Update: The TAY Mosaic!

For starters, thanks to everyone who made a mosaic. I had some great conversations with cool people about fun games, which was exactly how this thing was supposed to go down!

So, I thought it'd be interesting to take everyone's mosaic and compile them into one big one! Without further ado, I present... the TAYsaic!

A few notes about this: the mosaic-maker maxes out at a 6 x 6 grid, so I was only able to put 36 games on here. Games go from left to right, top to bottom, in order of most-picked. There were a lot of games tied with 2 picks, so the last 7 games on the mosaic were chosen at random among those. Where there were multiple versions of the same game (ie, Persona 3 Portable and Persona 3 FES), they were merged, except with Pokemon because I don't really understand those. Are Blue and Red considered the same game??? I have no idea.


Apologies if your very favorite game was left off! Below you will find a table with all the games that were chosen and how many picks. Some surprising stuff in there (no GTA IV, no Ico), and some unsurprising (Persona 3 and 4 tied for the top spot). But overall I think it's a great representation of TAY and all the different games we play. So thanks again for participating!

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 37
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 47
The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time5
Kingdom Hearts4
Mass Effect 24
Metal Gear Solid4
Portal 24
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess4
Chrono Trigger3
Fallout: New Vegas3
Final Fantasy VII3
Final Fantasy X3
Hotline Miami3
Pokemon Gold3
Pokemon Red3
Red Dead Redemption3
Starfox 643
Super Mario 643
Super Smash Bros. Brawl3
Super Smash Bros. Melee3
Team Fortress 23
Tekken 23
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim3
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask3
Uncharted 23
Valkyria Chronicles3
9-9-9: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors2
Age of Empires II2
Assassin's Creed II2
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive2
Dragon's Dogma2
Fallout 32
Final Fantasy Tactics2
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance2
Gravity Rush2
Halo 22
Halo 32
Halo: Combat Evolved2
LittleBigPlanet 22
Mario Kart 642
Mega Man Legends2
Mega Man Legends 22
Mega Man X2
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door2
Phantasy Star Online2
Radiata Stories2
Sid Meier's Civilization V2
Sonic Adventure 22
Starcraft II2
Street Fighter IV2
Super Mario 3D World2
Super Mario Bros.2
Super Mario Bros. 32
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island2
System Shock 22
Tales of Symphonia2
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion2
The Last of Us2
The Orange Box2
The World Ends with You2
Valkyrie Profile2
XCOM: Enemy Within2
Ace Combat 5: Unsung Wars
After Burner
Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Ape Escape
Arc the Lad II
Batman: Arkham City
Bioshock: Infinite
Brave Fencer Musashi
Breath of Fire IV
Brutal Legend
Bubble Bobble
Burnout: Paradise
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Cave Story
City of Heroes
Commando: Behind Enemy Lines
Company of Heroes
Condemned: Criminal Origins
Crash Bandicoot: Warped
Crusader Kings II
Dance Dance Revolution
Dark Age of Camelot
Dark Cloud 2
Dark Souls
Dead Space 2
Delta Force
Deus Ex
Devil May Cry 3
Diablo II
Diablo III
Discworld 2
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
Divinity: Original Sin
Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Warrior
Dynamite Headdy
Earthworm Jim
Fate/Hollow Ataraxia
Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy Adventure
Final Fantasy II`
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy XII
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Freedom Planet
Gitaroo Man
Golden Sun
Gotcha Force
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grandia 2
Guild Wars
Gundam Extreme vs. Maxi Boost
Halo 3: ODST
Halo: Reach
Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Heart of Darkness
Illusion of Gaia
In Cold Blood
Jump Ultimate Stars
Kamen Rider: Super Climax Heroes
Katamari Damacy
Killzone: Mercenary
Kira Kira
League of Legends
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Lightening Force
Little King's Story
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Mario Kart DS
Mario Tennis
Mario's Picross
Mark of the Ninja
Mass Effect 3
Mega Man Star Force 3: Red Joker
Mega Man X-4
Mega Man Zero
Melty Blood: Actress Again
Metal Gear Solid 4
Metro 2033
Metro: Last Light
Metroid Prime
Mirror's Edge
MLB Power Pros
Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeon vs. Federation
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
No More Heroes
Paper Mario
Path of Exile
Payday 2
Phantasy Star II
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies
Planescape: Torment
Pokemon Blue
Pokemon Crystal
Pokemon Pinball
Pokemon Silver
Pokemon Yellow
Pump it Up
R-Type III
Race Driver: GRID
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
Rayman Legends
Resident Evil
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil: Code Veronica
Resistance: Fall of Man
Rogue Galaxy
Rune Factory
Rune Factory 4
San Francisco Rush
Secret of Mana
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow Warrior
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
Shogun: Total War
Sid Meier's Civilization III
Silent Hill
Sleeping Dogs
Sonic CD
Sonic Generations
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Spec-Ops: The Line
Star Ocean: The Second Story
Star Wars Battlefront II
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Street Fighter II
Streets of Rage II
Super Mario All-Stars
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Super Mario World
Super Mario World
Supreme Commander 2
Tail Concerto
Tales of Destiny II
Tales of Phantasia
Tales of the Abyss
Tekken 3
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Tetris: The Grandmaster 2
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Legend of Kage
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
The Stanley Parable
The Walking Dead
Thief II: The Metal Age
Thomas Was Alone
To the Moon
Tony Hawk's Underground 2
TrackMania United Forever
Trauma Center
Turtles in Time
Unreal Tournament 2004
Wanko to Kurasou
Warcraft II
Warcraft III
Wild Arms 2
World of Warcraft
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2006
WWF No Mercy
Ys I & II Chronicles
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner

Gamer Mosaic: What Kind of Gamer Are You?

