Misty Matonis: CCP

I’ve been a gamer ever since my mother brought home a classic Coleco Pong console when it was first released. We progressed to the Atari VCS and Colecovision, but my best gaming memories are when we...

Shaun Norton: Sandbox Strategies

This game blew my mind the first time I played it, which was via a demo disc in a gaming magazine. It was unlike anything I had played before, a remarkably polished game with an intricate story and in...

Nikolaus Gebhardt: Ambiera

Back then, Wolfenstein was one of the first games with 'real' 3D graphics, although today this is only considered 2D. I was amazed by that technology, and played though the game countless of nights. W...

Lee Amarakoon: UTV True Games

It's the game that got me into playing strategy games. With only 1 ship, you transported tanks and other units to the different bases scattered around the level in order to take over sections of the...

Mark van Diggelen: SkillPod Media

I have a lot of great game playing memories from the early to mid eighties. My best friend, Jose, my brother and I were absolute arcade games addicts and used to take our R1 (roughly Us$12 in today's ...

Nils-Holger Henning: Bigpoint

Need for Speed is one of the first 3D Racing games and even today this game makes a lot of fun. The sequel titles runs on different platforms like PocketPC´s and Playstation what makes this game a ve...

Curt Hartung: CCP

I spent over a year plumbing this game right after its release, on my apple //c, from start to finish, with no internet or cheat guides or outside help. The minimalist graphics and rich sandbox-like c...

Patrick Rene Posthuma Linthorst: Phure Studios

Games like Zelda; A Link to the Past and Super Metroid would always make me doubt about Ocarina of Time being my all-time favorite game ever, since they're really good games and come in as a close sec...

Robby Zinchak: Archive Games

There's something about that game that after you play it, you never forget it. I think it may have had the best story in all of games - witty, touching, and fantastical all at the same time. But it ...

Lincoln Davis: NCsoft

Contra was the first game I was able to complete without dying once. Super Spreads rocks!...

Jonathan Collins: MiniMonos

The best burger joint in town had three arcade units when I was a kid: Frogger, Space Invaders, and Donkey Kong (showing my age here). Frogger was seriously addictive, despite (or perhaps because of) ...

Janine Griffel: Bigpoint

I like this title because I always reach 9 points when I sing “Always on My Mind”. It is the best game to freeze up a lame party. ...

Páll Ívarsson: CCP

The main problem was that I didn't speak a word in English (being from Iceland) except a few words here and there and my mom claimed I wouldn't understand it. But I ignored her warnings, and I'm glad ...

Melissa Burns: The Museum of Mobility History

Pitfall Harry entertained me for a week straight in the early 80’s while I was stuck at home trying to deal with the Chicken Pox. Even at a very young age I loved the thrill of completing a task und...

Ted Brockwood: Kalypso Media USA

Yar's Revenge was fun because it had a very simple gameplay mechanic, and basically one enemy, but it just kept getting relentlessly harder the more you played, until it was so fast, it was almost imp...

Josh Austin: D3Publisher of America

Metroid for the NES was the first gaming experience I had that affected me. At the time, all the games were colorful with bright music and lots of character. Metroid was a faceless hero isolated in ...

Tyler Chester: Appular

I've always been into simulation games for a while now and it keeps me pretty busy. The Sims 1 for PS2 was really the first game that started my gaming habits. I had an original PS2, the "fatty" of t...

Robert Eng: GameTable Online

For the era it was a good game but I just have fond memories of the family Commodore 64, the industrial strength Atari style joysticks, setting the game to the endless “Randomizer” setting, and co...

Jóhann Haukur Gunnarsson: CCP

For me this is the golden turn based strategy game. I still play it, even though I have finished this game so often I’ve long lost count of it. The suspense when you wait for your turn as the AI opp...

Mungo Amyatt-Leir: Flight 1

I quickly become hooked, walking 4 miles each way to school so that I could spend my bus (and lunch) money on this beast. My nightmares were punctuated by the appearance of that tiny saucer and hundre...

Claas Paletta: Daedalic Entertainment

Хорошо! - Ivan Dolvich: That's what Ivan, my favorite mercenary in the Jagged Alliance series, says when you direct him anywhere on the map. He speaks only Russian and is a tremendously good sho...

Michael Mota: DreamCatcher Games

“This is the game that got me hooked in the NHL franchise. It was fast paced, exciting, and I had a blast creating my own custom team. My favorite part of this game (and every NHL game after) was th...

