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eonwe
Aug 11, 2008



Lipstick Apathy

I'm curious what games you guys grew up with or have a really fond memory of playing.

For me, I was really into Castle of the Winds when I was a kid. It was the first roguelike, and probably RPG, I ever played. When you died it said "Another one bites the dust!" which I thought was funny.



So tell me what games you liked!

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ikanreed
Sep 25, 2009

Rise and shine, master leprechaun.





Uncontroversially: X-Com.

TheHoosier
Dec 30, 2004

The fuck, Graham?!



Console: Kirby's Adventure

PC: Fallout 2

Monday_
Feb 18, 2006

Worked-up silent dork without sex ability seeks oblivion and demise.

The Great Twist

Despite years of awesome games growing up, my fondest gaming memories are of Metroid Prime when I was 17. There's something magical about Tallon IV.

Bieeanshee
Aug 21, 2000

Not keen on keening.




Grimey Drawer

Ultima 5 on the Apple II. A friend and I played that for two years before figuring out the deceptively simple doc check near the end. Still have the box and a sheaf of notes I took.

Rush Limbo
Sep 5, 2005

its with a full house


Probably playing Doom with my dad. It was virtually the only game I'd ever known him to play and he kicked rear end at it.

I always get a bit nostalgic when I fight the Barons of Hell because I could never, ever get past them as a kid and he'd help me take them down

ikanreed
Sep 25, 2009

Rise and shine, master leprechaun.





Ddraig posted:

Probably playing Doom with my dad. It was virtually the only game I'd ever known him to play and he kicked rear end at it.

I always get a bit nostalgic when I fight the Barons of Hell because I could never, ever get past them as a kid and he'd help me take them down

Ah youth, before we our innocence had been destroyed by learning to circle-strafe.

KoldPT
Oct 9, 2012


I've played over 2000 hours of Morrowind.

Space Bat
Apr 17, 2009

hold it now hold it now hold it right there
you wouldn't drop, couldn't drop diddy, you wouldn't dare


I have very fond memories of Duke Nukem 1 and Secret Agent, a crappy old Apogee platformer. I would watch my mom play them and I still remember when I was around six she woke up my brother and me around 1am to show us the victory screen for Nukem 1. In general, I have a lot of love for the old Apogee games. Biomenace, Crystal Caves and Major Stryker all come to mind. I never owned an NES or a Genesis, for about five years the only games my brother and I had access to were shareware floppies my dad would bring home for work which we would play for hours. The scenery in Commander Keen 6 I think (the Oracles one) always makes me smile, and some secrets have forever been burned into my memory. Coming back to them, I still love those games even if they're not great. I wouldn't say they're my favorite games but they always stand out as classics.

Here's a weird one, also related to family. I have very fond memories of Metal Gear Solid 2. It was the summer before my brother was heading out of state for a year and we spent the last few weeks beating it. Staying up until 3am, the only light the blue glow of the TV while we puzzled out how to find Aimes, discovered pull ups, all kinds of things. We would listen to all the calls we could. We even enjoyed talking to Rose, which for a 13 and 15 year old is pretty insane when I think about it. MGS2 may not be the best in the series but I love it for all the fun it's given me.

Catsplosion
Aug 19, 2007

I am become Dwarf, the destroyer of cats.


Ape escape, Classic WoW and Wurm Online.

I swear to this day I have not found a more fun adventure game than Ape Escape. What could be more fun than running around with a large net and catching some apes?

And like most MMO's lot's of great things happen with friends and great memories are created from them. Far too much to do either any justice.

Rookersh
Aug 19, 2010


Morrowind.

I got it when I was 16-17, and had no idea how to actually play it. So instead I cheated, gave myself god mode, and enough stats to join every house. I then spent an entire school year playing that game every single night. By the end I had to have had over a thousand hours in that game, had explored most of the island ( if not the entire thing ), had joined each of the three great houses ( as well as all the minor houses ), and done all the content in Tribunal/Bloodmoon.

I didn't care that it was rough even when I got it, the world was so unlike anything else I'd ever seen that I needed to keep playing it. I remember having that huge paper map and just drawing on it constantly whenever I found new things/important items I couldn't take out. I treated it like a treasure map, and by the end of my playthrough it was super worn/torn, but it had all the major secrets/cool stuff labeled on it because I found it. I still have it, and when I found it while digging through my old stuff recently it brought back a ton of good memories.

