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Magic Moments, Memories We've Been Sharing...
February 16th 2002, 17:22 CET by Paul Montgomery

Amazon UK has conducted a poll on the 10 top moments in gaming history (thanks for the story to Eurogamer), with exploding rodents from the original Lemmings coming out on top.

1. Nuking a lemming
2. Sound of the motion scanner in Alien vs Predator
3. Completing Tetris Game B on level 9, height 5, getting the dancing Cossacks and the Space Shuttle
4. Getting chased by the T Rex in Tomb Raider
5. Completing a double-perfect over M.Bison to complete Street Fighter
6. Fighting Psycho Mantis in Metal Gear Solid using a rumble pad
7. Leading your team to glory in Championship Manager
8. Clipping an enemy in the head from 500 metres through a sniper rifle on Goldeneye
9. The dogs leaping through the window in Resident Evil
10. The final defeat of Doctor Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog

For those not in the know, number 7 refers to a soccer game, which is no surprise considering the poll was of English gamers. And no Gestalt, this is not an excuse to post more links to your stories on EuroGamer.

So what would your top 10 moments in gaming be? Is there some significance in the fact that there are no moments from RTSs or MMORPGs in this list, or are they just a bunch of ignorant Poms? Are consoles, represented at least four times on this list, more likely to produce classic gaming moments, or do PCs deliver the full experience? To take the flipside, what would your worst 10 moments be?
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#1 by "Morn"
2002-02-16 17:28:15
hendrik@mans.de http://www.mans.de
SECOND!!!!!!!
#2 by "zorken"
2002-02-16 17:36:13
zorken85@hotmail.com http://gamer.no
wtf! im third!!!
#3 by "The Joker"
2002-02-16 17:37:21
morn@planetcrap.com http://www.funkandgroove.com/karel
THIRD POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joker, Ph.D. Procedural Assholian Behaviour, Pedophilosopher
- All your ass are belong to my wang Jafd. Prepare to are penetration.
#4 by "Preacher"
2002-02-16 17:42:21
preacher@unreality.dk http://www.unreality.dk
Stepping out of the prison ship in Unreal, and looking up at the sky was the first time I paused a game to go have a wank. It just looked amazing. To this day I still sleep with print outs from that game.

Having the first Alien attack me in AVP2, was the first time I went number 2 in front of the PC.
#5 by "Mad_Dog"
2002-02-16 17:46:41
eatmyspam@tarDODO.com http://www.opencrap.org
Rrrroooaarrrrr!!!! Thump. Thump. Thump. Thump. Thump.

Whoosh Whoosh Whoosh. Ka-boom boom boom.

"I keep hitting the basterd with rockets but it just wont go down!"
#6 by "zorken"
2002-02-16 17:52:32
zorken85@hotmail.com http://gamer.no
First time i sat 8 hours(without pause, of course...) with civilization on my 486.
#7 by "EricFate"
2002-02-16 18:30:41
ericfatATyahoodahtcom
In recent console gaming...

In FF7 I was floored the first time I saw the animation for the one time Sephiroth special attack. You know which one I mean. It only gets used during the final battle of the game. The one in which he pulls the comet from space. Very stylish, nice payoff.

In FF8 that entire parade/assassination sequence completely made the early game. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there.

In recent computer gaming...

Deus Ex. The moment of realization that comes after walking through the "sealed" door Unatco HQ.

The burning hotel sequence from Max Payne.

In ancient computer gaming...

Managing to capture the Treasure Fleet and the Silver Train back to back in Pirates!
#8 by "Jadawin"
2002-02-16 18:33:08
Eric,

Thanks for not putting a spoiler in that Deus Ex mention. I'm playing the game for the first time and I have checked that door everytime I go back to HQ to see if I can get in yet. I had a feeling it might be big...
#9 by "Gimper"
2002-02-16 18:33:59
gimper@gimp.net
A great one for me was playing Half-life in the dark for the first time, and having that first head crab jump at me.   My wife still mocks me for the sound I made and how high i jumped.
#10 by "JMCDaveL"
2002-02-16 18:45:22
rdl@muw.edu Closet Freak
Here's some:
System Shock - Every single time Shodan talks to you while you are running around. "Hhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaackerrr..."

