Cool thread idea... my major gaming memories are mostly from the 90s; Black Isle Studios games in particular hold a special place in my heart, especially Planescape: Torment. I'll never forget
(didn't know that was possible back then!) Most locations in that game were quite memorable for me, especially the
What a masterpiece of a game! Another one is Fallout 1 (my favourite entry). I remember playing it not too long after it came out...
back then were something special!
When it comes to console gaming, I have really fond memories of playing the Batman games, especially Batman Returns by Konami (I got it for Christmas; I remember that winter in the 90s quite well, tons of snow, great ambience). When it comes to console gaming, I would play mostly platformers, action games etc., I preferred PC adventure games/RPGs back then, so most of my memories pertain to those kinds of games. Another one I can think of - when I was little, I borrowed Wizards and Warriors 3 from a friend once; I somehow managed to reach the end without any walkthroughs back then, but I picked the wrong reply at the end and got an instant Game Over. That ending screen has been engraved in my memory ever since! It's still my favourite W&W game, but damn, that ending.
As for bad games... Back to the Future part 2 and 3 - I rented it at one point, had absolutely no idea what to do over the weekend and almost got a headache because of the high-pitched bird sound that happens whenever the little bastard shows up. Easily one of the worst games on the NES/possibly of all time.
Also, never owned PCE, nobody near me had it. In fact, I had only learned about it around the beginning of the emulation era, it really was a phantom system in my area. It is quite fun, but yeah, without emulation I would never have learned about it for sure.