I'm a simple person when it comes to video games.
I prefer to go with nostalgia.
All of these fancy deals put me on sensory overload.
But my goodness the technology really has come a long way.
And there are actual storylines and drama.
Good for y'all gamers.
Redditor TolisKoutrowanted everyone to list their thoughts on the greatest of the great.
"What video game do you consider a masterpiece?"
I love you Ms. Pac-Man. Always and forever.
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"Roller Coaster Tycoon 2."
"Loved RCT2. The canned child laughing sound and the chain lifts noise are permanently burned into my brain."
my whole childhood...
"Man I miss Valve... Their games were designed in a way many developers could only dream of, they were revolutionary in almost everything they laid their hands on."
"Yeah that’s my whole childhood, still some of the best games… and actually playing HL- alyx for my very first VR experience was nuts. Loved it."
"They made a new game based in the Portal universe. It’s really short but it’s free and funny."
Better than Perfect
For real. The first one was absolutely perfect and then they somehow managed to make the second one even better."
"Portal 1's only fault is that it's very short. I just replayed it a decade since I last touched it and I cleared it in under 2 hours. Portal 2 had so much more room to add more mechanics, more puzzles, and more story. It's the perfect sequel."
"Half Life 2 was brilliant. After that I'd call out WoW Classic. It's hated now, but the first couple of years it was magic. It was a completely new experience exploring such a massive open world and nobody knew anything. So much fun on Ventrilo. Will remember forever. Championship manager in the early 90s. Maybe what I have played the most. I'll mention Fallout series, Witcher and Skyrim as well."
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"Star Wars knights of the old Republic. KOTOR. Surprised it hasn’t been said."
"Absolutely! I played it as a kid and it practically taught me life lessons. KOTOR 2 is a little darker but quite good also."
How can you even tell any of the Star Wars games apart?
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"Super Mario World. It’s perfect. I don’t think there’s a single thing about it that I would change."
"That game is awesome. That and Mario 64. But I love the soundtrack from Yoshi’s Island."
"Deus Ex the first one."
"At the time the open ended options and story presentation were both really impressive. You could really appreciate that the developer committed to that (e.g. you could physically destroy most locked doors). I think a lot of games stop short of doing that because they don’t want to allow brute force solutions in addition to more elegant ones."
"Journey. Not as long and vast as many games here but an artistic masterpiece in my books. It’ll age much better than most games too because of the simplicity."
"I absolutely love journey; the music mixed with the visual story telling is absolutely stunning. Also it has, imo, one of the most interesting multiplayer experiences of any game."
"It’s def one of my top three games, but Gris’ artwork and music are peak for me. Also if you really enjoyed the exploration of Journey, you’ll probably love Outer Wilds. Great game, it’ll leave you wishing you could forget it and play it all again."
"Chrono Trigger, if you know you know, and if you don't, go play it immediately."
"Definitely, I feel like some of the best RPGs came from the SNES and Sega era. Chrono Trigger, FF 6, Secret of Mana, super Mario RPG, Earthbound, shining force 2, Phantasy Star 4. Still some of my favorites that i try to revisit every year or so."
"Came here for Chrono. Time travel just makes for amazing stories, and I love how you can make the game different each play through."
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"Halo 3. Incredible story and thrilling gameplay. Hilariously fun multiplayer. Fantastic community. Nostalgia."
Video games have surely come a long way from Atari.
What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.
All of us respectively have different personality traits, quirks, and other idiosyncracies that make us special.
Whether it's a talent or a knack for doing things that not everyone can accomplish with panache, the thing that makes us unique as individuals certainly makes life interesting.
But there are some things about ourselves that, no matter how you matter-of-factly present them to others, come off as complete fiction.
Curious to hear from strangers online, Redditor dontaskmeforfeetpics asked:
"What is something about yourself that sounds totally made up but is 100% real?"
Just putting these out there. It's up to you to decided whether or not to be a believer.
"I built a 13 foot tall t rex with Christopher Walken's head, and New York magazine called it high brow and brilliant."
"My dad’s name is Luigi and my uncle’s name is Mario. They are brothers."
"ETA: I forgot to add that my dad is also a plumber."
"I am allergic to lettuce."
"Like I carry an epi pen allergic."
