What’s the Best Video Game From the Year You Were Born?
Remember the first video game you played? (Note...the answer will age you!)
For many, video games stay in our memory as markers for certain periods of our lives—as long as your old enough. Like the Super Mario period, the Final Fantasy period, the Donkey Kong period, etc.
We invite spirited discussion below, telling us your favorite from any given year.
Video games are now a valid subject for historical study. They've been with us for so long, and the various developers and franchises have a history that's rich and fascinating.
You can use this list to check the best game from the year you were born (or the year your kid was born). Or, you can use this list as a journey through video game history. There were so many close calls making this list. We invite spirited discussion below, telling us your favorite from any given year.
Our list begins in the 1970s, when video games first entered the mainstream as arcades. The list then moves all the way to the current year (2020) for the newborns reading!
Note: that unless otherwise marked, all images are of gameplay taken directly from the game.
Want to play some of the older games on the list?
Many of the older games on our list can be played as ROMs for RetroPie. Check out our RetroPie FAQ page to learn more about RetroPie and consider building your own RetroPie gaming unit to play them!