Your Best (And Worst) Video Game Stories

Some of a many noted times with video games have tiny to do with a diversion itself, and all to do with who we were, who we were with and what we were doing during a time. Here are some Kotaku reader’s tales of triumph, despair, friendships lost, puking, battles with cancer, damaged saves…

For reference, not that a few weeks ago we pulled adult a chair and told some of my favourite video diversion stories. we also asked for readers to carillon in with theirs, and what follows are a best of them.



After being diagnosed with cancer in late 2005, we indispensable deviation treatments for a month, each Mon-Fri during 12:30. I’d get home around 1:30, puke, fume a bowl, and cocktail in MG3, that somehow had been sitting in my “to play” raise for approach too long. we wouldn’t play on a weekends; I’d save it for my post-treatment prerogative and got positively mislaid in that universe for a plain month. we always suspicion it was so ideal that we degraded The Boss after my final treatment, like a diversion was ideal tailored for that time in my life. Ten years after I’m still cancer-free and will adore that diversion like we adore no other. Sometimes we consider it was easier to kick cancer than it was to kick The End…


The year was 1998. The diversion was Pokemon Red. we literally had no suspicion what to do and was clueless as to since we was trapped in a bedroom. Then by chance, my impression walked over a enchanting thing called stairs. The *step step step* sound echoed by a bad orator and leisure was mine. This took longer than we would expect.


My grandfather had come to revisit during some indicate after Mario Kart 64 had come out, possibly a Jan or February. That would have done me 10. He was examination me play it, and suspicion it looked like some fun, so we bending a controller adult for him. We had a blast, and that summer when we flew to revisit him in a state where he lived he had bought both a Nintendo 64 and Mario Kart. That’s all he bought.

Being a late male with zero improved to do, he got good during a game. Very good. That burst in Wario Stadium during a beginning? He nailed it each time. He could make a burst opposite rainbow road. He could even do that crazy thing in Mario Raceway that let we kick a march in a matter of seconds. And he relished, each year, violence my donkey during Mario Kart. The misfortune one was one summer when we was 16 or 17 maybe he purposefully gave me a conduct start in Wario Stadium usually so he could save adult a lightning shaft and shaft me during that burst during a final lap, violence me nonetheless again. we don’t consider it broke, nonetheless we did chuck his controller.

After he died in 2012, we had my mom and grandma send me his duplicate of Mario Kart 64, and spasmodic I’ll cocktail it in to competition one of his ghosts. All these years later, and we still can’t kick him.


Myself and 3 friends were carrying a Dark Souls two-players-one-controller race. Myself and my partner had a large lead, nonetheless as we competence expect, that was whittled down solemnly by Ornstein and Smough until both teams were fighting a twin during a same time.

Their group killed him initial and stopped to watch a movement as we attempted to finish them off. We had killed Ornstein and were fighting lightning Smough… one strike to go… My crony goes in for a strike being on a left side of a controller as Smough starts his lightning lay move… there’s no time to behind divided as we frantically crush Circle.

We died. With one strike remaining. We never finished a race.


Playing a strange Diablo Co-Op. Me and a crony were on opposite tools of a map. we found myself all of remarkable in a room surrounded by what felt like Woodstock for Skeletons. we hacked by hundreds of them while quaffing down recovering potions and emerged winning with a splinter of heath left. As we cheered to my buddy, he let lax an arrow of victory, distant off screen.

Of march by a miracle, it strike me and we died.

Couldn’t stop shouting for days.

Your Best (And Worst) Video Game Stories


The game: Shinobi, on a PS2. This was an already quite formidable game, nonetheless for whatever reason, maybe there was a personal drought in games available, it’s a diversion we played and replayed.

The diversion authorised we to fibre together kills if we were discerning adequate underneath a “tate” system, if we kill a sufficient series in a tiny adequate area you’ll get a mini-cutscene of them exploding, so a pivotal to a diversion was stringing together adequate tate kills in a quick adequate time. Time is another pivotal cause since it’s constantly eating divided during your health, and we can’t devise or pierce solemnly though dying. Besides that, there’s a unequivocally uncanny platforming complement in a diversion where for prolonged stretches you’ll have to use walls and enemies in and not to tumble to your death. More than anything it was like a super quick paced nonplus game.

But not usually was it a diversion that was greatly difficult, it was a diversion with a ranking system, so naturally we wanted an S-Rank on each stage. Which didn’t indeed infer that time consuming, after all, even nonetheless it’s a diversion many people who’ve played have copped to never beating.

Anyway, we kick a diversion on Normal, that is formidable enough, afterwards on Hard, that apparently requires some-more use and patience, before attempting S-Ranks on Super (which was US-only, for some reason) that unequivocally taxed me. we was regulating a default character, Hotsuma to try this (other characters make it easier nonetheless we wasn’t regulating them for some reason we can’t remember now) and was personification turn 6-B perplexing to ace it. we attempted countless times, substantially like 16 hours in total. we finally kick it and was ecstatic. It saved, we incited off a PS2. When we came back, it was saved before a fight. we was so defeated, we never played a diversion again.



I grew adult with a NES, and always desired RPGs. But one we could never kick was a strange final fantasy. Everything was usually so agonizingly slow. we couldnt understanding with it. I’d attempted to so many times over a years.

About 6 years ago we motionless to give it nonetheless another try. While on a categorical shade we incidentally pulpy Right. A tiny box during a bottom of a shade that pronounced “Respond Rate 1″ now pronounced “Respond Rate 8″

I know we yelled something along a lines of “God damnit!” shrill adequate to terrify my room partner as we satisfied I’d been perplexing to play a diversion with a slowest probable calm speed for all these years. Turning it to 8 done calm seem instantly.

I kick it dual days later.


My crony and we in college were personification Resident Evil during 3am during a storm. We were doing flattering good, had a lights off, were shouting and joking. Then a dog happened. we had a controls, walking down this normal corridor when a hulk zombie dog crashed by a window and attacked. we screamed. My crony screamed. Then a energy went out. We were perplexing to be cold nonetheless we were freaked out. Then we listened a banging on a window and we both LOST IT. Turns out it was my friend’s simpleton roommate. He had gotten sealed out and would mostly usually come in by a belligerent building window nonetheless we had sealed it and sealed it since of a rain. God, we have never been so terrified. It was hilarious.


I remember once during a party, a garland of people were personification SSX Tricky when they insisted we give it a shot, as we routinely had a slight corner nonetheless this time we was beaten and high as a kite. They sat me down on a cot and placed a controller in my hand. we could hardly concentration and remember moving a lot. we grabbed Mac and a Alaska map and went to town.

What started off as entertaining as we strike a initial few ×5 multipliers quieted down as we proceeded carrying a biggest run ever, attack each large burst and ×5 multiplier as we went. When we crossed a finish line, a whole celebration had migrated to a TV room and a outrageous hearten erupted. My measure was north of 1.3 million that annihilated my best ever performance.

I responded by using to a lavatory and throwing up.

That’s about as wise a note to finish this on as we can consider of. If you’ve got any tales that didn’t make a cut, leave them next and I’ll see about adding them!

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