I consider myself a "gamer." And I can tell you, with complete earnestness, that most video games are horrible. Every protagonist looks the same (white dude, 35 years old, brown hair). Every goal is similar (shoot, slice, or jump over something a bunch of times until you win). And every story is a sad facsimile of the richer ones being told in the best movies and books of the year. But I do keep coming back, and the nine games below (or above, if you'd prefer to view the gallery) are the reasons why.