Year: 1993
Developer: EA Canada
Sport: Hockey
System: Sega Genesis
Lowdown: Forever immortalized by Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn’s 1996 indie classic comedy Swingers, the now-classic scene in which the characters play this game still rings too true: As three men in their late 20s discuss the game's lack of fighting features ("I think kids were hitting each other or something," one guesses.) Vaughn’s character makes everyone feel better by making Wayne Gretzky's digitized dome bleed for his fellow player, “Superfan 99.” He succeeds. The characters "little legs" shake and convulse as 8-bit blood pools near his head on the ice. A fight ensues. In other words: NHL ‘94 is hockey video-gaming at its finest and most culturally relevant.