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Jul - Gaming - what games have a special place in your heart?
  
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Jamie
Posts: 31/44
You mean as in effort and heartfelt that you get from the developers? I can say that Nintendo hasn't shown that in any of their releases in the last 14 years... the games may be quality but lack that heartfelt feeling that their older games have. Good on you for making this thread!
Rambly
Posts: 2037/2058
Originally posted by Sanqui
- Pokémon Blue
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
- Cave Story
- Minecraft

- Croc: Legend of the Gobbos
- Doom
- Freddi Fish
- Ragnarok Online

Oh, hey, these are all good picks. Croc's probably not a very good game, but it's a very charming game and a very cute game and I remember it really fondly in spite of how janky and tank controls-y it was. Freddi Fish was good, too, I cut my teeth on Humongous Entertainment stuff (also Pajama Sam and Spy Fox!). And of course I looooved Pokémon Blue; maybe it hasn't aged well but I don't care, the sense of adventure was really genuinely special when I was young and kinda mind-opening at the time.

I adore Doom already, too. I don't care if I first played it earlier this year, that game is full of heart and passion. Even if it involves murdering demons in horribly bloody ways
Sanqui
Posts: 1753/1755
- Pokémon Blue
- Keitai Denjuu Telefang
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
- Cave Story
- Minecraft
- Transformice

Honorable mentions
- Croc: Legend of the Gobbos
- Psycho Fox
- Doom
- Freddi Fish
- Yume Nikki
- Mario Kart 7
- Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (Curtain Call)
- Ragnarok Online
K.T.B.
Posts: 7/10
The I Spy games (particularly I Spy Fantasy on PC and Ultimate I Spy on the Wii), because despite how crap those games actually are, I was awestruck by their atmospheres when I played them as a tiny child and the way some of the areas made me feel (i.e. the castle section in Fantasy and the music room in Ultimate) and I still today feel the effects they had on the way I look at sceneries in real life.
Momcubus
Posts: 4/4
Undertale: It's so emotionally resonant and I don't think I can say anything that hasn't been said before about it.

Persona 3: A wonderful tale of teenage identity, depression, and accepting death. Memories of You still makes me cry.

Pokemon Platinum: While Pearl was my first Pokemon game, Platinum is basically a refined version of it. As such, it's still one of my favorite games of all time.

Katawa Shoujo: One of the first pieces of media I ever read that had really good disability representation.
snickerbockers
Posts: 5/9
Comix Zone: This is the first game where I realized that video game music can be better than "real" music. It also has great dialog (which can easily be skipped if you want) and a good sense of humor. Kicking somebody so hard they rip through the border into the next panel is a good feeling, too.

Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force: This was an FPS based on the quake III engine. It's far more immersive than any other game from that era. Between missions you get to wander around Voyager, interact with crewmembers, waste time on the Holodeck, etc. It has a lot of really neat references to the show, and it does a good job of redeeming what is usually considered to be the worst Star Trek series. It also had a thriving mod community back in its day which created a lot of custom maps based around other Star Trek ships.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles: Sonic was king of sidescrollers. When I was a kid, my parents wouldn't let me play on the Sega for more than an hour at a time, so for the longest time this was the only Sonic game I could beat (because of the savegame). I was also an avid reader of the archie comics series at the time, which did an amazing job of building a complex lore around the Genesis games.

Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine: The first falling-block puzzle game I actually liked. Also the only Puyo game I played as a child.

Ocarina of Time: same reasons everybody else likes it, I suppose.
Swingball
Posts: 35/44
I say Gran Turismo 3 because it’s one of the first games I started playing ever.

Aaand Super Mario Galaxy 1 because of the magical feeling. And the nighttime-ish feel that the game has.
Darkhero
Posts: 78/113
How could I forget Double Dash? It was the first Gamecube Game I owned, even before Melee.
Rena
Posts: 5248/5257
Pokemon Silver, so good. Lugia is best mon.

Bubsy, terrible game, but when I was a kid it was a platformer starring a cat, so I loved it.

Super Mario RPG might be the best game ever made.

And Double Dash is still the best Mario Kart. Diddy Kong Racing is a close second. (It's close enough dammit!)
Linepiece777
Posts: 3/4
In approximate order from old to new:

Tetris(GB) My first entry into the Tetris series. Mom and I would play the hell out of this. I remember the days when she could beat B-Type 9-5.

Super Mario 64 Of course. One of my favourite Mario games, even if I could never beat 3rd Bowser back then.

Pokémon G/S/C Specifically, Crystal was the first one I got, and definitely the one I remember most fondly. Yellow was good too, but I think I like that one more for nostalgia purposes.

Bejeweled That other classic puzzle game series I enjoy. Mostly the 2nd game, though I also enjoy 3 and even Twist. Another game my mom also enjoyed.

