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What Games Have Actually Affected You?

Cliff posted more than 11 years ago | from the memorable-experiences dept.

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FortKnox asks: "What games have affected you simply by playing them? What games immersed you so well into its environment that you actually felt different after playing it? For me, I'd have to go with System Shock 2. Basically the predecessor to Deus Ex, it was the only game that made me so afraid that the minute I heard a matron mother, I turned the other way and ran. What game scared you to death, or made you think after playing it?"

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huh (-1, Offtopic)

Cached Hit (651577) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875334)

no time to think. it's FIRST P0ST!

Re:huh (-1, Flamebait)

Cached Hit (651577) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875467)

why you guys always gotta be first posta' hatin'??? we work hard for those FPs, we deserve mad propz yo. i'm out (of karma) peace

Hmm (4, Funny)

afree87 (102803) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875337)

I'd have to say the game that most affected me is Global Thermonuclear War.

Re:Hmm (5, Interesting)

Gudlyf (544445) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875438)

Actually, that's not as "funny" as it seems. Back about a year after War Games was released and my personal computer was an Apple //e, a strange package came in the mail for me form a company I had never heard of. Inside was just a commercial-labled floppy with the title "Global Termonuclear War". So of course, being the geek I was/am, and having seen War Games a few times already, I plopped it in and loaded 'er up. I must say my friends and I were pretty freaked out at the realism at the time of this game -- I recall one friend checking to make sure our modem connection was disconnected in case this floppy wasn't so innocent.

Of course, now I look back and am embarassed at our reaction, but it did freak us out at the time. Not so sure it affected me forever or anything.

Half-Life (0)

mnemonic_ (164550) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875338)

Half-Life. It just blew me away...

Re:Half-Life (0)

mnemonic_ (164550) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875360)

God damn it, didn't get first post. Oh well.

Starcraft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875341)

I can never forgive them for the death of Kerrigan.

Re:Starcraft (1)

TheViciousOverWind (649139) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875472)

I can never forgive StarCraft for taking away several years of my life!

(I'm off to play a game of 2v2 Lost Temple!)

Champ Man (1)

RobertTaylor (444958) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875345)

Championship Manager. You will know why if you have ever played it.

Half Life (5, Funny)

HunterZero (102709) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875347)

I swear, I'll never play that game in the dark again. Damned headcrabs scared the hell out of me, jumping out of dark corners and attacking me in air ducts.

Afterwards I hard a hard time getting to sleep since there was a storm outside and it sounded like the headcrabs were coming to get me.

The Final Fantasy series... (5, Insightful)

Second_Derivative (257815) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875349)

...has always been a favourite of mine. I mean, the series has gone through 12 iterations now and it's still going strong; maybe not the most cutting-edge graphics, but the attention to storyline and soundtrack has certainly made it very popular (Square games seem to have by far the most fanfics written for them, if that's any metric of the storyline).

On an unrelated note... AAARGH!! MY EYES!! MY FRIGGIN EYES!!!!!! (if you can't tell I'm really not a fan of this colour scheme)

Doom made me shoot up a school (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875353)

nt

MOD PARENT UP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875381)

It's true! Violent games make for violent people!
May god bless those lost due to video games.

In a good way not many (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875355)

although they have made hours disapear.

Zelda 64 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875358)

Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Duke3D (5, Interesting)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875359)

The first time I encountered one of those floating brain things in Duke Nukem 3D I nearly peed myself. Those things made the creepiest noises, did massive damage, and completely freaked me out the first time I saw one (after it snuck up behind me, underwater).

As for a game that affected me emotionally, I'd have to say Final Fantasy 4 (2 in the US). The storyline was so deep that, even with the terrible translation that Square inflicted on it, the pain of the characters showed through.

Re:Duke3D (2, Interesting)

MoOsEb0y (2177) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875475)

Those things scared the hell outta me too. I think the only thing that was worse, was the floating brain creatures in Ultima Underworld 2. They're basically the same thing, but you usually see them in the ethereal void where it look like one giant LSD trip or something. Yeah. Don't do drugs.

GTA3, for one... (5, Funny)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875362)

There are times now in traffic when I get that unimistakable urge to just pull into the oncoming lane to pass some slow moron in front of me, or to pull the guy who cut me off out of his car at the next red light and lay a beating on his ass.

