Ok so Iv'e been a bit of a slag in this part of Destructoids a community. A mere lurker and commentator on news articles. So I feel the best way to get to know a gamer is by knowing which games they enjoy.
A list ? Lists are a pretty lazy endeavor for the most degenerate of writers. Therefore I bring you a list.
I suppose I will start with where I started gaming the old NES.
My favorite games for that platform in no particular order:
Mike Tyson's Punchout!!! fucking A despite not having an order I would put this on the top. Pattern recognition, a great learning curve, superb character design and "dialog", a relatable protagonist, and difficulty at it's fairest and finest. Beating this game is still one of the most satisfying gaming achievements in my life and it is also one of the few NES games I can still get totally caught up playing.
Mega Man 2 - great challenge and fun. I love the Mega Man set of of picking boards and boss challenges with weapony rewards. Mega Man 4 falls close behind CHARGE UP AND SLIDE forever!
Mario - 1,2,3 - of course brilliant stuff all around I love platformers and this is where it started. The guy who made Raymen doesn't like the physics but I sure do (I also love Rayman and see the difference for sure)
Zelda - just the first I hated and was absolutely confused by the second which I never owned. The Legend of Zelda however I played to no end bombing every square of the game hoping for a secret. I actually dont know how I figured it out without the internet, oh the word of mouth days. up up up up up LEFT!
Tiny Toon Adventures - Lots of characters lots of levels lots of fun!
Ninja Turtles - every one of these beat em ups got heavy rotations in my little grey box.
Battletoads - Goddamn that hover bike level, but I was obsessed with the one where you pelunked and punched birds.
Adventure Island - Higgins was the man and you could ride dinosaurs. Also started my life long vendetta against eggplant.
SNES/ Genesis :
(secret tip I never owned either and relyed on friends)
Donkey Kong Country - so much fun in co-op platforming heaven.
NBA Jam Tournament Edition - Boom Sha - Ka - Lakah
Mario - yeah yeah yeah
PC: I had a very brief PC stint then only to resume now-
Rebel Assault 2 - star wars, static rooms, and space flying. very fun then. not sure id like it now.
NBA Live 96 - literally dating myself - Horace grant was my MVP
Duke Nukem 3D - weird Titties all the way, the perfect primer for the cake scene in Under Siege,
Wolenstein/Doom - more shoots BFG
N64 - The first system I bought with my own hard earned cash!
Blast Corps - A nuke , some Robots, some tonkas with explosives, addictive expertly crafted fun. Now Do It Faster!!!
Perfect Dark / Golden Eye - 4 player fun on the bun. I cant even contemplate how many hours I spent on these two. Mr Blonde and a Golden Gun are all I need.
Banjo Kazooie - not mario but close
Mario 64 - this game blew my mind, still one of the best 3d platforming options.
Star Fox 64 - beat it about a thousand times I love that game (though not the submarine stages)
Ocarina and Majora -hours spent in hyrule I loved both of these titles and all they provided.
1080 snowboarding - a great racing game.
Body Harvest - Kind of a mess of a game and the main character was painfully slow, god help you if you fell in water. Vehicles time travel open world bugs eating school children! Rockstar (DMA) needs to bring this back and give it what it deserves.
Game Cube - Ps2 - Xbox
(Ok I only owned Gamecube - as you can see I was a bit of a Ninty purist, but it was college I played them all a ton)
RE4 - couldn't get enough of that game
Timesplitters 2 - challenges Co-op humor
Viewtiful Joe - it just keeps getting better the more you play
GTA3 - Violence just got real
Halo/ Halo 2 - booze induced lan parties all through college make these memorable for me. All day saturday perfect pregame um game.
Ikaruga - I found this game tiring at times due to my long standing inability to pass the 4th level but I eventually got there.
Freedom Fighters - send wave after wave of my own men at the kill bot errm russians until I won!
SSX 3 - This was my go to casual game especially when I was on the exercise bike.
NBA Street 3 - also a great addition to the arcade sports genre (I hate realistic sports games but love these) I may have spent more time giving all the moves disgusting names over playing it though.
Super Meat Boy - I love platformers and this just feels perfect to me.
Trials HD - amazing game great satisfaction and physics
Splosion Man - more hilarious platforming goodness
Dead Space/2 - Perfecting the formula Resident Evil 4 started
Limbo - gorgeous puzzler
Braid - Memorable fun interesting puzzles
Outland - Ikaruga meets prince of persia an underrated game
Endless more - well that is a taste of what I have played and enjoyed anyways just to give you all an idea.