Mario Party 1 While I did play the second game a few times, the first game is the one I remember most from the N64 era.

Sonic Adventure 2: Battle Another one of those games where while it hasn't aged well and I don't play it much nowadays, was still a really freaking fun game with a bit of variety to it. We'd rent this all the time. Man, I should go back to the Chao Garden soon...

Goldeneye and Agent Under Fire Two games my dad and I loved to play together.

In terms of newer games...

Team Fortress 2 My first PC FPS game. Would main mostly Spy and Engie. Ran very poorly on my PC.

Minecraft Loved messing around on singleplayer and finding stuff to do on servers. Never was much into modding back then, though.

Texmaster First entry into TGM, if you can call it that. Brings me back to my absolute noobishness at the game and my shitty YouTube videos.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U I love all the games in the series and Melee is still probably my favourite, but my best memory of Wii U was having a sleepover at a friends place for his birthday and I brought the game with me, and it was some of the most fun I've had with the series.

Oneshot Without a doubt one of the best games I've played within the past few years.
Chalcedony
Posts: 20/57
(+) Iji, definitely. The whole way your style of play subtly changes the environment, the way the plot comes together with the log books, the design of the combat, the voice acting and the music… it's all quite something—and it has a special place as one of the first things Akari (our predecessor) did was go through a no-damage-taken, no-enemy-kills run, which was quite tricky to do. (Resonance Reflector rules per 1.6, where reflected-shot kills aren't counted.) We're tempted to do the same thing at some point, especially since the 1.7 update just came out last year, using a new version of Game Maker.

Aside from that… not sure. Akari had a love affair with Minecraft while playing on a friend's FTB Infinity server, but while we also have enjoyed it quite a lot sometimes, it doesn't have the same specialness to us. She also played a lot of 3DS games that we want to try at some point, but we haven't yet.

DATA WING (link to our Dreamwidth post about it) might count, come to think of it.

I do kind of hope that now that they're doing a Spyro remaster, we'll eventually be able to consider those ones special. Since, y'know, dragons. ^..^ But of course we can't do that yet, because they're not out yet! Sooooon. >..>

Orlandu
Posts: 5911/5913
Final Fantasy Tactics, for obvious reasons. It was one of the first RPGs I really dove in to and tried to master.

Gran Turismo was also a game I spent hours upon hours playing. I don't remember if there were any cheat codes for it but I decided that was a game I didn't want to cheat at. I raced over and over again to earn credits to upgrade my cars, eventually buying better ones. I can still remember the first few cars I got. I started with the Mazda Miata, then moved on to a Mitsubishi 3000 GT (which was called the Japanese name of GTO due to issues with Mitsubishi), then I earned enough to get a Dodge Viper which I thought was the holy grail and fastest car. I came to realize that both the 3000 GT and the Toyota Supra could be upgraded and were a lot faster than the Viper. I did all the license tests and most of the big races. I even got back into the genre on PS3 when Gran Turismo 3 came out. I got a steering wheel and pedal set and dumped another hundred hours or so into the game. I had planned one year to do the 24 hour of Le Mans race in real time as part of the Extra Life 24 hours of gaming charity event. However, you had to do certain things to unlock the full 24 hour race and I didn't have enough time before the event so I ended up not doing it.

Everquest This game was what got my brother and I into MMORPGs. We were dedicated to raiding and progression and actually got to be part of the 3rd top guild on our server at the time. It was a game my brother and I bonded over so it will always be special to me. We eventually moved on to Star Wars Galaxies and World of Warcraft but Everquest was the instigator for it all.

Super Metroid was one of the first challenging games that pushed me to play harder. Looking back now, it wasn't a really tough game, but I was 8 or 9 years old when it released and really forced me to up my game so to speak. It had great puzzle challenges, awesome music, and gorgeous 16-bit graphics.
Darkhero
Posts: 40/113
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter is one of the first games I remember playing. I knew nothing about Street Fighter or fighting games at the time but liked that you could play as Spider-Man and Captain America.

Super Smash Bros. Melee is the other fighting game that really got me into video games and convinced me to buy a Gamecube.

Ocarina of Time was the first single player game that I beat. I was blown away when a friend first showed it to me.

I love RPGs, and I can probably thank Golden Sun for that.

Final Fantasy IX was the first game I streamed on Twitch.

Sonic Adventure for starting my love of Sega.

Last but certainly not least A Link to the Past is the best overall gaming experience I've ever had. No game is perfect, but it comes the closest for me.
mycophobia
Posts: 7/30
though I had a fairly long gaming history before it, Super Mario Galaxy marked the first time I had ever been in awe of a game. the music, art, mechanics and general theme of the game all came together perfectly to create some really jaw-dropping moments.