I don't do it, of course, but one can dream... and I know I'm not alone, because I've seen other posts on here from people similarly afflicted.

Nail those Pedestrians! (1)

neurostar (578917) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875423)

There are times now in traffic when I get that unimistakable urge to just pull into the oncoming lane to pass some slow moron in front of me, or to pull the guy who cut me off out of his car at the next red light and lay a beating on his ass.

I know exactly what you mean... sometimes it's so tempting to swerve over to the right and just nail one of those pedestrians...

That and GranTurismo... I drive an 'exploder' and after I play that game... woo woo! (It doesn't actually go fast.. I just like to pretend it does... although the engine (read fan) is so ridiculously loud, I keep thinking I should be going fast...) :|

neurostar

Re:Nail those Pedestrians! (4, Funny)

nelsonal (549144) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875445)

I've noticed a 10 mph or so increase in my driving speed after an evening of Gran Turismo. I don't notice going faster, I just realize that I'm getting places earlier.

Unreal (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875364)

A few minutes into Unreal, there's a cooridor you get trapped in and the lights start going off down the hall, closer and closer. Finally you're left in complete darkness and some monster came out of a hidden area, RAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWRRRRR and it just scared the living crap out of me!!

Re:Unreal (1)

MoOsEb0y (2177) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875447)

This game also affected me a great deal. It is the only game where I was totally immersed and felt like I was part of the world. I think this game was the best FPS ever made, if for no other reason than its amazing graphics and that ability to get you playing for days on end. Everything else I have played has sucked compared to it.

THPS (2, Funny)

pfb (201727) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875367)

tony hawk's pro skater: everything is a grind or jump these days...

M.U.L.E. (3, Funny)

E. T. Alveron (617765) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875369)

Yeah it was 1983...yeah it was on the Commodore, but who needs more than 64k anyway?

Re:M.U.L.E. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875404)

"Hehe... mule" -- Homer Jay Simpson

M*U*L*E (1)

Zalgon 26 McGee (101431) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875370)

Up to four players on my Atari 800 (still in storgage for the times I want to play MULE).

The game that showed that multiplayer co-op an competitive can be in the same game at the same time.

Sure, the graphice are blocky, but gameplay was the first consideration - it ran in 48k of RAM (with the nifty intro filling about the same - swapped in from disk).

Sure, modern PC games may have better graphics, but I'm still waiting for better game play.

Doom (5, Interesting)

geeber (520231) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875371)

Doom. Definately Doom. First truly immersive 3d shooter. Those dark areas and shuffling noises scared the bejesus out of me.

And there was nothing worse than turning a corner and confronting a demon unexpectedly

Re:Doom (3, Interesting)

oever (233119) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875409)

I built my house in doom and played until deep inthe night with roommates. Even away from the computer and walking around in the real house, the slightest sound would keep me alert for attackers.

Re:Doom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875420)

Yep, I agree. The original Doom. Didn't really scare me but I do remember after I stopped playing I'd be walking around town and I would swear I could still hear Demons and Monsters screaming in the distance.

Re:Doom (2, Interesting)

nomadic (141991) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875435)

Worst was that hidden area on...hmm...was it the 2nd level? With the darkness full of demons and all those twisty little corners.

And of course, the images that flashed before your eyes when you closed your eyes and tried to go to sleep were kind of scary too.

Re:Doom (1, Insightful)

telstar (236404) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875450)

Yeah, I used to turn off the lights, crank up the sound and scare the crap out of myself with that one...

Total Annihilation (2, Interesting)

PitViper401 (619163) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875372)

Without a doubt, TA has made me spend a lot more time thinking about the best way to slaughter an army than any other game.

Civilisation (5, Interesting)

Jim the Bad (192095) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875373)

...for giving me an interest in history and geography.

D2 (2, Funny)

eightball01 (646950) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875375)

I can't seem to quit playing this god forsaken game no matter how hard I try. On the other hand, it has taught to me to double check everything before you accept a trade. :)

That's actually a pretty good question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875376)

I'd have to say duckhunt. Seriously. That game was what got me started in "FPS" genre games. I loved playing that game with my friend Ben, who sucked royal balls at it. Duckhunt + Across the Galaxy forever baby.