I got lucky as a kid. My parents only really bought me Spyro for PS1, Ratchet and Clank for PS2, and then when I got my PC they went and dug through some bargain bins, finding Deus Ex, Morrowind, Baldurs Gate 2, and Age of Empires 2 for me. I grew up on classic PC properties.

Third World Reagan
May 19, 2008

Imagine four 'mechs waiting in a queue. Time works the same way.

the time I told some guy I had porn and it was just ultima 7

Adam Bowen
Jan 6, 2003

This post probably contains a Rickroll link!


I'm picking multiple games.

The Legend of Zelda which I used to play with my mom and dad for hours, it was something the whole family got together for.

Final Fantasy IV my mom and I took turns playing through the entire game and my two little sisters watched

Mario Kart 64 and Goldeneye my sisters, a few of my friends, and myself all used to play these games 4 player pretty much constantly.


The obvious common thread is family and friends. Gaming loses something really special when it's done alone or with strangers.

Das Butterbrot
Dec 2, 2005
Lecker.

unreal tournament 2kX

still my all time fav multiplayer FPS, at least until the new one comes along

Great Joe
Aug 13, 2008



I've got some nice memories of playing Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. It was super fun, though I never did get all the gems. I also remember when I first discovered emulation and got a whole bunch of Megaman games. Finding out just how many games there were with that name on it was a moment

Inexplicable Humblebrag
Sep 20, 2003



It's Secret of Mana, OP. It was a very good SNES game.

The Duke
May 18, 2004

The Angel from my Nightmare



I must've played the first level of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (Anathema) about 200 times in my youth. Figuring out so many different ways to complete the relatively easy mission before there were guides or internet help or just dicking around with cheat codes that let me blast people across the level and over houses with the dual pistols is still one of my favorite gaming memories.

edit: And who didn't enjoy sitting at the starting area and watching the guard who always come out to pee in the bushes with a sniper rifle, and seeing that he really just puts a finger through his zipper and wiggles it a bit

The Duke fucked around with this message at 23:19 on Dec 22, 2014

Kuato
Feb 25, 2005

"I CAN'T BELIEVE I ATE THE WHOLE THING"

Buglord

I've probably logged the most hours in on Morrowind. My whole 2003 was spent playing it exhaustively, was always new stuff to explore, particularly after the expansions.

As far as youth goes, I didn't have many games, so Mario World or games like Qbasic gorillas or Hugo's House of Horrors made a big impression.

Walrus Pete
Apr 16, 2008

Yo ho?



Eonwe posted:

I'm curious what games you guys grew up with or have a really fond memory of playing.

For me, I was really into Castle of the Winds when I was a kid. It was the first roguelike, and probably RPG, I ever played. When you died it said "Another one bites the dust!" which I thought was funny.



So tell me what games you liked!

I had that game too, it was awesome. I remember loving the variety of messages you'd get when you killed something - "you crush the rat man's skull into jelly" and poo poo. That was endlessly entertaining to me as a child.

One of the earliest games I played on our first family computer was a first-person space tank game called Stellar 7. The graphics were mind-blowing (at the time, to me) and it was just complex enough that you could learn some neat tricks to make things easier as you played. Like if you used the jump power-up, you could shoot the first boss in the head instead of the legs and kill him in one hit.

Inzombiac
Mar 19, 2007

PARTY ALL NIGHT, EAT BRAINS ALL DAY



Jet Force Gemini because when I was in 7th grade a girl would invite me over to play it and then we would make out.

Jokymi
Jan 31, 2003

Sweet Sassy Molassy


Heroes of Might and Magic 2

I discovered the game purely by chance thanks to a PC Gamer demo disc when I was about 12 or 13. I spent a couple of weeks playing the one map included in the demo over and over again until I got a chance to buy the full version. I then introduced it to my circle of friends, and for the next year or so we were constantly getting together to play hot seat games all day and into the night, usually filled with alliances, cease-fires, back-stabs, and betrayals. It was also my single-player game of choice during that time, and I'm pretty sure I've played nearly every campaign & individual map between the original game and its expansion.

Heroes 3 may have been a superior game mechanically, and I still put a lot of time into it, but by the time it came out my friends and I weren't quite as willing to forfeit weeks of our lives to play the big, epic maps like we used to. And I'll always contend that the cartoony graphics and animations of 2 were far more aesthetically pleasing than the bland rendered style that 3 used.

