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  • talleyXIV - April 19, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    I can't really just choose one because my life has been full of amazingly happy moments of gaming; most of which were the result of playing co-op. 1. Any time I played Mario Party 1-3 with my three other siblings. We had the best time even though by the end someone hated another person and had started crying. The mini-games made us laugh, cry, scream at the top of our lungs, and even hit each other and we loved it. 2. Playing Super Smash Bros. Melee/Brawl with my siblings and neighbors. Pretty much the same thing as with Mario Party, we got angry at each other but man we still had fun, and there is nothing more satisfying than beating a couple of level 9 bots with nothing but sheer teamwork. 3. Pikmin 2 and Twilight Princess with my sister. We love playing co-op games together and she is actually pretty good so playing through all of the challenge levels in Pikmin 2 together was a lot of fun, and during Twilight Princess she offered help with puzzles and what not. Nintendo/Co-Op games are pretty much the best memories I have. Even though I play online games waaaaaaaaaay more I do not enjoy them as much as a good old lay down in front of the TV and play N64/Gamecube session. It's been a while since I had one so maybe this is all saddening nostalgia speaking.
  • Elgyem - April 17, 2013 7:22 p.m.

    This is definitely one of mine. I was in a SSBB tournament and I had lost my first match to a spammy Shiek player. As I prepared for round two, I trembled a little when I saw my opponent used Meta Knight. I thought a moment, and then put my cursor down on good ol' captain Olimar. The other players starting whispering to eachother "Olimar? Really?" "this is gonna end poorly" "dude, what are you thinking?" Thus began the most awesome brawl in my gaming life. I started mopping the floor with MK, running circles around him and tearing him up with Pikmin to the face. No matter how he came at me, I was ready, and promptly countered. The crowd was cheering like crazy, and I think I instilled in people a new faith in Olimar. When I finally took the match, everyone was staring at me in awe, and someone later congradulated me for utterly flipping the tier lists on their head. My foe just slunk away, ashamed to be obliterated by the tiny spacefarer.
  • Ravenbom - April 17, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    I'd say playing Battle Mode in the original Super Mario Kart when my friends slept over at my house. Which started my love for Princess Peach. We were 11 year old boys so we would demean the loser by making him play as Peach (though she was still Princess Toadstool to me back when). Then after a while I started winning more and more and Peach became my good luck charm. Love the shit out of her now.
  • StrayGator - April 17, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    Not in-game: My version of "getting a console" won't be "getting my first PC" (which was bought for my bigger brother actually), but the first time I built a PC on my own some 18 years later. Gives you a real sense of ownership (and accomplishment if it's your first build). Then you install a relatively recent game (that you needed to tweak as low as possible to make it barely run on your 6 year old system), max every setting and see it running beautifully in its full glory + super smoothly at more than twice the fps your screen can display. In-game: Not being fluent in English until early-mid 200X, I spent my childhood playing games light on language, and therefore light on emotional weight. So half of my happiest gaming moments belong to this generation, with its Mass Effects, Unfinished Swans, To the Moons and Okamis HDs. The other half are from Psychonauts.
  • robotrigger - April 17, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    When I was a kid my mother use to rent Super Mario RPG from a local video store. This was my first encounter with an RPG and the rentals were only for a night. By the time I usually got to the Axem rangers fight, I'd get stuck and it was time to return the game. She must have rented the game about 5 times and I never made it past that battle. I eventually found the game for $20 bucks when in high school. I bought it, played through it, got to the same fight; but this time I was prepared. I'll never forget how happy I was when I finally beat the Axem Rangers for the first time. To this day Super Mario RPG remains my favorite gaming experience.
  • bedelicious - April 17, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    Probably when I beat Max Payne 2 on DoA xD I really wanted to save Mona xD
  • Nocturne989 - April 17, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    There are so many so I'm just gonna pick one. Me and my best friend were at my house a few years back. We had a band trip to Orlando the next day and we decided to pull an all nighter so we could sleep on the way there. We went to Gamestop to look for a good coop game to play. We decided to get Portal 2 (which was brand new at the time). We plowed through the entire co-op campaign into the wee hours of the morning. By the time we got to the end we were so tired that we couldn't figure out how to open the last door after the final room. Turns out you have to gesture in front of it, which takes a whopping 2 seconds and a single press of a button. We sat at that door for over half an hour trying to figure it out in our sleep deprived stupor. Finally, we figured it our and proceeded to laugh our tails off at how stupidly simple it was. It was a night of portals, frustration, and a whole lot of fun. Portal 2 is still one of my favorite games and this is one of the reasons why. Chariots Chariots.
  • Rhymenocerous - April 17, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    Beating Zeus to a bloody pulp in GoW3. Nah, only kidding. I have some quite nice memories with this hobby actually, of course the stuff I remember the best is from when I was a little kid, whereas the last 10 years is just sort of a blur. Picking one standout moment though, is way too tough. A good one is watching my cousing playing Leon's Scenario B on Resi 2, going home for a bit - then returning the same day... and seeing him doing the whole "escape the laboratory" bit. He got killed by the Tyrant... then started the whole game again - without even blinking. Absolute nutcase.
