Video games are an art form unlike any other – while movies, TV, music and even canvas paintings are all different, worthwhile ways for artists to express bold ideas and inspire people, they simply cannot have the same power as a video game for one simple reason: video games let you be a key part of the art. They’re interactive, allowing for immersive experiences where you personally become an internal piece of the game. And, as such, they can be profoundly impactful or emotional experiences, particularly in the last decade or so where gameplay and graphics have evolved to do more than simple movement mechanics and storytelling methods that were accessible when video games were in their earlier adoptions.
I stumbled upon this intriguing r/AskReddit thread that posed the question: What is one moment from a game that you’ll remember forever?
By all means, click the above link and read through the posts yourself, lay yourself down and wallow in the reminiscent glory that will soon follow.
So what were the most memorable gaming experiences, I hear you scream? Here are the most popular user opinions, in no particular order:
1. First Ride Into Mexico (Red Dead Redemption, from ImpulseAfterthought)
2. Bridge Escape (GTA III, from Zyye)
3. Storming Omaha Beach (Medal of Honor: Frontline, from SlayJ93)
4. Valus (Shadow of the Colossus, from litokid)
5. Flood Introduction (Halo: Combat Evolved, from Reverse_Waterfall)
6. The Nuke (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, from irishmickguard)
7. Ghost’s Death (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, from FelonysShadow)
8. Moon Reveal (Portal 2, from GodotIsWaiting4U)
9. Exiting Vault 101 (Fallout 3, from Adam0154)
10. Final Mission (Halo: Reach, from Lawsoffire)
11. Prison Escape (The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, from w8ulostme)
12. The reveal that Atlas is Frank Fontaine, and has been using a programmed trigger phrase to control your actions (Bioshock, from Evil0city)
13. The end of Mordin (Mass Effect 3, from Thalantas123)
14. The Revan Twist (Knights of the Old Republic, from darkxc32)
15. The zoo-related moment of levity (The Last of Us, from needs_more_socks)
There are so many games that I’m surprised never even got a mention. Resident Evil 4‘s village mission being one of them. There’s no tutorial, you simply start-up the game, listen to a little bit of back story and then, a few minutes later, find yourself confronted by a crowd of enraged townsfolk, carrying pitchforks and baying for your blood. It’s difficult, tense and, as the guy with the chainsaw rears his ugly head, utterly terrifying.
Do you agree/disagree with any of these? What gaming moments will stick with you for the years to come? I’d love to know!