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The one that got you hooked.  Where you would play it for hours and would think about it even when you weren't playing it. 

Dungeons and Dragons was the one for me back in '79.   The base was snowed in and we were stuck in the barracks, and somebody broke out the dice and books and 14 hours later 3/4 of our characters were dead, but we didn't care.  :)

What was yours? 

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Clonk. A small obscure game mostly played by german players. The very first version was made in 1994, I got to know it only 5 years later. It was like terraria,  with blocks the size of single screen pixels, and more sandbox-y / multiplayer oriented, no boss mobs or anything. It's the game with which I learned programming.

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Too many. First Operation Nuptune, Donky kong, Jame bond Goldeneye, pokemon, zeld: Ocarina of time, Final Fantasy 7, Dune, Age of Empires, DnD, WoW, disgea 3, Demon souls, Go, LoL, Minecraft, Minecraft Blood n Bones modpack, Minecraft TFC, now Vintage Story. To think of what I could I could have mastered if I spent all that time on other things... Yep, I'm addicted, it's a problem, I'm working on it, I don't need your concern or advice, I get it, leave me alone already, I can handle it myself, GO AWAY.

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Computergames: Knights and Merchants

That game.. oh... I locked myself in my room when was a kid to play this for days on end during holidays.

Non computergames: Dungeons and Dragons. Gather up a load of friends, get some snakcs, fizzy drinks an a have a wild imagination. Succes guaranteed! 

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For hours and think when not playing - probably Minecraft/TFC only. Because you can think about builds when not playing, like now for VS.

Addictive - sadly after so many games just can't remember, despite vaguely feel there were some. From recent addictive games - Creeper World 2,3; Particle Fleet.

Supreme Commander.

Planetside 2.

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My number one is Chrono trigger, Finalfantasy's, Zelda and many other great Snes rpg titles back in the day.  Nowadays i play WoW, Ark, Conan and Destiny once in a while. Played almost every building crafting survival game on multiple platforms out there except a few horror survival titels and now stuck on VS, its a great survival game love the realism in a blocky world!

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There isn't just one that got me hooked, but there's one genre that got me hooked; building games. When I was a wee lad, I loved legos. Good Lord, I built everything; schools, hospitalschurches, restaurants, video stores, farms, pet stores, automotive stores, City Hall, an adult bookstore (I didn't exactly know what that was, but my dad gave my youngest aunt a major lecture about working there); you name it. I had a giant town that sprawled through most of our basement (which was my playroom). At the very center of it, I had a huge concert hall where Motley Crue and Duran Duran would perform during the spring and summer months (lol, I was an 80's child and had access to MTV when mom and dad weren't paying attention). As I grew up, the legos got put away, but my town remained in my mind My mental legos got replaced with more realistic construction materials, but the town itself remained. When I came home from the military, technology had changed so much; I thought "maybe it's time to take my town from my mind to the screen". Of course, I could use a type of CAD program, but those things are expensive! Plus, once I'm done, I want to be able to actually walk through my town; I want to visit Alice DeWitt's bakery (yup, my mental town has townsfolk all with little stories and family trees...... perhaps I'm more nerd than I realize, lol)

 

So, I discovered city builders. Some of them are great fun; I personally recommend Cliff Empire. Of course I can't exactly recreate my town in that, but so what? I can try to translate my mental town into Cliff Empire definitions. But the problem I found with city builders is that I've never found any that let you actually be a citizen of your own town; you're always perched in that eagle's view. Plus, I got bored placing pre-formed buildings; I want to build my own brick by brick. So, I found a lot of sandbox survival crafting games. There's none that I can recommend above any other; they all have their trade-offs. Until I found Rising World. That was a happy day! Being that i wasn't pigeonholed into one time period, I could build anything that I could imagine. That's important to me, because the town in my mind has different buildings from different periods. And, I could walk around my own town, hunt, drink, farm, fish, mine (though it don't have minerals, veins, geodes, clusters, and vugs, but maybe that'll come in time). Of course, if one wanted to be snarky, they could say "Well, why the heck are you here, then!" I'm here bc Rising World doesn't have much in survival at the moment. Plus, it doesn't have minerals and panning like we have. Plus, I'm waiting on an update. Plus, I'm waiting to see what types of vehicles we get, so I know how big to make my roads. Plus, I have a few personal reasons why I shelved the game for now. Plus, gaming on my computer isn't like Highlander; there can be more than one :)

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Runescape back in 2006-2008 is what really got me hooked on video games. I had played other games on playstation and gameboy but I think Runescape was the first big one for me. Actually now that I think about it, Pokemon (gen 1) might have been the very first game I got hooked on back in 1998... Runescape got me hooked on online games.

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=> Battle For Wesnoth - I play this often too, nice also, you can meet lot of people via multiplayer!

older games ...
=> Return to Castle of Wolfenstein, thats so crazy - most horrific atmosphere & music in a game, especially as you fighte against undead zombies and nazis in dungeons with Indina-Jones like traps

=> Star Craft (from 1998)

=> Civilization I, II, III and IV - sometimes I play CIV IV and the Mod "Ashes of Erebus" / "Fall From Heaven II"

=> Age of Empires

=> Unreal Tournament

 



 

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Alright, it's been a year, but I want to change my answer. The game that has me hooked, the game that I play for hours and think about even when I'm not playing is this one. Most of us have Vintage Story already, otherwise why hang out in a forum for a game you don't own? But there might be a few folks hanging out here, not quite sure whether or not to purchase. I get it, I'm pretty skeptical about games these days, too. Anyway, this answer's for those few folks who might be on the fence about Vintage Story:

First, many of these survival games are like a rock climbing wall; you make one wrong move and you're flat on your back; you've just lost everything you worked so hard to gain. Other survival games are a casual stroll along a garden path; it's pretty and relaxing, but requires no effort. But for me, Vintage Story's that sweet spot, right in the middle. Choices matter; I've come back to the game a few days ago after a little hiatus. I spent all summer goofing off and hauling granite cobblestone back to my mud hut to make a nice home. Granted, I also panned enough copper to have an anvil, hammer, pickaxe, and saw, but most of my time was swimming, skipping through forests, and hunting just enough to keep me satiated. Well, guess what? Winter came, it's now December 2nd. I have "harsh winter" turned off, but I'm still feeling the effects of being the proverbial grasshopper instead of an ant. But despite the fact that I goofed around all summer and fall, I don't feel unduly punished. Granted, it's not as easy had I properly prepared, but I don't feel so frustrated and punished that I have to start over with a new character. I feel punished just enough to know that I shouldn't goof around as much next summer. 

Next, there's so much one can do! Granted, I have a few mods installed, but even before mods, I never felt bored from lack of things to do, and those things never felt tedious. Mind you, there's a lot more I could have done, I'll have to wait til spring to do them. But the things I have done never felt tedious. There are some games where activities feel like a chore. Like rising World. Cooking, smelting, and wool spinning felt so tedious that I started watching shows on Netflix while waiting for ingots, wool, etc. Vintage Story's never felt like that. Mind you, there's a little downtime while waiting for ingots to cool down and things like that, but i've never felt bored. Instead, I found myself thinking "while I'm waiting for activity #1 to complete, it might be good to plan my next step."

Finally, for me, Vintage Story feels like just that, a story. The story of how my character went from struggling to thriving. In bed, when my wife's working third shift, there have been many nights where I've found myself thinking "alright, I have my real world activities and work planned out, what do I want to do in Vintage Story." Vintage Story isn't a game to me, it's feels like a second life, where I left the modern world behind to live in the wild. 

So, "that one game", for me, is this one.  

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