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Your Top 16 Video Games

IT’S FRIDAY!

So here’s a little recap of our Video Game Week Showdown.

Including the Top 16 Video Games as voted by you!

LIFE FORGE HONORABLE MENTIONS

HALO 2

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MARIO TENNIS

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CALL OF DUTY : MODERN WARFARE 2

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SUPER MARIO 64

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FAN HONORABLE MENTIONS

CHRONO TRIGGER (SNES – 1995)

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DOOM (PC | PS4 | Xbox One – 2016)

WARCRAFT III : THE FROZEN THRONE (PC – 2003)

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SUPER MARIO KART (SNES – 1992)

#16. CALL OF DUTY : BLACK OPS (PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 | Wii – 2010)

Call of Duty has given us so many great shooters. How do you begin to pick one?

Well, we didn’t. We gave you two and this edged out MW. So enjoy. It’s #16.

#15. FALLOUT : NEW VEGAS (PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 – 2010)

All hail the post-apocalyptic western.

The world may have gone to shit but Casinos are alive and well. Nuff said.

#14. SUPER MARIO WORLD (SNES – 1990)

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For me, Super Mario World is the pinnacle of Mario platformers.

Apparently you didn’t think it was too shabby either as it’s our #14 slot.

Castles, Yoshi, Haunted Houses, Secret Levels, Star World…this game had it all.

#13. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA : OCARINA OF TIME (N64 – 1998)

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In your number 13 slot is The Legend of Ze..HEY, LISTEN!

Shut up Navi.

The Legend of Zeld..HEY, LISTEN!

Yeah, I heard you the first time. The Legend of Zelda : Oca..HEY, LISTEN!

Okay F*%# this, on to #12

#12. DUCK HUNT (NES – 1984)

Splattering water fowl all over the damn meadow has never been quite as rewarding as it was in Nintendo’s Duck Hunt for the NES.

And our dog pal here was even nice enough to gather the bodies…good boy.

#11. THE ELDER SCROLLS III : MORROWIND (PC | Xbox – 2002)

Few non-MMO RPGs can compete with the Morrowind sandbox.

Bethesda drops you in Vvardenfel and says have a nice life make of our game what you will.

It’s kind of nice…

#10. WORLD OF WARCRAFT : WRATH OF THE LICH KING (PC – 2008)

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World of Warcraft is another title where there have been so many great expansions that it’s hard to choose just one, but for us it would have to be WOTLK.

Ice coated Northrend was the antithesis to Outland that we needed.

And with the addition of the Death Knight (bless you Blizzard for not making me start at lvl 1) it seemed our groups would never long for tanks again (sure, let me hop on my DK).

#9. DONKEY KONG COUNTRY (SNES – 1994)

Will we ever grow tired of two monkeys riding in mine carts, collecting bananas, and bouncing on baddies?

No. No, we won’t. And Donkey Kong Country showed us why.

Not to mention it introduced us to the now beloved Diddy Kong.

#8. ARKHAM CITY (PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 – 2011)

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The crown jewel of the Arkham series, Arkham City is as close as Batman has ever come to perfection in video game form (though other games in the series aren’t far behind).

Yes, gliding around Gotham, bad ass bat gadgets, and oh yeah…THE FUCKIN’ BATMOBILE.

#7. DOOM (PC | PS – 1993)

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Doom helped set the standard and grow popularity in the first person shooter genre. Is there really anything else we need to say?

How about Demons on Mars.

Fin.

#6. COUNTER-STRIKE (PC – 2000)

In a world blanketed by sub par shooters, CS definitely stands out.

The concept is simple but the work together Terrorist/Counter-Terrorist mantra of the game modes made it fun and memorable.

And to think it all started as a Half-Life mod.

#5. THE ELDER SCROLLS V : SKYRIM (PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 – 2011)

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The second Elder Scrolls game to make our list, Skyrim has everything that could make a fantasy RPG awesome.

A bounty of unique characters races (viking, lizard, cat – take your pick) each with unique powers and a plethora of perks to be had at each level to fit any type of play style you choose.

The Bob Ross scenery certainly doesn’t hurt either.

