Chalgyr's Game Room writes:
Most of us have fond memories of that one game that started us on a path to loving a particular genre of game or recalling a specific gaming console very fondly. For many people I grew up with, Super Mario Bros. came to define both the NES and platforming. Mike Tyson's Punch Out or Tecmo Bowl represented sports fans very well. I enjoyed all of these and plenty more formative classics at the time from The Legend of Zelda to Dragon Warrior, Metroid and Final Fantasy. However, one of the most telling games from my childhood was a strategy title very few people seemed to know anything about, called Nobunaga's Ambition.
Considering RPG, Strategy and Sports games probably rank as my top three genres in any give order, I often find myself looking back fondly on those games as I recall what hooked me in the first place. A sense of progression, an appreciation for grinding and feeling like I have some tangible control over a storyline are all traits I enjoy today in my games. Now many games have crossed up features enough that the genre lines have become blurred. SRPG for those who like a combination of strategy and roleplaying, and even in modern sports games you have progression and career modes that focus on experience earned and stories.