Many, many years ago I was an avid reader of Nintendo Power. I had already developed a taste for RPGs, although they were a bit less numerous back then. A bunch of them were bad — and often, even Nintendo Power was willing to admit that.
Regardless, I would read each article about an RPG with fascination. When it was a game I knew, I would enjoy flipping through the various artwork and reading about the tricky parts. Otherwise, I’d quietly file it away in a hidden corner of my mind, to play later.
I’m finally working my way through the last few of those games I filed away — recently Paladin’s Quest and 7th Saga, and a year or so back I played through a good chunk of Arcana. All of these games I tracked down, purchased, and (with the exception of 7th Saga, which is too tedious) played on real hardware.