Random memories associated with gaming that have stayed with you

I think back in the BF1942 days, someone on a forum posted a photo of them playing on their new flat screen monitor, where they had filmed the screen. I think it was a TFT type and, though there was ghosting on the screen, it was cool to see this on (what I considered) a fancy monitor.

The reason I remember this, though, is that they'd chosen Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck, by prong.

Now, whenever I play the song or think of it, the image of that video pops into my head. Who knew that a video would spark an association that's lasted so long?

I can't find the original gameplay video, but here's the music video for the track.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwUT...

Anyone else have old associations like this?

The winter I first played FFVII, I'd march to my apartment dorm, start racing my chocobos, and make a BLT. Still sometimes when it's snowing out, I'll get in the mood for a BLT and some FFVII.

I still remember the feeling of total awe after installing the Doom shareware floppy disks on my brand spanking new Gateway 2000 tower 486DX-2 and taking it for a spin.

A buddy of mine has borrowed a saga Sega Genesis from a friend of his. We are 11 or 12. We play Rastan for dozens of hours that weekend, and he has “It Takes 2” by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock blasting on his grandparent’s stereo.

Core memory.

Because of this trailer, every time I hear Run the Jewels, I think of Watch Dogs 2.

When I hear some late 80s early 90s songs it definitely flashes me to early PC gaming days for me.

My uncle seeing Super Mario Bros. and saying “what the hell kind of movie is that?”

Whenever I hear demonic door open/closing sound effects in movies I have Doom flashbacks.

I remember downloading shareware Quake till 3am on a dial up modem.
It came in 8 parts and I reasoned that I would download the middle parts first since everyone would be trying to get the first or last parts. I remember playing some and going to sleep dreaming of the levels.

I also remember some weeks later learning to play WASD + mouse and absolutely annihilating my roommates who stuck to keyboard only. They kept thinking I was cheating until they finally accepted my invitation to watch me play them. It is so nuts how mouse aim was never a thing until Quake. I know it existed before but went "mainstream" after Quake.

Another one is reaching level cap during BFA on my "main" druid. It had been my highest character in wow for so long despite always being so far away from cap. When I bought BFA, I got some boosts and could start a demon hunter at 98 or something. That was my first character to reach cap of 120. I also boosted a rogue to 100 with one of the given boosts which ended up being the second to cap. Then death knight before finally churning out the levels to get from 64 to 120 on my "main" druid. All the sniffs for nostalgia

fangblackbone wrote:

I also remember some weeks later learning to play WASD + mouse and absolutely annihilating my roommates who stuck to keyboard only. They kept thinking I was cheating until they finally accepted my invitation to watch me play them. It is so nuts how mouse aim was never a thing until Quake. I know it existed before but went "mainstream" after Quake.

This is my recollection, too. Not long after the release of Doom, I read an article about ID Software that mentioned, in passing, that Romero played Doom with a mouse. I remember thinking, "A mouse? For an action game?" Just seemed so bizarre and wrong to me at the time.

Goonch wrote:

I still remember the feeling of total awe after installing the Doom shareware floppy disks on my brand spanking new Gateway 2000 tower 486DX-2 and taking it for a spin.

I just sat and watched while the demo played behind the menus. I was amazed by the tech, and a little scared of the content. A friend in my dorm heard the game and looked in.

Him: Well, are you going to play it?
Me: Uhhh....
(I totally did.)

Anyways, similar to Chairman_Mao, whenever I hear that door sound effect, my mind immediately goes to Doom. There are a few sound effects from the original XCOM game that also show up in movies and TV. They're not as ubiquitous as the Wilhelm scream, but they always take me out of whatever I'm watching to Doom or XCOM.