Video games get a bad rap—often being blamed as time-wasters, brain-rotters, etc...
But there's an altogether different side to be considered.
They can be masterpieces of storytelling, visual stunners and bring people together in ways they couldn't have connected otherwise.
Reddit user justanabricot asked:
"Gamers of Reddit, what is your favorite game ever?"
Reddit users had all kinds of reasons to love the games they love - and they're not afraid to totally geek out about it.
Experience The Fear Again
"The fear of the unknown, but explored in the comfort of my own room."
"It lets me explore, be afraid, and subsequently conquer each fear as it rises."
"What gets me is that after I figure out the 'enemies,' the game somehow reminds me that I'm the alien here. They were there first."
"This is probably my #1 game that I would want to delete from my memory and experience again for the first time."
"I have a bit of thalassophobia, so this game was a pretty incredible ride for me."
"I just finished it again the other day, and I agree it is my favorite game."
"I want to start from the beginning with no knowledge and experience the fear and wonder I went through again."
Freedom Beyond Anything
"The experience and freedom was so beyond anything else I experienced at the time."
"The ability to craft crazy spells so powerful they had almost no likelihood to not succeed, kill essentials NPCs because you're not gonna tell me the story is more important than getting his armor, and the amount of little mechanics and things to discover that seemed unending."
"It has been overshadowed by Oblivion and Skyrim, but people forget how revolutionary and different it was for fantasy RPGs back in 2003"
"Takes place in a part of the world where humans are a foreign minority. Yes, the Empire is human run, but this distant province is home of the Dunmer."
"The varieties of cultures you experience. It isn't just your run of the mill standard European Medieval fantasy: weird Daedric ruins, steampunk Dwemer ruins, mushroom towers, and bone-armored warriors that live in giant crab shells. Not to mention the flora and fauna to match."
"The background lore is so well done- and they leave the right amount of it unknown. There are so many different versions of "the truth" that gains genuine interest in the backstory and motivations instead of 'Big evil thing wants to rule/destroy/etc the world.' "
"The amount of customization. You can create your own spells, potions, or charm your weapons/clothes/armor."
"The 3D world. It seems mundane today, but as a teenager, walking into a tomb in POV was something new."
"The theme song Nerevar Rising (the first iteration of TES theme) is stunningly beautiful. Years later I used it to walk down the wedding aisle to."
"The gothic/Lovecraft world is so terrifyingly beautiful. Every turn or corner had something horrible. I loved every moment."
"I wish I could forget Bloodborne just to replay it for the first time again. Talk about an amazing first play through."
"I played it through for the first time last week. Absolutely Phenomenal"
As A Kid Who Didn't Have Friends
"100% Mass Effect."
"The story was so rich and giving the ability to shape not just your physical character but who they were through so many actions and choices give the character a life and make friendships with the NPCs really gave me a safe escape place as a kid who didn’t have a lot of friends growing up."
"It's insane just how much I got attached to those characters"
Build, Fly, And Blow Up
"Kerbal Space Program."
"You get to build, fly, and usually blow up space ships with relatively realistic physics!"
"It is the type of game I would dream about growing up (I was a space nerd) and it has incredible scaling difficulty and a great modding community so it really never gets dull."
"Right there with you! This game has brought me thousands of hours of entertainment."
"Can not wait for KSP2!"
"KSP is an amazing game!"
"It is so easy to fail, but it makes it fun none the less! It makes you learn from your mistakes and keep building from there!"
Fighting With Friends
"I really like the Mario Kart/Mario Party series."
"Those games have brought me so much entertainment and joy when hanging with friends, and DEFINITELY some arguments in between."
"So much hours spent on those games, with some of the BEST music as well."
"I don't play them as I'm not a switch user, but a game or two when I'm with my girlfriend doesn't hurt."
"Still great games, if I get a switch it's for 3 good reasons: Mariomaker 2, animal crossing and Mariokart."
"Mario kart is such a good multiplayer game, I remember playing it on the Wii with my family for hours."
"Sadly my cat destroyed the console. I will probably get a switch with Mario Kart on it to have fun with it again."
For Love And Dogs
"Fable. Mostly because to make people fall in love with you, half the work is saying "Hey" over and over again."
"In Fable 2, when you beat the game they gave you one final choice with three options:"
"One was to resurrect everyone that died in your quest, and the other two were something like money and weapons."
"Near the end of the game, your dog companion dies protecting you. I had named mine after my aging childhood dog, so obviously I made the choice to bring everyone, including my loyal video-dog, back."
"At around 2am, after beating the game at the end of a long binge, I put it down and went to sleep."
