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Old 03-07-2013, 01:11
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I'm just curious as to whether a game, a character from a game, a quote from a game, or a piece of music has had a profound affect on your life?

I'd like to share my story as to how Final Fantasy VII and VIII have had a profound affect on my life.

You know before I discovered Final Fantasy VIII I was a very lonely, withdrawn child with but a handful of friends. Looking back now it was a bleak existence and in many ways I was Squall without knowing it. Then I received a Final Fantasy VIII as a Christmas present and I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that my life changed. As I made my way through Final Fantasy VIII I really came to emphasis with Squall and it made me understand that I was never alone, I don't need to be alone that I had good friends, and loving family members. It made me cherish my companions and my family who loved me unconditionally. I think Squall taught me a real life lesson; it's no good going through life with a cynical outlook. Squall showed me that there will always be someone out there that you can trust, rely on and call your friend(s). I defy any man to watch Squall with Rinoa in the Ragnarok and still have a dry eye by the end of their interaction. It's very moving stuff.

I suppose in many ways it really annoys me when people trash video games for having little cultural value or or no inherent educational worth. To dismiss Final Fantasy VII and VIII characters like Squall and Cloud as mere "emo anime characters" is ignorance of the highest order. They're not emo, they're real people just like us. And it put this way I've learned a lot more from Squall and Cloud than I have from any book I have read - admittedly not many.

The reason they have such a powerful impact on me is that they were very honest, relatable characters who had their flaws but ultimately we could relate to them. I mean take Cloud for example he clearly showed us that we all have a habit of lying about who we are at times when we think we're not good enough.

Well I've been meaning to get this off my chest for sometime now and it's been quite cathartic. I'm just hoping that other folks have similar experiences when it comes to games. If so I'd love to hear them.


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There's also an exchange in Metal Gear Solid that had a profound affect on me but for personal reasons I don't really want to go into it. Needless to say when I heard this exchange it was like an awakening for me and the world around me, and life in general, seemed less confusing.

Otacon: Have you ever... loved someone?

Solid Snake: That's what you came to ask?

Otacon: No, I was wondering if even soldiers fall in love.

Solid Snake: What are you trying to say?

Otacon: I want to ask you. Do you think love can bloom even on a battlefield?

Solid Snake: Yeah. I do. I think at any time, any place, people can fall in love with each other. But if you love someone, you have to be able to protect them.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:42
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It effected my life by making me socially inept !
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:49
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I accept that games can be as valid an artform as anything cinematic, instrumental or art based but my influences are much wider in scope to have ever been affected in this way by games though I completely understand where you're coming from, OP.

Go and read 'Trigger Happy' by Steven Poole.

At the end of the day, though, games are just entertainment, at their most base levels, and we take from them what we want .
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:57
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My life was profoundly affected by Leisure Suit Larry without doubt. He taught me to always chase your dreams, no matter how difficult.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:23
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This is either going to be an interesting read or a boring one. I apologise if the latter.

When i got my PS2 back in 2002 the first game i played was Dynasty Warriors 2. It's a strategic action game based on Chinese warlords in the 3rd century. It was a launch game for PS2 and one of the most impressive tech demo like games on display for PS2 as it showed the PS2 had the power to display over 15 troops on the screen at once or something.

Anyway, i became really addicted to the games and i bought the sequels and expansions. I didn;t actually know at the time but the game was based on real history (which had been dramatised of course). And so i starting researching the history of China and can now say that i know quite a lot more than most people about the history of China. (especially Three kingdoms period).

This has also led to me becoming interested in Chinese media such as music, tv shows and movies. And it's led to me trying to learn Mandarin recently.

So did a video game impact my life? Yes!
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:47
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I met my partner through gaming and we've had a child so yes, you could say it's affected my life (and cut down on my gaming time)
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:57
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I met my partner through gaming and we've had a child so yes, you could say it's affected my life (and cut down on my gaming time)
Going along that route, then - I loved playing games so much that I wanted to create them so I eventually found myself working in the games industry and some of the best friends I have now are devs who I met through work. Gaming is a big part of my life, both in work and play.
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Old 03-07-2013, 14:10
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Nothing that changed my life, but a few games that always stood out as having an actual interesting premise or story are

Dues Ex Human Revolution - Yeah the gameplay wasn't the same as the first game, but I thought it was still very enjoyable. The story however was something else all together. Its still a little awkward at times, but for the most par they did it well. The game basically presents you with a question, how far is too far in human advancement in regards to cybernetic enhancements. Even was smart enough to point out that right now (our time) the move has already begun with pacemakers, better replacement limbs (gone are the days of peg legs haha), using machines and small devices to aid humans in care. Well when do we say enough is enough, the game kicks in and tells an interesting tale, with no clear good vs bad. I always like things that have no easy answer.

