Ever been completely blown away by a moment in a video game? Me too.
In case the blog isn’t a big enough indicator, I love video games. Love ’em. Non-gamers (or ‘muggles’) just aren’t aware of how expressive, and powerful the industry is. They don’t realize that games can affect players to the extent movies can. But we know better. We know of the thrills and horrors that await those willing to pick up a controller. It’s why we keep coming back for more.
Here is a sample of some of the feelings that gaming has led me to experience over my ten years of gaming.
WARNING: spoilers below.
Hunting gods in Shadow of the colossus had me in awe every time one of these creatures was on screen. Their destruction was bitter and saddening, worsened by the end game revelation. It’s an experience I’m not likely to forget.
Rarely have I ever been as afraid as I was creeping through the halls of Dead Space 1 and 2. Stalked by the sickening parodies of humans known as Necromorphs, I felt isolated and unprotected. Every step of the way.
When my dog died in Fable 2, I was gut wrenched. My ever faithful companion.. gone? I nearly stopped playing. However, later on, when I realized he could be brought back, I was ecstatic. Never mind my sister, good old doggy made the game for me, and I was thrilled to have him by my side once more.
Jesus Christ, the one time I didn’t see it coming. Wheatley’s betrayal hit harder than a sledgehammer, causing me to stop playing for the day just to get my head around it. Hats off to valve for creating the perfectly done scene when the power goes to his head. My heart literally skipped a beat when I realized what he was about to do.
One of the most disturbing, yet beautiful relationships ever witnessed in ANY medium, the Little Sister – Big Daddy combo emanates love and affection, not to mention ultra protectiveness. Playing as a big Daddy in Bioshock 2, I was very moved by my character’s obvious and all consuming love for his little Sister, Eleanor.
I’ve never cried playing a video game, but this scene.. was pretty powerful stuff. Guaranteed to make you mopey and reflective for at least a week after witnessing. Tough break, Aerith. Bye.
A badass entry to a badass character, Thane’s entry assassination got the adrenaline flowing and the fingers twitching. Every time this guy enters a scene there’s a tension in the air, and I love that.
I wasn’t impressed with the opening hours of Ocarina of Time, then Link grew up and everything changed. Stepping back into a rundown, dangerous Hyrule castle was a psychedelic moment that stood out for me as the real start of Link’s greatest adventure.
For me, playing Minecraft is a relaxing affair, that empties my brain of all thoughts. Think if a movie tried to do this; this relaxing contentedness is an experience unique to video games, and something I regularly use as a stress reliever and to escape from this world.
There you go folks, some of the emotions that I’ve experienced through the medium of video games. What are your ‘wow’ moments, or favorite memories? Scribble away below!