"I was once sponsored by the CRUNK energy drink company for sailing. I imagine I was the only sailor on their list. I literally just emailed them saying that I sailed and asked if they wanted me to put stickers on my boat. They sent me a few cases of the drink, t shirts, hats, the works. My car was known as the crunk-mobile."
"A horse threw me in the air when I was a child. But I wasn’t on his back. He grabbed the skin of my back with his teeth and yeeted me."
These Redditors beat the odds in unimaginable ways.
A Second Chance
"I died first, and then was born."
"I’ve told this story a few times on reddit, but I enjoy telling it so here we go again."
"During the Caesarian to bring me into the world, there was some major complication on my mother’s end. She started bleeding internally, drowning me in the womb. When I was removed, the doctors tried to get me breathing but couldn’t. I was declared dead. My mother was still unconscious, but my dad was brought in to say goodbye to me. He held me in his arms, was saying goodbye when out of nowhere I started coughing up blood and screaming as babies do. Apparently it was the weirdest moment in his life, being abjectly terrified and overwhelmed with joy that I was alive."
"It’s my favourite story to tell, because weirdly it takes some pressures off on birthdays. I don’t do well with to much attention by family/friends, but celebrating my “death day” doesn’t bring people the same connotations."
"I grew up 'on the wrong side of the river', was considered by all to be the town loser, and went to work as a janitor while still in high school... then... in my 40s I set a goal for myself (while still working full time) to take one class at time until I either graduate or die, whichever comes first. At age 49 I finished my Bachelors of Science Degree, at age 52 my MBA, and age 61 my Ph.D. Never let the arrogant elitists define who you are or what you can be!"
"I never graduated high school but I have a bachelor's degree. I was homeschooled and my mom never went through the legal steps to actually get me a real diploma, so she made one in photoshop that was then used to get me into this podunk community college that didn't verify it. From there I got my associate's degree, which I then used to get into a decent university where I got my bachelor's."
Family histories are fascinating but can also be confounding.
A Different Time
"My great-grandma ran a brothel back at the turn of the 20th century. She was Algonquin and people were pretty racist back then so she had a hard time getting business. Since it was a coastal town (Maine) she bought up a couple leaky old rowboats and would load them up with hookers and booze and row them out to the ships at night. When ships came in to port most of the crew would get shore leave and hit the bars and brothels in town, but they always had to leave a few sailors on the ship to keep an eye on it. My Great-grandmother figured those guys had money too and probably felt left out. She basically set up waterbased lot lizards. Or UberHoes."
"My Grandpa and his sisters grew up in the brothel and no one would talk to them or socialize with them. My Grandpa met my Grandma picking green beans for a local farmer. They fell in love. When they wanted to get married they had to leave the state to get away from her family that were utterly disgusted that she would marry the son of a whore. So they ran off to Detroit because GM was hiring and that's how my family came to Michigan."
"My great grandfather worked in the textile business and started importing rayon fabric from Japan in the late 60s and 70s. Keep in mind this was during the early days of synthetic fabrics and travelling to Japan was not all that common. On a business trip, he met some Japanese business men who were selling newly designed transistor radios. His contacts wanted to setup an exclusive import agreement for their electronics to North America, but my great grandfather declined, because how many of these radios could you possibly sell?"
"Turns out that was a short sighted business decision, because that company was called Sony Electronics. He turned down the exclusive import contract for Sony."
"On the other side of my family, my Canadian relatives walked away from 100 acres of land in Alberta during the dust bowl and great depression. They decided it was not worth paying the taxes on their land. Turns out that land was right in the heart of the Alberta oil deposits."
"Also on my mother's side of the family, they used to have a citrus orchard near Los Angeles. They sold it cheap to some land developers. That farm was right at Hollywood and Vine."
"My family on both sides is bad at seeing long term investments."
"I found out my 'father' wasnt my biological father in 10th grade Biology class. We were learning about blood types and traits. I raised my hand thinking I was a smart a**, 'You're chart isnt accurate, my dad has AB negative and I'm O positive.' My teacher said 'I think your mom has some explaining to do!'. And we all chuckled."
"Turned out, he was not my father."
The Redditors who shared their stories above definitely sound like they can be huge hits at a cocktail party.
Especially if the two people attending said event are Mario and Luigi.
