This is a cool twist on greatest games. This will be tough, but will do my best to remember what my fave machines have been over the years...
PS1 10 Points- Our lists will be subjective and more towards favourites rather than what we believe to be greatest systems...but for me the PS1 hits the mark by both definitions. A superb machine that reignited my passion for games, and made our love of games cool and mainstream. It introduced me to great 3D games, my first taste of atmospheric story telling games and actually unnerving horror games, great arcade perfect retro compilations...and it had me at Silent Hill. Gaming just went nuts because of the PS effect. I thank it for that.
Xbox 360 9 Points- Still my current system of choice. Simply an incredible library of games (and so cheap now!) and my favourite controller to use. It will take something special for me to upgrade.
Sega Mega drive 8 Points- Just simply a great machine launched at the right time. Again, a games library makes a system and Mega Drive for me was the pinnacle of the era. Plenty of cross platform games like EA gems but it was the Sonic and exclusives like Streets of Rage series that made it for me.
GBA 7 Points- Almost gave this to the DS, as I use that for GBA games now and has a terrific library in it's own right. But there was something special about a handheld SNES...and just a brilliant range of games available
Atari VCS 6 Points- My first real love. After the Pong clone, to have a VCS with so many arcade games at home seemed like luxury and the future. And the combat cartridge started our love of multiplayer gaming sessions/nights. It introduced us to third party developers, and a taste of what talented programmers could do with limited resources, and make old hardware sing!
NES 5 Points- I never had the NES at the time, being a Sega and SMS man. But upon revisiting you can see why this machine stole hearts and wallets the world over, just simply a great system, great controllers, great games library. Just does what it does, really well.
Amiga 4 Points- This was my first introduction to post eight bit, and stunned. Dragons Lair on a gazillion disks that looked and played authentic? Check. Games like Another world, that really looked another world? Check. Sound effects on scrolling shooters that went BOOM rather than pew pew? Check!
C64 3 Points- After the Spectrum, my first computer at home with a disk drive opened me to my old Apple favourites from school like Castle Wolfenstein, Zork and Infocom adventures...and a literal ton of games with colour and sound that wowed me. Lode Runner on Spectrum was good, but on C64 with disk drive? Great. And I still remember how blown away I was with Uridium and Last Ninja!
Spectrum 2 Points- I thank Sir Clive for my first machines, without him I'd have never afforded a computer. After ZX81, I still remember the thrill of finally saving enough for this colour wonder. And getting so many games from friends on tapes. I fondly remember the uniqueness of the games, Jetpac, Ant Attack, Back to skool....good bedroom games.
Vectrex 1 Point- Speaking of unique, the one and only vector machine keeps a place for me due to that sheer unique quality. And great library of arcaders it had too.
Sorry PC engine and Dreamcasts- hurts me to leave you out!