"The next morning, I got a call from my mom that she'd had to put our dog down the night before. I like to think of him like he's running the fields in Fable 2, helping me dig up stupid sh*t."
"I f*cking love Fable."
Meeting Your Destiny Playing Destiny
"Ignoring my favorite old school games, my favorite modern game is Destiny/Destiny 2."
"I met my wife through Destiny about four years ago."
"We had a Destiny themed wedding and we welcomed our own 'Little Light' in February 2020."
"We still play together most nights and spend most of our time teaching new players the endgame content (Raids/etc). From the gun play to the lore to the raids, there’s a lot to love in Destiny for me."
"Destiny is def a big part of your life. Gotta respect that"
"Dragon Age: Origins."
"I just love everything about it. I feel like it has great replay potential due to all the different choices/ending you can have."
"With ya there bud. Dragon Age: Origins is my no#1 most beloved game of all time."
"The characters, the setting, the combat and character role-playing, I even loved the shit out of the combat system."
"I've replayed it many times with many different character builds, but I always end up the same way."
" 'THIS TIME I'M NOT GOING TO ROMANCE ALISTAIR' "
" *Narrator: She romanced Alistair.* "
Play With People You Know
"Honestly I know someone is going to hate me for this, maybe everyone, and I wouldn’t at all blame you, but please hear me out."
"I play it a lot with my boyfriend and some of his friends and it’s such a hoot if you’re playing with people you know."
"If you’re playing random fill lobbies on your own, it is kind of sh*t because you’ll usually get teamed up with some squealing 8 year old kid who thinks having 100+ skins effects how well he plays the game."
"Fortnite isn't a bad game; it just has the most garbage community you can find."
"I played a lot of save the world, the first game mode of fortnite, and gosh it's not the same. But things got boring quickly. You farm to get better so you can farm better stuff and quicker. It's a loophole."
"I've always thought the same thing."
"Only played a handful of times, but I was impressed with the game. Really fun to play with friends."
"The enjoyment falls off when you're solo or playing with kids."
Personally, there's no video game greater than Oblivion.
We've already talked about Morrowind, so it's clear the Elder Scrolls series has been impactful, but for me Oblivion offers color, storyline and mythos that just can't be compared to anything else.
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What are your favorite video games and why?
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Every now and then, we can't help but be proud of certain accomplishments.
Graduating from college or grad school, earning a promotion at work, hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner.
Though it shouldn't be forgotten that pride is one of the seven deadly sins.
Which should serve as a reminder that we should be careful of what we boast over, and that some accomplishments might not be cause for celebration.
A Redditor was curious to hear some of the more questionable skills and/or accomplishments people have boasted about, leading them to ask:
"What are people stupidly proud of?"
Yeah... not cool.
"My ex actually said, 'Yeah, I saw this guy in a pub yesterday who tried talking to us so I basically burned his stupid shirt for an hour lol,' which is one of the main reasons I broke up with him."- AnyCurrency6027Giphy
Always read the fine print.
"Those IQ tests people share but they don't know how to read their results."
"Had some guy just so proud that he was in the top 90%."- 7grendel
Can knowing and doing nothing really be considered an accomplishment?
"Example: pride in not knowing how to do basic math."- stupidlyugly
"Willful ignorance."- storm_the_castle
"Amazingly and increasingly, ignorance."- vanta_blacknessGiphy
Definitely not the parent who deserves to be celebrated..
"My dad, a father of 7, brags that he's never changed a diaper."
"Like, congratulations on being no help?"- Porrick
...Where do you even start?...
“'I’m proud of myself, I haven’t cheated in a while'.”
"Me: 'it’s been 2 months and I’m not f*cking proud of you'.”- Pufferfish4467
They shouldn't be allowed to have pets!
"That their dog weighs so much, but really it's an obese sausage with legs who can't even take three steps without running out of breath."- whiskybidnus
But what's the payoff?
"Long commute times and working hours."- KyotoGaijin
"I'm terrible at my job, let's celebrate!"
"Teachers being proud that their classes are hard and their students are always failing."- GreatXsGiphy
It's hard to imagine what some of these people were thinking when they boasted about these non-accomplishments.
In all likelihood, they weren't thinking at all.
I love TV!
Some television shows are a part of my DNA. That's why an ending is so important.
In the end we want to be forever satisfied. Which is a near impossible ask. Not everyone is going to love the chosen ending.
But sometimes writers really get it right... Buffy the Vampire Slayer... (save for *@#*'s death!!) is EVERYTHING.
But then they can get it really wrong... Game Of Thrones fans are STILL fuming apparently.
Redditorslice29wanted to discuss all the best entertainment endings we've ever watched.
"In your opinion, what TV show had the most satisfying ending?"
