Top 15 Video Games People Were Obsessed With as Kids

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What was the video game you were obsessed with as a kid? I’ll go first—Adventure Island for NES. I still remember a jump in level 8-2 (before saving progress days) that I could never beat. 

So I called the Nintendo Power Hotline, and the guy informed me that no one had ever gotten as far as I had in the game there, and they couldn’t help me, but he was impressed. OBSESSED. Here are fifteen other video games people admitted to being obsessed with as children.

1. Golden Eye 007 (1997)

“My brothers and I played Golden Eye 007 thousands of times with friends, never did anyone play as Oddjob. But I learned how it could give a huge advantage,” admitted one.

“In close range, the autofocus of the guns would shoot over Oddjob’s head, so he became a favorite in Golden Eye 007 to pop around near corners to take out kneecaps. Of course, he’s not invincible, but it does take a moment to adjust the aim down and, in that moment, thwak thwak.”

2. The Sims (2000)

The Sims had AMAZING music. So if you’re any musician, or if anyone else in this thread is, and you want to nerd out completely, Charles Cornell did a quick, less than four-minute video on how they created the Build Mode soundtrack for the game,” shared another.

“I would tell my parents that I was off to bed at 10:00 pm, but I’d be on my laptop making sure my elaborate family drama in The Sims would come into fruition until 4:00 am.”

3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

Someone volunteered, “I still remember the trick for getting ‘infinite’ Skulltula tokens in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. There’s this one hole with a Skulltula in the right position that you can kill, throw the boomerang for the token, and jump into the exit just as it reaches you.”

“You get the token, and the Skulltula doesn’t de-spawn, so you can go down and do it again. The game only tracks the number of tokens, not where you got them, so that you can break the curse without much effort.”

4. Pokemon Blue (1996)

“I had a PlayStation and a Super Nintendo, but I still remember my grandfather bringing me to Toys R Us and buying me a Game Boy Advance and any game I wanted. I chose Pokemon,” one confessed.

“I got another Pokemon game at a garage sale before I beat the first one. By the time I went back to the first one, it had ended up being my favorite of the Pokemon Games because, to kid me, it was like cheating and picking two pokemon games in one.”

5. Diddy Kong Racing (1997)

“There has never been anything like Diddy Kong Racing since then,” one replied. “I even enjoyed exploring the tracks; they were like smaller worlds instead of just a track to pass through.”

“The bosses were giant beasts instead of a player-sized vehicles, and they cheated. Running over frogs unlocked new characters. Secrets are hidden everywhere for you to find! It was a true adventure instead of a checklist of tracks.”

6. Command and Conquer: Red Alert (1996)

“My buddies and I played endless Command & Conquer: Red Alert hours. We even assigned ourselves as different military branches and methodically beat every mission,” another explained.

“My Dad got completely obsessed with this game, tracking each identical attack from the enemy and placing his defensive turrets in precisely the right place so he could concentrate on his mining like he was Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow.”

7. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

“I was obsessed with this franchise when I was younger. Countless hours spent trying to capture the flag in Blood Gulch,” one replied. Another admitted, “Oh god, I miss Blood Gulch. In high school, some of us had Halo: Combat Evolved on our computers. I made one great sniper.”

8. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle (2001)

Someone volunteered, “Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, so much time raising Chao with the split screen (diamond searching and racing) was one of the best made.”

“God, I spent so much time on that game,” a second confessed. “It probably stayed a solid two years in constant rotation. I loved the Chao garden so much.”

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9. LEGO Star Wars (2005)

“Original LEGO Star Wars was a big one for me. Although I played the Nintendo DS Version which was much simpler, my love for both videogames and LEGOs sparked there,” noted one.

“The LEGO Star Wars game was so awesome,” another agreed. “My older brother and I used to play it together all the time. They were great memories.”

10. Excitebike (1984)

One person exclaimed, “That was epic! I loved making my own courses in Excitebike. I also enjoyed wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting victim when I am crashing from above.”

“LOVED Excitebike as a young kid,” replied another. “Having friends over and creating our own tracks. I can still hear the sound effects.”

11. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)

“I borrowed Skyrim from a friend about a year after it came out on Playstation 3. I was 12. That game changed my life. I had never played a roleplaying game or anything like it. At first, I was lost trying to figure out how the game worked—mechanics, etc., but then, as I played and learned it. Finally, I was hooked,” another explained.

12. Cash Bandicoot (1996)

Crash Bandicoot!! Oh my God, yes! Getting all the gems instead of just beating levels; you have to have a strategy about the game,” announced one.

“I was looking for this comment,” confessed another. “It was the first game I spent entire days playing (I was bad and couldn’t beat it). Good times.”

13. Diablo II (2000)

Someone expressed, “I’m in my 30s. I have more hours logged into Diablo II than all other video games combined. Of course, it includes Diablo III.” A second added, “Diablo II took up many of my summer breaks. I also woke up early before school and raced home to play. I was addicted.”

14. Tetris 64 (1998)

One person admitted, “I can’t believe I had to scroll this far to find this comment. Tetris 64 changed my view of the Nintendo 64 as a gaming console. I was not a huge fan of the analog stick concept at this time but MAN! Did Tetris 64 change all that. That game is forever on my top five list.”

15. Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)

“YES. My brother and I played with our grandmother (a true OG gamer), and Super Mario Bros. 3 was always it for us. Gotta say Mawmaw kicked our bums on that game,” one laughed.

“This is also my answer,” replied another. “I wanted the game like crazy, so my dad took me to work with him for the day and paid me for my “help” by buying me the game. And it lived up to the hype! One of my fondest memories of something my parents did for me.”

What do you think? Did Reddit get this right, or is your favorite video game missing from this list? This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Boss Level Gamer.


Written by Elizabeth Ervin

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