I’ve played lots of video games in my life, but these are the ones that stuck. Most I finished, all of them I remember fondly and have sentimental value, like a good film or book.
|1988||Pinball Construction Set|
Make my own pinball machine?! I truly live in the future now!
Hours and hours of flinging my mouse across the desk.
Loved playing this game at my childhood friend Daniel.
Co-op with my best mate.
Not many games ran on the Classic, but this, Shufflepuck and MS Flight Simulator kept me busy.
Loved the animations and smooth game play, not too challenging though.
|1990||Revenge of the Gator|
Great physics and I've always had a week spot for pinball games.
|1990||Super Mario Land|
If I close my eyes and think of video games, I hear this Mario music playing, not the NES one.
This should probably be on my moms list, because this game drained so many batteries over night after I went to bed.
|1991||Blades of Steel|
Icing!! What the hell is an icing? I have no clue. Best sports game of my youth.
|1991||Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0|
I regularly flew from Chicago to New York City in real time at 5 fps on a Mac Classic, what did you do with your childhood?
|1991||PGA Tour Golf|
Gaming on a Mac, you take what you can get. Putting and choosing the right golf-rod (that's the term, right?) was my favorite part.
Building the smallest viable self sustaining cities, in hind sight, was a good challenge for my web-dev career later on.
|1991||Todd’s Adventures in Slime World|
Beautiful graphics (is what I remember, I don't dare to look up a screenshot)
|1992||Days of Thunder|
The first racing game I loved, though that might go to an MS-DOS title of which I only remember that it came on a 5¼" disk and that it had to run in Hercules mode.
|1992||Street Fighter II|
I was the best street fighter in school, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Signature move: M.Bison's Psycho Crusher
Played this first at my friends house (in a tiny postage stamp of a screen inside a screen).
Got this on a MacFormat disk, it felt fast and difficult, but really cool to learn how to get your bearings in a 3d virtual world.
Made so many maps for these, all lost to time.
Also loved making maps for wolf3d when it came out for Macintosh.
|1995||Star Wars: Dark Forces|
Fondest memories of a Star Wars game for me.
|1995||The Need for Speed|
Played this at my cousins' on their beast of a PC. I remember loving the cops and robbers aspect of it.
Great music, sound effects and super smooth graphics, spent so many nights in space exploring, fighting and trading.
|1997||FIFA: Road to World Cup 98|
I remember this looking exactly like watching football on TV. No I will not lookup a youtube video to verify if it still looks that way.
Speaking of ultra realistic graphics, such a beautiful game. I bought my PlayStation just for this game. Favorite track: Clubman Stage R5
|1998||Metal Gear Sold|
Hideo Kojima got me. I shouldn't like these kinds of games, I don't like third person, but I couldn't put it down. I still vividly remember the sniper level and the rumble in the controller shaking you out of control if you didn't take diazepam in time.
Game changer. So much freedom in a game and with these graphics! It felt like being in a movie.
LAN parties at the office. We networked (it was a different time) our office together with that of another company in the same building and played every Friday 'till late.
Same as Half Life, played this almost exclusively at the office, railgunning everyone in milliseconds.
Different game, different office, same story. This time though, a new generation was fragging me in milliseconds though :)
I was not expecting to have this much fun in a game with snowboarding as subject. Loved the off-piste map "Untracked". Great sense of speed, great music integration.
|2000||Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force|
The only (?) good Star Trek FPS.
Only strategy I ever got into, and only 14 years after its release
|2001||Grand Theft Auto 3|
Like Driver, but you can get out off your car! Amazing game,
|2001||Star Wars: Starfighter|
Goes into the category, SSX, Looney Tunes: easy, simple smooth game play.
|2002||Medal of Honor: Allied Assault|
Best in the MoH series, as far as I'm concerned. Few years after Quake 2 my love for the FPS genre really kicked off here.
Not a native of London, but I've been there a few times and those visits actually helped me navigate this game. Also, great story and really liked the gameplay.
I remember being really impressed with the physics of the power lines in the game. Still have the occasional nightmare filled with the sound effects of HL2
Long time my favorite Battlefield game, until BF3 came out. Played this mostly against bots, though.
|2005||Gran Turismo 4|
I remember this as the best in the series, but that could just be nostalgia.
|2007||Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare|
I'm noticing a lot of (I think) pivotal games on my list, Wolfenstein 3D, FIFA '98, GTA and now CoD4. I never got into the online aspect of CoD, but I loved the single player on-rails campaigns.
|2008||Far Cry 2|
I don't think a lot of people liked this game, but I really liked the setting and specific mechanics chosen to make things feel more realistic. Also, the map making feature was pretty great.
|2008||Grand Theft Auto IV|
I feel like this is about where big improvements in graphics stopped. And this, at the time of writing, is already 10 years ago!
|2008||Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots|
I should try MGS2 and 3 one day, but this was the first time since '98 that I amassed enough courage to begin a Hideo game. And he gives me fried eggs? This guy.
Another game about a sport I have 0 feelings for, but the design attracted me to buying it. It then completely convinced me with how well it feels to play.
Bought basically sight unseen on October 2nd, 2010 on a tip my coworker gave me. Still love exploring and building things every now and then
|2010||Red Dead Redemption|
First (and only) game where I teared up. Everything is in this game.
I put close to 2000 hours into this one. If you see me near a PC with BF3 installed, pull me away.
|2013||Grand Theft Auto V|
The last game I got really into. It's been 5 years already, time for a new one.