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Time Well Spent: Some games that must be played.

GOGmix by AquaticIdealist's avatarAquaticIdealist 87votes

Freespace + Expansion

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: War is not won by the efforts of a few. If any game can demonstrate this concept, it's this one. You are one of many brave pilots of the GTA, fighting to protect humanity from the horrors that lurk in space. Suit up, pilot, we're counting on you!

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Freespace 2

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: With the FS2 Open engine installed, this game becomes a true masterpiece. Send your little fighter against hordes of awe-inspiring capital ships... And win! Never forget that you're not alone: the whole GTVA fights with you!

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Botanicula

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Do you remember what it was like as a child? That sense of wonder and adventure? Botanicula does, and here you'll find a great tale of nature and wonder. Enjoy!

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Resonance

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: An adventure game with a twist that will smack you in the face. That, and Science, Mystery, Police Officers, and... Unpredictable Nerds?

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Blackwell Bundle

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: A series of short adventure games that boast a hilarious cast. Players will certainly enjoy Joey's banter, and the mysterious spirits that plague New York.

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FTL: Advanced Edition

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Fling yourself across the galaxy, facing unbearable trials. Pick up strange alien crewmen along the way, and jury-rig new guns on that awesome starship of yours. But beware... The hardships you'll face are no joke.

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Multiwinia

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Although this game relies on its multiplayer, the single-player skirmishes give you a good taste of the mayhem. Do you like watching your troops fall upon your foes and slaughter them brutally (or hilariously) in a RTS game? Look no further!

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La Mulana

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Since I never played Castlevania, but played Mega Man to death when I was a kid, imagine Mega Man replaced by Indiana Jones. The enemies are still annoying and your range is limited by the whip, but the setting and style can't be beat. Enjoy!

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DEFCON

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: There are few games that let you enjoy the thrill of nuclear war and yet realize the horrors of nuclear winter. Your fleets and missile silos can exterminate your enemies... But what about those millions of people you just made disappear?

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Syberia

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Have you ever wanted to get away from it all? Kate Walker's journey lets you roam through lonely lands, and her conclusion is a clever solution for those who can't stand the daily grind of their boring workplace.

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Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri™

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: If you don't have Civilization IV and its Planetfall mod, or even if you do, play this game. After all, those Drones NEED you, administrator. They look up to you! Why would you abandon them? Humanity needs your guidance more than ever.

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Screamer

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: The game to turn to when you really need an Arcade racer.

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To The Moon

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Help achieve an old man's dying wish. Guaranteed to make anyone's heart melt. ... If you're with me, then everything's alright.

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Torchlight

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: A Diablo Clone that oozes class. Yahtzee's review of this one might point out the endless clicking, but you'll be too busy slaughtering hordes of monsters to notice. The barrels of identify scrolls and the bodyguard (I mean pet) certainly help too.

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Symphony

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: When Galaga gets a whiff of crack and fuses with your music collection, Symphony is born... And you'll love every minute of it!

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Tropico Reloaded

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: With an awesome Caribbean-themed soundtrack and an extensive political simulator, you can create your own Castroist Cuba!

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Panzer General 2

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: There's nothing quite like watching artillery on overkill. Advance Wars and Battle for Wesnoth fans, eat your heart out.

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Painkiller Black Edition

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Rip through Satan's army with some awesome weapons, including the gun that shoots shurikens and lightning. Meet a variety of creatures and slaughter them. If you never played an arcade shooter, this game'll help enlighten you.

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Phantasmagoria

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Ever wondered why you should REALLY check up on real estate? Have you been itching to wander Dracula's mansion? Learn why this classic adventure game by Roberta Williams was banned in several countries!

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Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: The Poor Man's World of Warcraft. So much to explore (and kill), so little time. The Main Campaign's kind of short, linear, and not so exciting, but the many expansions (and fan-made ones) will keep you busy.

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Star Control 1+2

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Although The Ur Quan Masters is a freeware port of one of the greatest games of all time, this collection lets you experience Star Control 2 in its original glory... And includes Star Control 1 for $6. A must buy!

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Battle Chess Special Edition

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: When Chess and Mortal Kombat marry, the world rejoices.

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Empire Earth: Gold Edition

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: When Civilization meets Age of Empires. Rally your soldiers across the ages as you battle many foes across time. A legend among gamers for good reason: raise your blade/gun/laser rifle, General, your soldiers need you!

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Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obs...

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: So this is not an easy game, and at times it felt tedious. But, it's an example of a great idea made manifest. Steampunk Fantasy! Orcs in fighter jets! The world (setting) alone makes this game a must play, even if it's an arduous RPG.

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Wing Commander™ 1+2

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Now, it is true that later games in the series have better graphics, ships, and weapons but if one has a limit in one's hard drive or an older PC this duo might work for everyone. The grandfather of one of the greatest genres ever: the space sim.

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Defender's Quest

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Somewhat overpriced, but an entertaining Tower Defense / RPG hybrid nonetheless. There's a free demo, so if you're debating whether to give this a try you can check it out!

