What are your favorite video game memories growing up?

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#1 SolidGame_basic
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Some of my favorite memories include Sega vs Nintendo console wars, Crash Bandicoot commercials, Sega Dreamcast, and playing N64 games like Goldeneye and Mario 64 with my friends. Also used to play Tennis 2k at the arcade. Those were fun times. Can't believe it's been that long!

What about you, SW? Favorite video game memories growing up?

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Most of my favourite gaming memories come from the NES, SNES, and arcade games during those times. Some of those games were:

NES:

- Mega Man 2

- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

- Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

- The Legend of Zelda

- Final Fantasy

- Dragon Warrior

SNES:

- Chrono Trigger

- Super Mario World

- Contra III: The Alien Wars

- Super Castlevania IV

- Mega Man X

- Sparkster

- Earthbound

- Super Metroid

- Final Fantasy III

Arcade:

- Street Fighter II

- Lethal Enforcers

- Final Fight

- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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super Mario bros for the nes.

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Unequivocally, FF7/8. My bro and I used to do the whole switching thing, but we also used to play together and just play through the same file watching one another. I'm glad we had decent taste in games as kids.

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#5  Edited By strategyfn
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Super Spike V-Ball, alone and with my dad.

AfterBurner 1 + 2 at the arcade.

Grew up on

Romance of the Three Kingdoms 1

P.T.O. Pacific Theater of Operations I + II

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Spiderman NES

Paperboy NES

A few other games, but my list is long enough.

I honestly can not remember, a lot of the time, what games I played on NES, SNES or if it was Atari.

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Local multi-player with friends

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Playing Mortal Kombat 2 at Aladdin's Castle arcade.

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Playing games all day.

Btw nice mobile layout.

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#10  Edited By MirkoS77
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I grew up in a local, small town community. A few of my fondest gaming memories.

  • walking to the comics store after Jr. High to play Street Fighter II with my friends. Place was dark and cozy, owner used to smoke cigars like a chimney, and it was great times being in there for hours playing with my pals. Probably going to pay for it with lung cancer eventually, but the scent of cigars immediately brings SFII to mind.
  • seeing the import version of SFII for the SNES in a store and begging my parents to buy it (along with the adapter) for me. They bought it but told me I had to work for it. I busted my ass on a 3 acre farm doing yard work for weeks to save up for the damn thing, but not before I snooped in their closet and found it, playing it behind their backs all night in my room as I worked it off. They found it and made me work even harder for it, but it was worth it.
  • importing a Japanese magazine and getting my PSX modified solely to be able to play the MGS demo it had.
  • playing Sonic at the family owned gaming store after school. I really miss those stores nowadays.
  • renting an import N64, placing a $400 (?) deposit to be able to take it home for Mario 64.
  • Super Metroid.
  • being blown away by the Neo Geo.

Those are the main ones that come to mind.

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#11 Coolyfett
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Sleepovers & Tecmo Bowl marathons.

NBA JAM at SCHOOL prior to holidays & summer breaks.

Food Lion had Street Fighter 2 & TMNT in the front of the store near the baskets. After school there was always 4-5 people there playing with quarters lined up for next.

Great memories of Gen 3 & 4

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#12  Edited By hrt_rulz01
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Most of my memories are from getting certain consoles growing up:

Sega Master System - playing it with my cousins at my aunt/uncle's house, usually playing Sonic. Then we eventually got one at home. The theme music will be tattooed in my brain forever.

PS1 - I stayed over my cousin's house for the weekend, and he'd just got a PS1. We played it all weekend. Have very fond memories of Time Crisis and the gun peripheral. Great times. And of course I got one not long after for Christmas.

Gameboy Colour - Getting it for my birthday, and playing Pokemon Red/Blue & Gold/Silver mainly, plus a bunch of other stuff (Super Mario games mainly).

Gamecube - This is probably my fondest memory. Summer holidays had just started (we get 5-6 weeks off school here in Aus over Christmas), and the day school finished, I went and bought a Gamecube. And all Summer I played Mario Sunshine, Animal Crossing & Wind Waker. Such great times.

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Mine has to be watching and playing FIFA on My Pro.

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The arcade scene of the 80s. It is unlikely that there will ever be anything like it again.

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I remember getting an aqua blue n64 with wcw/nwo revenge and mario 64 for my birthday.

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Despite the fact i think gaming is now better than ever, most of my favourite memories are about 8 and 16bit generations. The pixelart visuals, the ways devs had to find to avoid tech limitations, the system wars (PCdos, Amiga 500, Atari ST, Nes, Master System, Megadrive, Snes, Neo Geo, etc), the mags, etc.

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#17 PurpleMan5000
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I remember finally beating TMNT2: The Arcade Game on the NES. I was so happy that I was jumping up and down. Man, that was great. The sequence against Krang followed by Shredder was so hard, and you had to start the entire game over if you ran out of lives...

Games in that era put so much pressure on the player.

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#18 PurpleMan5000
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Knocking out Mike Tyson was another one. Seems completely impossible the first time you try it.

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Gran Turismo 1997 for PS1 - My first racing simulator I've played during my childhood and this game made me love performance cars and racing games.

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#20 faponte13
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Ps1 and n64 era were my favorites.

Finally beating all the weapons in ff7.

Just messing around with metal gear solid.

Parasite eve loved this game but for some reason I could never beat the last boss. Was it a hard game or did I suck?

N64. Mario 64, zelda, and goldeneye. Just solid fun gameplay.

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Playing my Atari 2600 decades ago. I think I first got it in 1979, quite a bit of time ago. lol. By the way I am 45 years old,I was close to six years of age at the time.

