Off the top of my head, I can list a vast quantity of high profile gaming moments that everyone seems to have been affected by in their formative gaming years- Final Fantasy VI’s opera scene, the final battle with Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat, any occurrence beginning with ‘the death of’; there are so many definitive events that people remember because of their magnitude within their games’ worlds or how abruptly they sideswiped the player. This doesn’t change their impact. Heck, I have one of those moments tattooed on my leg it had such relevance to me.
What people don’t always actively take into account is that there are so many smaller beats that meant a lot to gamers for a wide variety of reasons. Video games are established to illicit some kind of emotion or reaction from those participating in what they have to offer. Even through the memories of Final Fantasy VII and Chrono Trigger ripping at my heartstrings, I started to reflect on moments that stood out to me that may not stand out to the community at large and why they still remained so prominent in my retrospective eye.
So feel free to check out some of my personal remembrances of times past! They may not be industry shattering, but they are definitely a glimpse into my gamer inner workings.