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Your most memorable childhood game?

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I'm just doing some research into what makes certain games soo memorable.

To me, the 2 best games i can remember was, super mario sunshine- it just was an amazing game- i love the concept of water in the use of gadgets throughtout the game.

Also, stargox adventure- the graphics are stunning considering it was on the gamecube...

Like the wii, i think the gamecube deserves more respect... It tried to be more, instead of just better, which some of other platforms do.

And later on, ofcourse, my love of my sad boring pathetic life - Halo... I hate bungie for making that game! It's why I have no girlfriends! :D

Anyone else want to share anyideas?
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Reading Rabbit and Math Blaster/Reading Blaster. Amazing games when I was a little kid since the gameplay was really fun. A little bit after that I played Doom 1 which blew those games away. :lol:
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I too absolutely loved Super Mario Sunshine - it was just fun! Plus the music was amazing.

My most memorable game, was a Sega Megadrive game named Soleil. It was the story, the visuals, the gameplay, the challenges and the music that were amazing.
You played a boy who just turned thirteen, and had to defend the town from "monsters". Suddenly one day, when playing the playground, a witch puts a spell on you, and you can no longer understand humans, but can talk to animals. You start to see the world from the animals' perspective, and by saving the animals, they offer to help you in return. It puts a great spin on the idea of what a monster is, as at one point you get transformed into a "monster" and a "hero" tries to kill you... he's rather strong too. On return to your "monster" family, you see that they just want to be left alone. It covers lots of locations, from beaches, towns, icecaps, deserts and underwater too.

The game also went by the name "Crusader of Centy" .. or something similar.

I doubt you'd be able to find a cartridge these days, though I know if you're adamant on playing it, you can.

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtg_RtdoW78&feature=related"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtg_RtdoW78&feature=related[/url]

I'd love to remake this game in 3D...
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From teenagehood - [i]Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis[/i] - Instead of mowing down hundreds of aliens/nazis/whatever, it's realism, scope and requirement to think made it the antithesis of every other FPS game that existed at the time.
I most remember an early mission in the campaign where you're the sole survivor from your squad, low on ammo, cut off behind superior Russian forces, with 1 hour ([i]real-time[/i]) to cross several kilometres of open-ground and forests to reach safety -- I remember scavenging for binoculars to avoid conflicts, rather than being an action hero. Also have strong memories of a later mission where you are captured pending execution and have to navigate using the (real) stars, as your captors took your compass.

From childhood - [i][url="http://www.megidish.net/awjs/"]Another world[/url][/i] - a brutal and immersive platformer adventure. The animation style at the time amazed me.
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Quest 64

Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire

King's Field

[quote name='Kryzon' timestamp='1323740231' post='4893345']
Others I can think of are classics such as [b]Super Mario 64[/b], [b]Banjo-Kazooie[/b] and [b]LOZ - Ocarina of Time[/b].
[/quote]

Yes, yes, and yes!
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The Secret of Monkey Island, Another World, Sensible Soccer, Cannon Fodder, Superfrog. I remember Monkey Island and Another World for the involvement mainly, and the others for the fun.
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My absolute favourite was [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyVZghMKrVk"]Pool of Radiance[/url] on C64. One of the longest and hardest games I have played and finished.

Cheers!
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[quote name='kauna' timestamp='1323767785' post='4893433']
My absolute favourite was [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyVZghMKrVk"]Pool of Radiance[/url] on C64. One of the longest and hardest games I have played and finished.

Cheers!
[/quote]

Reminds me of [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6NzPshw9cs"]Dragonlance: Dark Queen of Krynn[/url]. Also a hard game, and I haven't finished that.
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[quote name='alnite' timestamp='1323768541' post='4893437']
[quote name='kauna' timestamp='1323767785' post='4893433']
My absolute favourite was [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyVZghMKrVk"]Pool of Radiance[/url] on C64. One of the longest and hardest games I have played and finished.

Cheers!
[/quote]

Reminds me of [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6NzPshw9cs"]Dragonlance: Dark Queen of Krynn[/url]. Also a hard game, and I haven't finished that.
[/quote]

First game i bought myself was Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday (Another SSI goldbox game), definitly a great memory.
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baldurs gate 2 is that game I'm always coming back to

jedi knight (not only because of the game but I was huge in the hacking scene lol)

first contact to games was on the apple II, way back, can't even remember the names

and the usual suspects.. monkey island, sam & max, populous, c&c, gabriel knight 2, myst, wing commander...
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[list][*][url="http://www.vgmuseum.com/pics7/puffy.html"]Puffy Saga[/url][*][url="http://www.vgmuseum.com/pics6/little.html"]Little Puff[/url] on C64[*]Dizzy[*]I cant remember what this one was called, but it involved going round a house/mansion trying to recover parts to build a car.[*]Various others from my C64 days[/list]
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Ultima 6, Ultima 8, The Dark Heart of Uukrul. And the other usual stuff. But RPG immersion me the most.

