Blog Banter: Memorable Gaming Moments
December 1, 2007 16 Comments
Blog Banter is a group of bloggers passionate about anything and everything video games. We enjoy getting together once a month to write about the same subject. You will be amazed at the different viewpoints so many people can have on the exact same topic! Links to all the participant’s articles can be found here. If you are interested in participating, contact bs angel for more information. Enjoy our stories!
I was approximately three years old when I stumbled upon the wonderful world of gaming. One fateful afternoon I discovered our wonderfully classic Pachinko machine and happily wasted away the day watching the marbles lift off and fall back down through the hard wooden pegs over, and over, and over. While it wasn’t your typical start to gaming, it was my introduction into the amazing gaming world that I now inhabit.
My earliest most memorable gaming moment involves a classic game released by Atari in 1979. In this game you are spaceship that has to shoot big ol’ floating space rocks and flying saucers in order to survive. Oh yes, Asteroids was where it was at back in the day.
First let me say I am against reading instructions and directions of any kind. I would much rather waste ungodly amounts of time trying to figure everything out by myself and getting incredibly frustrated in the process. And no, I will never learn my lesson.
Anyways, I loved playing Asteroids and had logged numerous days on it when I accidentally discovered you could move your ship. No, you are not stuck in the middle in that one spot! Who knew? I started zipping around extremely fast, unfortunately always directly into an asteroid. After playing that game for so long by staying just in the middle, moving around did not work for me. The temporary excitement of discovering the new controls wore off, and I quickly abandoned moving and went back to staying stagnant where you spawn.
Now my strategy is even better. I stay in the middle constantly rotating in circles and shooting as fast as I can. I got mad skillz yo. I bet you can pass several levels using my tried and true technique (simply keep one arrow key held down to spin while hitting the spacebar as quickly as you can). You can thank me for the tip later.
Fast forward to our current generation of games. I love the scary/horror/gore genre. I play those games with the room completely dark and the surround sound cranked up to ear shattering levels. There has only been one game that I couldn’t play like that because it was too scary and that was Doom 3. One moment in particular stands out to me for a very specific reason. That reason is because I almost crapped my pants.
I will never forget the first time I encountered the nightmarish Cherub. The Cherub is a flying demon with the face of a baby and horribly sharp claws. They quickly pop out at you out of nowhere and their face comes into focus just as they are closing in. It is quite horrific to have a demonic enemy with the head of a baby trying to claw you to death with its crustacean like pinchers.
I have yet to find a game that is as scary as Doom 3. Jericho, despite being purchased at launch, still has not had its seal broken. Will that be the game to rival the horrors from hell I have already faced? Doubtful, but time will tell.
What are your most memorable gaming moments? Negative, positive, retro, next gen, what sticks out in your mind?