2023 forums.insertcredit.com Video & Game Poll results thread

OK thanks again everyone who took the time to submit a list. Special thanks to rejj for helping advise on smart person aka math stuff.

Some notes on methodology:

  • This poll is cumulative over time, meaning that all votes are carried forward from past poll years. For example, OutRun‘s total votes from 2021 are combined with its total votes from 2023 to determine it’s ultimate position. The reasoning is (1) more votes = more differentiation between positions, (2) the list is more stable and takes more time/doing to dislodge games from established positions, and (3)** reflects the community in that forum users who consistently participate over time are more fully represented.

  • The above said, there is a recency bias built into the poll in order to help account for games that have momentum behind them. Ties are broken by vote share differentials between poll years. More on that statistic below

  • This list does not produce a hierarchy of the GOAT games. Submission consist of an unranked set of 10 games, and it‘s likely that the #1 spot is held by a game that isn’t necessarily regarded as the GOAT by those forum users who included it on their lists. What we have instead is a list indicating which games are most commonly considered among “the greatest” by the community, and which are rising, static, or falling in that estimation.

  • We‘re introducing a Vote Occurance Out Of 1000 (VOOO1K) stat to the poll, which will show how games perform on the list over time. It’s basically the same methodology used to track lead poisoning at the municipal level or whatever. Same formula. Differential in Change in Vote Occurance Out Of 1000 (CVOOO1K) will be used to break ties in raw vote totals.

  • Expansions, updated versions, revisions, etc. are generally collated into a single, base entry. So votes for OutRun 2/Coast 2 Coast/Online etc. are included under, simply, OutRun 2.

@"antillese"#59 would you please unsticky the voting thread and sticky this tyvm

On to the #stats………

in 2023, 129 Forum Users submitted 1281 votes for 685 different games

Combined with voting from 2021 amounts to 2081 votes for 864 different games

The oldest game receiving a vote in this poll was released in 1979 and the newest was released this year

2004 was the average year of release

1 game receiving a vote does not exist

The Most Insert Credit users in 2023 (meaning those whose opinions were shared by the fewest number of other forum users) were:

@chazumaru (12)
:3rd_place_medal:
@LeFish (11)

:2nd_place_medal:

and in an unprecedented achievement, not a single one of @Karasu 's picks was selected by another user! Congratulations! You are the Most Insert Credit forum user, @Karasu :medal_military:


Honorable Mentions

*the 50(+ including ties) games closest to making the main list

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† = a game which did not receive a single vote in 2023
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RankTitleYearDeveloperCVOOO1K
103_Portal 2_2011Valve Corporation[color=orange]\-4.22
104_Streets of Rage 2_1993Ancient Co. Ltd.[color=red]\-6.25
105_Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, The_2023Nintendo EPD[color=chartreuse]3.12
105_Yume Nikki_2004Kikiyama[color=chartreuse]3.12
107_Landmaker_1998Taito Corporation[color=turquoise]1.09
107_Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei_1996Team Andromeda[color=turquoise]1.09
107_Pokémon Silver & Gold_1999Game Freak, Inc.[color=turquoise]1.09
107_Slaves to Armok: God of Blood – Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress_2006Bay 12 Games[color=turquoise]1.09
107_Star Control II_1992Toys for Bob, Inc.[color=turquoise]1.09
107_Street Fighter III: Third Strike_1999Capcom Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]1.09
107_Ys: Book I & II_1989Nihon Falcom Corp.[color=turquoise]1.09
114_999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors_2010Chunsoft Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]1.09
114_Animal Crossing: New Leaf_2013Nintendo EAD[color=yellow]\-0.94
114_Devil May Cry 5_2019Capcom Co., Ltd.[color=yellow]\-0.94
114_Donkey Kong '94_1994Nintendo EAD[color=yellow] \-0.94
114_Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective_2010Capcom Co., Ltd.[color=yellow]\-0.94
114_Harvest Moon 64_1999Victor Interactive Software, Inc.[color=yellow]\-0.94
114_ICO_2001Team Ico[color=yellow] \-0.94
114_MapleStory_2003Wizet[color=yellow]\-0.94
114_Monster Hunter: World_2018Capcom Co., Ltd.[color=yellow]\-0.94
114_Pokémon Black & White_2011Game Freak, Inc.[color=yellow]\-0.94
114_Resident Evil (2002)_2002Capcom Production Studio 4[color=yellow]\-0.94
114_Rocket League_2015Psyonix, Inc.[color=yellow] \-0.94
114_Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3_2001Neversoft Entertainment, Inc.[color=yellow]\-0.94
127_Marvel Vs. Capcom 2_2000Capcom Co., Ltd.[color=orange]\-2.97
127_Spelunky 2_2020Mossmouth, LLC[color=orange]\-2.97
127_Wario Land 4_2001Nintendo R&D1[color=orange]\-2.97
130_Super Smash Bros. Ultimate†_2018Sora Ltd.[color=red] \-5
131_13 Sentinals: Aegis Rim_2019Vanillaware Ltd.[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Anodyne 2: Return to Dust_2019Analgesic Productions LLC[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, The_2014Nicalis, Inc.[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Daytona USA_1994AM R&D Dept. #2[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Deltarune_2021Toby Fox[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Dragon’s Dogma_2012Capcom Co., Ltd.[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, The_2002Bethesda Game Studios[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Final Fantasy IV_1991Square Co., Ltd.[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Mega Man Legends_1997Capcom Production Studio 2[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Moon: Remix RPG Adventure_1997Love-de-Lic[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations_2004Capcom Co., Ltd.[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Picross S_2017Jupiter Corp.[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Rez_2001Q ENTERTAINMENT, Inc.[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Ribbit King_2003Jamworks Co., Ltd[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Slay the Spire_2017Mega Crit Games[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Street Fighter 6_2023Capcom Co., Ltd.[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Streets of Rage 4_2020Lizardcube[color=chartreuse]2.34
131_Tetris (Game Boy)_1989Nintendo R&D1[color=chartreuse]2.34
149_428: Shibuya Scramble_2008Chunsoft Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_A Short Hike_2019Adamgryu[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Armed Police Batrider_1998Raizing Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Asuka 120% Limited/Limit Over_1997Fill iin Café Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Bare Knuckle 3_1994SEGA AM7 R&D Division[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair_2015Sandlot[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Factorio_2016Wube Software LTD.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Final Fantasy V_1992Square Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Gitaroo Man_2002iNiS corporation[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Hades_2018Supergiant Games, Inc.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Half-Life_1998Valve L.L.C.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Halo 3_2007Bungie Studios[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia_1999New World Computing, Inc.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots_2008Kojima Productions Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Oiκοςpiel, Book_ I2017DK[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Panzer Dragoon Saga_1998Team Andromeda[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Persona 5_2016Atlus Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney_2005Capcom Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Pokémon Heartgold & Soulsilver_2009Game Freak, Inc.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Ranger X_1993NEX Entertainment Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Sid Meier’s Civilization VI_2016Firaxis Games, Inc.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Super Hexagon_2012Distractionware Ltd.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Terranigma_1995Quintet Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Valkyrie Profile_1999tri-Ace Inc.[color=turquoise]0.31
149_Zero Escape: Volume 2 – Virtue’s Last Reward_2012Chunsoft Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]0.31