I hate and love endings of shows. I love them when they're done well. I hate that it's over. Let's start with one of my favs!!
End of Life
"Six Feet Under."
"Watched this in real time with my mom. The whole show. Every episode. As they aired. I grew up along with it, and the ending felt like the opposite of a death - I was a grown up. You're right."
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"Sledge Hammer! For those too young to remember this gem from the 80s, it was a show that satirized the Dirty Harry-style bad cop dramas that were in at the time. The show ended with Sledge trying to defuse a nuke ('Trust me, I know what I'm doing...'), failing."
"And then the camera slow-pans across the charred landscape of the ruined city and you hear the distant voice of the long-suffering police chief yelling 'HHHAAAAMMMMMMMEEERRRRR!!!!!!' Priceless."
"Blackadder Goes Forth The ending of a comedy set in WWI trenches to end with everyone dying after going over the wall is both sobering and satisfying."
"When Darling thinks the war is over because all the guns stopped firing. 'Thank God! We lived through it! The Great War: 1914-1917.' But we know there was still another whole year of war to go through."
"Newhart. No one in America saw that plot twist coming."
"And with the rise of the internet, I doubt any show could pull off a twist like that again and take people by surprise. The Season 1 finale to 'The Good Place"'was a rare exception of this happening post-internet."
"The twist is that good, and so few people saw the show during its original run, that there are probably tons of people discovering it every week. I don't want to ruin it for anybody."
"Cheers. 'We're closed.'"
"Thought the same thing. Have been going through the series again, usually one a day and about to start the last season."
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Ah 'Cheers.' Not my favorite show, but a great end. And 'Six Feet Under?' GENIUS!
"The Good Place."
"I need to rewatch that show. If someone told me to watch a show about the afterlife, philosophy, morality, interspersed with d*ck jokes I wouldn't be able to take it seriously but somehow they pulled it off."
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The Tie Up
"Gravity Falls. Tied everything up nicely, but left me wanting more, but what good show doesn't?"
"I want more so bad, but we all know it's better to die a hero than a 25 seasons show nobody wants to watch."
"Agreed. Whether Alex Hirsch does something new in the future or just sods off with his residual checks, I couldn't be more proud."
"why we fight"
"'Cherish the memory of a question my grandson asked me the other day when he said, ‘Grandpa were you a hero in the war?’ Grandpa said ‘No... But I served in a company of heroes.'"
"Band of brothers is GOAT. Even reading that line gave me goosebumps I stumbled across 'why we fight' the other day, must have seen it 20 odd times, watched it again, still amazing. In fact, my missus is out tmrw, you've inspired me to start episode one again."
"M*A*S*H, still the greatest final episode in TV history. It made it clear that nobody would be the same after the war. Winchester couldn't love music like he had before without being reminded of the war. Father Mulcahy lost his hearing as a result of the war. Hawkeye lost some of his sanity."
"Margaret had to lose her self-reliance and realize that it is okay to accept help. Potter had to lose his beloved horse, which was his #1 way to stay sane. BJ had to learn to say goodbye. And, of course, Klinger had to give up his dream of leaving Korea at least for the foreseeable future."
"There are times (most times for me) when being in the military totally sucks. Living in deplorable conditions, spending 24 hours a day with the same people; working, playing, and sleeping together with people you like and people you hate. Missing your family and loved ones. Yet, when you have to separate, the feeling of loss is like nothing else that I have experienced in civilian life."
"Star Trek TNG. The episode itself was great, but that ending scene was phenomenal."
"'Nothing is wild and the sky is the limit.'"
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Those are definitely some incredible endings. And endings are hard to pull off.
Friendship is not something that can be forced.
As with any kind of relationship, it all depends on compatibility and chemistry, and thus must happen organically.
On the flip side though, it can be pretty clear when people will not end up being your friends, owing to a fundamental difference in personality or beliefs.
Redditor Chola_Bhatora was curious to hear the type of people the Reddit community would never become chummy with, leading them to ask:
"What kind of person would you never be friends with?"
Basically, people who aren't nice
"People who don't apologize for their mistakes, blame others for their problems, and generally complain without doing anything about their situation."
"Oh, and generally a**holes."- NerdyDadGuy1981
"People who are overly rude and constantly laugh it off and call themselves 'a**holes' as if it is an uncontrollable character trait."- Business_Grand7665
Don't you twist my words around!
"People that distort what you said."- Mystery_Ireal housewives lies GIF by leeannelockenGiphy
Just take some responsibility!
"People who can never admit they're wrong about anything."
"No matter how blatantly wrong."- Rachfo44
Say it to my face!
"The kind that talks behind your back."- 0breanna0
Are you sure about that?
