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Have Your Say: The best gaming moment of your life

Simon Williams August 31, 2011 - 2:03 pm

This week on Have Your Say, we want to know what is your favourite gaming moment of all time – and why!

There are certain moments in our lives that remain burned into our memories for ever after, and it’s no different when it comes to gaming. This week in Have Your Say, we want to hear all about the best gaming moments of your lives.

Maybe it’s an awesome cut-scene, shocking twist or epic battle from an all-time favourite game that’s stayed with you ever since.

Maybe it’s the time when your gaming skills seemed to transcend to an otherworldly level and you racked up an unforgettable run of kills in an online multiplayer shooter.

Or maybe it’s a moment where games intertwined themselves with an important time in your life – those happy Christmas family memories or bonding with that special someone over a DualShock controller – well, we want to know!

So tell us what was the best gaming moment of your life in the comments thread below, and don’t forget that as always there is a 1000 XP bonus on offer to the BeefJack member whose comment is selected as our favourite of the week!

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Comments (19)

  1. Avatar of James Pickard

    Metal Gear Solid 3. That ladder.
    It’s such a wonderful moment to follow the intense battle with The End. Especially with the music, which slowly builds in the background as you climb.
    I think it helped that I was playing at 2am and with the only light in my room coming from the TV screen.

    • Avatar of megamoppy

      Metal Gear Solid’s ladder is probably my favorite moment in that game, the music is glorious!

      I’m not too sure what my personal defining moment but certainly a few that stick out are: The bath in eternal darkness and the bittersweet ending to LOZ: Link’s Awakening (Only recently found out about the slight altering to the ending depending on whether you died or not).

      Think i’ll post again once i’ve thought up a big one.

  2. Avatar of Simon Williams

    I’m still mulling over my own, but I can certainly tell you what my wife’s is.

    Although she’s a demon on the Wii or with Kinect, she is by her own admission absolutely rubbish with a standard controller. Yet once she managed to score an unbelievable 40 yard thunderbolt of a goal as Thierry Henry in Pro Evolution Soccer ’05 – and she still brings it up to this day.

  3. Avatar of Danny Palmer

    Fight Night: Round 4 and winning my first World Title belt. It was the last round of 12, I was down on the scorecard against an opponent who was suspiciously tall for someone who should weigh less than the 140 pound weight limit. I was undefeated and facing my biggest test.

    Then I noticed he was bleeding, a cut above the eye, that was my chance. With no thoughts of my own defence I launched punch after punch at my opponent who couldn’t handle the speed I still had after 12 rounds.

    A minute to go and the referee stepped in, he stopped the fight with my opponent in no position to continue. I’d won the fight by Technical Knock Out, I’d grasped victory from the jaws of defeat, ‘Dynamite’ Danny Palmer was Champion of the World.

    It was the first of six titles in what went onto be a glorious career, but this, this was the sweetest victory of them all.

  4. Avatar of p4warrior

    It’s hard to look past Portal 2′s climax. The game built up to it so well and guided the player perfectly to that moment. It was amazing, just soaking up exactly what just happened during the end sequence. I’d like to add some setpieces from Half-Life 1 and Half-Life 2, but I do feel Valve refined their singleplayer storytelling chops for Portal 2.

    • Avatar of Simon Williams

      Portal 2′s ending is absolutely one of my recent gaming highlights – indeed, despite the backlash against the game that seems to have gone into effect a bit, the whole experience was one of the most memorable pieces of storytelling in a long time – and graced by one of the few genuinely laugh-out-loud funny scripts in mainstream gaming.

      Don’t even get me started on the amazing voice performances either… :)

  5. Avatar of Mark Ankucic

    It would have to be the killing last boss of FFIV. I couldn’t finish him seven times in a row, so I said ‘f*** it’, levelled up for four hours, and then beat him mercilessly.

    It just proved that anything is achievable through persistence.

  6. Avatar of Lewis Denby

    Hmmm. It’s tempting to say one of the ‘Shock reveals – either SHODAN in System Shock 2, as the walls drop to reveal all manner of wireframe gubbins and a terrifying AI commanding you, or Andrew Ryan in BioShock. But then what about the spider in Limbo? Or, going back to the past, the time when the walls dropped to reveal a shambler in E1M5 of Quake? So many.

    • Avatar of Kelsey Jackson

      I am genuinely, genuinely, 100% playing System Shock 2 for the first time this week.
      That was an excellent spoiler.
      Really top notch. … …
      Get this, Bruce Willis is a ghost.
      Dumbledore dies at the end.
      And that chick from The Crying Game? Better get ready to bleach your brain because SHE is a HE!

      • Avatar of Simon Williams

        Really, I think we have to accept that spoilers don’t count for 13 year old games. Have to draw a line somewhere.

        I actually had the ending of The Sixth Sense spoiled for me by Jo Whiley on Radio One – I believe while the film was still in the cinemas. Nice going, Jo.

  7. Avatar of Kelsey Jackson

    Right, my turn. Excuse me while I get a little misty eyed here.
    This could get wordy.
    I was 13, the year was 1990. I went next door to my mates house to play a little Atari ST SpeedBall, 2 player. We often got together and could spend hours just racking up tournament scores of 112-98. Best of 3? Best of 300 more like.

    This friend of mine was educated to a slightly higher standard than me. He went to the local boys grammar school, I went to the grotty mixed comp on the other side of town. But, like Huck Finn and… his… posh mate(?) (Oh, I don’t know,I never read it) we became really good mates in spite of our differences.
    We shared a mutual love of our Atari ST’s.