Jeroen Talman: Games Factory Online

As a little kid I never owned a NES, but we had a Sega Master System II instead. This console had the game Alexx Kid in Miracle World build in. I spent so many hours playing this game as a 6-year old ...

Alasdair Evans: Laughing Jackal

It was the first game that really made me feel something emotionally and was just so well constructed that I still go back and play it today. It also has a maturity and an eeriness that few games of t...

Frank Campbell: First Planet Company

I played Jetpac on my very first PC, the ZX Spectrum. Suddenly I wasn’t restricted by how long my pocket money would last in an arcade. I could assemble rockets and fight off aliens as much as I lik...

Jay Boor: Konami

Herzog-Zwei is one of my all-time favorite titles for a number of reasons. It was the first-true real-time strategy game, and it debuted on the SEGA Genesis – it wasn’t even a PC title! At the tim...

David Knippenberg: WarFactory

Up to that point, I'd never played a game where the atmosphere was so tense. It seemed like every choice you made carried great weight, especially once the turn-based squad combat started. Make a wr...

Ned Coker: CCP

So many memories I’m not sure where to start, but there was just enough “Question mark” luck, strategy, diversity, taunting and “kingmaker” gameplay in it in battle mode to keep every match ...

Gabe Gonzales: MoneyPlum Media

It's such a beautifully built game that I want to see its environments everywhere, so I created Shadow Moses Island for L4D and L4D2. Surprisingly the map made it into the pages of PGGamer's top 10 L4...

Kelly Wheelis: Sumo Panda Games

I love GoldenEye for N64. It redefined the first-person shooter. Without it, there would be no Half-Life, no Halo, no Fallout, all of which I love so dearly. With tons of levels to play through, inclu...

Richard M. Holmes: Club V3

Simply a great game where you can slip into a different era and life from the comfort of your chair without unnecessary features. With each new version it gets better, whilst not destroying the simpli...

Nadine Knobloch: bitComposer Games

“The brothers are history!” which was not only the slogan on the British box but also my personal battle call since I played this game for hours and hours with my brother, always competing in who...

Chris Waldron: Cartoon Network Game Studios

In trying to get all the patches that Activision gave out on their games, this was the one I could never get. I'm not sure it's so much my favorite, as the game from my childhood that haunts me the mo...

Jessica Harper: Fallen Earth

The Tomb Raider series of games on the PS2 has to be my favorite game to date since it made me concentrate on the puzzles and the dexterity challenges while providing a lot of fun and entertainment. I...

Mary Sue To: Aksys Games

The secluded atmosphere, the epic boss battles, the relationship between Samus and the baby metroid, and the urge to collect 100% items...this is the game that I will never forget....

Erik Reynolds: Atari

Star Raiders was one of the first 1st person space flight sims and I’m sure influenced a generation of space flight combat games since. The game was brilliant in its presentation at the time because...

Michael Lefrancois Bedard: Citeremis

In my opinion Mega Man is the pinacle of platforming games. Mega Man introduced me to the beauty of side scrolling games and I have been enjoying that genre ever since....

Brian Wyser: X-Ray Kid Studios

DD was my first experience with fighting co-op... um... for everyone back then I guess as it opened up a new genre of gameplay. My friends and I were hooked from the first day we wasted at the local ...

Marie Croall: Fallen Earth LLC

This was one of the first games I ever played obsessively. Even at my young age, the humor and puzzles appealed to me—even if the phrase "You can't do that...at least not now" is permanently burned ...

Nery Hernandez: MonkeyPlum Media

Tie Fighter stands out for me as one of those games that has that rare quality of being an experience. From the story, the initiation into the Emperor’s Inner Circle (Secret forearm tattoo and all),...

Steven Peeler: Soldak Entertainment

I think this was the first rpg that I played on a computer and I sure do have fond memories. Even with minimal graphics, which were actually pretty good at the time, it was still frightening and great...

Seth Priebatsch: SCVNGR

I love Civ IV because it's basically the best representation of what I love about real life (planning, strategy, intrigue) but sped up 100x....

Juan Benito: Joystick Labs

Awesome 3D + Tight Controls (Mouselook) + Internet Matchmaking + Clans = My First Awesome Online Multiplayer Experience!...

Jeff Ramos: Games for Change

It was refreshing to see a game break the mold and deliver a real experience, not just a story inside a cookie cutter design scheme. I'd trade in all the HD graphics in the world for a game that actua...