As far as I'm concerned, their parents are winning.
Life is one big mystery. There is so much we don't know beyond the sand grains-worth of knowledge available on Wikipedia.
Why are we here? Why do some people have all the luck and others don't? Why are our loved ones taken from us too soon?
There is no being or entity that is more omniscient than God, and believers probably have a bone to pick with them were they have a chance encounter.
Playing on this scenario, Redditor AVR350 asked:
"Imagine you met God, what would you argue about with him?"
Are we alone in the universe?
The Burning Question
"Who else is out there?"
“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”
Who Is God?
"Depends on how you decide what god means. If god is simply the one who create us, then yes. Could just end up being an advanced alien species as well. If god is supposed to be capital God, then he’s supposed to be omnipotent and by definition the most powerful."
Inquisitive believers sparked valid discussions.
"Why kids get cancer"
The Origin Of Us
"Why did he create us in the first place? Was he bored or what?"
A Harsh Outcome
"Why you made it so unclear, yet the punishment so bad?"
What We All Strive For
"That’s the thing. To my knowledge the 'punishment' isn’t in the Bible, at least the Old Testament. Read a lot of it growing up being forced into a catholic school and I don’t ever recall a specific description of hell. In fact, what we know of hell today is primarily taken from Dante’s Inferno."
"Assuming there is a god, of which I am heavily doubtful, whatever teachings there were have been so tainted by human hands and greed that none of it really matters anymore."
"My philosophy has always been to be good, be kind, be helpful and respect nature. That’s the best we can do."
"Why do so many corrupt people worship you? Why are your believers so effin rude?"
Some questions weren't as deep.
"Why the hell he never closes the door to my room, it's always just a bit open and he pretends like he doesn't know what I'm talking about."
We Need Support
"I've got some real issues with the design of the lower back. What were you thinking?"
The Purpose Of It All
"Why the F'K do you need all those foreskins? No, really? Are you making shoes?"
Whether you believe in God or not, many of us are looking to unlock many of life's mysteries. And chances are, we will continue being left in the dark.
So, instead of searching desperately for some answers, the best we can do to maximize our time on this planet is by doing what we know works–being the best version of ourselves and being kind to others.
Because the one thing we know for certain is, we're not here forever.
Fictional characters always say the best things.
It's always perfect and spot on, but in real life we normally say things wrong and messy.
Maybe that's why so much great dialogue resonates...
Redditor AmOdd asked:
"What did a fictional character say that stuck with you?"
"The love Molly. You take it with you." - Sam Wheat/Patrick Swayze (Ghost)
I still weep.
"Many of the truths we cling to depend largely on your point of view. - Ben Kenobi"
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"'We accept the love we think we deserve.'"
“'I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what you have.'”
"(Perks of Being a Wallflower, I Don't Know if i'm a cliche)"
steeped in blood...
"A boy who idealizes war is perplexed why a war hero wants to retire to become a farmer. He asks the wise warrior why he seems to despise war and this is his response:"
"There is more honor in a field well plowed than one steeped in blood."
"Lloyd Alexander the Black Cauldron. Read it in elementary school and that has always stuck with me. Good thing too, because the indoctrination and glorification of the military is very strong in my country and starts at an early age."
"When Vimes says about his alcoholism, 'One is too many, two's not enough.' That's when I knew that cutting down wouldn't work, I would have to completely stop. Been sober nearly five years now."
"I always tell people 'Drinking-wise, you are like a car; you have an accelerator and a brake. You can start and stop or go fast or slow. I'm the space shuttle; I can only light the rocket or not light the rocket, that's it, those are the choices I have."'
"I haven't lit the rocket in a decade."
“'I survived because the fire inside burned brighter than the fire around me.' -Joshua Graham, Fallout New Vegas"
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Great words from great characters will haunt you forever.
"'It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not weakness, that is life.' - Jean-Luc Picard"
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'tomorrow never comes'
"Tomorrow's the day you'll pay the bills! Tomorrow's the day you'll grow up and start acting responsible. But tomorrow never comes for you, because it's always so conveniently a day away.' Suzie, Hey Arnold. Had to copy and paste because I forgot the original quote verbatim but the 'tomorrow never comes' part always stuck with me despite me being a massive procrastinator."
