Today, September 12th, is Video Game Day. A day to remember all the hours that we put into our lives, heroes, and stories. We celebrate the worlds we escaped to and the times we spent alone or with our friends finding secrets and ‘pwning n00bs’. Fighters, Action Adventure, Shooters, RPGs all raised us to explore, solve puzzles, laugh, cry, and even play a little plastic baby guitars. We asked the staff here at Gamer Assault Weekly what their favorite video game was growing up, to give homage on this day that all Video Game Geeks should hold sacred. Here is what they told us. John Donadio COO/Streamer/Beardy My favorite video game of all time? Wow…ok let’s see. This is a tough one because I could go back to the very first video game I played that ‘wowed’ me, or I could tell you it was the first game that made me cry with their story. However, instead I’m going to bring you to the magical year of 1997. I was already 15, a veteran in the video game world, I had beaten Bowser over and over, Ganon was toast, I had saved the world and princess’ year after year. The gaming industry was going 3D and leaving platforms in the dust. Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready to let go just yet. I loaded up my PlayStation in March after I opened the CD case with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and played until my head hurt. I was completely immersed in the 2D exploration and revenge story of Alucard. I had faced Dracula before but not as his son! It was incredible! The adventure, the art, the passion, I know the vide game industry was changing but no matter what platform this game continues to come out on I buy it. I play it. I beat it. And I’m completely still in love with it. So yes, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is my favorite game of all time. Happy Video Game Day! Christine Marten Jr. Staff Writer/Smoll Birb Though it is very difficult to come up with a specific game, I am going to touch on a series that had a serious impact on me. Growing up in a strict household, I was never really allowed to buy video games that weren’t already pre-approved by my parents. That is not to say I didn’t have a wealth of games to play in my childhood from Super Mario Bros. on the N.E.S to Donkey Kong on the Super Nintendo. However, it wasn’t until Christmas of 2002 that I truly start on a series that would mold me as a person and as a gamer. This game, of course, was Kingdom Hearts for the Sony Playstation. Now you might laugh as Kingdom Hearts isn’t exactly a “hardcore” game, but it was my very first action RPG. I spent hours trying to get to lvl. 60 so I could beat Sepiroth. I memorized the final cut scene before you have to beat the three big bosses, because, if you died during one boss fight you had to start all over again. I waited three years before Kingdom Hearts 2, which to this day, is the only series I have 100% completed on hard mode and have the most hours of any game I have ever played. The music from this game in particular changed my violin career forever, as I started to read music so I could learn songs like Dearly Beloved. When I heard that Birth By Sleep was coming out for the PSP I went out and bought the first copy I could get my hands on. Although its being remade for PS4, I do not think I will ever get rid of my PSP and the original copy. BBS was an important moment for me because it was was extremely influential in my learning about already existing series like Parasite Eve and Final Fantasy. Along with buying BBS I also bough The 3rd Birthday and Dissidia. The 3rd Birthday led me to finding out about Silent Hill and Resident Evil and really got me into while Dissidia led me to playing more games in the Final Fantasy series. So while, like many of you, I wait for Kingdom Hearts 3 to be released. Whatever you play, be it horror, action, or fantasy, I wish you all a very happy and game filled Video Game Day! Allen Saunders Editorials/Reviews Team Manager/Does Stuff Why do you people keep asking me these impossible questions?! I don’t really have a particular game that is my absolute favorite. I have many games that are near and dear to my pitifully small, cold heart. One of the series that sticks out the most for me is the Gears of War franchise. It was the first game my best friends and I really bonded over when we were younger, we must have ran through every game at least three times together. On an even more personal level my mother and I also ran through the entire series back when I was in college a few months before she ended up in the hospital with brain injuries. It was also one of the only memories she had when she first woke up from the hospital and it inspired me to put Gears of War themed armor on the Pikachu tattoo I got on my left arm. I always played Pikachu in Smash Bros against my little sisters so adding a deadly set of armor to make it even more special felt right. I have every Gears of War game installed on my Xbox One including the Ultimate Edition of the first game and plan on grabbing my lancer again this fall for Gears of War 4. Travis McCollum Reviews Writer/Underachieving Weeaboo Four podcasts. Three YouTube videos. An overblown and slightly confusing Twitter hashtag. A documentary short film showcased an at art gallery in the UK. These are just a few of the places I’ve discussed my favorite video game of all time so you’d think by now I’d have a good grasp on how to explain why my favorite game is my favorite game right? Well, no. First, let’s get the pleasantries out of the way. My favorite game of all time is Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 on the PlayStation 2. Now the question is why? Honestly, the answer never gets easier, especially as the years go on. Persona 4 is by no means the perfect game. It’s not the best game ever made and it’s certainly not the best JRPG of all time, especially with games like Trails of Cold Steel and Chrono Trigger out there making their case. Come February, Persona 4 might not even be the best Persona game anymore, with Persona 5 set to release on Valentine’s Day and looking twice the game that Persona 4 was. All in all, the case doesn’t look that great for Persona 4, so why have I been staunchly defending it the last eight years across every medium known to man? It’s simple really. While Persona 4 may not be the flashiest or most mechanically sound game to ever come out, it makes up for it with a kind of in-explainable heart that will either grab onto you and suck you into its world for the entirety of your playtime, or it will push you away. From the music, to the environments, to the combat to the characters, this game’s personality and heart pour over you in a way that few others can and you honestly feel like you want to live in that world and nowhere else for the rest of time. Maybe that last bit was a little much, but it’s true, Persona 4 is a special zeitgeist of everything I wanted and needed it to be in 2008 and no matter how I often I replay it, I feel like I’m back in my house during that snowstorm in 2008, reliving the best experience I’ll ever have with a video game. Will my choice change someday? Possibly. But an intangible feeling is hard to replicate so for now, and for the foreseeable future, my favorite game of all time is Persona 4. Bobby C. Director Reviews/Editorials, Chief Charmander Officer Hands down my favorite video game ever is the Zelda series. No, wait GoldeneEye 64 started my love for shooters. But then again Pokémon started a 20 year love affair with pocket monsters. Darn, now I don’t know. Well, in the end, I’ll have to stick with my longest relationship in gaming, Pokémon. From the early days, when I was a wee lad at 8 years old and Pokémon Blue first captured my attention, I was hooked. I remember I as too young to fully understand the words, and the game helped me to learn and expand my vocabulary. I had no idea that chaos was pronounced ‘cay-os’ and so I said it as ‘cha-hoes’. It also taught me what ‘evolve’ meant long before I learned of Darwin. I drew little Charmanders and Charizards, and was enamored. Boy did my family know the day I reached 150 caught Pokémon for the first time! Even now as an adult (by age only), I’m feverishly excited for Sun/Moon like a kid. But also, the adult in me goes “Man, remember when there were 151? The good old days…” Either way, my gaming life wouldn’t be quite the same without Pokémon Blue, it’s my favorite game by far. There you have it fans. The titles and games series that some of your favorite Gamer Assault Weekly staffers love and remember on a wonderful day such as this. What are you favorites? Tell us in the comments below and have a wonderful Video Game Day!