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:
Waddle Around And Meet New FriendsGiphy
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
It's A Painting That Comes To Life
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.
The BEST Zelda Game Of All Time. Fight Me.Giphy
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.
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.
WoW is the only reason I learned how to type, learned online etiquette, hell, learned a majority of my social skills.
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.
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
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].
Any Game That Comforts You Is WorthwhileGiphy
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.
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
Do you have something to confess to George? Text "Secrets" or "" to +1 (310) 299-9390 to talk him about it.
Will this screw fit my table? Will this charger fit my phone?
If everything was somehow standard, wouldn't it all be so much easier?
Here were some of those answers.
No More Vanity Sizes
Sizes for clothing.
Calvin Klein's men's slacks: 32'' waist
Bar III men's slacks: 32'' waist
Perry Ellis slacks: 32'' waist
THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT WAIST SIZES. WHYY?!?!?!?!
Ah Yes, Three Chilis
Ah Yes, This Could Kill Me
Household electrical voltages and sockets.
Can we just get a little consistency here? Please?!
But they don't. They never do.
A Computer Mouse, Not A Little Baby Mouse
Modern rechargable batteries.
All Standard, Yet None Standard
I worked in a hardware store long enough to learn that apparently everything is standardized.
"I need window screens."
Okay, what are your dimensions?
"It's a standard size window."
"I'm looking for a replacement ceiling fan."
Okay, do you want small blades, large blades? A modest 30" span or a robust 56"?
"Just standard size."
"Do you think this large, bulky, cumbersome commodity will fit in my vehicle?"
I don't know. How big your truck?
"It's a standard one."
protip: it's a sedan. it's always a sedan.
Welp, Here's Your Problem
Not to mention many of them are so cheaply made that there is no reusing them.
So Many Sign Languages
Perhaps We Need To Rethink Policing
Police should NEVER be allowed to decide a case isn't valid at the first point of contact.
A Recipe For A Lint Fire
Just a little bit of sameness and consistency could really go a long way here.
Some things ought not be tried again.
Lucky for us, we can learn from their mistakes.
senorllama57 asked, "What is something you will never do again?"
The Customer Always Seems To Be Wrong
A Lot Going On
"Work in a nursing home. The sights, screams and pleas Will haunt me forever." -- M_Lamora
One After Another
"Work in a call center." -- Evilsmurfkiller
"Sucked the soul right out of me within a year." -- Bandana-mal
"Listen to your gut. If something feels off, you're probably not imagining it." -- SurealGod
Don't Forget About You
A Bad Ratio
"Take an hour to make something, only takes 15 minutes to eat. It's bullsh**." -- SurealGod
Hours and Hours
"Times Square on New Years' Eve. It was fun once, never need to do it again." -- AnswerGuy301
Think of Grease Splatters
"Prepare steaks when drunk" -- Kiaulunne
"I will never get drunk again. Tipsy, buzzed, sure. Thats fine."
Bad jobs are usually not worth it.
This gets really creepy really fast.frustrated workplace GIFGiphy
This is absolutely not true.
"Sleep is for people who do not want success" great words from my uncle, it almost killed me.
Now I may be oversleeping.
Now I am afraid of people and have several trust issues, thanks dad.
This won’t end well.A Christmas Story GIF by filmeditorGiphy
Can tell you from experience that this is a bad idea.
When you follow bad advice, it can lead to mistakes that you just can’t come back from.
Buying a house is tricky.for sale dancing GIF by Lisa VertudachesGiphy
"Buy a home now before the prices go up!" -my FIL in 2006.
It worked out for us, it's a horrible idea. Especially since 1300 sq ft houses are $460+k
It’s there for a reason.
"Never apply for any government assistance."
Credit is important to have.
It'll be way better in the long run
Alas, they do. And you have to deal with them. Or, if your lucky, you can carve out some distance.
LoneStar202 asked, "Who is the worst person you have ever met?"
Keeping the Peace
You Know 'Em
Marrying Into It
"It sounds cliche, but my ex-MIL. What made her the worst is that she was a covert POS."
A Thing of the Past
"Haven't talked to him in about 15 years and am 100% ok with that."
So Many Problems
Wait for the Twist
"And the weird thing is, we were graduating LAW SCHOOL"
Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder
A Sudden Shift
"A teacher I once had. Didn't know me. Never spoke to me much."
Here's hoping you managed to let go and get away.