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My top 5 Most Influential games I've forgotten to add to my DNA (Mostly) >_>

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My gaming started back in Atari territory but it was my NES when I was old enough to actually begin to appreciate that it was going places. Endless hours spent with my Mario Bros./Duckhunt cartridge(Screw you dog!). That held my attention for quite a long time, had to share it with my older brother whenever he was around. So I never really accomplished much but it definitely had an impact. Not near as much as my first Final Fantasy game, which ever one it was completely escapes me, I just remember bits and pieces mostly. What I distinctly remember to this day though is being completely enthralled and mystified by every minute. The strategic turn-based game-play and the story telling left me wondering what the future held in store for my life long favorite hobby. It's gone pretty much the way I envisioned, except no virtual reality yet.

Sometime later thanks to my older brothers endless tinkering with computers we had ended up with 286 all the way to 486. It was on the 486 that I first got my hands on King's Quest. Oh King's Quest, your user hostile interface, cryptic to a fault puzzle solving, but wonderful all at the same time. This level of interactivity is something that I find tragically lacking from an unfortunately vast amount of the gaming universe. This undoubtedly lead to my love of RPG's just as much as Final Fantasy did. While Final Fantasy did it for the story telling, King's Quest did it for diving into a fantasy world and solving all the problems for the lazy people living there.

This path eventually lead my entire family to an enjoyment of computers which made the Civilization series available to me. A series I feel has gotten nothing but better as time goes on(except Revolution). Chess on a national scale, Civilization really inspired me to think more strategically and start planning for the worst. It's also undoubtedly responsible for a love of Real Time Strategy titles.

By far the most influential on my list is Grand Theft Auto III. I played the ones before back when they were new(ish) and more recently since Rockstar made them free, but 3d changed the game forever. Glorious over the top violence, exploration and smooth(ish) controls all added into hours upon hours of time sank into the franchise as a whole over the years. It started my open world gaming addiction which carries on to this day. I suspect it will continue for quite some time into the future.

Forgive my writing and rambling, I kinda lost myself into this. Curse you Nostalgia!!!
Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)

Genre/Style: Action/Action Adventure
Release Date: 23/OCT/01
Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy (NES)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Third-Person 2D RPG
Release Date:
Sid Meier's Civilization II

Sid Meier's Civilization II (PC)

Genre/Style: Strategy/Empire-Building
Release Date:
Mario Bros.

Mario Bros. (NES)

Genre/Style: Action/Fixed Screen Platform
Release Date:
King's Quest Collection

King's Quest Collection (PC)

Genre/Style: Adventure/Third-Person Graphic Adventure
Release Date: 18/SEP/06
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