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After talking with one of the staff members, I realize that of all of the topics in off-topic the one we tend to cover the most is video games and with the closing of a previous thread, I think we should carry this onward – proactively and with an even head. This thread is not for offensive memes (do not post them), personal baiting, and so forth. Don't be a dick. Dialogue and Debate is natural but we should remember to keep things grounded in the rules of the site; specifically the rule that we should not stoop to personal attacks, flamebaiting, and trolling. If any of these guidelines are ignored mods will be called in to moderate the behavior. Even with that said, I imagine the mods will keep a close eye on this thread but if we keep those simple ideas in motion and be excellent to each other we won't need to have controversial moments or issues beyond healthy disagreements.

Also, if you guys want to talk about the 2018-2019 season of video games please support this thread.

With that said, let's keep this thread active and civil 'lest the great mods in the sky smite us with no hesitation. Anyway, I'll kick off a starting topic. What games defined your childhood and why? What aspects of them interested you and how have they shaped your taste? And how do they hold up for you?
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I still remember, it was about 10 years ago when I got Pokemon Diamond for the DS. All in all a super memorable experience, I can still recall all the grocery runs and car rides to school I spent on that game. There was just something about it I couldn't place then, but it was probably the fact that I was easily able to earn achievements, and gradually work my way up with a, mind you, actual sense of pride and accomplishment.

I was garbage then so it was only until I used an emulator years later I beat the Elite Four and the Champion..
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ironically, despite being, like, even more of a baby at the time, the depressive and gory fallout 3 was the first game i ever got on steam. sure, i had played roblox and minecraft before (i was around 10 years old) but it just felt so much more legitimate. a purchase on this large platform of videogames frequented by millions of people that were probably an average of three times my age. playing the game itself was a blast, and looking back i realise how much it contributed to me being a bethesdacuck today. i didnt play it as much as garrys mod (a game whose playtime still dominates my library to this day), and i had no idea how pcs worked so my settings were too high and my framerates real low, but what i did play i fucking adored. throwing toys at my dad liam neeson as a toddler, shooting my way out of vault 101, leaving to be met with the pure atmosphere of the capital wasteland, visiting megaton, nuking megaton, letting ghouls overrun tenpenny tower and stealing burkes snazzy ass outfit... i wish i could go back and experience it for the first time all over again. the sheer brooding atmosphere of the metro tunnels brings forth such an uneasy feeling only replicated by the fallout 1 soundtrack. destroying enemies with vats is a unique carnage fuelled feeling of joy. lucking your way out of encounters with the power of your mere wits produces a sense of invulnerability not even the highest stat armour can match.

god, what a fucking game. forgive any mistakes and the word vomit but its 4am, im on my phone and am mortally challenged
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As some of you know, I was a very dweeby 13 year old. Two of the gamess I like to think influenced me in some way would be Guitar Hero and Sims.

Why? GH helped influence my musical taste, and helped me get used to playing the actual guitar by being used to already shifting my fingers/hands. So when I did learn the guitar, I picked it up relativly easy. Though I havven't played any instrument in four years and need to reteachh myself.

Sims just gave me something to take my frustrations out on. Instead of killinng actual humans, I settled for the pixleated(?) ones. And still do.

Also, @Mara, darling. Go to sleep.
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What games defined your childhood and why? What aspects of them interested you and how have they shaped your taste? And how do they hold up for you?
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I used to be quite the avid gamer back in the day, with plenty of games of different genres and tastes, but there are a select few that I specifically have memories of. Some of them I haven't touched in years, but looking back, the memories I had of them always bring a smile to my face. There are some others that I didn't mention below, like the Lego Island game, or the Simpsons Hit and Run (brought up by someone in this thread already) or WoW, but the ones I stated were more or less my "main" games of my childhood.

Battlefield 1942
I first began playing Battlefield 1942 when I would play it on my grandfather's computer whenever I stayed over during the weekend. I would hog his computer for most, if not all of the weekend, but my grandfather never seemed to mind. He must've enjoyed my company (like I enjoyed hanging out with him) since I would later find myself having similar tastes in regards to genre e.g. fantasy, war, etc.