#4. LEAGUE OF LEGENDS (PC – 2009)

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Rioter’s fear not. We bring you your #4, League of Legends.

One of the many MOBA’s to follow in the style of Defense of the Ancients / Aeon of Strife and Riot arguably did it and still does it best of them all.

You don’t become the most played online game by accident.

#3. TONY HAWK’S PRO SKATER (PS – 1999)

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Drop into the half-pipe, number three on your Top 16 Video Games list is Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

This game was skateboarding perfection. And for us part of that is due to one word. Warehouse.

It may have been the first level, but that didn’t keep us from always ending up there for that game of H.O.R.S.E. (sub profanity)

#2. WARCRAFT II : BNE (PC – 1999)

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In a close second is Warcraft II : Battle.Net Edition. For us this is the game that started our Blizzard addiction. It drew us into the world and had us playing for hours on end.

Remember there are two types of people in this world…those who GoW and those who BGH, which are you?

#1. ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON (PC – 1999)

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Hands up for your #1 video game, it’s Rollercoaster Tycoon!

Cuz there’s nothing quite as satisfying as not completing a track and watching your coaster car flying thru the air.

But seriously, who wouldn’t love building the amusement park of their dreams.


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Top 20 Catchiest Cartoon Theme Songs

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

Doug (1991-1994)

The Jetsons (1962-1963)

Freakazoid! (1995-1997)

Looney Tunes (1930-present)

The Simpsons (1989-present)

#20. THE TRANSFORMERS (1984-1987)

Transformers - Optimus Prime

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

If you blink you may miss our number twenty slot, Transformers. This theme song doesn’t mess around. It’s short and to the point almost like a commercial for toys that transform from regular vehicles into bad ass robots. (0.o) This is a change from most of the other theme songs on our list. The lyrics are simple, but the robotic voices and high-pitched laser sounds make it unique. Plus that killer trombone ending. You might say this theme song is… MORE than MEETS the EAR (okay, we’ll stop).

#19. BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (1992-1995)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Next up is the Dark Knight’s holy grail, at number nineteen it’s Batman the Animated Series. The show began airing in ‘93 and the decision to get Danny Elfman to work on the shows theme song, after having already worked on composing music for both Burton Batman films didn’t disappoint. The theme is dark, edgy, and adventurous and always manages to get you hyped for the show to follow. It is also the only song in our top 20 to have absolutely no lyrics. And while other themes might suffer from this, Elfman’s music not only stands on its own two feet, but would likely throw a batarang at your face if you suggested adding lyrics.

#18. INSPECTOR GADGET (1983-1986)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

18th on our list is Inspector Gadget. Complete with quirky robotic instrumentals and synthesized vocals, we only wish this one had started with Don Adams saying, “Go-Go Gadget Theme Song.” Now let’s play a game. Can you name every word in the Inspector Gadget theme song? It won’t be hard. There are only 3. Have your answer? If you said Inspector, Gadget, and Go then you’re right. So while this theme may not have the lyrical palette of some of the other songs on this list, it still manages to hold up surprisingly well.

#17. CHIP N’ DALE: RESCUE RANGERS (1989-1990)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Just one of a handful of shows to air as part of The Disney Afternoon, at number 17 is Ch-Chip ‘n Dale : Rescue Rangers. In the 80s / 90s, Disney animation knew how to do a theme song. Great lyrics, catchy instrumentals, and an all around good time. We couldn’t miss it in the 90s, and this one is hard to get out of our heads even today.

#16. PHINEAS AND FERB (2007-2015)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

As a show known for producing catchy original music, Phineas and Ferb had to make the cut. And it did, at number sixteen. The punk rock influence makes this shows theme sound unique compared to the rest of this list, but also inhibits it some. The speed at which the lyrics are delivered leaves something to be desired, in places even feeling a little forced. Unlike so many other of the catchy songs the show has produced. And it is hard not to compare the theme to songs like Gitchee Gitchee Goo or S.I.M.P. So it may not be the first song that hit us when we thought of Catchiest Cartoon Theme Song, but there’s no doubting this one has that upbeat tempo that brings back the excitement of being a kid on the first day of summer vacation.