Star Control II - The attack on the Sumatraa

Metal Gear Solid - Sniper Wolf gunning down Cheryl

Final Fantasy 6 - Getting Rachel's Airship
-The final battle with the 3 screen Esper creature and Kefka
-The 30 minute ending :)

Shenmue II - Escaping the building with Ren handcuffed to you.

--jmc
#11 by "Caryn Law"
2002-02-16 19:14:40
carynlaw@pacbell.net
Some of my chosen random moments...

- Getting the schnapps and the SS uniform in the original Castle Wolfenstein.

- Finishing the massive text adventure "Empire of the Overmind" (a game that took 10 minutes to boot off of a cassette on the Atari 800 computer) only to be totally disappointed by the ending.

- Being able to complete all of the finishing moves for all the characters in the SNES Mortal Kombat.

I'll probably think of lots of others. Great topic.
#12 by "Warren Marshall"
2002-02-16 19:21:06
warren_AT_epicgames.com http://www.epicgames.com
That's a great list actually!  I don't know all of those moments, but the ones I do definitely deserve to be there.  Another one I'll throw in here is the trial in ChronoTrigger - where they recount your actions in the game up to that point and ask you to answer for them.  Masterfully done ...
#13 by "Warren Marshall"
2002-02-16 19:24:55
warren_AT_epicgames.com http://www.epicgames.com
I'll also add the opening tram ride in Half-Life in here ... I thought that was the best opening to a video game, -ever-.  Some people absolutely hated it, but I thought it was excellent.  I was running all over the car, looking out the windows at the various things that were going on, taking in the sights and getting myself acclimated to the world I was getting myself into ... awesome.
#14 by "Bailey"
2002-02-16 19:40:08
www.ashrain.net
SS2: Walking into the office of Dr.Polito. Sure, you'd probably figured it out by that point, but the visual? Lovely.

Wasteland: "Coydog explodes like a blood sausage". And every other moment that follows.

Hero's Quest: Finishing that game for the first time was extremely gratifying. Probably the last Sierra game I truly enjoyed, as they abandoned the text interface one sequel later.
#15 by "Bailey"
2002-02-16 19:43:32
www.ashrain.net
Warren

I'll also add the opening tram ride in Half-Life in here ... I thought that was the best opening to a video game, -ever-. Some people absolutely hated it, but I thought it was excellent. I was running all over the car, looking out the windows at the various things that were going on, taking in the sights and getting myself acclimated to the world I was getting myself into ... awesome.

While I agree that it was great, and I did the exact same running back and forth trying to spot all the activity, I wish it hadn't been used in all the expansion packs... It was even used it in the license "Gunman Chronicles", which was just annoying.

Concept was great. Recycling is bad. Burn styrofoam.
#16 by "Leslie Nassar"
2002-02-16 19:48:47
http://www.monkeypope.com/
In no particular order...

- Defeating droid 999 in Paradroid.
- The sound Scrags make in Quake, right before you meet them in E1L3.
- Fighting in NHL Hockey on the Genesis.
- Finishing R-Type II on one quarter.
#17 by "m0nty"
2002-02-16 20:52:46
m0nty_au@bigpond.com no fixed abode
Leslie Nassar (#16):
- Defeating droid 999 in Paradroid.

That was good, although defeating the 999 wasn't the hardest part of the game, funnily enough. I thought some of the other levels were harder.

There is definitely a trend to remember the most exciting experiences you had as a teenager when you first got into gaming, as that is the time when your Sense Of Wonder (tm) has not yet been blunted by the cynicism of adulthood. Thus my top 10 would include many moments of C64 old skoolage:

- Seeing your alien walk to the top of the screen as winner after a tough game in M.U.L.E.
- Winning the World Cup as Australia in Microprose Soccer
- Finding your last family member by defeating a Spanish cad in a swordfight in Pirates!
- Finishing Zak McCracken and the Alien Mindbenders

Perhaps there should have been another question in the #0 topic post: what would be the top 10 moments you wish you have experienced in gaming but haven't? I wish I'd been able to finish Defender of the Crown back in the day, it was too tough for me. I almost reached the end of Bubble Bobble too, but it eluded me.
#18 by "Narcopolo"
2002-02-16 21:05:29
When my vast knowledge of useless shit finally paid off when I beat the age quiz to play the first Leisure Suit Larry.  Then when I got it on with the hooker and they slapped a big "censored" on it.  That made me howl.

