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This week I was taking a look at my textbook shopping list. It was actually longer than I thought it would be, especially since one of the classes I decided to take was actually English Novels. From what I'm told, English Novels is essentially a class where we review which novels were incredibly influential to English society and why they were so influential. Essentially, it's a class discussing the English canon.
If there's one thing that I've had to deal with almost constantly since I made the decision to switch to an English major is the idea of a "canon." A canon is essentially a list of literature that is supposed to represent the epitome of writing for its time period and, ideally, were key in the development of that society's culture. The odd thing about them is that anyone can make their own canon since it's almost entirely based on opinion, and there can be a canon for just about anything. Little Jonny from down the street can make a canon for soda bottle caps or stamps. Kids still do stamps, right?
When I was still considering playing Metal Gear Solid 3, I was pretty vocal about my indecision with going through with playing it. Whenever I even brought up considering playing it, I was constantly told that I should go ahead and make the jump. "It's a masterpiece," someone told me, "probably one of the greatest stealth games ever made." Truthfully, that was one of the reasons that I decided to go back and play it. I felt like if I didn't play it at that point that, in a way, I would be missing out on a major piece of gaming history; that possibly my entire concept of gaming as a whole was flawed because I had not experienced it.
There are a few games that have made me feel that way before. Apart from the obvious choices like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, one of the few games that ever made me feel that way was Halo: Combat Evolved. That was definitely one of the most well-known shooters of my childhood, and ever since I played that game I would almost constantly see little tidbits Halo in other games. Specifically, it popularized regenerating health and the entire concept of shooters on consoles.
Anyways, If you haven't guessed it yet, TAY, we're going to be talking about gaming canon tonight. What are some games that were so influential that you think everyone should play? If you feel like your grasp on gaming influence is the best, then we can brew up another question: Alternatively, what were some games that made you think "this is the epitome of gaming"? Maybe it doesn't do that anymore, but if you thought of that the first time you played through it, feel free to share with us!
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