<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Games Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//games http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//games <![CDATA[The Best Board Games for Kids 7-12]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-board-games-for-kids-7-12/dad-of-the-year
The best board games for kids 7-12 are those classic and favorite card and board games perfect to play with your elementary school age kids. These games provide a great mix of old favorites, like checkers, and newer games like Pictureka! and Apples to Apples Jr. While some are a bit simpler and better for the younger ages in this range and some require more thinking, better for the older kids in this age bracket, all are great choices for a fun-filled family board game night.

There's a reason why so many of these great board games for kids 7-12 have been around so long. It's because they are tried and true great games. Titles like Monopoly, Clue, Trouble, chess and Scrabble have been around for decades yet they remain among the top-selling board games out today. These are the games parents grew up playing and can enjoy just as much playing again with their kids.

However, there have been several new games that have caused quite a splash in the board game market. Newer games like Hullaballoo, Zingo and Apples to Apples Jr. have proved to be instant favorites both for kids aged 7-12 but also for parents and grandparents alike.

So whether you and the kids are partial to the classics, like Battleship and Twister, or those newer games that your family cannot play too many times, surely there are great reasons here to plan a game night of your own soon. Vote for the board games for kids 7-12 you love best, add any that are missed or even re-rank this list to help decide the best board games around!
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Chess

Guess Who?

Pictionary

Scrabble

The Game of Life

UNO

Monopoly

Battleship

Sorry!

Checkers


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<![CDATA[The Hottest Video Game Vixens of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-hottest-video-game-vixens-of-all-time
Hot female video game characters have been fueling gamers buying habits for decades now. From 8 Bit Sprite hotties, to the sexy action heroes featured in your favorite cut-scene, these are the sexiest video game characters ever created. Contribute your list to grow the rankings and include the hottest fighting game combatants, sexy rpg liaison, & your the video game hottie of your dreams. Just want to show your approval of one of the included video game vixens? Vote her up!
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Cammy

Chun-Li

Harley Quinn

Jill Valentine

Lara Croft

Morrigan Aensland

Samus Aran

Tifa Lockhart

Rikku

Lightning


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<![CDATA[The Best Board Games of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-board-games-of-all-time
The best board games ever made, ranked by aficionados and casual players (For a full list check out Ranker's List of All Board Games). What are the greatest board games ever? The classic games that have entertained families of players for decades? Or innovative new table-top role playing games pushing the boundaries between fiction and reality? This list attempts to determine, once and for all, which are the greatest and most fun board games of all time.

A board game here is defined as any game in which pieces are placed on or moved around a flat surface, such as a board. This would include classic centuries-old board games such as Go, Chess, and Checkers, along with more modern games like Settlers of Catan, or even some role-playing games involving game pieces or miniatures. What are the best board games ever? What's the best board game for two people? What's the best board game for groups?

Some games still utilize game pieces but are built more around live interaction or conversation rather than traditional "turn-based" board games. These games – such as Scattergories or Taboo – may not meet the strict definition of a board game, but nonetheless resemble board game-style play and entertainment enough to warrant inclusion.

This list was determined by allowing users to make lists of suggestions for the greatest board games ever, and then holding an open vote on which games were actually the best of all time. Whether you are a hardcore board game geek or just a casual player, your votes count here. If you don't see your favorite board games on the list, add your own list and suggest them. And don't forget to vote on the best games on the list already to ensure they rise to the top! If your mind needs some board game refreshment check out the complete list of board games.
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Chess

Chinese checkers

Cluedo

Scrabble

Settlers of Catan

Trivial Pursuit

Monopoly

Risk

Battleship

Ticket to Ride


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<![CDATA[The Best Video Games of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-games-of-all-time
Video games are more popular than ever. Since the early '80 when gaming systems like Atari, Nintendo and Sega first took arcade favorite and made them available to a wider audience, video games have become a part of the pop culture lexicon. Many of the best video games are action and adventure games, usually with an ultimate goal to reach in the end. That could mean rescuing a princess, like in games like the Super Mario franchise and Legend of Zelda, or it could mean battling it out with iconic villains like in Goldeneye. Sometime whooping some butt is fun and if that's your favorite type of video game, then you would be partial to the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Contra and Mortal Kombat as the best video games.

