Video Games That Converted Me From Casual Gamer To Hardcore Addict [MUO Gaming]

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addicting gamesThroughout the life of a gamer, there are certain games that make us cross over from the realm of casual gaming to being a hardcore gamer. If you look back at your gaming life, you can probably remember what the first games were that you kept coming back to. Those were the games that you did not just pop in to play casually. Instead, these addicting games kept you coming back for hours. After hundreds of hours, you moved onto the next game, and before you knew it, you were hooked to the world of video games.

When I look back, there are a few games that stand out to me as the first games that really brought me in and made me a gamer. Some of them are really old, and came about when I was around 5 or 6 years old. Other ones happened later in life. Some of them are games you might expect, as they are the ones that many people get hooked on, and some are a little on the odd side, but one way or another, these are the first games I got hooked on, and the ones that made me the addicted gamer that I am today.

Snake Rattle ‘N Roll

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This is a pretty obscure NES game, but it is the first one I really remember coming back to over and over. It’s brutally hard (I own a copy today, and I still struggle with it), but when you figure out how to beat a level, it was so satisfying. One of my first memories of a video game was Snake Rattle ‘N Roll. I remember playing it with the help of my mother, and I remember playing it on my own. I loved Mario too, but Snake Rattle N’ Roll is the addicting game that I could not stop coming back to time after time.

Age Of Empires II

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This was my first experience with a competitive game on the PC. I came home from junior high school every day and played this game against other people online. It might not be the deepest RTS ever made, but it was so much fun, and it had a very robust online system that worked surprisingly well for the time.

It was more than a battle of building lots of units; there was a “rocks, paper, scissors” element of building the right units to counter your opponents. While most people were playing Starcraft, I was hooked on Age Of Empires II.

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SOCOM II: US Navy Seals

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SOCOM II was the first console shooter I ever really got into. I remember running out to the store to get the broadband adapter for my Playstation 2 and going online and shooting it out in some third person action. I remember many days being half asleep in high school from being up far too late playing this addicting game. I hooked up with a clan, and we spent countless hours playing.

That was my first experience with forming a clan with strangers  and those people became more than my teammates; I was as close with them as I was with real life friends. I was never a fan of Halo, and while everyone else I knew was hooked on it, I was on my PS2 playing SOCOM II.

Battlefield 2

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I stayed on SOCOM for long after it was released, but then, a cyber cafe opened in my town. I did not have a gaming PC, and I was content to be a console gamer. A few of my friends and myself decided to go and check out the place. The owner was all about Battlefield 2, and we decided to check it out. I never played SOCOM again. I was hooked on the depth of Battlefield 2, and I went out and purchased my own gaming PC to play it. We still went to the cyber cafe at least once a week to play in the same room. Sadly, it went out of business, and were forced to play online, but it was still awesome.

Call of Duty 4

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The final evolution for me as a gamer is Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare. The day this game hit the Xbox 360 everyone I knew ran out and purchased it, and we’ve been playing Call of Duty ever since (except World at War – I hate that game). As you’ve probably seen in my other articles, I collect classic games, and I play most major releases on modern systems, and plenty of random obscure games. I even dabble in MMOs and have some level 90s in World of Warcraft. That being said I always come back to Call of Duty, and it is a game that has gone a long way in defining me as a gamer today.

Your Turn

Now, I turn to you, our loyal readers. I want to know is what games turned you into the gamer you are today? Which addicting games do you remember becoming hooked on? Hit the comments section below and let us know!

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Comments (79)
  • Anonymous

    My bother was addicted and it was a huge proble for our family. We wanna help him so my mom installed parental control software called PCWebControl on his computer and it was a good decision. Of course- he still plays but not so often!

  • Aaron Sanchez

    Playing arcade/console/PC games were always a hobby for me. Playing tekken tag at the arcade, Half Life on the PC, and Marvel vs Capcom 2 on Dreamcast were hobby’s. But when a friend had me try Counter Strike on PC, I was hooked. Played for hours on end, staying up late. Joined a clan and moved up the ranks, It was bad, but I eventually worked my way out of it and became a hobby gamer again. Until…..WoW. Friend at work talked me into the trial account, “You don’t have to pay for it unless you really like it and want to play more.” After I hit level 10 I wanted to be able to melt the faces of those who were killing me. And so it started. A 3.5 year escapade that had me working, and playing. That was it. Now I’m free of WoW and am playing casually again on PS3. Still love the classics though, NES is still the favorite.

  • bronxler

    Duke nuken, doom, half-life, diablo2, age of mithology, delta force,..wolfenstein, project igi.. and desert storm,..

  • God Of Gaming

    Tank 1990 on NES
    Ninja Gaiden 3: The Ancient Ship of Doom (NES)
    Arkanoid 1 and 2 (NES)

    PC arcade FPS: Doom 1 2 3, Quake 1 2 4, Unreal and UT, Serious Sam TFE and TSE (still my favs) Duke Nukem 3D, Half-Life 1 and 2, System Shock 1 and 2, Descent 1 2 3, Shadow Warrior

    PC realistic FPS: Counter-Strike (my first PC game), Delta Force series, Rainbow Six series, Operation Flashpoint and ArmA series, Far Cry 1 and Crysis 1

    racing games: Trackmania series, Test Drive series, Need for Speed up to Porsche Unleashed/2000, Colin McRae Rally series, Richard Burns Rally, Live for Speed, GTR 2, rFactor (currently the only one I play)

    RTS: Age of Empires 1 and 2, Tzar: The Burden of the Crown, Warcraft 3

    Other: Touhou series, The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, lots of fan-made mods for my favorite games.

    I’ve played a lot more games than these, but these are the ones that had the most influence over me becoming a hardcore gamer, and currently trying to become a game developer.

    P.S. Call of Duty series are casual games btw, they only look hardcore but their gameplay is oversimplified, both single and multiplayer.

  • Bobby Smith

    For me it goes back a little further to Ultima Exodus III, SunDOG, and platform games like Ratchet and Clank on the PS2 and SONIC on the saga.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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