Faery Tale, (CGA days)

Super Mario 3 (NIntendo).
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NES - Duck Hunt, Gyromite, SuperMB
PC - Montezuma's Revenge (my cousin's best friend developed that game, so I played it regularly)
SEGA - Choplifter,
Genesis - Sonic and Eternal Champions and Mortal Kombat and Golden Axe (Awesome console!!!)

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For PC I remember always going to my friends house and playing jetfighter. I still love that game.

For consoles, my fondest memory is probably Phantasy Star (the original). I think I played that game every day for a year before beating it. So far ahead of its time....
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Starfox, Donkey Kong Country, and Super Mario World; mostly because I would play them with my dad. Not really for any gameplay reason other than the fact that they were fun enough to not get switched out for another game.
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Sonic the Hedgehod 2. Altered Beast. Alex the Kid. Those are probably my top three from my earliest youth.

Later in life, it was NFL Blitz, Mario Kart 64, NHL Hitz, James Bond 007, and Star Fox 64.

Then later it was Halo, Starcraft, Warcraft 3.

I'm not sure exactly what it is about each one that I love so much though.
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combat atari 2600

Unreal one and total annihilation for pc

Soul calibur for Dreamcast

Starlancer for Dreamcast my first online shooter.

Yes, I went from an atari 2600 to a Dreamcast and my next console will likely be a xbox 720. I only upgrade once every 15 years.

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[quote name='Normalized' timestamp='1323801820' post='4893589']
Soul calibur for Dreamcast

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Ah, yes!!! Soul Calibur.

And Dig-Dug for the Atari 2600
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First game I remember playing was Combat on the Atari 2600. On the C64 I would say Paradroid, Pharaos Curse, Montezumas revenge, Bubble Bobble...
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[quote name='O-san' timestamp='1323804864' post='4893608']
First game I remember playing was Combat on the Atari 2600.
[/quote]
Same here... came with the system, IIRC. Wasn't memorable though. =)

Childhood:
Elite
M.U.L.E
Wizard's Crown

Teenage years:
Metroid
Super Mario 3

Battletech

College years:
MechWarrior 2
Doom
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Hello,

I have two games that had a massive impact on me as a kid. The first and quite clearly one of the best games ever, The Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time. The story line, the music, the weapons and gadgets, the dungeons and the infamous bosses. Just awesome! You truly wanted to be courageous and beat that evil ganondorf and save Zelda... again! But it was really the first Zelda game I properly got into and is still one of my favourite games. I remember when I finally defeated Ganon after getting my sword back and I ran into the TV room and shouted "Mum, Mum, I've done it! I beat Ganon!" and she was genuinely really happy for me lol. Bless her! Twilight Princess came close to topping it, but the weird monsters with the big heads scared me lol. I am RUBBISH with scary games! Zelda for crying out loud! Once when my boyfriend was out with the guys, I foolishly tried to play Alan Wake... in the dark... on the massive TV... never... again!

Anyhoo, the second game is Perfect Dark on the N64. Hours and days spent with my sisters playing in the combat simulator. I love how you could pick personalities for some of the AI characters, so you had venge sim who kept coming after who ever killed him and you'd be like "awww gawd! Bloody judge sim again! LEAVE ME ALONE!" lol or judge sim who tried to keep it all equal. I think that was judge sim. The most annoying by far was peace sim, who just disarmed you and then buggered off. But if you did kill him he always had LOADS of ammo so there were plus sides to their personalities as well. Obv it was made by the same people who made Goldeneye so you had some levels from Goldeneye as well and similar cheats you could unlock. So for me it was like Goldeneye but one step up. Controversial lol. Gotta love that laptop gun!

However... I have to say... the assassins creed series has kept me enticed, although I thought that Ezio's departure could have been a bit bigger to honour the legend that he is. And Skyrim is stunning! But those two games began the wheels turning in my head about a career in games so I owe the people who made them a big thank you : D you legends, you!

Han x
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