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  • smashpro1 - May 11, 2014 5:51 p.m.

    Zelda reminds me of my mom. One of my earliest memories was watching her play it on our NES.
  • ChiChiRocket - May 16, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    Dr. Mario always makes me think of my mom. It was the only game that she was better than me at, and probably still is, as I'm crap at puzzle games. I'll never forget seeing the ending to the game after she beat the last level on the highest difficulty and max speed.
  • JokerJ0613 - May 13, 2013 2:08 p.m.

    Whenever I play Mario Kart I think of my mother. She used to play it with me when I was little, and have a heated competition with my father. Great memories... (My mother always won against my dad)
  • db1331 - May 13, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    Anytime I play something from the N64 era. I never did homework in school, so I was constantly getting grounded from something. My mom's favorite punishment was "No Nintendo." Instead of taking the console or even the games, she would tell me to wrap up the controller and put it in her room. After a month or two, once my grades showed improvement, she would give the controller back. She had no clue that I had gone to the mall and bought a second controller. I would just play it until she got home, then unplug my controller and hide it in my room. It went on for years. I told her about it after I was a grown man, and she smacked me on the back of the head and called me a little shit. Ocarina of Time reminds me of her more than anything else. I was too young for a driver's license yet, so she picked up my preorder on her way home from work. Up to that point, and maybe still til this day, I had never had a more agonizing wait for a game. I was walking home from my friend's house down the street and she pulled up to give me a lift the rest of the way home. I opened the bag and couldn't believe I finally had the game in my hands. She died from pancreatic cancer. She bought this "Cancer Sucks" bracelet online a couple months before. I was holding her hand when she passed, and I slid the bracelet off her wrist and put it on mine. I've worn it every day since. That was over 4 years ago. People who don't know what it is sometimes give me shit about it for wearing a purple bracelet, but you can imagine how little that bothers me. Now that I have a son of my own, I have somewhat of an idea of everything she did for me. I wish she was still around so I could tell her how much I appreciate it. I remember thinking it was funny when she cried like a baby during our dance at my wedding. Now that I'm a parent, I think I'm beginning to understand. And I still can't hear that damn Rod Stewart song we danced to without getting choked up. When you're a kid, your parents are just these people who vanish for 8 hours of the day, then come home and feed you. You think they do it because they have to. Truth is, they don't have to. And many of them don't. If you're lucky enough to have one of the good ones, I hope you realize the full extent of what they've done for you before it's too late.
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - May 13, 2013 1 p.m.

    Hahaha, great story, and so true. Super grateful that I had awesome parents.
  • taokaka - May 13, 2013 2:59 a.m.

    Farmville is a solid runner up for my mum because of all those farmville requests that popped up on my facebook feed from my mother years ago before I removed her as a friend on facebook. But tekken tag tournament is still the game that reminds me most of her because of a prank my older sister pulled on a young, dumb me. When we first got our ps2 and the game on christmas my sister insisted I fight mum, I accepted because I knew she wouldn't stand a chance but then she beat me. I was utterly shocked, I admitted defeat then my sister cracked up laughing as she reveals she had taken over the controller during the fight without me noticing. For that brief second I thought my mum had some sort of skill at video games.
  • Rub3z - May 13, 2013 2:40 a.m.

    Dark Souls reminds me most of my mother. Not in that my mother is extremely punishing and brutal, and cold and desolate... heavens no, she's the sweetest most caring mother in the world when she's not drunk (and it's not even as if she gets drunk very often). It's because through hard times, my mother is always there for me to provide her support, even when she can't possibly fathom how difficult my emotional and mental struggles may be. There's always that one singular feeling of hope and steadfast will to push on, even when everything seems gone to shit, that I feel I've inherited from my mother; that she exhibits when the going gets tough. In some of my most trying times, Dark Souls provided for me an indelibly rewarding and emotional experience. It seems strange to say that Souls is an emotional game, but I really think it is for the sheer abundance of emotions it's capable of stirring in a player. In much the same way, dealing with my mother on a regular basis can be a maddening test of will as much as it can be wonderful and fulfilling. In all, some things about Dark Souls that I would say are totally analogous to my mother would be that both are notoriously, absolutely stupendously stubborn, old-fashioned, and very hard to change; I love them both more than just about any other thing; and neither of them have to change much at all for me to continue loving them. I love them just the way they are.
  • winner2 - May 12, 2013 9:32 p.m.

