This summer presented an awesome opportunity to help a friend restore an arcade cabinet into a MAME machine. I certainly didn't imagine the funnest and most addicting game we stumbled upon would be a little-known NeoGeo game called WindJammers. Simple and easy to play, yet as competitive as you want to make it. It just has the right stuff for a good game.
That's what inspired me for a game pitch for the game dev senior capstone I'm starting. Excitement is an understatement as I begin this 9 month project that will no doubt be one of the most exhilarating, and intensive, projects of my undergraduate career. Wish me luck!
Oh, and in case you're wondering what WindJammers is all about, check the Wikipedia article.