black goat's favorite video games

on a terrifyingly rambly level that no one should really care about

Oh hey there.

This page is a bit different to the others. This is probably gonna end up as a pretty rambly website, pretty much the equivalent of a lengthy blogpost about things that I'm pretty passionate about. Some more, some less.

My friend Felix made their own list of favorite games recently, as a Markdown list with some ratings jotted next to them - and that inspired me to do the same. When I gave it some thought, I realized that I wouldn't be able to give a ranking of sorts though. I enjoy too many vastly differing video games, for so many reasons.

So, instead, I'll just list them in the order that I think of them, with the reasons why I like them. Heck, if I find some pattern, maybe I could sort them into subsections one day. But not tonight. Enjoy some mostly unfiltered dumb thoughts and opinions on video games I like.

Oh, also - this page will be an eternal work in progress. Sections will be missing every now and then, but if I find or remember a new game I'm obsessing over, I will always add it to the L I S T.

The L I S T

  • OneShot
  • Undertale & Deltarune
  • Minecraft
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • A Hat In Time
  • Celeste
  • Ori and the Blind Forest / the Will of the Wisps
  • Jazzpunk
  • Super Mario 64 DS
  • Splatoon
  • Rhythm Doctor
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Tower Unite
  • Lonely Wolf Treat Series
  • Unrailed!
  • Overcooked 2
  • PAYDAY 2
  • Phasmophobia
  • Ragnaröck
  • VRChat
  • Sea Of Thieves
  • Hades
  • The Stanley Parable (Ultra Deluxe)
  • I Expect You To Die
  • Just Shapes And Beats
  • Later, Alligator
  • Animal Crossing - New Horizons
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • F1 Series
  • Life Is Strange
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer
  • OneShot

    Self-aware cat software. Made by On Little Cat Feet, also known as nightmargin, GIR, and Eliza.

    Steam, soon to release on Nintendo Switch

    Honestly, I don't even want to talk too much about the actual story of this game as to not spoil the experience, even if probably everyone who accidentally finds this page knows the game quite well at this point. If you don't, I beg you to play this one. If I had to do a ranking, this would be the game I would currently put at the very top.

    Not only is the game and its story extremely enjoyable, this game is responsible for so many friendships I was so incredibly lucky to be able to form over the years - even if most of them have paled in comparison to some others. If you're reading this, you probably know who you are, and trust me, I haven't forgotten about you out there. Shoutouts to SimpleFlips the OneShot Discord, for the years of internet friendship.

    I love my puter, all my friends are inside it!

    Undertale & Deltarune

    omg is thta snas dundrtael??!1!? Made by Toby Fox & Temmie Chang, with an ever growing team.

    Played on Steam & Nintendo Switch.

    Does this game and it's in progress sequel really need an introduction? Everyone knows this game. And based on the persona I go by, I think it's pretty obvious that I liked these games. Like, alot.

    Again - a game I don't want to spoil anything about for the two people on earth that haven't played this yet. And just like with OneShot, this game has more personal ties for me that make the experience that much more powerful. Honestly, this game was probably the catalyst for me to finally snap out of my edgelord phase back when it came out and I played it, on Felix's recommendation.

    Minecraft

    Block game with funny rat mod and balanced clay. By Microsoft, formerly Mojang Studios.

    Java Edition forever.

    Wow, another game that needs no introduction. Sometimes, I wish I knew how many hours I've sunken into this game, and the many mod packs I've played over the years. Here's the obligatory "back in my day, before MS, everything was better" part of my Minecraft rant - so there you go.

    There are two regrets that I have with this game. One being that several years ago, I wasted alot of money on some dumb YouTuber public server. The other and more meaningful regret, to be honest, is that I've lost my original, very first proper world, that I created in Beta 1.8, back when Creative Mode was introduced. I very clearly remember having spawned in a swamp, and the first thing I built once I figured stuff out was a brick house. And then, I built a little cobblestone pool, with a single jukebox inside it. I listened to cat there. It was wonderful. Soon after, a stone brick hotel was built. With a Minecart track to a mountainous grassland, going past some contraption that I don't even remember that well - leading into a massive brick-and-glass-panes tower that had a penthouse and an underground railway connection, next to a massive roller coaster made of Lapis blocks.