    When I think of Flemeth from dragon age I think of my mom. She's a manipulative bitch at heart, feeding on the misery of others. She's just not as wise as Flemeth, but more bat shit insane.
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - May 13, 2013 1:01 p.m.

  • laurenhiya21 - May 12, 2013 8:03 p.m.

    Unfortunately I don't really have much of a story as my mom would usually leave me and my sister to do our own thing (and she didn't approve of games too much, although she's getting better at accepting them), but I do remember how she liked Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life just because she thought the cows were adorable.
  • FlyWire2 - May 12, 2013 7:50 p.m.

    The arcade Cruisn' America. When I was a little boy I had (And kind still have) an obssession with cars, they were awesome, they were fast. And the closest thing I had to do so was that arcade gabinet... but I could reach the pedals. For like 3 years until they closed that center I would sit on top of one of my parents and use the steering wheel. 2 years after I got PS1 olny to play NFS3 and Gran Turismo. Now I look at myself...
  • Letter11 - May 12, 2013 6:34 p.m.

    This was a great feature. The game that reminds me of my mom is Shenmue. It was the first game I really tried to show her, since I thought it's more cinematic nature would make it more accessible. The game was a bit too much for her to try to play, but she would watch me for a few hours every now and then. I remeber loved the fact the she could remember a few of the characters names. Good memories.
  • BladedFalcon - May 12, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    I always love it when you guys get personal and honest about some of your gaming stories and experiences! as always reading them were fun, and some were pretty heartwarming, specially Greg's story ^^ Alas, i don't think I have a particular gaming story attached to me mom, I mean, I do associate her when I think of when i first played the original prince of Persia on a computer on the red cross facility she volunteered in. Or when me and my brother tried to hook her unsuccessfully with Tennis games. (she loves that sport too much, either playing it or watching it on TV, alas, never with a controller though.) But neither memory resonates that strongly with me. I suppose the most thankful think I can be with my mom, is that she has always been respectful of me hobby even when she disagrees with it. Sure, to this day she sometimes complain that I spend way too much on that, but she has never actually tried to take it away and for that, i am always grateful.
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - May 13, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing ^_^
  • g1rldraco7 - May 12, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    Majora's Mask reminds me of my mother. I wanted to get my own copy of Ocarina of Time, but since it was sold out, she got me Majora's Mask with the memory thing for the graphics. I remember explaining to her why I liked these games and she had a blank expression, she told me it sounded boring and said why can't you be a normal girl? That really hurt so I didn't talk to her for a week, it was fine she favored my brother Ben more at the time since my parents split up. Before she got sick and went to the hospital she apologized to me about her comments about me being a gamer girl instead of being a girly girl and for all that happened. I was 16 when she passed away and when I play Ocarina of Time or Majora's Mask , I always wonder how she would react to my gaming habits now. Still even though she's gone, I know that she understands why I play video games and I still miss her :(
  • Letter11 - May 12, 2013 6:37 p.m.

    That was a really touching story. Thanks for posting.
  • JokerJ0613 - May 13, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    Wow... Right in the feels.
  • meg127 - May 12, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    Crash Bandicoot. We used to play those games together when I was a little kid. :)
  • dden45 - May 12, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    The game Doom reminds me of my grandmother. I tricked her into buying the little demo disk for her computer. Little did I know that she would sit in the chair next to me and play with me. The blood, guts and Satanic imagery didn't even phase her. Plus there is something truly surreal about hearing your grandmother tell you, "I think you need to go find the blue key in that other room.
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - May 12, 2013 7:09 p.m.

    Dang, that's super awesome