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RankTitleYearDeveloperCVOOO1K
1_Earthbound_1994HAL Laboratory, Inc.[color=chartreuse]2.33
2_Dark Souls_2011FromSoftware, Inc.[color=orange]\-3.76
3_Yakuza 0_2015Ryu ga Gotoku Studio[color=yellow]\-0.48
4_Chrono Trigger_1995Square Co., Ltd.[color=orange]\-2.04
5_Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, The_1993Nintendo EAD[color=chartreuse]2.96
6_Final Fantasy VII_1997Square Co., Ltd.[color=yellow]\-1.88
7_Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The_2017Nintendo EPD[color=red]\-5.94
8_Disco Elysium_2019Zaum Studio OÜ[color=turquoise]0.62
9_Katamari Damacy_2004Namco Limited[color=orange]\-3.44
10_NieR: Automata_2017Platinum Games Inc.[color=orange]\-2.19
11_Bloodborne_2015FromSoftware, Inc.[color=turquoise]0.31
12_Mother 3_2006HAL Laboratory, Inc.[color=yellow]\-1.72
13_Metal Gear Solid_1999Konami Computer Entertainment Japan, Inc.[color=green]5.62
14_Super Mario Bros. 3_1988Nintendo R&D2[color=turquoise]1.56
15_Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age_2017Square Enix Co., Ltd.[color=green]6.87
16_Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty_2001Konami Computer Entertainment Japan, Inc.[color=chartreuse]2.81
17_Outer Wilds_2019Mobius Digital, LLC0
18_Celeste_2018Extremely OK Games, Ltd.[color=orange]\-2.04
18_Super Metroid_1994Nintendo R&D1[color=orange]\-2.04
20_Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night_1997Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Inc.[color=red]\-6.1
20_Resident Evil 4_2005Capcom Production Studio 4[color=red]\-6.1
22_OutRun 2_2003SEGA-AM2 Co,. LTD.[color=turquoise]1.25
23_Hollow Knight_2017Team Cherry[color=orange]\-4.85
24_Dark Souls II_2014FromSoftware, Inc.[color=chartreuse]2.5
25_NieR_2010cavia inc.[color=turquoise]0.46
25_OutRun_1986SEGA-AM2 Co,. LTD.[color=turquoise]0.46
27_Death Stranding_2019Kojima Productions Co., Ltd.[color=yellow]\-1.57
28_DOOM_1993id Software, Inc.[color=red]\-5.63
29_R4: Ridge Racer Type 4_1998Namco Limited[color=turquoise]1.71
30_Super Mario Odyssey_2017Nintendo EAD[color=yellow]\-0.32
31_Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater_2004Konami Computer Entertainment Japan, Inc.[color=orange]\-2.35
32_Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, The_1998Nintendo EAD[color=orange]\-4.38
33_Shadow of the Colossus_2005Team Ico[color=green]5
34_Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4_2008Atlus Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]0.93
35_Burnout 3: Takedown_2004Criterion Software, Ltd.[color=yellow]\-1.1
35_Spelunky_2008Mossmouth, LLC[color=yellow]-1.1
37_Deadly Premonition_2010Access Games Inc.[color=orange]\-3.13
37_God Hand_2006Clover Studio Co., Ltd.[color=orange]\-3.13
37_Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, The_2000Nintendo EAD[color=orange]\-3.13
37_Super Smash Bros.: Melee_2001HAL Laboratory, Inc.[color=orange]\-3.13
37_Witness, The_2016Thekla, Inc.[color=orange]\-3.13
42_Kentucky Route Zero_2013Cardboard Computer, LLC.[color=red]\-5.16
43_Dragon Quest III_1988Chunsoft Co., Ltd.[color=chartreuse]4.21
44_Demon’s Souls_2009FromSoftware, Inc.[color=chartreuse]2.18
45_Fallout: New Vegas_2010Obsidian Entertainment, Inc.[color=turquoise]0.15
45_Pathologic 2_2019Ice-Pick Lodge Ltd.[color=turquoise]0.15
45_Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice_2019FromSoftware, Inc.[color=turquoise]0.15
48_Suikoden II_1998Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Inc.[color=yellow]\-1.88
48_Undertale_2015Toby Fox[color=yellow]\-1.88
50_Cave Story_2005Studio Pixel[color=orange]\-2.66
51_Silent Hill 2_2001Team Silent[color=orange]\-3.91