"Someone who thinks they already know everything."- Fragrant-Crow-4513know it all boomerang GIFGiphy
Then why aren't I laughing?
"Someone that puts you down in front of your other friends.. 'as a joke'."- motherfugher
How well do you actually know them?
"People who abuse your trust and honesty to manipulate you, especially when they disguise it so well."
"Had it one too many times, thankfully gets easier to spot but some people are freakishly good at it."- nothingjustk
Yeah, well mine's better!
"One uppers."- BasedChickenTendiekristen wiig television GIF by Saturday Night LiveGiphy
Someone needs a lesson in self respect...
"I'm a woman."
"Had a classmate strike a conversation with me for the first time."
"2 minutes in said she doesn't have female friends because all women are b*tches."
"Why are you talking to me then?"
"What do you think you are?"- Minimum_Greedy
As Jane Austen famously explored in Pride and Prejudice, first impressions can often be misleading.
But every now and then, they can give a crystal clear depiction of who someone really is.
Which could easily be someone you do not want to be friends with.
Age is just a number.
We all hope to stay sexy until the end.
And even when we don't feel sexy, maybe there will be people who still think we are.
Redditor Debonair-Redditor21wanted to hear about famous crushes that enter into the "Harold & Maude" territory. They asked:
"Who is the oldest celebrity that you still find attractive?"
All Hail Dame Helen Mirren. Is there anything else to say?
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"Viggo Mortensen. Very handsome at 63."
"Damn, he is 63? Time flies."
"Elvira. Cassandra Peterson. Just turned 70 and still breaks out that amazing personality at every appearance."'
"Omg. I saw the BEST suggestion for a movie ever. Elvira & Dolly Parton playing their stage personas as estranged sisters who must team up to fight evil."
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"Jane Seymour. 71 and still stunning."
"Live and Let Die. Incredible, and she'll always be in my mind as Elise McKenna, the woman so beautiful that Christopher Reeve's character went back to be with her in Somewhere in Time. I totally get the desire."
"Susanna Hoffs (63)."
"Plot twist: She sang 'Walk Like an Egyptian' because she's immortal and actually lived in Ancient Egypt."
"She was my first crush. As a child, I used to watch MTV for hours just for that moment when she cut her eyes in the 'Walk Like an Egyptian' video."
I am loving this list. I didn't think I would.
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"You mean my daddy issues? Damn I love that guy. Death Stranding really nailed how he can come through a medium without much hassle."
My Biological Clock
"Jesus, I was so confused watching the new Spider-Man movies with Marisa as Aunt May. Marisa Tomei is perpetually the hot 80s chick in my head, also Jennifer Connelly. I was watching Morbius and seeing Requiem for a Dream and Career Opportunities. I AM OLD, I GUESS."
"Christopher Plummer, right up until the day he died at 92."
"I first saw ‘The Sound of Music’ as a child, watched in many times, know if off by heart etc. I didn’t watch for many years."
"Then as an adult I wanted to introduce a friend’s kid to it, put it on, and spent the next couple of hours absolutely dumbstruck by how hot Christopher Plummer was. It had never struck me before that time but go**amn have I never forgotten. No wonder Maria chose the Captain, if I had to choose between him and God I know who my pick would be."
"Timothy Olyphant. Idk what it is about him. He's so funny, charming, and handsome that I don't care how much older than me he is."
"I do NOT get tired of watching him; he is so expressive. In Catch and Release there's a scene where he and Jennifer Garner are having a conversation that consists entirely of gestures and facial expressions. Hilarious!"
"He is amazing in Justified and Deadwood... hell, pretty much everything. I think I just found out I may have a man-crush on the dude lol."
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"Ugh she was a vision in Everything Everywhere All at Once. And if she doesn't win all the awards then there is something really wrong with the voting system."
"Oof that's kind of a hard one. Without looking up a bunch of older actors I think I'd have to go with Ken Watanabe. I think he's in his early 60s now and the last time I saw a recent pic of him he was still looking fine AF. And an honorable mention is Steve Carell... I don't know what it is but he keeps getting hotter with age. I was never attracted to him until he did that silver fox photo shoot with the paint brush 'n shi*t."
total class act...
"Stanley Tucci. As my mom says about handsome men, he just looks like he smells good."
"He visited our hotel a few weeks ago. As the Restaurant Manager I was specifically told that my team and I were not to treat him any different to other guests, which we don't."
"The guy was a total class act polite, courteous, and always keen for a chat. Never mentioned his movies, his career, but was there to enjoy time with his family, and they themselves were also a joy to be around. Can confirm he always had a slight aroma of warm cinnamon."
Well that is a long list of sexy. Cheers to growing sexy with age.