I’m curious; what was everyone’s first video game revelation? I had this thought when I recently recalled a random memory about the N64 version of Star Wars: Podracer. I had noticed how the wall and ground textures seemed blurred and slanted in such a way as to make it look like the world was moving forward even when you weren’t moving. It made me wonder if the textures were designed to make the game seem faster than it really was, if that makes sense.
So, for me, I think the first time I had that sort of revelation was when I realized that most of the games on the Colecovision weren’t designed to end but repeat endlessly. I now know that this was because they were arcade ports and arcade games back then were designed to be score based only. I realized this when I beat the first quest in Pitfall 2, also on the Colecovision, and realized it had an ending and that the other games I played didn’t.