Punch Card
Sep 13, 2005

by Ralp


As an old man (30) who grew up with a Commodore 64 a couple years before he got a Nintendo, it's probably the C-64 port of Defender of the Crown.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defender_of_the_Crown

To a little kid who was an early reader and such it had everything. Strategic placement of troops, the history/mythos of Robin Hood, the rescuing of the kidnapped heiress. Even though it's a really simplistic game there's such a sentimental attachment that I still enjoy playing it for a few minutes every now and then for nostalgia's sake. The same goes for the original Sid Meier's Pirates! (exclamation point included).

A couple years later the old TSR/SSI Gold Box AD&D games like Pool of Radiance would take that place as well.

jabro
Mar 25, 2003

July Mock Draft 2014

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Punch Card posted:

As an old man (30) who grew up with a Commodore 64 a couple years before he got a Nintendo, it's probably the C-64 port of Defender of the Crown.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defender_of_the_Crown

To a little kid who was an early reader and such it had everything. Strategic placement of troops, the history/mythos of Robin Hood, the rescuing of the kidnapped heiress. Even though it's a really simplistic game there's such a sentimental attachment that I still enjoy playing it for a few minutes every now and then for nostalgia's sake. The same goes for the original Sid Meier's Pirates! (exclamation point included).

A couple years later the old TSR/SSI Gold Box AD&D games like Pool of Radiance would take that place as well.

I loved that game on my Apple IIGS. Playing that and Karateka on the IIc laid the foundation for my gaming.

Solomonic
Jan 3, 2008

INCIPIT SANTA


I played a shitload of Super Metroid when I was in middle school. I knew that game inside and out but I kept on playing it and doing self-imposed challenges like beating the bosses out of order and sequence breaking and other stuff. Man I loved the hell out of that game. A while back I grabbed a rom and played it for the first time in like sixteen years and it still owns.

Kayten
Jan 10, 2012

The tiniest of Tims!

Hannibal Smith posted:

Heroes of Might and Magic 2

I discovered the game purely by chance thanks to a PC Gamer demo disc when I was about 12 or 13. I spent a couple of weeks playing the one map included in the demo over and over again until I got a chance to buy the full version. I then introduced it to my circle of friends, and for the next year or so we were constantly getting together to play hot seat games all day and into the night, usually filled with alliances, cease-fires, back-stabs, and betrayals. It was also my single-player game of choice during that time, and I'm pretty sure I've played nearly every campaign & individual map between the original game and its expansion.

Heroes 3 may have been a superior game mechanically, and I still put a lot of time into it, but by the time it came out my friends and I weren't quite as willing to forfeit weeks of our lives to play the big, epic maps like we used to. And I'll always contend that the cartoony graphics and animations of 2 were far more aesthetically pleasing than the bland rendered style that 3 used.

In a similar vein, HoMM 3. It came out when I was 10, and everyone other kid with a PC played it. I ended up playing multiplayer games with friends and family for a good five years. Went back to it recently and, yep, it's still awesome. Still one of my favourite games.

I played the second one only once, when I was younger, and it didn't really click for me.

Servaetes
Sep 10, 2003

True enemy or false friend?


Eonwe posted:

I'm curious what games you guys grew up with or have a really fond memory of playing.

For me, I was really into Castle of the Winds when I was a kid. It was the first roguelike, and probably RPG, I ever played. When you died it said "Another one bites the dust!" which I thought was funny.



So tell me what games you liked!

Oh my loving GOD I remember playing this when I was like super duper little and it was just the shareware version and it owned. I was just thinking about this game a few days ago and could not remember the name of it. Good call.

Killer Low Life
Sep 6, 2010



Earthbound.

Loutre
Jan 14, 2004

✓COMFY
✓CLASSY
✓HORNY
✓PEPSI

Going in to the Den of Evil in Diablo II the day it was released. Not even really sure why, just that specific memory always comes to mind for when I've been happiest gaming.

Also shout out to Harvest Moon 64. I was in elementary school in a lovely little farming town and all the other kids were mad jealous of me for having HM64 - awesome game either way.

Night10194
Feb 13, 2012

We'll start,
like many good things,
with a bear.


Betrayal at Krondor was goddamn amazing when I first played it as a kid. It was the first game I really, really tried to beat because I actually wanted to see what was going to happen.

Spalec
Apr 16, 2010


I put in more time with the Metal Gear Solid 2 demo then a lot of full games. I'd spend ages shooting bottles in the bar and being amazed and how they'd all smash differently depending on where you hit them, or shooting the different saucepans hanging in the kitchen and playing a tune, or how the guards would actually notice that you'd disturbed things. I'd never seen that level of detail in games before.

