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Thread: Six Most Addictive Games of All Time

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    Six Most Addictive Games of All Time
    By Cathie Sims
    Video games are made to be addictive and game developers want you hooked to their games leaving only enough time to buy their next game to further your addiction. Think of the first games you were addicted to as a kid. You might say Pac-Man, Tetris, Diablo, The Sims, World of Warcraft, or Super Mario Bros. Well, if you picked any of the above, then you are not alone; these are the six most addictive games of all time.
    Pac-man is the only video game character that's more recognizable than Mario of Super Mario Bros. fame, and Pac-man got its national notoriety from getting gamers addicted all around the globe in what has been dubbed "Pac-man Fever" - If you don't believe me, there has actually been a song written about it. Pac-man is a very simple game but gets more complicated level by level, forcing gamers to challenge themselves – and, in doing so, forcing them to become more addicted as time goes on.

    Tetris is straight from Russia, and they definitely love it. Labeled as a Russian arcade and platform game favorite, Tetris is challenging and simple, but has a high addictive quality to it. There's just something about fitting random shapes together and destroying levels of pieces - and the added complexity of these levels makes Tetris one of the most loved, yet addictive games of all time.

    What would an addictive games list be without adding a Role-playing game (RPG), and what old-school RPG game is more addictive than Diablo? When Diablo first hit the PC gaming platform in 1997, Diablo was a top selling achievement role-playing game that scared the living crap out of anyone who played it at night. Diablo was the type of game that had endless playability and packed tons of features you'd never be able to unlock, like leveling skills, special armor, and surge after surge of endless demons to blow to bits. Diablo has been often imitated, but its addictive excellence has never been quite replicated.

    The Sims
    The Sims was the first game that tried, and successfully got, gamers to trade their real lives for a virtual one. Due to the funny pranks, endless objects, and totally unique situations and life appeal of the Sims, the Sims video game series has been trading gamers’ lives for Sims characters for over 10 years now.

    World of Warcraft
    Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) are the most addictive genre out of all gaming fields and with World of Warcraft (WoW) being the most popular MMORPG online, it's safe to say that WoW is one of the most addictive games ever. World of Warcraft packs everything in a single game that a game addict enjoys, including customizable characters, leveling and rank, quests, unrestricted worlds, a geeky culture and much more.
    Super Mario Bros.
    The most successful of all the addictive games mentioned is Super Mario Bros. Mario has appeared in over 200 video games and was more recognizable to American children than Mickey Mouse. Super Mario Bros is 28 years old, the biggest game series of all time. The Super Mario Bros series is in the Guinness Book of Records as the most successful gaming franchise of all time. It now boasts global sales of over 240 million units. The amazing aspect is the Guiness World Records still ranks Super Mario Bros. as 11th in the top 50 video game endings of 2012.
    In 2013, instead of asking developers, industry insiders and journalists to rank their favorite titles, they approached a different kind of expert: the players themselves! “Hopefully this 'top 50' more accurately reflects the tastes of the average gamer and not just the critics." Mario Bros. came in 6th! In the top 50 villians Bowser, of Super Mario Bros., ranked #1. What makes Mario sporting blue overalls, with an adopted Italian accent, and Bowser, also known as King Koopa, most powerful of the turtle-like, greedy arch nemesis, such a success?
    Mario was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and appeared in the game designer's first ever title, the 1981 arcade platformer, Donkey Kong. Miyamoto was hired as a graphic artist by Nintendo in 1977, and was given the task of designing a game after several of the company's early coin games had failed to make an impression on the lucrative arcade market. Donkey Kong was created using the hardware behind a previous arcade title named Radar Scope, which sunk without a trace in the US. Miyamoto ditched the shooting theme and added an ape and rolling barrels. Success naturally followed.
    No matter what Mario title, clothes or occupation (Dr. Mario, Mario Segale, Jumpman, warrior, overalls, hat or moustache, carpenter, plumber) he was forever successful. As well as Bowser (villain, helper, ox, dragon or turtle); who was actually sketched as an ox by Miyamoto, but his drawings were misinterpreted by animator Yoichi Kotabe as a turtle. The duo worked together for their second idea and the successful villain Bowser was born. He's definitely a turtle, though, and not a dragon, as some assume.
    The first Super Mario Bros game has sold 40.24 million copies, although that figure is twisted by the fact that it was bundled with the Nintendo Entertainment System console. It wasn’t until recently, however, that it was considered the best-selling game of all time. It now has been pushed into second place by Wii Sports on 41.65 million units.
    Super Mario Bros was the first game to be set in Mushroom Land, Miyamoto's long-running and ever-evolving fantasy kingdom. When Mario 'eats' a super mushroom, he grows in size and capability. Miyamoto disagrees that he was influenced by Alice in Wonderland and instead claims the idea came from engrossed foods in myths and folklore.

    In the 1984 Nintendo Entertainment System game Golf, Mario made his first appearance in sports. The original character merely resembled Mario, while the later NES Open Tournament Golf specifically featured Mario as a golfer. He appears on the cover in red and white striped overalls with a blue starry shirt. An outstanding outfit!

    Released in 1989, the Game Boy title Super Mario Land was the first major Mario game to be developed without Miyamoto. Producer Gunpei Yokoi didn't do too poorly however: the game moved over 18 million copies. The game also introduces a new female character, Princess Daisy, replacing Mario's usual love concentration, Princess Peach.

    The Wii hit Super Mario Galaxy was inspired by a tech demo known as Super Mario 128 publicized at the Nintendo Space World event in 2000. The demo exposed dozens of teeny Marios walking around on a slightly curved surface. During the Gamecube era, Galaxy designer Yoshiaki Koizumi thought that entirely circular levels would make an interesting environment for Mario, but Miyamoto was apparently skeptical at first. Finally, Koizumi showed off several test levels and the project was a go for Wii.

    Video games are made to be addictive; one of the main tasks we are trying to accomplish here at Pocketcake is make games that “old school” addict able fun.

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    Woot woo our game just reached the top 500!!

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    We just launched our first game on July 27th. It's called LavaCat and already in the top 100 for new free arcade and action! With over 10,246 downloads off of Google Play.

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