The aughts produced some of the best video games of all time. Halo, Assassin's Creed and The Sims have remained popular ten year after their respective releases. People love playing these games and they've taken their place as classics within the gaming community. 

Vote for your favorite games on this Ultimate List of The Best Video Games of All Time. If there are any of your favorite video games that aren't on this list, feel free to add them. 

 
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Fallout 3

Red Dead Redemption

Super Mario 64

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario World

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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<![CDATA[The Retro State of Mind's First Top 25]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-retro-state-of-mind-and-_39_s-first-top-25/theretrostate
We've reviewed 25 games! We've ranked the games the way we like them, now lets see what you think!
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Contra

Kirby's Adventure

Punch-Out!!

Mortal Kombat II

Street Fighter II

Super Mario 64

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. 2

Super Mario Bros. 3

Bionic Commando


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<![CDATA[Greatest Fictional Monarchs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-fictional-monarchs/christiand-mulkey
In the time of Monarchs the people could be blessed with a fantastic ruler who lead their populace into a golden age, or the Monarch could be a crappy despot who really didn't give a damn about their people. The age of Monarchs is all but over in the real world, but Monarchs are still alive and well in fiction. Kings, Queens, Princesses, Princes, Emperors, Empresses, etc. these fictional monarchs could be good or bad just like in the past. I have made a list of the best monarchs in all of fiction. These are the monarchs that care about their people, improve the standard of living in their kingdom, and those who are considered great within the history of their stories. If I missed a monarch please add them and just have fun voting!!
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Aragorn

Elendil

Elrond

Galadriel

Mufasa

Simba

Théoden

Éomer

Rosalina

Raizen


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<![CDATA[Top 6 Mass Effect Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/top-6-mass-effect-characters/hexarchy

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Saren Arterius
This guy does not give a single fuck. The only thing he cares about is his goal, and that's to bring back the Reapers, a race of machines that wipes out all civilization in the galaxy every 50,000 years. He hates humans and is a huge dick to everyone in general.




You can talk him into committing suicide if you have enough paragon points though.

Liara T'Soni
Everyone likes her because blue alien booty
Urdnot Wrex
He's a bounty hunter and has amazing dialogue with everyone.



If he doesn't die in the first game he becomes the chief of the Urdnot clan and his badassery basically launches into another universe.
David Anderson
Previous captain of the Normandy. He's a real cool dude and helps you out a lot.





R.I.P
Garrus Vakarian
He's a cop-turned-vigilante with some of the best dialogue in the game and a wicked sense of humor. What's not to like?
Jeff "Joker" Moreau
He's the pilot of the Normandy and he holds the crown of King of Funny. Basically everything that comes out of his mouth is funny. His relationship with EDI is probably one of the funniest things in the series. FUNNY

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<![CDATA[The Best Female Video Game Journalists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-female-video-game-journalists-v1/devon-ashby
With the advent of the #GamerGate debate, plenty of people lately have felt the need to start talking loudly and brusquely about the "proper role" of women in video game culture. Should female gamers have a voice in game culture at all, since gaming is supposedly a medium intended primarily for dudes?
 
The big controversy begins when women in video gaming want to actually talk (or write) about their experiences playing or developing games. A surprising number of people seem to think women talking and writing about video games represents an epic, gargantuan threat to the very soul of the games industry, because what could be possibly be more stifling to the creative purity of the Assassin's Creed franchise than pressuring Ubisoft into sticking a female NPC in Unity?

At the end of the day, women in the games industry who promote, discuss, and analyze video games are some of gaming's biggest advocates and most compelling contributors, and they're a diverse group. Below is just a sampling of some of the most visible, unique and hard-hitting female contributors to the public conversation about video games and video game culture.

