While countless soccer moms are out there to censor our love for violent video games, we as a video game playing community will never back down. It’s not up to the industry to take away our rocket launchers, shotguns, and proximity bombs. With so much creativity in the “interactive entertainment” industry, there have been so many cool video game weapons. The good people at GameTrailers.com have put together a video compiling what they consider to be the top ten BEST video game weapons ever, taking into consideration level of destruction, “coolness” factor, and level of innovation.

It comes as little surprise that the lion’s share of the picks come from first person shooters. Titles that immediately come to mind are Halo, Goldeneye 007, Half Life, Doom, Duke Nukem, Quake, and the like, but the list also includes entries from old school shoot-em-ups and other popular games from so long ago

It is a little interesting that they have gone as far back as the days of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) of the 1980s, and as current as contemporary PC-based online shooters and the Microsoft Xbox… but little to nothing in between. The generations consisting of the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Neo Geo, and the like have been omitted from the list.

A few of the weapons found in the video below throw me back to my childhood and the side-scrolling glory of Nintendo classics. Maybe it’s time to dust off the ol’ NES.

Without further ado, here’s the 5 minute vid:

Any surprises? Any omissions that you feel should have been included? Nostalgic memories? Violence and blood running too rampant? Not rampant enough? Leave your mark and scribble down a comment below so I know that you, my loyal reader, exist.

If the video doesn’t appear, you can check it out here.