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 ...

Gamer Profile: Alex Aguila

On the back wall were several classic arcade cabinets including Defender, Joust and Robotron. The systems were all from Retrocade and Alex explained that originally he wanted to keep the classic origi...

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...

Sean Vanaman: Telltale Games

It's a murder mystery about rival biker gangs with themes of loss and the ending of eras, set against the backdrop of the American southwest -- albeit a bizarre version of it with flying cars. Also, y...

Seppo Helava: Self Aware Games

It was one of the first instances where I felt like I'd done something in a game that I didn't think the designers had specifically intended, and it showed the flexibility & diversity of what you coul...

Thomas Riegsecker: Basilisk Games

Ultima 4 is truly an exceptional example of a near-perfect RPG. It is huge and open, with a “go anywhere, do anything” feeling, and it manages to avoid many of the clichés of the genre. It is cer...

Gamer Profile: Chris Tremmel

It's the first game I ever made, back in the day at Interplay Productions. It was one of the most exciting rewarding times of my life as I was just starting out in the biz!...

David Warhol: Realtime Associates

Due to the nature of the genre, these games are almost 100% design, as opposed to games nowadays, where based on budgets seem to be say 20% design and 80% graphics, technology, and such. Plus, they a...

David McCaman: FunClick

Playing Chivalry on my Apple II in middle-school was one of my fondest multiplayer gaming memories. A 1983 action “roll-playing” game of rescue for up to 4 players, Chivalry consists of numerous ...

Jason “Generalvivi” Mojica: Raven Software

(Super Metroid) has some of the best game design I’ve ever seen. I really enjoyed how you would find a new weapon that would open up more paths in older areas. It also had some really awesome platfo...

Gamer Profile: Jace Hall

(Kaboom) is my favorite because it is literally the personification of the adage, “Easy to learn, difficult to master.” Plus, no one can beat me at it. :)...

Arthur Lewis: Alienware

So this gamer profile is a bit different, Arthur Lewis was kind enough to talk with J.A. Laraque at E3 about his love of classic video games. Click below for the audio interview....

Jean-Charles Gaudechon: EA Black Box

Jean-Charles is a true classic gamer playing everything from classic plat-formers to M.U.D.'s to early racing games. Check out his audio profile....

Kevin Wasielewski: Origin PC

We caught up with Kevin at E3 to talk to him about his love of Classic gaming. Check out the interview link below....

Celia Pearce: Indie-cade

It was a game that was just so different; it was just twitch you really had to use your brains....

Sean McNamara: Crave Entertainment

I've always loved the ninja turtles and with the time travel theme and tossing the bad guys at the screen effect was just too cool....

Brain Knox: En Masse Entertainment

It was the first game I ever stood in line for. It was a great game with an open colorful, vibrant world that really got you into it....

Sean McBride: Hi-Rez Studios

It was ahead of its time when released, the dungeon crawling, upgrading your character, it was just a great game....

Frank Azor: Alienware

When it was first released it was the most realistic game at the time. It had the tactics and gameplay that really got you into it....

Michael Pole: Trilogy Studios

It was the best baseball game of its time. While the graphics and features in today's game have advanced tremendously, I still believe (and play every so often) that the Sega Saturn version of World S...

Grace Snoke: Video Game Scoreboard

I think it was because it had a story to it. There was a reason for you to explore the land and find everything. It made you think and starting that at age 9 or 10 or so...It made me fall in love wi...

Wallace Santos: Maingear

You have to be on point playing this game; it’s a fun multiplayer that never disappoints....

Garth Chouteau: PopCap Games

And finally, the main gameplay - actually descending into the nuclear reactor on each planet/space station, fighting your way to the reactor core, setting it off and dashing back to your ship - was in...

Justin Melendez: Lanslide PCs

It's timeless and perfectly balanced. I still get together every Wednesday night and play with a group of friends. You have to hand it to a game that is still going strong 11 years after its release d...

Leila Uslander: SteelSeries

A memory of being at the back of the local Pizza Hut and playing Ms. Pacman on a “broken”, free machine for hours. I rode my bike back to that same Pizza Hut the next morning to play again, and t...

Andres Martinez: baKno Games

Maybe it was the lack of other options at the time, but I remember how that game grabbed my attention so strongly that I used to dream about falling blocks. : )...

Jeffery Lee: TQ Digital

All of the games above are well designed in balance and they have a high strategy requirement if you want to play them well. Comparing to other games, their in-game graphics were the best when they we...

Glen McNamee: Obscure Internet

By the geniuses at Sensible software it's a game I still play it regularly today, because the game play is fantastic, there is still is absolute no other game like it. It's weirdest games ever, a stro...

Gamer Profile: Chris Taylor

Well, my measurement is based on how many hours I spent playing… because the game was original, and tapped into that deep, chewy, inner part of my soul…...

Catherine Welch: Game Casa.net

Because of the great memories with friends and the catchy intro song..lol girl answer..as far as Oregon Trail, I loved the hunting..getting kids ready to play Cabela's Grand Slam Hunting!...

Travis Wannlund: Razer

For Fallout? Pure unadulterated freedom. Any game that allows me to solve any and all problems with a minigun will always have a special place in my heart. Rad scorpions attacking the town? Minigun. S...

Winnie Wong: MonkeyPlum Media

Diablo hands down... I'm patiently waiting for Diablo 3 to come out... BLIZZARD... do you hear me??? Your fans want DIABLO 3!!!!!...

J.A. Laraque: Obsolete Gamer

I remember watching my friend play it and it was so much fun to watch. I could sit there for hours watching him play and to me that says a lot about the story and action. When I finally got to play it...

Hector Penton: Origin PC

The granddaddy of FPS. Cool graphics, cool music, cool sound effects, cool story……just cool. The video gaming world was never the same again……...