What Moment Made You Fall In Love With Games? | Gaming

Everyone has one particular moment that crystallised the magic of games.

When I was a kid, my brother and I had a childhood friend who’s family would, every so often, go on a holiday somewhere. I can’t remember the reasons why, but that friend ended up staying at our house for a week or so, and as a result we all ended up in the computer room together playing one video game or another.

My dad was away at the time – he worked as a marine engineer, so he spent half of the year away at sea – and so while Mum slept, my brother, myself and this friend would just stay up late at night, whittling away through turns of of Might and Magic or Gazillionaire Deluxe.

I don’t quite remember what hooked us on that weird, MS Paint-esque economy game quite so much. But more than two decades on, I can still hear the sound effect of the alien who granted you the loan for your spaceship. (They sounded a hell of a lot like Waluigi, actually.)

But there was something in those shared moments, an unspoken, quiet appreciation to see things through to the end. Maybe HOMM 3 was just that good a game. Maybe it was just nice to get to the finish line together; none of us were particularly competitive back then, although I would later find my taste for that in Counter-Strike and StarCraft.

What about yourselves, though: what moment, whether it be a story beat or something special in multiplayer, crystallised the moment that made you fall in love with video games?

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