man where do I begin?
First game I ever played was duck hunt, soon followed by the classic mario bros.
First computer game I played was broderbund's where in the world is carmen san diego. That game made you feel like you were a detective and with nothing but black and white highly pixelated simple images, and charming sounds.
Warcraft 2 - this game started my RTS interest
Red alert 1, 2 and 3- great games, i enjoyed how this game felt more down to earth then the warcraft series.
Ceasar 2 - Great game, I played it so much i had it taken away from me and became "computer grounded", far worse then actually being grounded.
Pharoah - being able to build pyramids and other wonders and providing the supplies was...amazing. The family concept itself was immersive, so that missions seemed tied together as you follow your family history. I haven't played a city game as good as this one.
Populous - It was a fun game. This started the beginning of my god complex, which was to soon die off when I realized that girls were more important.
Dungeon Keeper - Its fun being bad, except when you slap the wrong demon...and bile demons were disgusting even with the cruddy graphics. tip: don't slap your reaper.
Outpost 2 - I loved this game, between surviving natural disasters and the like, the missions were hard and the idea was great. I will never consider a space game complete until I can build an outpost similar to outpost 2 and fly into the stars as well.
Homeworld - One of the best stories combined with gameplay i've ever played.
Final fantasy 7, 8 and 10.
Final fantasy tactics, because it took up way to much of my time and had a better story the second play through.
Pokemon - because gigapets sucked and fighting monsters was oh so fun.
Command and conquer tiberian sun: great missions, great art, a bit of city building mixed in for good measure. I LOVED this game.
Morrowind- i'll never forget the time when that guy fell from the sky doing something dumb and i stole his stuff and killed myself jumping across the map. A video game has never made me laugh so hard.
Diablo 1 - first videogame that scared me
Diablo 2 - great game, lost a little bit of the magic of diablo 1 though. much more epic in scope to make it overall more enjoyable.
Masters of orion - I loved this game, and played the heck out of it. I never liked the crystal guys.
Castles - a really fun simple castle game that was far ahead of its time
Lords of the realm 2 - first game that made me feel like a lord.
Stronghold - Best castle sim i've played.
Stronghold kingdoms - because what it did right was groundbreaking, what it did wrong was sadly too much. First game that I played that gave me a vote, and helped me to realize how little of a real vote in the political system i actually have. First game that I actually FELT like I was an evil warlord, because you have to have real human vassals to bitch slap when you are angry, which I did with frequency. i was enemies with everyone while I was lord of the province of southwest england and I failed to become the king of england and I got wiped out. Good memories.
Call of duty 2- the only FPS i've ever been Very good at, and man what i would do to you with a shotgun was unreal.
Halo - because it HAD to be experienced. It has a very good plot and very finely tuned combat.
Oblivion - lost some of the magic of morrowind, but it was the prettiest game i'd ever seen at that point, and for a man on a submarine I will always remember huddling in darkness under the water, harvesting my alchemical ingredients and fighting deadra. The only flowers i saw for 7 months
World of warcraft, for being the single biggest time sink in my life, probably never to be repeated again unless the gaming industry gets its act together.
Sins of a solar empire- the only RTS/RT4X to hold my attention for more then a year (yes even starcraft), and counting....
Total War Series - Good group of games
Europa Universalis - Great game
Civilization 2 - overhyped, but fun..not nearly as fun as other games of its time though, imo.
Risk- way better as a video game, imo.
Baldurs gate 2- for being a game that had the longest main quest i've ever played, with a real sonofa as a final boss. First time i'd actually lost a final boss battle in an RPG. Damn banshee wail! I beat him by running in with my cleric to summon a gate, then running my whole party away while john fought it and used up his spells, all the while i sent other summoned nasties in to take hits. He survived this cheap tactic and almost killed my party but I was able to pull through it with no losses and almost nothing left. Quite a good battle. Also, the dragons were actually TOUGH in that game...whats with all these other games and their weak dragons...looking at you skyrim.