51_Tetris_1984Soviet Academy of Sciences[color=orange]\-3.91
53_Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn_2013Square Enix Co., Ltd.[color=chartreuse]3.43
54_Final Fantasy X_2001Square Co., Ltd.[color=yellow] \-0.63
54_Minecraft_2010Mojang Specifications[color=yellow] \-0.63
54_Street Fighter II: The World Warrior_1991Capcom Co., Ltd.[color=yellow] \-0.63
54_Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island_1995Nintendo Co., Ltd.[color=yellow]\-0.63
58_Metroid Prime_2002Retro Studios, Inc.[color=yellow]\-1.4
59_Elden Ring_2022FromSoftware, Inc.[color=chartreuse]4.68
60_F-Zero GX_2003Amusement Vision, Ltd.[color=chartreuse]2.65
60_Portal_2007Valve Corporation[color=chartreuse]2.65
62_Animal Crossing_2002Nintendo EAD[color=turquoise]0.62
62_Ape Escape_1999Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.[color=turquoise]0.62
62_NiGHTS Into Dreams…_1996Sonic Team[color=turquoise]0.62
62_Yakuza: Like A Dragon_2020Ryu ga Gotoku Studio[color=turquoise]0.62
66_Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride_1992Chunsoft Co., Ltd.[color=yellow]\-1.41
66_Final Fantasy VI_1994Square Co., Ltd.[color=yellow]\-1.41
66_Pac-Man Championship Edition_2007Namco Bandai Games[color=yellow] \-1.41
66_Return of the Obra Dinn_20183909, LLC.[color=yellow] \-1.41
66_Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3_2006Atlus Co., Ltd.[color=yellow]\-1.41
66_Stardew Valley_2016ConcernedApe LLC[color=yellow] \-1.41
66_Super Mario 64_1996Nintendo EAD[color=yellow]\-1.41
66_Legend Of Zelda: A Link to the Past, The_1991Nintendo EAD[color=yellow]\-1.41
74_Final Fantasy IX_2000Square Co., Ltd.[color=orange]\-3.44
74_Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire_2002Game Freak, Inc.[color=orange]\-3.44
74_Witcher III: Wild Hunt, The_2015CD Projekt Red Sp. z. o.o.[color=orange]\-3.44
77_Quake_1996id Software, Inc.[color=chartreuse]3.9
77_Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne_2003Atlus Co., Ltd.[color=chartreuse]3.9
79_Gunstar Heroes_1993Treasure Co., Ltd.[color=turquoise]1.87
79_Half-Life 2_2004Valve Corporation[color=turquoise]1.87
79_Halo: Combat Evolved_2001Bungie Studios[color=turquoise]1.87
79_Hitman_ (2016)2016Io-Interactive A/S[color=turquoise]1.87
79_Into The Breach_2018Subset Games[color=turquoise]1.87
84_Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies_2001Namco Limited[color=yellow]\-0.16
84_Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood_1993Konami Co., Ltd.[color=yellow]\-0.16
84_Chrono Cross_1999Square Co., Ltd.[color=yellow]\-0.16
84_Deus Ex_2000Ion Storm Austin[color=yellow] \-0.16
84_Final Fantasy Tactics_1997Square Co., Ltd.[color=yellow]\-0.16
84_FTL: Faster Than Light_2012Subset Games[color=yellow] \-0.16
84_Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The_2002Nintendo EAD[color=yellow]\-0.16
84_No More Heroes_2007Grasshopper Manufacture Inc.[color=yellow] \-0.16
84_Planescape: Torment_1999Black Isle Studios[color=yellow]\-0.16
84_Shin Megami Tensei IV_2013Index Corporation[color=yellow]\-0.16
84_Shining Force II_1993Sonic Co.[color=yellow]\-0.16
84_Sonic The Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles_1994Sonic Team[color=yellow]\-0.16
84_Super Mario World_1990Nintendo Co., Ltd.[color=yellow]\-0.16
84_Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2_2000Neversoft Entertainment, Inc.[color=yellow]\-0.16
98_Counter-Strike_2003Turtle Rock Studios, Inc.[color=orange]\-2.19
98_Killer7_2005Grasshopper Manufacture Inc.[color=orange]\-2.19
98_Shenmue_2000SEGA-AM2 Co,. LTD.[color=orange]\-2.19
98_Sonic The Hedgehog 2_1992Sonic Team[color=orange]\-2.19
98_SSX3_2003Electronic Arts Canada[color=orange]\-2.19