Parasite Eve 2 - Only the bits about human evolution diverging into different paths, the overlord bit is a bit silly. A nicely thought out bit of sci fi horror.
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Old 03-07-2013, 18:54
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Its given me a job.
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Old 03-07-2013, 18:59
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Nothing that changed my life, but a few games that always stood out as having an actual interesting premise or story are

Dues Ex Human Revolution - Yeah the gameplay wasn't the same as the first game, but I thought it was still very enjoyable. The story however was something else all together. Its still a little awkward at times, but for the most par they did it well. The game basically presents you with a question, how far is too far in human advancement in regards to cybernetic enhancements. Even was smart enough to point out that right now (our time) the move has already begun with pacemakers, better replacement limbs (gone are the days of peg legs haha), using machines and small devices to aid humans in care. Well when do we say enough is enough, the game kicks in and tells an interesting tale, with no clear good vs bad. I always like things that have no easy answer.
This. Glad it wasn't just me!

My head was in a spin for weeks after finishing Human Revolution.
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Old 03-07-2013, 19:36
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The most profound effect I have seen gaming have on someone, was a work mate who got sucked into playing world of warcraft. He ended up quitting his job to play full time and leaving his wife to run off with some woman he met in his guild.
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Old 03-07-2013, 19:39
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Apart from me getting shouted at for being ignorant while gaming, No lol. The wife talks to me and I don't answer her and she gets pissed off lol
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Old 03-07-2013, 20:09
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Yes i lost over 300 hours of my life getting lost in Skyrim
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Old 03-07-2013, 20:39
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I met my wife on ps home. So there's that. Oh and I get bored Rigid by the pretentious clap tap that is the final fantasy games.
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Old 08-07-2013, 16:25
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I split up with my gf of 8 years in 2011, major depression. If it wasn't for gaming not sure I would have made it. Skyrim helped a lot, I could play that for 15 hours straight and not have to think about stuff.

Pretty much sums up why I love gaming so much.
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Old 08-07-2013, 22:01
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Employment is the biggest - that and moving to the US to carry on doing so.
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:34
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I might have achieved much better A Level results had it not been for GTA: San Andreas and Metal Gear Solid 2!
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Old 09-07-2013, 14:17
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Judging from the OP's user name, WoW might be up there for him as well
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Old 09-07-2013, 14:40
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Oh I met my now mrs while gaming on Sega Dreamcast. damn that console lol
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Old 09-07-2013, 18:12
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Games have been a large part of my leisure time ever since I was a nipper, but I couldn't really say that they've had a profound effect on me. I love games, and spend a lot of time playing them, but it's pure enjoyment and relaxation more than anything.

I've put 1000s of hours into Championship/Football Manager, Call of Duty, and Final Fantasy, all of which provided welcome relief from school, university or work.

I loved the ME trilogy too, and I put it (extremely) mildly when I say that the ending to ME3 left me somewhat "disappointed", but even then, it wasn't profound.
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Old 09-07-2013, 20:17
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Oh I met my now mrs while gaming on Sega Dreamcast. damn that console lol
Congratulations mate that's some feat!! Did it not only have about 3 online games?? Love really CAN bloom the on battlefield!
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:07
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Without a doubt games have shaped me into the person I am today, for good or bad, but they've been there as a constant presence for about 28 of my 34 years so I'd struggle to pick out anything specific, and in fact it's largely been a passtime I've held entirely seperate to my job, family and relationships.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:26
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They always helped me take my mind off problems I've had over the years. I guess at certain points in my life they've kept me going and sane.
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Old 10-07-2013, 22:04
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Congratulations mate that's some feat!! Did it not only have about 3 online games?? Love really CAN bloom the on battlefield!
I met her thru playing Quake III Arena. We just started chatting and it went from there
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:26
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Apart from me getting shouted at for being ignorant while gaming, No lol. The wife talks to me and I don't answer her and she gets pissed off lol
Yeah my husband is like that. I find porn calms him down and let's me get back othe shooting lol
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