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Hey vgchartz. It's true I haven't posted in a while but I'm still here, still home.

Lately I've been listening to a lot of sound tracks of video games. Of those, there are a few that bring out an emotion in me. It made me realize that many games I've played in the past have stirred up emotions in me, but have also been able to teach me some things about myself, and about the world around me.

And it made me wonder, what about you? I'm sure there are games you've played which made you think, either by the way the world was built, the story that led you somewhere to question your actions or the actions of a character. The visuals or the music matching the situation may have made it so that you thought hard about yourself, or perhaps not so hard but enough so that, as you were off playing the game, the ideas floated in your mind and changed your view on things. Let's put some spoiler tags on parts that need to be shared about a game that might happen later.

I consider myself a gamer, more in the good old NES/SNES/N64/PS/GC/PS2 days, but I still sometimes play. Back in those days, I remember when the lifestream in FFVII and the way the Mako reactors were pulling all the life out of the planet made me sad, and how that there was more to the world than wealth and power. How there was a spiritual battle deep inside the world of FFVII to protect the world against monstrous people or things that want to destroy it, and how the spirit of Aeris was ingrained into the world.
I also remember the quietness of Kakariko village during the night, with people living their lives, and the feeling that things move on, even if you were in a crystal glass for 7 years. I remember the sadness I felt when the world had been overcome by Ganondorf, and then discovering more dark mysterious secrets around the world, and the quietness of the world calmed my soul and also filled it with wonder about the world around Link (me).

I look forward to reading your experiences, feel free whoever you are.

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Metroid Prime 2.

That game was tough as nails and I never gave up on it. Came out when I was 14 and I still go back to it every few years and realize that it formed my basis for never giving up on things regardless of how tough they may be.

Cliche as fuck I know.

This might sound crazy, but the first game that came to mind is Disgaea 5.

And it wasn't the plot or the fantastic music. It wasn't a main character. It was just a regular fighter class character.

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His rank 1 passive ability makes him significantly stronger the more enemies are near him, to stand up to danger and fight it head on is inspiring.

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Even more inspiring is his rank 5 passive ability (late game). The more enemies he has to face, the stronger he gets. I often equate Shaking Excitement with myself. When I have to face troubles head on, I don't get anxious, I shake with excitement. When the problems are many, I must get stronger to knock them all out of the park.

He also has a quote "I want more!" (English Dub) Which I also took for myself, I don't want to sit idle and stop improving. No, I want more in life. I don't want zero challenge, I want more!

In addition to this, it is a mere coincidence. But in the first Disgaea game me and my friends really enjoyed it and would name characters after each other. The Fighter class was dubbed with my name, so as a tradition I always name my first fighter class in Disgaea games after myself.

I have found many games very moving and emotionally appealing, but very few have made an impact regarding my way of thinking about myself or others or the world around me. It's one thing to be moved by something, and another to be inspired to really self-reflect and maybe even - dare I say it - grow as a person.
I won't spoil anything, I'll just describe things in more general terms. Three examples that I can think of:
The Uncharted series. The relationship between Nate and Elena has had its ups and downs throughout the games and at times, they have struggled. Sometimes Nate has been so consumed by his need for adventure that he has not been the most devoted partner to Elena. I see myself in him a little and my own relationship failures have been largely due to my neglecting my girlfriends just a tad too much. Some of the scenes in those games have hit me pretty hard, actually. I've had to face my own inadequacies as a partner and think on them.
God Of War (2018). The slowly developing relationship between father and son is really touching in this one. I actually have a great relationship with my son, but this kind of thing gets to me so easily. It's so important. Kratos' parenting style also made me question if I'm being a bit too soft on my boy, will he be able to hack it in this world once he's out on his own, or should I try and toughen him up a little? (Just kidding :D)
The Last of Us Part 2. Part 1 was an excellent game as well, but the sequel was just something unprecedented. Obviously a very divisive game, you either fall in love with it or you hate it with a burning passion. I am of the former group, the game totally blew my mind. It could have gone the safe route of giving us more of what we wanted based on the first game, but it chose to give us what we sorely needed instead, and this did not go over well with many fans. Emotionally, the game took me from the lowest lows to the highest highs and everything between. It also did what no other game had done before, it changed my perception completely. Turned it around in ways I thought was not possible. It taught me things about myself and how I relate to perspective and empathy, how those things are interrelated, and overcoming overwhelmingly negative emotions, to break through to something new. I surprised myself, the game made me do it. I know this sounds very vague and hyperbolic because I'm avoiding spoilers, but I really think it made a better person. Just a tiny little bit better, at least. Of course it's perfectly valid to hate the game, and some of it was actually intended. They wanted to elicit all these emotions out of us, they took a risk and for some people it didn't pay off. It's a shame that the leaks came out and some people wrote the game off without actually going through the experience. They might have surprised themselves as well.