#15. CAPTAIN PLANET AND THE PLANETEERS (1990-1996)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The second cartoon theme song already from DiC Entertainment, our number fifteen slot is Captain Planet. This song screams 80s and we love it. Yeah the vocals may be as corny as the forced rhymes but that’s what makes it so great. It’s a guilty pleasure. But without the guilt, cuz you are saving the planet just by watching it! Yep, we’re chalking this one up to nostalgia so if you don’t like it then ✌. We’ve got a planet to save!

Captain. Planet…HE’S a HERO…

#14. THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS (1986-1991)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Number fourteen is…Ghostbusters! It may be a derivative of the films theme song (which is unequaled) but The Real Ghostbusters knew that and tried to capture those same qualities in its theme. The thumping beat and mysterious smoky voice sets a funky groove that’s perfect for walking down the street like a boss. And when the high-pitched pipe organ sounds kick in you get that haunting ghost-like vibe that the Scooby-Doo theme song also created.

#13. DARKWING DUCK (1991-1992)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Our number thirteen slot is the terror that flaps in the night, he is the termite that devours your floorboards, he is the batteries that are not included, he is the slug that slimes your begonias (need we say more) he’s Darkwing Duck! Another part of the Disney afternoon, and another obviously 90s theme song. With soulful George Michael-like rock vocals, well written lyrics and a nice mix of vocals that vibe off of each other during the hook, for us this one’s a close second to DuckTales.

#12. KIM POSSIBLE (2002-2007)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

do do – do do

At number twelve is Kim Possible a la Christina Milian’s “Call Me, Beep Me”. It differs from many on the list, in that Disney sought an already successful artist at the time to sing their theme. And she does, as one of the souliest of souls on our top 20, it’s hard to forget this one once you’ve heard it. It is also one of the only female-led theme songs on our list, so bonus points for that!

Additionally, any complaints in our theme song ordering, should be handled as followed…

call me – beep me – if ya wanna reach me

(see what we did there)

#11. ARTHUR (1996-present)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HEY! What a wonderful kind of day. Just ask our number eleven slot : Arthur. This song just oozes happiness. It had to make the list. With it’s uplifting positive message, reggae vibes, and kid sung chorus it somehow managed to bottle that essence of childhood wonder that made the world seem so bright. We challenge you to go back and listen. Try not to smile. And as an added bonus, Chance the Rapper created a modern version of the song that will give you goosebumps.

#10. DUCKTALES (1987-1990)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It’s time for number ten. And it’s none other than DuckTales (woo-oo!). And boy does this one scream 80s/90s family friendly fare. This catchy but casual, happy-go lucky anthem paved the way for other animated adventures like Rescue Rangers. The theme song was written and composed by Mark Mueller, and while the lyrics may be a bit on the gimmicky side (you know what this line is missing…the word duck), the tune is one that is nearly impossible to forget. Now excuse us while we go sing, DuckTales woo-oo!

#9. PINKY AND THE BRAIN (1995-1998)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight? The same thing we do every night Pinky, try to rank cartoon theme songs! At number nine, is everybody’s favorite mice, Pinky and the Brain. Catchy, goofy and scheming are 3 words to describe the show, and their theme song portrays just that. From the devious world domination lyrics to cartoony electric blasts and nonsense additions from Pinky (NARF!). This song stood above many, even managing to compete with the show from which it originitated. Brain would be proud. (YES!)

#8. TINY TOON ADVENTURES (1990-1995)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

We’re Tiny, We’re Tooney…

If you didn’t find yourself finishing this line, you are missing out on another great cartoon theme song. In 8th place, it’s Tiny Toon Adventures. And let us just say…

whoever wrote this song is a lyrical genius. Like Animaniacs, they fit an INSANE amount of content into such a short song. And it’s so looney and fun you can’t help but tune in. It’s catchy, but not in the same way that Spongebob Squarepants is because you won’t find yourself knowing all the lyrics, but you may just find yourself belting out the chorus. Part of the fun of this one is the tempo. The song speeds up faster and faster until it seems like it might go into hyperspeed. (Maybe it’s being delivered by Road Runner or a rocket riding Wile E. Coyote) We don’t know, we just love it.

