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11-16-2018 1:32 AMThe Greatest of All Time is offline Search for Posts by The Greatest of All Time Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

This is something I’ve been thinking about lately and thought I’d post the question here to you guys (what little of us visit here I guess): what games have significance to you and what is it about the games that left a strong impression on you?

I’ll start.

I like Assassins Creed as a series, but I feel I have a fondness for the series that extends past the games themselves. My entry to the series was Black Flag, and I thought it was alright but I never finished it the first time I played it. I just bought it because pirates are cool. A few years later, in 2015, I became incredibly ill for months. I decided to give it another shake and finished it. I enjoyed it but it was at this time the series became special to me. I picked up AC 2 and Brotherhood because they were cheap used, as I had very little money at the time because I couldn’t work due to my health. I really enjoyed both of them and they helped me get through another week of my life during a period when it was difficult to make it to the next week. I ended up buying and playing through the rest of the series that was available on the ps3 at the time (AC 1, Revelations, 3 and Rogue) and recently I statted to look back fondly at the series because I recognize it helped me get through a very difficult period of my life.

Windwaker is another game that has made a big impact on me. It’s got a great sense of adventure, a pretty good story for a Zelda game, but it’s by far one of the most charming pieces of entertainment I have ever touched. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the graphics at its first release, but I was an early adopter sold on its style. My own drawings started to change around the same time too, as I began to move towards, at the time at least, simplicity

Chrono Trigger is another game that made a big impression on me. Definitely my favorite RPG on the snes, this game was the talk of my elementary school class. I never had the privilege to own a physical copy of the snes original, so i competed with friends to rent it every weekend. It’s a relatively short game, even by snes standards, so you can complete it relatively quickly, but it never got old. My friends and I would talk about it all the time, at first unaware of the different endings and discovering it together. This was also one of the SNES games I remember wowing me too, with its effects. The gates seemed super impressive as a kid, the one ending credits scene where you float up holding a balloon, it just seemed unlike anything else I had ever encountered. That’s not even mentioning the story and characters which were too notch. It’s one of the earliest games I remember playing where a villain would join you, which as a kid who loved villains, made me go crazy

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11/23/08


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Necro: Pfft. You're a useless waste of oxygen.

There is an idea of a Necro; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there

\m/ Megadeth \m/
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11-16-2018 1:54 AMBonesy is offline Send an Email to Bonesy Homepage of Bonesy Search for Posts by Bonesy Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

honestly i think the jrpg that has had the most impact on me is pokemon

7 gens later i'm still playing it (mostly gen 3 and later these days) and hope to get a switch before or around the time gen 8 hits
11-17-2018 3:32 AMThe Greatest of All Time is offline Search for Posts by The Greatest of All Time Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

I used to live Pokémon but I hit Pokémon fatigue with Y. It’s weird, because I don’t expect a lot out of Pokémon stories and I thought the story didn’t bother me when I played Y, but after playing through it I had very little motivation to touch Pokémon anymore

X and y made some more subtle improvements to the gameplay which were actually important but at the end of the day I found it very underwhelming.

I thought I was looking forward to sun and moon but after it was released I never felt motivated to buy it, which kinda makes me sad because I have some good memories of gens IV and V. I got obsessed with playing gen IV one summer

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11/23/08


Year of Sharp, 2016

Quote by X-sah:
Necro: Pfft. You're a useless waste of oxygen.

There is an idea of a Necro; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there

\m/ Megadeth \m/
Political Correctness Needs to Stop
08/27/2015

11-17-2018 11:19 AMStruggler is offline Send an Email to Struggler Search for Posts by Struggler Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

Kind of a "duh" post but Chrono Trigger. I really don't want to go into it, because you have probably heard me wax poetic about it years and years ago. I used to play it again once a year but as I get older I get too busy for it and don't put aside time. I have the DS version at least which I have heard is rare, so. I'll probably play it once my bachelors is over. I get kind of dumb about it at times and wonder if I'll even like it anymore, but I'm sure as soon as I start it up again I will.

This is a weird one but FF XV.

As you all know I'm a feminist but not one of these new wave ones that are critical/hateful of men and think they should be excluded or they are evil or whatever. This game was important to me because it shows four dudes going through some major shit. They get hurt, they console each other, they have to deal with death. Lots of emotional shit. No chicks are around to interrupt. There is a female love interest but it is not a solid one; not intrusive like Rinoa, not flaky like Aeris or Tifa. She's more like Garnet in that you know they like each other but it's not in your face. I really like how Squenix approached this idea of 4 dudes taking on a near impossible task.

