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Which Game Had The Biggest Impact On You?

After playing through Journey again, I began to think about all the other video games that had a significant impact on me.

So, the obvious question is: Which game had the single most profound impact on you?

It's difficult for me to pick just one but if I was pressed, I'd probably settle on Sierra's point-and-click Hero's Quest (So You Want To Be A Hero) adventure. It was my introduction to games beyond the standard arcade and sport realms, and beyond the Sega and Genesis console world. I couldn't believe I could actually wander around a town complete with a hero's guild, bar, magic shop, barbershop and more. I could even explore a forest that kinda looked like a forest. I could see all these amazing fantastical things that I had only read about (or dreamed of).

The interesting part was that my computer really couldn't run it at all. It was an old IBM/Tandy with 640k RAM and even for an old game like Hero's Quest, that wasn't enough. But I never knew anything was wrong. I just assumed the hero really did run that slowly, that the colors really were that washed out, and that sometimes the face of my opponent in battle would look like someone vomited on it (especially when facing barbarians). Looking back now, it was actually comical. But the game never broke or froze or crashed; it just ran slow. I still played the hell out of it, finishing it at least a half-dozen times, and always enjoying the ride.

I only played as the Fighter because I thought the Thief sounded boring and I was frankly intimidated by the Magic User. I think I tried the latter once but when the first goblin killed me without any issue, I got frustrated and went back to the Fighter. All of this, though, from helping a peasant with gardening tasks to earn some extra money to exploring deep, dank caves, constituted my first true interactive fantasy adventure, and it had a huge impact. Perhaps even more of an impact than Super Mario Bros..

What about you?

7/24/2015 Ben Dutka

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InBlackestNight
Friday, July 24, 2015 @ 10:55:19 PM
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Metroid II and Super Metroid because they were great fun and introduced me to thinking and challenging games.

Metal Gear Solid because of the story and amazing gameplay.

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 11:52:38 AM

MGS will always have my respect for being the most boundary pushing experience on PSX. Period.

It was Hollywood meeting video games in an unprecedented way.
Complete with cinematic acting, directing, voice overs, musical score and production values.
It also had a kind of game play never before experienced on console in such a realistic and believable way. It helped define the idea of AI awareness. It was breakthrough for it's time. Through and through. It also felt mature, targeting an audience older than teens with it's theme and presence. It set the stage for the future of gaming standards.

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Nerull
Friday, July 24, 2015 @ 11:00:20 PM
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If I were to pick something relatively recent I might pick Black Flag.
Hunting a white whale, having naval battles while dodging hurricanes in a downpour, and diving in shark infested waters always gets my blood pumping.
I'm actually replaying it now for the 4rth time since Unity is taking forever to arrive.

For something old school I have spot in my heart for the Ghostbusters game on the genesis.
Sure it didn't have Winston, but you can buy and upgrade several guns, fight the staypuff man, even possessed versions of the other ghostbusters when they get captured. Then for the final level the earth opens up and you descend into hell.

But as sad as it is to admit, probably the biggest impact on me indirectly came from Pokemon.

Not because it's that great a game, but just because it was the first RPG I could wrap my head around at a young age.
So it in turn lead me to Final Fantasy Tactics, Diablo, Elder Scrolls, The Witcher 1-3. All the great fantasy worlds that are similar to the fantasy novels I read, but seemingly brought to life.

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Bio
Friday, July 24, 2015 @ 11:44:36 PM
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Ocarina of Time.

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 12:17:08 AM

YES!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 1:34:22 PM

Probably my second.

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daus26
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 12:01:16 AM
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Super Mario bros, donkey Kong country truly defined 2d platform for me till this day. Super Mario 64 elevated 3D platforming to incredible heights. So good that I still think Nintendo have yet to surpass it. Banjo and Donkey Kong 64 followed super Mario 64's greatness.

Gran Turismo obviously is the game that broke boundaries and had an impact on me, not just in the video game world or racing games, but my life.

If I wasn't in my mobile phone, I can write about this forever.

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 12:16:43 AM
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Ocarina of Time.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 1:27:44 AM
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It's easy to say Super Mario Bros because that's what I grew up with. It was one of the first games I played. And then GoW on PS2 was literally a game changer for me. And so on, Socom was one of the few games at that time I continued to play over and over every day.

However, Baldur's gate on the PS2 gave me a glimpse at both the fantastic gameplay of dungeon crawlers mixed with the rpg element I couldn't get into previously. I played through it many, many times and I attribute it to my love for games in the genre today.

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FAREEZ
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 2:34:08 AM
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A name means nothing on the battlefield.
METAL GEAR SOLID!!!

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JonnyR
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 12:07:08 PM

"Do you believe love can bloom on a battlefield?"
such a quotable game!

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FAREEZ
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 8:20:26 PM

^This bring back memory :)

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Draguss
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 2:57:52 AM
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Nearly gave myself a headache trying to come up with an answer for this. I landed right back to why I love The Legend of Dragoon so much. I was an extremely shy kid, that's probably not a rare story among gamers, so I had a lot of time to myself. I consumed all forms of media at an insane rate, I was watching tv and reading in equal amounts, damn near unhealthy in both cases. My gaming up till that point was slightly more casual, with lots of puzzle-platformers, racing games, etc. Things that were entertaining, perhaps a little challenging, but not exciting.

