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#1 Edited by LotusKing (21 posts) -

Hello, hope your having a nice day. Let's talk about games.

I love Mass Effect. (Still have not played 3, but that's a complicated issue.) I think it is one of the most important pieces of media I've consumed in my life. It will be something I carry with me till the day I die. That series, for me, is what Star Wars and Star Treck were for so many people a generation before mine.

What games have had a strong impact on you? Is there a game you can say is quantifiably unforgettable?

#2 Posted by TheHT (12573 posts) -

Deus Ex

Mass Effect

Alan Wake

The Walking Dead

#3 Posted by mellotronrules (1531 posts) -
#4 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2687 posts) -

MGS 2, particularly the ending speech by snake.

#5 Edited by Oscar__Explosion (2711 posts) -

I had always people were bullshiting whenever the "Have you ever cried while playing a game" topic comes up. I honestly never thought that would happen to me until I got to a certain hospital scene in Persona 4.

When Nanako "dies"

I was seriously shedding tears. It's one of the many reasons why Persona 4 is one favorite games of all time.

#6 Posted by awesomeusername (4537 posts) -

Call of Doody.

Nah, I'm just kidding.

I would saw The Walking Dead. That game almost made me cry. But alas, my heart was to strong.

#7 Posted by zFUBARz (677 posts) -

Hmm inspired huh?

Star Wars: X-Wing: (yes I actually played that before tie fighter or Vs came out) - Hell I think I might have been like 6 or 7 and played this before even seeing Star Wars although probably not before Space Balls(my parents are/were cool and weird people), It kicked off my love of space, exploration, adventure, you name it.

The Sims: Not for the game, for the building, It probably started my interest in design, architecture, and aesthetics. I probably owe that game for me wasting several years obtaining a degree in architecture. (I still love it, I'm just not using it for much of anything)

Sid Meier's Civilization: I'm minoring in History right now, so that probably tells you where this came in handy, granted, I also got dropped off at a museum every sunday for a summer to chill with mummies and tombs for the day, so I suppose my parents helped there a bit.

#8 Posted by takayamasama (573 posts) -

Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind

Game is my all time favorite. Blew my pre-teen mind, back on the original Xbox, that a game could have such depth, yet leave you free to discover it any way possible. I will never forget my first character, 500+ hours of discovery, death, and daedra!

#9 Posted by Ennosuke (63 posts) -

Sure there are lot of Games, who can Inspire you. Like it was already mentioned for example Morrowind, but this game was something really special:

Mirror's Edge

It is my game of the Gen. I´ve never felt like this before, playing a Video-Game. At first it has this Art-Design which is stunning, so beautiful and in addition to that this amazing Soundtrack. I love this intro sequence after the tutorial, when Faith runs along a skyscraper, the ME Theme starts and she jumps over a huge gap. Or the ending sequence, when again the music starts and you have the best view over the city with a happy end.
And yes the Gameplay is also very unique, it is so different from other Games, when you are running away and the police tries to shoot you, but you are in that "flow" and getting away it feels amazing.
It is not like I am one of those Gamers, who play a Game again and again, when it is done, it is usually done for me. But in Mirror´s Edge I played it on every difficulty and even tried to get all the achievements. I had a Xbox 360 Version, but also bought it on PC, because of the better graphics.

I hope we will get a new ME with Next Gen graphics but the same old strengths of this game!

#10 Posted by coakroach (2493 posts) -

Dont think i've ever been 'inspired' by a game to really do anything other than play more of that game. But in terms of unforgettable and emotional experiences right off the top of my head i'd say;

Pokemon Silver, Oddworld Abes Oddysey, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Tactics Ogre: LUCT, The Walking Dead, Red Dead Redemption, MGS4 and Persona 2: Innocent Sin.

#11 Posted by Kinapuff (248 posts) -

Journey is the most recent example that comes to mind. That game just blew me away on so many levels.

#12 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

Inspired me to what?

#13 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2167 posts) -

I'm going to sound like a broken record, but stuff like Shadow of the Colossus and Journey were pretty inspiring.

#14 Posted by Morrow (1870 posts) -

The Mass Effect trilogy has to be one. I also love the whole feel of the Fallout franchise (3 and NV respectively). Nier was a great experience, although I don't carry it with me as much as the lore of other games. Elder Scrolls too of course, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim. Spec Ops: The Line. But the games that influenced me the most aren't even from this generation. I think the SNES era has left some marks on me like no other. Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore, Terranigma, those are some of the best SNES JRPGs in my opinion and I spent countless hours in their worlds. I think Terranigma was the first game that made me cry.

Ah, nostalgia... ._.