In Wasteland, _not_ making it out of the base at the end when it self destructs, but getting the win message that the legend of my desert rangers lived on.

In Tie Fighter, joining the Order of the Emperor.  

The date sequence in Final Fantasy VII, especially the fireworks at the end, I didn't care if it was right out of the movies.  The whole Golden Saucer was so inventive to me.

The indestructible Jeremy Roenick in NHL '96.  Also "the trick" that always let you score in a breakaway.

Raising my alcohol tolerance in Everquest, running around as a blind drunk newbie and getting killed.  In retrospect, that was the only genuinely fun thing in the game.

Learning about the autoexec.bat file for the first time so I could load XWing by turning on my computer.  I bought a joystick for that game, I wish there were more fun oriented flight/space sims now.

When my Dragon's Lair cassette tape broke from all the rewinding in my Adam computer.

Watching my roommates play Civ I for 8 hours, then taking over and playing for 12 more.  Then waking up and moving back to the computer to play again.

Activision sending me an iron on patch for the original Ice Hockey for the Atari 2600.  They said to send a picture if you beat the game on the hardest level, so I drew one.
#19 by "Narcopolo"
2002-02-16 21:08:18
Oh yeah, Defender of the Crown!  I loved those Cinemaware games.  I kicked ass at DotC, the way to win was to pick the best guy at jousting then take over all the lands by tilting for them.  Kind of cheap, but it worked.

I could never figure out what I was supposed to do with the tommy gun in King of Chicago.   You go to a hotel room, and you shoot at a door.  Are you supposed to shoot the door knob off the door and kick it in or something?  That's something I really wish I could have done.
#20 by "Ashiran"
2002-02-16 21:18:13
ashiran@ashrain.net www.wtfpeople.com
#4 by Preacher
Stepping out of the prison ship in Unreal, and looking up at the sky

Preach on!

#12 by Warren Marshall
...the trial in ChronoTrigger - where they recount your actions in the game up to that point and ask you to answer for them.

That indeed was brilliant. To bad you can't win

#17 by m0nty
I wish I'd been able to finish Defender of the Crown back in the day

I finished it with every available noble. Jealous? :)

Own moments:
-Launching of the mothership in Homeworld.
-Defeating the final boss of Double Dragon 2 (NES). The screen would turn black&white and freeze for a fraction of a second when you landed the final blow. Coolest moment evar!
-Leisure Suit Larry 4 where you got trough all this trouble to get to a chick. Then you manage to be alone on the beach with her. Lots of tongue and kissing. She asks if you have a condom. You show the condom. She takes it and PUTS IT ON HERSELF! The horror! :)
-Final view of the completly charred island in Dungeon Keeper.
-Pressing the suicide button in Postal
#21 by "Drastic"
2002-02-16 22:33:39
thatdrasticfellow@yahoo.com
Interstate '76:  The first time pressing the "hear Taurus' poetry" key.  And the ending cutscene.  Blam! Blam! Blam! Blam! Blamblamblam!

Serious Sam:  meeting the kamikazes for the first time.

Doom:  chaiiinsaw.

Ultima Underworld:  the confrontation with the Render of Veils

A Mind Forever Voyaging:  the epilogue sequence
#22 by "Spatula Man"
2002-02-16 22:42:33
llama@verbalchilli.com www.verbalchilli.com
Half-Life train ride for sure... never had as mindblowing or immersive introduction to the environment as that.

Unreal's beginning sequence on the ship with the creaking girders, distant suddenly muted screaming. Chilling. And stepping into the outside... oh, the outside...

