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Speaking with many of you about gaming in the past, I thought I'd start a thread to keep the conversation going. What games from your past do you have fond memories of?

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Final fantasy for nes will always be my favorite.  Followed by the dragon warrior series.  Then lufia II on snes and the phantasy star series on Sega.  I am a rpg guy.  I like that type of game. Of course, all the Mario Bros games are great.  I loved most of the wrestling games on N64.  My gaming days pretty much stopped with GameCube.  I never had a ps2 til later on.  

Oh...oh....  I almost forgot Russian attack and bionic commando.  Two excellent nes games.  And excite bike.  Yeah, I could go on and on probably.  

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While I've been here for every generation I will always hold the 16-bit era in the highest regard. So many great games and graphics had progressed to a very nice point by that time. Though I shudder to think what the bit wars would have been like if the Internet had existed at that time. It was dangerous enough on the playground. 

It was also a time when a game could be released on different systems yet be an ENTIRELY different game. Multi platform release really didn't mean "carbon copy but on a different system" like it has these last few generations. You could have had Friday the 13th on the SNES as an RPG and they would release it as an action platformer for the Genesis. 

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Coming home from grade school and playing Knights of the Old Republic. First thing that comes to mind. Also, playing Tony Hawk's Proskater 3 in the 6th grade and hearing 96 Quite Bitter Beings by CKY for the first time, which immediately fueled my obsession for said band, and also got me more interested in the drummer's brother, Bam Margera, who I'm sure you're all familiar with by now.

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Trex - Tomb Raider

Window Dogs - Resident Evil

Fighting Lu Bu - Dynasty Warriors 4

Scarlet - Silent Hill Homecoming

my first Fatality - Mortal Kombat 2

Xenomorph in the Med bay - Alien Isolation

all of Guitar Hero 2

Temple of Xian - Tomb Raider 2

Louvre Galleries - Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness

Tomb of Ancients - Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness

Train Climb - Uncharted 2

burning to death - The Sims [ps2 version]

 

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Gosh, too many...I'd be going on forever.

I can still remember buying my first video game. Roboto, by Bug Byte Software, in the local shop called Computer Mania, for £1.99. Still got it.

And that was in 1986 :)

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California games on the Sega master system, hours of fun, could never get the hang of footbag, but did manage to hit the bird that flies over head for extra points.  Can't beat the old school consoles.

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I always loved the StarTropics games for the NES to this day still my favorite game for that system, I never really understood why they choose to kill it off after the sequel. 

On 11/1/2017 at 0:52 AM, Maddogg_8121 said:

Final fantasy for nes will always be my favorite.  Followed by the dragon warrior series.  Then lufia II on snes and the phantasy star series on Sega.  I am a rpg guy.  I like that type of game. Of course, all the Mario Bros games are great.  I loved most of the wrestling games on N64.  My gaming days pretty much stopped with GameCube.  I never had a ps2 til later on.  

Oh...oh....  I almost forgot Russian attack and bionic commando.  Two excellent nes games.  And excite bike.  Yeah, I could go on and on probably.  

AAhh yes Rush'N'Attack still one of the best musical themes ever.

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 Paper mario thousand year door and Super mario sunshine were like taking high quality drugs, a big plus on the unique factor, no games have come out that are even close to the visual novelty this game achieved. Super mario sunshine is arguably the most timeless game ever made from my perspective.

Tales of Symphonia, made me feel like I was living in an anime instead of just watching it. Best soundtrack award from me as well.

Dawn of war dark crusade best RTS game ever made in my opinion, revolutionized the RTS game. Modern rts games still do not compare to this masterpiece. The most well balanced game I have ever seen in my life. In my top 3 games of all time.

God of war 2 a mixture of many great things from creature design, sound, to combat mechanics. Best cinematic feeling in that game than any other game I've played.

Destroy all humans, the first one. Great game with a risky but novel game concept. The first indie game I played that really won my heart.

Special mentions/runner ups: Future tactics -destructable terrain on a ps2, nuff said. Bards tale- boring at some parts but they nailed the atmosphere very well in the game, a "your decisions effect in game story" game, one of few of its kind.

 

 

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So many to mention!

A Christmas Eve tradition for me is playing Donkey Kong Country on the SNES.  My Mum gave us an early Xmas present one year which was this game so I have great memories of sitting with my little bro and sis under our tree playing DKC. Good times!

Pushing for all 96 levels on Super Mario World and trying to beat my lap times on Super Mario Kart, great memories there.

