Games that Shaped My Childhood

02 Apr

So, a couple days ago, @jaedia, @maekagaming and @mylin1 on Twitter were chatting about this site: It’s a site where you can share what anime or manga you are watching, reading, or have watched and read in the past. I made an account and started to sift through their catalog which can be sorted in a few ways. The one I chose was by year… and it goes all the way back to 1986. I started browsing through and adding each one I remember watching as a kid – and I couldn’t stop. I kept going until I browsed through all of the years from 1986 to 2015. It was like reliving my childhood through remembering what I used to watch; some of them many, many times. Growing up with Japanese blood in my veins, I was fortunate enough to be able to watch a lot of these before the genre even became popular in the “West”. Some shows and movies, I know will feel ridiculous if I watch them now, but it was a part of my life back then. I haven’t gone through the lists of manga, and I’m not sure that I will, since the process was so time consuming!

This made me think: What games have I played throughout my childhood? I made a list from memory, some with Google’s help (what was that tank game in Atari… or that plane game?), but mostly from memory. Games that made a lasting impression on me. Games which I spent many hours trying to beat, and still failed (curse you Ninja Gaiden…). Games which I shared and played together with my friends. These span back from my childhood days to probably around college. A lot of more current games are not on this list (like the Bioshock Series), which definitely left an impact, but wouldn’t consider a part of my “childhood”. I’d say my active gaming life stopped after that until last year, when I kind of dove head-first back into the gaming scene once more. I’m probably missing some that I shouldn’t be forgetting, but here’s my list:

ATARI: Missile Command / River Raid / Qbert / Donkey Kong / Combat

NES: Super Mario Bros / Final Fantasy / Dragon Quest 3 and 4 / Legend of Zelda / Fire and Ice / Balloon Fight / Contra / Super Contra / Megaman 3 and 4 / TMNT 1 and 2 / Tetris / Gradius / Double Dragon Series / Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2

Gameboy: Zelda: Link’s Awakening / Super Mario Land / Solar Striker / Warioland / Dr. Mario / Picross

SNES: Zelda: A Link to the Past / Super Mario World / Super Robot Taisen Series / The Great Battle Series / Goemon Series / Final Fantasy 4 and 6 / Dragon Quest 5 / Ogre Battle / Tactics Ogre / Star Ocean 2 / Tales of Phantasia / Chrono Trigger / Secret of Mana / Secret of Evermore / Final Fight

Sega Genesis: Streets of Rage 1 and 2

N64: Golden Eye / Super Mario 64 / Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Playstation: Tekken 3 / Soul Caliber / Metal Gear Solid 1 and 2 / Final Fantasy VII / Final Fantasy VIII / Chrono Cross / Grandia / Xenogears / Legend of Dragoon

PC: Oregon Trail / Number Munchers / Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? / Outnumbered! / Hugo’s House of Horrors / Monkey Island 1 and 2 / King’s Quest 1-6 / Police Quest and Space Quest (Don’t remember which of the series) / Quest for Glory / Wolfpack / Doom 1 and 2 / Duke Nukem 3D / AD&D: Pools of Radiance / Myst / Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time / Diablo / Warcraft 2 and 3 / Warlords 3 / Starcraft / Baldur’s Gate 2 / Morrowind

Online (MUDs): Gemstone III / Iconoclast / Achaea: Dreams of Divine Lands

Does any of this compare with your gaming history? What games shaped your childhood? (BTW, If anyone wants to see my anime/manga list, check it here.)


Posted by on April 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Games that Shaped My Childhood

  1. Matthew Thompson

    April 3, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Super Mario Bros. 3, Sonic 2 and The Legend of Zelda were probably the big ones for me when I was young.

    Liked by 1 person

    • soulboundlife

      April 3, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Didn’t play Mario 3 as much, but it should probably be in there! Too many to remember.



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