As it turns out, every year we spend a total of 156 billion hours playing video games. So it comes as no surprise that many of us have incredibly strong feelings about the games we love — and even stronger feelings about the ones we hate. MuchGames.com surveyed more than 2,000 gamers to find out what the most beloved games and game levels are, as well as the most hated. Here's a rundown of some of the analysis below.
The Games We Love
Unsurprisingly, the list of top 10 favorite games as chosen by the 2,000-plus gamers surveyed was littered with classic franchises. Super Mario World and Super Mario 64 took the top two spots, with The Legend of Zelda titles taking third, fourth and eighth. Then came Sonic the Hedgehog, with the first and second games taking spots five and seven, respectively. Finishing off the top nine is Donkey Kong, taking spots six and nine. And tying with the second Donkey Kong game at ninth is Battletoads. Almost 40 percent of the people surveyed chose one of the two #SuperMario games, which is an astounding number for a little plumber who rides a dinosaur and fights a fire-breathing turtle.
The Levels We Love
Mario again manages to dominate when it comes to the top nine levels, with seven of the nine zones on this list coming from various Super Mario games. Four of those are Super Mario World, three from Super Mario 64, while the other two on the list are from Sonic the Hedgehog and Donkey Kong Country. No. 1 goes to the legendary "Donut Plains 1" level from Super Mario World, which you can see a run of below.
That's some classic Super Mario fun right there. However, not all video game levels are as universally loved as those listed above. Here's a little something from the other end of the spectrum.
Levels We Hate
As far as the majority of the 2,000 who voted are concerned, Super Mario World brings both the best and worst of gaming. Everybody loved "Donut Plains 1," but once you got to the "Sunken Ghost Ship," you were bound to only find frustration waiting in the murky deep.
Super Mario World dominated, taking the top three spots for most hated levels, with "Wendy's Castle" and "Larry's Castle" topping off the podium. The rest of the top nine had two levels from each of Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Super Mario 64. See what made Sunken Ghost Ship such a universally hated level in this run-through below from YouTuber Carls493.
Favorite Video Games By Profession
The team at MuchGames.com also put together some compelling information regarding the careers of the 2,000 people surveyed, giving us an insight into how these video game enthusiasts choose to make their money.
Turns out people who work in retail favor #Zelda, while those working in education enjoy Mario the most (guess he couldn't convince them all to go into the honorable vocation that is pipe cleaning). Interestingly, people working in arts, entertainment, and recreation have a penchant Donkey Kong, having clearly being turned off zoo work by the gorilla's antics.
Continuing, we see that if you work in IT you love a bit of #Battletoads — because who doesn't? — and homemakers also love Donkey Kong. Meanwhile, those who love running around as a spiky anthropomorphic mammals also enjoy running around stores as retail workers.
Interestingly, it appears the unemployed are also fans of the Hyrule princess, and some love her so much that they're still playing her well into retirement. Those who love #SonictheHedgehog tend to work in education, while Donkey Kong fans have gone into the insurance and financial sectors to escape their ape obsession.
Of the list of professions and their respective favorite games, the only game on the list that stands out from the typical franchise picks is Goldeneye 007, which seems to get teachers excited. Living vicariously, perhaps?
Video Game Consoles We Love
Finally, MuchGames.com asked the survey participants about the consoles they love the most. Nearly 27 percent of responders answered with the #Nintendo64, while Super Nintendo and PlayStation 1 come in as runners-up, with 23 percent and 20 percent, respectively. In the middle of the pack we see the love for the original Nintendo console, and even some for the Game Boy, my personal favorite. Those ol' chestnuts the Sega Genesis and Atari round out the list, proving that the love for classic games will never be killed off by newer devices.
You can see the full survey results at MuchGames.com, which did a stellar job of compiling the information.
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