Happy Video Games Day! It’s another one of those fun unofficial holidays, but I will never pass up a reason to celebrate!! I was first introduced to games by my uncle when I was 4 or 5 and spent hours just sitting there watching him beat Super Mario Bros. on the NES. I was completely sucked into the little pixel universes behind the tv and never looked back!
I love video games, but I’ll admit that I’m not very adventurous in finding new things to play! I tend to return to the same games I’ve enjoyed for decades, as you know you can’t go wrong!
These are my top go-to video games of all time!
Super Mario 64
This was the very first game that my brother and I got for the N64! I remember so many late nights spent begging my parents for just a couple more minutes to try and nab the stars for levels or trying to see if maybe there was a way to sneak to the top of the never-ending staircase (so much time…)! And of course that iconic soundtrack (crying at Dire Dire Docks forever!)
So much of my life has been influenced by Pokemon games! The series will forever be my favourite video game as it still holds incredibly strong memories for me more than 20 years since I first played! I love any game where I can collect, and even more so if it’s collecting cute creatures and kicking the butt out of anyone who gets in my way.
I tried to pick an absolute favourite in the series, but it’s hard! Blue was my first game, and nothing will beat those heart-pounding first playthrough memories! But Crystal, Ruby, Pearl, and spin off games like Pokemon Stadium and Snap hold special places in my heart!
The Legend of Dragoon
LOD was the very first Playstation game that I had ever actually seen. I remember watching my cousins play in about 2000, and fell head over heals with it and became a Playstation girl from that day on!
The game is an epic fantasy video game that starts as your standard guy needs to save a girl from a terrible mysterious hooded man, and then evolves in an incredibly layered story with an expansive universe and memorable characters. It’s always been a bit shocking to me that it never became that popular (as compared to Final Fantasy for instance), because there aren’t many other games that have as much depth or beautiful graphics.
Final Fantasy VIII
I randomly picked FF8 at the store when deciding how to spend my birthday money when I was 12, and had no idea that it would have such a big influence on my life! The game involves the adventures of Squall Leonhart, a cadet at a military school who needs to save the world from a time-compressing evil sorceress.
While all the other kids were obsessing over Hogwarts, I spent my early teens involved in a number of roleplays around the greatest school of them all – Balamb Garden – and it was a blast.
Last year, Square Enix released a remastered version with beautifully updated graphics (and yes, Squall you NOW are the most handsome guy here!)
Adorable talking animals? Cute clothes? A never ending mortgage pedalled by a half-naked raccoon?! Could be nothing other than Animal Crossing!
Animal Crossing for Gamecube is also what got me into journalling/blogging in the first place! I remember trying to explain blogging to my Dad so he could purchase me an account as you needed to pay to register back in the day. There used to be an incredibly vibrant AC community on Livejournal in the early 2000s where we would share photos of our towns taken with digital cameras – and it was amazing!
I’m still playing, most recently with Animal Crossing New Horizons and after almost 20 years the game still fills me with just as much happiness!
Other runners up are Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, Harvest Moon, and Mario Kart!
Video games are such a fun way to unwind and fully escape into other worlds and be anyone you want to be! I love that there’s something out there for everyone. Now go forth and celebrate with your favourite games!