Jessica: Five Video Games I’m Thankful For

‘Tis the season! To PUT AWAY YOUR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND SMELL THE TURKEY! Sheesh!

It’s not even Turkey Day and you’re already moving on to Santa Claus. It’s the time of the year for you to slow down and think about all the things you’re grateful and thankful for! Stop jumping ahead and selfishly thinking about all the gifts you demanded under the tree. [BTW, to my husband, I know you’re reading this, I still fully expect Nocomimi Brainwave Ears with the snow leopard ear covers!] Ahem…

All right! Down to business!

I was very young when I was turned onto video games. I was captivated by the art, the music, the stories, and, eventually, even the characters. When I think back to my childhood and video games, I think of the first video game that I’m thankful for today. 🙂

1. Ocarina of Time on Nintendo 64

Hey, listen!

Such a throwback, right?! I spent HOURS fighting for my turn on the TV so I could play this game! To this day, Ocarina of Time is the only Zelda game that I truly cared for (and I’ve played my fair share of them).

Random, but did you know that there are to date 21 Zelda games? And with the new Wii U coming out, I’m pretty sure there will be more added to that list! Kelsey R. M. of Nerdy But Flirty told us about the Wii U earlier.

In Ocarina of Time, you play as Link (good guy) fighting to save Hyrule from Ganondorf (bad guy), who wants to seize the Triforce (God item) for himself. He successfully uses Link to access the Sacred Realm, and turns the land into darkness. Then the journey of Link begins to gather all the seals to restore the land to its thriving, beautiful self.

The game was such a hit a long time ago that the makers decided to release it for the Nintendo 3D and 3DS systems on June 19, 2011. I bought my own 3DS system so that I could play it. I love the story, but I miss the retro feeling of my N64 controller while playing. *Sigh*

My mom and I used to sit together when we played this game. I was so young, I couldn’t fully understand exactly what was going on the first time I played. She would have to explain it to me, and then my brother would come over and try to show me how to play which would of course result in him actually playing as I would have been booted away. Such a butthead.

2. Final Fantasy VII Advent Children on PlayStation

Role playing games were never really popular until Japan released FFVII to the United States back in 1997. I remember my good friends the Bradshaws got me into this game! *Shameless Shoutout!*

This game has it all! A handsome hero named Cloud Strife who sets out to stop the big bad evil corporation, Shinra, who is draining the life of the planet and is using it as an energy source. Cloud meets several team members along the way!

The story grows into a bigger conflict as Cloud’s team begins a fight against Sephiroth, who was created by Shinra. Sephiroth believes his destiny is to become a God and control the planet for himself.

Personally, Cloud makes my list of top five hot video game dudes, and Aerith (Aeris in the English translation), is my all time favorite video game character. I loved her so much that she became my very first cosplay. Shout out to Mr. Andrew and Mr. Dirk for all the work they did for us on our costumes!

The ironic part? My husband cosplays as Sephiroth. Ooooooh, the looks we get when we hold hands. 😉 PRICELESS!

3. Oblivion on Xbox 360

Not to brag, but I have every achievement for Oblivion on the Xbox 360, and that includes ALLLLLLL the DLC! ^_^

And I’m not an achievement whore by any means. I like a good story, but something about this game brought out the achievement Nazi in myself.

Check this out:

Oblivion changed for me the way I like to game. I liked having a sense of control in my world; I liked being able to chose who I wanted to be, what I wanted my destiny to become. I could be a thief, a mage, a warrior, or even all of the above.

You could choose your race, pick your stats, and customize your armor for optimal protection, based on your play through choices. It was truly remarkable.

And on top of all that, I got to save the world. I battled evil, turned invisible, and raced through oblivion portals to close them and protect the world. I battled Mehrunes Dagon and saved Cyrodil and Tamriel from the Daedric army! I was a hero!

Skyrim is the sequel to Oblivion and, although I love it, Oblivion will always hold a special place in my heart.

4. Portal for Xbox 360

When my husband and I first got together, he introduced me to Portal: Still Alive, an arcade game released to Xbox 360. It was a single-player game.

Portal is a puzzle/platforming game where you, as Chell, is a test subject for Aperture Science, and you test a device called a Portal Gun. The gun allows you to make blue and orange portals, which let you maneuver through a series of complicated chambers.