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Guild Gold Edition, The

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Some make dynasties out of conquest and warfare, but this game teaches you how to make dynasties the more, ahem, subtle or even unscrupulous way. So, "merchant," what's it gonna be?

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Castles + Castles 2

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Now I might be biased as a longtime Romance of the Three Kingdoms fan, but a game that lets you engage in diplomacy, war, and control/fortify a large empire is a great plus. Although it's mostly in real-time, battles are slightly turn-based.

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Ground Control + Expansion

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: A precursor to Dawn of War II. No resource gathering or base building, just pure combat. Decent voice acting helps liven the experience! In the not so far future, there is only violent corporate takeover! ... Or jihad if that's your thing.

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SWAT 3: Tactical Game of the Year Edi...

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Serve and protect. Unlike other shooters, you are a cop, not a killing machine. With many objectives and a squad of men under your command, you can keep the streets of LA relatively safe. Do note that it's not easy to serve and protect!

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Spycraft: The Great Game

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: The game that lets you fulfill your dreams of becoming a CIA agent. If I told you anything else, I'd have to kill you. :D

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Dragonsphere

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: I once played part of this game as a kid. The game crashed before I could finish, but even after over ten years, I have not forgotten it. This game is old and the story seems cliche, but it's full of puzzles and is a rare Real Time adventure game!

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Stacking

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Grim Fandango's classy and somehow more humorous little brother. With a large cast of dolls, wacky humor, and various puzzles (and interesting ways to solve them) you'll find yourself giggling the entire way through. Pricey, Short, Funny, and Cute.

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Time Commando

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: With a variety of enemies to fight across multiple time periods, this is a game with style. With a poor camera and short levels it might not be that replayable, but it's a game that represents excellent graphics for its time. Don't miss this.

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Neverwinter Nights 2: Complete

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Might have a less friendly interface than its predecessor, but manages to beat the already epic soundtrack of NWN1 and present its own excellent cast. Now you have your own squad of heroes face off against great threats to the safety of the land.

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Post Mortem

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Ok, the puzzles are mostly easy but a couple can be frustrating. Item searches can drive you mad. But, for all its flaws, this game has an excellent sense of atmosphere, a decent cast, and kept this gamer immersed the whole time. A Must Play!

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Incredipede

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Muscles, Muscles Everywhere! And fruit! A neat puzzle game that demonstrates the difficulties of evolution.

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Super Hexagon

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Do you enjoy a challenge? Or maybe your hand-eye coordination needs practice? This game uses deceptively simple gameplay and forces players to pay careful attention... It won't take prisoners! Once your cursor falls out of position, you die.

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Tyrian 2000

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: It's free, and comes with hours of arcade goodness. Ignoring it should be a criminal offense.

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Waking Mars

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: GASP! An Asian main protagonist! That's something quite new (to this Asian reviewer). Now, if you want a game with action right off the bat, this isn't for you. But if you want to have a sense of adventure, or a great story, look no further!

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Freedom Force vs. the 3rd Reich

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: When squad based combat meets the golden age of comic books, a fun time is had for all. Still, the game can be a tad silly at times because of this, and you'll face the "generic person in trouble" syndrome in many RPGs.,,

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Rogue Legacy

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Inheritance is everything, warrior. And your clan members must be avenged!... But Charon wants his toll, and the castle-like dungeon is an incredibly dangerous place...

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Praetorians

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Take terrain bonuses from games like Dawn of War or Fire Emblem, and mix that with Romance of the Three Kingdoms esque formations and abilities and what do you find? A real time strategy game with class! War is never easy, but victory is gold.

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Papers, Please

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Some games are meant to be fun. Some are meant to tell a story. Thankfully, this is one of the latter. Even if life's 'daily grind' is boring enough for you, you should still play this game. Yes, it's repetitive but it forces you to focus and think.

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Stargunner

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: R-Type may be king of this genre, but Stargunner would smoothly slip into place as a Duke. Instead of grabbing upgrades on the fly, this game lets you buy them at the start. It's quite fast-paced and certainly puts you on your toes.

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Retro City Rampage

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Grand Theft Auto For the NES, with as many references as you can think of! Feelin' nostalgic for old school 80s games? Then boot up this gem! Do note that the control scheme is a bit, erm, unintuitive for an arcade style title.

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Race the Sun

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Deceptively similar to those ol' dodging games like Cubefield, Race The Sun hurls itself through a beautifully designed world and adds the mechanic of 'avoiding the shade.' It even includes upgrades!

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Evoland

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Interesting game, tries to be a montage of how RPGs evolved over time, but over time it starts to get frustrating especially during the 3D 'Legend of Zelda' bits. The typical Final Fantasy gag had a hilariously cliche battle theme, so there's that.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: If you've spent any amount of time on gaming news sites or on youtube you probably know that this game will scare you to death. But this player will indeed add his praise to the tally. As Yahtzee once said it's unmatched as a laxative. Do it.