Anyway, I had spent hours upon hours playing BF1942. I remember constantly playing the Berlin map, hiding in one of the buildings next to an ammo crate as a medic and raining down bullets upon the invading Soviet forces. As a kid, I always thought I was amazing because I could camp and reach a high kill count for some reason. BF1942 is also the game where I first learned what ping was thanks to the help of someone on a server I played on, and also learned how to fly a plane. I wasn't great at aerial combat, but as a kid, I felt proud that I could do something that my grandfather struggled at doing. Still, neither of us could figure out how to fly a helicopter.

Looking back, BF1942 holds up quite well for me. Some might complain that Battlefield 1942 is dated, yet I still enjoy playing it to this day. Even with the multiplayer service being shut down (you need a LAN network program like Hamachi or Gameranger to play MP now), there are days when I'll pop the CD in and play a bit. The days of Oreo (as a kid I had a weird obsession with food usernames) may be long gone and my taste for FPS slowly disappearing, but it would be a lie if I didn't say I had fun.


Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
This was another game my grandfather had on his computer. I remember my grandfather saying he wasn't a fan of it, but I enjoyed the game (and still do). It was another WW2 FPS, but the game played much more like what you would expect from Quake. You would have people bunny hopping around, shooting Thompsons or mowing people down with machine guns on the tank. I had a lot of fun over the years of playing ET, to be honest. My username was Chocolate Twinkie or something along those lines, probably because I was addicted to those fluffy cakes as a kid.

Sadly, I haven't had the chance to play Wolfenstein:ET in a while. Back when I still had my PC, I could play it, but for some reason I can't join any server on my laptop. I can download it fine, but that's all I can do. I'd probably give anything to just hear the announcer shout those dumb lines over and over or the custom chat phrases being spammed again.


Toontown
Toontown was my jam as a kid. I played as a skinny green dog with a bump on his head, who was the tallest you could make your character. I used to play it constantly, even more so than the rest of my family who shared the account. Hell, I was subscribed to their newsletter thing that they would send in the mail and give you trading cards and some other neat things. Before Disney shutdown Toontown, I think I was somewhere around 50 or so laff points, way higher than any other toon on that account. I'm often anal about 100% things or grinding out achievements/rewards in games, so I can see my thought process behind that.

As to how its held up, I think a lot of my interest has disappeared. You can't play the OG Toontown anymore, and if you do want to play it, you'll have to play something like Toontown Rewritten. I tried Rewritten, but I couldn't really get into it like I once did as a kid, and the fact that the game felt devoid of people at the time didn't help.


Pokemon
I've heard people say Pokemon is for kids, but even being a grown adult, Pokemon is special for me. I was born around the time of Gen 1 and 2, but I didn't start playing it for real until Gen 4 (which is why I'd push hard for Gen 4 remakes). I remember playing DPPT with my elementary friends, especially through Battle Revolution. I had a sleepover once, and I loaned my friend my DS lite and my Pearl copy to join us in double battles. I never got the chance to apologize to him that there was only a 50-something Crobat and a bunch of Bidoofs on that copy, but we all had fun anyway.

I'd eventually have to move away from my friends, and I haven't talked to them in years after losing contact (which is ironic given a certain character of mine in an upcoming RP). Still, I continued on playing Pokemon, though most of my playtime is on Showdown now. I haven't really played through the handheld games since I blitzed through my brother's copy of X (the same brother who said he was tired of Pokemon and gave me his Unova games, only to complain that he wanted them back once I found a shiny Patrat early on).

To this day, I still watch some of the anime, and would like to play S/M & US/UM (or any future games) someday when I'm not stuck in poverty land. I'm still waiting on another Shadow Pokemon game, as Colosseum and XD were my thing back in the day. Those games were the ones that would lead to my mother coining Gulpin as "booger man with a feather on his head" and Kadabra/Alakazam as "spoon man." I probably could rant how I liked the concept, the story, the OST for hours on hours. If only Nintendo/Game Freak would make a sequel for it.


