Naja at Blerdy Otome nominated me for the 5 Games That Have Had The Biggest Impact On My Life tag that she adapted from Twitter! And I’m glad she did, because this is a fantastic tag to put on a blog. I have to admit, there’s been a lot of video games that I have loved for many different reasons over the years than span over so many genres. I’ve had a bit of a hard time picking five but if you want to know how I feel about some of my other favorite games, you can check out my 30 Day Video Game Challenge.
Spyro the Dragon
Spyro the Dragon was my very first video game. It brought me immense comfort during a tumultuous childhood. I wrote more in depth about it for The Games That Define Us which was cathartic and emotional for me. It’s crazy how something so simple as a purple dragon could mean so much to a little girl. Playing the Reignited series brought back a lot of those emotions, good and bad, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Ah, wouldn’t be a top 5 kind of post without mentioning Animal Crossing. It started with a chance encounter with a friend who had a GameCube and the next thing I knew, I was hooked. While AC doesn’t seem like the kind of game that has an impact on someone’s life, it is a game that continues to help my anxiety. I can jump in and feel like I can relax with my daily tasks of looking for fossils, gathering resources, talking to my villagers, or fishing. During COVID-19, New Horizons was there to hold me up when I felt like I was going to fall apart. Never underestimate a cute game with “mundane” tasks.
My first visual novel was Katawa Shoujo. It’s gained quite the cult following and for good reason. Not only is it free and a one-of-a-kind experience, but it also has the power to pull on your heart in ways you might not have expected considering its adult content. KS for me opened a door into playing even more visual novels. To be honest, I’m still chasing the feeling that KS gave me on my first playthrough. It broke my heart but rewarded with me with such intense story telling and characters. 10/10 would snot-cry while playing this again.
Fatal Frame II
Fatal Frame II holds a special place in my heart for so many reasons. My childhood best friend and I used to stay up late into the night playing horror games. Along with Silent Hill 2, Fatal Frame II became something we bonded over. It also was the start of my love for horror games, namely PS2 horror games. I hope to play the entire series over on my YouTube channel one day.
When I say Kingdom Hearts, I mean the whole series. It captured my mind and my heart, but most importantly, it helped me get to know my husband. It’s one of his favorite games, and when we first met, it was an easy talking point that we could both enjoy. I’ve since fallen behind on the games, and he’s helping me catch up currently which means we get to spend some much needed time together.
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