Every gamer has their own origin story, and that is not too grandiose a term for it. Whether through a friend that owned a console, your very first gameboy, or perhaps a game you picked up on the PC, we all found our way to something that these days has grown above and beyond what we could have imagined back then.
For me it was a twofold experience. Initially it started with my first console the NES, and the game Super Mario Bros. 3. You know a game has hit you hard when decades later you can still hear the songs of certain levels and even remember the secrets that they held (I'm talking about you, Warp Whistle in World 1-3). Without an option to save your progress and having to start over if you lost all your lives, there were many weekends where our NES was on for 36 hours straight! And don't get me started on the heartbreak caused by a power cut, i'm still getting over it.
My gaming renaissance happened years later when by chance I spotted a copy of The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind in the shop and the artwork and synopsis caught my attention. A whole world to explore? Yes please! Up to that point, Legend of Zelda was as open a world as I had explored in games, and this was my first real foray into PC territory. I didn't even check the necessary specifications, I was so green. Nevertheless, my system could handle it, and my adventure began! I spent the first few weeks just walking around, admiring the landscape and taking in the characters and cultures, till a cliff racer decided it was my time to die of course....
And that was it, I was hooked. I've been chasing that dragon ever since (no pun intended). We've all had that 'aha' moment where a game connected with us. It's like reading a great book for the first time, or seeing a movie that sticks with you for weeks after seeing it. It's why we get excited when new games are announced, when innovations arise that will envelop us more in the gameplay that we enjoy so much.
So tell me, when did your 'aha' moment occur? What game holds that first fond memory? What is YOUR origin story? Let me know in the comments below. Game on!