Hey everyone! A thread like this has most likely already been done, but here goes nothing... What are the games that affected your life and way of being, and why? I'm talking about childhood games to games you've just recently found! Don’t confuse the games you love with games that influenced you!! If your post turns out to be long, I suggest you put games into spoilers (use "[SPOILER="Gamename"]Text[/SPOILER]"). That being said, here's my list! Spoiler: Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time This game is pretty much the reason why I’m here today. I received the game back when I was around 7-9 years old (that’s over 8 years ago!) along with a Nintendo DS right after I woke up on my birthday. After getting back from school, I promptly turned on the DS and played the game until I couldn’t anymore… Unfortunately, I got stuck at the first ever boss in the game and I gave up after 10 tries. However, after finding out about Super Mario and his universe I fell in love with Nintendo and games in general. Spoiler: New Super Mario Bros Wii When I found out about NSMBWii I absolutely fell in love with Mario. The game was so incredible for me and I spent hours upon hours just playing and replaying every level. Soon after completing the game (it took me a veery long time), I’d restart and try to do every level faster. This along with Mario Kart 7 helped me understand how to be faster. Spoiler: Mario Kart 7 I was already a big fan of the Mario Kart series, and by the time I got my hands on this game I had already played Mario Kart 64, DS and Wii. This time though, I was older (about 11?) and I was already a little bit more into the gaming mindset. Mario Kart 7 led me to explore the world of speedrunning, I’d practice a track for hours to get a really fast time. My favorite was Music Park / Melody Motorway and I still love it! Spoiler: Minecraft (obviously) I discovered this game when I was 12 years old, but decided to buy it just a year later because I really didn’t like it at first… What convinced me to buy it were a bunch of youtubers. There’s just so many aspects of this game and my experience with it that influenced me so much until today, so enjoy a long read At first I just liked how the game played and I spent many hours trying to achieve anything in singleplayer, just a while later I found about multiplayer and I remember starting off in a big server. I tried all sorts of games but I still didn’t have a favorite mechanic to choose from. I then found another big server but their minigames never appealed to me and they never will, honestly. Two or so years after getting Minecraft, I discovered Hive. One of my first games was DeathRun, and as soon as I recognized the potential in this minigame I quickly got addicted to it even though I didn’t play that much for the first year. At that time I also had a real life friend with whom I’d play plenty of Skywars and DeathRun, but he then quit gaming for as long as I know… Shortly after upgrading my laptop to my (current!) gaming PC, I had popped on a DR game and started getting more involved in the community. By this point an year passed, and I had reached 100K points/Cheetah in the game! I remember having quite a few friends to witness my goal, and that day I was very happy. In the following years I started to play it a lot more (reached over 500k within the first year and a half, I think), look around at speedrunning and command blocks, getting more interested in how to be quicker and reading tons of articles about how commands work. Commands particularly have allowed me to discover coding, which soon made me want to figure how everything works and think more logically. I also have to be thankful to every person I met in here in early 2016/17. I owe my English knowledge to a few people specifically… Spoiler: Mirror's Edge: Catalyst Discovering this game back in 2017, I spent so many hours and nights playing it because of its PERFECT gameplay. The more I played with it, the more I fell in love with it. Parkour in real life has always been a big dream of mine, and seeing it in a videogame made me extremely happy; especially because of how structured and smooth it is. As of today (February 2020) I completed the story mode 10 times (10th being just a few days ago) and have finished all of the missions 5 times. All of them being late at night heh… Spoiler: DOOM 2016 This game, what a masterpiece of a game this is…! I found this game 2 years ago and since then more interests arose. My first impression was all about the gameplay, which has made me love fastpaced action and shooting (no, I still don’t like Call of Duty). BUT THEN I had a listen to the soundtrack… Boy oh boy if that changed things up a bit. Very shortly after listening to most of the soundtrack I impulse-bought an 8 strings guitar (which is extremely metal) and since then I started to love metal music. Also, I already pre-ordered DOOM Eternal and am already playing one of the songs heeheehee So here it is! All of those games have morphed me into what I am today, and I have no regrets in any of them. I’m super thankful to everyone who's making my journey possible and to all the people I met along the way. Sorry if the post looks a bit repetitive, but the whole point is that all those games made me really reconsider myself plenty of times. I hope everyone will enjoy Java2!