I don’t like first person shooters. I tend to like games that are more exploration, open ended, levelling up type things.
- Dungeons of Daggorath. This was the game that got me into computers. It was the most played game by far on my TRS-80, which was the first computer I ever had. I also got to correspond with Keith Kiyohara who was one of the game’s writers, as he worked at Google in the group I was working with at D-Wave.
- World of Warcraft. Changed everything about MMORPGs and games in general.
- Elder Scrolls 3 – Morrowind. I like this one better than Oblivion and Skyrim. Could just be nostalgia, but there’s something about the open-endedness and weirdness of the graphics that just works. It feels like a real alien world, whereas the later versions feel too much like Earth.
- Heroes of Might and Magic IV. This is my favourite in this series, and this game is just great. Vampire stack!!!
- Bejeweled 3. Yes it’s stupid, but I can’t stop playing this stupid game!!! I used to wonder if there was any skill to it. I then discovered a tactic that increased my top score from about 200,000 to about 1,600,000. Now I wonder if there is a way to play that will “solve the game” in the sense of being able to play forever.
- MAX-CAT. This was the world’s first game designed to be played against a quantum computer, written for the D-Wave One by Kindred founder Dr. Suzanne Gildert. Unfortunately it never got publicly released, but there is a version on github in my private repo. Some day when I get some time I might release it — it is a really interesting and fun game, sort of a cross between Pokemon and Go.