Of course Squenix just cancelled all the remaining DLC last week, because they're a shit company lmao. But the DLC that is there is excellent; Gladio gets Dark Souls-esque combat, Ignis gets Arkham-esque combat, and Prompto gets Metal Gear Solid/sneaking around combat. The game can take probably 80 hours if you bother to get everything. Gladio doesn't have too much of a story, but it's amazing how much thought Squenix put into Ignis and Prompto's backstories.

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11-17-2018 10:03 PMStruggler is offline Send an Email to Struggler Search for Posts by Struggler Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

Bof2

I kind of became obsessed with the game to the point I was redrawing the enemy sprites and stuff like that. It kept me creative, since it was such a weird game (there was a plant man on our team and a cat woman and a rhino man) and at the time the whole "god and religion is actually bad" was a new concept (to me, I never had played SMT back then) so it was interesting

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David Lynch: A lot of artists think they want anger. But a real, strong, bitter anger occupies the mind, leaving no room for creativity.

11-17-2018 11:27 PMBonesy is offline Send an Email to Bonesy Homepage of Bonesy Search for Posts by Bonesy Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

BOF 2 is good, i really need to get back to replaying it with that retranslation/enhancement patch again.
CT idk, I need to finish this run of Chrono Cross before I get back to CT again.

EDIT: I think Chrono Cross had more of an impact on me than CT did, but a lot of that stems from having played Cross before Suikoden 1 and 2.

This post has been edited; it was last edited by Bonesy: 11-17-2018 11:33 PM.

11-18-2018 12:14 AMStruggler is offline Send an Email to Struggler Search for Posts by Struggler Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

Is that the translation patch X and I helped work on?

Cross is really interesting because it's a much better game than Trigger visually and sound-wise, but it just falls flat on its ass after you kill FATE

At least CT was good all the way through

Cross was also eye rolling in how they added 80 characters that you don't even want to use because Pip is the best character ever, all anyone needs is Pip

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David Lynch: A lot of artists think they want anger. But a real, strong, bitter anger occupies the mind, leaving no room for creativity.

11-18-2018 12:38 AMBonesy is offline Send an Email to Bonesy Homepage of Bonesy Search for Posts by Bonesy Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

Pip is great, he'd be better if they fixed some of the weirdness with his evolutions, I read that they don't work the way the dev intended or something.
11-18-2018 12:46 AMAlabastard is offline Send an Email to Alabastard Search for Posts by Alabastard Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

Angel Pip was so cute.
11-18-2018 1:06 AMStruggler is offline Send an Email to Struggler Search for Posts by Struggler Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

Yeah something about how one evolution was supposed to be not shitty but it is really shitty and bad

Once they lost budget the whole game became kind of a mess

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David Lynch: A lot of artists think they want anger. But a real, strong, bitter anger occupies the mind, leaving no room for creativity.

11-18-2018 1:11 AMBonesy is offline Send an Email to Bonesy Homepage of Bonesy Search for Posts by Bonesy Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

Element Grid Glitch

Pip's character has a glitch where even if he evolves to Holy Beast or an Arch form, he loses the last two slots in his Element Grid if the Playstation console is turned off. This can be counteracted in two ways. Firstly, one can simply never turn off the Playstation. This can burn the disc, however. Secondly, one can keep two save files; one with a normal game and evolved Pip, and one with a Pip almost ready to evolve. When you boot up, load up the unevolved Pip game first, evolve him, and then load up the real game. Pip's new Element Grid will carry over. This can be done with different evolved forms to make a larger than normal Element Grid (Archangel has the largest).

He also must gain a Star to evolve; if he is not fully evolved and is still at level 99, he cannot advance.


why must you do this to us squaresoft

(i really need to get back to my run but i'm at the casino ship and you get locked into having to finish that pretty easily)
11-23-2018 4:56 AMFreeze is offline Send an Email to Freeze Search for Posts by Freeze Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

Mega Man X and A Link to the Past both stuck with me hard. They were some of the first games I ever played, and my dad bought them both for me. I have a very close and special relationship with my dad, so them always reminding me of him is a huge plus.

