I'm a big video game fan, like most of you here. I'm familiar with all the generations of game consoles from the beginning with Atari and Colecovision, to the new generation with the Wii and the XBox 360. However, there are some games and gaming franchises that I think people have been making way too much of a fuss over. In other words, I think the games are very overrated. I'm not particularly saying that I don't like these games, I'm just saying that I don't understand what the big deal about them is.

Super Metroid

This game, I believe, is a good place to start. I've been hearing people from all sorts of sources say that "Super Metroid" is the best Metroid game ever, the best game ever on the Super Nintendo, and even the best video game of all time. On Screwattack's Top 10 Lists, this game made #1 on the list of Top 10 "Super" games, and also #1 on the list of Top 20 SNES games. Even Electronic Gaming Monthly put this game at #1 on their list of Top 100 Video Games of all time. Having played it once, I really don't see what's so great about it. The whole game is just boring (IMHO). The whole game takes place in one area; there are no levels to progress to or anything, and you just go around collecting things and battling monsters. I don't really see what's so special about this game. Well, I could say a few good things about it. The music is awesome, the graphics are pretty good, the control is decent, but the overall gameplay just doesn't cut it for me. I guess this is what I get for not being a hard core Metroid fan.

Street Fighter II

Here's another game that I didn't quite get what the fuss was all about. I think I remember, I was in second grade when this game came out. I remember one time in school, we had a class activity to list a few things we'd like for Christmas. The four most popular items were Pool Table, Sega, Super NES, and "Street Fighter II". When I looked at those, I always thought, "What the heck is a Street Fighter II?" It took me a few days to realize it was a video game for a game console I didn't own. "Street Fighter II" is said to be one of the most influential games of all time. Some say it set the standards for fighting games, which it may have, but I still don't see anything too special about it; I mean, a fighting game is a fighting game. I do happen to be a big fan of fighting games, but I'm not as familiar with the Street Fighter series as most people are. It doesn't help much that there are like a million different games in the series and like 10 versions of each one. It gets really confusing, and it's so easy to lose track of these games. Okay, I should probably shut up now before I start quoting the Angry Video Game Nerd again!

Zero Wing

How can this game be overrated? Well, let me give you a little background story on it. This was a game for the Sega Genesis. However, this is also considered to be one of the worst video games ever made. The main thing that makes this game bad is the poor grammar. I heard that the reason the grammar is so bad is that after the game was released in Japan, the guy who was translating it probably didn't know any English and used a dictionary or something to translate it. I have nothing against the Japanese, but if you're going to make a game and ship it to the U.S., either translate it properly or don't ship it here at all. Now, why do I say this game is overrated? Well, if you've been surfing the Internet for these past seven or so years, you'll know why. This game has been parodied and poked fun at numerous times. You can find Zero Wing parodies all over YouTube and Newgrounds (like having the dialogue remixed to fit Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"). If I had a nickel for every time I heard "All your base are belong to us", you'd have no idea how rich I'd be!

Madden NFL

Most video game geeks I know are really big fans of sports games. This series, in particular, happens to be one of the biggest sports game franchises out there. Maybe if I actually played the game, I'd understand what makes it so great, but since I'm not into sports games, and I know like nothing about how football is supposed to work, I should just leave it alone. I'm afraid to say that it's probably a lot easier to play sports in real life than on a video game; then again, in real life, you'll have to deal with the pain, and it doesn't do you any good if you're out of shape. There's some advice for your kids: If they play too much sports-related video games, you should tell them to play some REAL sports!

Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

A lot of Zelda fans have been raving about this game. Most say that "Ocarina of Time" is the best Zelda game ever (which I could agree with), and some say "Link to the Past" is, but there are also some that say "Majora's Mask" is the best Zelda game ever. How can this game be so great? This game took everything we loved about the Zelda games and took out most of it. You're playing Link in some world other than Hyrule, there's no Princess Zelda to save, you're a short dude with this weird-looking mask on your face, and your method of attack is whirling around hitting enemies with your hat. Does that sound like a quintessential Zelda game to you? I don't think so. Not to mention this game only gives you 72 hours to beat it, so what's the point? I don't think I've ever played a game with a time limit since the 16-bit era. I guess I should look on the bright side: if this game was never made, we probably wouldn't have some things that we do now.

Guitar Hero

Here's a recent series of games that has gone off the scale in popularity. Heck, three games came out in less than a year! I'm not sure which is more confusing, this or DDR. Whatever. I guess game designers were trying to get gamers to become rock stars and shred some guitar licks by making this game, and it worked. A neat thing about this game is it introduced a new gaming peripheral: the guitar. I have friends who take their "Guitar Hero" guitars with them everywhere they go. If you haven't played any of the "Guitar Hero" games yet, then let me warn you of something. It's a lot harder than it looks, and playing a real guitar is even harder! The point I'm trying to make here is I think it's silly that they're making these games at such a fast pace.

Halo

Okay, now I've reached probably the most overrated game series of all time, "Halo". People have been going on and on and on about how awesome this game is, but I don't see what's so awesome about it. It's just a first person shooter game. Back in the mid and late 90's, I thought first person shooters were cool, but today, they just put me to sleep. It's like, I have no idea where I'm supposed to go, the lighting is so dark I can't see a molecule of anything in front of my face, and it's so easy to do the wrong thing at the wrong time. Playing against people in these games is a real pain too if you have the same problems I have with these games. There must be something significant about Halo that makes it stand out among the other first person shooters. The question is, what is it?

In conclusion, I just felt like sharing with you my thoughts on these overrated game series'. I just want to know what is it about them that makes them so good. Just telling me, "It's awesome!" is no excuse. Sorry if I sounded like a bit of a douchebag, but I hope you all respect my opinion. I hope this was at least a decent article, and most importantly, I hope I'm not just making a fool out of myself again.