GameFAQs keeps extensive server logs detailing every single web hit the site has received since October of 1998. In other words, it's possible to tell exactly how many times a given page is hit over the course of a day, week, month, or year. In fact, that's where the daily Top 50 Games list comes from, as well as the Top 10 list on the home page. Each game with one or more FAQs or Codes has its own "FAQ/Code" page, and it is these pages that are added up to represent the top games on the site.

So, when you tally up all of the hits over the course of the entire year of 1999, what were the most popular games of the year? And could you guess them?

The final results were as follows:

  1. Elijah Miller (22)
  2. Doug Hesia (25)
  3. Scott Carson (27)
  4. Jason Meyers (27)
  5. Josh Madagan (28)
  6. Eddie Viar (29)
  7. Steve Ondrejack (31)
  8. Mike Plyley (31)
  9. Jordan M. Davis (32)
  10. Eric Kurosu (33)
For the random drawing only one person actually bothered to claim their prize, Jeff Chan. Since two random prize drawings weren't claimed, the prizes will be carried over to the April contest. The third place prize was deterimined by the tiebreaker. The page for the #1 Game of 1999, Final Fantasy VIII, received 1,407,255 hits over the course of the year. Wow.






RankSystemGame
1PlayStationFinal Fantasy VIII
2GameBoyPokemon
3Nintendo 64Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
4PlayStationFinal Fantasy VII
5PlayStationSilent Hill
6PlayStationXenogears
7PlayStationStar Ocean: The Second Story
8PlayStationResident Evil 3: Nemesis
9PlayStationLegend of Legaia
10PlayStationMetal Gear Solid
11GameBoyPokemon Yellow
12PlayStationSyphon Filter
13Nintendo 64Super Smash Brothers
14Nintendo 64Goldeneye
15PlayStationWWF Attitude
16PlayStationDino Crisis
17PlayStationGran Turismo
18PlayStationLegacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
19PlayStationFinal Fantasy Tactics
20PlayStationLunar: Silver Star Story
21GameBoy ColorLegend of Zelda DX: Link's Awakening
22PlayStationStreet Fighter Alpha 3
23PlayStationBreath of Fire III
24PlayStationSuikoden II
25Nintendo 64Donkey Kong 64
26PlayStationResident Evil 2
27Super NintendoFinal Fantasy III
28Nintendo 64WCW/NWO Revenge
29Nintendo 64WWF Wrestlemania 2000
30PlayStationTekken 3
31DreamcastSonic Adventure
32PlayStationDriver
33PlayStationTony Hawk's Pro Skater
34DreamcastSoul Calibur
35Nintendo 64Jet Force Gemini
36PlayStationParasite Eve
37Nintendo 64Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
38Nintendo 64Pokemon Snap
39PlayStationBrave Fencer Musashi
40PlayStationWWF Warzone
41PlayStationEhrgeiz
42PlayStationCastlevania: Symphony of the Night
43GameBoy ColorPokemon Gold/Silver
44GameBoyLegend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
45PlayStationWCW Mayhem
46PlayStationTales of Destiny
47Nintendo 64Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
48PlayStationDragon Ball Final Bout
49Nintendo 64Castlevania 64
50PlayStationFinal Fantasy Anthology
51Super NintendoChrono Trigger
52PlayStationTomb Raider: The Last Revelation
53PlayStationMonster Rancher 2
54PlayStationTomb Raider 3
55PlayStationGran Turismo 2
56Nintendo 64WWF Attitude
57Super NintendoSeiken Densetsu 3
58PlayStationWCW/NWO Thunder
59PlayStationWild Arms
60PlayStationSaga Frontier
61Nintendo 64Banjo-Kazooie
62Super NintendoLegend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
63PlayStationThousand Arms
64Nintendo 64WWF War Zone
65ArcadeMarvel vs. Capcom
66PlayStationMarvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
67DreamcastMarvel vs. Capcom
68DOS/WindowsBaldur's Gate
69DOS/WindowsCommand & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
70Nintendo 64Shadow Man
71Nintendo 64Gauntlet Legends
72DreamcastBlue Stinger
73PlayStationMedal of Honor
74PlayStationResident Evil Director's Cut
75ArcadeKing of Fighters '99, The
76PlayStationMegaMan Legends
77DOS/WindowsQuake III: Arena
78ArcadeTekken Tag Tournament
79DOS/WindowsHalf-Life
80PlayStationNeed for Speed, The: High Stakes
81PlayStationTenchu
82PlayStationWu Tang: Shaolin Style
83Super NintendoFinal Fantasy V
84PlayStationGrandia
85Nintendo 64Star Wars Episode I: Racer
86PlayStationBloody Roar 2
87PlayStationStar Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace, The
88PlayStationTomorrow Never Dies
89Nintendo 64Mario Party
90PlayStationAlundra
91PlayStationSuikoden
92DOS/WindowsStar Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace, The
93Nintendo 64Mario Golf
94PlayStationR4: Ridge Racer Type 4
95DOS/WindowsDarkstone
96PlayStationFinal Fantasy V
97Nintendo 64Resident Evil 2
98Super NintendoSuper Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
99PlayStationNBA Live '99
100DreamcastReady 2 Rumble Boxing
The Winning Entry
EntryActualSystemGamePoints
11PlayStationFinal Fantasy VIII0
22GameBoyPokemon0
33Nintendo 64Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time0
44PlayStationFinal Fantasy VII0
510PlayStationMetal Gear Solid5
66PlayStationXenogears0
714Nintendo 64Goldeneye7
88PlayStationResident Evil 3: Nemesis0
917PlayStationGran Turismo8
1012PlayStationSyphon Filter2
Total Points22