Games that ruined me as a human being.


Okay, so gaming doesn't make you a bad person, per se. But it can lead to a pretty antisocial lifestyle. 
 
I grew up an only child, so I was used to entertaining myself. I'm a lot more sociable now, but there are still times where I just want to hunker down for a weekend with my girlfriend and play video games. 
 
Either way, when I was growing up, I wanted to be involved in the games industry. Still kinda do, but that's another story for another time.  Looking back on it all, though, the two things I really loved as I grew up were books and video games. 
 
I did other stuff, hung out with friends - y'know, the whole normal growing up stuff. 
   
Either way, it was both a love of stories and narrative that had me follow a career in English, but as the years go by, I keep returning to video games as a singular mode of storytelling - capable of delivering some incredible memories that leave an incomparable emotional resonance that lingers for years.  These aren't things that happen to a character you identify with, these are things that happen - in part - to you.   
 
The games here aren't definitive exemplars of how it should be done, but the glimpses of brilliance I've experienced through them have set me off on this foolhardy path. Charging at windmills, trying to make a living in one industry where defining your marketable skills is almost impossible (English/Lit) and people are lined up 10 deep to break into to the other. (Video games)

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Posted by DanielJW

Sleuth was probably my first video game ever. Nice list.

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Posted by Red12b

Haha, Nice list, Civ 4 for me, goddamn that game is a drug.

Posted by DCam

Yes! I remember castle from way, way back then. I don't think I understood most of the puzzles until YEARS later. Like discovering there's writing on the back of the amulet. Who knew?

Posted by ahoodedfigure

You play the first Dune at all? I realize it's pretty different, but I still think it deserves more attention.

Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab
@ahoodedfigure said:
"You play the first Dune at all? I realize it's pretty different, but I still think it deserves more attention."

 Actually, I never did. Was always curious about it, but could never really get hold of it. I also have a copy of Emperor: Battle for Dune, which, I'm told, is pretty cool. Haven't had time to sit down and give it its day in court yet.
Posted by ahoodedfigure
@MuttersomeTaxicab: Weird, I wasn't notified in my inbox that you'd replied to this.
 
The first Dune still has RTS elements, but it's more global and strategic and less tactical, with some adventure game elements and exploration. It may not be everyone's favorite Dune, but it is for me. That game had the perfect level of challenge, and ramped up the challenge like no other game I've ever played.
Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab
@ahoodedfigure said:
" @MuttersomeTaxicab: Weird, I wasn't notified in my inbox that you'd replied to this.  The first Dune still has RTS elements, but it's more global and strategic and less tactical, with some adventure game elements and exploration. It may not be everyone's favorite Dune, but it is for me. That game had the perfect level of challenge, and ramped up the challenge like no other game I've ever played."

That's strange. I received individual notifications when you commented here the other day. 
 
And, yeah, looking at the details on the first Dune, I imagine I'll have to redouble my efforts to look it up.  Thank god for abandonware greymarkets.
 
In case you didn't get the notification, I also responded to your blog comment. Cheers.
Posted by TronCorleone

Great list - some of my favorites are on here, too. Populous on the Genesis was what sold me on Bullfrog. I cried the day they were bought by EA (man-tears, not real ones).

Posted by DeF

you really know how to make me wanna play all of these games lol
 
I love reading about experiences people had with games.

Posted by PixelPrinny

Nice list. Great to see someone else who played Castle Adventure during their young childhood.

Posted by fisk0

@PixelPrinny said:

Nice list. Great to see someone else who played Castle Adventure during their young childhood.

Was just about to type the same thing, some of my earliest memories are of playing that game.