Justin Lambros writes: "Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't learn anything from playing videogames. In my quarter-century or so as a hardcore gamer, games have taught me everything from football rosters in (NCAA Football -- go Vols!), to what a Stinger is (that helicopter went down HARD in Metal Gear Solid), to ancient Chinese history (thank you, Dynasty Warriors 372 -- that's what they're up to now, right?). Even the very existence of games like Al Unser Jr. Turbo Racing and Lee Trevino's Fighting Golf (which sadly lacked any fisticuffs) once informed me to the very existence of people like Al Unser Jr. and Lee Trevino. Fine folks, I'm sure.
But not nearly as fine of folks as the likes of Spider-Man and the X-Men...guys I hung out with in arcades and/or on my old consoles back in the day whose games familiarized me with the Marvel Universe as much as any comic book ever did. As my first contribution to this blog, I thought it'd be fun to reflect upon some the games from which I picked up the most".