The whole game was great (and insane beyond belief, holy poo poo) but that demo was perfect.

CaptainCaveman
Apr 15, 2005

Always searching for North.


Stationfall. I remember gradually puzzling through it, being utterly bewildered at learning what the alien communication said and how to read it. And then getting towards the ending and saving and reloading trying to figure out if there was some way to get through it without shooting Floyd, but no, no, it had to be done...

Caesar Saladin
Aug 15, 2004



When I was a kid, I thought the Quest for Glory series was the best game possible. I can't believe I beat all of those games without using guides, there's no way i'm patient enough for that now.

HopperUK
Apr 29, 2007

Clear off, fatso, this is a respectable establishment




Exolon on the Spectrum +2.

Keru
Aug 2, 2004

'n suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us 'n the sky was full of what looked like 'uge bats, all swooping 'n screeching 'n divin' around the ute.


Playing Phantasie III on my amiga as a kid and learning that the universe isn't fair and your party will lose limbs and people die and it is a cruel winter in your heart.

exquisite tea
Apr 21, 2007

Carly shook her glass, willing the ice to melt. "You still haven't told me what the mission is."

She leaned forward. "We are going to assassinate the bad men of Hollywood."




The first time I logged into Phantasy Star Online and was playing with other people, over the internet, on my television screen, blew my freaking mind.

Playing the original Starcraft on my 100mhz Packard Bell Axcel 1510. The system could barely handle it and it took like 3 hours to complete a single mission.

Playing Riven on that same computer and figuring out the two main puzzles after about a month of wandering around, which is inconceivable nowadays. Now I get lost for two minutes in a game and I alt+tab to Google.

poop device
Mar 6, 2010


Lipstick Apathy

TheHoosier posted:

Console: Kirby's Adventure

PC: Fallout 2

Same.

Also Vagrant Story. It was my first Square game.

Sandwich Anarchist
Sep 12, 2008









Back when the SNES was the big system, my mom, dad and I would go and rent Link to the Past and Secret of Mana. We'd rent them for a week, go back in and just renew the rental, and we played them loving constantly. I think we even had to call the Nintendo Game Hintz Hotline for a part in LttP we were stuck on.

Eventually, my parents bought a copy of zelda, and tried to play a joke on me with it; my dad sat on the couch on top of the cartridge, and started complaining about something in his butt hurting him, demanding that I dig it out of there. Of course I pitched a fit and broke down into tears, and finally accepted my fate and reached in. You know, that doesn't SOUND like a fond memory...


More recently, Champions of Norath. We hooked up the 4 controller hub to the psone and had such a loving blast. It was always a mad dash to gently caress your friends out of loot, so much so that any chests that opened (which explode loot up into the air), the loot was all snatched out of the air almost instantly. We eventually found out how to dupe items, and slotted all our weapons with attack speed globes and just laughed for weeks.

Sandwich Anarchist fucked around with this message at 02:14 on Dec 23, 2014

GreatGreen
Jul 3, 2007

THIS IS HOW YOU REMIND ME OF WHAT I REALLY AM
*stumbles on reload and dies to a Nightstalker Super during Quick Play*


Motherfuckin Rune.



My friends and I had shitloads of fun playing this game back in high school. It's a melee game with a fantastic multiplayer component. Picture something like Dark Souls weapon mechanics with infinite stamina and Unreal Engine style instant-zero-to-full-speed-in-any-direction character movement. My best friend's dad at the time owned a computer store, which meant he had about 10 computers in my best friend's house, all on one network. So, we loaded Rune onto all those computers and I can't even remember how many nights we spent screaming taunts across the house as we chopped off each other's arms and heads with gigantic viking weapons.

Plus, the game was set in the Unreal engine so naturally there were tons of custom maps available free for download, so we hardly ever played the same map twice. It was some of the most fun I've ever had in gaming.

GreatGreen fucked around with this message at 02:14 on Dec 23, 2014

Motherfucker
Jul 16, 2011



Morrowind man...


Also, half life two, Weird I know but I loved just dicking around with the console and ent_fire commands, seeing how the game worked...

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Fargin Icehole
Feb 18, 2011

Pet me.


Command & Conquer 95 loving blew my mind, and It helped me learn English when my family moved to the states.

Also Half Life 1 and the massive amount of mods available years later. I was astonished at the amount of good stuff that came out of some people that didn't get paid to do it. I played just Sven Co-Op all day, i was gay for Co-Op.

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