Moving further back in time now to that primeval wilderness inhabited by the NES, Atari 2600, Colecovision, Master System, and others including various home computers and the arcades, what do you think was the very best video game of 1980-1989, and why?
Phantasy Star, my first ever RPG, at the very end of that decade. I remember being blown away by the 3D subterranean labyrinths, the fact I could move in those in the first person, totally blew my mind back in those days, even if those were very rudimentary and maybe 10 frames per second at the most.
The complexity of the story was something I had never seen before, the RPG genre, totally new to me. In fact that game had such an impact on me that the next game I tried after that (Ultima 4) completely disappointed me as it had none of the game mechanics of Phantasy Star.