  • PatHan-bHai - April 17, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    Don't know which is the happiest......... When my dad went to Malaysia on a business trip (of kinds) my big bro told me ask him for a PS2. I had no idea what that was (quite young, i was) but i still kept bugging my dad for it on the phone. Finally, when he came back home, i rustled through his luggage but there was no PS2 :( . Oh! The disappointment! Right before midnight, i went to my parent's room. My mom told me to look at the corner. I did.....................OH! THE HAPPINESS!!! ---- Having no idea what it was, i plugged it in the next day and found out it was something much better than my PSOne (or PrayStrations) XD ......... also gaming always brought me and my lil bro closer who i HATE!!! And i still DO! Those times when we'd stop arguing, you wouldn't believe what we accomplished :P ....... when my borrowed-n-scratched San Andreas finally went ahead some 'hang' part. It was quite an early mission so i needed to complete it in order to advance. After the 168th (or something close) restart, i made a bet with my bro that if would hang during that mission, i would lose my bragging rights. F*cking game worked flawlessly for the next hour >:O . But i was quite OVERJOYED to finally advance!! XD
  • AdonisX82 - April 17, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    Throughout my school years, I always had a lot of friends, and a lot of different groups of friends. In grade 5, one of my groups of friends was a large one, 20 or so kids, who all played soccer at lunch. we didn't really KNOW eachother, we all just played. One day I was at the video store behind my house and there was one of the kids I'd played soccer with looking through the games. we said hey and whatever, and he's like "i'm having a hard time deciding". I took a look and saw megaman x on the shelf. Not only was I a HUGE megaman fan, as megaman 2 was the very first video game i'd ever played (crashman was the first level, never forget that either), but I hadn't even known X had come out. I was like "you ever played a megaman game before? they're awesome" he decided to rent it, and offered for me to come over. he happened to have a big screen ('94 style lol) tv with stereo sound. Turned the game on, the picture of X, the message from dr. light, and then with a ROCKIN guitar and a golden flash, the megaman x title screen. When that golden X "ka-ching"ed onto the screen, it was akin to that meme pic you see of the cartoon character barfing a rainbow. I was jaw droppingly awe-struck. Fun fact *I became good friends with the kid, and 2 years later his mom and my dad got together. they didn't last too long, but it was the first timei had a proper family life
  • wittynickname - April 17, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    Beating Mike Tyson for the first time. After weeks of banging my head against it in vain. Suddenly realizing I'd knocked him down twice in the final round, and there was still over a minute left in the fight. Feeling acutely aware of the temperature of my skin, trying to lose myself in that "gamers trance" that so often lets someone accomplish something brutally difficult because they aren't really thinking about it. And then landing the final punch to send Tyson to the mat, with exactly three seconds left in the fight, after which the win would have been awarded to Tyson by decision. I let out a shriek of joy that my sister later said would have literally scared the **** out of her if she wasn't already on the toilet at the moment it happened. I was honestly starting to think I'd never beat him. It was magic. I've never watched a game's simple ending with more unchecked bliss.
  • rainn'sgaydar - April 17, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    Opening my N64 on Christmas morning. It was probably the last Christmas I had before I understood the "If you ask for it, you probably get it" Christmas principle of our house. Probably other than that was finally beating the Elite Four in Pokemon Blue. Or going to Walmart post-birthday and buying the Pokemon TGC for GBC, the guide, and some booster packs. And some other game, but I forget what. I was too happy to remember.
  • bamit11 - April 17, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    I'd say my happiest gaming moments were playing Goldeneye 007 and Battle Tanx: Global Assault with my cousin on my N64 when I was younger. I always wanted to play Goldeneye and he wanted to play Battle Tanx. In recent memory, it was buying Fallout 3 GOTY and discovering my favorite game series of all time. Also, for some reason the Yoshi's Story song made me feel really sad.
  • J-Fid - April 17, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    I can't think of a specific moment, but I will share one story that sticks out in my mind. When the GameCube and Super Smash Bros. Melee were new, plenty of my friends had the two, but I didn't. For a long time, I would have to go somewhere else to get my Melee fix. One day, I was at my friend's house for a sleepover. The entire time we were playing Melee, and I remember how I kept winning as Young Link, despite not knowing what I was doing. Well, time came for me to go home, and when my dad picked me up, I was disappointed that I couldn't play anymore. I get home and what do I see? a brand new GameCube with 4 games! It turns out while I was at my friend's house, my family went to buy the console, and got 4 games to go with it. My dad chose Madden 03, my sisters picked Mario Party 4 and Animal Crossing, and just for me, they got Super Smash Bros. Melee! Still have the latter three, and they are all some of my favorite games ever. Also, when I was getting picked up from my friend's house, my dad secretly told my friend about the whole thing!
  • JarkayColt - April 17, 2013 3:26 a.m.