Playing Resident Evil on PS1 (my favourite game) and getting killed by the zombie dog the comes crashing through the window in the mansion's first corridor. My big sis and Mum were in the room at the time and all three of us jumped out of our chairs. Knew then RE was gonna be one of the greatest games of all time.

Remember playing Halo and for the first time feeling like I was playing through an actual movie.

Cruising the streets of Liberty City in Gran Theft Auto IV on PS3 just listening to the amazing radio stations.

Getting together with my bro and best mate on day of release for Star Wars: Battlefront and Star Wars: Battlefront 2 ... two PS4s, two TVs, beer and pizza. Heaven!

 

 

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And NHL Hitz on the Xbox, playing with my little bro.  One of the most playable games ever!  And the commentary was hilarious ... "Somebody open a window, these guys are stinking up the joint" ... either that or you could play with the music on your hard drive.  Bone rattling ice hockey soundtracked by Billy Idol's 'Rebel Yell' :D

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Playing Kirbys Dreamland on a Nintendo Gameboy when i was 5.
Playing Donkey Kong Country with my best friend.
Playing Earth Worm Jim 2 on my dads Windows 95 Computer, with only an hour playtime per day. 
Playing Rayman for the first time. 
Playing Playstation 1 for the first time in Denmark. 
Playing Final Fantasy VII for the first time. 
Beating Resident Evil when i was 9 years old. 
Playing Crash Bandicoot and Tekken for days with my best friend. 
Playing Final Fantasy VIII for the first time. 
Play Final Fantasy IX for the first time. 

Tool much. I would spend days writing this list.

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Playing Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 arcade mode on the SNES with my dad...getting beaten by Shao Kahn over and over and us taking turns until one of us would finally beat him.

Playing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers on the SNES with my dad...always bailing me out on some of the tougher levels.

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Playing Pitfall on the old Arati

Playing X-wing on my PC

Playing Klingon Academy on PC

Thunder/Jungle/Nuclear strike games for PS 1

PVP match on Halo, back in the day when you had to run a cable to a friends xbox in another room in order to play against.

Call of Duty 3 and COD Modern Warfare - lost many a day of my life playing matches

.................and just think about all the ones yet to come. Hell ya.....................

 

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I have mentioned many games on the forums, but one that I have failed to bring up was Starcraft. I must have sunk 1000 hours into that game. I may have actually played it more than I played WoW. Diablo 1 and 2 were also some games that I spent some time with. I got into 3 a little, but lost interest.

I used to be a Blizzard whore! lol

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5 hours ago, Rexfellis said:

I have mentioned many games on the forums, but one that I have failed to bring up was Starcraft. I must have sunk 1000 hours into that game. I may have actually played it more than I played WoW. Diablo 1 and 2 were also some games that I spent some time with. I got into 3 a little, but lost interest.

I used to be a Blizzard whore! lol

They were my only pc games before I got into steam and started collecting games there. So many hours spent on wow and Diablo series

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4 hours ago, Davidt said:

They were my only pc games before I got into steam and started collecting games there. So many hours spent on wow and Diablo series

I actually played a lot of PC games, but Starcraft was the first one that sucked me in for months. I had played a lot of DIablo before that, but my dial-up connection was so shitty, that I kept getting dropped from online games. Wait, that sounds familiar?! :lol:

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Well it all started for me when my family got our first pc. A Packard Bell with huge monitor, computer box and external side speakers. Including was Empire Earth 1. A game with abysmal 3d graphics but so much content in campaigns and create your own stuff. Hours of fun!

I eventually managed to get a ps2 and spent many hours on call of duty 2:Big Red One, no.3, and GTA's Vice City and especially San Andreas: not only because San An was outstanding, but also because I liked to use cheats - unfortunately I didn't know that 'make everyone a ninja'  corrupted the campaign! 3 quarters in I had to save a stupid drunk black man from jumping off a casino and committing suicide. I had to do the cut scene, run to an old truck and drive it underneath him. Simples it was not, he used to jump and die right after the kill scene, dead before I had reached the damn truck. Internet research told me I was an idiot and had to restart from scratch.

I moved onto xbox 360 for modern warfare 2 craze. A brilliant online experience that sadly cod has never managed to achieve again. However before I got this someone leant me Elder Scrolls Oblivion 4, I was blown away and needless to say also spent many hours on Skyrim too. Played a few more cods up to BO2 and moved onto Battlefield 3. Another masterpiece of online experience, I loved being that guy with support class ammo bag on m60 mg with bipod and 7x optical scope!

In the present on xbox one, alas work took over and I lost some interest particularly in re-occurring series. Have diversified slightly and picked up new games like F13 and am back online more often! Hooray!

