You ready? You are not ready for another list! Wait! Are you?? Ok let’s get right into it. As usual you may be dissapointed because I don’t follow the status quo. (In other words, I’m the worst type of person) hahahahaha. Contra, Kid Chameleon, Bonks Adventure, Kirby, Dizzy, Bugsy, Tiny Toons, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, F-Zero, Tekken 2, Jam & Earl, Tetris, Mike Tysons Punch Out, Altar Beast, Call of duty, Socom, Fallout, Gears of War, Doom, Duke Nukem, Final Fantasy etc, all did not make it. (And 100s of more, Im talking bout you Mario Paint on SNES) Meh. I don’t care. My list my rules. Let’s get it.
20. Super Mario 3. Nintendo
I did not care for Super Mario 1, due to the fact that on Level 8-4, I could not remember the pattern to get to King Koopa. And don’t even get me started on Super Mario 2, being a dumb dream and all. Nintendo gave me hope in the Mario series with a flying raccoon. I love that after 80,000 points you can play the N spade memory game.
19. Paperboy Sega
Remember back when every American boy wanted a paper route, to pay for BB guns and slingshot? Awwww yes the good ole days. Paperboy was hilarious because you could either play conservative and safe or you could play the Tareau Barron way which was reckless. That punk ass black cat that would chase you. Meowwwww. I would love throwing papers at him. I never beat paperboy, have any of you guys ever beat it?
18. Sim City 2000 PC
Yes the nerd in me is out. I would spend hours trying to play God and create the perfect city. I would cheat honestly by entering the word “FUND” in 3 times then by doing the tax code at the end of the fiscal year. This was fun and you wasn’t cool if you played this in my day. Try causing a natural disaster to your metropolis and rebuilding your city.
17. Crash Bandicoot PS1.
My sister had a PS1 and when this first came out she would let me play it. We loved the Tiki masks and the announcer saying “buddamaka” or something similar to that. Favorite level was riding that stupid pig. Crash was an innovative game due to its graphics.
16. Battletoads Double Dragon.
Ok so who remembers on Double Dragon 1 when the bad guys slapped that girl and you had to kick their asses for doing that? Classic. I played this game for the first time at Blockbusters Video on Bay St. here in the city. (Which is now a 24 hour fitness) They had a video game tournament and I lost to this punk ass kid named Andy. Anyways this game had multiple power ups and fighting to cure your anger. Dam that Andy. Grrrrrr.
15. Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk
OK I was not a big Michael Jackson fan but this game was awesome. Nothing says American gaming like a suspicious pop star saving little white girls. Lmfao MICHAEL. Hahahahahahah.
14. Super Metroid SNES
1995 was a tough year for me. My aunt stole my SNES and this was the only game that got me through that rough time of living in the crack infested projects. For me it was fascinated playing as Samus and navigating through an unknown planet. My cousin (thanks Janine) gave me her SNES and games and the first thing I did was traded in all my baseball cards to buy Super Metroid again. Awwww sentimental memories. Bonus points for those of you who beat the game in under 2 hrs and got to see Samus in a bathing suit.😉
13. Turtles in Time SNES
My toes! My toes! Hell yea did anybody else play this game in the arcades too? You notice most of my games are similar. Action/RPG, power ups, save something or somebody at the end. My favorite level on this game is when you have to throw the foot soldiers on off of the screen at Shredder. I would always choose Donatello. Bow staff powers fool.
12. Mortal Kombat Trilogy PS1
It was hard to just pick one Mortal Kombat so I took the easy way out by picking this one. A plethora of characters with over 10 mins of fatalities. Who would get bored of playing this game? Do you remember the cheat code to get Chameleon? Good Times. Finish Him!
11. Hitman Blood Money PS2
My homie Jose introduced me to Hitman back in the early 2000s. It was Hitman 2 to be exact and our favorite level was Temple City Ambush. I really love how you have to sneak around and be quiet in order to get a silent assassin rating in these games. Blood Money was cool because there were so many ways of killing your target. True Story, for Hitman Contracts, I was one of the Video Game Testers in 2003/04.
10. 007 Golden Eye N64.
Maybe the best shooter ever. Meet me in the caves, with slappers only aND the big head cheat in and we got ourselves a ball game. Best multi-player game ever, right? I hated those folks who picked ODD JOB. Putting proximity mines on armor was my strategy.
9. Twisted Metal 2. PS1.
Shout out to Andre (kiddo) for introducing me to this game in 96. Andre’s dad had a splitter that would allow us to play the same game, using 2 different TVs. We would play this for hours. Favorite character was Spectre. His name was Ken Masters. The same name of one of the man characters on my next game on the list.
8. Street Fighter 2 Turbo SNES
Yes Ken from Street Fighter (whose real name is Ken Masters) was my favorite character. I hated using Ryu because well he was Ryu. Hahahahaha. I still remember the code. Down, R, Up, L,Y,B. You would hear the chime to get 10 stars. PS. M. Bison was a cheater.
7. Sonic 2 Sega
Poor Tails. Or Miles if you will. I remember the countless of hours playing this on my cousin’s Sega. Remember supersonic? (19,65,9,17 hold A+ start. 09c, 01c, 04, 06c) get 50 rings and jump. Man I wanna hook up the Sega right now just to hear that music.
6. Mario Kart 64 N64
Sleepovers, staying home all day, Nachos, surround sound, soda, pizza and a nice pillow. That was my early teens. Whoever had this game, I made sure to befriend them. Picking Luigi and mashing on eerybody. Not a typo either. “Eerybody.”
5. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City PS2
Yesssss. The 1st game I remember calling into work because it was so addicting. “Hello work, I am sick” Yea sick of having fun playing Vice City. The graphics at the time were impeccable. The brilliant story line with the greatest video game soundtrack ever. Tommy Vercciti is the man.
4. Road Rash PS1 or 3DO
Yes this used to be my favorite video game ever. Beating people up in a motorcycle? Sign me up. Also the Grunge music of Sound Garden played throughout this game. Also had my home town San Francisco as a racing level. Nitrous bikes with a chain. Take that officer O’Leary.
3. Resident Evil 4. PS2
Leon was a savage in this game and I loved the storyline. They had great weapons, scary zombies, great detail, and perplexing puzzles. What could be better?
2. Resident Evil 5.
How about a zombie game in Africa? Where one of the sexiest heroines of all time is Sheva, an African native who guides Chris along the way. This game was controversial due to the imagery of seeing Africans gething killed by a white man and stripped for gold and rubies. I still loved it. Besides my #1 game makes up for all that injustice.
#1 Assassin’s Creed Black Flag: Freedom Crystal Expansion Pack. Xbox 1
I cried playing this game. How cool is that? Yes like tears of liberation went down my face that they actually made a game where you play a former slave who goes around freeing your people. I beat this game in like an hour and even freed the maximum amount of slaves. Wow. Just wow. Never killed something so proudly, that was in a game.
So there we have it folks. You are getting to know Tareau Barron. What would be your list? Please comment and share. Stay thirsty my friends.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Ca, I've been a local sports fan for about 26 years now. Have a passion for the 49ers, Giants, Warriors. Have a respect and a disliking (hahaha) for the Raiders and A's. Following Cal and Stanford College hoops, College football, NFL, WNBA, and NBA. Will be giving you perspective from a young black male growing up here in the bay area. Holding no punches. Hope ya'll enjoy