The Lords of Gaming games we are thankful for

Here at Lords of Gaming we are dedicated writers who devote hours of our lives not just writing about the medium. But also playing from the past and even more from today.

Gamers should look back every year and remember why they got into gaming in the first place. As some can casually play themselves a few hours a day. Or play every game hardcore to sample the massive buffet that today’s gaming landscape offers. Others even become celebrity streamers, YouTubers, and even esports competitors.

But why keep looking back? Remembering what you really loved then and what still excites you about the medium in general today. As some happened to pick up their first controller or needed an escape during a time in their lives, as well as some gamers, use the medium of video games to connect with people they know and love today. Below are some of the stories about the games that we are grateful for from our writing team through to our editorial team.

Suikoden Series by Chris Jones, Senior Staff Writer

It’s the game and series that I’m most grateful for, and I’m sure anyone who knows me can guess Suikoden 2 and the Suikoden Series. Growing up I was always playing games from baseball to Sega Game Gear to Excitebike, Mario, and others on NES and later. I would say I was never really grateful for games and games until the first time I saw them Suikoden game when my birth mother played Suikoden 2. Once I played a role that she struggled with and suggested that I was interested. Suikoden 2 really grabbed me and made me understand and appreciate the work that goes into a video game.

From the music that helps me understand the meaning of situations that played out since I was a kid, to the amazing characters in each game with unique stories they bring to the table to help the hero. Even now, countless hours have gone into the series for me to lose myself in a world and relax. Especially during the holidays and time outside of school or work, I’ve always loved sharing the memories of these games with friends and family. Without Suikoden 2 and the Suikoden series if I hadn’t fallen in love with gaming and wouldn’t be the person I am today. I am grateful for that Suikoden 2.

The unsung heroes of the open source community by Senior Staff Writer Eugene Schaffmeir

Today I am thankful for the open source community. By that summer, before my Steam Deck could even arrive, a whole collective had already migrated and documented the open source Linux tools I was using. No mega corporations, no names, no faces, no money, for nothing these people took days out of their lives to make everyone else better. A thankless effort that’s been a constant in the gaming industry since the dawn of the internet. Thank you to a whole community of unknowns for preserving retro games.

The community’s efforts didn’t end with the Steam Deck. A group called this month insignia brought Xbox Live back to the original Xbox for the 20th anniversary of Xbox Live. They only did this for fun. Meanwhile the Cyberpunk 2077 The community has maintained over 4,000 mods this year. Many of these mods focus on improving the game with small changes.

With that I say thank you to the ungrateful.

The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild, by Raphael Oppenheimer

Sometimes people lose touch with play, either through less free time as the vagaries of adulthood take up more and more of the limited hours of the day, or through the idea that they’ve outgrown activity. Personally, I experienced the former as I spent less and less time playing video games until one day I stopped playing altogether. It wasn’t an abrupt end, but suddenly a decade had passed and I hadn’t bought a new console or played anything outside of a social gathering.

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I am very grateful for that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 2019 was a difficult year for me professionally and personally. I struggled with the typical 60+ hour work week that was expected of me and I wondered if I could afford to stay in my apartment when I lost my roommate. On a whim I bought a Nintendo Switch and a game in March, breath of the wild. The Legend of Zelda has been a mainstay since I was a child and I had always looked forward to playing the latest release before. But I hadn’t played a game in the series since Twilight Princess at this point and didn’t know what to expect.

Even if it’s not a perfect game breath of the wild brought me back to the childlike wonder I experienced through video games and helped me contextualize the stress in my life. I’ve since gotten back into the hobby and have had wonderful experiences playing games that I’ve missed over the past decade. But that is thanks to the new spark I received from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Ready 2 Rumble Boxing, by Editor-in-Chief Mahmood Ghaffar

One of the games I will be forever grateful for is Ready 2 Rumble Boxes on the Sega Dreamcast. I was lucky enough to save up and get the console at launch, but since I didn’t have a driver’s license and wanted to be there for the midnight release on 9/9/1999, my eldest brother took me along.

When we got home we tried to boot up Sonic adventure, But it did not work. It turned out that the game suffered from widespread disc problems. So my brother and I were left Ready 2 rumble. And boy was it perfect. We had a blast and lost track of time and played until morning. We learned a lot of new tactics and strategies to outperform each other.

My brother is 9 years older than me and the age difference was noticeable when we were younger. but Ready 2 rumble bridged that gap and brought us closer together. It’s a beautiful memory that I will keep with me for the rest of my life.

Destiny 2 by Senior Reviews Editor Josh Reding

We’ve written a lot about it here at Lords of Gaming determination. After all, it’s the game that launched our sister show Iron Lords Podcast and is directly responsible for the creation of this website. Yet all the lore dives and news updates and podcasts fail to adequately convey the importance of the game to me. Four years ago my brother Jake was deployed to the Middle East as part of his duties in the Army National Guard. He was there a full year and missed so many of his newborn sons growing up. My wife and I were fortunate to live in England at the time which allowed us to be in a reasonable number of time zones for my brother. This time proved invaluable.

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My wife and I spent untold hundreds of hours conducting strikes, raids, and Crucible quests while keeping my brother company while he was on the job. He worked long hours but still found time to play with us on his terrible wifi. It was time I would never have had with my brother and we’ve made great friends in the raid community. Our Sherpa, Christopher Page, became one of my best friends. destiny 2 is an extraordinary game because it has brought me closer to some of my favorite people in the world. It’s the game I’m most grateful for.

Fable and Warframe by Assistant Editor Joseph Repko

I had big problems growing up. When my parents marriage broke up when I was 8 years old and I had to start the professional life I still have 6 years later. I had a lot to process between not being able to go to school and not having the freedom or joy that most of my peers had at their age. When my eldest brother George also had to start work early. I had basically taken over the Xbox he bought and started playing the original fable to take my mind off my then disintegrating family.

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While this sounds like a sob story, if fable wasn’t there for me to constantly play in the world of Albion. It could be that I ended up in a worse state of life than I am now or probably in a modern day news story. The morals you learn when you are young will carry you into your adult life and unfortunately I haven’t had much guidance outside of this game. Unfortunately, Lionhead isn’t there either. Thanks for everything that kept me sane back then.

Heading into 2016, when determination was at an all-time low prior to Rise of Iron. My friend Logan got fed up with my whining and led me to a game that I play daily and even write about now, war frame. It wasn’t just the free-flowing stealth action gameplay. Or the endless variety of his weapons and Warframes. Or even the amazing story and soundtrack. It was the near-perfect blend of all of these elements that made me realize I didn’t have to be endlessly toxic to a live service game in its doldrums and just enjoy other games. Crazy, right?

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I will always be grateful to George and Logan for being there to take me to happier places. And full of anticipation for something new Fable. And The Duviri Paradox for war frame. But if it weren’t for Lords of Gaming and their amazing crew of endlessly talented writers. I wouldn’t even share that story with hers.

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and apologize to our Canadian readers for not publishing a similar article during your celebrations. Thank you for your continued support!

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