There are lots of games I can’t remember without going to the moments and feelings external to them first. . Lode Runner was my first game but I have no recollection of it at all as a game. Only the memories of a colossal box I eventually turned into a spaceship arriving at our house that contained an IBM PC, my child fingers first attempts at clumsily using a keyboard, the satisfying chunking sound of a 5.25" floppy drive opening and closing, and my stepfather actually teaching me the word “video game.”
I kinda started getting at this when I wrote this about grieving and Shadowgate. I had thought I’d never really think about Shadowgate until a friend and I compared stories of our first broken bones. And then a flood of memories and emotions surrounding it walloped me and I couldn’t stop.
This can’t just be me. And I’m fascinated about people’s connections to games. What external memories tie you to games that you may have completely forgotten? What are those games you can’t possibly forget because they form such a tight bond with other memories and not just because it was a pivotal gaming experience?