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Felicia Day
Who she is: As the creator of Geek & Sundry, Felicia Day is a respected and beloved commentator on all facets of nerd culture, including, but not limited to, gaming. She humorously describes herself as a video game addict, and her channel features reviews, play-throughs, panel discussions, and even occasional sketch comedy routines about game culture.

She also runs a blog, is the creator of the popular web series The Guild, and has appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural.

Why she's awesome: What's most infectious about Felicia is her unapologetic enthusiasm for video games as a medium, and her lack of fear about coming across as a total dork. Her style of coverage is all about celebrating how emotional and exciting digital media can be.
 
Day wrote one of the most outspoken letters regarding Gamergate. She is the proverbial leader of the pack when it comes to being an outspoken voice in the gaming community, often debunking many “female gamer” stereotypes, trying to bring ALL people together who enjoy video games.
Jane McGonigal
Whe she is: Jane McGonigal is the author of the book Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. She's a game developer and general future tech enthusiast interested in the creative, intellectual, and sociospiritual future of interactive media. She has given three TED talks on the subject of gaming that have been collectively watched over 9 million times. 

Why she's awesome: As a game designer, McGonigal's work emphasizes the use of virtual landscapes and styles of interaction to help solve real-world problems. She is one of the most quoted and referenced individuals on gaming's impact on modern culture. 
Jessica Chobot
Who she is: Jessica Chobot was the first ever host of the Daily Fix, IGN's original daily news program on the video game industry. It was, in essence, the first video game news program of its kind on the web. Since 2013, she's been the main host of Nerdist News where she covers a range of geeky topics.

Why she's awesome: Chobot played a journalist in Mass Effect 3, one of the most popular (if not controversial) games of 2012. She also wrote the popular survival horror game Daylight and knows more about video games than most humans. 
Naomi Kyle
Who she is: Comic and video game nerd Naomi Kyle is the host and writer of IGN's popular series The Daily Fix and Daily Fix Top 5. She has hosted several other original series, most notably The Next Game Boss, which gave aspiring game designers the chance to earn money to create their own video games. In addition to hosting, Kyle also produces awesome video game commentaries and original features.  

Why she's awesome: Naomi is one of the most recognizable video game personalities on the face of the planet. She's the indelible face of IGN and delivers breaking industry news to gamers on a daily basis.
Meg Turney
Who she is: Meg Turney first got her angel wings in the geek community as a well-known cosplayer, but has since branched out heavily into online media hosting and news reporting. She's hosted weekly gaming and tech-related series for Nerdist News and CraveOnline, and currently works full-time for the Internet culture channel Rooster Teeth.

Why she's awesome: She has a particularly deep knowledge about Indy games and she tends not to report on something unless she really knows her sh*t. And she usually knows her sh*t. 
 





Andrea Rene
Who she is: Andrea Rene appears on Gamestop TV and is a host for GameTrailers. She also runs a blog, keeps fans up-to-date on new industry happenings via her Twitter stream, and contributes a host of freelance video content to various game-related sites, including GameFly, Machinima, and The Escapist. She's currently the Senior Producer and host for the digital and tech oriented entertainment company, DEFY Media.

Why she's awesome: She brings a charming a personal touch to the kind of hosting that usually comes off as stale. Her following speaks for herself. 

Maddy Myers
Who she is: Maddy Myers is a game critic for Paste Magazine where she contributes feature articles, reviews, and a regular column called "Hyper Mode."

Why she's awesome: Myers is great at combining a traditional critical approach with a solid understanding of game mechanics, making her reviews insightful, funny, and full of depth. Her non-review posts address issues of media bias, censorship, and socio-cultural issues affecting gamers.
Danielle Riendeau
Who she is: Danielle Riendeau is a senior reviewer for Polygon. She has a very strong critical perspective, but some of her best work for the site is filed under "opinion."