    I can't be happy about this article realising that Cundy has almost certainly dropped off the Radar :C But I like how Justin's entry has actual photographic evidence! XD Anyway, my happiest moment is probably, simply, receiving my first own gaming device. I think it was sometime before I was due to start school, and my parents gave me this odd-looking bag on my birthday; I think I was 4 at the time. It looked a bit like a cool-bag so I thought it was probably a lunchbox, but it was actually just a third-party travelbag for a Game Boy, which I discovered upon actually opening it. I don't think they could have afforded one if it weren't for the fact that they had bought it off someone they knew who no longer wanted it, and as a result it already had a (literal) bagload of gear, like the charge pak, the Light Boy and a bunch of games. I honestly can't remember which one I played first; I think I played them all on-and-off in my uncontrollable excitement and wonderment. I distinctly remember playing and beating Donkey Kong Land in hospital, Link's Awakening on a boring caravan holiday and Mario Land during long car journeys. I still have the whole thing and the Game Boy still sort of works, but the battery pack is now flat and a lot of the pixels on the left of the screen are dead. I really ought to try having it fixed, because I couldn't bear to throw it out!
  • Pruman - April 17, 2013 3:11 a.m.

    In my Blood Bowl online league, I was playing my Orc team against another Orc team for the league championship. It had been a pretty even game so far, with relatively light casualties on both sides, and the score was tied at 2-2 on turn 14. I had the ball and drove it to about midfield, but a solid wall of green flesh wasn't going to let me move it much further. So I tried an unorthodox move: a Long Bomb pass (dangerous even under ideal conditions for an Orc team) to a Black Orc (a player who does lots of fighting and barely knows what a ball is). Surprisingly, I got good rolls on the pass and catch and didn't cause a turnover...but the pass was intercepted! Lucky for me, the enemy ball carrier didn't have much support nearby, and I managed to recover the ball on the next turn. Now I had a choice to make. I could either run out the clock and hope to win the toss in OT, or do the Blood Bowl equivalent of a 2-minute drill and win the game now. I summoned the spirit of Tom Brady from Super Bowl XXXVI and made the choice to go for the win. I sent another Long Bomb pass halfway up the field to a Blitzer I had sent deep to hand off to once my last pass was completed. I rolled 6's on both the pass and catch, the Blitzer waltzed into the end zone, and since it's pretty much impossible for an Orc team to do a one-turn touchdown, the opposing team ended his turn and congratulated me on a hard-fought win. Truly one of my happiest gaming moments.
  • armando-flores - April 17, 2013 2:44 a.m.