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What games defined your childhood and why? What aspects of them interested you and how have they shaped your taste? And how do they hold up for you?

Doom 2: This game outsold Windows 95. Everyone had this or claimed to. I had the (registered) game second-hand, complete with manuals, so the backstory was kinda a thing to delve into to figure out what sort of moral drive is needed to push through about two to twelve hours of solid gameplay.

It was this game that forced me to learn DOS command prompts... that or Descent...

Descent: Destination Saturn: Doom 2's theoretically better cousin. Wasn't as-popular due to hardware acelerated 3D graphics and computer-networking not being up to par, and people good at the game not knowing how to set those things up themselves (and vice-versa)

The music was also awesome. Can't quite talk about the TOS-1 Burritimo MLRS without thinking about the soundtrack for level 2.

That and the soundblaster test:
Seven.
Seven.
Seven.

Class 1 driller can eat my shiny green ionized plasma.

Raptor: Call of the Shadows K, everybody over a certain age knows this game. It was a widely distributed shareware known for being pretty good arcade-style fun with good music to boot... although the goal was often to cause so many explosions on-screen to cause the sound-card to brickwall for great justice.
Cannon-Fodder Kinda hits hard when you just barely manage to clear a mission, only to be confronted by all the characters that had to die because you kept screwing-up, all to somber music. Followed immediately by the mockingly-upbeat intro to the next mission-briefing.

It came from the Desert / Antheads + Indiana Jones and the last Crusade (PC):
Literally the first video games I played back on my uncle's PC.
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I will shamelessly defend Everything Megaman related, even if it was bad. Except for X 6, the official falling point of the entire franchise.
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Already removed a post, and I will say this once.

Do not meme this thread.
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What games defined your childhood and why? What aspects of them interested you and how have they shaped your taste? And how do they hold up for you?


The big starter for me would be Doom. 1994 and I just came off some classic Apogee gaming package that included Word Rescue, Crystal Caves, Hocus Pocus, Monster Bash, and Raptor when I found a folder on the computer simply titled "Doom II". Young me knew it wasn't a standard DOS program at that age and so I saw that it was an .exe file... and thus I opened it.

Seven years of age and I had entered my first ever first person shooter. A level that began with two zombies and a chainsaw, but yet I wasn't fearing the game. Even with the imps, the pigs, and some of the other creatures I was able to hold some courage but the creature that scared the crap out of me and bought fear to my heart was the Archvile. You see, I came across some cheats but I could never remember iddqd as God mode, but I new the stage select cheat and when you warp into a stage with a pistol and this thing starts raising the dead... nope, fuck off, I'm out.

Now days, I do still venture back into Mars to hunt the demons of hell. I've even gone as par as to play the iPhone port and even PS3. While it doesn't hold up graphically today and it's a clunky experience, there is something still there that shows why Doom was such an impact on the gaming scene back in the 90s.

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I will mention more later, but for now I'll start off with my first real experience.
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Pokemon and Metal Gear Solid for this fella. Playing those virtual sneaking missions to the goal was true nostalgia for me. Pokemon, well... I've played most of the games from Gen I - V until Black 2 and White 2.

Oh, and Resident Evil: Survivor and Nemesis. Nemesis... Hoo boy, that boi just won't damn stop. And I thought entering the police double-doors would keep me safe from him. Then he busts the door down like a wrecking ball. First time I experienced it, I was screaming my ass off. Good times. Goooooood times.
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The two game series that defined my childhood the most were Crash Bandicoot and Spryo. Crash Bandicoot: Warped and Spyro: Ripto's Rage being my favorites from their respective series. As a kid platformers were my jam and the orange marsupial and purple dragon were probably my most played series. Happy to have the remasters now on current generation consoles and PC. While graphically the originals haven't aged the greatest I still love them and now with the newer renditions of them, I can enjoy them some more. Still working on Time Trials for Crash Trilogy, and can't wait for November for Spyro

Among other games that were memorable were Megaman Legends (I wish Capcom hadn't canned Legends 3), Sled Storm (favorite pass time was hitting the rabbit in that game. XD Also got me into Rob Zombie with the Hot Rod Herman Remix of Dragula), Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (fun memories of playing it with my dad) , Einhander (while it was only a demo I really enjoyed it), Ape Escape, and Mech Warriors 2 (Timberwolf FTW!).

