Opinions! We all have them. And we're repeatedly taught that they're all equally valid. It's a heartwarming bit of utilitarian thinking.
It's clearly b*llocks though, isn't it? We all know people going around making ludicrous claims like that the N64 controller wasn't brilliant, that Crash Team Racing is superior to Mario Kart, or that a Rich Tea is a perfectly palatable biscuit.
There are some things that are almost universally agreed upon—although that's increasingly impossible in the internet age. Opinions within gaming circles are rarely anything less than vociferous and hotly contested, but even in this veritable minefield, there's a certain selection of 'untouchable' titles which we all generally accept are bona-fide classics.
We're talking museum pieces here, the sort of cartridges that will one day stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the world's most culturally significant antiquities. Think Power Stone next to the Rosetta Stone, Bayonetta alongside the Bayeux Tapestry, and other belaboured puns which spring to mind.
Some of these classics have a status so hallowed that almost no-one dares suggest they might just be slightly inferior to their own sequels. I've reached a point in my life where I no longer fear death, and so I'm one of the few brave enough to venture such iconoclastic opinions.
It takes real conviction to p*ss off the fandoms of thirteen different franchises. But here goes...
Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know).
He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.