So, how to answer this question? Well, there's the simple, straightforward way that Ender prefers, I suppose. There's also the more nuanced picking-multiple-games-to-hell-with-the-original-question method. There's the wishy-washy "this is my favorite game but only right this moment" answer. All of those answers kind of suck. You want to know the game that I said for years was my favorite? That's easy. Age of Mythology. I have loved that game for over a decade now, and I still go back to it for all kinds of reasons. But it isn't the game that I'm best at. Nor is it the game that I've played the most overall, or for the longest continuously. It might not even be the game that I enjoy the most. The more games you play, especially when you fall in love with them, the harder it is to say that the one you say is your favorite is still your favorite. Maybe I should say Third Age: Total War is my favorite game, mod though it may be, because it is the most fully realized LotR game I have ever encountered, it is nearly everything I have wanted in such a game, and perhaps appreciate more than any other. Maybe it's Europa Universalis IV, which I've played for thousands of hours, certainly more than any other game, and done all kinds of different things and made mighty empires and achieved great goals. Maybe it's one of many different visual novels and adventure games; Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was my "second favorite" when I was trying tobe formal about favorites, for having such a good storyline and atmosphere. And I know I could list a score of other games that I could give other equally valid reasons for being my MOST favorite, for how they make me feel when I play them, for why I like them, for why they're good games. It's actually really easy for me to name my favorite movie. Amadeus. No question. Then the Star Wars OT lumped together for 2 and LotR for 3 because I'm a lumper and because I'm a geek and because they have a grandfather clause that only Amadeus has been good enough to beat, and I could tell you formal rankings for the top 20 because, well, I already said I was a geek. For films it's easy. Unlike any other medium (besides theatre) you have one self-contained story that you can experience in one sitting. With a book, with a game, with a TV show, it's more gradual, more continuous. A show will have good episodes and bad episodes over a period of years. A book is generally read, for me, anyway, over an extended period of time, with lots of other things in between sittings. And a game has that and the added complication of interactivity. Believe me, I've tried to create a numbered list for games, and I didn't even know where to start. Generally at least #1 is easy. Favorite film: Amadeus. Favorite play: The Importance of Being Earnest. Favorite live-action show: Doctor Who. And so on. But I couldn't just say "It's still Age of Mythology" and leave it. It felt too much like I was just saying it because it was what I had already said, when all of these other new and amazing games had come along and some of them should definitely be considered, but I couldn't pick one. Because there isn't one. I mean, how do you choose between Age of Mythology and Phoenix Wright when they have nothing in common, or between EUIV and Katamari? Even games in the same genre, like Pokemon and KotOR, are hugely different in nature. I argue that they are literally incomparable. And so I don't, maybe can't have a most favorite. It's not that I don't want to answer Ender's question; it's that Ender's question, in this case, isn't valid. It makes no sense to say what my favorite game is when it's, as far as I can tell, a 15 or 20-way tie. Also, it's fun to go against what Ender wants, in its own small way. And sometimes that makes typing up a post longer and more serious than the topic should deserve worth it, all the more because what's said in the post is true. P.S. On an entirely different point, talking about a favorite anything "of all time" is pointless because it concedes that nothing better will ever come along, which is a ridiculous prediction to make. "All time" includes the future too, you know. It's a stupid phrase and people should stop using it.