RuySan wrote:It's got nothing to do with patriotism, after all Commodore was an american company.
While european publications/sites like Eurogamer and Retro Gamer try to balance the importance of videogame machines all over the world, most american ones just ignore the rest of the world exists. It's almost like videogame history is confined to Atari and Nintendo before the Playstation era.
That may be true but we're not talking video game history here, we're talking the best 100, based on people's opinion, (and probably a voting process to determine the most commonly nominated games).
And on a best game list i think games should be included on their on merits, not just so as to mention a wide range of systems as possible, or a particular era. I'm as partial to a retro game as much as the next man, but if the best 100 games only happen to be from a relatively small range of generations, consoles and countries, then so be it.
That's why I'm dubious about Pong being on the list, I don't think people voted based on it's superior gameplay or graphics, but it's influence. The best games and the most influencial/important are two different things to me. But it's people's opinions, maybe a lot of people genuinely really do like playing Pong.
And the format of the voting plays a big role in the final listing. For all we know many Amiga and Spectrum games could have been nominated, but because nobody agreed on the same games none of them made the list. Similarly it's quite poissible that nobody actually thought Super Mario Bros is the best game of all time, but it was just the most nominated game.
It might be a flawed sytem with a misleading outcome, but that's why it's best treated as only a bit of fun. Like I said even the experts here wouldn't agree on a definitive best game, never mind list the top 100, it's never going to happen and no list is ever going to please everybody.