"'The hero decides to give their life to save the day, and because of their sacrifice the good guys win, the survivors all cheer, and everybody lives happily ever after. But the hero never gets to see that ending. They'll never know if their sacrifice actually made a difference. They'll never know if the day was really saved. In the end they just have to have faith. Ain't that a *itch? - Epsilon from red vs blue.'"
"'Be loyal to what matters.' - Arthur Morgan"
"Roger Clark killed that role. It’s not often that a video game voice actor gives a genuinely Oscar-worthy performance."
"I remember thinking before the game was launched 'Huh, this guy seems like a total *ick, there’s no way R* can make him a more likable character than Marston'; now that I’ve had a few months to stew on it I honestly think he may be my favorite video game character of all time, probably top 5 protagonists in all fiction."
"'Some people will always need help. That doesn't mean they're not worth helping.' -Meera Reed from Game of Thrones"
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I do love good dialogue. It's the key to everything.
There is always a better way to do something.
Some may call that option lazy, others may say it's genius.
Think about it this way... the computer keyboard has tons of "hacks" which were engineered to save time.
The more time one saves, the more life to be lived.
Redditor rat-avec-london asked:
"What is a lifehack that seems fake, but is a true lifesaver?"
I love a good short cut. Enlighten me.
"If you stand up too fast and your head starts to spin/rush/blackout tighten your abs as hard as you can and it’ll help drastically reduce the head rush. you can also do it preemptively to help stop it before it even happens."
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"Splash some water your face. As a mammal, you have a diving instinct, so water on your face triggers a response: you wake up, there's more oxygen to your brain, you feel better, plus your face is wet."
"My deceased grandmother told me to do this every morning. Now I know the science behind it, I will try to be more diligent in doing it. Cheers."
"I do this driving long distances. I keep a wash rag and a bottle of water on stand by. Better than a loud radio or the windows down."
"If you get food/grease stains on your clothes, cover the stain with dishwashing liquid. The stain will come off when you wash your clothes."
"Always double check the stain is gone before sticking it in the dryer too! The heat will set the stain in even more. I love using dish soap for laundry stains, I even keep a tiny bottle in my laundry room."
"Lestoil works great for greasy stains too."
break any fall...
"When it is icy or going through somewhere wet, always have both hands free to break any fall. When working with a job you know has safety hazard, always be on the look out. My coworker broke her wrist because someone forgot to put the pallet in the correction location. Sometimes people are out to get you or maybe not even thinking of you (or your safety) so always got to have your own back."
"Turn your device on and off before contacting tech support."
"And restart your computer regularly, not a shut down, a restart. Shut down is now just a glorified sleep and will not solve your problem."
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I hate that off/on. I've spent half my life doing it. :(
"If your ring gets stuck on your finger windex will slide it right off. Worked at a jewelry store for five plus years."
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Lighten it Up
"Use whitening toothpaste and a little water with a paper towel to clean stained dry erase boards. It easily removes ink and doesn't spread it around like rubbing alcohol. Works on boards that have been stained for years.
"Also, if you accidentally use permanent marker on a whiteboard (we’ve all done in) you can use whiteboard pen to it. Once the permanent marker is dry, draw over it with the whiteboard pen, let that dry and wipe off."
"Also works great on dirty white leather/fake leather shoes like Adidas Stan Smith."
back and forth
"I saw a comment on one of these kinda threads that recommended gently rocking back and forth while pooping. I’ve never had any problems in the bathroom, but I happened to be sitting on the toilet when I read the comment so I decided to give it a test drive. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and effortless the whole experience was and I haven’t gone back to my old stationary technique since."
"As a bonus... #1 and #2 now require the same amount of time in the bathroom!"
kills stone dead...
"If you have funky armpits and need to fix them fast, use hand sanitiser. I figured this out years ago when I remembered that the smell comes from bacteria reactions - which antibacterial hand gel kills stone dead. Instant results and the medical smell lasts only a minute. Don't do this routinely though as it's delicate skin."
And a Razor
"Use shaving cream as anti-fog. I used it on the inside of my motorcycle visor. Smear it on, let it dry, then rinse off and dry. It also works for bathroom mirrors. You can use it on a small spot so you can still see when you get out of the shower."
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Survival tips to know. I'm making a list.