Warcraft II (5, Funny)

Fapestniegd (34586) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875377)

I played it for 72 hours straight and got severely dehydrated. If I hadn't looked at the clock I, might have died.

Legend of Zelda, Chrono Trigger, and Chrono Cross (1)

Link310 (453668) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875378)

Those "three" (Zelda counts for more than one, really) are my top favorites. I always got sucked into their plots and am a big fan of their soundtracks.

Unreal Tournament.. (3, Interesting)

Realistic_Dragon (655151) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875379)

This game came very close to making me fail Fluid Dynamics A.

As it was the game stopped working due to a Direct X foobar a week before my finals and I didn't have the inclination to reinstall. So, thank you Gates/Balmer for my 81%!

OTOH as far as great games goes, I think Dungeon Keeper wins every time. I played that one for about 60 hours straight until I fell asleep at my desk. Ahh, what great days.

The game that affected me the most ... (5, Interesting)

Ignorant Aardvark (632408) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875380)

The game that affected me the most was Wolfenstein 3D. I was 7 at the time, and somehow it had appeared on my computer (I guess my dad went out, bought it, and installed it). I figured out the directory where it was stored and played it (this was back on my 386). Never has a game scared me so much. I wasn't even allowed to see PG movies, let alone Nazis and guard dogs and mutants spewing crimson gore! I was mightily afraid of the game, but at the same time, couldn't stop playing it. It taught me an interest in the Nazis and World War II that I would never have acquired otherwise. And I had nightmares for years on end ... walking through hallways armed only with a pistol ... and then I turn around and a Nazi with a machine gun is shooting at me!! Newer FPS's with more realistic graphics don't scare me as much ... for me, the one and only horror game will always be Wolfenstein 3D.

Doom 2 (1)

FyRE666 (263011) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875382)

This was the first game that really shook me up - even with the comparatively course graphics of the time. Recently, RTCW (single player) was pretty creepy in the catacomb levels...

Re:Doom 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875440)

RTCW just got annoying with all those catacomb levels in the end.

Poor topic (0)

mnemonic_ (164550) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875383)

Something tells me that people are just going to be posting what their favorite games are, whether they were "affected" by them or not.

As of late, Xbox Halo (3, Interesting)

mgmartin (580921) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875384)

Playing Halo late at night by myself with the surround cranked up had me seeing the invisible monsters in my dreams.

Fallout (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875386)

I strongly believe that Fallout and Fallout 2 were the most addictive games ever created. For an entire summer, my life was consumed by the post thermonuclear war world. I never looked at California the same way. Fallout changed my world, made me question myself in some sick way. Thank you Black Isle.

System Shock 2 (1)

f13nd (555737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875387)

that one scared the bejeezus outta me too... others are unreal (same reason as another poster said), and Silent Hill 2

Re:System Shock 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875471)

Oh, absolutely System Shock 2!

I had to do some plumbing repairs after I'd played for a few hours. I realized I was swinging the wrench around and checking above doorways for cameras while I walked down into the basement.

Then again, after a 5 hour MOHAA session I was looking for snipers on my neighbor's roofs and porches when I drove over to my parent's house...

Maybe it's good that I don't have any games installed right now.

Tetris' lingering side effects (5, Insightful)

friedegg (96310) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875389)

After I played Tetris for a while, I just couldn't stop thinking about the block shapes and the combinations I could use to create complete lines. I haven't played in a while, but I can still clearly picture a game in my head.

Re:Tetris' lingering side effects (1)

Monthenor (42511) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875433)

You mean like this? [gerbilmechs.com]

Re:Tetris' lingering side effects (1)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875464)

No kidding, in highschool i had a continuous game running in my head overlaid on my vision. I didn't always win either.

Did the same thing w/ minesweeper

Myst (4, Funny)

neurostar (578917) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875391)

I always got scared playing that... it was too quiet... I was always expecting someone to come out from around a corner shooting...
The worst part was that my brothers would always come in and scare the shit out of me. :o

But I guess I'm just a pussy... :\

Old School (1)

Apreche (239272) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875392)

Zelda 1

Mega Man 2 (the best game ever)

Countless RPGs, especially SNES ones.

This is pretty sad but... (5, Funny)

Bedevere (631336) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875393)

Once I was talking to someone about the benefits of recycling and solar power and then I realized I was basing my entire discussion on what I had learned from playing Sim City 4.

