Tis the Christmas season (or Advent to be theologically accurate), and in the spirit of the season, the lovely blogger over at Later Levels has decided to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas a few days earlier with 12 gaming related questions for all of us good, little gaming elves out there. These are my responses.
👪 20 December 2017: You’re wrapping presents while listening to cheesy festive tunes, and start to reminisce about holidays past. What’s your favourite Christmas gaming memory?
I’ll never forget the Christmas I received my (at time) favorite game ever.
I’ve already talked about this in my 30 Day Video Game Challenge, but I was as obsessed with this game then as I am now with Final Fantasy VII, speaking of which, I received that for Christmas one year, too, the Eidos version for the PC. My brother got it for me, though I had no interest in it at the time, because I thought it was “too sci-fi.”
SMB2 is my first favorite game, and I think I was so obsessed with it because one, you could play the princess (she wasn’t a kidnapping victim, whoohoo!), and two, it was different from the other Mario games. I know now it was supposed to be a game called Doki Doki Panic, and of course only fits into the Mario canon because it was “only a dream,” but I love how quirky and different it was. Like FFVII, I’ve never finished SMB2 myself, though of course I’ve seen the ending.
Even though Final Fantasy VII is my forever favorite game, I have more fond memories of the year I received Super Mario Bros. 2, because VII came to me at a much more tumultuous time when things were…different. SMB2 has the innocence of youth splashed over it with far more rainbows and far less ash.
What’s your favorite holiday gaming memory? Let’s hear about it in the comments!