Monkey Island Lookout Point

What’s Your Favorite Video Game Memory? 6

It’s impossible to pick just one. I loved getting kidnapped and held for ransom by space pirates via text-based forum roleplaying. I loved debating RTS strategies with my best friends for the entirety of middle school. I loved the first game I ever played. I loved all the in-game accomplishments I’ve had in MMOs, making lasting friends along the way.

But the first thing that came to mind was playing Monkey Island with my extended family. Growing up, my dad always made sure we had an adventure game that he could play with me and my brother. We played a ton of LucasArts and Sierra point-and-clicks and we never cheated. When we got stuck, we’d just talk through the issue over the course of days or weeks, trying to come up with new solutions to try the next time we played. Until we’d eventually solve it.

After awhile, it became an extended family adventure too. My dad has two brothers. One bought me my first-ever copy of PC Gamer and set me along my path to working there over a decade later, and the other shared Monkey Island games with us. We’d take turns buying them and after one family beat them, we’d mail it to the other so they could play it.

I remember when the first Monkey Island game showed up on our doorstep. We popped open the box and found the most beautiful piece of DLC ever created at the top.

Monkey Island Dial A Pirate

Every time you booted up the game, you’d have to match the mixed-up faces shown on screen and then enter the codes revealed. It was perfect for little-me — it was fun and kick-started every game session with a puzzle I could actually solve as the youngest in the bunch. I fell in love with Monkey Island immediately — it’s humor and fun-first pirate setting was incredible and something I’d never experienced in games before. It’s puzzles were tough and goofy — and I loved every second of brainstorming solutions of how to solve them with my dad and brother.

We’d played videogames together before, but I don’t think I truly loved one until I played Monkey Island. I hope I can create that sort of family fun nights with my kids as they get older. Who knows? Maybe I’ll try starting them with the incredible Monkey Island remake that came out a few years back! In the meantime I still play on robux occasionally as this really brings me back to the good ol’ days, even if playing in more pixels sort of cuts the nostalgia a little.

Monkey Island Insult Sword Fighting

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6 thoughts on “What’s Your Favorite Video Game Memory?

  • Dan

    No doubt Monkey Island remains a classic. Stan the Used Ship Salesman was a particularly hilarious, standout character. For me though, my best video game memories were those of playing the original Sierra Hero Quest (now renamed Quest for Glory).

    The first time I played it, I was probably a little too young to appreciate the intricacies of the story, but simply inhabiting the world, talking to the characters, even just earning a meager living (5 silver coins if I remember correctly) by sweeping the stables at the castle was amazing fun. The characters were vibrant and often humorously eccentric. The old school input command interface also made it possible for the player to ask any character about virtually any topic. Indeed half the challenge was in knowing which character would likely have the most useful information about a particular aspect of the game world.

    Although it may not be as well known as some other adventure games released around the same time, to describe the game as genre-defining would not, in my opinion, be hyperbole. 25 years later I still think about the numerous hours I devoted to it with great fondness.

    • Josh Post author

      Haha, Stan is amazing! His arm waves and mouth-spamming animation is hilarious 🙂

      Ooo, I totally missed out on Hero Quest! That sounds super fun. I felt that same sort of amazement with my first adventure game, Kings Quest IV. I totally get how even just cleaning up the stables is fun when it feels like you’re living in the world.

      I just grabbed the Quest for Glory collection on Steam and am looking forward to checking it out! Thanks for taking the time to share.

  • James Waddell III

    My favorite video game moment has to be when My WOW character fell off of the highest Zeppelin Tower and as it was falling, I actually felt that I was falling as well. World of Warcraft’s ability to immerse you into the game is that good as you know.

    • Josh Post author

      Haha, James, I know that exact feeling! I’ve tried to shortcut those zeppelin climbs or hop onto a leaving zeppelin way too many times. T hanks for sharing!