A couple games, that shaped me in different capacities and ways. Obviously, all pretty old by now and a long time ago, and I mentioned them and how they impacted me in the Top 50 thread.

Duck Hunt (NES): Likely the first video game I ever played, played a lot with my cousin at my aunt's house, an avid gamer at the time while I just wanted to go to the playground instead.

Soccer (NES): Another game I played a lot with my cousin, opened me up to competitive gaming.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES): The intro to this game, where it rains outside, made a lasting impact on me and is thus one of the most influential games on my personality. The intro was the most epic thing I ever saw at the time, and instantly made me a gamer, and Zelda my favourite series for the rest of my life. If my aunt hadn't shown me this game, I wouldn't be gaming, in any capacity more than a casual one, today. Maybe I'd even have played sports, can you imagine.

#14: Gunfighter (Showdown in 2100AD) (G7000/Odyssey2): Simple arcade game on an old 2nd Gen console my mother dug up from the attic, made me appreciate there were more manufacturers and more types of games out there, this broadened my horizon.

Star Wars Rebel Assault 2 (Mac): My introduction to Star Wars and the first game I played on a home computer, after my new stepfather bought our house our first computer. Star Wars would become my favourite media franchise, and I watched the movies and everything else because of it soon after.

Step-On-It (Mac): Obscure puzzle game from an obscure developer on Mac computers, a clone of the NES's Solomon's Key. The game made me appreciate challenging, puzzle and problem-solving oriented games, pushing towards certain genres and series in later life.

SimCity 2000 & SimTower (Mac): Played simultaneously and had a cumulative and severe impact on the course of my life. These games, with SimCity 2000 later being replaced by 3000 and 4 on Windows PCs after it, sparked my interest in architecture, city building and construction in general. This made it so I went on to study architecture later in life, and become an architect. These games had the biggest impact on the course of my life of any, and I wonder how my life had gone, and what I would be doing now, if I never played SimCity and SimTower.

Mario Kart 64 (N64): This game has a lot of emotion attached to it and probably has the most memorable play session of all time for me, because it was the last game I played together with all my family, until drama and worse made it so most of those I played with aren't around anymore for various reasons.

Anno 1602 (PC): I played this, and still play the game's successors with my best friend, and while our friendship was already long and strong as it started on the first day of school, this game probably cemented it for life.

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Chrono Cross...I now question reality and everything that may or may not exist.

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Shiken said:

Chrono Cross...I now question reality and everything that may or may not exist.

This is one of the albums that I was listening to when I came up with the thread idea.

I'll be honest and say that I never played either Chrono Trigger nor Chrono Cross, but from the little I read about them, they are games I would have been enamored with regarding choices, consequences and existence. I personally wish they would remake them with today's tech so I can enjoy them. I do want to play them, they are currently the only games I want to play right now.

I'm kind of sad now because I can't think of any game that actually changed my views on the world and life. I have many games that are very dear to me but not really influenced my life. I think the closest to that would be Mega Man X5 and Sonic Adventure 2, which probably shaped my love for kinda-edgy anime designs.

Ever since I played Animal Crossing GameCube as a child I've been excited about owning my own home, having a good relationship with neighbors, and living a debt free life style. That's a pretty big influence! I do two of those well and we are well on our way to paying off debt based on decisions we are making now as a family.

Gitaroo Man actually inspired me to try real guitar.