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    Some well written games or memorable characters affect me in the same way as any other storytelling would. I can't really gauge how much, but fiction in general doesn't affect to the point of obsession or anything like that. I might find a nugget of wisdom or inspiration here and there, and those will stick with me.

    The mechanics behind games probably affect me in positive ways. Most games are basically just...pattern recognition. I'm sure that helps on some level, like a mental exercise or something.

    I've mostly played platformers/racers/RPGs/adventure titles...as far as storylines go, most of the themes are Japanese or western fantasy/sci-fi based. I'm bored by military shit (including movies) and most of the FPS genre..nor do I care to be, like, some psychopathic ghetto character in South Central LA.. so I don't think I play enough games with gratuitious violence to affect me negatively even subconsciously.

    edit: Wait, the Metal Gear series is badass..but then, it's kind of an anti-war game (and in MGS4, even a commentary on the negative influence of war games)

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    I think Braid has had the most impact on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    I don't feel like I've been "impacted" or inspired by video games, though I play them often (computer games, almost never console games). They reflect my personality, not the other way around.

    I enjoy:

    real time strategy (warcraft 3, starcraft, age of empires, etc)
    city building/managing (sim city, pharaoh)
    RPG (diablo 2, warhammer online)
    turn based strategy (heroes of might and magic 3, civilization 3, masters of orion!) my favourite!
    and similar things.

    I really, really hate shooting games and puzzle/"mystery" games.
    You have similar tastes to me.
    I am no fan of RT strat or shoot 'em ups.
    But I love turn based strat (CIV3 and Panzer General2 (yes STILL ) are my faves )
    Love Diablo 2
    Love Sim City
    Love Heroes of Might and Magic

    I don't think games have influenced my way of thinking though, or had any impact on my personality.

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    Not sure whether gaming has influenced me, but there are a few titles I remember more clearly. I began gaming at the age of 5, since I got my PS then. I managed to go through quite a bunch of games and today have managed to pick out one or two games from the PS, which might've somehow influenced my imagination.

    One of them being Spyro the Dragon, which I played at the age of 5. I've also gone through a bunch of other Spyro titles, but none of them appeal to me as much as Spyro did. The soundtrack and atmosphere tends to have quite the effect on me. Copeland did a very good job on the soundtracks for the three Spyro games. In the recent years, I've gone through that game once more completely and I have to say, it hasn't really lost much. The game is simple, yet manages to stay very magical.

    Now this has to be my favourite game of all time. Medievil. The nostalgia I get from this game can be overwhelming. The soundtracks are the best I've heard for any game. The graphics have aged, yes, but that's what makes it even better. Sort of makes it seem distorted. It's a classic gothic horror game. A remake was made years ago, but I found it to be fairly disappointing. The soundtracks were redone by a philharmonic orchestra and choir, but there's something missing, in my opinion. The game has also been made all cartoony, which ruined it a fair amount for me. There was also a sequel for the first game, which was okay, but it wasn't clearly as good as the first. I'd imagine this game to be fairly interesting for INJ's to play. I'm also putting some soundtracks here.

    YouTube - MediEvil (Soundtrack) - The Enchanted Earth... (From the original. Unfortunately it wasn't redone by the orchestra.)

    YouTube - MediEvil (Soundtrack) - The Hilltop Mausoleum (Again, from the original.)

    YouTube - Medievil Resurrection- Hilltop Mausoleum suite (In comparison to the last one. Done for the remake.)

    YouTube - MediEvil Resurrection - The Spell (From the remake. The original also had this one, but I think that this one is superior.)

    YouTube - MediEvil 2 (Soundtrack) - The Museum (From the sequel.)

    Then there are two more games which I have played quite the amount in later years. Diablo II and Spore. Again, both have some outstanding soundtracks.

    As for Spore, I only enjoyed the space stage. That might aswell have been the entire game for me and none of the previous stages, because the others felt like filler to me. Brian Eno's soundtracks for it are very much enjoyable.

    YouTube - Spore Soundtrack: Among the Stars

    I also play MapleStory every now and then with specific friends. Suppose communication is an important aspect in this game.

    So apparently the music has an importance for me in a game. Also, sometimes I'd prefer if there wasn't any character conversation. That seems to be offputting for me. I'd rather have the silence than some cheesy waffling going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryb View Post
    I think Braid has had the most impact on me.
    Yes, that one isn't too bad.