I guess before that the game that most affected me was Kirby Super Star, it's just such a cute and good looking game. I remember not being able to clear The Arena back then, no matter how many times I tried, but when I played it again about a year ago I blew through it in one go lol. I was really bad at games as a kid.

And of course I discovered the TGM series over a decade ago and haven't stopped playing since. In addition to being insanely well-designed and fun games on their own, they were also my introduction to arcade gaming.
XAIXER
Posts: 5/6
Super Mario World, played it a bit on SNES then my first GBA game.
Tomato Hentai
Posts: 3/6
Pokemon White was the first Pokemon game I'd ever finished (not the first I'd played though, that goes to Gold), and it brings back lots of good memories of stuff that I did on Flipnote Hatena and Hatena Haiku. I unfortunately lost all my Pokemon from my first White playthrough though

There's also Balloono from OMGPOP when that was a thing. I'm not exactly sure why I'm so fond of it though considering I don't think I even played it that much.
Kaito Sinclaire
Posts: 406/416
The TrackMania series was the very first community I ever got involved in and I remember spending countless hours editing tracks and racing with other people, etc.

Originally posted by lion
Sonic Robo Blast 2 was also my first online community, started playing in v1.09.4.
Months ago I would've agreed with this, but after what's happened trying to think about it in this kind of light makes me feel a little ... upset, I guess.
lion
Posts: 38/74
Sonic Adventure 1, Advance 1-3 and Battle were my childhood.

Final Fantasy IX is a stunningly beautiful game and while I have a soft spot for VIII, I cannot deny that IX is the best one.

Pokémon Crystal and NiGHTS into Dreams were also my favorite games as a kid.

Sonic Robo Blast 2 was also my first online community, started playing in v1.09.4.
Peardian
Posts: 7343/7421
Super Mario Bros. 3 - My first video game. Everything about it is so charming and unique, especially graphically. The short levels may not be perfectly-tuned challenges like in modern Mario games, but they feel rewarding to run through. Sometimes I have dreams where I reach a new world in the game, with a new map and new levels.

Kirby's Adventure - My first Kirby game. The graphics are beautiful for an NES game. In fact, this is one of the games that got me interested in sprite art. Ice Cream Island is one of my favorite video game locations. I never pass up an opportunity to buy/play it again.

Yoshi's Island - Definitely one of my favorite games of all time, if not my most favorite. Everything from the art style to the music is masterfully crafted. Like with Kirby's Adventure, I never pass up an opportunity to play it again. If I had to choose only one game to play before I died, it would be this one.

Kirby Super Star - My brother and I spent dozens of hours playing this, even after completing the game. It's one of the best couch co-op experiences on the Super Nintendo, and I'm glad that the newer Kirby games are following in its path. To me, this is the definitive Kirby experience.
Amberetto
Posts: 3/7
Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Preeeeeeetty sure this is the very first game I ever played. This, or the TMNT arcade game.

Final Fantasy (NES): The very first RPG I ever played, and it got me into the genre like crazy. Despite the difficulty and the bugs, it's probably my favorite NES game? (Sorry SMB3 and Zelda 1) It has amazing music, great world and dungeon design, and just feels so good to see your party improve. I constantly fight the urge to replay it because I need to beat other things. I'll also say that I think it has the best battle theme in the entire series, FIGHT ME.

Oracle of Seasons: Before getting this game, any game we'd gotten- whether for our birthdays or Christmas- was more or less shared by the whole family. It made sense, since the NES, Genesis, and N64 games we got were console games. But I got Oracle of Seasons for Christmas, along with a GBA. And it was mine. It was the very first game I owned that ultimately belonged to me.

Dragon Quest 4 (DS): This is the first DQ game I ever got and beat, and it's what has sparked my love for the series and for me to pretty much go through the entire series.

Shining Force 2: NEVER HAS A BETTER STRATEGY RPG BEEN MADE.

Final Fantasy 6: Probably the best FF game ever made. The story, the characters... everything about it grips me every time. It starts off right into the action, and constantly just gives you more questions rather than answers. The world is deep and varied, and constantly introduces new elements to you. Each main character has their own individual desires and backstories, and as you learn more, it just keeps you wanting to learn even more.

Breath of the Wild: This sorta feels like cheating since it only came out less than a year ago? But like, it invoked incredibly strong memories of Zelda 1 from my childhood when I was playing it, and I had been waiting so long for it to come out. I immediately fell in love with the game and it really feels like the first time a huge 3D open world setting HAS BEEN REALLY GOOD. I was legit having fun getting lost and seeing what surprises lay around every corner. I love post-apocalyptic settings, and it was refreshing to see one where it wasn't all radioactive or super gloomy, but rather nature had just reclaimed the land. Also unpopular opinion but Daruk is the best champion
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