Games that made you a gamer for life

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  1. One Knight

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    So its safe to say that a lot of people in this Forum are lifetime gamers. I've been thinking about the games that I loved as a kid, that hooked me and made me a lifetime game fan. Wondering what games did it for everyone else.

    I was a gamer on both NES and PC from a very early age. God Bless my parents for sending huge $ (for back then) on a computer that let me play games ($500 for a 4MB memory upgrade!!!), as well as supporting my console habits from the NES forward.

    1. Command and Conquer - Started a life-long addiction to RTS and TBS games, still one of the best experiences ever in that genre.

    2. Strike Commander - Spiritual successor to Wing Commander, turned me into a flight sim junkie, something I have recently gotten back into. Walked a fine line between sim and action game, made it accessible and enjoyable for 10 year old me.

    3. Half Life - Still one of the best FPS games ever, put so many hours into this game. In hindsight the final act is shit, but the AI of the enemy soldiers, and the set pieces were so far ahead of their time.

    4. Mario 3 - Never had a Nintendo console after the NES, so this is still the pinnacle of Mario for me. So much awe when I first got the raccoon tail and started flying.

    5. NHL 94 - Favorite sports game ever. Enough said.
     
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  2. TrustyPatches

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    good thread idea

    ive never been one for platformers so the early part of my gaming days were pretty much fighting and sports games periodically. i always enjoyed gaming but so much of the early stuff just didnt interest me. as much as i hate to admit it because it seems like such a basic bitch choice but FF7 locked me in. ive always been a movie guy so the narrative of FF7 was a huge experience for me. after that i probably didnt have a similar experience till resident evil 4. excellent game that really taught me about what i truly want from a video game. stellar narrative, excellent characters, fantastic atmosphere and the number one most important aspect of a video game... it was a lot of fun.

    my most revered game is bioshock and i consider it to be the perfect game that i measure all others against. its not my favorite game (Dark Souls), but it is easily the most complete gaming experience ive had to date.
     
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  3. One Knight

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    good call, FF7 should have been on my list. When i was a junior in high school i watched my buddy play it, never played an RPG before that but i was hooked, eventually picked it up. Still my favorite JRPG ever. Can't wait to play the PS4 remaster.
     
  4. IanBoyd

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    Diablo 2

    /list
     
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  5. One Knight

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    So many hours on this game. I really want to get Diablo 3 for PS4, will be one of my next gets.
     
  6. Sub-Zero

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    I know this is going to shock you....but Mortal Kombat was really the one that turned me from really liking to loving games. I had an original NES with a ton of games too and played a lot of Mario 3 and hockey games (Ice Hockey, Blades of Steel) plus other sports games like Baseball Stars II (still awesome) and Bases Loaded...Tecmo Bowl of course. Plus just other random stuff i would rent at Blockbuster. I played Zelda but didnt beat the original until i was in college and committed to it over a couple of weeks.

    Super Nintendo was really when it took off though with MK, Madden, FIFA, NHL, and a whole list of other sports games. Killer Instinct was also memorable. I really spent 95% of my time on sports games though.

    Around the mid-late 90s i started playing PC games but again...a lot of sports games that made the jump to 3D graphics before consoles did.
     
  7. Sub-Zero

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    also....its completely ironic that i am actually not very good at Mortal Kombat...i mean that relative to people who love it. i could never beat it on high difficulties and good players at arcades would wreck me on MK2 and MK3.

    dont even ask about MKX (most recent). That shit's insane.
     
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  8. One Knight

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    One of my favorite memories is playing Bases Loaded Second Season with my old man, dude is a saint for how many games he would play
     
  9. TrustyPatches

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    I just picked it up recently and it's a lot of fun. Add me on PS4 if you haven't already itzSobuh
     
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  10. BlazingRebel

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    Sonic 2
    Blades of Steel
    Aladdin and The Lion King (my dad and I made it our personal mission to beat both those games)
    Primal Rage
    Online : Halo : CE
     
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  11. Odin

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    Power Rangers Fighting Edition (SNES)
    Turtles in Time (SNES)
    Pokemon Red and Blue (GBC)
    Super Smash Bros (N64)
    Mario Kart 64 (N64)
    Final Fantasy 8 (PS1)
    CoD: BO (360)
     
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  12. InZahnWeTrust

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    AWPing and rushing B with my bros in Counter-Strike
     
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  13. Sub-Zero

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    That is an amazing list
     
  14. Sub-Zero

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    I just played this last night since you mentioned it and the fielding feels impossible. It's amazing how many retro games i will play and wonder how the hell i played them before. They feel so hard now.
     
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  15. Odin

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    First two games i owned were that power rangers game and donkey kong country. I was immediately hooked.
     
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  16. One Knight

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    Super Smash was amazing, and rightfully considered the first and best party fighter, but anyone with a Dreamcast will attest to how good PowerStone was.
     
  17. Boom TittyMilk

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    Dark Age Of Camelot(PC)
    World of Warcraft(PC)
     
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  18. One Knight

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    THPS1 on Dreamcast was so incredible.
    Ken Griffey is the game I hear mentioned most by baseball lovers. For me it was World Series Baseball 95 on Genesis, what an incredible game.
     
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    I had World Series Baseball for Game Gear. Played a ton of that game.
     