#15 Posted by natedawg_kz (260 posts) -

i'd probably say the Unfinished Swan

#16 Edited by believer258 (12977 posts) -

Journey, of course. Especially the soundtrack and the wonder of exploring the world and getting through the game. It was just brilliant, and it did it all without any words beyond the short tutorial.

Also Chrono Trigger.

I don't mean to trash Mass Effect at all but I never "got it". Good games, but they seem pretty emotionally stilted.

#17 Posted by DaMisterChief (612 posts) -

Persona 3

Persona 4

#18 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

Inspired? None

Strong impact? Deadly Premonition

#19 Posted by Zapato (120 posts) -

Many of the games that inspired me were already mentioned in the thread. So ill give special mention to Legacy of Kain: Soulreaver. The perfect example how a third person action game can have a fantastic story and a amazing soundtrack to go with it. A more recent example would be Amnesia: The Dark Descent, that game made me jump up in my chair!

#20 Posted by pyromagnestir (4386 posts) -

A Link to the Past and Secret of Mana were the first, plus others like Ocarina of Time, the Metroid Prime's, Shadow of the Colossus and Ico, KOTOR, the Portal's, and the Mass Effect's, Half Life 2, Bioshock, Journey, Persona 4, and many, many more. Quite recently I played Spec Ops The Line and I just played through To The Moon yesterday and those games was amazing at telling their stories, which is where my real passion for games lies. I found both of them to be inspiring in that way.

#21 Posted by Morrow (1870 posts) -
#22 Posted by Galiant (2216 posts) -

Probably 'Final Fantasy X'. I played it at an interesting point of my life that made it stick with me.

#23 Edited by psylah (2273 posts) -

Gran Turismo 3 sparked my intense love of cars.

Gran Turismo 5 killed all of that.

#24 Posted by Ghostiet (5710 posts) -

Planescape Torment, Mother 3, Fallout 2, Red Dead Redemption, Nier. Some unmatched writing and world-building there.

#25 Edited by Fredchuckdave (7467 posts) -

@psylah: You did seem to be playing it an awful lot on PSN though

Dynasty Warriors 2 got me to read Three Kingdoms which is easily the best book ever written and the first novel

#26 Posted by psylah (2273 posts) -

@psylah: You did seem to be playing it an awful lot on PSN though

Dynasty Warriors 2 got me to read Three Kingdoms which is easily the best book ever written and the first novel

These cars aren't going to drift themselves.

#27 Posted by pyromagnestir (4386 posts) -


That game did some very interesting things with it's approach to storytelling and how it was trying to make the player feel about playing the game, and I believe it was really successful at it! I also think they could've done a few things to make it a better playing game, while still getting their point across. (a better checkpointing system, for one, would've made a big difference) But I find it's often the stuff that gets things almost, but not quite right that I find to be the most inspiring in some ways. And damn did they pretty much nailed the story aspect.

#28 Posted by Morrow (1870 posts) -
#29 Posted by frankfartmouth (1048 posts) -

Lots, but Majora's Mask would come out on top for me. It's not the most even, expansive, or polished Zelda, but it's the best one for me. It has this eerie, depressing, apocalyptic quality that changed the whole Zelda experience to something completely new. I suppose that's why some people didn't like it so much, but it certainly got to me.

#30 Posted by LotusKing (21 posts) -

Inspired me to what?

Reflect on something about your life, brought a new persecutive to the way you see something. Even something as mundane as making you feel mad hyped. SSX 2012 does this for me, that shit is cash like Jonny.

#31 Edited by GnaTSoL (841 posts) -

Being a music guy...... I think Super Metroid did it for me. And because of its atmosphere, I think its the reason games like Year walk really interest me.

If I ever end up making games, they would draw heavily from Super MEtroid

#32 Posted by Miketakon (533 posts) -


#33 Edited by big_jon (6182 posts) -

Halo series, DKC, Super Metriod... uhhh and some other games.

Halo is the big one though.

#34 Posted by HeyImPhoenix (175 posts) -

Metal gear solid.

#35 Posted by mellotronrules (1531 posts) -

@gnatsol said:

Being a music guy...... I think Super Metroid did it for me. And because of its atmosphere, I think its the reason games like Year walk really interest me.

If I ever end up making games, they would draw heavily from Super MEtroid

that's a fantastic call. there's something so incredibly atmospheric and claustrophobic about those tunes. talk about doing a lot with a little.

#36 Posted by Pr1mus (4107 posts) -

EarthBound inspired me to not take drugs.

Winners don't do drugs.

