I feel that the last few weeks, we've all spent too much time discussing the business, infrastructure and intent behind games, rather than THE games themselves.
With PAX coming up very soon, the very thought of the event brought up some very fond gaming memories for me. Gaming related of course.
What was the last game or games that were so great that you really felt (and maybe still do) that gaming could not get any better?
For me, it's arcade gaming in general. I spent some time in my youth in Hong Kong where there were (and still are) a ton of arcades where a ton of Japanese and some US imported machines were there. Specifically it was the wacky games like Panic Park with the crazy physical test of strength controls, light gun games like Time Crisis 2 and Virtua Cop, Bishibashi Special with the goofy 4 button controls, and racing games with at least 4 cockpits.
While graphically all those games are dated, one thing that to me has not been replicated is the magic it had when played with friends. Fighting games on consoles when played on the couch is the closest, but otherwise online play by no means replicates this. The community gaming aspect of PAX is what brought those memories up.
I'll make it to PAX one day... a life goal if you will.
Oh and Star Wars Trilogy arcade game. Boy was that an awesome game.