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#1 Posted by vegetashonor (593 posts) -

Did you beat the long-running high score in the arcade? Did you collect every single item in a gigantic RPG? No matter how big or how small, what is your greatest moment in playing video games so far?

#2 Posted by CaLe (3964 posts) -

Beating 4Kings in a practice match. This was when they were at the level of playing against and beating clans like SK and Team 3D. Particularly in that match, outsmarting Mangiacapra to win the round was a highlight for me. (I'm talking about Counter-Strike here)

#3 Posted by mtcantor (947 posts) -

Making it all the way through Kings Quest V in one go as a kid, not dying at all through the ending. It was the first game I beat on my own. A key moment in my gaming life.

#4 Edited by Fredchuckdave (5353 posts) -

I beat Vagrant Story. I guess technically the platinum trophy in Vanquish is the hardest in terms of raw skill and the persistence at Heroes V's unimaginable hardest difficulty; but VS is by far the most enjoyable experience I've ever had.

#5 Posted by Marcsman (3183 posts) -

Maybe beating Super Ghost & Goblins on the SNES

Beating the Emerald & Ruby weapons in FF VII

Beating RE in less than 4 hours to earn the unlimited rocket launcher

So many more that I cannot think of right now

#6 Posted by Maajin (1060 posts) -
@cale said:

Beating 4Kings in a practice match. This was when they were at the level of playing against and beating clans like SK and Team 3D. Particularly in that match, outsmarting Mangiacapra to win the round was a highlight for me. (I'm talking about Counter-Strike here)

I was sure you were talking about Dark Souls, which made everything really confusing until the end of your post.

#7 Posted by kaos_cracker (579 posts) -

Sitting down for a whole night beating Amnesia. That may be my best moment. All my other moments have to be crazy things that happened while playing Battlefield online.

#8 Edited by EuanDewar (4899 posts) -

dunno if this counts but one time i was paying the poker mini game online in Red Dead Redemption and i had no idea how to play poker so i just went all in every single time and won every single time

#9 Posted by TooSweet (383 posts) -

Beating Mike Tyson in Punch-Out. It's still fresh in my mind jumping up off my seat and celebrating and my little cousin who was next to me was as happy as I was at that moment.

#10 Posted by falserelic (5413 posts) -

I got too many moments, buts its mostly with survival-horror games.

#11 Edited by Adaurin (186 posts) -

The time I beat Super Mario Bros. in 6-7 minutes by getting the first mushroom and flower, then running nonstop and not getting hit by anything through all the warp zones until intentionally running into bowser on 8-4 to get the axe right away. This was on an NES that was setup in the student longue in high school and I had over half a dozen people watching me. Was a huge rush.

#12 Edited by Nate (703 posts) -

Perhaps when my buddy and I discovered how to PK in the original Diablo. Got our bow and arrow going and couldn't believe the game actually let us kill another player and take their stuff! Madness! We laughed our assess off the whole time.

#13 Posted by JasonLeeson (201 posts) -

Mirrors Edge: Final Chapter Speed Run achievement. Less than 1% of people who own this game have it.

Also Hard to the Core achievement from Dead Space 2.

#14 Posted by Demoskinos (14778 posts) -

Getting a few #1's on the Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden 2 world leader boards. Was also pretty hype about the DmC leaderboard scores I managed to get. I think my top score in DmC netted me a #17.

#15 Edited by eskimo (476 posts) -

2005 - Having my captain tell me that we needed to let the enemy through on goldrush (ET) in order to be able to win the match instead of draw it. We let them through, they set a time, we flogged it and then the server timed out while we were escorting the truck up the hill, just needed 5-10 seconds more. We were playing for Australia, emotions were high to say the least. One of the greatest moments of my life, but most of you probably have no idea what I'm on about.

#16 Posted by Drinkinbuddy (2 posts) -

I remember feeling very sad at the end of Chrono Trigger, because I had to say goodbye to all those characters. I wanted to keep playing but it was over. Very memorable.

#17 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1771 posts) -

Beating any of the Civilization games on Deity? Though it was pretty simple on Civ 5.

In all honesty, the moment that always sticks out in my mind is the first time I beat Final Fantasy VI. It felt so weird to be finally done with those characters and their journey. It was a really powerful moment for me.

#18 Posted by Lord_Xp (602 posts) -

Doing an air assassination on the Pope

Above is a spoiler to Assassin's Creed. Never had a moment like that since then.

#19 Posted by MikeJFlick (443 posts) -

Likely it was; collecting all?(can't remember) of the epic weapons from FFX, I remember some of those were a real bitch to get.

#20 Posted by Sonmi (21 posts) -

Finalizing my first EV trained/IV bred Pokemon team.