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There was a summer in my early 20's when I decided I was going to beat the games I never could as a kid. I conquered Jaws and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES. The TMNT game took forever and ended up putting me off of games for a bit due to the hours of frustration, so I didn't continue my journey past those two games. I still have a ton of fun coercing a random friend to sit down and try and beat Zombies Ate My Neighbors on the SNES with me.

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Played Phantasy Star 2 for Sega Genesis when i was in high school,and became a fan of the series overnight.To this day,i have many of the american games,plus a bunch of the japanese ones that didn't get released over here.My favorite american Phantasy Star games are Phantasy Star 2 and Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 and 2 Plus,and my favorite japanese Phantasy Star games are Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity and Phantasy Star Nova.

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  • Running from the Abominable Snowman in Crash Bandicoot 2
  • Finding out that the original Xbox and game set that my parents claimed to of bought for a family friend was actually for me, and it was waiting for me on my birthday soon after
  • Playing through Resident Evil 4 for the first time. Such a great game!
  • Beating Resident Evil 5 on Professional, then immediately after earning the "Lead Aspirin" trophy, which gave me a platinum trophy for beating the main game on 100%
  • That one time on Friday the 13th my nephew glitched as Chad and floated around the map in a sitting position
  • Playing through Virtual Cabin, especially the parts where you get to resurrect Jason, get attacked by kid Jason and unveil Jason X, etc.
  • Finally beating the PS1 Atlantis: The Lost Empire game after literally being stuck on the next to last level since I was six. I found the game about a year ago in a stack of discs, popped it in, and beat the whole thing in about four hours. I used this great thing I only had dial up for back in the good ol days called the internet and found out on one level in particular where you swim under water, you have to punch these giant clams to get air bubbles so you won't die. It took me 14 years to figure that out, and boy was it satisfying when I did!
  • Using "The Movies Game" to make Youtube videos with misleading titles (gorillas robbing banks, etc)
  • Playing around with the AI versus mode on that Revenge of the Sith game apparently only I liked, where you can fight against alternate reality versions of Vader, Dooku, Windu, etc.
  • Playing through Red Dead Redemption on Story Mode. Whole game was so great!
  • Beating Tony Hawk's Underground
  • Unlocking all the secret characters in Pro Skater 3
  • Playing Nazi Zombies on Call of Duty: Black Ops 1
  • Playing Mario and my parents teaching me all the shortcuts to make it to the end faster on the NES. I've still never beat the last castle, but I have been to it.

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So many fond memories from the Pokémon series such as:

-Deleting my cousin’s Firered save file at 5-6. She gave it to me out of frustration. My very first Pokémon game.

-Beating Cynthia in Pearl after 20+ times. Cynthia was the hardest champion I faced to date, and the first one I beat. The only one rivaling her is Blue from my Leafgreen version. Pearl was the first Pokémon I completed too.

-My Prinplup and Lopunny breeding five eggs unexpectedly when I left them both at the Day Care. I had no idea breeding even existed until that point. I was eleven.

-Dominating Pokémon contests. My Empoleon and Lopunny earned me so many ribbons. I considered Empoleon to be my best friend too. The Pikachu to my Ash.

-Going down Spring Path, walking around Turnback Cave and unexpectedly encountering Giratina. One of the scariest moments I had in gaming to date.

-Surfing the route to Cinnabar Island for the first time. 

-Beating Blue in Leafgreen and traveling the Sevii Islands. Catching Moltres with the Master Ball. 

-Frantically surfing and diving around Sootopolis City and Pacifilog Town to find Rayquaza while the whole region was going to Hell due to Groudon and Kyogre. I had Emerald version.

-Generally traveling Hoenn. My favorite region of all time. 

-Beating any Gym Leader or Elite Four member that gave me hell. Fuck you Whitney and your Miltank.

-Naming my Rhyhorn “Horny” because I was a child and didn’t know any better.

 

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Playing Pokemon Red over and over again as a kid, doing the missingno glitch alot 

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The fondest memories I had of gaming was in the golden age of Adventure games. I didn't have consoles growing up so I played a lot of adventure games especially from Sierra On-Line and Lucasarts.

The peak of Sierra games for me was King's Quest VI and I beat it a few years ago after not being able to do it decades ago. Lucasarts, I was a fan of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones games. I got to play their version of Sam and Max not too long ago and it was great. Sierra was notorious for their games having unwinnable situations, creative deaths and sarcastic narrators telling you screwed up while Lucasarts tried not to do that and even made of it a few times in their manuals.

There's also the Mortal Kombat series which I still play from time to time from all of the eras from the 2D, 3D and HD eras.

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