Michal Gledala: Global Fun

Some people think it is crazy to just look at the stats, clicking on numbers and watching 22 small round dots flying around the screen, but for me it is pure fun. It is a great feeling to start a care...

Wes Platt: Fallen Earth LLC

Ultima IV was the first open-world style game that I ever played that gave me a real sense of control over the destiny of the character from the start. The player answers a series of ethical challenge...

Jason Cirillo: Robotube Games

Space Invaders is such a simple and beautiful formula, and allows for the development of personal technique. It's accessible to anyone, and still remains satisfying, fun, and relaxing. There's nothi...

Paul Kogan: OMGPOP

Having hidden aliens suddenly fire on you, the ominous music and the pit in your stomach you felt when sneaking into an enemy ship made for unbelievable tension. I have not found a game that's been ab...

Aubrey Norris: SouthPeak Games

I LOVED Blaster Master as a kid – fighting radioactive frogs and driving a tank? What more could you ask for? Plus the game was hard as crap – beating that game definitely was one of my proudes...

Brain Kritzberg: Ninth Dimension Studios

I'm not quite sure why I love this game so much, but I just do! I must have played it a million times with my best friend growing up and I still play it today. When a game doesn't get old after 20 y...

Mark Rattin:15 Letters

I loved the arcade game and my ColecoVision version made me the only kid on the block with a home version that rivaled what we played in the arcade. Definitely a taste of things to come plus that summ...

Anna Sheglova: 1C Company

King's Bounty was released in 1990 and became the ancestor for a great number of modern game series. The fairytale spirit of the game made a huge amount of players spend hours completing the quests fo...

Eitan Glinert: Fire Hose Games

Madness was one of the best games ever created, and is STILL fun today more than two decades later. I used to play on the Amiga 2000 with my older sister; she preferred the mouse, while I preferred th...

Chris Parsons: Muzzy Lane Software

Incredibly deep content: a mix of turn-based squad combat, RPG, and resource management. You carefully nurtured and grew your squad and it really hurt when some of your favorites died horribly. TFTD...

John Blain: Dell

Dhalsim, after winning a fight: “Now you’ve realized the inner mysteries of Yoga!” – I spent enough money on this game in the arcade to put a down payment on a small house. Nothing was more sa...

Harry Miller : Devolver Digital

I didn’t realize that I liked it that much and don't understand how my first time playing got so out of hand. I starting the game for the first time at around 5pm one day, when I finally looked up ...

Martin Brouard: Frima Studio

Ultima IV was a revolution for me because it had such an epic scope for an RPG at the time. I remember spending a whole summer building up my party and travelling through Britannia’s many cities and...

Jonathan Sabella: Ninth Dimension Studios

I just can't get enough of the fast paced hockey action from the classic NES system, I still love the dynamic of winning fights giving your team an advantage and worked hard to bring influences from c...

Alex Kutsenok: Dreamspike Studios

I got into Everquest as a sophomore in high school. It was my first MMORPG, and the level of immersion was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I alsoappreciated that there was a real consequence t...

Keith Pichelman: Concrete Software

The game had a ton of levels!!! It seemed like you could play it forever… the later levels really got you thinking outside the box which could get so frustrating until you finally figured it out… ...

Greg Wohlwend: Mikengreg

My brother and I were obsessed with this game. It came on a dozen or so 3.5" hard disks (high tech back then) and included a semi-complete faux vellum map. Most of the game took place in either a huge...

Nicolai Dutka: Archon Games

The original Final Fantasy was the very first role-playing game I had ever played. I was instantly hooked into the genre and have been a die-hard RPG fan ever since....

Fredrik Liljegren: Antic Entertainment

It was the first real tennis game (not just paddles and a moving blob!), many many 5 set matches that took hours was played on this game with my friends, and it was the first game that made think abou...

Jay Stuckwisch: Twisted Pixel Games

I loved that you were Military Vs. Aliens, pretty awesome! The mix up of game play was a pretty sweet effect too. I would have to say that game is what evolved my love for video games and made me wa...

Alexis Hebert: Terminal Reality

Halo CE will always be my favorite because it was the first game I was better at than my natural born enemy, my little brother. Not to mention any game who’s music was written by the same man who wr...

Tim Fields: Certain Affinity

I love the classic RPGs. Of these, the Bard's Tale always had a special spot in my heart. I still remember meeting Hawkslayer through the ages, and remember how excited I was years later when I met J...

