Total Nerd The Best Games That Never End  

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List Rules Only games with no determined ending. Vote up the best games you can play forever.

Back in the earliest days of gaming, the only reason a game would come to an end was due to the limitations of computing. Games like Pac-Man aren't meant to have an end, but once you reach the limits of the RAM at level #256, you get to a kill-screen. That being said, the programmers intended it and many other arcade games of the day to continue until the challenge forced players to die and pump in quarter after quarter until all allowances were spent!

These days, an endless game could be anything from a sandbox or open world, neverending, game like Minecraft to a game with a nonlinear ending such as Grand Theft Auto V that allows players to continue playing - or avoid "beating" the game for as long as they like. As these games are rising in popularity, more and more open world/sandbox games are being developed where the people coding the games have no intention of ever allowing a player to reach the ends of their games... mostly because one was never programmed. While some of these games might have a theoretical story ending, players don't have to meet them if they don't want to.

The best games without an ending can lead a player down a rabbit hole that keeps them playing games forever, but not all endless games are created equal. Of the thousands of video games out there, these endless games are the best of them all! Vote up the games you love to play forever.

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The Sims is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Isometric projection, Life simulation, Simulation video game
The Sims is a strategic life-simulation video game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts, it was released on February 4, 2000. Its development was led by game designer Will Wright, ...more

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591 275
Grand Theft Auto V is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Action-adventure game, Racing video game
Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 17 September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox ...more

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588 278
Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Open world, Action game, Sandbox
Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson and later developed and published by the Swedish company Mojang. The ...more

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346 219
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Puzzle game, Strategy video game
Tetris is a Soviet tile-matching puzzle video game originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov. It was released on June 6, 1984, while he was working for the Dorodnicyn Computing ...more

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334 218
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Action-adventure game
This game is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles on ...more

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339 225
RollerCoaster Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Isometric projection, Simulation video game, Strategy video game
RollerCoaster Tycoon is a construction and management simulation video game that simulates amusement park management. Developed by MicroProse and Chris Sawyer and published by Hasbro ...more

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282 207
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Games That Never End
City-building game, Simulation video game, Strategy video game
SimCity, later renamed SimCity Classic, is a city-building simulation video game, first released on February 2, 1989, and designed by Will Wright for the Macintosh computer. SimCity was Maxis's ...more

8
258 192
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Maze
Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan on May 22, 1980. It was licensed for distribution in the United States by Midway and released in October 1980. Immensely ...more

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233 171
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Games That Never End
ATA added Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game
Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Red & Green, are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published ...more

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108 53
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Games That Never End
sayantanuzumaki007 added Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Role-playing video game
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls action ...more

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203 177
Animal Crossing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Life simulation, Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game
Animal Crossing, known in Japan as Dōbutsu no Mori, is a life simulation video game developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo. It was originally published for the Nintendo 64 in Japan ...more

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157 150
Pokémon Yellow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Games That Never End
ATA added Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game
Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, more commonly known as Pokémon Yellow Version, is a 1998 role-playing video game developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo ...more

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175 181
Civilization VI is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Sid Meier's Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy 4X video game developed by Firaxis Games, published by 2K Games, and distributed by Take-Two Interactive. A part of the Civilization series, ...more

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129 135
Pokémon Gold and Silver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Games That Never End
ATA added Console role-playing game, Adventure, Role-playing video game
Pokémon Gold Version and Silver Version are the second installments of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game ...more

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69 57
Wii Sports Resort is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Games That Never End
jmccoy2002 added Action game, Sports game
Wii Sports Resort is a sports video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console, and is the successor to Wii Sports. It is one of the first titles to require the Wii ...more

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73 64
Plague Inc. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Games That Never End
jmccoy2002 added Strategy video game
Plague Inc. is an iOS and Android strategy video game, developed by one-man developer Ndemic Creations. The player creates and evolves a pathogen in an effort to destroy the world with a deadly ...more

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99 108
Super Mario Maker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Mharman added
Super Mario Maker is a side-scrolling platform video game and game creation system developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U game console, which released worldwide in September 2015. ...more

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125 153
Stardew Valley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Stardew Valley is an indie farming simulation role-playing video game developed by Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone and published by Chucklefish. The game was released for Microsoft Windows ...more

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161 208
World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Action game, Virtual world, Role-playing video game
World of Warcraft (commonly known as WoW) is a pay-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It is Blizzard Entertainment's fourth game set in the fantasy Warcraft Universe, first ...more

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118 146
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Shooter game, Shoot 'em up, Action game
Space Invaders is an arcade video game developed by Tomohiro Nishikado and released in 1978. It was originally manufactured and sold by Taito in Japan, and was later licensed for production in ...more

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126 162
Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
Fallout 3 is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and is the third major installment in the Fallout series. The game was released in North America, ...more

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114 153
Temple Run is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Platform game, Action game
Temple Run is a 2011 endless running video game developed and published by the Raleigh-based Imangi Studios. It is produced, designed and programmed by husband and wife team Keith Shepherd and ...more

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113 164
Candy Crush Saga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Puzzle game
Candy Crush Saga is a match-three puzzle video game released by the developer King on April 12, 2012 for Facebook, and on November 14, 2012 for smartphones. As of March 2013, Candy Crush Saga ...more

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83 117
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Survival horror, First-person Shooter
Left 4 Dead is a cooperative first-person shooter video game with survival horror elements, developed by Turtle Rock Studios and Valve Corporation. The game uses Valve's proprietary Source ...more

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96 141
Garry's Mod is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Puzzle game, Action game, Sandbox
Garry's Mod (commonly abbreviated as GMod) is a sandbox physics game created by Garry Newman and developed by his company, Facepunch Studios. Garry's Mod was originally a mod for Valve ...more