I just ran across an “abandonware” website and started thinking about my ten favourite computer games of all time. This list was extremely difficult to create because A) I haven’t been much of a gamer over the past decade or so and B) there are too many different criteria to chose from. The criteria I finally settled on was how much fun I had at the time I was playing the game. If you feel differently about the list, feel free to share your favourites in the comments. And now, my 10 favourite PC games, in no particular order:
Colossal Cave (aka Adventure)
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Some geeks, myself included, love to read. While reading non-fiction is pretty much a requirement to keep on top of the things I love, this list will be restricted to fiction. Also, my favorite genre is cyberpunk. This is definitely reflected in the list below, even though it also includes other sci-fi and fantasy. So, without further ado, here are 10 of my favorite books, in no particular order:
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
- The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
- The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner
- Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Hammered by Elizabeth Bear
- Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
I know there are many more great fiction books out there, and these are just some of my favorites. Also, because I went with fiction only, I had to leave out some of my other favorites, such as Wil Wheaton’s Just a Geek.
I also know I’ve done this post before, but it went away when I purged the site of old content. Also, my tastes may have changed slightly since last time, so the list might be slightly different.
Finally, for full disclosure, the links above are affiliate links.
Monday seems like a good day to do top 10 lists, and, while I’m sure this post will stir up a little controversy, as any subjective top ten list should, I can make an argument for why each of these movies should be in any geek’s top-10. So here they are, in no particular order (affiliate links below):
- The Matrix The first one, not the trilogy or the second or third (though, I would argue that the third was better than the second, and could have been better still had the second not happened at all). I haven’t watched it in some time, so I don’t know how well it held up, but I absolutely loved it when it first came out.
- Sneakers This was highly entertaining and has an excellent cast, definitely worth watching.
- Hackers This movie is so filled with jokes from the computer underground scene of the time, how can you not love it, despite (or, perhaps, because of) the cheesiness? I laugh my way through it every single time I watch.
- Johnny Mnemonic This movie gets a bad rap, but I think it deserves its spot on the top ten. I love me some cyberpunk, and this movie certainly fit the bill. It’s an adaptation of William Gibson’s short story of the same name, and my only real disappointment was the replacement of Molly Millions, of Neuromancer fame, due to the movie rights of Neuromancer and related characters being owned by someone else, if I recall correctly. That’s a movie I’d love to see made!
- WarGames A classic! As dated as it feels watching it now, it’s still quite enjoyable.
- Tron The original is a classic. Very cheesy, even back then, but that’s part of the charm.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail What kind of list of top geek movies doesn’t include at least one Monty Python movie? And I’d argue that thus is the best one.
- Office Space Yeah. I’m gonna have to ask you to watch this movie if you haven’t already. mmmkay? Did you get the memo? This is arguably Mike Judge’s best work.
- Blade Runner This first adaptation of a Philip Dick story on the list. The granddaddy of cyberpunk, and definitely a classic.
- Total Recall The original version (the new one didn’t totally suck, though), and the second Philip Dick story adaptation to make the cut. Another classic.
The Net gets an honorable mention. It was out at the same time as Hackers, but was, somehow, way more popular and did much better at the box office. I quite enjoyed it back in the day.
So, what’s missing, and what needs removed? Let me know in comments!