Then getting my ass whooped on the third round of the tournament I entered.

#21 Posted by bemusedchunk (690 posts) -

Finding out that the princess is in, yet another, castle.

#22 Edited by mostman (248 posts) -

Has to be the first time I completed Super Mario Bros on the NES. That was a defining moment of my childhood. It was 27 years ago (!) and I can still describe just about everything about my surroundings at the time. Including what I was eating. Egg shaped peanut butter cups from Easter. Word.

Beating Tyson later on in life was also key, as someone above mentioned, but that was after the wheels were already in motion.

#23 Edited by TJUK (97 posts) -

April, 2005. I had bought a copy of Trackmania for PC and wasn't really feeling it. I took it back to the shop to exchange for another game (wow yes, I'm surprised they let me return a PC game thinking about it). Anyway, the game I exchanged it for was World of Warcraft. I had seen some video clips of it. I'd never played an MMO before and wasn't sold tbh. I couldn't get my head around how combat could not be real-time, but button clicking based. I had tried to buy it a few weeks before but it was completely out of stock in the whole of the UK at that time.

So anyway I picked up World of Warcaft. My wife was away at the time, so I had to wait until I had gotten the kids into bed before I could start looking at this new game. I started installing at around 7pm in the evening. I had some problems with my ASDL router where it wouldn't allow WoW to update so I remember having to swap it out for an old ASDL modem I had kicking around that plugged into the PC via USB. So after at least an hour and half of patching I think it was about 9.30pm when I was ready to start playing. I was about 2 or 3 beers in by this point, so that might have contributed to what I will describe now. :)

Loading up the game for the first time and creating my first character, I went for a Paladin. My theory being that I could wear strong armour and do healing spells so I wouldn't die very much. What makes this my most memorable moment in gaming is really the way I felt from the moment I got into the game. The interface was just so intuitive, it felt like I somehow knew what to do, running around, clicking my spells, collecting and putting on loot, talking to quest givers, it felt like I had always known how to play this game, though I had never played an MMO before. It just clicked. And the music and the graphics. I was a dwarf in the Dun Morogh starting zone. So it was nighttime, there was snow on the ground and the stars were out. It was just magical.

Also this was the first time I had ever seen other real people running around in a game and I remember really getting a kick out of that. There is a cave in the back of that area and at the beginning of WoW those mobs were all hostile, so we were forming groups to try and get in there and kill the main npc in that area. It was just so cool and new.

I have created many dwarf characters in WoW over the years, trying to rekindle how the game made me feel that first time. Of course though, you can only ever have your first time once.

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#24 Posted by ADAMWD (581 posts) -

Gotta be 100%'ng Super Meat Boy. Took me about 8 months or so but man it was satisfying.

#25 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

I could never pick a single one so today I'll just go with beating Sephiroth in both Kingdom Hearts. I forget which game he was harder in, but he was hard as fuck in both.

#26 Posted by cmblasko (1203 posts) -

Beating M. Bison with E. Honda in Street Fighter 2 as a kid.

#27 Posted by WileyS (106 posts) -

Surpassing 1,000,000,000 Fans in Rock Band 2 World Tour.

#28 Posted by Random45 (1161 posts) -

@tjuk said:

April, 2005. I had bought a copy of Trackmania for PC and wasn't really feeling it. I took it back to the shop to exchange for another game (wow yes, I'm surprised they let me return a PC game thinking about it). Anyway, the game I exchanged it for was World of Warcraft. I had seen some video clips of it. I'd never played an MMO before and wasn't sold tbh. I couldn't get my head around how combat could not be real-time, but button clicking based. I had tried to buy it a few weeks before but it was completely out of stock in the whole of the UK at that time.

So anyway I picked up World of Warcaft. My wife was away at the time, so I had to wait until I had gotten the kids into bed before I could start looking at this new game. I started installing at around 7pm in the evening. I had some problems with my ASDL router where it wouldn't allow WoW to update so I remember having to swap it out for an old ASDL modem I had kicking around that plugged into the PC via USB. So after at least an hour and half of patching I think it was about 9.30pm when I was ready to start playing. I was about 2 or 3 beers in by this point, so that might have contributed to what I will describe now. :)

Loading up the game for the first time and creating my first character, I went for a Paladin. My theory being that I could wear strong armour and do healing spells so I wouldn't die very much. What makes this my most memorable moment in gaming is really the way I felt from the moment I got into the game. The interface was just so intuitive, it felt like I somehow knew what to do, running around, clicking my spells, collecting and putting on loot, talking to quest givers, it felt like I had always known how to play this game, though I had never played an MMO before. It just clicked. And the music and the graphics. I was a dwarf in the Dun Morogh starting zone. So it was nighttime, there was snow on the ground and the stars were out. It was just magical.

