I've seen a number of franchises come and go since I started playing video games some 25 years ago. Regardless of genre, there's no shortage of franchises that have been stellar over the years with many living on even to this day through a myriad of sequels and reboots.

Some of my all-time favorites include Metroid, Mega Man, Twisted Metal, The Legend of Zelda, Need for Speed, Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat, Street Figther and Sonic the Hedgehog, just to name a few. I've played some of the newer franchises like Tomb Raider, Battlefield and Call of Duty as well but there's just something about the nostalgia around classic titles that draws me in.

With this week's open forum, we want to know what your favorite video game franchise is. Do you prefer classics like Mario and Final Fantasy or are you more into newer hits like Halo, God of War and StarCraft?