Gaming Memories  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Gaming Memories  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network September 12th is National Video Games Day! Recount Your Most Treasured Gaming Memories! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:12:50 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

Today is National Video Games Day! A special day of the year where we take a little extra time than we normally do to appreciate video games and what they've done for us. 

There isn't anything to different about today from any other day, if you play video games a lot already that is, but who doesn't love a little bit of celebration? So many people, including the folks here at GameSkinny, have a special place in their hearts for video games. It's nothing surprising really; Video Games are an art form, and like art of all mediums tend to do, video games can have a profound emotional and sentimental affect on people. 

So what are some of your most fondly remembered gaming memories? Maybe playing Pokémon helped you learn to read, or Persona 4 made you comfortable enough to come out to the world, or maybe you met your romantic partner at a Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament. There are so many great games out there, and so many people with so many stories to tell, we would love to hear some from you all! Comment below recounting some of your most treasured moments and experiences with video games. 

It's a small world, and who knows, you may end up meeting somebody who shares the same memories as you, but from a different time. That's part of the magic of gaming. Even if we're playing alone, we aren't the only fans of something, and a brand new Player 2 is waiting just around the corner for you to discover. Happy National Video Games Day everybody!

Game on.

I Still Hate the Pipe Plant - First Memories of Mario Sun, 28 Jul 2013 23:59:21 -0400 Mary Yeager

My first memories as a gamer include Super Mario Bros. My grandparents gave our family our first gaming console, the Nintendo Entertainment Station, when I was about seven or eight years old. I remember my dad handing me the controller on that first board and me starting through it. I made it to the pipes..and did not expect what came next.

Chomping Pipe Plants

I found my first video demise at the hands of a plant. Shocker huh? I went to jump up on the green pipe in the first board and it was a breeze. Second one was good too. What I was not expecting was on that third pipe to find that as I jumped up there, something else was going to be there too until Mario cocked up his toes and dropped out of the screen. At such a young age, I was devastated. How could this plant defeat me! Naturally, I tried again. Second time, that crazy moving plant got me again. With frustration, I took my last life in my hands and proceeded to face my new fear of that plant. Third time is the charm because I was able to beat that plant and sink to the treasures below.

For those unfamiliar with the chomping pipe plants, they are officially called piranha plants. They debuted on the NES platform and can even be found in most recent games on the Wii U. Outside of the pipe plants, they can even be found as breathing fireballs or walking around on their own.

What? No Princess?

Another memory I had is of reaching Bowser's castle at the end of the fourth board. Oh what an accomplishment! To my young mind, this was it. This was the culmination of all my hard work and frustration. I had reached the end of the game! I make my way through Bowser's castle. I was not prepared for the toughness of Bowser so I lost my life the first time I came face to face with the King of the Koopas.

Bring on round two! I am prepared this time! I put my all into the game, biting my tongue with anticipation of defeating the King and saving the princess. I will do it! After what seemed like hours of grueling battle, I find myself successful and Bowser is now defeated! But wait..what is that? That's a toadstool waiting for me..and he has something to say.

Oh the frustration!

To this day, I have yet to complete the entire game of Super Mario Bros. and I find myself eager to try again, despite the fact that the game is as old as it is. I want to be able to say I beat Super Mario Bros. Is there any game you did not finish and wish to?

Past Perspective: Talking Games with Dad Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:34:18 -0400 Catrana

For some of us, our earliest gaming memories are the fondest, while for others our true gaming loves aren’t found until later in life. I sat down with my father to discuss his own predilections, and how they influenced his gaming life.


What’s your earliest gaming memory?

“Playing Pong, on a television or a Commodore 64. I remember being a kid at someone’s wedding and then there was a TV with this wired controller with two knobs, and when you turned the knobs the little thing went up and down. That was Pong. You know what Pong is, don’t you?”

“Smartass. If you want to go, let me know and I’ll set it up.”

“Haha, no. No, that’s fine.”

Did that memory influence your later gaming choices?

“No, but typing code into the 64…I’ve wanted to make games since then, and Pong was the most incredible thing I’d ever seen. That’s when I knew I was a gamer. It’s like now when you see a next gen XBOX or PS4 game… it was just, 'holy crap there’s a stick moving up and down and you can make a ball bounce off it!'”

What would you call your favourite game of all time?

“Oh my god that’s terrible. I have no idea. No idea whatsoever…Toss up between Leisure Suit Larry and Baldur’s Gate on the PS2…but Grand Turismo would have to be my most played series. It’s why I bought a Playstation, and a Playstation 2 and a Playstation 3, was for the Grand Turismo franchise."

What was so addictive about Grand Turismo?

“I got to drive all of the cars I’d only ever dreamed about, and as a simulator it was the closest thing to technically accurate available at the time…when you get in a Lotus it drives like a Lotus, and when you get in a ‘Stang it drives like a Mustang. I learned to drive as a kid, got my license the very first day that I could, driving for me was always synonymous with my freedom. And I was always really good at it."

Have the new instalments lived up to your expectations?

“I didn’t like the last one very much…but I mean, the first Grand Turismo didn’t even have a working finish. It was always about the journey though, not the destination. But the last game, I felt like they went beyond realism. I wasn’t happy with the car physics, they were more focused on making it pretty than on providing a driving experience."

What game are you looking forward to most in the next two years?

“What game am I looking forward to most? The one that I make!”