Also this was the first time I had ever seen other real people running around in a game and I remember really getting a kick out of that. There is a cave in the back of that area and at the beginning of WoW those mobs were all hostile, so we were forming groups to try and get in there and kill the main npc in that area. It was just so cool and new.

I have created many dwarf characters in WoW over the years, trying to rekindle how the game made me feel that first time. Of course though, you can only ever have your first time once.

Man, the first time playing WoW way back in 2004 I was only 14 years old, and I was absolutely blown away. I was in this massive world, and I could go anywhere I wanted, and it didn't have any load times between areas either. That was freaking revolutionary back then. I've never really had that feeling of wonder since, and I quit playing WoW years ago, but it definitely is nostalgic to think back on it.

As for my greatest moment in a video game? Hm, there was this one time my friend and I were playing Company of Heroes, and the enemy backed us up to our base, and we basically held out as they put us under siege over the course of a half hour or something insane like that. After a little while, we actually managed to land some paratroopers behind their lines, and began to take nodes from them, and actually made a big push and reclaimed a lot of territory, before finally moving out to win the match. I dunno if it was the greatest moment, but it was definitely really fun.

#29 Posted by TooSweet (383 posts) -

Oh I forgot my first MMO experience. It was City of Heroes. The first time you get out of the tutorial and seeing the city for the first time with the giant Atlas statue at it's center. It was breathtaking and I remember thinking to myself, "This is an all new world." Sounds silly but I was blown away.

#30 Edited by Godlyawesomeguy (6398 posts) -

Acting like the fucking predator in Crysis and doing the coolest shit (e.g. cloaking, going prone, and shooting the tires off of moving humvees, and them flippinging) gave me thrills like no other. Goddamn, that was the best gameplay I've experienced in my memory.

#32 Posted by Scrawnto (2440 posts) -

I think it has to be the time I got kicked from a Counter Strike server after lucking out and getting four headshots by spinning around a room and holding down the trigger on an MP5. It was pretty awesome. I just jumped in and started spraying. Kill, kill, kill, kill, Kicked! I guess some automatic anticheat thing thought I must have been using an aimbot. It was pretty great.

#33 Edited by cheapandtacky (128 posts) -

Greatest Achievements would probably be from my old wow days raiding and the early heroics in BC.

Greatest moment, probably in the walking dead choking the guy at the end of episode 5, there was no way I was letting go of that guy.

#34 Edited by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

First time I managed a Silent Assassin rating on a mission in Hitman 2. That felt great.

More recent, I'll say the point at which the controls clicked for me in Super Meat Boy.

First time playing through Area 5 in Rez.

#35 Posted by Tesla (1919 posts) -

Counter-Strike

I was the last T, two CT's left. I have an AWP and plant bomb. I see an M4 on the ground a little ways away from my hiding spot and a voice inside my head told me to leave the sniper rifle at my spot and go grab the auto as backup.

So I run over and grab it, get back in my spot and drop the M4 next to me. A few seconds later I snipe one guy attacking the bomb site from the right. His friend was waiting on the left side for me to give away my position. So he charged around the corner immediately after I fire at guy number 1, only to find me charging him with my M4.

All the dead people saw my impromptu plan work to perfection, just about everyone on both sides gave me some props at the beginning of the next round.

#36 Edited by TehPickle (460 posts) -

Shenmue II on the Dreamcast, with the original Japanese voice acting. The scope of that game (in it's time) was absolutely mind blowing to me. I know it isn't a high score game or anything, and I don't wish to derail the topic, but just experiencing that game was one massive 'great moment' for me.

I've played a lot of games over the years, and nothing has knocked my socks off in the way that game did, before or since.

#37 Posted by Toxeia (729 posts) -

Do MMOs count?

Back in the Karazhan days of WoW we practically wiped on Nightbane. I (paladin) and my friend (Shadow Priest) duo'd Nightbane from 90% to dead while the entire guild was furious that we wouldn't just die so we could start over.

Another time was in Blackrock Descent during Nefarion. We were on the columns and one of the groups wiped. I swam through the lava (Paladin bubbles!) and solo'd the imp before it could kill the rest of the raid. It was the first glimpse my friend's guild had of the final phase of Nef and earned me a raid officer position in their guild for thinking on my feet.

#38 Posted by TheHT (11155 posts) -

Probably being the last person alive in Mount and Blade Warband multiplayer and managing to wipe out the enemy team, winning the round. That game got its hooks in me hard.

#39 Posted by Live2bRighteous (317 posts) -

Probably an experience no one else has shared... but in the first month of playing Kane and Lynch 2's multiplayer, I single handily betrayed all eight of heist mates, killed all 8 again when they spawned as cops, killed all the remaining NPCs, Stole all 4 million dollars and successfully escaped on the last round of the match, granting me a win/rank up. My heart has never pounded so fast in my entire life... that was the closest thing I could compare to an adrenaline rush. Good times...

