Hello all and merry Listmas! For those who don’t know, Listmas is a multi-blog event masterminded by our friend C.T. Murphy of Murf Vs Internet. It’s a wonderful time of sharing, story-swapping, and lists! Oh such wonderful lists! Keep an eye on CT’s blog and United We Game from now until the 25th, as we’ll be bringing you all the wonderful Listmas goings-on! And with that we move on to, you guessed it, a list!
Games are fun and all, but what are we playing for if not the rush that comes with success or the thrill of a sudden plot twist? We all have aspects of gaming we enjoy the most, and the following are mine. These are my top 3 BEST gamer moments!
Beating Mass Effect for the First Time
(video by Youtube user: DarkDrumProductions)
Unlike most game endings, where it just feels so abrupt. This one just felt…good. Incredibly good in fact! It’s tome was so triumphant, so soul-soaringly victorious that it actually inspired feelings of pride, that something had actually been accomplished. I had seen my Commander Shepard through the storm and enabled him to emerge utterly victorious over Saren and Sovereign. Finishing a game always carries at least some feeling of accomplishment with it, but not nearly to this degree. Finishing the original Mass Effect for the first time was, in a word, special; and it’s that feeling that makes playing worth it.
Beating Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts
(video by Youtube user: CGInfernoBlast)
For me, beating Sephiroth was a major milestone. I had played Final Fantasy VII as a kid and so was excited at the prospect of getting to fight him, and especially so because I’d never finished FFVII (and still haven’t) and wanted to be able to say that I had defeated Sephiroth to a friend of mine at the time (who had beaten FFVII at the time and held defeating Sephiroth as a badge of honor of sorts). I’d also done very few challenging things as a gamer up to that point. I’d beaten plenty of games, sure, but I wouldn’t call them particularly challenging (stuff like Yoshi’s Island and Spyro 2:Riptoe’s Rage). Sephiroth was one of the first major challenges I took on as a gamer, and let me tell you it took every once of skill I could muster back then.
It took countless defeats, some grudging leveling up, and a 25 minute slog of battle (featuring me nearly tossing my controller in frustration whenever I got hit with “Sin Harvest Angel”), but eventually I emerged victorious, and henceforth claimed “One Winged Angel” as a personal theme of victory! I’ve beaten him once or twice since then, but that first win will always be remembered with particular pride.
Event Match 51 in Super Smash Bros. Melee
(video by Youtube user:chimanruler15)
In the months following the release of Super Smash Bros. Melee, I was what you would call “hooked”. I spent a great deal of my free time playing the game, and doing eveything I could to unlock it’s secrets. For that first year though, I just wasn’t good at the game. I didn’t master a character and couldn’t get through most of the more difficult challenges. Then the Yoshi wars began. What happened was I and a friend at the time decided that we would each attempt to master Yoshi (who we thought was the most difficult to play with at the time), with the end goal of proving who’s Smash skills were superior. The test: Event Match 51, the only event neither us could complete.
It took hours upon hours of training, cruel melee endurance runs, and 1v1 sparring, but we did each eventually master Yoshi and I emerged victorious as the first to beat Event Match 51. Victory never tasted sweeter! It didn’t settle the debate (it definitely did NOT) but bragging right are bragging rights…
So those are my best gaming moments, but I’m more interested in yours. What are your greatest game accomplishments? The best stories you ever got out of being a gamer?