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Mutant Mudds

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: It's like Mega Man but you can JUMP between layers. That gimmick alone would blow your childhood's collective mind. The enemies are kind of comedic which helps, but if you aren't really a platformer fan you might be better off looking elsewhere.

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Puddle

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Cute liquidy action that forces you to act fast AND smart. This game puts the ACT in ACTion as you ensure that as many droplets as possible make it through various death (er, evaporate) traps and winds. Flow carefully and try not to make a mess!

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Blitzkrieg Anthology

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: This game is complex. And it's very demanding. But it's still rather difficult. Like Ground Control you should really preserve your units, but each battle won will be that much sweeter. One may regret not playing this game!

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Longest Journey, The

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: This game is as much a work of art as its protagonist is a quirky artist. Explore two strange worlds and marvel at the prettiness of it all (including the protagonist ;).) A legend among Adventure Games, though the pacing is a bit slow.

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Call to Power 2

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Although the Apolyton Mod is almost mandatory, this game is indeed a supreme improvement over Civilization 2. If the Civ series took some elements of this game into its UI and some of its mechanics, it would be like giving a tiger wings. Play this.

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Unepic

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Are you concerned about dated graphics? No? Well, then here's a platformer that's not cartoony while still providing players with plenty of skirmishes, traps, narrow hallways, dark rooms, and adventuring spirit. Controls are meh, but fun is not.

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Zork: Grand Inquisitor

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Who is the Boss of You? I AM THE BOSS OF YOU! ... Is but one of the many amusing tidbits you'll get out of this game. It can be a bit difficult to get into, but you'll find it hilarious fairly quickly. Just keep your tongue in your cheek!

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Aarklash: Legacy

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Do you like to micromanage troops in combat? Enjoy those RPGs where each individual character needs to use a specific attack at a specific time while "auto attack" would hurt your experience? Then this game is for you. Writing is weak though.

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Inquisitor

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Yes as of this writing this is the only 3 star game in this list. Combat is tedious. But this game has an interesting medieval mystery element in its dialogue trees and quests (hence the name.) It's charming, so play it, even if it has many flaws.

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Democracy 3

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Note: This 'review' is for Vanilla only. This game's interesting The UI is simple compared to other management sims, but it demonstrates the cause and effect of policies. Few obstacles though, so it can get boring.

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Hotline Miami

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Were you disheartened to know that your childhood favorites weren't all that bloody? This game, with its retro graphics, won't let you down in that regard. With stealth elements and effective real-time tactics, this is not a typical twitchy game!

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Expeditions: Conquistador

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: So it's a turn based game with strategic planning, a 3D-ish Battle For Wesnoth esque hex combat, has both male and female cast members, a lot of dialogue and diplomatic options, and I can change history?! Why aren't you playing it?

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Blackwell Epiphany, The

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: You need to play the others first. Also, this game is still quite short, just like the others. But the ending, wow, this one ties the story up well. If you're a fan of adventure games, you owe it to yourself to play this one! Do it for the spirits!

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Luftrausers

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: If you love arcade games, this will not disappoint. Be prepared to die often, but be immersed in the thrill of taking on both the enemy navy and air force! Unlike most shumps you get to fly in all kinds of directions and enter THE DANGER ZONE!

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Capitalism 2

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: A pretty cool entrepreneurship simulator. Lots of fluctuation and variables make this game very helpful in practicing certain economic concepts. A simulation that shows aspects of real life is great, but what's being simulated can be frustrating!

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Kentucky Route Zero Season Pass

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: This game has only been partially released, but unlike other complete games it has mastered the sense of atmosphere. The tale oozes that old time feel, that wanderer in the countryside that's trying to find his way. It's a must play!

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Jade Empire: Special Edition

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: I guess the only real criticism I can give this game is that its moral choice system isn't as subtle as it claims to be. Maybe a "Jade Empire 2" could introduce a playable benevolent Closed Fist path, as malevolent Open Palm was mentioned. Play it.

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Jazzpunk

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Absurdist hilarity demonstrated through the lens of a video game. Much cleaner than South Park The Stick of Truth. It's just as worthy of your time! The Aesthetic style is also well-realized, but if you're tired of lego blocks, look elsewhere.

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Startopia

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: Few games blend humor and strategy as masterfully as this one. Can you make the perfect space station that appeals to everyone?

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Raiden Legacy

AquaticIdealist's rating:
250

AquaticIdealist says: One of the greatest Arcade Shooters of all time. If Tyrian and Symphony were works of art, this game would have been the artist's inspiration!

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Coming up with a cool and descriptive title should be your first priority. Being original is in your best interest - bet you wanna get lots of nice votes, right? Go all crazy if you want, but be sure to keep it civil!

So, what are the ingredients?

Pick a game that belongs in your GOGmix from the list, or find it by typing something in the text field. Relevance is key here - Earthworm Jim doesn't quite fit the "Sexiest heroines of all time" bill now, does it?

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OK, so it's not required, but now that you went through the trouble of adding a game, telling everyone why you did it would be a nice finishing touch. After you're done here, add another game, rinse, repeat.

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