Thief (3, Informative)

Kwil (53679) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875396)

I still haven't finished the damned thing. I get myself so tense trying to sneak through the places that I find I can't play for longer than an hour or so.. it's exhausting.

Re:Thief (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875478)

If you want to talk about ability to freak you out, look at the ghosts in Thief 2. Sweet screaming monkeys those things are creepy.

hmmm (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875397)

Ico, Deus Ex, Shenmue.

RoTH (1)

secondsun (195377) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875399)

Realms of the Haunting was a moody, creepy game from the doom era. Basically it was a first person resident evil game before RE was around. 4 CD's of movies, music, levels, and scary.

Of course this was when I was much younger (and a 100 MB install was enormous). So maybe it is nostalga kicking in.

Silent Hill 2 (1)

Aiku1337 (551438) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875400)

Never played the first one, but I had the opportunity to play the second. I wasn't able to play it at night. The game was just plain eerie, and seeing monsters which resemble some type of horrifically disfigured human just gives me the creeps. The animation on the monsters was also what got to me. They moved in an unnatural way, and for some reason that just creeped me out.

Also the basic premise of the story was enough to give me nightmares.

And the fact that the main character's name was the same as mine, James.

Halo (-1)

sheldon (2322) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875403)

If I play Halo on my 51" television I get nauseous.

Re:Halo (2, Funny)

Aiku1337 (551438) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875421)

Oh boo hoo </jealous>

Games don't affect people (3, Funny)

SpanishInquisition (127269) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875405)

If Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music."

Just about all game affect me. (1)

xMonkey (154829) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875406)

Most recently was probably GTA3...

after I played that game I felt guilty everytime I saw a cop in RL.

A couple... (1)

KenCrandall (13860) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875407)

Console: Legend of Zelda (original NES), Metroid (original NES)

Computer: Star Control II, Quake, any of the Monkey Island series

I still play most of those, now and again...

Cheers,
Ken

for me (4, Insightful)

GoatPigSheep (525460) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875410)

Quake would be one. It was one of the first real 3d first person shooters. The lighting, combined with Trent Reznor's twisted soundtrack, made this a real experience. While games like doom or wolfenstein were great, they still had that "video-game" feel to it. Quake was the first game that really gave me that sense of claustophobia and panic.

Another notable example would be Starcraft, which affected me greatly as I lost my tan and my social life because I spent so many years playing it online!

Changed? (1)

the grace of R'hllor (530051) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875411)

Well, as far as short-term changes, I'd have to say Homeworld: Cataclysm. Playing a hallucinatory battle with my alarm clock (setting it forward five minutes at a time for about five times) complete with seeing red and green dots has to count as my most crazy moment so far.

That's what you get after playing a game like that for about 12 hours straight two days in a row.

Of course, the dreamlet of Saddam congratulating me on winning a game of CnC:Generals from him (by tossing nukes on his construction center and biolabs, no less) was also pretty freaky.

But change the way I really look out at life? Hell no. These are games, and I enjoy them, but they don't change me much.

Besides giving me the odd dream/dreamlet, which I enjoy anyway.

Tetris (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875412)

The images of falling blocks persisted for a long time after playing....

Mind Walker (1)

eamber (121675) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875414)

Alright - if anyone remembers this, I'm going to be seriously impressed.

The game "Mind Walker" for the Amiga scared the crap out of me! I was like 10 years old when I first played it, but the music was maddening, and the object of the game even crazier. I remember I had nightmares for weeks. I actually wound up having my mom format the disk for me while I stood outside the computer room because I didn't even want to see the disk icon appear on the Workbench desktop.

NES (1)

2MuchC0ffeeMan (201987) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875415)

night trap... mortal kombat too., all the games of 'that era' that made lieberman go nuts.

Scorched Earth (3, Interesting)

roachmotel3 (543872) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875419)

Scorched Earth, and it's descendants such as Pocket Tanks. We still play it fanatically at work now. In fact, we're gonna have pocket tanks brackets set up this week for a quick tourney.

It's deceptively easy, only angle and power adjustments, but the weapon choices add an intense degree of strategy, and the simpleness of the game makes it available to everyone.

Easily one of my biggest time hogs ever ;)

* Quest (1)

TheViciousOverWind (649139) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875424)

I was basically raised by Sierra's * Quest games.