    So, on this eventful day, I walked into his living room (you could leave your back-door open in them days, son) to find him and a bunch of his posh mates crowded round the dining table playing a board game.
    Escape From Colditz.
    It wasn’t a game I was familiar with. My friend looked busy. So I made my excuses and left.
    Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not that the game was too complicated for me, I have in fact since learned that it is a really easy game for STUPID POSH LOSERS. But factor in a high level of feeling generally intimidated by all these new faces looking down their noses at me and I didn’t go round to play a board game anyway and that’s why I left.

    I got halfway down the path to my house and my friend caught up with me. Told me to come and join in. “Meet the gang”.
    So I met, Jimmy, Squash, Ralph Rotter, and Strangely Brown and listened patiently as they, rather haughtily, explained the rules to me.
    I didn’t get it. They could tell that I didn’t get it. I was about to make a fool of myself. And at the moment when I placed a Nazi guard inside a locked cell I was asked politely to leave the game. My friend was gracious and said I should stay anyway. So I did and… I’m shuddering as I recall this… his posh mates said I could be the official dice roller.

    I was so happy to be included in this complicated game for grown ups that that is what I did. Like some kind of common servant I shook the dice in my hands, blowing for good luck and everything.
    The game was played. There was a victor. I went home.
    My mum asked me what I had been doing.
    “Playing escape from colditz” I said.
    “Did you enjoy it?”
    “Didn’t really understand it, but they let me roll the dice.”
    They. Let. Me. Roll. The. Dice.
    Only then did it dawn on me how stupid they must have thought I was. That poor slow kid from next door. Let’s let him roll the dice so he feels included.

    I avoided next door for a few weeks, spent most evenings in my room playing Speedball. One evening there was a knock on the front door. Mum shouted up, I went down and he was there, stood there with those same mates, on my doorstep. I got an invite to hang out with them. I said “nah” and started to close the door. MOTHER INTERVENTION! And I found myself stood outside on the step with the front door closed behind me.
    Mums are like ninjas in that way.
    So, I went round, expecting to find another board game waiting, ‘Historical Times-Tables For Poshies’, or something equally fun and exclusive.
    No board game. Just the old back room CRT Telly and the Atari ST. The Bitmap Brothers logo flashed across the black screen.
    I sat down cross legged, picked up a joystick and selected 2 players. And waited for my silent invite to be accepted.

    You know what happens next.
    One by one, each dejected, defeated schoolboy made his excuse and left. Until it was just me and my mate, playing SpeedBall, talking about going halves on Speedball 2 when it comes out.

    Best gaming moment, hands down.

      • Avatar of Kelsey Jackson

        If you’re going to set a statute of limitations on spoilers then doesn’t the same apply to computer fanboyism? System Shock may have been 13 years ago, but the Atari ST/Amiga war was fought more than 20 years ago!!















        (And the Atari ST won)

  8. Avatar of Gamage

    This one has really made me think. I try not to go for the same set of games over and over. Assassins Creed: Brotherhood has an amazing little clip that replays if you don’t do anything on the main screen. I know its not a gaming moment but that little short was just awesome! If it has to be an actual gaming moment – not to get a reputation for going for the same games over and over but Halo:CE when you first step out on to Halo. Looking up at the skybox and the big environment for the first time was also pretty mindblowing!

  9. Avatar of Jamie Donnelly

    This is a tough one, and eventually my thought process just disregarded other games and it became a case of “what was my best gaming moment in World of Warcraft?”. It’s the moments in WoW that I remember more than any other game – there’s just something special about achieving something with so many other players.

    There are a lot to choose from – the first time I dinged 60 perhaps? Or killing Ragnaros for the first time? Or what about other bosses for that matter? I remember main tanking the Magtheridon fight and how every single person had to get their job right. I’ve probably lost anyone who doesn’t play WoW by now so I’ll skip to the actual highlight.

    My greatest gaming moment was completing the Champion of the Naaru quest line with four of my real life friends. It involved a long quest chain and required the completion of several Heroic dungeons (before they got made easier) and was one of the biggest challenges in WoW. We were also one of the first on the server to get the title, and it was an amazing feeling.

  10. Avatar of Yuliya Geikhman

    This is hard to answer.. I can’t name my favorite gaming moment, but I can definitely pinpoint my proudest: beating Bioshock. Bioshock was the very first game my husband and I got when we got our PS3. I have a serious problem finishing games. Actually, I have a serious problem finishing anything. I start with so much motivation then suddenly it’s two months later and I haven’t touched the controller. So when I managed to actually get through Bioshock within about two weeks… it was such an occasion that my husband actually took me out to dinner. …which makes me sound kind of lame when I write it out but hey, let me have my moment!

  11. Avatar of Greg Giddens

    Not long after its release I picked up Final Fantasy VII for the Playstation. But the reason I bought it was more that I had cash in my pocket to burn, I had no idea what the game was all about.

    I was still pretty naive to gaming and young enough not to be able to afford many games, and I’d never really played an RPG. I never touched one during my Megadrive days, but then again there weren’t many options back then on that system, and my Commodore 64 days were a bit of a blur and I certainly didn’t have the patience or understanding to play RPG when I was cutting my teeth on that system.

    So I got it home and experienced my first real RPG, and it was magnificent. However, the greatest part was yet to come. I saw the three discs I wondered what the deal was with those; I hadn’t experienced disc swapping before. I assumed it was additional art or something, ahh back when I was young and stupid. So I played FFVII and got to the Shinra building and witnessed the presidents death and thought to myself “That was awesome. I hope they make a sequel. So what the hell are these other two discs for?”

    I continued playing, expecting things to wrap up any minute, and then it happened. I found myself on the world map and it hit me; this was a long game. Those extra discs include more game-time. I was utterly amazed by that realisation. A game more than eight hours long seemed unreal to me. That was my greatest gaming moment, experiencing my first RPG and realising that it was tens of hours long.

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