The game that kind of affected my childhood was MGS:2. I remember being in 6th grade when my teacher asked the class who ran the country. I immediately raised my hand and said without hesitation "The Patriots!". She said I was wrong. I guess she has never heard of the LA LI LU LE LO. :/
Asteroids - Introduction to video games
Super Mario Bros. 3 - First time I ever wanted video games
Ocarina of Time: First time I ever went on a grand adventure in a video game
Half-Life - First time I was ever completely immersed in a video game
Deus Ex - First time I found something I could thoroughly relate with (interests-wise)
and then I grew up.
Had a Pong system that started it all. I mean the obvious games like Sonic, Mario and Alx Kidd, had their impacts for sure. But what had even bigger impact was the countless of games i played on Amiga. I still consider the Amiga 500 the best gaming machine i have ever had.
Pokemon Blue and Pokemon Stadium I was way way into them pokemon when I was a kid , I remember being amazed by the effect the pokeballs made when they opened in Pokemon Stadium 2 , like literally that little light effect made my skin crawl I even got the transfer pack thingy to play the GBC pokemon games on my TV screen, that was the future right there 8-bit sprites on my SD TV, oh and I hated Digimons with all my heart.
FF7. I and used to play heaps of soccer, running and biking. Hardly played my playstation just the odd games of Crash Bandicoot and Tekken. I swaped Crash Bandicoot 3 for Final Fantasy 7 from someone at school before a 2 week break. After those 2 weeks all I though and dreamt about was that world and characters. It was my first RPG and I was hooked, I stopped playing sports and started putting time into my shitty Homestead FF7 fansite which pretty much consisted of a GIFopalyse and was counting down the days to FF8, loved it and loved FF9 and 10 and fell off when 12 came out...
Super Metroid always has been and always will be my favorite game of all time. Donkey Kong Country 1, 2, and 3 on the SNES were also a lot of fun to play. On PS1, there were the Crash games and Hot Wheels Turbo Racing.
Sure, I had other games, but those were the games. Also, I never had any JRPG's because (dumbly) I heard the term "turn based", turned my idiot kid nose up, and never wanted to touch them.
Mortal kombat it made me realize How a crap fighting game series can get covered up by a so called "Shocking blood and fatailty" gimmick that will make every other child you encounter want to play the crap gaem rather than a real fighting game like Street fighter 2 turbo or virtua fighter hell even primal rage killer instinct or fucking tekken.
and congress will try to ban the crap game make it go on and on rather than letting it die on its own fueling childerns insanity to want to play such crap just becuase they dont want them to have it. Yes this will be the game they insist on playing with you over and over again its like a sick form of tourture any attempt to get them to play a real fighting game that sucks less will fail and there are not to many that suck more than a mortal kombat game.
If only time killers got such treatment at least time killers is so horrible its funny as hell.
I was thinking about this the other day and the games I used to play as a child. It was mainly PC stuff like Tomb Raider, Dungeon Keeper 2 and Duke Nukem 3D (My parents had no idea what was in that game, phew) but the one game burned into my mind and had me hooked for days on end was Shenmue. I'd never played anything like it before and it took a whole year to get my hands on a copy and I shall never part with it. It was one of my favourite Christmases that year. I recently went back to it the Christmas just passed to do some Let's Play videos for YouTube but didn't get too far in as everyone I knew wanted me to socialize and stuff (pfft real world socializing) I still hold Shenmue as my game of games.
To me, the spirit of the OP seems to be not really another what's your favorite game nostalgia time extravaganza, but what game fucked up your mind so that you started to delusionally referencing crazy video game stuff as it relates to real life. For me that's probably JRPGS from the nineties. Still to this day, if I look out on a mostly sunny day, with fluffy clouds out towards distant hills, trees or mountains, I wonder what kind of adventures I could get into over the horizon, what kind of monsters need vanquishing over there, yunno the usual stuff.
- Pokemon Yellow- So many hours catching them all and having Pikachu follow you!
- Super Mario Bros Deluxe- The GBC port of Super Mario Bros with additional features that made me love the Mario franchise!
- Super Mario 64- After I freaking loved SMBD, this was even better and the freaking 3D graphics blew my 5 year old mind at the time.
- Age of Empires II- The game responsible for getting me interested on Medieval history.
- Rome Total War- The game that got me interested in ancient history.
- Age of Mythology- Never been so interested in Mythology in my life when playing this game.
- Battlefield 1942- This game made the WWII era my favorite American era for a while.
- Backyard Sports Games- I freaking loved these games as a kid, kinda inspired me to actually play in little league sports in my town.
- Super Smash Bros Melee- While the first is a classic, this was the game that got most of friends over to play. Its the ultimate party game, just saying.
- Super Mario Bros 3 NES - incredible replayability.
- Terranigma SNES - learned english and also tought me a little geography.
- Secret of Mana SNES - Played trough the entire game with my friend,amazing from start to finish.
- Age of Empires II PC - epic campaign and multiplayer.
- Starcraft/Broodwar PC - 1000+ hours and counting this game i still play to this day 14 years after relaseNo one can stop Mr Domino PS1 - i good old gem i loved back in the PS1 era.
There is also a lot of other games ,but it will get to big of a list here.PS! Thank you for bringing this topic out it brings back good old memories kudos!.
fallout 1&2 and daggerfall. i know i played ALOT of daggerfall as a kid, but all i can remember about it really is that damn screaching noise the rats made. thats the thing of nightmares my friends.
but yeah, i played those 3 to death and was chasing the RPG dragon ever since, kept trying JRPGs cus i didnt know any better and was never satisfied lol.
Civilization III. I ordered it out of a Scholastic book catalog because I liked the cover art. Upon playing it, my young mind was blown by how awesome it was. It is still one of my favorite games ever and taught me more about history than my 6th grade history teacher ever did.