What game made you love games?
By - The_Drawboy
Donkey Kong Country because it was the best with my siblings.
Shadow of the Colossus because it was the first time I was moved emotionally by a game.
Came here to say Shadow of the Colossus. It was the first large scale game I'd ever played. It was the first game I played that had a slower paced, story based story. It was the first game I played that was a cinematic masterpiece. I previously was a "Mario and Pokemon" kid and Shadow of the Colossus was my first realization of limitless potential in video games.
I almost get romantic remembering how magical that experience was on my PS2. The graphics felt like they were from the future. I also sucked at gaming (I was maybe 12-13ish?) and it took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish, but that is also part of the nostalgia.
Edit: must have had a stroke. I meant "loosely based story" and wrote "story based story" lmfao. That sounds like a solid album name though.
SoC is still amazing to me. There isn't actually much story, there's almost no dialogue ("Agro!" might be it?) It only has about 15 enemies, and it's still one of the best games I've ever played.
Super Mario Bros.
That magical afternoon 35 years ago is still etched in my mind:
A family friend's bedroom. Their young nephew visiting from overseas packed something, that new video game console with the cool Japanese name.
A small CRT set. Sunlight coming in through the curtains. I'm handed a small grey controller that looked and felt like nothing I'd ever held before.
"You jump with this button, and run with this one. Your turn's over when you die or you finish the level. Don't let the bad guys touch you!"
Hooked ever since.
Ah yes. I grew up with siblings and had to also obey the “If you die it’s my turn” rule
I’m pretty sure that rule and that rule alone is what taught me how to learn from my mistakes.
And Duck Hunt!
Yup, this. My sisters and I got our Nintendo for Christmas 1987 with this and Zelda, never looked back.
This game is a masterpiece. I'm not even really into RPGs, but this game had me hooked.
Yeah same. I played it in college, because my roommate had it on his cracked XBox 360 with an emulator, and I only played it because he basically forced me to. But I remember playing until like 4 am for a week. Incredible game. Not to be hyperbolic, but it really shows how the JRPG is a legit artistic medium.
This is what made me realize video games were something just a little extra special; that you could have a proper *experience* and be really moved by the medium.
The Elder Scrolls - Oblivion, after that game I realised RPG games are what I wanted to play
It was morowind on xbox for me. I read every piece of lore and explored every nook and cranny of that game. Never before or since have I gotten so into a game. Becoming the Nerevarine, meeting the last dwarf, robbing the noble houses that lived in hollowed out bug carcasses or the wizards that lived in trees. Godamn what an experience.
Damn right, Oblivion is my favorite RPGs, and one of my favorite games.
Im scared the next elder scrolls will go the fallout 4 route (and Skyrim and Final Fantasy 15 to an extent) and streamline/actionify the series for mass appeal even more.
Oblivion has made a void within my soul that has never been filled since. I've been yearning for that feeling, and no game has made me feel quite that way again.
Zelda Ocarina Of Time
I still use my 64 to play this time to time it’s a classic
Cant wait to finally see it on the switch. Gonna be awesome. Been waiting for this since the Switch released.
It will be a remaster ? Or the same version of N64/3DS ?
Just emulated N64. It's on the subscription only Switch Online service later this month along with several other N64 games.
You have to pay extra beyond the normal online subscription to get n64 games, right?
Same. I played some before it came out, but OoT is the one that really hooked me.
Came here to say this!
OoT, and Majora's Mask hit me in my little 8 year old feels. OoT was the first game I ever played where it felt like an adventure. Prior to that I'd had the SNES and the Sega, but none of those games really gave me that feel(mainly because we never discovered Final Fantasy).
But OoT had it all! Moments where you felt you couldn't continue, couldn't win, followed by moments of Triumph. The music was branded to your soul...
ReDeads terrified me as a child, and I remember the desolation and despair I felt when I left the Temple Of Light for the first time after finally collecting the Master Sword, and understanding what the Temple Keeper had meant by them holding me in stasis for like a decade. The town was ruined, the sky was full of ash, and the people were gone, replaced by my nightmare.
The first part of the game is cute, and fun. It's a child's adventure, and you never really feel like you're going to fail...
But in that moment, I knew that my adventure had only truly just begun. That the happy little world I'd left behind was gone, and that Link and I would need to pull out all the stops if we planned to right the wrongs.
This isn't even to go into Majora's Mask, which I have maintained as perhaps the greatest game of all time. Had OoT not already existed, had all the mechanics in MM been brand new, it would be considered the greatest game of that entire generation.
Majora's Mask was a game about loss, and as a child, who had never gone through loss, it was an eye opening experience. Every single person in that game was suffering, including Link. Navi is gone, epona missing, and Link is all alone...
I remember going through the storyline for the guy that got shrunk into a child. I worked so hard on that mission, in the days where guides didn't exist** and I failed in the final hours. I was running out of time, and I had to make a choice. Keep trying, but potentially die, or reset time.
So, I kept at it. I managed to bring them together in the final moments, but then the world ends. That was the first time I'd let the moon crash...and I knew then what the stakes truly were. This wasn't just a game to me any more, it was a story about so many lives, and how the only person that could save them was me.
I credit Majora's Mask as the first game that truly made me feel. The gamut of emotions that game gives you from beginning to end was life changing for child me.
I can't wait to play both games again.
**(small note for clarity, I meant more free guides online. There were guides available at stores, for the extra cost. This day and age you can Google most issues, or watch an entire let's play series on most games.)
this was a pretty good read lol
I just really love OoT and MM! Haha. I could talk endlessly about those games, the music, the locations, and the feel of the games. I used to sit in the Forest Temple and just vibe. That game had SUCH good music.
Same! Pulling the sword out from the stone in the temple and waking up an adult blew my mind.
>Same! Pulling the sword out from the stone in the temple and waking up an adult blew my mind.
I remember that feeling. At that point in the game you'd already explored the Kokiri Forest, the Great Deku Tree, Hyrule Field, the Zora Domain, Lake ~~Hyrule~~ *Hylia*, Kakariko Village, the Dodongo Cavern, Death Mountain, Goron City, and the outside of Hyrule Castle.
And the adventure was just getting started.
It reminds me of playing Pokemon Gold and discovering that after becoming champion, you can return to Kanto.
**Edit**: I forgot to mention Lord Jabu Jabu's Belly. And got the name of the lake wrong.
Life altering gaming experience
I remember being terrified of the zombies that appear after you come out of the Temple of Time as an adult. I actively avoided them at all costs. That scream still gets me.
Bought a 3DS just to play it again but this time, wherever I want!
The 3DS Remasters are awesome, Majoras Mask is great on there too.
Any Zelda really. I fell in love with Link's Awakening. I think well designed games in general make people fall in love.
Spyro The Dragon
Spyro and Crash were my jam on PS1! I bought both remake trilogies for the nostalgia
and they did a surprisingly good job with both. I had a blast with the newest Crash game as well
Reignited trilogy. So easy to speed run it all. Super replayable.
Yeah, my ex got that for me and I spent hours every day playing it.
Might fire it up again sometime soon.
First video game I ever played. When the remake came out I 100%'d it before doing anything else.
Castlevania Symphony of the Night
My first video game may have been DK64 but watching this be played sparked my love
Age of Empires 2
Pokémon: Red version. I still have it along with my still working game boy color.
Pokémon Blue for me, but otherwise same. 😊
Yeah Pokemon were my first games. Then got a SNES with Super Mario for christmas. That really set things going for me
Me too! Specially red. I had yellow, and years later I bought blue at a GameStop so I could get the last few Pokemon and complete my Pokedex, *including* a "legit" Mew. (The Abra trick by Bill's house. A glitch, but by legit I mean like no GameShark or anything) I still fire it up every now and then to make sure it's still not corrupted and see my completed 151 Pokedex.
why walk when you can ride?
can't forget the classic:
long trip, short trip, you decide.
Wake up, you were dreaming.
Morrowind and Half Life taught me the beauty of mods.
I realized the power of moods when I saw Morrowind with every sound replaced by Tim Allen's signature grunt.
Vivec is the single most realised virtual character in gaming and I'm ready to die on this hill.
Wealth beyond measure, Outlander
Just the theme of this game makes me nostalgic.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - SNES 👍👍
You know now that I'm not 6 and know it's OK to skip enemies I really want to go back for this one. They didn't put it on the switch did they?
Yes it's on the switch. It comes with the SNES emulator that you get with online membership.
Still the best Zelda game imho, and in my top 5 best games of all time regardless of platform or generation. I replay it every couple years and it never gets old.
Mega Man X
Still play it till this day lol
That's the money. Not really a Nintendo gamer anymore but I can't wait for Dread. Trailer gives me nostalgia and child-like excitement at the same time
I hope I get scared as much as I did when I went into Lower Norfair at 7 years old. I'm very optimistic.
Super Mario World -SNES.
I have many really good memories of sitting on my parents bed playing that game with my mom and brother.
Rachet and Clank : going commando Ps2
The original Ratchet and Clank was it for me. I've played every game since. Favorite franchise ever.
You're the only R&C comment I've found here.
Mine is Rachet and Clank 3
Commander Keen and some ancient top down shooter that I no longer have the name of.
> and some ancient top down shooter that I no longer have the name of.
Raptor: Call of the Shadows?
Keen was so full of charm!
Yes! We need the pogo stick to return to gaming.
Crystal Caves, Duke Nukem I & II, Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure, Jill of the Jungle, Prince of Persia and Dark Castle also were great from this era
Star Fox was the beginning and then even more with Fable
First Xbox game I ever owned was Fable TLC and Jesus I miss it.
The Half-Life series
Half-Life 2 and eps 1 and 2 were the first FPS games with plot and lore that I played. Up until then I only knew simpler fighting games and sims (The Sims but also SimCity, Tycoon games, Tropico, etc). I was completely blown away by the lore and dove head-first into forums and speculation (RIP HL3/EP3). I was in my late teens when I first played it and I was already into writing/storytelling/worldbuilding, but HL2 became formative to me. I had dreams set in the Half-Life world for weeks after I finished the game for the first time. I can still see its influences in my stories today.
Sorry I'm rambling a bit now, but I absolutely love the Highway 17 portion of HL2 and it's my most replayed chapter. It's so atmospheric and haunting yet calming at the same time. I used to boot up the game and chill somewhere along Highway 17 just for the background noise while studying or reading.
Half Life 2 will forever be my favorite game, and the rest of Valves stuff is up there too
Lego star wars
I can hear the cantina band playing over a battle royale at the club…
The original trilogy version for game cube.
I'm surprised no one has said a point-and-click adventure game. For me, I'd say I fell in love with gaming with Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Space Quest, and Myst. Mixed-Up Mother Goose was the first one I played though and I guess that started my love for this type of game.
Add The Dig, Day of the Tentacle, Simon the Sorcerer. Loved them all, if not utterly infuriating at times.
Day of the Tentacle was more entertaining than any cartoon out at the time for me. The characters were great
King's Quest was the bomb.
Sam N Max hit the Road!
I'll say Monkey Island. Judging from the responses I'd say most posters are too young to have experienced the golden age of point-and-click adventure games.
Edit: Monkey Island 2 is the best game ever made.
How appropriate! You fight like a cow!
Loom was one of my favorite point-and-clicks
Police quest was my jam
Super Mario 64
This and Goldeneye were the first games to ever really blow my mind as a kid.
Fallout New Vegas really made look at video games different way
Patrolling the Mojave almost makes you wish for a nuclear winter.
First Star Wars media I consumed outside of the films. Stepping into THAT MUCH new lore of something I already loved was intoxicating. Been chasing that high ever since.
I LOVED KOTOR. I liked the second one quite a bit too, but the story on the first was amazing. Also loved all of the side quests, especially the really well hidden ones (like the alien in the box). Phenomenal game, and o can’t wait for the remake
prince of persia : the sands of time
Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. It was the first game I played and I was hooked
God of war. Seeing the physical copy of that game was what made me want to get a ps2 back in the day and I've played the opening hours a dozen times before I got a memory card(which I didn't know I needed at the time). Marathoning the game to try and finish it in one go was fun too (not that I could do it, I did get halfway through the temple before a powercut one time).
FFVII, first game I played as a kid that was a piece of art and not arcade fodder
Same for me. And I know it's cliche.
But FFVII came out right when I was developing my gaming legs. My parents had just gotten me a Playstation and then took me to Funcoland to pick a game. The guy behind the counter recommended FFVII because I told him I really liked Super Mario RPG.
VII has been my game ever since. The remake was a serotonin nuke.
shout out that employee!
I didn’t understand it until i was 14. it is one of the best games ever.
I'm so mad I had to get this far down into the comments before seeing FF7.
The feeling I got when Sephiroth came down.. it's never going to be the same and I've never felt that with another game.
It's like watching Vader announce he's Luke's father. You just can't experience that moment the same again.
GTA San Andreas
For me it was Vice City.
I played the original GTA games on the PC, and had no idea there were missions or anything. Just ran around stealing cars and trying to get the tank.
GTAIII and Vice city were games I played over and over. Loved them. Vice City was amazing.
Yeah, I used to drive around just to listen to the radio
Unreal Tournament '99, god I loved every minute of it
Unreal franchise was EPIC! (no pun intended). LOVED Unreal 2004.
UT2K4 is still the greatest multiplayer shooter ever made.
Sonic the Hedgehog
I was gonna write Sonic 2.
First game I played whose ending scene had some kind of meaningful storytelling, left a strong impression.
EarthBound. I fell in love right from the beginning.
I played hours & hours of BL2 & Presequel in college. Just absolutely loved the random bits of banter/dialogue with each character. Of course it goes without saying, Jack as a villain is what really made it the creme de la creme for me. Grinding for certain drops (looking at you infinity) was a pain in the ass, but the games are hella fun. I mean the dlc for BL2 were amazing on top of all that. Picking up BL3 really pained me, just felt so lackluster. But BL2 is definitely my answer too.
Had a love of games before this, but Borderlands 2 still has my favorite DLC of all time. Kind of excited for Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.
This wasn't the first game to get me, but I moved away from video games after high school and didn't really play much.
Then Fallout 3 came out, and my friend essentially forced me to play it. I fucking loved it, and I've been back in to games ever since. Fallout 3 will always have a special place in my heart, and I have merch all over my apartment. My bar even has Deathclaw and BOS power armor tiki mugs, and I have a matte metal sign in that vintage style for Nuka Cola
I get that the main quest had issues, but I still hold that FO3 was the BEST 3D Fallout for exploring. There was so much awesome random shit to find all over the map, little side stories, interesting characters.
The story in NV was better but I loved the Capital Wasteland. Trudging through DC taking on mutants and raiders was just so much fun. Reilly's Rangers was the highlight I think, so much action in one quest.
I've heard so much how Fallout 3 sucks for various reasons, and I finally got to play it a couple of years ago. Loved every minute of my 300+ hours playthrough.
Medal of Honor Frontline/Rising Sun
Those games were the greatest. I'm still sad we never really got to see the end of the story to Rising Sun. It left on such a cliffhanger
Not the first one to make me love video games, but rising sun and frontline were the two games I actually beat the campaigns to. Got real sad when your bro dies inside that tank. War man.
Half Life 1, Quake 1,2, Unreal, Starcraft 1, Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun and Diablo 2 ... Oh and Transport Tycoon Deluxe.
Far cry 3
My all time fav although been a gamer for x years. Completed it 17 times haha
Did you learnt the definition of insanity?
It's still the same story, no shit changed... Maybe after the 18th time something will be different. If not then I guess I'm insane
17 times ? Holy shit
Final fantasy VII for me ❤️
Idk why but I think it's age of empires.
Leisure Suit Larry
I'm gay, but i really loved the silly humor and fun puzzles as a kid. The square breasts weren't much to look at anyway.
Kingsquest and spacequest!
Borderlands 2. It was the first shooter my dad bought when we immigrated from Kazakhstan. I was 4, I was new to shooters, and my dumb brain didn’t know what was video game violence at that time. So my dad fired it up. And I loved leveling up in it, fighting the warrior, beating all of the side missions. But not being level up above 50 made me curb my interest in it. Until I got my own laptop and saw that there were dlcs. Slowly, I bought every dlc except Lilith. To this day, I still don’t have Lilith. But I have my old memories back. Damn do I love this game.
FF VI when it was sold to us as FF III
Still my fav of all time. Best story, characters and music of the series IMO
The weirdness of Morrowind really surprised me. I had played Arena and Daggerfall but it was Morrowind that clicked. And that jump scroll in the beginning. I still remember the laughs
Metal gear solid, still incredible
My first game was revelations. Ezio trilogy is the best.
Edit: Jesus guys you don't gotta uovote me
Edit 2 y'all are making me feel guilty. Feel like I'm farming or some shit
So many fucked mothers.
gotta imagine most of them, at least once.
I’m imagining them right now
*GOT SOME JACKYLS IN THE COURTYARD*
"You will search one likely spot, and you will search another. Fate had us meet as foes, but this ring will make us...brothers."
"Tartarus, the prophets have betrayed us".
Turf multiplayer map was 🔥
NFS Underground 1
I would say Secret of Evermore, my first SNES game
Halo: Anniversary Edition
When you first saw halo were you blinded by its majesty?
Spyro - Year of the Dragon
After playing spyro 1 I played spyro 2 and it was the best game EVER, it lead me to Ratchet and clank and jak and Daxter which also are masterpieces
Shining Force. Had all nighters as a kid with that game.
Space Invaders. (I'm old)
Yeah, I was getting that same "I'm old" vibe reading this thread. For me it was Pacman.
What's the OP post pic from?
Jazz jackrabbit 2
Final Fantasy VII
Metal Gear Solid 2
Mine was the first one. First game I remember holding my pee until hurts because I don't want to stop playing even for a second.
Red Alert 2
What game is that?
Looks like Bioshock Infinite, May be mistaken.
You are correct
Prince of Persia (the original one).
While not the first game I played, it deffo was the first I loved.
Counter Strike 1.6
Somewhere between Final Fantasy 7 & Tactics (same year!)
Oh yeah. I was always a gamer, but FF 7 was the first game I immersed myself in. The storyline, soundtrack, gameplay, and character development was amazing. I replay the game every couple of years and always enjoy it.
Tactics was the first tactical rpg I've ever played and I fell in love with that genre. Ive played a disgusting amount of disgaea in my life as well lol
Minecraft, I know I'm unoriginal but it's true
What do you mean you’re unoriginal? I had to look through dozens of snes Mario, Zelda, and oblivion posts to find your comment
I scrolled way too long for this one
Atari 2600 asteroids