The noise made by the floating octopi things in Duke 3D scared the crap out of me. As did the noise of scrags in Quake actually...

GTA: the first time you get the entire military after you, tanks and all.

Winning a game of Worms against your mates, killing your final opponent with a gentle push off a cliff.

Sam And Max Hit The Road. All of it. But if I had to choose a single moment it would be Max saying:
Hey Sam, I think that cat's kinda cute... Can I make a tennis raquette out of it?
#23 by "Netsabes"
2002-02-16 22:56:48
netsabes@free.fr http://www.petitjoueur.net/
Jedi Knight: Walking on those little ramps hundred meters above the ground with the air whistling around, and those shitty flying monsters attacking you.

Grim Fandango: Seeing a game with a REAL story.

Day ot The Tentacle: Playing with noodles.

Starship Troopers: Best funny game ever. Absolute shit. Have laughed all the time I played it.
#24 by "Leslie Nassar"
2002-02-16 23:07:27
http://www.monkeypope.com/
What is a "real" story?  How does it differ from a fake story?  Does a real story mean it sucks, because Grim Fandango sure did.  Maybe it's like real physics?
#25 by "BabiG"
2002-02-16 23:13:32
That indeed was brilliant. To bad you can't win


Ah, but you can! If you do or don't do certain things in the beginning, like not taking the blind guy's lunch,  or after running into Marle, if you go to her first before getting the pendant she drops, or not dragging Marle away when she wants a balloon, etc.

If you do enough of those things right, you'll actually be aquitted at the trial. You still end up in jail though, I forget why, so it's not a major branching point or anything, but it's still very cool.
#26 by "Warren Marshall"
2002-02-16 23:15:00
warren_AT_epicgames.com http://www.epicgames.com
Grim Fandango scores major points from me for it's art style ... it was so totally unique.  Great stuff.  And the wonderful voice acting ...

It loses major points for being "yet another adventure with stupid fucking illogical puzzles that can't be solved without the use of a clue book".
#27 by "None-1a"
2002-02-16 23:20:11
http://www.opencrap.org
#25 BabiG
If you do enough of those things right, you'll actually be aquitted at the trial. You still end up in jail though, I forget why, so it's not a major branching point or anything, but it's still very cool.


You end up in jail for three days for dissapering with Marle at the demonstration (changed to death sentance one you get there).
#28 by "Matthew Gallant"
2002-02-16 23:36:50
seeker@truemeaningoflife.com http://truemeaningoflife.com
#7 EricFate
The burning hotel sequence from Max Payne.


Yes, so memorable. It was a restaurant.
#29 by "Terata"
2002-02-16 23:38:18
The first big dogfight in-between two capital ships in Freespace 2.  Damn that was cool.

Stepping out onto the ledge overlooking the 29th level of Doom 2.

Finishing the 20-man tournament in Card Fighter's Clash.  =P
#30 by "Narcopolo"
2002-02-16 23:47:53
I just saw Final Fantasy X reviewed in the middle of Dragonball Z, which I hadn't seen for a long long time.  Does Toonami often rate games?  8 out of 10, they gave it.  

I could probably make a list of ten great moments from Square games alone, but we've all had them I think.

Bureaucracy- Popular Paranoia, and "Unfortunately, there's a radio connected to my brain..."

Neuromancer- getting the ROM construct.  That actually has to be my most favorite game moment, in fact.

Heroes of Might and Magic II- The opera in the castles.
#31 by "Narcopolo"
2002-02-16 23:48:56
Most favorite.  That was kind of breathless.
#32 by "...an ethereal being..."
2002-02-16 23:48:58
etherbe@cinci.rr.com
Getting the babel fish in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Playing Doom for the first time.

The 4 horsemen in Hexen II.

...an ethereal being...
#33 by "Spatula Man"
2002-02-16 23:52:28
llama@verbalchilli.com www.verbalchilli.com
EricFate:
The burning hotel sequence from Max Payne.


