Birth!I was born. I wasn't playing many games at this point.
Super Mario World (GBA)While I'm not certain about when I played it, or if it was even 2006, Super Mario World is one of my most cherished games. I'm certain it was the first video game I ever played, and if it wasn't, it is definitely the most significant.
Nintendo EAD 2002, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, video game, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo.
Image at: Super Mario Wiki 2020, Super Mario World, Super Mario Wiki, MarioWiki, viewed 3 April 2021, https://www.mariowiki.com/Super_Mario_World.
Lego Star Wars the Complete Saga (Nintendo DS)I got a DS for Christmas that year, with this game being of note. After getting a DS, I really begun to expand my library of games, rather than playing the few I already had access to. Lego Star Wars was also notable because it combined 3 of my favourite things when I was young - Lego, video games and Star Wars.
Traveller's Tales, 2007, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, video game, Nintendo DS, LucasArts.
Age of Empires II (PC)This was my introduction to PC gaming (thanks dad), and more complexly designed games... even if I wasn't good/old enough to really get it. I was aware of this however, and enjoyed it thoroughly nonetheless!
Ensemble Games 1999, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, video game, PC/Microsoft Windows, Microsoft.
Sky Box Labs 2013, Age of Empires II (2013) on Steam, Steam, Xbox Game Studios, viewed 3 April 2021, https://store.steampowered.com/app/221380/Age_of_Empires_II_2013/.
Chess (Board Game)Chess is significant to me because it was the first time I'd put in effort to achieve mastery in a game, as opposed to just casually playing it. When I say mastery, I of course mean several months of playing against my dad till I won once.
Unknown, 6th century, Chess, board game.
Image at: Alan Light 2013, Chess, Wikipedia, viewed 3 April 2021, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess.
Infinity Blade (iOS)Infinity Blade was my first dedicated step in to Mobile gaming. For many years, DS and mobile would be my main avenue of playing games. It was also one of the earliest examples of grittier and artistic games I'd played at that age.
Chair Entertainment 2010, Infinity Blade, video game, Mobile/iOS, Epic Games.
Image at: ChAIR 2020, Infinity Blade, Official Infinity Blade Website, Epic Games, viewed 3 April 2021 https://www.epicgames.com/infinityblade/en-US/game-info/infinity-blade-i.
Minecraft (PC)For many years I had lived in developing countries where it was difficult to engage with online gaming communities. In 2013, when my family and I came back to Australia, Minecraft was my first time engaging with online multiplayer and other players.
Mojang 2011, Minecraft, video game, PC/Microsoft Windows, Mojang.
Image at: Mojang 2021, What is Minecraft?, Minecraft, Microsoft, viewed 3 April 2021, https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/about-minecraft.
Terraria (PC)This is the first game I purchased on steam, a service I still use like many other people around the world. It allowed me to greatly expand my library, in particular games from late 90s/early 00s (a period of game design history that has always interested me).
Re-Logic 2011, Terraria, video game, PC/Microsoft Windows, 505 Games.
Image at: Re-Logic 2011, Terraria on Steam, Steam, Re-Logic, viewed 3 April 2021, https://store.steampowered.com/app/105600/Terraria/.
Dark Souls (PC)No game has affected how I view games quite like Dark Souls had. Dark Souls was so unique yet confident in its design, and to me really solidified the idea of how games can be artistic (through the use of ludonarrative harmony), which is why it is such a valuable game to me.
FromSoftware 2012, Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, video game, PC/Microsoft Windows, Namco Bandai Games.
Bloodborne (PS4)More important as a marker for buying the PS4, as it was the first game I bought for the console (or more accurately as a fan of FromSoftware, bought the PS4 for Bloodborne). Up until this point, I'd never really had the required hardware to play new releases. It is also significant because it allowed me to play various games exclusive to the Playstation market, some of which are my favourite games out there.
FromSoftware 2015, Bloodborne, video game, PS4 Sony Computer Entertainment
Root (Board Game)A far more recent example of games I've been playing. Root is particularly notable as recently it has expanded my taste in games, instead of just relegating my experience to video games.
Leder Games’ St. Paul 2018, Root: A Game of Woodland Might and Right, board game, Leder Games.
Image at: Leder Games 2018, Root: A Game of Woodland Might and Right, ledergames.com, Leder Games, viewed 3 April 2021 https://ledergames.com/products/root-a-game-of-woodland-might-and-right.
Image References which otherwise don't fitImage at: TT Games 2020, LEGO STAR WARS The Complete Saga, TT Games, TT Games, viewed 3 April 2021, https://www.ttgames.com/game/lego-star-wars-the-complete-saga/.
Image at: FromSoftware 2012, Dark Souls, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Namco Bandai Games, viewed 3 April 2021, https://en.bandainamcoent.eu/dark-souls/dark-souls.
Image at: FromSoftware 2016, Bloodborne, Playstation Store, Sony, viewed 3 April 2021 < https://store.playstation.com/en-au/product/EP9000-CUSA00207_00-BLOODBORNE0000EU>.