In the vein of Kate Gray’s article on Waypoint, what was the first game you played that made you fall in love with video games?
The first game that really did it for me was Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Before that, I had played a few mediocre PC games, but my 8 year old self found OoT to be the first truly affecting game I had come across. I first experienced the game by watching my dad play through it, and I distinctly remember pleading with my father at one point to put the Master Sword back into the slab so that we could go back to when Hyrule was still lively and cheerful.
The final fight in particular, taking place in the smoldering ruins of Ganon’s Castle under bleak, stormy skies and set to an incredibly somber tune, actually drove me to tears as a kid. When I played the game for myself not too long afterward, I stopped playing just before entering Ganon’s Castle because I didn’t want to have to go through that last experience again. OoT definitely opened my eyes to the power of video games and I have been infatuated with them ever since.