Why she's awesome: Check out this amazing piece about the much coveted and buzzed-about game Alien: Isolation where she ties together the lineage of the game's central character with the feminist themes of Ridley Scott's original 1979 film. Her approach gives video games the respect they deserve, elevates the medium and ends of making the whole industry look good. Pulling out meaty literary themes to discuss while mainstream media tries to completely dismiss video games as a worthwhile part of culture? Awesome. 

Bonus:  her last name is pronounced like "Nintendo" which is pretty fun!

Carolyn Petit
Who she is: Carolyn Petit is a transgender woman who made waves when she first got hired on as a game reviewer for GameSpot.

Why she's awesome: She made even bigger waves when she published what was, overall, an extremely positive review of Grand Theft Auto V, which nonetheless awarded the game only 9/10 stars. This not-utterly-fawning assessment of the game caused a small faction of totally insane people to launch a smear campaign against Petit, writing embittered emails to her bosses and posting angry rants on YouTube demanding she be fired. Again, 9/10 stars.

Petit unfortunately was let go from GameSpot eventually due to a round of layoffs, not because of her actual writing. She does still continue to be awesome on Twitter, however.




Tracey Lien
Who she is: Formerly of Polygon and now with the L.A. Times, Tracey Lien generated a debate around the gaming industry with her groundbreaking piece "No Girls Allowed" and her coverage on the rise of Twitch "When Watching Beats Playing."

Why she's awesome: Tracey does traditional game reviews and criticism, but she also does a lot of on-the-ground reporting (like this article on game developers in the Middle East). She's great at breaking down current events related to gaming culture – like this article about that time the people who own Candy Crush Saga tried to trademark the word "candy."

Tracey is one of the most reputable voices in both the gaming and tech fields. She continues to make strong contributions to the ongoing public conversation about women in games, and the cultural impact of technology.





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<![CDATA[Best Super Nintendo (SNES) Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-super-nintendo-_snes_-games
List of the best games ever released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The 16-bit Super Nintendo (or SNES) video game console was available beginning in 1990 in Japan (where it was known as the Super Famicom) and the following year in North America, and was not discontinued until 2003 and 1999, respectively. During the 16-bit era (which primarily featured SNES competition from the Sega Genesis console), Super Nintendo was the world's best-selling video game system. Over 39 million SNES units were sold around the world (still shy of the incredible 61.91 million original Nintendo systems sold.) Even into the 32-bit era, Super Nintendo systems remained commonplace in homes around the world.

794 total games were officially released for the Super Nintendo system. The first games available for the new system were "Super Mario World," "F-Zero," "Pilotwings," "SimCity" and "Gradius III." "Super Mario World" - which was often bundled and sold with the system in its early days - remained the best-selling SNES game of all time, with over 20 million units sold. Many Super Nintendo titles have remained popular through the use of emulators, which can currently recreate the SNES experience on computers.

Check out more lists like a collection of all Super Nintendo games made, the most loved Super Smash Bros characters, and which Nintendo system was the best.

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Chrono Trigger

Donkey Kong Country

Final Fantasy VI

Star Fox

Street Fighter II

Super Mario Kart

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Super Mario World

Super Metroid

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past


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<![CDATA[The Most Fun Card Games]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/most-fun-card-games
List of card games that are fun for groups of friends and family. Whether you're playing poker professionally or simply enjoying a casual game of Go Fish with the family, the most fun card games provide hours of entertainment for all ages. There are numerous fun card games, each with their own rules and gameplay such as two-player card games, drinking games, fun card games for 3 and multi-player card games allowing plenty of choices for everyone. Perhaps the best part is that many card games can be played nearly anywhere with only a standard deck of playing cards.

Though there is a bit of debate as to the origin, many historians believe that playing cards were invented in China during the 9th century. The first card game followed soon after, as did hundreds of other card games.

What are the best card games? Names of the most fun card games include simple games like solitaire or crazy eights and strategic card games like poker or euchre. But which card game is the most fun? You be the judge! Add names of card games to this list and vote for your favorite games below.
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Blackjack

Euchre

Gin rummy

Go Fish

Poker

Solitaire

UNO

Bullshit

War

Hearts


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