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#1 / fir   Members   

Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:47 AM

This seem quite obvious and worn topic but I do not see any like that so I would like to ask about that obvious and worn question.

Which are the games which had the most influence/impact on your life?

Some games especially if playing them a lot can have quite a influence I think and this is in general a quite memorable experience/adventure... Whose games was like that for you?


My titles would be probably old Elite game (I was playing on c64 as a kid), adom I was playing a lot (I mean a lot, thousands hours (!) probably, in college years), and Gothic3 (I was playing a few years ago and who also enchanted me) [I did not play many games of each ages so big amount of good games do not met me in the course of my life but those would be the three most influential]

Edited by fir, 22 August 2013 - 12:48 AM.

#2 Buster2000   Members   

Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:03 AM

I think the early ones for me would of been Manic Minor or Jetpac on the ZX Spectrum 48k.
The most important system that had impact on me though was the Amiga and there are too many games to list from here that influence me (not to mention demos, utils and cracktros).

#3 / fir   Members   

Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:27 AM

I think the early ones for me would of been Manic Minor or Jetpac on the ZX Spectrum 48k.
The most important system that had impact on me though was the Amiga and there are too many games to list from here that influence me (not to mention demos, utils and cracktros).


Played Dune (Dune2 afaik, not sure) Civ, and XCom

on Amiga - Was there something better than that on Amiga?


Those were great but not as influential as those personal giants I mentioned,


Also some PS2 games was of some influence on my

experience (Tekken  5 , and Spartan, Total War)


Sadly I was playing wery little of both the machines,

both Amiga and PS2 were like jet of bright foam in quality.


Were there some machines with such excellency 

in feeling and mood like some best of amiga or ps2?


Still I remember some clear dream feeling about some old simulator games on amiga (they probably was not so good,

(or maybe they was?) but remember the clarity and quality of the dream - which based on some glimpses in shops and magazine screenshots)


Some little games on Xbox360 and PS3 I know I do not like, 

(thoug I know only a few), Some games on IPhone i know

(only a few too) I do not like too, (same with android,) and

 Some on PSVita i know (also only a few) I do not like too.


The most modern game I got such dream filing on was Gothic3 on PC - that was quite dreamy good game too (I know only few modern games on PC, but at least there is one example of really enchanting game to me;

X360, PS3, Iphone, Android, PSVita - nothing worth mentioning I know )

Edited by fir, 23 August 2013 - 11:14 AM.

#4 shindig   Members   


Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:49 AM

Ultima Online.

#5 Dwarf King   Members   

Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:00 AM

real life :)

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 02:18 PM

Return to castle wolfenstein & Bioshock Infinite

#7 LennyLen   GDNet+   

Posted 23 August 2013 - 06:35 AM

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Dungeon Master
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Dungeon Siege
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 11:10 AM

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Space Quest

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#9 cardinal   Members   


Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:49 PM

Super Mario Bros. 3 - I never owned an NES when I was younger, but I spent pretty much every waking moment of my childhood at my friend's house playing it over and over again.


Chrono Trigger - No other game's ever got its hooks in me like this one. I finished it 18 times in one summer.


Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time - The sheer sense of exploring the world and dungeons blew my mind. Puzzles with multiple reasonable solutions (i.e. jumping from the top floor of a dungeon to stretch a spider web past its breaking point, or lighting a stick on fire so you can burn it).

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:03 PM

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#11 SillyCow   Members   

Posted 24 August 2013 - 04:24 PM



Star Control 2 (I think I have the equivalent of a Phd. in this game)

Super Fighter (& Street Fighter & Mortal Combat)

Ninja Turtles 2


I really liked games that had a good 2 player mode.

I'd play them for hours with my friends.

It seems to me that lately people have stopped playing together in the same room. sad.png

Edited by SillyCow, 24 August 2013 - 04:25 PM.

