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Oh man, I often struggle with these all-time favorite prompts and I think I’ve even wrestled with very question for a gamer tag recently.  I wasn’t any more decisive this time and had no choice but to make a top 5 list. Presented in no particular order for Day 12 of the 30 Day Geek Out Challenge:

Mega Man: My love of this series started way back in the NES days when I rented Mega Man 2 with my dad one weekend.  I wasn’t very good at it that first time through, but I loved the character so much that I later asked for (and received) Mega Man 3 for Christmas.  At that point I was hooked! This was one of the first games that I got WAY into and explored to its fullest. From there I got into the first few hard AF Gameboy releases followed eventually by Mega Man (which is admittedly not as good as 2 or 3).  Flash forward to the more or less present day and I’m still playing the NES releases (1 – 6), as well as Mega Man 9 and 10 on my Playstation.  

Legend of Zelda: Another series entry, this is another one I’ve enjoyed from childhood on through adulthood.  Controversial opinion time: I don’t much care for the original NES (I was lost playing it as a kid and am only slightly less confused playing as an adult) and absolutely love Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, which I recently finished playing through for the first time in many years.  I also have some very fond memories of rushing home to play Ocarina of Time with my friends in high school.

Final Fantasy: I originally meant to list this as the series in general, but the real allure of this series for me lies in the very first game.  I know it’s been far surpassed in terms of mechanics, scope, and story as the series and gaming technology have progressed, but for some reason I have long been infatuated with this game every since renting it as a kid.  It blew me away at the time since it was unlike anything else I’d ever played and my dad and I spent more than a few weekends exploring this world. Later on in college I would beat it a few times playing on an emulation program (which was huge at the time), and as recently as a few weeks wrapped up another successful campaign.  I’ve also had some good times playing FFIV and FFX (among a couple of others), but really FF1 is where it’s at for me!

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Oh my the times I’ve had with this series over the years!  From falling in love with the first game on my black and white Macintosh computer back in the early 90s to pulling an all-nighter playing Civ IV, this is another series that’s been with me throughout my life.  I even have the latest release installed on my computer, though I don’t really have much time to game these days.

Medieval Total War II (Stainless Steel Mod): The first truly stand-alone entry on the list, this is a game I spent a lot of time playing.  It’s also one of the only games where I really got into the modding scene, which speaks to how much I enjoyed it.  Something about the up close and personal strategy involved in the combat mixed with the joy of advancing across the campaign map really appealed to me with this game.

Well there’s my list.  I’m already thinking about substitutions but I’m just going to leave it as is or else I might never finish!  Honorable mentions to Skyrim and the Adventures of Lolo (series).