#40 Posted by CreepyUncleBrad (168 posts) -

It is hard to pick just one but I remember back when I played WoW there was a day where all the instances weren't working. (Dungeons, battlegrounds etc.) So all the max level people had nothing to do leading to every city in the game being raided by the opposing faction. No matter where you were you saw people fighting and slaughtering villages. It was great, I almost wish the game was always like that.

#41 Edited by SkullcrusherMountain (952 posts) -

Flying in Mario 3 :)

#42 Edited by GERALTITUDE (3231 posts) -

Impossible to say overall but recently I had some holy-shit-get-up-from-your-chair moments in Max Payne 3.

#43 Edited by Notladd (9 posts) -

Back in Halo 2, Coagulation, I jumped off the cliff with a warthog and splattered through a banshee...On purpose. Twas a beautiful moment.

#44 Edited by McGhee (6094 posts) -

Probably when I finally completed all of Blanka's trials in SF4. Finishing it haunted me for weeks. Just the fact that I knew I was good enough to do it (but only barely) just drove me crazy. When I finally did it, I was straight-up stomping and screaming around my house. I'm lucky my neighbors didn't call the police.

#45 Edited by Clonedzero (4200 posts) -

Probably back in my MMO days, specifically the more early MMO days Pre-WoW. Played a ton of DAoC. see normally everyone ran in 8 man groups to do RvR, but my group of friends could only sport 5, but we routinely won. Plus I had the added advantage of playing a Valewalker, the least played class in the game, so severely underplayed no one ever knew how to react to one.

I dunno those days were great. Our group was really tight, I was actually the leader (unofficially, we had no real "leader"), It was just great. We had to get tricky to compete with the standard 8-man groups, we were outnumbered. Lots of hit and run stuff. In the large scale RvR stuff, we'd always run interference, hitting their reinforcements pipeline and hitting towers rather than engaging in the zerg-zerg combat since thats what we were best at.

#46 Posted by Nodima (1165 posts) -

GTAIV online.

Just minding my business in Manhattan, trying to find some dope guns. I'm on foot with a Harley nearby, all of a sudden guy roars into my area in a Lambo and starts trying to clip me from the driver seat with an Uzi; I sprint to the bike and race off towards Times Square. Dude stays in hot pursuit and eventually we blast through an alley down onto a boardwalk, I hit an e-brake around a tight corner and Lambo-Man goes rocketing into the ocean. I try to kill him but all I have is a pistol and he swims under the boardwalk before I can take all his health. I continue down to the other side of the boardwalk, hang around a minute and notice on my map that he's out of the water, waiting for me. My only way out of the area I'm in is to trip down a tunnel back to where I came, where he's obviously waiting for me.

I build up my courage and rip it down that tunnel as hard as I can, hit the e-brake right as I come to the end of the tunnel, and almost immediately after I break out into the open I hear a WOOSH and see a ROCKET breeze right by me. With John Woo-like reflexes never before seen during a Nodima gaming session I was already preparing to aim from the start of my power slide, and I miraculously clip him in the head with a pistol shot still mid-slide and he slumps to the ground at the bottom of the stairs he'd chased me down moments earlier. I tossed my controller to the ground, threw my hands in the air and let out the most emphatic non-Street Fighter related WOOOOOOOOOOO I've ever exclaimed. I will never forget that moment, or hesitate to recap it in threads like these anywhere on the nets.

#47 Posted by gaminghooligan (1438 posts) -

I just got past the Silver Archers in Anor Londo, I stood up and danced around screaming fuck you and flipping off my monitor.

Honorable Mentions:

  • taking Ireland back from England in Crusader Kings 2
  • beating Shao Kahn on Expert
  • unlocking everything in The Warriors
  • finding the cow level in Diablo 2
#48 Edited by StarvingGamer (8157 posts) -

Probably having one of my Filia combo videos get promoted in a news item on Shoryuken

EDIT: That and being recognized by key members of the biggest guild on the Alliance side of my WoW server for my ability to swing the tide of a battle in Warsong Gulch whenever I showed up on my Undead Priest. Their Night Elf Druid flag carrier started a thread once accusing me of cheating because I was able to consistently dispel his Nature's Swiftness buff on reaction before he could get a heal off.

#49 Posted by Inkerman (1451 posts) -

Mile High Club on veteran.

#50 Posted by Jaqen_HGhar (886 posts) -

Either beating the Dark World final boss in Super Meat Boy, or getting Silent Assassin on all levels in Hitman 2. Those are the ones who stand out to me at least.