Let's Play 1001 Games
Based in Toronto, Canada

First Episode:
May 30, 2015


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The Book:

Current Progress:
175 / 1001 Games Played


One Canadian's quest to play through the book "1001 Games You Must Play Before You Die" before he dies.


About Jay

I’m Gaming Jay and I’ve been playing video games since I was first introduced to them by my Dad’s Atari 2600. Growing up I played a lot of games on my 286-computer and my NES. I was raised on shows like "Video and Arcade Top 10" and "Electric Circus". I used to dream about being a video game designer, and in my teenager years taught myself BASIC and C++ and then developed a series of small real-time strategy games, RPGs, and Mario-clones that I played with my friends. Whether it’s playing games, designing games, or just talking about games, it’s safe to say that I am a gamer, through and through.

Series Development

This series was inspired by and is driven by the book "1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die". I owned this book for over a year before I started my series, and always wondered whether someone had or could play through the whole thing. No one was playing through this book on YouTube and I eventually realized that doing so just was too good an idea to pass up. So one day I finally decided to start this series, and that's pretty much all it took.

Series Description

Each week I try out two games from the book and record the results. This means that each year I plan to play about 100 games, meaning the quest to play all 1001 will take, oh, about 10 years... yeah, I'm that crazy. My series is intended to be retro in theme, so I mainly play older games in the book. I’ve mapped out a rough time course for the next several years however. Because each year every game in the book gets older, the goal with the schedule is to arrange the games I play such that I’m always playing old games, even if they’re the "newest" ones in the book. My commentary aims to capture the feeling of sitting down with a friend on some Saturday afternoon, loading up a random game, and just chit chatting and taking some friendly jabs at the game while we play. In addition, to my general commentary, for every game I play I always make some recommendation about whether you should indeed play it before you die.

Jay’s Influences

I am a big fan of gaming channels and gaming shows. The idea to even make this series is the result of how much I enjoy watching gaming series on YouTube. Though not every show is still active, my biggest influences over the years (and favourite online shows) are/were Bleep Bloop, HuskyStarcraft, HD Starcraft, The Angry Video Game Nerd, Let’s Drown Out..., and All Your History.


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