That for me was the lowest point of the entire game. Indeed, it might well have been one of the lowest points in my gaming life. It seemed so pointless; there was pretty much no way you could have got through it the first time, and just repeat reloading until you happen to find the correct route out... Play Die Reload Play Die Reload Play Die Reload... yawn.
#34 by "Dinglehoffen"
2002-02-17 00:03:08
Best gaming moments:

1) Hearing - then seeing - the Cyberdemon in Doom.
2) All the cutscenes in Thief 1 - especially the "eyeball" scene.
3) Finding the secret location of the "miniature - gigantic" area in Thief. What a trip.
4) Being rejected as hero at the end of Fallout 1...wow.
5) The first level in Requiem.
6) The church nuke in Fallout 1.
7) The Xen levels in Half-Life - especially that final boss battle with the giant space-baby thing that shot stars. Oh that level was amazing.
8) The "visions" in SS 2 - especially that final level with the geometric patterns.
9) Area 51 in Deus Ex.
10) The final assessments for Fallout 2. Different every time.
#35 by "Dinglehoffen"
2002-02-17 00:04:25
Oh sorry, one more...the flame thrower in Kingpin.
#36 by "EricFate"
2002-02-17 00:04:53
ericfatATyahoodahtcom
#33 Spatula Man
EricFate:
The burning building sequence from Max Payne.


That for me was the lowest point of the entire game. Indeed, it might well have been one of the lowest points in my gaming life. It seemed so pointless; there was pretty much no way you could have got through it the first time, and just repeat reloading until you happen to find the correct route out... Play Die Reload Play Die Reload Play Die Reload... yawn.


It may not have been terribly fun on the whole rewind/replay scale, but the very first time in, the "Oh Crap!" factor really hooked me.  Particularly when the propane tanks began to light up and do their thing.  I guess I'd be more jaded if I hadn't realized the fastest way from point "A" to point "B" involved jumping over things in the way rather than trying to go around.  That and the value of a full inventory of painkillers.
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2002-02-17 00:08:39
Mite http://dynamic3.gamespy.com/~dteam/
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#38 by "Caryn Law"
2002-02-17 00:13:10
carynlaw@pacbell.net
#18 Narcopolo

Watching my roommates play Civ I for 8 hours, then taking over and playing for 12 more.  Then waking up and moving back to the computer to play again.


That reminded me of another couple of golden game moments for me:

- Going to my future brother-in-law's house and taking turns with him and my future husband in the game Cyberia, which none of us had seen before. Then the three of us finding out that of the three, I was really good at it, and them getting chips and sodas and sitting behind me to watch me play through it for hours while we were all amazed.

- Playing Wolfenstein 3D at the same future brother-in-law's house in the dark and then jumping out of my skin as my husband-to-be crept up behind me and shrieked, "SPION!!!!!!!!!!"
#39 by "BabiG"
2002-02-17 00:14:59
Hmm...as far as my top Gaming moments...well I can't think of my 10 ten right away, but I definitely know number #1...

-Maga Man 2. I guess this isn't #1, but actually #1, #2, and #3. There've been better platformers, and the Mega Man X series improved on the original series a lot...but even Megaman 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, (I don't even remember 5 and 6), 7, X1, X2, X3, X4, X5 and X6 don't compare to MegaMan 2 as a "Gaming Moment", despite being almost the same game.

First of all, it was the very first game I ever bought. It's the game I have to blame for my VG addiction. Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt came with my NES, so that didn't count...plus I had played SMB and Duck Hunt over and over at my friends' houses' already, so the experience was old. It was a real big deal buying it I remember, when we were at the store I paced up and down the aisles making sure I was doing the right thing. My dad asked me if "You was sure this was the game you wanted, these are expensive", and me solemnly nodding my head, believing I had made the most important decsion in my life...and being all of 7 and 3/4 years old at the time maybe I had. In the car I could barely keep my excitement in check, opening and closing the box over and over, reading the instruction manual all the way through, even the copyright notices, studying the cart itself, everything.

However, I couldn't play it. My dad wouldn't let me. "Not till tommorow". Damnit! Actually I didn't think I knew the word "damnit" yet, my favorite expression then was "Ugh", but that was the general feeling I had. I simply couldn't understand why and thought it was stupid.

