Games (video, computer, board, or outside) can be fun ways to pass the time, but beneath their seemingly simple surface lies something more serious: an engaging and exciting way to tell stories. Games can bypass the barrier held by childhood, slipping into our adult lives, leaving a lasting impact we'll remember forever.


Reddit user, u/gubbatv, wanted to know what game you'd replay in an instant when they asked:

What game had the biggest impact on your life and why?

Waddle Around And Meet New Friends

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Club Penguin.

It was my escape from the world for years. There I had friends and could lose myself to roleplays that were better than my real life. I'm better now, I have friends and like myself more, but for young me that was the escape I needed.

iimuffinsaur

Collective Storytelling...With Swords!

Dungeons and Dragons. I started playing when I was ten. Here we are 38 years later and I'm still playing D&D. Lots of my friendships revolve around the game.

ZotDragon

Same (started way later though), especially right now with the lockdown. For my friends and I, it's pretty much the only routine we still have.

Guineypigzrulz

Let's Find All The Moons!

Super Mario Galaxy is the first game I truly fell in love with really kicked off my gaming addiction

jhoshy03

Such an amazing game. I still cannot understand how they programmed the gravity, and how they made it feel so natural at the same time

jtcuth48

Games Of Adventure To Teach You To Overcome

Far Cry 4. I was going through a tough time in life and missions that took place in shangri-la gave me a lot of insight into how to come out of them. It unknowingly turned out to be a turning point in my life.

kislayarishiraj

I know this feeling. In my second year of grad school I had a full mental breakdown that lasted months and Star Wars Battlefront was a big part of of my recovery. It represented the passive part of my recovery, but was essential none-the-less.

Typical_Viking

It's A Painting That Comes To Life

Okami.

My absolute #1 favorite game of all time. The first time I ever tried a dating site, I found somebody who had the game listed as one of her favorites in her profile. Jump forward 11 years, we're now married with two children.

Chordus

The BEST Zelda Game Of All Time. Fight Me.

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Zelda: Ocarina of Time - The timing of the game, riding around on your horse and unique temples made this one of the best adventures! There were so many unique aspects to the game that really made it stand out and make it a magical experience.

gubbatv

This Is The End Of The World...Of Warcraft.

Probably WoW, I've never spent that much time playing any game, much less the same game off and on for ~15 years now.

From being a kid and hiding in my real life basement on new years because I didn't want to socialize and watching the fireworks from Org to raiding 3 days a week with a guild of cool people in Legion, WoW's always been there.

Neverlife

WoW is the only reason I learned how to type, learned online etiquette, hell, learned a majority of my social skills.

awesmazingj

A Game That Teaches Everything

Runescape changes my life for the better. Seriously.... I played it from 6th grade to when I was a senior in 12th grade.

I of course learned and explored a vast landscape with many hidden secrets but it taught way more to real life then that. I learned to merchant, selling high/buying low. Learned basic economy and trades, and that emotion can be such a strong pursuit in any trade deal where you can in fact benefit and make so much from.

I learned more... during my 7 years, I fell for scams, so many scams. I fell for password scams, lost my Santa hat from people taking advantage of me during a construction skills bug, lost my Abby whip from a scam I really thought I was helping a stranger in the wild. It made me learn to never trust strangers when you think you'll benefit or even to trust strangers with deals that are too good to be true. In fact, I learned to scam back. I scammed a ton of people back in my day when I was younger. The most expensive thing I scammed was an Abby whip - the same way it got stolen from me - I ended up giving the guy the price for it 3 years later & he had no idea who I was or why I did that.

I learned more. My words have consequences.

I learned to type like a wild man with so much repetition "selling 1k lobbies, 200k" etc. I'm such a better typist because of it

I mostly learned friendships. I made friends in the community but mostly I played alongside my real life friends. We went to the wildy, talked about it for days, did quests, merchanted, learned ways to strategize. It was such an experience and I've taken allllllll my lessons from that game and applied them to my real life. Happy to know I've gotten a run through full life before adulthood.

AbnormalMedStudent

Build n' Build n' Build Together

Minecraft, that game has helped me through so many rough times and i have an incredible sense of nostalgia for it. Even now, in the pandemic, it's still helpin me out, as i can still interact with my friends in the game

ChunkyMilk_77

At first I didn't understand the appeal for my kids. But they got me to join them in constructing buildings etc.. its therapeutic, I love it.

...well I have to add I play it without my kids now lol. I'm middle age, in a very demanding job... minecraft has the effect of recalibrating my mind after work. I'll call it [Mindcraft].

fanzipan

Any Game That Comforts You Is Worthwhile

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Kingdom Hearts.

I was a pretty lonely kid (we lived in the middle of nowhere, and my siblings were a few years older), but playing this game made my loneliness disappear for a few hours.

moonishthings

I started replaying KH1 and KH2 while stuck at home, and it's made me appreciate it so much more being an adult. So many things that I glossed over as a child are much more poignant as an adult.

moonishthings

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