There are very few games that stand out in IGN's personal gaming history quite like those published by Electronic Arts for the Commodore 64 in the early eighties. Before EA became the colossus it is now -- the House of Madden -- it was the publisher of games created by small cadres of programmers. These developers were given the rock star treatment by EA founder Trip Hawkins. Every game shipped in a record album-like sleeve and prominently featured the names and photos of the creators.
One of IGN's favorites from the era was Archon: The Light and the Dark, created by Freefall Associates.