4. Nintendo (NES), 1985
Up until now we've talked about miniature gaming and roleplaying, but I would be terribly remiss (something that crops up a lot apparently) if I did not include videogames in my defining games. Here I am, a grown man almost three decades later and I still avidly play them, so this cornerstone is too important a piece to not mention, and at the number four slot to boot.
I have a great story about the first time I ever saw a home videogame system back in 1979, but that's for another time. Not having a lot of money growing up it was pretty epic (for me anway) when I got my first console at age eleven. We didn't have the fancy set up with the robot and all of that, but I had the console and some amazing games.
This wasn't the 'family console' set up in the living room, like the Atari which oddly enough I never really messed with. I had a tiny little television in my room with this thing hooked up to it, it was awesome. I had many great games too; Mega Man, Final Fantasy, Zelda, Mario Brothers, and the like. I don't know whatever happened to my NES, but it definitely got me started off in the videogame world; NES, then Sega Genesis, Playstation, Dreamcast, PS2, XBox, now XBox 360. My father jokingly, yet stubbornly, gives me a hard time about 'wasted time playing videogames' and the like, but I'm quick to point out hat they were really the ones to start me down that path, and it all started here.