They also represent life's journey for me. Mega Man X has an intro stage where the ground rules are laid out, you're introduced to problems you can solve, and then a problem you can't in Vile. Zero comes along and effortlessly does a hundred times more than you could. The rest of the game is overcoming challenges and growing stronger. By the time you reach Sigma's Fortress, you're on equal standing with Zero, and eventually you take up his mantle and finish the job yourself. Zero, for me, is a stand-in for every mentor I've ever had in my life. Sometimes I think of my father as Zero, sometimes I think of an older friend I had as Zero, sometimes I even put Jesus Christ in that position. I have a lot of Zeros in my life, and trying to live up to them is what my life has been all about.

Link to the Past is more about the journey than the people in it. Overcoming challenges and discovering new ways to solve problems. What really sticks with me is the Light/Dark World thing. Just when you thought you were done with the game, BAM! Whole new world. Much harder world. Much bleaker, more challenging world, where everything seems twisted and wrong. But you fight through it to see the light again, and you're so much stronger and more capable by the end. Adult life is my Dark World. It seems weird and scary and off, but I soldier through it and learn and grow just like Link did.

I know this sounds super nerdy, but those two games help me through life's journey. Life is all about drawing analogies to things you can more easily understand.

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i ate the dough

11-25-2018 9:09 PMRussian Agent is offline Send an Email to Russian Agent Search for Posts by Russian Agent Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

I doubt this is what you meant. But in terms of effects vidjyas had.

Playing Fallout when I was young probably got me interested in the history of the actual Cold War and Civil Defense. Or it sparked more of looking into that...maybe because it's "what if that went wrong"

Silent Hill probably got me interested in the psychological horror genre more, and now I love reading poe and lovecraft and all...then again silent hill is just steeped in all of that, and I grew up watching twin peaks. But it didn't hurt.

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These are not fairy tales, or myths. This place of power is tangible, and as such, can be found, entered, and perhaps, utilized in some fashion..

Quote by Nina Fortner (regarding faking one's death):
Been there done that. No one would believe it this time.

Quote by Alizarin:
holy fuck i am ready to burn it all down. all of it.

12-02-2018 10:15 PMStruggler is offline Send an Email to Struggler Search for Posts by Struggler Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

SimAnt

That was the first game I played 8 hours straight. I looked at the clock and was like whaaaaaaaatttt on a weekend

It's pretty sad I played an ant simulation that fucking long. But now that I think about it it's actually a war strategy game so no wonder

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GUL DUKAT DID NOTHING WRONG.

David Lynch: A lot of artists think they want anger. But a real, strong, bitter anger occupies the mind, leaving no room for creativity.

12-05-2018 3:30 AMThe Greatest of All Time is offline Search for Posts by The Greatest of All Time Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

not really sure what you think i meant if not that sharp, you pretty much answered it right. just a topic about when a game ends up making an impression on you that goes above the game itself

im not as enthusiastic about the megaman x series as i think other people here are, ive always felt in its totality its inferior to classic megaman, but viewed on the merits as a single entry, megaman x is the best megaman game ever made. what really stands out to me with it is how dynamic of a game it is, in how stages change as you progress through the game. progression in megaman x is meaningful in ways it isnt in every single other megaman game, and ive never understood why capcom never even really attempted at replicating that

other games that have made some impressions on me:

some snes rpgs. these arent necessarily my favorites, but illusion of gaia made a big impression on me. the progression will has throughout the game from a student with a rather mundane lifestyle was handled well for a snes game, and it has probably some of the most interesting locations for a snes rpg. it comes rather early in the game but the dreamyness of the gold ship scene and then being lost at sea amazed me when i was young and i still remember the wonder i felt the first time i played it.

also, 7th saga. ive never gotten very far in this game, but i remember it being one of the first games i could choose my hero in. i liked the demon as a child, and i felt a certain kind of attachment to him because nobody wanted to be my friend in it because i was a demon. its hard to put it in words but the consequences i faced for choosing a character the other characters didnt like made me appreciate the game more.

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11/23/08


Year of Sharp, 2016

Quote by X-sah:
Necro: Pfft. You're a useless waste of oxygen.

There is an idea of a Necro; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there

\m/ Megadeth \m/
Political Correctness Needs to Stop
08/27/2015

12-05-2018 7:28 PMRussian Agent is offline Send an Email to Russian Agent Search for Posts by Russian Agent Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

Quote by Struggler:
But now that I think about it it's actually a war strategy game so no wonder


"Sid Meier's Gettysburg!" probably helped me visualize the battle when first starting to look into it as a kid aside from "big battle, charge happened". Seeing it played out that way in terms of the chronology and areas and all.

