The Video Game Challenge 2018

By | Wednesday 05.12.2018

I am supposed to post just an image, no explanation,
from 10 video games that had an impact on me.

So last week a little trend/meme was started, regarding video games, because it was declared the Gaming Week in Bucharest.

I don't usually do memes, and I liked the idea, so each day I posted a picture of a game that for some reason had a strong impact or was important to me in my childhood.

I got the chronological order a bit wrong, but here they are. I'm just going to post the significant title picture of each one, instead of a screenshot, which was required by the little challenge.

Day 1 of 10: Super Mario Bros.
The first video game I've ever played in my life, and sadly one I've never got to finish... but don't blame me. Tell me the name of one kid who ever managed to finish this without any help.

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Day 2 of 10: Worms Armageddon
I've played the demo of this game countless times, and I've even got bad grades at school because I played it instead of studying. The Worms series holds a special place in my childhood.

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Day 3 of 10: Super C / Super Contra for NES
The only NES title I've ever finished, and one of my favorites.

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Day 4 of 10: Doom
The game I never got to play in its glory days, but I did get to play on the PC I had before I managed to get my first ever gaming dedicated PC, with a proper 3D accelerated video card. It is the game I was playing in the last days before the exam at the end of 8th grade.

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Day 5 of 10: The Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2
I've also played this game many times, as it is one of the best vampire stories and vampire video games out there.

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Day 6 of 10: Legacy of Kain: Defiance
The game I've played for days on end, literally non stop from the moment I got out of bed to the moment I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore that day, Christmas and New Year's Eve passing by me without noticing. This one holds a special place in my childhood.

PS. Somedays I even forgot to eat. I only got off the PC's chair because I needed to go to the bathroom or to get some Pepsi Blue to drink. 🙂

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Day 7 of 10: Prey (2006)
Based on the Doom 3's game engine, this is one of the first, if not the first game to ever feature portals, even with the same colors as in the game Portal, and also ground braking new concepts such as gravity shifting, player size shifting, pseudoplanet containers and more.

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Day 8 of 10: Aliens vs. Predator 2
The sequel to Alien vs. Predator, I had read about it when it was still in development (or I could even be able to play it, for that matter), and I've played it about 20 times after it came out.

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Day 9 of 10: Return to Castle Wolfenstein
This sadly is a game I couldn't finish when it came out, as I didn't actually know how to play it properly. I managed to get to the first boss, but since I didn't know I had to prepare for a boss fight, I couldn't get passed it without cheating... then 10 years later I tried again and succeded (on the "I am Death Incarnate" difficulty of course, because "Bring'em on!" is for sissies).

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Day 10 of 10: Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
I didn't say Hitman: Codename 47 because... well... although it was the first one, and it was forgiveable for that, it was very clunky and not fun to play. I would have had the same impression even if I didn't play Hitman 2 before I played Codename 47. Hitman 2 is the one that got me interested and turned me into a fan of the series. A much better game not for the graphics, but for the overall mechanics.

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