I learned my wonder-charm from Larry[1], my elegance from Roger Wilco[2], that monsters dissapear if you go through a door and back again by Sir Graham [3], and that it's okay to drive through red lights as long as you have the sirens on by Sonny Bonds[4].

[1] Leisure Suit Larry
[2] Space Quest
[3] Kings Quest
[4] Police Quest

Rippin' good eyestrain headaches from (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875425)

the entire Civilization series. Stiff neck, too. Some transcript damage, PTSD from threat of academic failure.

Great Games (1)

futuresheep (531366) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875426)

Clive Barkers Undying - Scared the crap out of me. Played it in a dark room one too many times. There were several moments that I had to get up and leave the game for a few minute.

Civ II - Played this one non stop for months. Easily the single most addictive, what's going to happen next strategy game ever.

The Dragon Quest games - My first exposure to japanese RPG's.

Quake II - The first game that made me run out and buy new hardware.

Mostly RPG's (1)

Grieveq (589084) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875428)

Deus Ex, almost every game of the Final Fantasy series, Xenogears/saga, and Chono Trigger (Not Cross =P) all had significant philosophical issues that had an "impact" or at least made an interesting discussions with friends. Similar to some of the discussions The Matrix causes.

Jedi Outcast (3, Funny)

dupper (470576) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875431)

When I started playing it, it switched my allegiance from strongly Star Trek to strongly Star Wars. I've since acheived a comfortable geequalibrium between Star Trek, Star Wars and Tolkien.

Ultima (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875434)

There is a high degree of overlap between the virtues (and their underlying morality) in Ultima 4 and Buddhism, so U4 is up there.

For that matter, I had no social life when I was a teenager, so the Ultima games in general were either a way to cope with that or a way to reinforce it so I would have to say the earlier Ultimas (1-5, but mostly 3-5).

Operation: Flashpoint (1)

jzarzosa (584990) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875436)

I would have to say Operation: Flashpoint. It is (to this day) one of the only FPS out there that adequately brings the realities of large scale combat to life. Sure, it is no Sim by any means (in terms of vehicle control, etc), but the overall experience is excellent. It is NOT intended for Quake/UT players specifically, and maybe not even the majority of the CS crowd care for it. But it sets a standard, and does it well. I can't wait to see the next generation sequel to this game.

Metroid Prime (1)

Eros (6631) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875437)

While it didn't scare me enough to run the other way, the game is completely immersive.

I would tense up upon entering a room and hearing Space Pirates near by. Going through the phazon mines the first time is nerve racking.

Of course a large part of this is all because of the amount of detail put into the helmet and visors. When I first saw Aran's own reflection in the visor from an incoming missle, I just about shit my pants.

Also, the music in the game really sets a mood. If we are going to talk about FPSs and their ability to draw a person in -- Metroid Prime is hands down the best.

Fallout (1)

rem1313 (614849) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875444)

Fallout2 definitely. I can't think of anything else that would have made me stay up all night, sometimes even 17hrs in a row.. :) And I don't play games so much (besides Fallout).

Resident Evil (1)

Shakey_Jake33 (670826) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875446)

I really much say the Resident Evil series. I just got so attatched to the characters, it was hard to let it go after it was all over...
Resident Evil Code Veronica in particular drags you in. Guns and shooting don't appeal to me generally, and my taste in horror is certainly not zombies, but the storyline and characters were so deep and interesting.... it changed my view on gaming for sure. Nowerdays I'll really not appriciate a game if I'm not dragged into the storyline... probably a bad way to look at games really, but there you go...

LIFE!!! (0)

laserlights2000 (661582) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875448)

This giant game is constantly getting to me

Minesweeper (4, Funny)

RhettLivingston (544140) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875449)

Its really the simple games that get me the most. To really play minesweeper well, you have to commit complex patterns to instinct and then defocus your eyes a little so that you see and comprehend all of the field at one time. Then you sort of make your world one with the field and shut out everything else. After a few hours of minesweeper, I'm a very dangerous driver because turning off that pattern matching logic is difficult. I tend to find myself instinctively relating the cars to the cells of the field and wondering which are the bombs.

The countdown... (3, Interesting)

swordgeek (112599) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875451)

Well not a countdown. Just a list.

