The History of Games


I have always been a “gaming” girl since a very, very young age. Having a big brother, who’s five years older and was into everything and anything that involves using the brain (or a quick eye-hand reflex), influenced how I grew up big time. I’m sure he’d have loved to have a brother of similar age to compete against, but since he didn’t have one, a little sister five years younger would do too. What he didn’t realize was, when he lost (which happened a lot), it was just a tad more embarrassing.

Below is my “history of games”. I try to put up as complete a list as possible, to pay tribute to not only my childhood, but also my present, my continuing, though only occasional, fascination with new games and mind practices.

Childhood -> Adulthood:

  • Nintendo (Super Mario, Contra, Bomberman, Tank City, Road Runners, Pac Man, Duck Hunt, various shooting games, arcade games, and tons of others)
  • Chinese chess
  • Chess
  • Chinese checkers (跳棋)
  • Go (围棋)
  • 军棋,四国军棋
  • 飞行棋(I think the English name of this game is called “Sorry!”)
  • Connect Five(五子棋), Connect Four(四子棋), TicTac
  • Various Chinese Card games (升级,争上游,捉黑叉,五十K,说瞎话,拉大车,翻对儿,51点,拱猪(Hearts), Tractor, and many others I don’t remember names for)
  • Bridge
  • Mahjong, of course
  • Computer games (大富翁一二三代,Tronic, Pinball, Tetris, 3-D Tetris, 决战俄罗斯, Vikings, the Carnegie game(卡耐基人生指南), Sim, the Pipe connecting game, Freecell, Minesweeper, and many whose names are lost)

Games I learned/played after I came to the U.S. (most of them I now own):

  • Skip-Bo
  • Sequence
  • Scattergory
  • Scrable
  • Pictionary
  • Taboo
  • 4 corners
  • Uno
  • Spite and Malice
  • Sudoku
  • Bejeweled, Bubbles, and many other variations of this type
  • all the card games in Hoyle Card Games (Gin, Cribbage, Rummy, Pinochle, Solitaire, to name a few)
  • all the board games in Hoyle Board Games (Backgammon, Mancala, Othello, Yahtzee…)
  • all the casino games in Hoyle Casino Games
  • all the word games in Hoyle Word Games (Anagrams, Enigma, DoubleCross, Word Yacht…)
  • Super Nintendo/Nintendo 64 games (Dr Mario, Pokemon Puzzle League are my favorites)
  • lots of PlayStation 2 games (Dead or Alive!)
  • Wii (Wii Sports, Paper Mario, Wario, Wii Play, Legend of Zelda)


  • all those stupid Facebook games I played lately :)
  • Texas Hold’em Poker

Update on Jan 31, 2009:

I must add another two (newly learned and thoroughly fun) here: Carcassonne and 够级.


7 responses to “The History of Games

  1. Wow, what a list, wb! We have a few in common: Bejeweled type things, Free Cell, Pipe Connecting, Tetris. My favorites now are adventure games like Syberia, the Zork series, and the dreaded Myst clones.
    Game on, girlfriend!

  2. ok, before I get to the games I’m gonna say sth stupid, but, you’re a GAL?! I always thought you were a guy!! (although I don’t even know why I thought that…@_@)

    now recovering from shock… great to know you like those small games too… the best games sometimes are the smallest ones… I don’t know why I rarely play adventure games, maybe because I’m not patient enough to get through the whole thing (played half way Myst in college, got sidetracked, and never finished it)…

  3. this is a very impressive list!

  4. Well, THAT’s interesting! I was actually responding to your use of the term “gaming girl”…..LOL. ;)
    What’s weird is, for the longest time I thought YOU were a guy, just from reading a couple of posts, and then you made some female references to yourself, and I had the reaction you published above!
    Re: the games–I think the reason I like the Adventures is because I get immersed in the story. It’s like reading a really good novel, but having to figure out the plot or affect the outcome as I go. I have not tried a lot of card games. You are giving me motivation. {{waves to kitties}}

  5. haha, it IS very interesting…

    i like what you said about adventure games, very true

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