The man responsible for Rez, Space Channel 5, and most recently Child of Eden, Tetsuya Mizuguchi, was asked what his three favorite games are, as part of ComputerAndVideoGames' Game Changers column. The answers given, not surprising, are not what you'd think.

The first title, Pong, was Miz's very first taste of interactive electronic entertainment, and a totally appropriate choice for such a role, especially since it's the ultimate example of how far video games have gone (which he even notes himself). Game number two is the obligatory shmup; there's always a good chance for at least one in every notable Japanese game designers' list of influences. This time around it's Xenon 2 Megablast for the Amiga. Which is still regarded for its lush techno/organic visuals, hip hop inspired soundtrack, and ability to step back a few paces, which is still practically unheard of for in any and all vertical shooters today.

Miz's final favorite is not a racing game as I had expected (note: I was a Mizuguchi fanboy well before Rez, with my love affair kicking off with Sega Rally Championship and Sega Touring Car). Instead it's a dating sim for the Famicom Disk System called Nakayama Miho no Tokimeki High School, which starred an idol from the '80s and was by Hironobu Sakaguchi, otherwise known as the creator of Final Fantasy. Instead of explaining why this particular example is any better than the countless others that populate the genre, we are instead treated to the following anecdote...

"She wants to introduce a friend to you in the game, but I refused. Then she started getting angry and there's some sound effect like a smack noise and the visuals get darker. Then numbers started appearing on the screen and I was like, 'Hmm?'

I put the number into my phone and called and a real girl answered! She said she was sorry about the argument and she wanted to see me the next day, at this place in the game at 4 pm.

Turning the game back on I went there and she was there!"

[via ComputerAndVideoGames]