# HOYEAH

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@“yeso”#p126697 We’re introducing a Vote Occurance Out Of 1000 (VOOO1K) stat to the poll, which will show how games perform on the list over time. It’s basically the same methodology used to track lead poisoning at the municipal level or whatever. Same formula

This got a Legitimate Laugh Out Loud from me

Wow, good work @Karasu!

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Whoa!! This list has drama to it!! And I'm really pleased to see that we have a seemingly quite effectual metric with which to bust up the long string of ties at the top of the list, even decently past the Top Ten!

considering that I'm thinking of voting next year purely for the sake of moving titles up or down the table; this list itself has now become a game to me

I better take notes

Wait, Earthbound?! I totally did not see Earthbound coming for the number 1 spot. Wild list, love it.

@yeso is the CVOOO1K value of Outer Wilds some kind of error, or is that because it is alone in having somehow received precisely the same proportion of total votes in both counts?

not an error. Outer Wilds received the exact same proportion of the vote both years

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@“yeso”#p126737 not an error. Outer Wilds received the exact same proportion of the vote both years

Ha, that's neat! Even more neat that it was somehow the only game that, essentially, the collective community's feelings towards have not changed at all over two years, which is why I thought it could be an error.

Even more surprising that it is such a recent game. To do a bit of armchair statistical analysis, the data suggests it is cementing its status as an instant classic (which I'll define as a game from the last ~ 5 years that has broken out into the Top 20) of a certain stature. This is a quality the data could be suggesting it shares with _Disco Elysium_ and _Bloodborne,_ that the results could challenge and challenge more over time with regards to _Celeste_ and _Death Stranding,_ and we have a new dark horse coming from behind kind of instant classic in _Dragon Quest XI._ Perhaps the community needed more time to digest that gargantuan, beautiful game.

I imagine this is incoming but I would be interested to also see the raw vote counts, as well the changes between years in raw vote counts, too. If for nothing else to see that _Outer Wilds_ got 17 votes last year and 19 votes this year, or whatever.

Ok so what happened to drop RE4 and SOTN so much I wonder

mission complete 😌

dark souls sux

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@“thebryanjzx90”#p126744 Ok so what happened to drop RE4 and SOTN so much I wonder

With _Resident Evil 4,_ perhaps replays as a reaction to the remake, or even just reappraisals due to the mere existence of the remake, has changed the collective perception of it?

With _Symphony of the Night,_ I have no idea. The past two years there's been a lot of meta discussion of the _Metroid_-like, but I don't necessarily see how that would translate into a reappraisal of such a landmark of a game. Maybe more people just got sick of thinking about _Metroid_-likes.

Speaking of _Metroid_-likes... _Hollow Knight_ also took a big hit (a change in its stature I contributed to by voting for it last year and not this year...), but, I can kind of see that as being almost a product of background anticipation for _Hollow Knight: Silksong,_ in a weird way. Personally, I think there's every reason to believe it will be a highly competent sophomore release from Team Cherry, so it's almost like I'm ready to stop thinking about _Hollow Knight_ and am primed to feel its sequel will be a game that is at least a little better in almost every way, and in many of the same ways... if that makes sense. Not every sequel or series will or even can cause this kind of feeling, it's just, sometimes you just know that if a team is making a sequel, and it will be a lot like the first game but just be bigger or executed upon by the same people but with more experience (and ideally more time (and even more ideally more money)), it can sort of even pre-emptively diminish how you feel about the original game. Is this kinda like the _Sonic The Hedgehog_ vs. _Sonic The Hedgehog 2_ kinda situation?

At the same time all of these little armchair analyses of the change in trends could instead just be explained by the community collectively all having similar thoughts on individual list choices, which can be summarized by “I can take this off of my list, the rest of the community will surely give it the recognition it deserves,” and the largest changes in the trend can perhaps be explained by pure coincidence of 2+ people doing that for the same game. The CVOOO1K metric was a really elegant way to recontextualize the data here but we are still dealing with a relatively small sample size, and a smaller sample size makes the resulting data more prone to some at least mild misrepresentation of what its trying to quantify through, just, weird coincidences lining up.

I regret not voting for Shining Force II, i have not played it however it had too good [s]marketing[/s] discussion on this forum to end so low on list

hell yes whoever helped SSX3 hit the top 100