This marks my first entry in what will hopefully be a series of weekly updates. With all the exciting games coming out this year it's easy to forget about the games that paved the way. This series takes a step back, winding the clock back on a given week in order to see what games we would've been playing back then. I'll include some light editorializing where I can to keep this from being just a list of games and years. Prepare to feel old.

September 25
- Halo 3, the final entry in Bungie's original Master Chief trilogy, came out ten years ago. I have so many memories attached to this game. In fact, it's probably the FPS I've put the most hours into. LAN parties, online play via Ethernet cord, and a broken copy of the game that wouldn't let me play on the Guardian map. Fun times, fun times.

September 26
- Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves hit the PlayStation 2 12 years ago, concluding the original trilogy of Sucker Punch's platformer series. I loooove these games. They had a stylish visual design, a great jazz soundtrack, and characters I fell in love with as a kid. Although Honor Among Thieves is my least favorite of the core trilogy, it had some great, multi-step heists and concluded Sly's story in a satisfying way.

September 28
- Mega Man 3 came out in Japan on the NES 27 years ago. I've never been a huge Mega Man fan, but I know a lot of people who love these games. This one's for you guys.

- Another Japanese release, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl came out on the DS 11 years ago. Not much to say here, they're Pokémon games.

- Dead Rising 2 came out on consoles 7 years ago. More zombie-killing mayhem, but no Frank West. What's up with that, man?

- Binding of Isaac originally hit PC 6 years ago. This is one of the only games I have on Steam (I'm a console pleb) and I still love how downright filthy this game is. Yeah, it's challenging, but the cooky art style and disturbing story continue to bring me back.

September 29
- 21 years ago, the Nintendo 64 hit shelves. The N64 was my first console and it's still one of my favorites. It's where I first got exposed to Mario and friends, Zelda, and Super Smash Bros., the game that hooked me on gaming.

- And of course Super Mario 64 celebrates its 21st birthday as well. I didn't play this one until I was a little older, but much of its revolutionary design still holds up today.

- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, a contender for the most absurd title in gaming history, came out on DS 8 years ago. I was a huge fan of the original PlayStation 2 Kingdom Hearts games, but I never really bothered with the mobile games. This series, which is essentially some of the weirdest fan fiction, has one of the most needlessly convoluted stories I've ever seen. Don't get me wrong, I still have a place in my heart for the OG games, but something makes me think I wouldn't enjoy those games nearly as much now.

September 30
- Both Age of Empires and the original Fallout turn 20 years old.

- Pokémon Red and Blue celebrate their 19th birthday. Yup, definitely still Pokémon games.

October 1
- GTA Online booted up 4 years ago and is still a playground of destruction, mayhem, and overall dickishness. I played a bit of GTA V Online when it came out, but I've watched way more of it. Let's Players like Achievement Hunter have kept this game entertaining despite the fact that I can't see myself diving back in.

Obviously I've cherry-picked certain major releases or quirky titles from this week's gaming history. That doesn't mean these are the only good games that came out this week. What are your favorite releases from this week in gaming history? Sound off in the comments and let me know.