Darren Grant: Kerberos Productions

The original prototypical city builder game, before the PC genre was really branded. No other city builder I know of has ever made the interplay of economics this tactile. Hours of zen tweaking and ba...

Henri Haimakainen: Colossal Order

It was something really cool compared to the single player games of the time. It also presented a different take on the multiplayer game mode since many games were about players taking turns to play t...

Lisa Haasbroek: Legacy Interactive

Remember in the original NES Metroid, when Samus took off her helmet and it turned out she was woman? It was totally jaw dropping at the time, since there were so few women game heroes in 1986, and I ...

Simone Bevilacqua: BOH

I have no favorite game because there are so many I love that it's just impossible to choose. Anyway, I'm mostly into C64 and Amiga games (but, of course, I've also seen/played many games on many othe...

Mariina Hallikainen: Colossal Order

I used to play Theme Park when I was a teenager. It was insanely addicting and fun! I played it for hours at a time and it must have made my mom worry a bit. I guess it didn’t come as a surprise tha...

Chris Stewart: Kerberos Productions

I remember Ultima 3 (my entry to theseries) calling to me constantly, with its vast, dangerous world to explore. Then explore again, just in case I missed digging something up on an island somewhere. ...

Johan Andersson: Paradox Interactive

It was on a game compilation I got with my first computer (c64), and I just loved the “speech” whenever you started a new game. “STAY AWHILE…. STAY FOREVER!”...

Valerie Wicks: Legacy Interactive

“Every moment is fun and every moment I care no matter how many times I play it. I’ve always loved Chrono Trigger for that- for being so good to me.”...

Daniel Haffner: Highbrow Games

The bionic arm made you feel like a badass all the way through the game, and allowed you to do some really cool things once you got some skill. All the music maintained the consistent military theme ...

David Costarigot: Zallag

I actually discovered this game a little later than most gamers. As I didn't own a Dreamcast I had to wait for the GameCube release a few years later. It was unfortunately not a big hit in France and ...

Frank Dolmans: VSTEP

Revolutionary, incredibly addictive, and manages to surprise and be fun even today. ...

Christophor Rick: Gamers Daily News

Alternate Reality was really the first taste of how immersive a role-playing game could be. It had a mysterious and engrossing storyline (even if you never found out what it was, you WANTED to know), ...

Rolf KloeppelL: Neonga

The Civilization Series had a major impact on my whole gamer life and I do not regret a single hour I have spent building up empires and ruling the world virtually....

Haruneko: Haruneko Entertainment

Eternal Darkness because this masterpiece is not known well enough: this game is just sheer perfection, the game system, the story, the characters, everything is crafted really well. This is an horror...

Nacho Pintos: Frugal Games

I can't help it, it's so perfect, so seminal. All 'collect-everything' games started here. The setting is absurd: colored ghosts, yellow dots, a pizza-like avatar... That's what I miss most in curren...

Wes Paugh: Fusion Reactions

Everything about Perfect Dark felt streamlined and polished, with enough to do to keep me satisfied no matter what experience I craved. Throw in a phenomenal multiplayer and it's a formula that has ke...

Robert Muresan: Exosyphen studios

“I don’t try to make better games than the ones that exists. I come up with new game types that have never been created and played. Then I try to make them better than the first time”...

Michael Austin: Hidden Path Entertainment

It's my favourite quote because I think it sums up why it is I wanted to be in the game industry in the first place. I loved fantasy books as a kid, and creating video games is the closest to true ma...

Carlos Eduardo Murrer Gomes: CEMG Apps

When I was a kid my father worked developing games for ATARI in Brasil and we had almost all ATARI Games. I started playing Kaboom! for Atari when I was 3 years old, we had also a different joystick f...

James Whitehead: Boss Baddie

No game has inspired me as much as this one. Most of my inspiration comes from sound and music, and as a 7 year old when I found this rummaging through my parents bedroom, it blew my mind when I first...

Martin Cirulis: Kerberos Productions

Quick, dirty, elegant, funny and straight to the point. Distilled essence of 4X with Cowboy speech events AND multiplayer network support LONG before that was cool....

Rob Hewson : Dark Energy Digital

Micro Machines is one of those rare games which feels as fun today as it ever was - the simplicity of the concept and the top down visuals mean it really hasn't aged in the way something like Goldeney...

Ben Bradley: Ben Bradley

This was a blend of real time strategy and first person shooters - it took the two most popular genres on the PC at the time and combined them in their entirety. Add to that an amazing outdoor graphic...

Mark Sheeky: Cornutopia

The best games combine action and strategy and my other favorites Airborne Ranger of Project Stealth Fighter on the C64 did that brilliantly, as well as Frontier Elite 2 on the Amiga. Oh and I can't h...

Alan Wild: Focus Multimedia Limited

What. A. Game. An RPG and a work of art that was way ahead of its time in terms of graphics, engine, combat and character interaction. I installed the crazy number of floppy disks it arrived on, one a...

Aileen Bautista: Dinoroar Interactive

My fondest memory was catching Carmen Sandiego, feeling all awesome that I caught the bad guy. For an educational game at that time, it definitely didn't seem like it. I was having too much fun tryi...

Brooks Piggott: Barcode Games

PFS allows players to own, operate, and coach a football team by simulating a single season or dozens of seasons. Players are in complete control of many team functions, including player drafting, fre...

Andreas Persson: ApGames

DoDonpachi was one of the first "bullet hell" shooters and in my opinion still number one. A game that when you play it for high score never gets old. DoDonpachi is all about the gameplay and that per...

Jon Hamblin: Big Ideas Digital

Seriously, this a game in which you can die simply by crossing the road without waiting for the little green man. After a while, I began to think – maybe Jim Walls isn’t a pedant – maybe he’s ...

Vern Jensen: ActionSoft

I felt like everything I had done programming was unworthy compared to what I was seeing on the screen. And, once I got to play the game, the gameplay certainly matched the special effects. Super Metr...

John “Loktofeit” Albano: CCP

Wizardry offers fun hack-n-slash CRPG gameplay with just the right mix of story, progression, risk and reward to keep me entertained even decades later. ...

Kim Soares: Nitro Games

For me, classic means something from 1980’s. From that era, Faery Tale was the most mind altering experience (along with Elite, of course). I still remember first reading a review that told about th...

Mikail Yazbeck: TaleWorlds Entertainment

I remember getting HoMM II, b/c I had to return some stupid mini-golf game that wouldn't run on my 75MHz Pentium, thank goodness for that, the franchise turned out to be a life long gaming love affair...

Sara Wendel-Örtqvist: Paradox Interactive

I played it when it was released in 1997 and I hadn't even started to learn English at that time, so my mother helped me understand what the characters said. I remember memorising several lines of dia...

Marcus Hswe: Tandem Learning

Once you reached a level of mastery (i.e. cheats), you could be Cameroon and win the World Cup. Plus, it was cheap entertainment until we broke the game. The graphics at the time were average but the ...

JerseyJosh: Game Casa

Zelda was the first game that got me to think and prove I was the smartest. Beating that game was my greatest accomplishment until the first time I got to second base....

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...

Gamer Profile: William D. Volk

I liked Choplifter (1981) on the Apple II because it had simple engaging play and you actually started to empathize with the little people on the ground. You WANTED to rescue them. ~William D. Volk...

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...