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#12 polyfrag   Members   

Posted 25 August 2013 - 07:20 AM

I would've probably become a game developer regardless of the games I played. But the best experience I had was zombie mod for Counter-Strike 1.6, with flashlights in the dark with occasional lightening flashes where you realize you're completely surrounding by zombies (who can see with green nightvision) followed by frantic shooting.

Edited by polyfrag, 25 August 2013 - 07:25 AM.

#13 Aurioch   Members   

Posted 26 August 2013 - 07:31 AM

I'll have to say: WarCraft 3, once I started to fiddle with its World Editor. However, I'd probably aspire to be a gamedev no matter what game I played.


As for the emotional etc. impacts... Kingdom Hearts series.

#14 daneteeter   Members   


Posted 27 August 2013 - 02:20 AM

E.V.O. - Search for Eden for SNES. That game had a great blend of action, RPG, story, and character building.

#15 phosphorus   Members   


Posted 27 August 2013 - 03:02 AM

Ultima Online - The first MMORPG I played, probably why it is so special for me. I also liked that in it you were not told what to do, you just have to figure it out for yourself.


X-Com Apocalypse - I love the turn-based tactics genre. There was something special in the cityscape mode in this game that made the world feel alive.


Counter-Strike - Countless hours of playing all the different versions of this must have influenced me somehow.

#16 Malabyte   Members   


Posted 27 August 2013 - 08:07 AM

I've played so many games that I've completely lost count, after about 500+ titles. But the earliest titles for me started at about 3rd generation (8-bit) of gaming and exploded during 4th gen (16-bit, SNES and Sega Genesis/Megadrive)


My first games:


- Giana Sisters (Absolute first game I've played)

- Digger

- Supercars

- Commander Keen series

- Eye of the Beholder series

- Captain Comic


Here's my absolute favorite games:


Gameplay: GTA San Andreas!

Music: Zelda III, Super Metroid and just about every decent SNES game ever released.

Genre: FPS - Deus Ex, Half-Life, Farcry, Crysis, Borderlands and Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

Setting: Post-Apoc - Fallout series, Rage, etc.

Story: Final Fantasy VII and Baldur's Gate

Character: The Nameless One (Planescape: Torment)

Weapons: Gravity Gun (HL2) and the fully automatic eight-shot Fat Boy Experimental Mirv of Fallout 3. biggrin.png (The BFG can go to bed.)

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#17 Meatsack   Members   

Posted 27 August 2013 - 12:33 PM

Good question!  Let's see now...


Maniac Mansion on the C64

Adventure on the Atari 2600

Legend of Zelda on the NES

The Adventure Construction Set on the C64 (first time with an IDE!)

The Secret of Monkey Island

X-Wing (and Tie Fighter) Series

Duke Nukem 3D (first real efforts at FPS level design)

Final Fantasy 7

Unreal Tournament

Final Fantasy X

Tron 2.0 (where I really discovered my passion for telling stories and made something worthy of sharing!)

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#18 mike656   Members   


Posted 13 September 2013 - 03:19 PM

Definitely games from my old TI99/4A days (which were games from other platforms too). Anyone remember Parsec? 


Early arcade games are a huge influence and early NES titles (zelda, doubledragon, wizardry, castlevania, pool of radiance, and other early NES classics). I can't say I've been influenced much by modern/current games, although there are some definite modern-day titles that are favorites -- like the original Fable & Halo.


I still like to pull out my old copy of wizardry on 5inch floppy and play it on an old 386 once in a while.biggrin.png

#19 LennyLen   GDNet+   

Posted 14 September 2013 - 05:30 AM

Anyone remember Parsec?


That came with the TI99/4A we bought, along with Munch Man and a book with Bill Cosby on it.

#20 mike656   Members   


Posted 14 September 2013 - 12:35 PM

Haha @ a book with Bill Cosby. I always thought Parsec was cool but really hard to play. I never got far in that game before getting killed but it was fun. I don't have a TI99 anymore but I'd like to get one for old time's sake. Maybe soon? cool.png

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