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JE SUIS CHARLIE


These are not fairy tales, or myths. This place of power is tangible, and as such, can be found, entered, and perhaps, utilized in some fashion..

Quote by Nina Fortner (regarding faking one's death):
Been there done that. No one would believe it this time.

Quote by Alizarin:
holy fuck i am ready to burn it all down. all of it.

12-12-2018 2:20 AMThe Greatest of All Time is offline Search for Posts by The Greatest of All Time Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

Make no mistake, Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PS4 is the best Spider-Man game ever released. Some people still cling to Spider-Man 2, but outside of the swinging mechanics that’s really a mediocre game in every respect even when compared to its contemporaries.

But the first PS1 Spider-Man is always going to be special to me. Anyone who knows me knows I’ve been a big Spider-Man fan for like, forever. He’s always been my favorite Super hero and always will be. Before games became 3D, most Spider-Man games were so-so brawlers, but that first ps1 game did what was at the time an incredible job bringing Spider-Man’s powers to life in a 3D envirnonment. I remember how thrilled i was when I played the first two levels. First level I webslinged across roofs, second I was stopping a bank heist. My excitement was through the roof as I crawled around the roof sneaking around.

It’s one of those games I have strong memories for, which I guess this topic is really about. I was in high school at the time, and had a spare class right after lunch. I went home everyday at lunch to play it and walked back to school for my final class until I finished it the first time

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11/23/08


Year of Sharp, 2016

Quote by X-sah:
Necro: Pfft. You're a useless waste of oxygen.

There is an idea of a Necro; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there

\m/ Megadeth \m/
Political Correctness Needs to Stop
08/27/2015

12-18-2018 3:05 AMRussian Agent is offline Send an Email to Russian Agent Search for Posts by Russian Agent Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

Siphon Filter.

It accidentally led me into playing the Metal Gear Solid games. This is when blockbuster existed and you'd rent games.

I played the demo from a magazine of Syphon Filter about some spy-guy shooting up things with 'stealth'. Yayyy. And then played Metal Gear Solid and thought it was bullshit, because it looked similar but you had to actually hide.

...So nobody remembers one of those two games.

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JE SUIS CHARLIE


These are not fairy tales, or myths. This place of power is tangible, and as such, can be found, entered, and perhaps, utilized in some fashion..

Quote by Nina Fortner (regarding faking one's death):
Been there done that. No one would believe it this time.

Quote by Alizarin:
holy fuck i am ready to burn it all down. all of it.

01-04-2019 6:08 AMFreeze is offline Send an Email to Freeze Search for Posts by Freeze Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

Metal Gear Solid 2 is very special to me because my friend introduced it to me.

I got it way after it came out as a bargain bin birthday gift. I was never into the military aesthetic or the whacky anime nonsense even back as a teenager. I left it unwrapped and unplayed.

One day my best friend at the time was over and convinced me to play it. We spent Saturday night/Sunday morning finishing off the Tanker and starting the Plant.

One of the most memorable gaming experiences ever. I thought I'd hate the game but I grew to love it just watching my friend play it and explain things to me and point things out to me. I think the reversal of expectations is what makes it so special to me. And the memory of my friend, who I'm no longer in contact with.

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there's this cookie cutter life that people expect you to have and once you hit your 20s you're supposed to be somewhere in the middle of it

i ate the dough

This post has been edited; it was last edited by Freeze: 01-04-2019 6:09 AM.

01-11-2019 6:05 PMRussian Agent is offline Send an Email to Russian Agent Search for Posts by Russian Agent Post Reply with Quote Edit/Delete Post       Go to the top of this page

Metal Gear Solid 2 when announced was like the biggest troll in a way. I played the demo...or actually rented zone of the enders just cause it was so hyped up.

And then you get to the "tanker" chapter. (when you stopped playing as snake, which pissed people off) and I remember playing it and mentioning to someone I knew in high school who had finished it "This kinda just seems like metal gear solid, like it's repeating things.." and they were like "Yeah...you're not wrong noticing that, but"

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JE SUIS CHARLIE


These are not fairy tales, or myths. This place of power is tangible, and as such, can be found, entered, and perhaps, utilized in some fashion..

Quote by Nina Fortner (regarding faking one's death):
Been there done that. No one would believe it this time.

Quote by Alizarin:
holy fuck i am ready to burn it all down. all of it.

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