At first, I didn’t find it very enjoyable. The chambers — too complicated; falling through one portal and out of another — too much vertigo on my hubby’s 50″ TV. But as I watched my husband play, it was GLaDOS, Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System, that got me to fall in love with Portal, and why I’m now willing to fall forever from the ceiling to listen to her. (As long as I keep my eyes closed and don’t have to watch! (>_<))

The test is monitored by GLaDOS, who, for much of the first game, is working with you to help monitor your progress through the challenges despite her snarky, bitter, yet “innocent” remarks.

Test chambers get more difficult and new ideas of physics come into play, and once I was expected to go into motion and stay in motion, I started hitting walls that portals wouldn’t save me from…that’s when I got jealous of my husband. He’d be able to seemingly blaze through a maze just to hear how GLaDOS would insult him.

As you continue through the game, you discover the real GLaDOS as you begin a battle for your life.

This game is full of quotes and moments that will leave you joking with your fellow Portalists for a long time to come.

The challenging mazes combined with the “ah-ha!” moments give players a sense of accomplishment, but I think it’s GLaDOS’s companionship that captivated so many players. It sure caught my husband’s ear, so much so that when Portal 2 came out, he was right there to get it to continue to drive her between us.

Best part? Multiplayer.

You must play. 🙂 It’s (and I NEVER use this word) EPIC!

Jonathon Coulton is a genius with his music for BOTH of these games. 🙂 You can find him on Facebook HERE!

5. Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins is by far my all-time favorite game!

In Dragon Age, you live in Ferelden (it smells like wet dog). You are a Grey Warden, sworn to protect the land during a Blight. You are pulled from your home, your family, and your life to swear an oath.

King Cailen of Denerim was betrayed in the battle that would have saved the land early on and he was killed. The blight quickly spread across the land, and the wardens were rumored to be the killers of the king.

Despite the lies against them, the Wardens gather a team, and build an army to fight the blight.

Throughout the game, you gather companions and have to make difficult choices that affect both how the world feels about you and how your companions feel about you. The choice between right and wrong is never clear, and the smallest thing can cause a bad outcome for you. Each member of your party has a different skill set, and to lose one of them can have a big impact on your play through.

What I love most about this game is that there are several openings and endings, and all sorts of choices in between that alter your destiny.

There is love, lust, betrayal, and battle around every corner!

There are also some surprising easter eggs too! This is one of my favorite! Do you know what game this is from? 🙂

I fell in love with all the characters in this game, but I fell most in love with Alistair! I remember the night he gave me a rose that he had picked from Lothering before the darkspawn hoard destroyed the town. I was shocked! My sweet, goofy Alistair was telling me he cared for me!

So I pursued a romantic relationship with Alistair, and took it at his pace. I was truly in love!

Then, when the final battle came, he sacrificed his life for me, and I cried myself to sleep for a couple of nights.

My remedy? I played the game again, made all new choices, with a new character, and when the time was right, we defeated the blight, and we were married! ^_^

I’m such a sap! Alistair is my all-time favorite video game hot dude! He’s sweet, he’s sexy, he’s goofy, and he loved me! Or…he loved Eliza, my alternate self. *Sigh*

Yeah, that about sums it up! ^_^

Anyway, these are my top five video games I’m thankful for!

Some honorable mentions include:
Dragon Age: Awakenings
Dragon Age II
Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3
Diablo I, II, and III
Guild Wars 2
Borderlands 2
Halo Reach
Halo 4

…and more. 🙂

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your turkeys and remember; it’s the season to be thankful!

When Friday arrives, then you can be as greedy as you wish! =P

8 thoughts on “Jessica: Five Video Games I’m Thankful For

  1. Borderlands and Borderlands 2 combine two genres of video game (RPG and FPS) in a way unimagined before, and with a sense of humor that only a nerd or a geek could TRULY appreciate…Unfortunately, I raged so much at Handsome Jack that my wife took my disk and hid it…

  2. LMFAO at the Alistair comic! XDD He is a TOOOTAL babe!!! (However, I did have a quick, PTSD reaction to “HEY, LISTEN!!!”. >.> But I LOVED Ocarina of time so much! This list rocks and I love it!!!

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