So...what are the earliest examples of games that really made you stand up and go "Huh? This is pretty special"
I can think of two examples, from a graphics and gameplay/storytelling perspective.
Graphically, I remember seeing this cutscene and literally sitting up in my chair and thinking "Maybe disc based games are going somewhere"
The second time from an actual gaming sense, it was Final Fantasy 6.
I remember, at the time I'd been playing games for...probably ten years? I'd gone through the NES>SNES>PS1 (I actually played that incredibly crappy PS1 version of FF6) and when I played it...wow.
The idea that they had all these amazing split narratives split all across the world the game existed in was amazing. When you're on the raft with Banon, and you have to pick one of three stories? That was such amazing player agency back in the 90s.
And then when you get to the WOR...WOW. You could literally go fight Kefka straight away, or you could spend 20 hours getting your party back together, and finding special magicite/weapons etc.
So what game really flicked a switch in your brain? What made you think games were a LITTLE BIT more?