1) When I was about eight years old I finally beat Shang Tsung in MK1. I was at the drive-through at McDonalds in Lynchburg, Virginia playing it on the O.G. Grey Gameboy. That was a wonderful rush that I don't quite remember feeling before. My first time beating a game and a final boss I believe.
2) When I was fifteen I finally beat the last level in Super Mario Bros 1. I had played SMB1 hundreds of times since I was a child, but I never beat the very last castle. For anyone who hasn't played it, it's a ridiculous paradox, I don't know how anyone beat it without a guide. It was about 2am or 3am and I shed a tear when I saw that Peach sprite at the end. It was a very nice feeling of completion.
Good question, great post Creamy_Pixels. I don't usually interact in the forums these days and you convinced me into writing my first real post in years. Thank you, it's always nice to think about and share these memories.
I want to leave my belated birthday wishes with Ryan. I love you man and you're missed everyday; especially E3. You're part of the universe again, and live on in all of our hearts. Every Tuesday I hear your voice in my head (: You'll never be forgotten.