I've played, or been able to play, video games my entire life. Lines between generations were such that when I was a kid, my dad's Atari 2600, my cousin Corey's Nintendo Entertainment System, my Uncle's grad school P.C., a GameBoy, my cousin Timmy's Sega - all ready to go.
Having recently crossed a major grad school threshold, I've had a little bit more time than usual (even by pandemic standards) to game, and after realizing a glaring omission in my favorite movie's list (The Matrix for goodness sakes, what a damn fine trilogy!) I immediately pivoted to remembering the spectacular movie tie-in video game: the insanely good "Enter the Matrix" and well, here we are with a new list.
What follows are a non-exhaustive list of my 30 favorite video games, informed by equal parts objective game-goodness and, as always, the rose-colored glasses of memory.
Note: this list is limited to at-home console games only, not included are excellent and beloved arcade games like Frogger, Star Wars Arcade, Galaga, or Dig-Dug.
I excluded games from the current generation because this list was difficult enough to make, but some more recent games I've loved include: