Little trend on Twitter today, people are posting the 4 video games that helped to define them as people. Thought this might be a good thing to share here.
The four I chose:
1) The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages. My first Zelda game, and it's still my favourite. I like the simple yet charming storyline, I like the emphasis on puzzles in this game, and I like the characters though it's a shame they never brought them back after this game. It's a really overlooked entry in the franchise and I seriously recommend it, it's on the eShop. My fondest memory of this game was getting stuck in the second room of the Wing Dungeon, and having to go out and buy one of those manual guidebooks. Boy I loved and abused that thing, I loved reading through it and looking at all the pretty pictures.
This is special to me because more than Pokemon Blue, this game really captivated me and developed my love for video games. This is THE game I think about when I think about my childhood playing games for the first time.
2) Fire Emblem 7: The Blazing Sword. The first Fire Emblem game I ever played, I recall playing it at a summer day camp on a friend's GBA. He was really bad at it, I recall him losing Erk and Wil on Chapter 7 of Lyn Mode on Normal (like, how?). But it really piqued my interest so I got it for myself. I was similarly bad because I didn't really understand how to play the game, and overused certain units to the point I screwed myself over (though with the knowledge I have now, I'm pretty sure I still could have beaten the game). For a while after I disliked this game and much preferred Sacred Stones, but in recent years I appreciate this one much more.
It's special to me because it reminds me of some of the great times I had at that summer camp over the years, and how a lot of my time growing up was playing from dawn till dusk on the GBA with others. It developed my passion for talking about games with others and seeing others progress through them.
3) Tales of Symphonia. THE RPG of my childhood, and still the one I've spent the most time on to date over multiple runs. I still adore this game and listen to its soundtrack just for the memories. It's a game whose characters I've studied and restudied over the years in order to get a better appreciation for them. This is the classic JRPG as far as I'm concerned, and I'd recommend it to anybody even if it hasn't aged the best.
This is the game that made me love JRPGs. I remember I first encountered this in a monthly Nintendo magazine just before release and I thought 'hey that looks really cool!' I asked my mum to buy it for me as a gift for starting high school. She was hesistant because of the price, but I have gotten hundreds of hours out of this over multiple years.
4) World of Warcraft. Oooh boy, many hours burned on this game as a teenager. However, it helped me to grow up by forcing me into real situations with real people. I learned to deal with conflict. I learned what it meant to have to handle myself not like a child. There were real consequences to my actions in this game in my interactions with others, and I'll remember that forever.
I haven't played too many games, but I'll give this a shot. It's not in any particular order either.
Pokemon Pearl: The first Pokemon game that I beat (played LeafGreen until about the third gym before then) and probably the one that solidified my identity as a complete Pokemon nerd. I spent hours playing it and even more hours reading guides from numerous sites. After playing through Pearl, I was ready to continue with more games in the franchise and become enough of a fan to look for Pokemon communities like Marriland. ;D
osu!: This game has surprisingly been a really good way to find amazing music. I even plan to choreograph to one song I found on osu and another that was from an artist I discovered from the game.
League of Legends: It's good teamwork practice and helps you deal with people who can easily lose their cool. It's also how I got closer to a lot of the members of the crew. Plus, this game has given me a lot of art inspiration.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time: It's not even a great game, but it's the first non-Pokemon RPG that I played rather than watched since it had a DS version. In some ways it was a step toward independence for me because I wasn't just on the sidelines telling my brother what to do and yelling at him when he did something stupid.
This is a lot of fun to think about. These are my four.
White Knight Chronicles II: This is the first game I ever played online with out people, and it literally changed my life forever because of the people I met there. I learned so much about myself, make life-long friendships, even had a romance. It's a game that came and went quickly, but left a powerful impact on me. It was because of this game that I chose my preferred name, Molly. This game made me start asking powerful questions about myself, and the whole time with support of some amazing people. The online servers have since indefinitely shut down, but this place will always stay with me and I will NEVER forget it.
Kingdom Hearts: When I was a kid, I wanted this game so badly. I owned the strategy guide before I even got the game or the console to play it on, because I just wanted it so badly. When I finally got my hands on it, I was ready, and it didn't disappoint in the slightest. I came for the Disney, and I stayed for the beautiful story and characters. This is one of those games I play when I'm at my lowest and desperately need a pick-me-up. It never fails to fill me with joy.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Man I sunk so deep into this world. I first played it when I was WAY too young to be playing serious RPG's like this. I was only about 11 or 12, and the game scared the living daylights out of me, but I couldn't look away. Before I played this game, I'd only been exposed to family friendly stuff and games that were very good, but no where near as violent or dramatic. Since I first played it on somebody else's console, I never got the game until years later when I first got a PS3. I got the console at the store, and on the same trip I had to pick out a game to go with it. I wanted Final Fantasy XIII, but they didn't have any in stock. So instead, I saw Oblivion on the shelf, and I was immediately brought back with "OH YEAH! That game!", having completely forgotten about it. And when I finally got to play it again, I was hooked. There's no game like it.
Pokémon Ruby: This one speaks for itself, I love Pokémon so much and it has helped me cope with so many things in my life, and this game is the starting point. I love Pokémon and I couldn't imagine my life without it.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: I sunk hundreds of hours into this game. This game taught me morality, choices, respecting those around you, all tucked into a dense lore-filled RPG masterclass, even if I had no clue how the Baldur's Gate-Esque system worked.
Persona 3: Time management, the values of friendship, and not to fear death. I return to this game pretty much yearly.
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly: Me and my mum spent ages playing this game together. The aesthetic of this game is great, even if now I understand it's a buggy mess and you should just play Hero's Tail.
The World Ends With You: i love this game man you just dont understand
This is actually a pretty hard question for me, but fun to think about
Mystic Messenger - I got this game on a whim; a few of my friends were getting it and were like "lmao we should try it all together". And I remember thinking "lol alright, a dating sim game, let's see where this'll take me". The first time I played it, I got uncomfortable in Yoosung's route and just looked up the spoilers and I was shook. Having learnt the storyline, I put down the game for a few months. When I picked up back up again this past July though, I got sucked back in, and I realized that this game actually was extremely relevant to events in my life. I came for the lulz dating and stayed for the amazing grapple of issues like abuse, guilt, and handling your past mistakes the game had. Plus I've met a bunch of friends through it :P
Runescape - I remember for years wanting to play this while seeing my brother play, but finally he got me hooked up with an account, and I grinded the hell out of this game. It was the first real draw I had to the internet because before Runescape, I never went on the internet. We didn't have enough computers in my house, and my brother hoarded his all the time. But I always made time to try to get on after going into Runescape, which led me to Youtube, which led me to Marriland, which led me to here.
Super Monkey Ball 2 - Oh man. I barely even know where to begin honestly. I spent hours trying to get past all the levels in this one (for those of you who've played, remember the Hoops level? From that washing machine world? **** that level) and I finally beat story mode. It's probably the most I've ever stuck with a game. I also had a lot of fun breaking the game with my friends on a particular stage that could launch you into the black space of death, my dad and I played monkey racing quite a bit in this, and my brother and I played monkey dogfight and the target game a lot.
Mario Kart - Double Dash - This was my family's game. I became so damn good at this, god. I love this game. It's what brought our family together to just have a good time when nothing else did, and we had this family tournament that only lasted two games (the first one was air hockey) but yeah I've got a lot of really great memories with this one.
Marvel:Ultimate Alliance: Honestly this game probably isn't as fun as I remember it being when I was 7 in 2006, but it introduced me to a lot of characters in a different light and just introduced most of them plain and simple. Since I've gone on to read loads of comics past that I'm pretty sure growing up with this game is the reason I am so fond of the characters in comics.
Pokemon XY: I don't think this game is my favorite at all to be honest, but this game is the one I have the most play time and the one I had the most fun with AFTER I finished the story. This was the game I played with a lot of my high school friends so it's grown extremely close to me and it's the first time I did online battles and bred Pokemon for specific reasons. Plus staying up till 3 am playing with my friends was a norm with this game which I can't really say much for the others.
Fire Emblem Awakening: This was actually the first Fire Emblem game I've played and it's what got me really into the series, making me work my way through the old ones and the newer ones. As the game that made me expand to a completely different type of genre of gaming...it feels kinda special
Infamous second son: I just love this game. It's insane how much fun I had just traversing around here. I was actually and every thing about this game just resonated with me. The karmic system and the combat and the characters and just everything worked for me. First game I played on the PS4 and I fell in love
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Oof this is difficult, but I'll settle for these. c:
Pokemon White - This is the first Pokemon game I played and is the reason I found the online Pokemon community. I can't imagine not becoming a fan of Pokemon because it's been so life changing for me. I found a ton of friends on Azurilland after finding the forums during random Pokemon related Google searches, and it's become such an integral part of my life. I think this game really solidifies a big part of my life and is definitely a stepping stone to my current place in my life.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - No, I haven't finished the game. But the amount of time and money I've spent just to play the damned game is ridiculous. Nonetheless, I love this game. The mystery of the world and story is so immersive and a lot of thought went into it. I've played over 30 hours of the game, and it's totally a game that takes a while, but I almost never put that much time into a video game. I think even that just shows it's an amazing game. I've had so many memories of screaming to my family and friends about all of the items I've gotten, bosses I've beaten, and shrines I've conquered. Even when I kept dying from monsters, I'd still try again and again, because I had find out what happened next.
Sims 4 - I love this game for allowing me to create my perfect life. I've had so many weird moments where I've screamed about them on Discord and I think it's one of the games that's really the seed of all of my jokes. (Locking my daughter out of my house so I can bathe, my husband cheating on me, etc.) It's also just a game that I really enjoy playing here and there. I just really like the Sims so I had to include it.
Mario Kart Wii - Oh dear, this game. Like Kat, Mario Kart was a game my family bonded over. I remember when I was younger, we tried teaching my grandmother to play it, and she kept driving into everything, I used to play it with my sister and aunt all the time, and a bunch of other ones. There's a lot of good memories associated with this game and I can't even regret putting it on this list. It's something I've just grown to love and thinking about it makes me feel all nostalgic.
Pokemon Crystal: This was the game that really got me into the Pokemon series and passionate about the games in general. I have played Pokemon Blue and Gold before that. What makes this game stand out from those was being able to play as a female character. Kris is what made me truly love the Pokemon series.
Tetris: This game along with games like Metriod, Donkey Kong Country, and the Super Mario Games was the game I found myself playing from a very young age. What I liked about Tetris as a little girl playing on her father's NES was the theme and that I would spend quite a lot of time playing this game. Even now, if I get my hands on something tetris related, I will be wasting quite a bit of time going through the game.
League of Legends: I love this game. I hate this game. But this game helped me a lot the last year or so in being able to trust my abilities, judgements, and my own shot-callings within a game. While if I screw up, people will not shy to say it, it does feel rewarding when I do well and people going back and complimenting my skill within the game. While I'm still pretty scared to try ranked, this game did help me better my abilities with MOBAs. At least I think so.
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door: The original Paper Mario can be put in here as well, but this game just made me so happy. I loved the main story, the characters, the game mechanics, and just about everything these games have to offer. The first two Paper Mario games are like, my most favorite games of all time and really just set up a pretty high bar when it comes to other games that I would like to play.
Oh hello there. Doing these in a more chronological sense here.
Spyro the Dragon
The OG Spyro on the OG PlayStation. This was pretty much the only thing I played when I was a kid and it really grew on me, pretty much shaping the way I viewed most games after it. I'm super stoked for the remastered version to release in September, so catch me talking about only that in a few months.
Both the first and second numbered titles honestly, but not as much for the gameplay itself than for the absolute hell of a wait for Kingdom Hearts 3 (I'M GOING OFF THE GRID JANUARY 29TH JUST SO YOU ALL KNOW). In terms of the gameplay though, it still definitely had a major impact on me, so much so that I've only ever found two single-player RPGs that I enjoyed as much as the Kingdom Hearts franchise (those being being Skyrim and Final Fantasy 15).
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
I know I just mentioned it, but this game is actually really special for me. It was the first time that I had actually taken the heart of RPG and actually played AS a character, rather than just playing for myself. It really taught me how to fully immerse myself in the things that I play, be it something simple like a flash game or something as complex as Skyrim itself.
Being the most recent for me, I can't really say that it's impacted the way that I look at games today, but at any rate the game has rekindled my passion for rhythm games in general. I actually plan on starting up with Touhou thanks to hearing a lot of its music from osu, so perhaps that's the beginning of it.
Educational games were a huge part of my childhood and basically the only video games I could really play until I was around 10. Yeah, I did get started with games really early on, and those started with games made by The Learning Company where I was taught basic math, english, whatever it was. But eventually I started moving towards games that taught me more about the world itself, and none did it better than Carmen Sandiego, who was a nice supplement to the geography I was learning on my own at the time. I believe this game and other Carmen Sandiego games helped influence my love for learning, and geography remains a topic that I firmly believe everyone should learn about throughout their lives.
Pokemon Gold/Pokemon Blue
I got these around the same time and concurrently played both of them, so I can;t really pick one over the other, but this was really the start of video gaming for me (mostly-educational PC games aside). Pokemon was something I was already into for years by this point, so once I had these games I was latched onto the franchise forever.
I'm picking this entry over my favorite game of all time (Metroid Prime) because I played it first, but the Metroid series was one I really got into starting in my middle school years, and one day I found a friend who was also really into the series! For a while, I even borrowed a guidebook that he had that covered both games. I believe this was around when I really started talking about video games with other people instead of keeping things mostly to myself and my sister. Fusion also gave me one of the first experiences in gaming where I truly felt the atmosphere of the game, as its scary portions really left a mark on me when I first played it, and it's a feeling that I've looked for in every game I played since.
Final Fantasy VI
Pokemon aside, I don't think I really got into RPGs in general until playing this game, and this one had everything that I look forward to in one - a compelling story and cast, fun and immersive gameplay and mechanics, and memorable music (because these games tend to have some of the best). FFVI did all that, and ever since then the RPG has been my most played genre of video game (J and W both).
If only I could pick more than 4, since Super Mario World, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Starcraft, Braid, and Tetris could have made it on here!
I remember doing the #gamestruck4 challenge before. Looking at what I had before my answer is still the same. So... I decided to post it here. There isn't a particular order anything when it comes to what I have put here.
1. Persona 4 (PS2) - Persona 4 is the first game that introduced me to the Persona series. I wouldn't be invested in the series without it. Not going to lie. :T I discovered this game when I saw a family member played this game. The reason why I add this game as one of the influential video games that defines me is because I can relate to the experience of it being difficult to acknowledge some parts of one's true self. It's just easier to deny something than to acknowledge something. Being honest about what you like or how you feel can be difficult to express sometimes. That is why is game has a special place in my heart because it taught me some valuable things about life.
2. Tales of the Abyss (PS2) - Tales of the Abyss is added into one of the influential video games that defines me because it was a game that taught me about self-discovery and about questioning the meaning of life. I would like to explain more about the "self-discovery" thing; however, I think it probably crosses the spoiler line. So... You'll just have to find that out on your own. The game talks about things like: religion, politics, war, and etc. that we see in our world today. To which it made me really question the meaning of life. It was great that I discovered this game at a game store as well as have played Tales of Symphonia for the Nintendo GameCube. This game is one of my favorite Tales games to play, but it does get a bit tiresome to continuously. Though... I don't mind the tiresomeness of doing that.
3. Harvest Moon: Back to Nature (PS1) - The reason this particular game is added to my one of the influential video games that defines me is that it taught me about returning to one's roots. It's a bit funny to me because of the title of the game. It made me reflect about what was I happy about in the past compared to the present. There were things that I liked doing in the past, but never picked them back up when it came to the present. Exploring the roots of the main character of the game was really fun. The game also taught me the importance of planning what to buy and was to sell as well as how to manage my time. This game is the first Harvest Moon game that I have ever played, so it is a game that has a special place in my heart. I wouldn't be playing any of the other Harvest Moon games without it. I haven't picked up Story of Seasons games, which I heard is the new Harvest Moon game title since the name wasn't something that could be used anymore. I have already added Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns to my video game wish list a long time ago.
4. Divina Online (MMORPG) - I've added this MMORPG onto my list because this was the game that made me want to feel connected with people. Before when I played MMORPGs... I never really wanted to connect with anyone and just went on my own whenever I played. Doing that made me really bored, so I would try another game and the cycle would only repeat itself. This game was different for me. When I first started out in the game I was given a random guild invite. I didn't really know if I should accept it or if I should have denied it. Decided to take a chance and accept the invitation to the guild. Over time... It was getting lonely in the guild because there was barely anyone around, so I left the guild when there wasn't anyone in my guild that was online. I ended up joining a new guild and it was a blast for me. Throughout my time in the new guild that I was in I became a guild officer for my guild. But... The sad thing about the game was that it was closing down and there wasn't much that anyone can do about it. After this MMORPG shutdown... It was a bit difficult to keep playing MMORPGs. I've tried to play a different one; however, it just didn't work out in the end. But... I am grateful for the memories.