So the rest of the day passed, and I wanted to play so very badly and Dad was busy calling people so he wouldn't listen to reason and I didn't see Mom around at all that day so I couldn't beg her, so I was just stuck playing with my He-man/Transformers/Battle Beasts action figure clash of the universes game for most for the evening.

At night though, my dad got me in the car and took me to my friend's house, and told me I was going to spend the night there and that I could bring my game and play it with them. I don't think I even knew exactly why I was going there, but I didn't really care, I got to spend the night and play my new game early. That night we ended up beating Airman and Crashman, and the following morning my dad came and picked me up.

He drove us to Memoral City Hospital, where my mom was. I said hi to her and told her about the game and how we beat Airman and Crashman, and how I though Quickman's level was scary and too hard. She was fine and she listened to all of it patiently.

A few minutes later me and my dad went down to the ICU, where I saw my baby brother for the first time. He was really small, and ugly, and had half his hair shaved off because of the needles and equipment they had taped to his head. He was premature and extremely underweight, but I didn't know that at the time. For about 7 days me and my dad traveled back and forth, from home to the hospital. I was really sick for a few of the days, I remember throwing up in the hospital bathroom 5 times in a row, so I'm sure that didn't help things. I would play MegaMan 2 in the evenings, even while I was sick, and looking back I don't think my dad had the strength to protest.

Finally after a week, my brother was able to come home, still looking small and ugly, but healthy and very sleepy. The video game bug hasn't bit him so far nearly as bad as it bit me, thank goodness, but he likes Civ 2 and Sim City 3000 and Skies of Arcadia and various baseball games, and seems to have a healthy appreciation for them.

I guess there are other gaming moments I've had, but they tend to pale in comparison.
#40 by "Caryn Law"
2002-02-17 00:17:36
carynlaw@pacbell.net
Dammit, I'll just try and make these the last...

- Turning into a dog in Rise of the Triad, and then God mode. Tee hee. :)
- The vomitorium in RoTT.
- The first time I used bullet mode in Max Payne.
- The first time I played the Catch the Chicken mod for Quake 2.
- The first time I played Action Quake 2 -- it wasn't like any other game I'd played at the time.
#41 by "Blood_GC"
2002-02-17 00:28:18
blood@roflmao.com
The first game my Quake CTF clan played, we won.  That was euphoric.
#42 by "The Joker"
2002-02-17 00:28:54
morn@planetcrap.com http://www.funkandgroove.com/karel
- The very first time I stroked my wang. I was 2 years old at the time.

Joker, Ph.D. Procedural Assholian Behaviour, Pedophilosopher
- All your ass are belong to my wang Jafd. Prepare to are penetration.
#43 by "The Joker"
2002-02-17 00:32:18
morn@planetcrap.com http://www.funkandgroove.com/karel
#42 The Joker
- The very first time I stroked my wang. I was 2 years old at the time.


Oh and,

- The very first time I saw this white stuff come out while stroking my wang. That was awesome. I was like "JESUS! I broke it!!" 8O

Joker, Ph.D. Procedural Assholian Behaviour, Pedophilosopher
- All your ass are belong to my wang Jafd. Prepare to are penetration.
#44 by "Morn"
2002-02-17 00:34:07
hendrik@mans.de http://www.mans.de
Casting the Armageddon spell in Ultima V (or was it VI?) that killed every living being except the Avatar. And casting it "for fun". Walking around in an empty Britannia was pretty creepy.

Stepping into ActiveWorlds/Planets waaaaayyyyy back (before Meridian 59 was around) and thinking: "Wow, virtual online multiplayer 3D worlds."

Listening to early Everquest MIDIs that were released roughly a year before the game. Yeah, back then those were really nice.

Triggering Armageddon (?) In Populous and Populous 2. You know, where all the houses disappear and your little people fight it out to the death.

Not being able to play AvP because I was TOO scared. Really.

Having sexual fantasies about Mrs Goth.

Stopping an early version of GameSpy Arcade from loading new banner ads by making the file that stored the banner ad HTML read-only.

