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Games That Changed Our Lives

The Goomba Stomp staff looks back at the games that left a huge impression on them growing up and changed their view on gaming forever.

Games That Changed Our Lives: From Rags to Riches in ‘Aladdin’

I found it much more inspiring to start life by throwing apples at scimitar-wielding soldiers, in what happens to also be the greatest Disney film - Aladdin.

Games that Changed Our Lives: Exploring the Grieving Process in ‘What Remains of Edith...

When someone says, "that game changed my life," the first thing some people think of is that it changed their life in a grandiose way—in a way that stuck with them well into adulthood.

Games that Changed Our Lives: Facing Down My Nemesis in ‘Metroid Prime’

A testament to excellent game design, Prime holds a special place in Nintendo's history, an unabashed success story set amongst the failure of the GameCube. Besides its excellence, however, Prime holds a special place in my heart.
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Games that Changed Our Lives: ‘Ocarina of Time’

Ocarina of Time was in a league of its own, it wasn’t just better, it wasn’t just the best, it was the “greatest game ever made.

Games That Changed Our Lives: ‘Oddworld Abe’s Exoddus’

I think there is a deep revulsion in us for any human endeavor that begins to resemble machinery too closely. Similarly, for any machine that takes on an anthropomorphic will. When industrial progress becomes a virtue, the emergent machine spirit is granted an aura of self-governing morality.

Games That Changed Our Lives: ‘Rayman Legends’ Teaches Lessons That Can Take a Lifetime...

Despite it's unique art style and less recognizable characters, it would be easy to make the false assumption that Rayman Legends is just like any other platformer. It's not. 

Games That Changed Our Lives: A Love Letter to ‘Pokémon Stadium’

Pokémon Stadium was made as an accessory for the GameBoy games, but for me, it felt like the opposite.

Games That Changed Our Lives – ‘Iron Tank’

I was seven when my father first got our Nintendo. It was ostensibly bought for Father’s Day, but really it was both for him as well as the rest of the family; myself and my two siblings.
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Games That Changed Our Lives: ‘A Link to the Past,’ the Quintessential Zelda Game

If anything though, A Link to the Past is a game about duality. Nowhere is the theme of duality more heavily referenced in the Zelda cannon than here, to which A Link to the Past explores this theme using such broad strokes as characterization and storyline.
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Games That Changed Our Lives: ‘Secret of Mana’

Better known as 聖剣伝説2 (Seiken Densetsu 2) in its native country of Japan, Secret of Mana is a 1993 Super Nintendo release fondly remembered by many across the globe as a childhood staple.