    The world would eventually get another wooden track in the original swamp, and a massive and ugly wood-plank structure when I first installed client commands. I still tried my best to make it nice, but... damn. Memories.

    Team Fortress 2

    The original hat game. Made by Valve Software.

    Steam.

    The very first shooter I've played, and a damn good one at that. I've never been any good at this game, and spent most of my time in custom servers, for a while even one I rented out myself. The amount of hours I must've spent on cp_orange just messing with console commands is absolutely embarrassing - but hey, I enjoyed myself. Isn't that what you want from video games?

    Even nowadays, despite the bot crisis and everything else going on around TF2, it's still a wonderful game to revisit. I eat dirt every time I do, but it's worth it for the absolutely precious player interactions.

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    Rush B, omg, what doink. Made by Valve Software.

    Steam, obviously.

    This list would feel woefully incomplete if I wouldn't include this game onto the list.

    As of writing, I've wasted a solid 2200 hours on the game, starting around I think 2015. And even then, the highest I've ever gotten is a MG2 rank - barely above average. It's one of those games you keep getting dragged back into, especially if you have friends who want to get their shooter itch scratched. And I'd be lying if I would say that I'm not enjoying it, too.

    Out of all the shooters I've played, this one will always be the one I come back to.

    A Hat In Time

    Life is hard, life is stressful. Made by Gears for Breakfast.

    Played on Steam, most recently on Deck.

    Whenever I get the itch for playing a platformer, I return to this cute-as-heck game with it's still challenging options available for me. I have yet to complete all Death Wishes, and watching speedrunners absolutely destroy this game fills me with awe. If I had more time on my hands that I totally don't waste on other things like this list, I would want to become part of the Boop Troop, which is what the speedrunners of this game call themsevles.

    The soundtrack of this game is one even my parents keep coming back to - and neither of them play video games!

    Celeste

    Strawberries & Death simulator. Made by Extremely OK Games.

    Played on Steam.

    When I came into this game, I thought that I wasn't half bad at platformers. This game has taken me off of my somewhat high horse within minutes of me picking it up, but god damn, was it fun.

    Again, I wish I was better at this game - watching speedruns of it is almost mesmerizing. And here I am, not even having completed the B-sides. I still got up that damn mountain though.

    Ori and the Blind Forest / the Will of the Wisps

    My Tears Are Crying - The Game(s). Made by Moon Studios.

    Played on Steam.

    I think my uni friend Zazama has put this in the most accurate way I could think of: While the story of the games may not be exactly in-depth, the absolutely gorgeous visuals with the soundtrack that makes you shiver every time will absolutely make you cry, no matter what. That, combined with the best Metroidvania gameplay I've played so far, especially in the sequel, makes for an all around wonderful experience that noone should miss.

    Jazzpunk (Directors Cut)

    "It's rude to ask a lady her font-weight!" - Made by Necrophone Games.

    Downloaded straight into my brain interfaces using Steam.

    Holy shit. This game is the definition of chaos, in the absolutely best way possible. While it is a walking simulator type of game, you will laugh your ass off throughout the entirety of this game. Even when you think it has peaked, it still keeps getting better, burying you in nerdy jokes and beyond dad-joke level puns.

    Super Mario 64 DS

    Splatoon

    Rhythm Doctor

    Super Mario Galaxy

    Tower Unite

    Lonely Wolf Treat Series

    Unrailed!

    Overcooked 2

    PAYDAY 2

    Phasmophobia

    Ragnaröck

    VRChat

    Sea Of Thieves

    Hades

    The Stanley Parable (Ultra Deluxe)

    I Expect You To Die

    Just Shapes And Beats

    Later, Alligator

    Animal Crossing - New Horizons

    Super Mario Odyssey

    F1 Series

    Life Is Strange

    Crypt of the NecroDancer