Seeing Mark Rein trying to sell the Unreal Engine to Valve at a pre-Half-Life ECTS. :P

But my most favourite gaming related moment must be:

Realizing that the reason why we tend to think that so many games suck isn't the games themselves, but our own unrealistic expectations.

Moo!

- Morn
#45 by "Warren Marshall"
2002-02-17 00:47:36
warren_AT_epicgames.com http://www.epicgames.com
Seeing Mark Rein trying to sell the Unreal Engine to Valve at a pre-Half-Life ECTS. :P

Well, if they had, maybe they'd have another game out by now.  :P
#46 by "Bailey"
2002-02-17 00:50:52
www.ashrain.net
Netsabes

Starship Troopers: Best funny game ever. Absolute shit. Have laughed all the time I played it.

Hrm... don't suppose you have an old dusty copy lying around you'd be interested in parting with?

Caryn

Oh, g'wan, write a short story about it. Y'know you wanna.
#47 by "crash"
2002-02-17 01:16:32
1: the roar of the cyberdemon, without being able to see him.
2: the "character" quiz at the start of ultima IV.
3: the realization that i was expected, and able, to save my game in Legend of Zelda.
4: getting the flying ship in Final Fantasy.
5: being able to customize my characters' appearance in any of the gold-box SSI games.
6: the howl of the shambler in E1M3.
7: being able to kill someone in their sleep in Legend of the Red Dragon.
8: my first successful rocket jump onto the corner ledge above the rocket launcher/red armor in DM6 (alternate: the day i figured out how to shallow-jump across the ring up top; alternate 2: the first successful grenade/rocket jump to the window in DM3 from the outer courtyard)
9: the opening tram ride in Half Life.
10: the day i cancelled my AO account with a palpable sigh of relief.

there are more, for sure, but those are the ones that immediately spring to mind.
#48 by "Evi|ivE"
2002-02-17 01:18:41
I would have to say that Preacher took the words from my mouth.  (or fingers as it were)

Walking out of that prison ship in Unreal was just amazing.  I could not believe how damn cool everything looked.   It was at that moment I knew I would never need another console again.  The clouds drifting below the sun in the sky, the swarms of horseflys, the nali rabbits...  Damn that was so cool.  It was so cool the next week I went and bought a second Voodoo2.  :P

Morn mentioned not being able to play AvP because he was too scared... Well, count me in...   I could never finish the Marines part of AvP 2 because it freaked me out too bad. :P  I have no problems playing as the predator or alien, but something about playing a human being hunted by aliens is just too damn creepy for me.  That motion tracker should be renamed the paranoia inducer.  :)
#49 by "Yotsuya"
2002-02-17 01:20:02
potvin@cox.net
My favorite video game moment was triggering the resonance cascade in Half-Life for the first time. I came across *ahem* leaked Day One demo. I played that and KNEW I had to buy the game when it came out.
#50 by "Matthew Gallant"
2002-02-17 01:21:00
seeker@truemeaningoflife.com http://truemeaningoflife.com
-Tripping one of the other player's guys in Intellivision Hockey and not getting caught by the ref.
-The realization that 2-player Mario Brothers didn't necessarily mean co-operative.
-First time falling in a pit in Impossible Mission.
-Beating man after man in Karateka and then HOLYCRAPTHEBIRDISATTACKINGHOWCANTHISBE.
-Figuring out how to knock out the bull in Karate Champ, gloating to your friend, and then getting stomped by the next bull that you had no idea was coming.
-Spending all your arcade money on Gauntlet.
-Watching someone beat Space Ace because you spent all your arcade money on Gauntlet.
-Beating Lords of the Realm II and listening to the silly song made with all the dialogue effects ("We'll Be Shot To Pieces"). Also, feeding all my people with dairy.
-Using the Gauss Gun in Syndicate.
-Just being constantly surprised at all the cool new things that happen in X-Com. That, and stepping out of the plane and getting shot at three times, avoiding all three shots, kneeling on the ramp, and dropping two of the attackers with one snap shot each.

and number eleven...hearing all of the different ways that Infogrames rocks some singing lady's world.
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