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#22 PSP107
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@warmblur: "Playing Mortal Kombat 2 at Aladdin's Castle arcade."

Are you featured below?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EwzSFd-A-JQ

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#23 warmblur
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@PSP107 said:

@warmblur: "Playing Mortal Kombat 2 at Aladdin's Castle arcade."

Are you featured below?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EwzSFd-A-JQ

No lol

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Buying games based on a cool looking commercial or box art.

Demo discs in magazines.

Local MP. The N64 was hands down the best console for this.

Looking up cheat codes online.

Renting games from Blockbuster.

The video game slips at Toys R Us.

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Taking turns playing nes games with my friends.

Playing mortal kombat 3 with my step brother.

Playing Super Metroid for the first time

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Grew up playing on genesis games including sonic, street fighter 2, earthwormjim, shinobi. then i went to PC and never looked back on consoles.

and on PC i played Half life, Max payne as kid and it make me loved gaming.

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#27 Speeny
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Plenty.

But, one that comes to mind is just being a kid, waking up early on Christmas morning and playing a brand new game or console that you've received.

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#28 I_P_Daily
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All my gaming memories growing up as a child come from Game & Watch to Sega gaming devices.

My first console was the Sega Master system and loved it, and then came the Sega Mega Drive and it was the best gaming I had as a kid, and it was when i fell in love with racing games.

I loved Game & watch games from Donkey Kong, Parachute, Oil Panic, Green House, Zelda etc which was my first introduction to games.

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#29 robert_sparkes
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Remember getting mk 3 on mega drive for christmas that was a good day. Mega drive was my first console but played master system at my grandparents.

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Probably playing Halo 1/2 system link with my friends. I remember how awesome it was getting together at a friends house and we'd all have our Xbox's linked in various rooms around the house with network cables running all over the place.

I was really into racing games when I had a PS1 and from that era of gaming Gran Turismo 2 is the game that sticks out in my memory. I remember being amazed at how many cars there were and it was always exciting discovering new types of cars you'd never heard of.

I've also got to mention Oblivion. It was the first open world game I played, and it kind of blew my mind coming from a background of only ever playing linear games. I do remember being a bit disappointed with the main quest though. I thought it was going to be really epic with lots of twists and surprises, but it was predictable and boring. Fortunately some of the side quest made up for it, particularly the dark brotherhood quest line.

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#31 pmanden
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I remember the first time I got my own console - The Colecovision with 2 games, Mouse and Turbo.

I had many fond memories with my Commodore 64. Especially

Bubble Bobble

Commando

Defender of the Crown

Impossible Mission 2

International Karate

Fist 2

Bruce Lee

Matchpoint

Spyhunter

I remember when I completed Double Dragon on Arcade - perhaps the greatest side scrolling beat'em'up ever.

I remember when I got a Sega Genesis with Castle of Illusion and Sonic. I was so happy and played till late night.

Resident Evil on PS1 was the first time I was genuinely scared by a video game.

There are many other fond memories, but my post would be endless.

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#32 pmanden
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@MirkoS77: Nothing in the arcade beats Street Fighter 2. Nothing. The closest contenders would be Final Fight and Double Dragon, but they are nowhere as deep. Who was your favorite character? Mine was E. Honda.

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#33 MirkoS77
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@pmanden said:

@MirkoS77: Nothing in the arcade beats Street Fighter 2. Nothing. The closest contenders would be Final Fight and Double Dragon, but they are nowhere as deep. Who was your favorite character? Mine was E. Honda.

Double Dragon was great!

I was generally a Guile man, Ken being my fallback. E. Honda could be a real pain in the rear with a good player.

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#34 thereal25
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Street fighter 2. Mortal kombat 1 and 2 - and just pc gaming in general. These days though, it takes a lot to really impress me.

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#35 pmanden
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@MirkoS77: Guile was probably the strongest character, but he was a little boring to play because most of his tactics were based on crouch-blocking to prepare either a Sonic Boom or Sonic Kick .

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#36 robert_sparkes
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Another memory that springs to mind is finally getting street fighter 2 on mega drive.

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#37  Edited By MirkoS77
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@pmanden said:

@MirkoS77: Guile was probably the strongest character, but he was a little boring to play because most of his tactics were based on crouch-blocking to prepare either a Sonic Boom or Sonic Kick .

The same could be said of all characters who could cheese the air game. Both sonic boom and kicks could be executed fairly quickly and incorporated into combos easily. Sure there were players that sat back charging and waiting, but anyone who didn't play an air game was a challenge for, and could easily destroy, a Guile player who resorted to such predictable and boring tactics.

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#38  Edited By dimebag667
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In no particular order:

1. Playing Mortal Kombat II with quarters my buddy stole from his parents piggy bank. And having to run across the street to a supermarket to look up moves in whatever gaming magazine was there.

2. Playing Diablo II until 8 in the morning, when I had start at my first job at 9. Then doing that repeatedly. Between 3 of us we would play until we died and then switch. We also had a pyramid of empty soda cans about 3ft high.

3. Going to the video store after getting a SNES for Christmas and seeing all the new possibilities. The covers of link to the past and contra still do something magical to me.

4. Going to the arcade after school and playing Gauntlet Legends with three other friends. It was the first arcade game (and only for me) that saved your character and progress with a password. Super fun!

5. Playing StarCraft at my buddy's for hours. His dad would get home from work wanting to play his golf game (links or turtle Beach or something) and be too polite to kick me off. I was too oblivious at the time to even comprehend other people around me. I was in a different world.

So many more! I miss that