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    I think World Series Baseball might have been the first to use the catcher's view angle for hitting (?)
     
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  21. One Knight

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    i think you are right, i don't remember it before that.
    Well, i never played Griffey and it did a version of that angle, not exactly the same.
     
  22. Ocarina of Time was the first video game I ever got and that hooked me. Also loved the baseball games on N64, Goldeneye, Mario games. COD games got me hooked on online gaming and WoW only solidified that.
     
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  23. prerecordedlive

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    Hooked.
     
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    what server on DAOC?
     
  26. Lyrtch

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    played all the usual casual game when real young, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, Tony Hawk, Joe Montanas football

    when I played the fuck out of games was once I got into Ultima Online followed by Dark Age of Camelot. between these two I played CS through 1.6 or so, these 3 games I basically played at competitive levels.

    long break including college which included just playing NCAA and NBA2k games super casually.

    now I just play Overwatch a little bit. dont have the time or attention span for MMORPGs. modern FPS's don't do it for me at all except the blending with MOBAs that OW does.
     
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  27. ned's head

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    Good God counterstrike was a time dump for me. So good.
     
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  30. One Knight

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    WC 98 was one of the first soccer games i played, good stuff.
     
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  31. Principal McVicker

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    It's the game that got me into soccer. I was/am a huge Gabriel Batistuta fan.
     
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  32. Principal McVicker

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    Back then the US wasn't too good so I used other countries. Thats how I eventually learned about the Premiership, La Liga, Bundesliga and the other European leagues.
     
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  33. One Knight

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    yeah, i always tried to be the US because :americafuckyeah: but they were just hooooorible.
     
  34. Kevintensity

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    I always turned offside off and just launched the ball down the field
    I'd slide tackle the goalie to get players tossed to see how few players I could still win with
     
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  35. Odin

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    I've hated pretty much all multiplayer first shooters over the last 5 or so years. I was confident I'd never play another on par with halo 2/early cod games. But then overwatch came along and showed me I was wrong. not that i didnt put 1k+ hours on destiny, but it's something different entirely.
     
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  36. RingWraithe

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  37. Sub-Zero

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    WC98 was awesome. And so was...

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    ^^^^^has an indoor soccer mode that was amazing. I still have the cartridge.
     
  38. Principal McVicker

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    from the world of pro wrestling

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  39. Principal McVicker

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    Indoor mode really needs to be brought back in FIFA games.
     
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  40. One Knight

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    dude, great call. Wrestling games were never better than on N64, and Revenge will always be my favorite, it was sublime.
     
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  41. boone

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    I was born in 1980 and there was a corner store at the end of my block growing up that had a steady rotation of 3 Arcade games and Pin-Ball growing up. I remember playing Paper-Boy, Pro-Wrestling, DK, Spy-Hunter, Punch-Out, Rampage, APB, Rolling Thunder and so on. Not to mention my uncle owned his own corner store and also had 2 games running at all times. 1942, POW, Star Wars and Pinball games out the ass.

    Once NES hit I was already a gamer. My first NES was the Action Pack w/ the old gray Zapper. It was played on a 12" B/W Zenith w/ rabbit ears in our basement. The 80's really were a great time to be a kid.
     
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  42. Sub-Zero

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    still own both :smug:
     
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  43. One Knight

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    Also got the Action Pack, I sucked so bad at Duck Hunt but that gun was the shit, still the best video game gun in history, probably the best peripheral in history (there's an interesting thread idea, favorite game peripheral).

    I played for the longest time on a 19" B&W TV, when my parents gave me a color TV it was like a whole new world. First game I remember playing on the color TV was Mega Man. So very much Contra too.

    One of my favorite memories was my dad taking me to the video game store damn near every weekend to rent games. Metal Gear, Life Force, Mega Man, Contra, etc. Loved those damn games. Looking back, I have no idea how they afforded to fund my game addiction, way better than I deserved I'm sure.
     
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  44. boone

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    Especially since the cost of games back then was still I'd say about $45/per. I only got games for B-day, good grades (LOL!) and Xmas but I'd usually get 2-3. Trading games w/ friends was always fun. I always seemed to pick the duds when it came to renting. Nothing worse than renting a crap game.
     
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  45. One Knight

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    Yeah that was the worst, get a bad game and you're stuck with it for 2 days.
    I used to get $$ for good grades, which inevitably went to games.
    Speaking of trading with friends, I remember wanting to play Tyson's Punch Out so bad that I had a dream about it and woke up to find out i didn't actually have it, was so upset lol. Finally traded with a buddy, twas sublime
     
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  46. One Knight

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    Who else subscribed to Nintendo Power and got Dragon Warrior? My first RPG, played the living fuck out of that game. was so good.
     
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  47. boone

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    Had Dragon Warrior w/ the NES Power too. Funny story, I was super into that game then got in trouble at school. My punishment. . . watching my dad power cycle the game without holding down the reset button. Bastard deleted hours of effort.

    Also, in regards to Light guns, it's a shame that they are unplayable today w/ HD TV's. I specifically have a CTR Trinitron for gaming in the basement/ light guns.


    I have problems.
     
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  48. Principal McVicker

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    The fact that you still do as do others shows what great a job THQ did with those games. They still hold up 15+ years later.
     
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