I’ve had a lot of gaming experiences this year. Just thinking back, with the PC/PS3/PS4 versions of Diablo 3, I can’t even begin to count the hours of time I have sunk into that game. I’m currently racing around in both The Crew and Mario Kart 8 thanks to the new Hyrule DLC! There there are the countless hours I have sunk into RPGs like Dark Souls 2 and Tales of Xillia 2. 2014, you have been such a great year to for me.
Thinking back on it, I’ve had a good amount of gaming experiences. Yet, there is one that I still look back on and laugh, and that is when I was playing TowerFall Ascension. For those that might not know it, Keri and I joined Blake and Ross for a few rounds of this game during our Extra Life event. Maybe it was because we were exhausted. Maybe it was all the junk food coursing through my veins. Whatever it was, I have not laughed so much in such a short period of time. You know, maybe it was actually because we were all sitting around the television, controllers in our hands, doing battle and talking smack. It was almost like being a kid again and fighting with my best friend in Super Street Fighter II Turbo.
While I have visited a good amount of digital worlds, nothing makes me smile like that morning with the four of us. It makes me wonder what 2015 will bring. There are plenty of games on the horizon that I am excited for, but what will give me that one memorable experience that I’ll most likely take to my grave. Which will make me look back in a few years, smile, and be thankful that I got to enjoy that moment? Only time will tell, but I’m pretty sure that moment will be complemented by good friends.
What about you? What was that one video game experience that made 2014 a great year for you?