I repeat: top 10 lists are overrated. Top 9 lists are how I roll. And, to throw another number into the mix, my husband and I just celebrated 7 years of marriage. Happy Anniversary, baby. Here are the top 9 games (in no particular order) I have watched over those (and a few more) years:
1. The Resident Evil Series - Neither my husband nor I can remember exactly which installments of this game series I have watched. All I know is that these games give me just enough tingle. They are psych-yourself-out scary. This may be where my video game voyeurism began, in a dark dorm room, with about 12 other students, laughing at the gamer who just peed himself.
2. World of Goo - simple, but awesome. You manipulate goo for pete's sake! I was pregnant for the first time when this came out. It was about all my brain could handle. It was soothing in its "mesmerization."
3. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - I know this game should offend me, but it does not. Sometimes I even felt bad for Carl. His life (and his woman) was no picnic.
4. Puzzle Quest - watching this game was almost romantic. I would curl up on the couch behind my husband while he played. We would listen to The National over the game's goofy soundtrack and unwind. I would help him find groups of four gems. I would state that he was "victorious!" when he defeated the enemy.
5. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - As I mentioned before, this was a first person shooter I could get behind. It had class. I watched the co-op mode of this game almost every night for awhile. I even learned the cheap places you could stand to take out a dozen guys as they came down the ladder.
6. Burnout - Mostly I just liked watching the part where you strategically launch your vehicle in the air so that it would crash into as many tankers as possible, blowing up as many other cars as possible in order to gracefully slide through the icon that would blow you up yet again so you could get "times 4" points. Yeehaa!
7. Shadow of the Colossus - Epic. Even though the hand grip timer gave me anxiety attacks similar to middle school gym class, I always loved watching this game. I enjoyed the hunt for the glowing weak spots atop the huge hairy beasts. Stab on.
8. The "mount her" fighting game - I can't recall the name of this game and I am too lazy to find out. During fights, the narrator constantly chants "counter," but it sounds like "mount her" and it cracks me up every time. Fighting games are fun to watch in general. The outfits and character names alone make it worthwhile.
9. Super Mario Bros. - A few football seasons ago, my Baltimore Ravens lost a playoff game to Indy. Everyone who gathered for our viewing party almost left completely distraught. Thankfully, two friends busted out the Wii to play the original version of Super Mario Bros. to close out the night. We all rooted them on, shrieking at the near deaths (those enemies are ruthless in their strolling along). When they beat the entire game by the skin of their teeth we all felt somehow justified. And satisfied.
I hope you enjoyed my list. Now tell me...what do YOU like to watch...