I don’t like first person shooters. I tend to like games that are more exploration, open ended, levelling up type things.

  1. 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.
  2. World of Warcraft. Changed everything about MMORPGs and games in general.
  3. 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.
  4. Heroes of Might and Magic IV. This is my favourite in this series, and this game is just great. Vampire stack!!!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.