Smashing Ideas: Gamer Profile

This was one of the first games I played where you were given the freedom to experiment with your surroundings and think 'outside of the box'. These actions often lead to humorous outcomes and comment...

Andy O’Neil: Bluepoint Games

Hard to play and harder to master, Robotron is one of the purest shooters ever made. No fluff in the design and relentless action that still holds up today, you can't beat Robotron for that fast arcad...

Aaron Hunter: Playtechtonics LLC

It was so amazing. It had a great storyline while not sacrificing open-ended game-play, as well as action elements and character-building role-playing as well. The overall presentation was polished, a...

Anila Andrade: 99 Games Online

I’m a puzzle freak and tend to like any game that belongs to this genre. It’s skill based and also involves an element of strategy in it. The art is incredible and the game has kept me hooked on f...

Jeff Evans: Antic Entertainment

I love the pure simplicity of Galaga. It takes you right back to roots of gaming with its ruthless nature. Your goal: Make it on the highscore table by any means necessary and all you need to worry ab...

Joe Pinney: Telltale Games

The pure essence of fantasy TBS, best random map generator EVER so you could play into insane infinity. These days I play Battle for Wesnoth to scratch that itch, just wish it had those cool artifact...

Lisa Carter: TFPSoft

If I had to pick just one game, however, it would have to be the original Legend of Zelda. By the standards of the day the game world was huge, which made it lots of fun. But what I really loved were ...

Donald Harris: InstantAction

First and foremost the haunting music was just perfect for that game. But one of things I like most about it is that they took my memory of the first Metroid and made the game feel even more technical...

Ken Berry: XSEED Games

Fighters with their unique special moves like The Amazon chomping on an opponent's head was fantastic for the time, but of course the classic statement "A winner is you" elevates this game beyond othe...

Chris Campbell and Adrian Woods: Big Fish Games

It has magic, pirates and an abominable snowman! The feeling of tension when trying to collect the ingredients and cast the spell before Manannan came back to the house was palpable. The reward of fin...

Anna Morris: Zoe Mode

Growing up in a tiny village in the countryside meant very little access to exciting technology. When my brother and I were given our cousin’s old Commodore in the late ‘80s, we were hooked straig...

Tom Cadwell: Riot Games

To me, this was a huge milestone in gaming. It had a great story, and fantastic combat with really interesting designs where everything had a clear use, and felt great to use. As a designer, never g...

Kyle Rhône: Tinderbox Entertainment

As a former traditional 2D animator I think that Earthworm Jim has some of the best character animation I've ever seen in a video game. The visual design is unique and the game play is responsive giv...

Mathew Anderson: Petroglyph

It really all started with Jones in the Fast Lane in 1990. I'm a huge Simulation fan and found the game quite ahead of its time. The basic goal is to find food, get a job, go to school, and invest in ...

Jacob A Stevens: Riverman Media

Zelda II had a dark and enigmatic spirit that captured my attention as a child and continues to inspire me to this day. I love the warbling, disconcerting soundtrack that sets the stage for falling in...

John Graham: Wolfire Games

Intense, but well-balanced action, ridiculously fun variety of weapons, innovative gameplay modes and modability, gorgeous graphics for its time (which got high frame rates even on my modest computer)...

Rob Jagnow: Lazy 8 Studios

Dark Castle was really ahead of its time. It had wonderful animations, incredible diversity in its gameplay mechanics and well-tuned difficulty. It told a great story with very little narration....

Corey Dangel: Detonator Games

It's hard to choose just a single favorite classic game, but M.U.L.E. stands out because it remains excellent multiplayer entertainment, even today. Who would imagine that a game of exploration and e...

Chris Skaggs: Soma Games

“The pacing in Tempest is just brilliant. You put your quarter in and are instantly drilling flippers. Plus, something about early vector graphics always lights me up. Battlezone is a very close sec...

Weston Tracy: Black Jacket Studios

Favorite classic game would have to be the original Metroid! I love it for the sense of bizarre isolation it creates with the music and endless underground caverns....

Jason Shankel: Stupid Fun Club

What impresses me most about Elite is the exceptional quality both of the innovative elements (3d and the huge, expansive algorithmically generated universe that fits neatly into 64k) the gameplay. ...

Michael Jorgensen: Zombie Studios

In a world, filled with “easy-mode” games, where the player is rewarded for every action, XCOM is the counter. Even the EASY mode for XCOM would make Patton or McArthur sweat. Time is almost alway...