Around the start of nü-TAY I posted an article to introduce myself to all you fine folks and vice-versa. It's been a while since then, and the TAY of today is certainly a different place than it once was, full of woefully un-introduced people. So let's take a moment. Hello! I'm poco.

Hi poco.


What we're going to do is create a mosaic. You start by picking 9 games. These can be the games you've played the most, the games you've enjoyed the most, or simply the games that have affected you the most. The purpose isn't to create some "GREATEST GAMES OF ALL TIME: THE DEFINITIVE LIST," but instead, ask yourself: how do you want to represent yourself as a gamer? What games get you excited? What games influenced you deeply? What made you want to call yourself a gamer at all? Who are you?

And of course, above all, this is meant to be a fun chance to talk about the games we love. So! To get started, go to:


Using Google Image search, find some images from your 9 favorite games and arrange them together in a 3 x 3 grid. Then, a brief sentence or two (or three! Heck, go nuts!) about why you chose them and what they mean to you. To get the ball rolling, here is mine!

Super Mario Bros. 3

The alpha and the omega. This game is ground-zero for me and gaming. It came with my yard-sale-bought NES, along with a few other classics, and was easily my most-played game of that era. This is the game that got 2D platforming so right, other games are emulating its mechanics 25 years later. Meanwhile I've still never beaten it.

Final Fantasy VI (aka Final Fantasy III)

Although I was quite late to the party on this game, only playing it on a PC emulator in high school, it had a profound effect on me. This is the game that forever set me on the path of the JRPG. The scope of the story, the memorable characters, and the cataclysmic plot-twist all worked together beautifully to create perhaps my most memorable gaming experience ever. If there was one game I wish I could experience for the first time again, this would be it.

Deus Ex

This game arrived during my first phase of PC-gaming obsession (I'm currently deep in the midst of another). It was clunky, dense, and weird, full of odd details and non-essential bits of world-building. It had huge environments and almost too many options to travel through them. It completely and utterly fascinated me. I simply lived in that world for several weeks. I was JC Denton.


Deus Ex also has the distinction of being the first game I ever paid full-price for out of my own pocket. I was 14 at the time. So. Worth it.

Tekken 3

As a child of the 90's, arcades were a big part of my gaming diet growing up. One day I saw my local pizza place acquired a Tekken 2 cabinet, so I promptly wasted several dollars trying out all the weird looking fighters and gawking at the polygons. A few years later I found a case-less copy of Tekken 3 among a bunch of junk in an Army-Navy store and bought it immediately. It became a perpetual obsession. I played through every bonus mode and unlocked every piece of content there was, and then I just kept playing it anyways.

Mario Tennis

During the 64/PSone era I landed on the PSone side. Thus, I missed my first chance to play many of the greatest 64 games, with the notable exception of GoldenEye at friends' houses. However, in 2006 I lived with some great college friends, and one of them brought his 64 with a copy of Mario Tennis. There were four of us living together, and we all fell deep into an obsession with the game. There's just something magical about when that happens, especially in ye olden days of local multiplayer. Also helps that the game is just fun as all heck (close runner-up: Mario Golf).


A few years ago, when I bought my PS3, I'd heard about an interesting game called Flower. I bought it, played it, loved it, and played it again. Soon afterwards I heard about thatgamecompany's upcoming title, Journey. I followed news about it religiously, eventually preordering for the sake of a bonus PS3 theme and some music. The experience was simply sublime. If I start talking about it, I could easily be here all day. Let's just say I loved it.

Hotline Miami

Not long after falling in love with Journey, I began to look for more interesting indie games. Thanks to the amazing Humble Bundle I ended up with a copy of Hotline Miami, a game that initially hadn't interested me much. I'm not much of a "challenge gamer," and I'd heard about its brutal difficulty. What I hadn't heard about was its incredible, delirious story, and the brilliantly effective atmosphere of psychosis it creates. I've played it three times since, and it still reduces me to a nervous, twitching, murder-happy monster. The sequel, Wrong Number, is easily my most anticipated game of 2014.

XCOM: Enemy Within

While I've always enjoyed a good turn-based battle system, the X-Com reboot Enemy Unknown took something I enjoyed and streamlined it into a pure masterpiece of agonizing choices and paranoid planning. It would have seemed impossible to improve upon such a fantastic game had they not done it themselves with Enemy Within. New troops, new enemies, new maps, and a new resource to track down all fit together seamlessly, adding even more depth and replayability to what was already one of my favorite games ever.

Crusader Kings II

The base game gave us centuries of history to play with. Since then, Paradox has added so much content as to justify a whole new game. They somehow managed this without destroying the balance or muddying the appeal of the original (indeed, many elements of the base game have been improved by the expansions). This is my most-played Steam game, and yet I still feel I've barely scratched the surface at 98 hours. If I had infinite free time, you'd better believe I'd spend a lot of it immersed in the world of Crusader Kings II. It's a fantastic, deep game, especially well-suited to history buffs and those who don't mind suffering through a bit of a learning period. Those who persevere will be well rewarded.


So that's my mosaic! How about you, TAY? What nine games would you choose to represent yourself? Post away in the comments!