    When I was about 9 years old, my brother and I used to fight and argue about almost anything. However, when he used the money in his piggy bank to buy Kingdom Hearts, I was a bit skeptical at first, but I fell in love with the game just after playing the first 30 minutes. My best memory is when we were both on Winter Break from school, and we had already spent 3 hours trying to beat Riku(Ansem) in Hollow Bastion. We didn't know about the upgrades in the game, so we were actually trying to beat him with the regular set of moves from the beginning of the game. I can't remember who exactly did it, but eventually, one of us finally beat him. That day we didn't argue, we didn't fight, and we didn't even give each other mean looks. We just jumped around the empty house screaming about how we finally beat Riku...and we hugged. It was one of the few time we got along as siblings, and it was all thanks to Kingdom Hearts.
  • boondocks50 - April 17, 2013 2:19 a.m.

    Theres 2 that stick out in my mind: 1. Beating Alma in Ninja Gaiden for the first time after trying 30+ times over the course of a whole summer. She made me cry once during those attempts because she refused to be touched at 1% health and insted decided to kill my whole life bar in once combo. 2. Beating Grandia 2 on Dreamcast after my data got erased at the right before the last battle. I was a kid when it got erased so i didnt really get upset because i had no way of knowing how far i had gone before the erasure so i just thought cool i get to play this game for even longer before it ends. If that happened to me today id be live lol.
  • Rub3z - April 17, 2013 1:46 a.m.

    Augh! So many choices! Okay, so originally I was posting a veritable essay gushing about my fondest memories of gaming with my now-dead best friend who died last year at the age of 19, and it was getting really emotional and stuff. I've since calmed down now and simply decided to save that in Microsoft Word. So I'll tell you guys that my fondest gaming moment would likely be a boss battle in Dark Souls, which I've poured hundreds upon hundreds of hours into. Every, single, damn time I play through again with some other character, some of those boss fights still manage to instill an unrivaled sense of awe. But in terms of satisfaction, I'd likely have to go with the Four Kings boss battle. It's always an incredibly tense affair going it alone, and for me on each of my playthroughs it would be punctuated by a long period of preparation. I mean, just getting to the beginning of the boss fight can be challenge in itself. I always end up running like a madman past a deluge of tough enemies to reach its entrance with as little damage taken as possible. Then there's the setup and presentation. You fall into a dark and pitch-black abyss, and suddenly the music kicks in as ghastly apparitions spawn from the infinite nothingness, one by one, to unleash devastating magical attacks on you. As boss setups go, it's probably one of the most terrifying. Also, you're on a time limit... the bastards will spawn about once a minute or so, so there's an incentive to dole out as much damage as possible to each one that appears in succession lest all four of them gang up on you at once... once that happens, there are few situations in all of gaming that could match how royally screwed you are. Taking them on your lonesome is always a matter of timing, patience, precision and a fair share of risk-taking to ensure you can dole out as much damage as possible to avoid your fate in the black abyss should you not kill them quickly. All that said, you can probably see why besting this challenge is so satisfying. It's an extremely bloody difficult fight, in a game in which a lot of people can't even get past the first, TUTORIAL LEVEL BOSS FIGHT without giving up on the game altogether. Even under some of the best circumstances it doesn't fail to challenge you. That's the beauty of Dark Souls. Challenge and victory through persistence is its own reward.
  • boondocks50 - April 17, 2013 2:32 a.m.

    One that i just remembered recently is in SSF4 AE beating the number 12 best Juri on xbl after she taunted me 3 times during the match. I had only played 2 matches before her but after winning that i decided to stop playing for the night and watched the replay like 5 times.

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