It was 1992. I was at my friend Paul's house, playing games on his mighty 486 PC, and we'd just finished a complete playthrough of Monkey Island for probably the 100th time. Bored, he turns to me and says "Oh yeah, my brother got this new game. Let's play that."
He fires it up, and within ten seconds, my jaw is on the floor. I will never be as impressed with a game's visuals, relative to the competition, than I was that day.
The game? Another World. Or, as Americans know it, Out Of This World.
There had never been a game like it. And really, haven't been many since. Another World was the product of veteran French developer Eric Chahi, who has been making games since 1983 (and who is still making them, upcoming sandbox title From Dust being his baby).