This week is the 30th birthday of the Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as the reason fun exists. I'm pretty sure not buying your kid an NES in the '80s actually constituted a form of child abuse. It was the magic box from which whimsy and happiness flowed out in 8-bit candy apple laser dreams. I have had girlfriends I've loved less than my NES.
It's weird to think about it now in an era of photorealistic graphics and completely immersive virtual reality set-ups, but even back when games sported art slightly less technically impressive than an average Sunday comic strip, they were capable of moments of real cinematic genius. They could tell a story even with the most basic of electronic tools, and today we celebrate the ten that you never forgot.