1) DOOM. Nightmares after playing it for 11 hour straight, the day the shareware images were first released. The dark images, the flickering lights in the station, the SOUNDS!

2) DOOM II. Driving out of town for a holiday in the mountains, I saw a sign advertising a "Sale today on chainsaws!" Instantly I thought, "Damn, I've been looking for a chainsaw for days. Should I..." and then realised that I'd been looking for a chainsaw in the game.

3) System Shock. The updated original, on CD, with voices. Shodan was NEVER so scary! Oh man, the nights I lay awake, wired on adrenaline and fear. That changed my life, because it nearly cost me my job.

4) Grim Fandango. Never have I been so wrapped up in the characters in a game. Never. Ever. I just about cried in at least three different spots.

Silent Hill on PS1 made me feel like a (0)

FauxReal (653820) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875455)

SIlent Hill on the Playstation was the first game to make me feel on edge and stressed out and even scared sometimes. You didnt have a practically unlimited supply of ammo. That eerie static was for the most part the only sound besides your footfalls in that deafening silence. It really let your imagination take over.

Nethack (5, Funny)

weston (16146) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875456)

Nothing else comes close. Several months ago my machine crashed and I had to reformat my hard drive. By this time I was already having dreams ascii dungeons, monsters, and a 'd' following me around hoping for '%'. I decided maybe it was best if I didn't reinstall nethack. Though there's still those darn public nethack machines....

I don't know if I'm the best example, though. I've spent tortured nights dreaming of physics problems, one or two particularly bad nights dreaming of C++, and even come up with a Pascal algorithm or two in my sleep.

Of course, I have also come upon the secret of life once or twice in my sleep, but can never seem to remember it when I wake up...

Deus Ex, by far... (4, Interesting)

metatruk (315048) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875458)

I have to say that I am a *huge* fan of the game Deus Ex. That game includes some incredible storytelling. I can play the game over and over again, and each time I do, I find something new. The creators of that game really spent a lot of time paying attention to detail. Truly an incredible game.

Hopefully the Invisible War will be out soon. I will buy it as soon as it does :-)
And if that game doesn't run on WineX like Deus Ex does, I will even go so far as to install Windows on my machine. Yes, that is how much this means to me...

Dunzin (1)

Choke on Your Lies! (670754) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875459)

I remember playing this game on my father's IBM XT in the early 80's.

It actually spoke "Welcome to Dunzin!" and it would scare the bejeezus out of me every time, especially if I was playing it alone upstairs.

X-Wing (3, Insightful)

tuxlove (316502) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875462)

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted my own X-Wing. Apparently the makers of Lucas Arts' X-Wing did too. They made me my very own X-Wing, and I couldn't stop flying it. When I first sat down to play the game, I had butterflies in my stomach, because I didn't believe they'd get it right. When I realized they did, I couldn't stop laughing with joy. It was a true nerd experience. All of the subsequent games, like Tie Fighter and so on, were even better.

Games nowadays are vastly superior from a technical standpoint, but none of them approach the inspiration behind this game. Though I have to say, Jedi Outcast is a close second. An incredibly cool game. I've also wanted a light saber since I was a kid, and JO is a good substitute.

Definately the original Super Mario Bros. (4, Funny)

thadeusPawlickiROX (656505) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875463)

I can't tell you how many times I've broken my hand by jumping up and trying to break blocks... And I've gotten sick a few times trying to eat magic mushrooms to make me big too!

I think I'll stay away from those fire flowers, I can't imagine what those would do to me.

Doom. (2, Interesting)

KiranWolf (635591) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875465)

That's easy: Doom. I got Doom when I was like 13 years old, and it glued me to our family's computer at the time. I played it for hours and hours, and after I had had enough of playing it, I downloaded WADs and hacks and played them, too. After I got bored with those, I started designing my own WADs. When id released the source code, I had just turned 16 and was still crazy for the game. It immediately made me want to learn to program. I learned programming and generally messed around with the game, making cute little changes and addons. I will graduate next year with a degree in Software Engineering. I blame Doom for my fascination with programming and designing games and for showing me the wonderful things I could do. And yes, I still play Doom and still mess with the sourcecode. I can't wait for Doom3. :)

Star Control 2 (4, Interesting)

Orcspit (600792) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875468)

I have never been so engrossed in a game since. This was all I played for months, and also probably one of the hardest games I have ever played. To this day I still use little refrences from this game in my daily life. *Enjoy the Sauce!* 0rcspit

GRAND THEFT AUTO (5, Funny)

YOU ARE SO FIRED! (635925) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875470)

It introduced me to sleeping with hookers. I've never felt so diseased!

