Greatest loss of gaming innocence?

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Copen
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Greatest loss of gaming innocence?

Postby Copen » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:52 pm

I think we've all wondered "Whats on the otherside of the wall on this map! I bet it's a cool new area!" when we played games as youth, and we've all had that point where we find out that there was nothing on the otherside of that wall, or that the far off town was just a skybox.

Not counting anything porn related, or political - What do you think are some noteworthy discorveries that cause this?

I'll start with one I just found out about: (16:08 if it doesn't start there)

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Re: Greatest loss of gaming innocence?

Postby mharr » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:34 pm

I remember having the opposite experience back in vanilla WoW, glitching into terrain outside the designated play area and finding that the landscape really did continue, and was occasionally populated with half-created npc settlements and events, even the outline sketches of entire new zones. Also the occasional wooden signpost explaining that you shouldn't be here and if you could bugger off back to the game, that'd be great.

Early online games in general could keep this feeling of infinite possibility going in players old enough to know better because we'd mapped out the possibility space of home computers, but had no real sense of the limits of remote servers yet.

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Re: Greatest loss of gaming innocence?

Postby Büge » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:58 am

mharr wrote:Also the occasional wooden signpost explaining that you shouldn't be here and if you could bugger off back to the game, that'd be great.


"If you can read this, you blinked too far."

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Re: Greatest loss of gaming innocence?

Postby Z%rø » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:20 pm

Discovering console commands in Morrowind - and subsequently modding it. To this day I cannot take any Elder Scrolls/Fallout game seriously because I can never stop seeing the shitty engine, rather than be immersed.
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Re: Greatest loss of gaming innocence?

Postby Mongrel » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:43 pm

For the life of me, I honestly can't think of any single event like this ever happening! Maybe there was a significant instance for me, but I cannot recall it at all.

Which feels weird!
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Re: Greatest loss of gaming innocence?

Postby Doki Doki Gonzales » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:52 pm

Back in the day I owned Legend of Mana on the PS1 and I played the everloving shit out of that game. I had a swifterock sword and dragon scale armour (not the much more common dragon hide, but dragon SCALE) and was several layers deep into New Game +, and I think I had almost all the Techniques. I had over 100 hours on that save.

My then-girlfriend was also a big fan of the game and had started a new file on my memory card. However, thanks to muscle memory, she accidentally overwrote my save. It was a significant lesson in how "It's just stuff" and what is and isn't worth getting mad about. I consider that a loss of innocence, but also a moment of growth and maturity. Yeah, I lost my 100+ hour save, but why does that matter? It was an accident. There is nobody to be angry at here.

There was also how for about a decade during the NES and SNES era, the Game Genie absolutely ruined my ability to play video games with any sort of skill or patience. At my worst, I was so bad that I refused to play a game that the Game Genie's little book didn't have cheat codes for. This ended when I got a Nintendo 64, because I never got a cheat device for it and was forced to actually learn how to play games instead.

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