Then I played LoD. It was something else entirely, it drew me in more than any book or movie or tv show ever did. It was more than just witnessing a story, I was experiencing it. Every event felt so much more personal, every character much more connected to me. Every triumph was not just a moment in the story, it was my own effort that had been put in, it was I that had overcome those trials. And every time a new challenge came up and the characters were preparing to face it, I felt it was my duty to see them through it. It took me a very long time to finish, I was rather terrible at it. Finishing the game after so many attempts was one of the most exciting moments in my life as a gamer.

That game didn't just have a great impact on my love of games, it may well have been one of the defining experiences in my life. It's one of the main reasons I wholeheartedly believe video-games can surpass any other form of media, and why I have been working hard to dedicate my life to helping in their creation. Video-games are my life's greatest passion, and that game was my first step.

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xenris
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 9:48:06 AM

LoD was one of my favourite PSX RPGs. I loved this game so much, and actually preferred it over FF8 which is what my friends were playing at the time.

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Nerull
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 6:14:35 PM

I owned and beat LoD, but it didn't stick in my memory that much.
I just remember it having at least 4 dvds, which was a great sign of a meaty experience in those days.
I preferred Chrono-cross at the time.

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berserk
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 9:12:10 AM
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Probably Resident evil on ps1 . Final fantasy 7 as close second , was so easy to get lost in the world of both .

Was fun trying to go as far as possible in Resident evil with a friend taking turn . Did nt had a memory card yet , i actually had to buy it in the U.S when on a trip with my family ( was out of order everywhere i went in Canada ).

Was soooooo happy to finally be able to go farther then a few hours in .

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xenris
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 9:47:03 AM
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Phantasy Star Online. This was the first MMO type game I had ever played and it honestly changed my life.

I met so many people on that game who I still keep up with on Facebook to this day. The community was amazing and I had such a blast playing that game with people from all over the world.

There are a lot of other single player games that had huge impacts on my life like Shenmue, that game made me take my Martial Arts training more seriously than I had been, and I actual become a better Karateka because of it.

I don't know which one had a bigger impact on me so I will say they are tied.

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 10:00:32 AM

Dude. Amazing. Yes PSO on DC was a life changer for me at the time.

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 10:10:49 AM
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It's hard for me to list just one. I don't think I can.
Riding off of pure emotional engagement and wonderous excitement, usually from the first time experiencing them these games come to mind.

Bloodborne
Half Life 2 on PC
Halo CE
Eternal Darkness on GC
Shenmue 2
Phantasy Star Online for DC.
Tomb Raider on PSX
Final Fantasy III on SNES
Duke Nukem 3D playing co-op with my brother with two PC's.
X-Wing on PC
CAstlevania II Simon's Quest
Contra on NES (the first NES game I played)

that's what comes to mind for now. There's more, I'm sure.



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Temjin001
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 12:01:54 PM

Super Metroid. Yes. That was huge for me.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 1:50:25 PM

Contra brought generations of best buds closer with its co-op. Even today it's just as fun.

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JonnyR
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 12:04:59 PM
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definitely Metal gear Solid, first game i got on my first playstation. so many good memories.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 1:31:38 PM
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Final Fantasy VII. That's not a default answer it just made the biggest impact with its grandeur and perfect mix of characters. Emotional, epic, and giving you a mentally ill hero that you love but can't trust.

No symbol will ever compete with the number of human stories wrapped up in the image of the Buster Sword.

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Jumpinbeans
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 3:03:28 PM
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Sierra games without question - Kings Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest, Heroes Quest...all classics. Maybe one of the indiana Jones games. Civilisation.

Nothing recently.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 3:21:34 PM

oh police quest was fun

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shaytoon
Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 7:54:35 PM
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possibly going to sound cliche, for me its ff7.

its the one game that taught me love, death, and friendship.

it made me realize how those things work in real life and how its all connected together whether you see it right away or not. also made me realize what real friendship is about and how true friends will always have your back and be there for you.

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Jed
Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 7:01:27 PM
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I'd say Final Fantasy VII and Ocarina of Time. As the first RPGs I played they opened up a new world of gaming for me. I'd never experienced the open world gameplay, character advancement and epic storytelling that the genre offered. Add the fact that they are two of the best games of all time and well, that's why I'm on these forums right now.

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MrAnonymity
Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 1:29:48 AM
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Star Ocean: The Second Story holds that place of honor. I played the classic FFs on SNES when I was a kid, but SO:TSS completely revolutionized RPGs for me. I discovered the game through an amazing ad in a Wizard magazine (http://www.ebay.com/itm/1999-STAR-OCEAN-Playstation-Second-Story-Enix-Vintage-Video-Game-Print-Ad-/151756823499?hash=item2355695bcb) that completely hooked me before even holding the game in my hands. The rest is pretty much history. As many wonderful RPGs as I have played since, none have had such a profound impact on my gaming career (though Suikoden II is a pretty close second as far as story goes).

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