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    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SovM_ExoVg"]Zelda[/YOUTUBE]

    Guys, seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Snow View Post
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SovM_ExoVg"]Zelda[/YOUTUBE]

    Guys, seriously.
    My all time favourite.
    Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it.

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    Ocarina is clumsy reiterative bullshit. And it has aged even worse.

    The first two Zelda games still have the most to say.

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    The Metroid series were always my favorites out of the Nintendo stuff.

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    1. Actually, I'm more inclined to believe that video games have stifled my 'personality'. I don't play to socialize, I play to escape into a world that provides the illusion of authoritative control, or at the least the ability to manipulate autonomous processes to some degree. I still occasionally enjoy booting up the old Halo 1 disc and jumping onto one of the Race servers for a gritty competitive/cooperative Hog-fest, particularly when I'm lucky enough to have a teammate who's a good Hog gunner. 9 years of practice has allowed me to achieve a high level of skill, and it's the only game I'm good enough at to get my rocks off by shameless grandstanding.

    2. Political and social views? In the unlikely event I happen to be carrying such burdens, I leave that shit at the door when I'm gaming. Actually, that's likely to be the reason why I'm gaming to begin with...immersion within an alternate reality is a central draw of gaming for me.

    What I've learned from video gaming? The best thing I've learned is that warthogs can fly, but I've also gained advanced hand-eye coordination, gained understanding of effective management in stressful/distracting situations and environments, gained a practical/working understanding of cooperative tactical planning and execution (playing capture the flag and other squad-based game forms in games like Halo). I'm also REALLY good at analyzing AI script and developing enhanced styles of play that milk every last drop of sustained replayability from my pitifully small video game investment fund. I'm also a shameless mod slut and love to experiment with every third party app I can get my hands on, which is another way of saying that I'm fairly skilled at file manipulation and have dabbled to a degree in things like custom map and object creation. If I ever develop a fundamental understanding of code, PC games will be my classroom.

    Games I like, taking into account that what I play is highly dependent on what I can successfully rip (I'm poor).

    I love games like A-Train, Sim City, Roller Coaster Tycoon and to a lesser extent The Sims. RCT3 is a personal favorite...I could have built a real theme park with the hours I've burned on that game.

    Real Time Strategy ie: Command and Conquer, Warcraft/Starcraft and Warzone 2100.

    Anything vehicular based, though linear NASCAR-esque racing sims have limited appeal. I love sprawling open-ended free range exploration-based games like Interstate 76, Mafia, Driver and GTA. Vehicular combat ie: Twisted Metal, Vigilante 8 and others of their ilk is a platform I can't get enough of. I endured the pain in the ass process of setting up a functional PS1 emulator strictly so I could play Twisted Metal 2 again, and I still play it, despite the medieval graphics and my severely retarded controller to keybord transfer abilities.

    Turn-based Strategy ie: X-com, Panzer General and similar grid-runners.

    FPS...I love STALKER, though I've never completely warmed up to their physics engine, weapon ballistics, or user interface, those minor annoyances are barely noticeable due to the fact that the environments and atmospheric elements are the most immersive and realistic I've ever seen. If I were forever banished to a virtual environment of my choosing, I'd be more than happy wandering the Zone for eternity. Also, the mod community supporting the STALKER games is the highest caliber in terms of quality I've yet to encounter. STALKER oozes everything I love about Russians, and I'm stupified at the levels of passionate intensity coursing through the veins of this series.

    Half-Life 2 and it's equally impressive third party mods run a close second. Halo, strictly in terms of it's FPS elements, runs a distant third place, though I think it's vehicular aspect is Halo's greatest virtue. Halo 1 race mode is a monument to eternal replayability.

    I've played too more FPS games than I can remember, or maybe just played too many that were forgettable in comparison to the above-mentioned three, but there are some gems out there...Dues Ex, Thief, Call of Duty, Goldeneye...

    I also like the Resident Evil games, though third person games like Tomb Raider are not my forte. Zelda annoys me for some reason, Final Fantasy's perpetual chatter openly provokes me to eject it's CD's and grant them new lives as high-velocity projectles (excluding Final Fantasy Tactics, which is another old PS 1 favorite)

    Games I've loved, lost and intend to love again if I can ever find fucking replacements include Sea Dogs and Wargasm.

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