As some as you may know, I was recently robbed, and all of my gaming gear has gone. I only have my laptop left, with integrated graphics. This thing can barely play any games (my steam library of uninstalled games is the bane of my existence). The only recent game it can play is Civ V on the lowest settings, and even then late game turns take a while to compute.
So, I figured this would be a good time to go back to some old school classics that I missed on account of being not born yet. Problem is, I don't know what those games would be. If someone could suggest for me the 'must play' games of older gens (like prior to 2000). Any platform, I'll take all comers.
Also, if the game is a classic series, like Metroid, suggest to me the best games in that series. My prefered genre has been strategy and rpg, but I'm not interested in RPGing, and I'd really like to brush up on my side-scrollers and adventure games.
Oh, and some long, Bombcast/MBMBAM style podcasts to help those vintages go down would also be much appreciated.