First time I ever dreamed a videogame... (1)

smithmc (451373) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875474)


...was GLQuake. For a while I spent every non-working, non-sleeping moment playing that damned game. (And it cut pretty seriously into the sleeping bit, and a little into the working bit.) But when I did sleep, I'd actually have dreams, viewed from the usual FP viewpoint, of running around Quake levels, blowing stuff up, finding the keys, etc. The nice part was - I never died...

Burn:Cycle. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5875476)

Remember this game? I think I played this one for days at a time. It was one of the first, and still to me best (especially in it's day) of the total immersion games. Everything that happened in the game was a result of the thousands of choices you made. Kind of matrix-like in the theme... Check it out!

Morrowind (3, Insightful)

dupper (470576) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875477)

Prior to Morrowind, I had serious contempt for anything and everything involved with RPGs or RPG elements. But I fucking loved Morrowind, I wasted my whole winter break playing it non-stop (to the rather severe detriment of my health). I still don't understand the appeal of pencil and paper RPGs, but they don't seem to understand the appeal of NetHack (my next, after Morrowind, and current RPG indulgence), either. Still, it did significantly shange my worldview, though.

silent hill (PSX) (1)

protomala (551662) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875479)

I'ts the only game I can say that gave me creeps when playing. Very good. But I can't forget Zelda (Snes), the begin with the rain sound... it have a kind of nostalgic feeling... Hard to Explain.

Pong (5, Funny)

GordoSlasher (243738) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875480)

When I heard the sound of that little white square hitting that white line, knowing that the little white square was now headed toward my white line, I was so frightened I turned and ran.

Ultima 4 and Planescape: Torment (1)

DrMrLordX (559371) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875482)

Both of these games raised interesting philosophical points. I think Torment was the more sophisticated game, but then, I played Ultima 4 when I was about 10 so whaddya want. Torment is probably the first and only CRPG that had what I would characterize a Buddhist bent to it. The torment of the Nameless One is almost a metaphor for the Buddhist view of the human experience. Almost.

Thou hast lost an Eighth!

Slashdot (4, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875483)

But then they stopped keeping score.

Captured by NWN (1)

AlabamaMike (657318) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875484)

Neverwinter Nights had to be the game that most obsessed me. At least that's the one that's most recent on my mind. I've always been enthralled by RPG's (I played Secret of the Silver Blades without stopping as a child, and had to fake sickness 2 days in a row to miss school and continue playing.) NWN (IMO) was the pinnicle of all RPG engines, and I've found all the old modules that I loved to play (pen n paper or otherwise.) Hat's off to the Bioware guys for this one ... it's a true gem.

-A.M.

Games That Made Impressions (1)

Monthenor (42511) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875485)

Ico, of course. I played it almost straight through, and reaching the end at 2AM is not recommended.

Conker's Bad Fur Day. Although most of the game is based around being "adult", only the ending could really be called "mature". My jaw dropped...I had no idea Rare had it in them.

The Longest Journey. As far as I'm concerned, the last great adventure game. I bought this one to play "a little" and ended up beating it in a 23 hour marathon. There just wasn't any point where I wanted to stop.

Bard's Tale, MULE, Ultima 2 (1)

mgkimsal2 (200677) | more than 11 years ago | (#5875487)

All 3 of those changed my life to the extent that it showed me what you could do with a computer, and what a computer could do to you. Spreadsheets and all that changed businesses, for sure, but those games (and many others from the similar era - Seven Cities of Gold, Zork series, etc) changed my view of things.

Sure, I was but a teenager, but those games made me realize that computers could engage people for extended periods of time in useful (or useless) endeavours. I saw that they could bring people together, or tear them apart.

So well before Doom, Duke Nukem, Half Life and whatever other 'leet'-FPS-with-500-frames-per-second- 3d-accelerated-surround-sound-need-512-meg-and-3gh z-processors-to-run-well games made the scene, computers and computer games changed my life. :)
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