Mar 15
By Matt Gander In Ten Years of GA 3 Comments

On our 5th birthday we ran a feature called ‘A Bunch of Fives’ – some lists of five. Never wanting to be too original, we’ll double that for our 10th birthday.

Let’s start this off by remembering some of the things we’ve had to say goodbye to.

Companies RIP

  1. Bizarre Creations (2011 – closed by Activision)
  2. Midway Games (2010 – bankrupt)
  3. Acclaim Entertainment (2004 – bankrupt)
  4. Rage Software (2003 – bankrupt)
  5. Vivendi Games (2008 – merged with Activision)
  6. The 3DO Company (2003 – bankrupt)
  7. BAM! Entertainment (2004 – dormant)
  8. Titus Interactive (2005 – closed)
  9. Core Design (2006 – assets transferred to Rebellion, brand retained by Eidos; 2010 – studio closed by Rebellion)
  10. Brash Entertainment (2008 – closed)

Consoles RIP

  1. Dreamcast (1998 – 2002)
  2. GameCube (2001 – 2007)
  3. Xbox (2001 – 2008)
  4. PlayStation (1994 – 2005)
  5. Game Boy Advance (2001 – 2008)
  6. NeoGeo Pocket Color (1999 – 2001)
  7. Game Boy Color (1998 – 2002)
  8. Pokemon Mini (2001 – 2002)
  9. N-Gage (2003 – 2006)
  10. Gizmondo (2005 – 2006)

Magazines RIP

  1. CVG (1981 – 2004)
  2. EGM (1989 – 2009)
  3. PC Zone (1993 – 2010)
  4. DC-UK (1999 – 2001)
  5. N•Revolution (2006 – 2008)
  6. PlayStation World (2000 – 2009)
  7. Official Dreamcast Magazine (1999 – 2001)
  8. Mr. Dreamcast (2000)
  9. Official PlayStation Magazine (1995 – 2004)
  10. CUBE (2001 – 2005)

Enough with the sadness. What games could we play on our 10th birthday?

Games about birthdays

  1. Fallout 3
  2. The Darkness
  3. The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout
  4. Fatty Bear’s Birthday Surprise
  5. It’s My Birthday
  6. The 3rd Birthday
  7. Hello Kitty’s Birthday Surprise
  8. Franklin – A Birthday Surprise
  9. Happy Birthday Mart
  10. Noddy and the Birthday Party

Games with 10 in the title

  1. Mega Man 10
  2. Rayman 10th Anniversary
  3. Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers
  4. 1080° Snowboarding
  5. KORG DS-10 Synthesizer
  6. MotoGP 10/11
  7. Art Style: BASE 10
  8. Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks
  9. Chessmaster 10th Edition
  10. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – Pigsy’s Perfect 10

Less obvious games with 10 in the title

  1. Nintendogs
  2. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
  3. Virtua Tennis
  4. IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles
  5. Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
  6. Blade Kitten
  7. Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean
  8. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  9. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
  10. Every Extend Extra Extreme

Time for some lists about us.

Games that we probably didn’t need to review

  1. Fruit Machine Mania – PlayStation 2
  2. Barbie: Groom and Glam Pups – Wii
  3. Britney’s Dance Beat – PlayStation 2
  4. BMX XXX – PlayStation 2
  5. WTF (Work Time Fun) – PSP
  6. Bakushow – Nintendo DS
  7. Car Wash Tycoon – PlayStation 2
  8. Brain Training – Nintendo DS
  9. Truth or Lies – Xbox 360
  10. PDC World Championship Darts – PlayStation 2

Most popular posts of the last year and a bit

  1. Bleszinski: I’ll make a gay videogame character
  2. Metacritic’s worst of 2009
  3. iPed? Somebody call the Fed
  4. Sonic The Hedgehog – The 8-bit Years
  5. Super Mario All-Stars: Wooden Spoon Collection
  6. E3: Nintendo’s 3D future
  7. Going Picard in Star Trek Online
  8. The Sega 32X – it wasn’t rubbish. Honest
  9. Sony unveil ‘Next Generation Portable’ (PSP2)
  10. Twenty years of middling Simpsons games

Games we would have had on the cover, if we had a cover

  1. Little King’s Story
  2. Chibi Robo
  3. Zack & Wiki
  4. ICO
  5. We Love Katamari
  6. Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath
  7. Psychonauts
  8. Geometry Wars 2
  9. Viva Pinata
  10. Transformers (Atari’s PlayStation 2 one)

And finally!

People we’d invite to our birthday party

  1. Our Twitter pals
  2. Dave Perry (either one)
  3. Your mum
  4. Jeff Minter
  5. Chaz
  6. Dave
  7. Dave Perry (the other one)
  8. Charlie Sheen
  9. The Chuckle Brothers (they come as a pair)
  10. The reanimated corpse of Rod Hull


Published Tuesday 15th March 2011 by Games Asylum


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Matt Gander

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles for the site since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

  • Synnah

    You may not have had to review Barbie: Groom and Glam Pups, but it’s become the most popular thing you’ve done; when I Google Games Asylum, it’s the third result!

  • El ZoRRo

    I can’t believe you guys put together a list of ten companies closed in the last ten years and didn’t mention Mercenaries/SW Battlefront developers Pandemic Studios.

    Shame on you. Shame!

  • NonShinyGoose

    Good call!

    If we do a ’15 lists of 15′ on our 15 birthday, i’ll give them a shout then.

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