#7. ANIMANIACS (1993-1998)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Number seven on our list are those delightful mischief makers, and baloney slack wearers, the Animaniacs. Wove from the same zany fiber as Looney Tunes and other Warner Brothers toons of the time, the Animaniacs stood out in its use of pop culture bits long before it was commonplace. The theme song even has Bill Clinton playing the saxophone. The writing on this one makes it stand out. Not only in breaking the fourth wall but with references to the animated characters having contracts with the Studio, to the writers having left and the whole show being unrehearsed. It’s clever, fun, catchy, and nonsensical just the way we like ‘em.

#6. THE FLINTSTONES (1960-1966)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

In 6th place is Flintstones (they might of placed higher but Fred’s feet grew tired). Another Hanna Barbera theme that has definitely earned its place among the greats. While the melody is catchy and the lyrics explain the show’s plot well, the real genius lies in the rhyming scheme. An ABAB rhyming pattern makes the song flow so well and removes that repetitive feeling that may have otherwise accompanied the songs simple lyrics (yabba dabba doo may have helped too).

#5. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (1987-1996)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

In our number five slot is the crown jewel of the pizza box, and late 80s theme songs : Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And like the turtles themselves, this theme was rad! Upbeat drums, guitar, and the quintessential nasally voiced rock singer (ala Poison). Not only did it kick foot clan butt, but it also introduced us to the roles of our heroes. The leader, the nerd, the bad ass, and the party animal. It even went as far as to assure us that the turtles were “really hip”. There was nothing subtle about it and it didn’t care. All it wanted to do was get you hyped for the show that followed and – Cowabunga! – did it ever.

#4. ADVENTURE TIME (2010-present)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

C’mon grab your friends, we’re going to… talk about our number four slot: Adventure Time. While simple, this one shows us that not every theme song needs to club its victim (or in this case, viewer) over the head to be effective. The mellow tones of the ukulele soar us to a land where anything is possible. It’s sweet and innocent (kind of like a human boy whose best friend is a dog) but still fills us with excitement for adventure. Plus, did we mention we love the ukulele? (bonus points!)

#3. POKEMON: THE ORIGINAL SERIES (1998-2003)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Pokeeeemonnnnnn. Okay now that that’s out of our system, our number three slot is the theme song from Pokemon : the original series. The song that started it all. This song had everything: the intensity of a gym battle, the adorability of pikachu, and the optimism of Ash Ketchum. It was the triumphant anthem of the world that has us walking into oncoming traffic to catch pokemon nearly 20 years later. Yes, for those brief moments we knew. Knew what it was like to be a young poke trainer out on a quest for adventure (and pokemon!). So just incase you’ve forgotten (our guess is you haven’t) – Gotta catch em all!

#2. SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU! (1969-1970)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jinkies! Scooby Doo made our top two! One of the most iconic theme songs on this list, Scooby Doo, where are you? was created as an antithesis to what looked to be turning into a superhero cartoon take over beginning in the mid to late 60s (and they would of gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for you meddling kids). This theme is the classic that put Hanna Barbera back on top. The one you, your mom, and your momma’s mom jammed to, and while the theme has gone through a number of renditions through the years, there’s none quite as groovy as the one that started it all. Real instruments, and a touch of pipe organ help thicken each and every mystery. So someone break open a box of Scooby Snacks this pup deserves it.

#1. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (1999-present)

LYRICS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

INSTRUMENTALS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CATCHINESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Nickelodeon’s longest running show and our number one slot for best cartoon theme song, that’s who. And for good reason…it’s the catchiest tune. Between the simple and underestimated lyrics (how many kids knew the word porous before this song) and upbeat tone, it’s rumored this theme song is so contagious that it once turned a room of russian soldiers into silly screaming children. Yes, with 18 years behind it, a broadway show, and the 12th season confirmed to run through 2019, if you don’t have these nautical notes burned into your brain by now, you’ve probably been living under a rock (give our best to Patrick Star).