My ever continuing quest to play the classics
For as long as I can remember, I've loved video games. I played them as a kid and now as a young adult. Most likely I'll play them until the dementia sets in, hell I'll probably still play them then too. The point is that video games are special to me.
The preface for this list is that I may have always played games, but I sure missed out on a lot of (what are considered by most) classics. Whether because of sheer ignorance or financial restrictions, I wasn't in a place to play a lot of games growing up. The ones I did get my hands on I played the ever loving shit out of and continue to love today. The Pokemon franchise stands out in this respect.
I really only got into games (I hate this term, but hardcore) around 07 or 08 and since then have been catching up. I also started listening to gaming podcasts around that time and since I've never had a lot of gamer centric friends, I grabbed on to the audio goodness and never let go. I quickly began to gain perspective on the industry at large, where it's going and where it's been, and while for the most part stayed current, I still have an entire legacy of games to play through for the very first time.
Exciting, isn't it?