Posted by: seanmalstrom | October 22, 2016

Presenting the Malstrom Award

There are awards and then there are awards. When games come out, they have all these ‘awards’ from different reviewers. Sometimes, they might even make ‘game of the year’. But over the decades, the games get forgotten.

But there is one award that is highly coveted. Everyone wants to get this award. But it is very elusive. It cannot be bought or bribed.

It is the Malstrom Award.

Above: Master Malstrom

The requirements to obtain a Malstrom Award are very simple.

First, the game must be twenty years old or more.

Second, the game must be so interesting that it remains playable and addictive today.

And that is it.

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Above: Women are always excited over the Malstrom Award!

Now you might ask, “Why do we need a Malstrom Award?” After all, we have endless lists of ‘best games on system’. We can go to your local gaming message forum for recommendations on ‘best games’.

But there is a problem.

The problem is cult-worship. Many games these people think are good are not good at all. They are bad. Very bad. But classic consoles create cults. Also, most gamers cannot think for themselves. This is why every ‘top game list’ sounds the same.

I am going to punch a hole through the cult worship. Are these games REALLY good, or is it just silly cult worship? A good example of this is the TG 16 game of Neutopia. The TG 16 collector crowd is a ravenous cult. Any list you see, they rave about Neutopia. But when I play the game, I discover that is it remarkably boring, stale, and not much of it is worth playing today. However, there are some games of the library that do stand ‘the test of time’.

The quality threshold of the Malstrom Award is a game that can stand up as equal in classics to Super Mario Brothers, Zelda, Metroid, Sonic the Hedgehog, Contra, Tetris, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and all the other classics we know. This game is still magical today and still a joy to play.

I am going to go through the TG 16 library and separate the wheat from the chaff, to cut through the cult bullshit and see which games are actually great.

“I cannot stop playing this game.” That is what is.

Some games may SEEM classics, but they have aged terribly. Gauntlet used to be considered a Great Game, but the game today is horrid. Try playing it with friends. You’ll be so bored fast. Meanwhile, games like Super Mario Brothers 3 remain fun and addictive.

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