Since the beginning of gaming there have been both memorable triumphs and spectacular failures. We asked some notable gamers to share their lists of hits and bombs.

Steven L. Kent
Author of The Ultimate History of Video Games and The Making of Doom 3
Steven L. Kent
Best:
Worst:
1. The Legend of Zelda (the original for NES)
2. Super Mario World (Super NES)
3. Super Puzzle Fighter (arcade)
4. Tempest (arcade)
5. Metroid Prime (GameCube)
1. Waterworld (Virtual Boy)
2. Shadow: War of Succession (3DO)
3. Drake of the 99 Dragons (Xbox, PC)
4. Universal Studios Theme Park Adventure (GameCube)
5. Duke Nukem (game.com)

Megan Gaiser
President of Her Interactive.
Megan Gaiser
Best:
Worst:
1. Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island
2. Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker
3. Grim Fandango
4. Dance Dance Revolution
5. Relentless
None given.

Seamus Blackley
Co-creator of Microsoft's Xbox and a former high-energy physicist.
Seamus Blackley
Best:
Worst:
1. Wolfenstein 3D
2. Dune II (the first Real Time Strategy)
3. Advance Wars (Game Boy Advance)
4. Mr. Driller
5. Mario 64
"I will play anything. It's true, ask my wife."

Henry Jenkins
Director of MIT's comparative media studies program.
Henry Jenkins
Best:
Worst:
1. The Super Mario Brothers series
2. The Sims
3. Tetris
4. A Boy and His Blob
5. Secret Paths Through the Forest
None. "I use my students and friends as filters."

Duane Pemberton
Founder and managing editor of Gamers Depot.
Duane Pemberton
Best:
Worst:
1. Half Life
2. Doom
3. Quake II
4. Command and Conquer: Red Alert
5. Starcraft
1. Any of the Myst games
2. Turok
3. Any of the Sims games
4. Terminator: War of the Machines
5. Survivor: The Interactive Game

Ralph Baer
Visionary inventor and creator of the first home video game. Baer says that at his age (82), he doesn't play video games anymore. He sent us this list from his 11-year-old grandson:
Ralph Baer
Best:
Worst:
1. Tony Hawk's Underground
2. The Star Wars series
3. Kirby's Air Ride
4. Animal Crossing
1. Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker
2. Luigi's Mansion

Michael Dolan
Deputy editor of FHM magazine. Dolan has written extensively about video games for Wired and Details.
Best:
Worst
1. Civilization (PC)
2. Donkey Kong (arcade)
3. Doom (PC)
4. Grand Theft Auto 3 (PlayStation)
5. John Madden Football (originally for Apple II)
1. ET (Atari 2600)
2. White Men Can't Jump (Atari Jaguar)
3. Kris Kross: Make My Video (Sega CD)
4. Hudson Hawk (NES)
5. Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (PlayStation 2)