#37 Posted by MeganeAgain (125 posts) -

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 actually drove me to become somewhat of a more sociable person, which is pretty crazy for a game to do. The main theme of P4 (or the Persona series in general) is relationships, so naturally, this incredible, well-written game had me thinking about my own relationships.

The game beautifully illustrates how important a person's support system is through plot, and gameplay. I can't imagine how screwed I would be if I had ignored my relationships with the investigation team. On the gameplay side if I didn't try to improve my social links, I would be missing out on stronger Personas, and party-specific abilities, making the game much more difficult. And on the story side, there's no way I would survive the goings on in Inaba, and the going ons of Inaba would have claimed many more lives. I mean, what would happen to poor Nanako near the end of the game if we all didn't care for one another? ;_;

The consequences of not caring are very much exaggerated in P4 compared to reality, but even being less lonely is a good reason enough for me to pay more attention to others. Persona 4 became more enjoyable as I grow closer with the cast, and I'm very sure life is the same way.

#38 Posted by Aterons (207 posts) -

Deus ex Human revolution "inspired" me a little bit as to pursue the career choices i currently am, would have done so without the game but it definitely inspired me a bit.

Also being somewhat passionate about history the Witcher series definitely inspired me as well... as to inspired me to do what I don't know, but i felt somehow inspired.

#39 Edited by GunstarRed (5885 posts) -

Mega Man/2 has inspired me to draw a collection of little characters actually. I decided to draw some evil dudes with individual powers mostly inspired by the Mega Man 2 level select screen.

#40 Posted by squiDc00kiE (401 posts) -
#41 Posted by Live2bRighteous (325 posts) -

@ennosuke: I'm with you on Mirrors Edge. I absolutely loved that game... especially after I was able to run it maxed out. It feels like I've been waiting for 2 for a century.

#42 Edited by Jagged85 (208 posts) -
@bigboss1911 said:

MGS 2, particularly the ending speech by snake.

This. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was a real eye-opener. And the themes and messages underlying this game seem to be getting more and more relevant over the years.

Another game that inspired me was Clannad. Its themes revolving around family, as well as life in general, resonated with me in a way no other game has done since.

And finally, Final Fantasy VII also inspired me. Not only did it get me more into RPG's, but the game's real highlight for me was that mind-blowing Zack twist, which I found to be an eye-opener (and one that even most FF VII fans often overlook in favour of the Aerith twist).

#43 Edited by BigBoss1911 (2687 posts) -


The patriot AI conversation before the fight with solidus is possibly one of the smartest/complex segments in entertainment.

#44 Edited by Sursh (248 posts) -

mass effect, most definitely.

@galiant said:

Probably 'Final Fantasy X'. I played it at an interesting point of my life that made it stick with me.

i too was inspired by FFX... to turn off my console.

#45 Posted by guiseppe (2843 posts) -

Half-Life 2, the Ravenholm part. I made a track heavily inspired by that part back when it was still new. On top of that there are tons of games that inspire me, even if I never do anything about it.

#46 Posted by Jagged85 (208 posts) -


The patriot AI conversation before the fight with solidus is possibly one of the smartest/complex segments in entertainment.

Indeed. I thought that whole conversation was profound and thought-provoking.

#47 Edited by wrecks (2435 posts) -

Not necessarily inspired me, but a recent game that had a strong impact on me was Skyrim. I moved home for a few months in late 2011 as my father was dying with cancer and that game was a massive escape from the pressures and stresses involved in that whole process. Not really sure how well I would have handled everything without it.

As an artist, there are really too damn many games to count as inspirational. All games I guess.

#48 Posted by Lysergica33 (587 posts) -

Journey. No other game has moved me on such a profound level. The first time I played through the pilgrimage from start to finish with another player, I literally wept at the end as we stood apart from one another and bowed our heads before walking into the white light together.

Plus, I'd be hard pressed to find another game that is so in line with my own spiritual viewpoint, there is so much wisdom, understanding and empathy in that game. I can feel myself getting all gushy about it as I type these words.. Aaaah..

And as of recent.. Year Walk. I can't thank Brad enough for that quick look. Truly a masterful piece of art.

#49 Posted by MedalOfMode (314 posts) -

Assassin's Creed One, Two, Brotherhood

Deus Ex Human Revolution

Batman Arkham City

Super Mario Bros 3

#50 Posted by spykereightsix (87 posts) -

There a lot of games that I've enjoyed over the years, but I actually find it difficult to identify any that have actually "inspired" me. If I had to choose, I'd say, at least from a narrative perspective, Max Payne 1 & 2 really hooked me. Until then, I never would have believed games could tell stories like that, and that gave me a new found respect for the media.