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If there was one game that genuinely defined my childhood it wouldn't be a game most people would associate with things like...fun or whatever it is video games are supposed to be. While I spent a good portion of my youth playing Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Mega Man X (and X2, the best of the X series), Streets of Rage 2 (the game that still has the single best first level song in all of video games bar none), and Super Empire Strikes Back, and while I could go on and on about how Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6 doomed me to a life of being an unapologetic JRPG fan, all of those games are stories for another day. Or something.

The game that defined my childhood was Where In The U.S.A. Is Carmen Sandiego?

Back when I was a little Fablet I was a daycare kid. Both my parents worked so I didn't exactly go to kindergarten, I went to daycare that doubled as kindergarten but wasn't really. And honestly what does anyone learn in kindergarten except how to scribble on paper? This daycare had a computer room which was full of crappy old Apple Macintosh's and mostly used for Kid Pix or Pinball or Tetris under the guidance of the staff. I was told that one game on the computer was 'too hard' for kids my age so naturally that just made me want to play it more. That game was Where in the U.S.A. Is Carmen Sandiego?

At the time I didn't know it was an educational game and while other kids would play Oregon Trail just to play the hunting game, every day I was playing this Carmen Sandiego game. For the first couple weeks I didn't know what the hell to do, I was just clicking and watching the little animations of interstate travel happen. It wasn't until one of the staff members helped me understand the point, that I was supposed to read and use clues to find where these crude little cartoon people went where I started to discover how incorrectly I'd been playing.

So I kept at it, and I wound up playing it as intended: looking things up and learning. My profile on the game was tied to a specific machine and there was a notice put up for anyone using the machine that they weren't allowed to mess with my profile. I was just glad to prove people wrong who told me the game was too hard for me. Technically they were kind of right but even though I never actually got far enough to catch Carmen Sandiego, I did learn enough about the United States and about reading to impress the shit out of my grade school teachers - the the point where by like third grade they were letting me read chapter books without pictures.

I've gone back to play it in my adult years thanks to DOS-BOX but that is a game that is very much of a time and place. It did get me to beg my parents to buy me "Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time" which was my first point and click adventure game and only helped make me even more of an annoying know-it-all shit kid well into grade school.

Carmen Sandiego remains one of my all time favorite video game characters, though I guess she's more of a general 'fictional character' these days. One day I'll catch her again. One day.
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If by defining “my childhood” you mean defining “the first half of my freshman year of high school” you'd probably be correct. But yeah, this game was probably the best GTA clone out at the time (Saints Row wouldn't come out until years later) and one of the big games I spent the most time with in 2003. This was back when renting culture was still dominant, so I never owned a copy – but gods now I know what copy of what I'm looking for at my local retro gaming store when I have the time to drive out to it. I wonder how much of it has held up?
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Emulate it like every other game heh.

That's what I do.
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It's on PC, actually, but I'm not sure if there are still copies you can legally obtain around.
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I'd prefer to get a copy for my old ass PS2 that somehow still works.
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My grandfather had it on his PC. I think the farthest I reached was somewhere among the Bart levels before I stopped playing it seriously (to beat the game, I mean). Too bad his computer crashed sometime later, so I have no idea if my save files are even there anymore.

I think we had it for the Gamecube, though everyone wanted to play Crazy Taxi instead. I heard there was a Simpsons clone of that too, but I don't think I've ever played it.
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My grandfather had it on his PC. I think the farthest I reached was somewhere among the Bart levels before I stopped playing it seriously (to beat the game, I mean). Too bad his computer crashed sometime later, so I have no idea if my save files are even there anymore.

I think we had it for the Gamecube, though everyone wanted to play Crazy Taxi instead. I heard there was a Simpsons clone of that too, but I don't think I've ever played it.


Simpsons Road Rage! It's cool.
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