We live in an interesting time for video games.
If you were to stop playing new releases for the rest of your life, there would be enough games that have already been made to provide you entertainment for the rest of your life.
If you go to a public library or a used bookstore, you will find yourself surrounded by shelves and shelves of books. In the majority of cases, you wouldn’t enjoy most of the books there if you had the time to read them all. However, you could walk past the best book you would ever read just sitting on the shelf and not ever know it was there, and go the entire rest of your life without reading it. Now, instead of a library, imagine you’re in a building that contains every game ever made. The best games you will ever play would be obscured all around you, but how would you find them?
Everyone I’ve met always has several games that they love but aren’t well known, and I’m willing to bet you do as well. Sometimes we happen upon these obscure titles purely by chance, and they end up becoming special parts of our lives. Maybe you got a strange game as a gift that you ended up falling in love with, or you borrowed something from a friend.
It’s no secret that there are fantastic games that didn’t sell well. Some games are victims of too little or poor marketing, or they had the rotten luck of being released at the same time as a big blockbuster title and were overshadowed. Some good games were given bad reviews at the time of their release, but are still nonetheless good games.
I love finding these obscure gems, and I want to make a big list of as many as I can find. I hope this series of articles will be a good resource for those of you out there looking for good things to play.
Obscure Gems will be covering games that are good. I’m not going to restrict it to only masterpieces, because I feel games that may just simply be above average but not phenomenal are still worthy of praise, and are still worth playing.
Do you know of any obscure titles that are worth playing? Send me a message or leave a comment below!